The First 100 Days (Trump Briefs:  Feb 3-11) Week 3

By Michael Hernandez  

Friday, Feb. 3 (Day 15):

U.S. District Court declares Trump’s executive order immigrant ban illegal

Judge James Robart of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issues a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump and the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security banning the immigration executive order.

A temporary restraining order is usually granted only in extreme circumstances and typically lasts for only up to 10 days, to give a court time to fully consider whether to grant a preliminary injunction that would only normally last the time needed for the full judicial process.

On Sunday, a federal appeals court (a two-judge administrative panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) declined to issue an immediate stay of Judge Robart’s nationwide injunction blocking President Trump’s executive order.  Robart’s injuction is   being heavily criticized for not specifying why the executive order is illegal, by the plaintiffs, the states of Washington and Minnesota.  The sweeping court order is also being criticized for blocking all implementation of the immigration measure nationwide, instead of merely exempting the two states.

Both appeals judges are Democratic appointees.  Judge William Canby was appointed y President Jimmy Carter and is semi-retired and Judge Michelle Friedland was appointed by President Barack Obama.  The Ninth Circuit is one of two most liberal appeals courts in the nation.

Saturday, Feb. 6 (Day 16):

Covered California 2017 enrollment falls by six percent

Covered California saw first-time enrollments fall to 412,000, down six percent from 439,000 last year according to exchange spokesman James Scullary.

According to Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee, the state’s Obamacare co-op now has 1.5 million enrollees (37 percent of them between the age of 18-34)—a figure that assumes all automatically re-enrolled customers continue to pay their premiums.  He confirmed that enrollees have 13 percent higher monthly premiums.  Low millennial membership explains why at least 17 of the 23 Obamacare state co-op exchanges have failed.  The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which provided $2.4 billon in start-up loans and “solvency” grants beginning in 2010, are now out about $1.7 billion of taxpayer cash.

President Trump has directed new Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Tom Price to begin assessing how to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Sunday, Feb. 5 (Day 17):

Billionaire funds Berkeley riots despite claims of university professor

George Soros

Breitbart News reported today that one of the groups behind the Berkeley riot, Refuse Fascism, received $50,000 from a group backed by socialist billionaire George Soros.

The riots broke out on Wednesday night and forced the cancelling of Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos speaking as an invited guest of the Berkeley College Republicans.   Rioters caused an estimated $100,000 in property damage.  Bank windows and ATMs were smashed, a Starbucks was looted, anti-Trump graffiti was painted on store fronts, Molotov cocktails were thrown and garbage fires were lit in the streets.  Despite the large amount of violence, numerous reports indicate that police officers refused to intervene, and only one suspect was arrested.

On Saturday, UC Berkeley professor of public policy Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton (1993-97), claimed that Yiannopoulos and Breitbart were in cahoots with the agitators, in order “to lay the groundwork for a Trump crackdown on universities and their federal funding” for not allowing free speech.

German news magazine portrays President as Islamist beheader of liberty

Best-selling German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel (The Mirror) published their weekend cover featuring a cartoon of President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty done by U.S. based Cuban artist Edel Rodriguez.  According to Spiegel, “The president of the U.S. is a racist.”

Spiegel, one of Europe’s largest circulation magazines, has run several covers critical of Donald J. Trump.    An earlier cover showed President Trump as a meteorite rushing to the earth with the headline, “the end of the world.”

Monday, Feb. 6 (Day 18):

Mainstream Media, health care professionals, Progressives trying to question President Trump’s mental stability

Mainstream news media outlets have been featuring healthcare professionals questioning the President’s mental stability in attempts to delegitimize him.  Now some Democratic politicians and at least one Republican are calling for President Trump to e subjected to a psychiatric exam to determine whether he is fit for office.

The healthcare professionals are violating the Goldwater Rule, which was established by the American Psychiatric Association after similar unsupported attacks against Senator Barry Goldwater during his 1964 presidential campaign.   The APA’S Goldwater Rule forbids psychiatrics from commenting on someone’s mental health unless they first carry out an exam and the doctor is authorized by the patient to speak to the public.

Last week, U.S. News and World Report ran a story  titled, “Temperament Tantrum:  Some say President Donald Trump’s personality isn’t just flawed, It it’s dangerous.”

The article quotes John D. Gartner, described as a “practicing psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, “claiming Trump is “dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.”  Progressives are pointing to the 25th Amendment as a way to declare a president is unfit for command.


California State Senate President says “half his family” in the country illegally

California State Senate President Pro Temp Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) said “half his family” as in the country illegally, using false documents and eligible for deportation under President Trump’s executive order against “sanctuary” jurisdictions.  De Leon is the sponsor of SB54, a bill to make California a “Sanctuary State.”

De Leon defended the widespread practice by illegal aliens of using fraudulent documents to work and obtain taxpayer-paid benefits and dismissed any concerns of citizens being the target of identity theft while testifying before the California Public Safety Committee.  He also expressed outrage that President Trump’s executive order would include those who possess fraudulent documents or committed identity theft to obtain a Social Security number.

“The vast majority of immigrants have done that (obtained fraudulent documents),” said De Leon.  “I have family members who came here as undocumented immigrants, and they did the same thing.”


California Attorney General vows to Fight Trump over Federal funds

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the state’s highest law enforcement official promised to retain sanctuary policies that harbor illegal aliens in California.

“There is no state that provides more funding to the federal Treasury than the state of California,” said Becerra to the Los Angeles Times.  “We have a right to receive some of that funding back.”

Becerra gave his comments as a response to President Trump’s remarks on a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in which he said he would consider withholding federal funds from the “out of control” states or cities that issued sanctuary policies.   “They breed crime.  There’s a lot of problems.  If we have to, we’ll defund,” said President Trump.

California State Senate President Pro-Temp Kevin de Leon author of California SB 54 which officially makes California a sanctuary state stated that defunding federal funds in California or any city was  “unconstitutional.”


Tuesday, Feb. 7 (Day 19):

Vice President helps confirm President Trump’s Education Secretary

Betsy De Vos

Vice President Mike Pence cast the vote required to break a 50-50 tie confirming Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s Secretary of Education (the 11th such appointment in the history of the U.S. Department of Education).

DeVos, a businesswoman and philanthropist and active in politics for 35 years, is the chair of The Windquest Group, a Michigan-based investment and management firm.  She comes from a Christian Reformed Church tradition (Dutch Calvinism) and is amember and elder at Mars Hill Bible Church, a nondemnominational, evangelical Christian church founded by popular author Rob Bell in Grandville, Michigan.

DeVos supports school vouchers (use of public money to send children to private schools) and expanding public charter schools and Christian schools.   The Dick and Bestsy DeVost Family Foundation (her husband Richard DeVos co-founded Amway in 1959) has given donations of $100 million (nearly half to Christian organizations) between 199 and 2014.

The new Secretary of Education, who is 59, was opposed by two Republican Senators (Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska), by public school teacher unions who objected to her never having worked as an educator and by media celebrities.


Kentucky Congressman launches bill to abolish Education Department

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY0 is introducing legislation that would abolish the federal education department.  The bill, H.R.899 is only one sentence and states:  “The Department of Education shall terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.”

“Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn,” Massie said.  “Unelected bureaucrats in Washington D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development.  States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meets the needs of their students.  Schools should be accountable. Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school.”


Wednesday, Feb. 8 (Day 20):

U.S. Senate Silences Senator Liz Warren for violating chamber decorum

Massachusetts Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren was told that she could not continue giving her floor speech in the U.S. Senate against Senator Jeff Sessions, the President’s nominee for Attorney General.  President officer, Sen. Steven Daines (R-Montana) warned Senator Warren that her comments against Sessions were a violation of Senate Rule XIS.  Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Key) said Senator Warren has “impugned the motive and conduct of our colleague from Alabama.”

Senate confirms Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

The California Senate confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) by a vote of 52-47 as President Donald Trump’s new Attorney General.  Voting for Sen. Sessions was Sen. Joseph Manchin (D-W.V).  The vote capped a vicious debate that left Democrats and Republicans seething at times.

Senator Jeff Sessions confirmed as Attorney General

Thursday, Feb. 9 (Day 21):

Ninth Circuit Claims Unprecedented Power, affirms immigration ban

The San Francisco federal appeals court claimed jurisdiction over President Trump’s Executive Order 13769 and affirmed the lower court’s order halting the temporary travel-restriction policy that had been issue by Judge James Robart from the Western District of Washington in a temporary restraining order.

The argument the Ninth Circuit Court accepted was that “as the operators of state universities, the States may assert not only their own rights to the extent affected by the Executive Order but may also assert the rights of their students and faculty members.”

President Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) had argued that Congress has plenary authority over all immigration decisions, and that Congress had delegated complete discretion to the president in 8 U.S.C. 1182(f) to make such decisions, especially when national security was at stake.

Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which had filed an amicus brief in front of the Ninth Circuit court said, “Tonight a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision backing an earlier decision by a federal district court judge in Washington State that put President Trump’s national security Executive Order affecting seven countries that harbor terrorist on hold.  This decision is disappointing and clearly puts our nation in grave danger.

“The fact is that President Trump clearly has the constitutional and statutory authority to issue this order.  It is clear:  radical Islamic terrorists are at war with America.  President Trump’ order is a proper and constitutional way to protect America.”


Friday, Feb. 10 (Day 22):

Spirit of America Pro-Trump rallies planned to support President  

Conservative grassroots leader are planning massive Pro-Trump demonstrations nationwide called “The Spirit of America” rallies on Feb. 27th and March 4.

“These rallies are open to anyone supporting President Trump and his efforts to bring back manufacturing jobs to America, put the security of our nation ahead of political correctness, improve our infrastructure, revitalize the inner cities and secure our nation’s borders,” said Debbie Dooley, a national co-founder of the Tea Party movement and a key organizer of the Spirit of America rallies.

Also participating in “The Spirit of America” rallies will be Democrat groups backing Trump that have formed a collective called the “Trumpocrats.”  More information is available on the Spirit of America rallies website.

“These Spirit of America rallies are a continuation of the collective voice of Americans that embrace President Trump’s policies to put the American workers and citizens first once again,” said Ralph King, an elector for President Trump from Ohio and the co-founder of Main Street Patriots.


Saturday, Feb. 11 (Day 23):

Ventura Government Center is the site of a Defund Planned Parenthood rally 

Defund Planned Parenthood rally at the Ventura Government Center attracts 350. Photo: Michael Hernandez/CitizensJournal.US

The local rally organized by Mary Rose Short, a full-time pro-life activist and 2011 Thomas Aquinas College graduate, was one of 40 California rallies and one of 218 rallies in 45 states.

“Planned Parenthood is all about abortion not healthcare nor reproductive healthcare,” said Short.  “The only service related to pregnancy that that Planned Parenthood offers is a pregnancy test to determine pregnancy and abortions to end life.”   Short said that Planned Parenthood provide less than one percent of pap test and does not do mammograms.

Pro-Life leaders say that for every Planned Parenthood center funded by federal tax money there are 13 times more Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) that do not provide abortions that serve about eight times more women.  According to Charlotte Lozier Institute, “funds could easily be diverted to these FQHC to avoid any disruption of services to current Planned Parenthood clients, while better serving the needs of poor women.”

The Pro-Life Action League and 40 Days of Life were the primary co-sponsors of the nationwide rallies which were supported by more than 60 pro-life organizations.  The rallies are calling on Congress and President Donald Trump to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding and reallocate those funds to community health centers that do not perform abortions.

The U.S. Senate is expected to take a vote later this month on a bill that includes language on defunding Planned Parenthood to be sent to President Trump.


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  (Editor’s Note:  Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected].

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