The Second 100 Days (Trump Briefs: May 13-19/Day 114-120) Week 17

By Michael Hernandez


Saturday, May 13 (Day 114):

Half of white working class Americans ‘Feel like a stranger’ in own country

A poll released by both the Public Religion Research Institute and the Atlantic found that almost half of white, working class adults (that had not gone to college) felt they had become “strangers” in their own country as opposed to one quarter of white working-class Americans who went to college.  The poll reveals a deep divide between these two groups.

The sense of alienation appears to be caused by both political correctness and the social and economic consequences for “those who don’t toe the line.”  One woman told pollsters:  “It seems just like it’s gotten to the point where if you don’t agree with me or I don’t agree with you, we look at each other as wrong.  And how did that become that way?  How did your opinion become wrong?  Everybody has an opinion about life and living and all of a sudden it’s wrong.”

The majority of those surveyed, 55 percent, think the United States “is in danger of losing its culture and identity, including 68 percent of the white, working class.  According to the Reuters survey, 58 percent of Americans say the ‘don’t identify with what America has become.” 

UN agency helps North Korea with patent for banned nerve gas chemical

Fox News is reporting that for more than a year, a United Nations agency (the World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva has been helping North Korea prepare an international patent application for production of sodium cyanide—a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun—which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that country by the United Nations Security Council since 2006.

In 2012, Fox news also reported that WIPO had shipped U.S. made computers and sophisticated computer servers to North Korea and also to Iran, without informing sanctions committee officials.   Neither country could obtain the equipment on the open market and much of it would have required special export licenses if shipped from the United States.  At that time, the U.N. sanctions committee determined that WIPO was not subject to the rules aimed at its own member states.  By filing a patent with WIPO, North Korea was able to pay only one fee rather than 150 application fees of the 152-member Patent Cooperation Treaty.  WIPO has been led by Francis Gurry since 2008.


Sunday, May 14 (Day 115):

Carl Bernstein questions President Trump’s mental stability for office

“Donald Trump is a president with whom there is a grave question about his fitness and ability to conduct the office of the presidency,” Carl Bernstein said on Sunday’s CNN “Reliable Sources” broadcast.   “And that’s going hand in hand with the possible cover-up into collusion with a foreign power.”

CNN host Brian Stelter asked Bernstein if it was “appropriate” for journalists to address Trump’s mental stability and fitness as president of the Untied States. “It’s part of the story and it’s very hard to answer,” said Bernstein.  “The tweets that the president of the United States has been making are really a roadmap of his mind.  And that roadmap takes some very crooked corners.”

Senator Charles Schumer willing to block new FBI director

The U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) says he supports a proposal by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) to block the confirmation of the next FBI director until a special prosecutor is named to investigate allegations of collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government.

President Trump’s administration have reportedly interviewed eight possible candidates for the position.

Charles Schumer

Monday, May 15 (Day 116):

Jerry Brown:  California pension liability increases by 22 percent

Governor Brown’s May revised budget reveals that the State of California and the University of California’s unfunded pension liabilities have increased by 22 percent in the last year—or by $51 billion—and are now $279 billion.



Tuesday, May 16 (Day 117):

Planned Parenthood Clinics closing throughout nation

Nine Planned Parenthood Clinics are closing (four in Iowa, three in New Mexico;  one in Colorado; and one in Iowa) due to financial problems.   When the Wyoming Planned Parenthood Clinic closes—it will mean that Wyoming joins North Dakota as states without Planned Parenthood facilities.   Since 2010, 16 Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa have closed.

“Planned Parenthood’s enterprise is crumbling, even while they are still raking in over half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.  “Their abortion-centered business model isn’t just morally working, it’s a failure.  In a market where there are so many better options, women don’t need to get their health care from Planned Parenthood.”

Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports, shows a dramatic drop in non-abortion services, including cancer screenings, STD testing, and even contraceptive services.  “We urge Congress to redirect tax dollars to community health centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by an average of 20 to one nationally.”



Wednesday, May 17 (Day 118):

Robert Muller

Former FBI Director named to oversee probe into Russia investigation

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named by the Justice Department to oversee a federal investigation into the probe of alleged Russian influence of the 2016 presidential election.  Mueller resigned from his job at a private law firm to take the job as special counsel.

“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.”

Putin on Trump-Lavov meeting:  “I’ll hand over records”

President Vladimir Putin has offered to share records to Congress (if the President agreed) of President Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.“

Putin said he initially found the claim that President Trump shared classified information with Russia as “funny” but said Moscow is now “concerned because it’s hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next.”

According to Trump, “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled White House meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety…plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS and terrorism.”

Former CIA operations officer:   “Leaks…the greater threat”

Former CIA operations officer Scott Uehlinger, co-host of “The Station Chief” podcast told Breitbart’s Alex Marlow that “The continued leaks of (classified) this type of information to the press are actually the greater threat to the common good than any of the actual terrorist revelations made to the Russians.

“In fact, a lot of like-minded people in the government who are certainly opposed to the Trump administration, and are willing to do almost anything to subvert that agenda.”

Sheriff David Clark joins Trump Administration

Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the new assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.   Clarke says he’ll be a multi-agency and local law enforcement liaison who hopes to fill the gaps between local law enforcement needs, local and federal intelligence and the federal government.

US Air Force:  “Space is now a warfighting domain”

The U.S. Air Force considers “maintaining space superiority” one of it “core missions” military officials told a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.


Thursday, May 18 (Day 119):

America airstrikes target Syrian militia vehicles

The strike on Syria militia vehicles came after American planes fired warning shots trying to stop the trucks from approaching a base used to train allied Syrian opposition fighters.  Voice of America News reports the decision launch the airstrike was made by a commander on the ground.  The trucks hit were “pro-regime” but “not directly associated with the Syrian government.”

Harvard study documents mainstream Anti-Trump bias

The Harvard study showed that while President Trump dominated news coverage the first 100 days–93 percent of CNN and NBC’s coverage was critical of the new president. 

President Trump was the topic of 41 percent of all news stories—three times that of previous presidents—and featured speaker for 65 percent of these stories.  Yet the tone was 80 percent negative which was doubled the negativity factor of 41 percent received by Barack Obama during his first 100 days.  President George W/Bush received 57 percent negative coverage and President Bill Clinton received 60 percent negative coverage during the same time period.  The Washington Post had an 83 percent negativity rate and the New York Times an 87 percent negative rate compared to Fox News at 52 percent negativity.  There was not a single topic where Trump’s coverage was more positive than negative (his rating on immigration was 96 percent negative).

The Harvard study warned that such negative coverage may not only be harmful to Trump, but also for the way the public views the media. “The nation’s watchdog has lost much of its bite and won’t regain it until the public perceive it as an impartial broker, applying the same reporting standards to both parties,” concluded the study.


Friday, May 19 (Day 120):

President Trump begins first overseas trip in Saudi Arabia

Air Force One arrives at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for President Donald Trump’s first overseas trip.   The President and First Lady Melania Trump will meet with King Salman.  The city has numerous billboards declaring “Together we prevail.”  President Trump is accompanied by advisers Jared Kusher and Ivanka Trump as well as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.


(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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