The Third 100 Days (Trump Briefs:  Sept. 16-22/Day 240-246) Week 35

By Michael Hernandez


Saturday, Sept. 16 (Day 240):

Trump to campaign for establishment GOP Alabama candidate

“I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, to support Luther Strange for Senate,” tweeted President Trump.   “’Big Luther’ is a great guy who gets things done!”

Strange is significantly trailing conservative Judge Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.  When now Attorney General Jeff Sessions was appointed to lead President Trump’s Justice Department, then-Governor Robert Bentley appointed Strange, Attorney General of Alabama into the U.S. Senate seat Sessions vacated.

Strange had been investigating Bentley for a corruption and sex scandal that claimed his job and forced him to resign over the scandal but Strange asked the state legislature to stall impeachment proceeding of Bentley until after he was appointed into the Senate seat.

The GOP runoff election is Sept. 26 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has spent millions of dollars backing Strange in the primary who is also backed by political analyst Karl Rove.   Moore is backed by Sean Hannity, the Fox News anchor, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as well as Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development).

California Legislature passes bill to move California primary to March

California’s legislature passed SB 568 which would put California’s primary before the spring and most likely on “Super Tuesday” (the Tuesday after the first Monday in March) when a dozen other states hold their primary following the early primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire and several other states.

The bill now sits on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk and he has until Oct. 15 to sign or veto the bill.  If he does neither, it automatically becomes law.

Amazon web services approved to host defense department secrets

Amazon has been granted provisional authorization to host the highest level of unclassified information for the United States Department of Defense.  Amazon now joins Microsoft as companies with authorization to host defense secrets.

Amazon is the leading host for the intelligence community, serving 17 intelligence agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency with a $600 million deal.  Funding for the U.S. Department of Defense will come from President Trump’s $85 billion budget for such services, 10 percent of the government’s overall information technology budget.


Sunday, Sept. 17 (Day 241):

Emmy Award stars blast Trump

Stephen Colbert, Alec Baldwin and other stars mocked President Trump at Sunday’s 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.  Colbert suggested former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio host next year’s Latin Grammys and stated that Emmy’s go the “winner of the popular vote.” 

Ironically, Donald Trump was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for the “Celebrity Apprentice” but never won.

Alec Baldwin’s impersonations of Trump have propelled “Saturday Night Live” to its best season in years.  “I suppose I should say at long last Mr. President, here is your Emmy.”

“Grace and Frankie” co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda said they are still fighting a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” in 2017” (referring to President Trump).

Donald Glover said, “I want to thank Trump for making black people the number one on the most ‘oppressed’ list.”

California Senator:  ‘Trump should offer a deal to North Korea’

“The United States should talk to North Korea and offer a deal, under which the North Koreans would agree to ‘freeze’ their nuclear and missile programs, and the U.S. would agree not to pursue regime change there,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

Prior to Feinstein’s appearance, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley told Bash, “the U.S. was working to resolve the crisis through diplomatic means, but that there were military options available.”

Senator Diane Feinstein

Monday, Sept. 18 (Day 242):

Syrian migrant arrested for London bombing

The second of two men arrested in connection with Friday’s London train bombing has been identified as a 21-year-old Syrian migrant Yahyah Faouk.   Earlier an 18-year-old male had been arrested with both men raised by the same British couple—foster parents of a number of refugees living in London.

The train attack injured 30 during the Friday morning commuter hour.  The heat produced by the explosive device caused severe burns to passengers and others were hurt in the stampede to get away.

Most of the bombings in Europe this year have been committed by radical Islamist migrants.

Governor Brown compares Trump supporters to ‘cave-dwellers’

California Governor Jerry Brown compared President Trump supporters to “cave-dwellers” in his New York climate change speech Monday.

“They’re both kind of very similar.  You should check out the derivation of ‘Trump-ite’ and ‘troglodyte,’ because they both refer to people who dwell in deep, dark caves.”  Brown criticized President Donald Trump’s policies on climate change and North Korea as “stupid and dangerous and silly.”

Almost four million Californians voted for Donald Trump in 2016.  Earlier this month, Governor Brown traveled to Russia to urge President Vladimir Putin to “go green.”

Governor Brown


CNN admits Trump campaign was wiretapped

CNN reported Monday that the U.S. government under President Barack Obama wiretapped Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort both during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

In January, the New York Times reported on Inauguration Day that Trump aides had been “wiretapped.”

Mainstream media, including the Los Angeles Times called the “wiretapping” story a “phony conspiracy theory.”

Mark Levin and Breitbart News have been carried the “wiretapping” story since January.


Tuesday, Sept. 19 (Day 243):

President Donald Trump’s speech to United Nations General Assembly:

(Editor’s Note:  For full video link on You Tube posted by Right Side Broadcasting Network:

 The United Nations:

“This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars to help shape this better future. It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security and promote their prosperity.

“Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty, to promote security, prosperity and peace for themselves and for the world.

“This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is the foundation for cooperation and success. Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect. Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny, and strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God.

American Interests:

 “As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else. But in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure.

“America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America’s devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside our allies, from the beaches of Europe, to the deserts of the Middle East, to the jungles of Asia.

“It is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others. Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security and prosperity for all.

North Korea:

“When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.

“No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing and oppression of countless more.

North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. ‘Rocket man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

Iranian Government:

“The Iranian Government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos.

“The longest suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are in fact its  own people. Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.

“Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.

The United States:

“The United States is a compassionate nation, and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort. We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people, and which enables their eventual return to their home countries to be part of the rebuilding process.

“For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible and humanitarian approach.

“For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges. Here in the Western hemisphere, we have learned that over the long-term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.

“For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.

“The United States continues to lead the world in humanitarian assistance, including famine prevention and relief in South Sudan, Somalia, and northern Nigeria and Yemen. We have invested in better health and opportunity all over the world, through programs like PEPFAR, which funds AIDS relief; the President’s Malaria Initiative; the Global Health Security Agenda; the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery; and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, part of our commitment to empowering women all across the globe.

“We also thank [applause] thank you. We also thank the Secretary-General for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security and prosperity.

Unfair Burden:

“The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 per cent of the entire budget and more. In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes.

“The United States bears an unfair cost burden. But, to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it.


“We have also imposed tough, calibrated sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once-thriving nation to the brink of total collapse.

“The socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country. This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule.

“The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. This situation is completely unacceptable, and we cannot stand by and watch. As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal. That goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country and restore their democracy.

The United States:

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security and prosperity for all. Now we are calling for a great reawakening of nations, for the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people and their patriotism.

True Vision of the United Nations:

“This is the true vision of the United Nations, the ancient wish of every people and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.

“So let this be our mission and let this be our message to the world: We will fight together, sacrifice together and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity and for the almighty God who made us all.

“Thank you. God bless you. God bless the nations of the world, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.”

(Editor’s Note:  For full transcript go to link:


Wednesday, Sept. 20 (Day 244):

North Korea nuclear weapons program

Under Kim II Sung (1948 to 1994), North Korea began the Korean War and also began to build its nuclear reactors.   “The seed of nuclear aspirations were sown in the Korean War,” said Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee, the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Kim Jong II (1994-2011) “get the credit of taking the country down the nuclear path,” said Lee.   The New York Times called him the “dictator who turned North Korea into a nuclear state.”  By 2005, North Korea confirmed that it had its own nuclear weapons and tested it first nuclear device in 2006.

Kim Jong Un (2011-present) has accelerated North Korea’s push for nuclear weapons and this summer he began to threaten U.S. with an intercontinental ballistic missile.   Last week, North Korea successfully tested its longest-ever flight of a ballistic missile which traveled 3,700 miles and passed over Japan before landing in the Pacific.


Thursday, Sept. 21 (Day 245):

ACLJ:  Six major changes Graham-Cassidy makes to ObamaCare

The Graham-Cassidy Senate bill will be the last attempt (the opportunity to pass a bill by a simple majority vote expires on Sept,. 30) made by the GOP this year to repeal ObamaCare.  The ACLJ gives six major changes it makes to ObamaCare:

  • Ends the individual and employer mandates (for failure to comply);
  • Converts Medicaid Expansion into block grants to the states (this is done in two phases; a “short-term assistance” program that is replaced with a block grant funding program);
  • Cuts ObamaCare taxes and subsidies (ends insurance premiums tax credits and repeals three key ObamaCare taxes: the medical device tax; the tax on over-the-counter medicine; and the tax of health savings accounts);
  • Gives states control over insurance plans (bars denying a person health insurance coverage based on pre-existing conditions; it also prohibits insurers from capping annual or lifetime limits on their coverage);
  • Bolsters health savings accounts (doubles the amount individuals and families may put into their health savings plans tax free and uses that money to pay insurance premiums; amounts increase to $6,650 for individuals and $13,300 for families); and
  • Defunds Planned Parenthood (it defines abortion providers with more than one million in annual Medicaid reimbursements as a “prohibited entity” for one year and bars any plan from reimbursement under the small employer health insurance expense credit).

Vice President Mike Pence has described this bill as “our last best chance to stop and turn ObamaCare around.”

Graham-Cassidy converts $1.2 trillion dollars of ObamaCare subsidies and spending into block grants for States to craft healthcare plans to address the needs of its citizens.  The bill also ends ObamaCare mandates, defunds Planned Parenthood but does not impact pre-existing conditions.

The Democrats response to the bill:  “People will die.”

(Editor’s Note:   To sign a petition to repeal ObamaCare Now see link:–the-last-best-chance-to-repeal-obamacare.   The petition has over 226,000 signatures.)

ObamaCare repeal would cost California $58 billion.

A study released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has forecast that California would lose $58 billion in Medicaid funding over the next decade if Obamacare was repealed.

Under the current nationally—administered Medicaid system, the 50 U.S. states have enrolled 68.9 million individuals in Medicaid, or about 21 percent of all U.S. residents.  The only limitation on enrollment is an individual’s or family’s income as a percent of the poverty rate.  ObamaCare increased Medicaid enrollment by raising the percentage of income over the poverty rate necessary to qualify.

California (with population of 39.25 million) has signed up 13,465,5432 enrollees (34 percent of the state’s population) despite having just 12 percent of the nation’s population. The State pockets 19.6 percent of all federal spending on Medicaid.

Under Graham-Cassidy the proposed ObamaCare repeal, Medicaid spending would be “block-granted” to the 50 sates based on a percentage of the population.  As a result, California will lose $57.5 billion over the next decade, a cut of about 19 percent federal spending.  Yet, this is less than the $82 billion the State would have lost under the original Republican repeal.  The major difference is there is a three-year delay until 2020 before block-granting begins.

Many states believe that the block-grants will give them the flexibility to design and administer Medicaid programs that better meet local needs.

An effort by California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to pass SB-562 to take over the state’s $369.5 billion healthcare industry with a state-sponsored “single-payer” system (socializing one-fifth of California’s economy) failed due to concerns how to fund such an effort.

North Korea warns of hydrogen bomb test

North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Young Ho states that the nation could conduct a H-bomb test after President Trump’s United Nations speech.  He is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.   “This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean.” 

Friday, Sept. 22 (Day 246):

Trump:  “Madman Kim Jong Un will be tested like never before!”

“Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The North Korean dictator called the president “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire” after Trump’s United Nations speech where he called him “Rocket Man” for launching several test missile, including two over Japan.  Kim Jong Un said, “Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.”  He will “pay dearly” for his threat to destroy North Korea.   Kim said Trump was “unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country.”

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said during his speech to the United Nations.  “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

Senator McCain announces opposition to Obamacare overhaul

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” said Arizona Republican Senator John McCain—who helped kill the so-called “skinny repeal” back in July.  “I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment.  But that has not been the case.  We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed ObamaCare through Congress in 2009.”

With his statement, McCain joins Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who before Friday was the only Republican who had come out firmly against the bill, arguing it doesn’t do enough to roll back ObamaCare.

The position of two other Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, is not yet known but Collins said Friday she’s leaning against the bill.

Senator John McCain

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.

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