The Third 100 Days (Trump Briefs:  Sept. 2-8/Day 226-232) Week 33

By Michael Hernandez


Saturday, Sept. 2 (Day 226):

President Trump revisits Texas; helps Houston victims

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania spent time meeting with Hurricane Harvey victims at the Houston hurricane relief center on Saturday before serving meals with the Red Cross.

“We’re signing a lot of documents now to get money into Houston, $7.9 billion. We signed it and now it’s going through a very quick, hopefully, quick process,” said Trump.

On Thursday, the White House announced that Trump would donate a million dollars of personal funds to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Trump announces new nominees for top administration jobs

GOP Rep. James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma

President Trump has announced the names of dozens of likely nominees for top administration jobs, including two House Republicans, setting up another possible round of special elections that will against test the president’s political strength and give Democrats another opportunity for an upset win.

GOP Reps. James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, and Tom Marino, of Pennsylvania, were among the 42 names released late Friday by the White House. Bridenstine, if confirmed, would lead NASA, and Marino would be the director of the Office of National Drug Control, or White House “drug czar.”

Bridenstine and Marino are in solid conservative districts. But the special elections would give Democrats another opportunity to win a Republican-held House seat after failing a handful of times this year, despite their best efforts to capitalize on Trump’s low approval ratings.

Democrats are so far winless in the four 2017 opportunities to gain a House seat in a conservative district in special elections to replace a GOP member appointed to the Trump administration.

Perhaps the most stinging defeat occurred in Georgia when establishment favorite and political newcomer Joel Ossoff lost to former Secretary of State Karen Handel for the seat of Republican Rep. Tom Price, now the Health and Human Services secretary.

Democrats also lost in bids for GOP Houses seats in Kansas, after Rep. Mike Pompeo was confirmed as CIA director; in Montana after Rep. Ryan Zinke became Interior secretary and in South Carolina when Rep. Mick Mulvaney became White House budget director.  They also lost a race in August for the open seat of retiring Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz. They have another outside chance in December, in the Alabama special election for the Senate seat of Republican Jeff Sessions, now U.S. attorney general.

In Congress, Marino has worked to expand access to treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction.  The 64-year-old lawmaker served as U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania under President George W. Bush. Marino was the first Pennsylvania congressman to endorse Trump in the presidential primary contest.

Bridenstine is a pilot in the Navy Reserve. He was elected to Congress in 2012 and serves on House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Democrats are also girding for an all-out battle against Sam Clovis’s nomination to be USDA’s under secretary for research, education and economics, a position that would see him overseeing billions of dollars in research spending and serving as a cross-departmental science czar.

Clovis, a close Trump ally from Iowa who served as a key campaign adviser on rural and agricultural issues.  He is an Air Force veteran, former economics professor and former radio host.

Earlier this year, Democrats put similar efforts into fighting many of Trump’s Cabinet picks, like Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose confirmation required a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Pence.  However, all of the nominees were confirmed. 

Cleveland police and emergency services unions upset at Browns

Cleveland police and emergency services unions have declined an invitation from the NFL’s Cleveland Browns to hold an American flag for the team’s season opener after some Browns players knelt for the national anthem during a preseason game.

MS union president Daniel Nemeth told Fox 8 Cleveland on Friday that the offer to participate in a pregame ceremony sounded great until a dozen Browns players refused to stand for the anthem, in support of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, a former member of the San Francisco 49ers, started a firestorm last season when he decided to kneel for the playing of the anthem before games as a protest against mistreatment of blacks and other minorities in the U.S.

“This hit home with me. I am a veteran, an 8-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps. So, to disrespect the flag by taking a knee is not something I was going to be a part of,” Nemeth said.

The Browns are scheduled to open the NFL season Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 FBI facing collusion allegations for Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton meeting

Fresh allegations that former FBI director James Comey began drafting an “exoneration statement” for Hillary Clinton well before interviewing her and other key witnesses have called into question his Senate testimony about why he decided to go public with his findings in the email case last summer.

In a June hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey was asked whether his decision to announce the results of the investigation was influenced by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s infamous meeting days earlier on an Arizona tarmac with former President Bill Clinton. “Yes, in an ultimately conclusive way, that was the thing that capped it for me – that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation,” Comey told Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Yet an Aug. 30 letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that interview transcripts show Comey was drafting what they called an “exoneration statement” for Clinton weeks earlier.

President Trump, in a Friday tweet, seized on the allegations to claim the process was “rigged.”   Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s legal team and chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, suggested Comey’s June testimony could be in conflict with these new details.

“James Comey had the nerve to testify under oath that he had to come forward last July to make his statement because the [tarmac meeting] cast doubt on the scope and nature of the investigation,” he told Fox News’ “Hannity.” “The fact is, evidently, he already made up his mind three months before the investigation really got underway, so this whole thing was a fraud on the American people.”

The transcripts in question were from interviews conducted by the Office of Special Counsel, which interviewed James Rybicki, Comey’s chief of staff, and Trisha Anderson, the principal deputy general counsel of national security and cyberlaw, the GOP senators said.

The notes reflect claims that Comey “wrote a draft” of his statement around early May 2016.

In July, nearly two-dozen House Judiciary Committee Republicans called on the Trump Justice Department to name a second special counsel – alongside the Robert Mueller team probing allegations of Russia-Trump team collusion – to probe 2016 controversies involving Clinton and the Obama administration. This covered some aspects of the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the email investigation.

A House Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News on Friday the panel is following up with the Justice Department, “and we expect the request for a second special counsel to be renewed.” 

Earlier this week, the FBI declined to turn over files related to its Clinton email investigation by arguing there was a lack of public interest in the issue. The argument was made in a Freedom of Information Act records request.

Democratic academic activist speaks out against Google; monopolies

Google is “coming after critics in academia and journalism,” according to the Washington Post, who added that the company “is forming into a government of itself.  Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power. It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent,” claimed Zephyr Teachout, an academic, activist, and former Democratic political candidate in an article for the Washington Post.

Referencing the news this week that members of the Open Markets team she was part of at the Google-funded New America Foundation think tank had been kicked out after they praised the European Union’s decision to fine Google for violating anti-trust regulations, Teachout highlighted the irony of Google’s former slogan “Don’t be evil,” adding, “It appears that Google may have lost sight of what being evil means, in the way that most monarchs do: Once you reach a pinnacle of power, you start to believe that any threats to your authority are themselves villainous and that you are entitled to shut down dissent.”

“Google is forming into a government of itself, and it seems incapable of even seeing its own overreach. We, as citizens, must respond in two ways,” proclaimed Teachout. “First, support the brave researchers and journalists who stand up to overreaching power; and second, support traditional antimonopoly laws that will allow us to have great, innovative companies — but not allow them to govern us.”

In the article, Teachout also announced she will be “the board chair of a new organization, comprised of the same team [kicked out of New America], doing the same work.  We will be launching in the fall, and I am helping to create a new digital campaign, Citizens Against Monopoly, to help channel the tremendous public concern that we know exists around monopoly power,” she concluded. “Google’s actions make it more important than ever that we stand up to fight monopolies. At the end of the day, this is about freedom.”


Sunday, Sept. 3 (Day 227):

President Trump:  North Korea nuclear test “very hostile and dangerous”

President Trump on Sunday responded to North Korea’s nuclear test, calling it “very hostile and dangerous” to the United States.

The rogue nation claimed it detonated a hydrogen bomb with “perfect success,” carrying out its sixth nuclear test that drew immediate condemnation from its neighbors. Trump said on Twitter the rogue nation’s actions were “hostile and dangerous. North Korea has conducted a major nuclear test,” Trump said in a series of tweets. “Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”

The president also commented on South Korea’s “appeasement” toward North Korea.  “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!” Trump wrote on Twitter. 

The test was carried out at 12:29 p.m. local time at Punggye-ri site, where North Korea often conducted past nuclear tests. The detonation triggered an magnitude 6.3 artificial earthquake, U.S. Geological Survey said, though South Korea officials placed the magnitude at 5.7.  Just hours before, North Korean newspaper published photos of dictator Kim Jong Un appearing to examine what it said was a nuclear warhead being fitted onto the nose of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe immediately condemned the test, calling it “absolutely unacceptable.” South Korea’s National Security Director Chung Eui-yong said Sunday President Moon Jae-in is looking to respond to the test with the strongest measures possible. He said Moon will seek every available diplomatic measure, including new sanctions from the United Nations Security Council.   South Korea will also talk with the U.S. in deploying the “strongest strategic assets.”

Sunday’s test was estimated to have a yield of 100 kilotons, meaning a blast that was four to five times more powerful than the explosion in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, a South Korean defense official told the country’s Yonhap News Agency. 


Democratic Congresswoman seeks to end oil exports to North Korea

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) is pressing to end oil exports to North Korea, saying that doing so might push the reclusive country to the negotiating table with the U.S.

“Twenty years ago, President Clinton got them to the negotiating table by cutting off the oil. We haven’t done that,” Maloney told radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.

“We keep ratcheting up the sanctions, and one I’m calling for is to cut off the import of all oil products to North Korea,” she said. “All I know is what brought North Korea to the table last time, when President Clinton was successful in getting them, was the sanctions that cut off the oil products.”

She also suggested prohibiting imports of luxury goods into North Korea, which she said would more directly target the country’s wealthy class. Current sanctions, she said, most drastically affect average citizens. Maloney’s comments came after she joined a congressional delegation in traveling to Hawaii, South Korea, Japan and the border between North Korea and China.  Also on that trip were Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO). 

Would-be looters warned by Texas Sheriff

Sheriff Troy Nehls–Fort Bend County, Texas–is warning would-be looters to rethink entering his county. The sheriff says his residents are armed and would-be looters might end up getting hauled to the morgue in a bag.

Fox News asked Nehls if he had witnessed looting in the aftermath of Harvey, and he said he did “hear of looting around the greater Houston area,” he specifically mentioned Harris County. But he stressed that his county is a completely different situation:  “As far as Fort Bend County, we haven’t [had looting]. I made a comment the other day that we support the Second Amendment here in Fort Bend County and there are many of us that are armed. I would caution those that want to come and prey on our people here in Fort Bend County, that are suffering so much right now, you may want to stay out of Fort Bend County, because you could leave this county in a bag.”

Fort Bend County is located just to the southwest of Houston and Harris County. The county continues to experience rising water from the Brazos River. Many homes and businesses remain underwater.


Monday, Sept. 4 (Day 228):

Huckabee endorses Ray Moore for Alabama GOP Senate bid

Monday in an op-ed posted on his website, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) endorsed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate special election GOP primary runoff set for September 26 in the Yellowhammer State.  Moore faces Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), who was appointed earlier this year by-then Gov. Robert Bentley (R-AL).

Alabamians are somewhat familiar with Huckabee. In the 2008 Alabama Republican presidential primary, Huckabee finished ahead of that presidential cycle’s eventual nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by 20,000 votes. That earned Huckabee the lion’s share of the state’s 36 Republican National Convention delegates.

Huckabee argued Moore’s possible election to the U.S. Senate has the GOP establishment “horrified,” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his Senate Leadership Fund super PAC have invested significant resources in Strange’s candidacy.

“My support of Roy Moore has nothing to do with specific displeasure with the appointed Senator Luther Strange, but because if the “power brokers” in DC are as desperate as they seem to be to keep Judge Moore from joining them, then they must fear that he can’t be counted on to “join the club.” And that is a good reason to support Judge Moore and hope that it sends a message to the do-nothing Congress that ought to be standing with our President to reform healthcare, taxes, infrastructure, national security, and job-killing regulation. Imagine the progress we’d have if members of Congress were as dedicated to helping the President’s plans for the economy as they are in going on TV to complain about a tweet he sent out.”

The winner of the Moore-Strange match-up will face former Clinton U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee, in the special election on December 12.

Ray Moore for Alabama GOP Senate

Senator Sanders calls for rebuilding American labor movement

Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday called for rebuilding the American labor movement and implementing other progressive policies in an essay he penned to coincide with the Labor Day holiday.

“Our job is to bring our people together around a progressive agenda that works for all, and not just the few,” Sanders wrote in an essay posted on Medium. “Our job is to create an economy based on human needs, not the greed of the billionaire class.”

Sanders said that Labor Day is a time for people to “pledge our continuing support to protect workers’ rights which have been under fire for decades.” He added that it should be easier for people to join labor unions. “It is not a coincidence that the decline of the American middle class virtually mirrors the rapid decline in union membership,” he wrote. “As workers lose their seat at the negotiating table, the share of national income going to middle class workers has gone down, while the percentage of income going to the very wealthy has gone up.”

Army Reserve evacuate 200 from flooded Texas nursing home

Members of the U.S. Army Reserve evacuated 200 elderly residents of a nursing home in Port Arthur after the facility flooded.  Soldiers operated UH-60 helicopters to move the residents.  The soldiers and airmen moved the seniors to the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport located about 30 miles north of Houston.  Both of Houston’s main airports closed due to flooding.

Rescue operation officials have been using the remote airport as a staging area for missions all across the flooded area.  Officials later arranged transportation for the seniors to six shelters and senior care facilities. 

Abortion clinics offer “no cost” abortions for Hurricane Harvey victims

Texas abortion clinics launched a fundraising campaign to finance “no cost” abortion” to Hurricane Harvey victims.  

“During Hurricane Harvey, many of the clinics in Houston had to close temporarily, leaving women with very few options,” states a group called Whole Women’s Health.  “To ensure our patients get the compassionate, quality abortion care they deserve, we’re providing no-cost abortions for those affected b Hurricane Harvey.  To help cover the cost of abortion care for someone affected by Hurricane Harvey, donate to Stigma Relief Fund, today.”

The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), one of the nation’s leading pro-abortion groups, posted tweets last week lamenting the lack of abortions happening in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey.


Tuesday, Sept. 5 (Day 229):

President Trump calls for congressional action on immigration reform

President Trump is calling for congressional action on immigration reform and kicked the issue to Congress on Tuesday by announcing the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which since action by President Obama in 2012 has provided work permits to immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president tweeted, hours before Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced the decision to roll back the program over the next six months.

In 2010, the Democrats pushed through a version of the DREAM Act that would have benefited a similar population to that enrolled in DACA. The legislation was backed by only eight Republicans, six of whom are no longer in Congress.

Most GOP lawmakers have voted in recent years to undermine the protections offered by DACA. All but 26 GOP House Republicans supported a Department of Homeland Security spending bill in January 2015 to end the program. And in August 2014, only 11 Republicans defected in a similar vote.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces end to Obama’s DACA amnesty

Attorney General Jeff Sessions who made resistance to amnesty a focal point of his decades long political career, took the lead in announcing the fulfillment of one of President Donald Trump’s major campaign promises.  “I’m here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated by the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Sessions said.

Sessions quoted George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his legal assessment of the DACA program:  “In ordering this blanket exception, President Obama was nullifying part of a law that he simply disagreed with … If a president can claim sweeping discretion to suspend key federal laws, the entire legislative process becomes little more than a pretense … The circumvention of the legislative process not only undermines the authority of this branch but destabilizes the tripartite system as a whole.”

DACA offered effective immunity from the law for illegal aliens who arrived under age 17 before 2007. Over 800,000 illegals are currently being shielded from deportation and given work authorization under the program. The average age of these illegals is 25.

DHS officials, meanwhile, noted that Congress will now have six months to “deliver on appropriate legislative solutions” regarding so-called “dreamers.”  Echoing that, Trump called on Congress Tuesday morning to “get ready to do your job.”

California has more than 25 percent of DACA beneficiaries

California is home to more than 25 percent of the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries.  The current number of U.S. eligible DACA aliens is 1,900,613 (roughly 800,000 have benefited from the program).  The median age of beneficiaries is 25 years old.

California leads the nation with 539,000 (28.4 percent) of all potential beneficiaries.  That is more than the next four states combined (Texas, Illinois, Arizona and New York).  Of the total eligible, 223,000 California residents have been approved for DACA, more than a quarter of the total.  About one in 12 of California’s 1,769,487 high school students are DREAMers.

Public school systems in California including the University of California, the California State Universities and almost all community colleges have pledged to protect the identity of their unauthorized immigrant students.

AB540 has waived undocumented aliens from paying non-resident college tuition at state schools since 2001.  Dreamers comprise about a third of the 219,300 foreign students that attend California universities and colleges.

The California Dream Act has made undocumented aliens eligible for financial aid since 2011, if they attended high school in the state or received a GED.  This includes:  Cal Grants to help cover the cost of college tuition, a Board of Governor’s fee waiver, institution-specific grants and scholarships and a DREAM loan program to take out loans when enrolled at least part time; as well as Undocumented Student Centers on UC and CSU campus; Free Legal Services and since 2012 a California-funded Medi-Cal equivalent for Affordable Health Care for Dreamers.

Dreamers contribute to California having America’s highest poverty rate at 20.6 percent according to the U.S. Census’  Supplemental Poverty Measure.  California has 12 percent of America’s population but 34 percent of all the people on welfare in the United States.

Evangelical group:  “The Bible does not teach open borders”

Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration (EBI), a group of faith leaders and other Evangelical Christian conservative activists, released a letter to President Donald Trump and Congress stating:  “While some faith groups use selective Bible words for open borders and amnesty, we consider the whole counsel of scripture.  The Bible does not teach open borders, but wise welcome.”

Signatories of the letter include:  Phil Cohn, President of Christ for All Peoples; General William Boykin of the Family Research Council; Maria Espinoza of the Remembrance Project, an organization representing the families of those killed by illegal aliens; author Eric Metaxas; and Christina political advocate Rick Scarborough.

“Though there are tragic stories on every side of illegal migration, for our elected officials, responsibility to oaths must prevail.  In the policy decisions ahead, while treating undocumented people kindly, we ask that you would first and foremost honor often forgotten American citizens whose families have served our nation for many generations.”


Wednesday, Sept. 6 (Day 230):

President Trump asks Congress to pass a bipartisan tax reform bill

Job Creators Network, one of the nation’s largest pro-jobs grassroots organizations, is applauding President Donald Trump’s speech in North Dakota Wednesday in which he pushed for Congress to pass a bipartisan tax reform bill.

“The President is siding with all American small business owners by aggressively pursuing tax cuts for entrepreneurs and hardworking taxpayers,” said Alfredo Ortiz, Job Creators Network President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz. “We agree with the president – we want to create more jobs in America for Americans – and the best way to do that is to give badly needed tax relief to our small business owners who are responsible for nearly two-thirds of new job growth in this country.”

President Trump addressed a large crowd in Bismarck, North Dakota and outlined his administration’s vision for what he called “the American plan.” “So we’re here today to talk about our plan to create a new age of American prosperity by reducing the crushing tax burden on our companies and on our workers,” Trump told the audience. “The taxes are crazy — the highest-taxed nation in the world. We’re going to turn that around very quickly.”

“By working together, we’re going to restore America’s competitive edge by passing tax cuts and reform that makes America the best place in the world to hire, invest, and to grow,” the president said. “We love our country, we love our people, and we want to create more jobs in America, for Americans.”

“A bipartisan strategy to pass tax cuts not only makes sense, but will be more politically feasible. All small businesses need tax cuts, not just the ones with similar political ideologies.”

The president’s speech came on the heels of Job Creators Network’s newly launched multi-million dollar advocacy campaign on Tuesday to urge Congress to pass small business tax cuts. The seven-figure campaign intends to educate Americans about how tax cuts help boost wages, jobs, and the overall economy.

The new initiative boasts a new website,, Americans are urged to sign a tax cut petition, share a letter to Congress, and watch videos by small business advocates explaining why tax cuts are needed. A nationwide advertising blitz is also underway, featuring talk radio and television commercials, and social media ads to encourage tax reform.

One of Job Creators Network’s new commercials features La Huerta Grill & Market owner Laz Marquez explaining how the current tax code burdens and complicates his life as a small business owner.  The organization’s new initiative is designed to put pressure on Congressional lawmakers to pass a tax cut bill by Thanksgiving and make it retroactive to January 2017.

Part of the campaign includes a nationwide “Tax Cut Tour,” which will begin on Sunday, September 10 with a massive event in Oklahoma City, OK. The bus tour will conclude with a “15% on the 15th Rally” in Washington, D.C., on September 15, where legislators, several trade associations and headlined by economist Stephen Moore. provides a list of the locations for the bus tour. “Job Creators Network’s Tax Cuts Now campaign provides this ammunition that is necessary to win the tax cut fight,” Ortiz said.

Thursday, Sept. 7 (Day 231):

Kobach:  Voter fraud in New Hampshire proven

“Facts have come to light that indicate that a pivotal, close election was likely changed through voter fraud on November 8, 2016: New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate Seat, and perhaps also New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes in the presidential election” stated Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and Vice Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.

“New Hampshire is one of fifteen states that allow same-day voter registration (including California, since 2012). The benefit of same-day registration is that it allows a person who has procrastinated or has forgotten to register to nonetheless cast a ballot on election day. The downside of same-day registration is that it does not allow the state time to assess the eligibility of the voter. A volunteer poll worker simply accepts a modicum of identification and takes the voter at his word that he’s a U.S. citizen resident of the state who is eligible to vote.

“According to statistics released by the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, on the date of the general election in November 2016, there were 6,540 same-day registrants who registered to vote in New Hampshire using an out-of-state driver’s license to prove their identity.

“In and of itself, that doesn’t prove that any fraud occurred – theoretically, each of those individuals could have been someone who recently moved to the State and had not yet had time to get a New Hampshire driver’s license. According to New Hampshire law, a new resident has 60 days to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license.

“So if those 6,540 voters were bona fide New Hampshire residents, they would get their driver’s license no later than January 7, 2017. However, the numbers tell a very different story. It turns out that, as of August 30, 2017 – nearly ten months after the election – only 1,014 of the 6,540 same-day registrants who registered with an out-of-state license had obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license. The other 5,526 individuals never obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license. And, of those 5,526, only 213 registered a vehicle in New Hampshire.

“So 5,313 of those voters neither obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license nor registered a vehicle in New Hampshire. They have not followed the legal requirements for residents regarding driver’s licenses, and it appears that they are not actually residing in New Hampshire. It seems that they never were bona fide residents of the State.

“5,513 is a big number – more than enough to swing two very important elections. The closest major election was the contest between incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte and challenger Maggie Hassan (D). Hassan won the election by a razor-thin margin of 1,017 votes. Those 5,313 fraudulent votes were more than enough to swing the election. If 59.2 percent or more of them went for Hassan, then the election was stolen through voter fraud.

“It’s also possible that New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes were swung to Hillary Clinton through illegal voting by nonresidents. Clinton won New Hampshire by only 2,732 votes. If 74.8 percent of the 5,513 fraudulent votes were cast for Clinton, then the presidential election in New Hampshire was tipped as well.”

Senators Feinstein, Durbin question judicial nominee with ‘religious test’

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) who is Jewish and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) who is Catholic questioned Notre Dame Law School Professor Amy Coney Barrett (who had been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) whether the Catholic faith would disqualify her from carrying out the duties of her office.

“The dogma lives loudly within you and that’s of concern,” said Senator Feinstein.

Her questioning follows the attack used by Senator Bernie Sanders  (I-VT) when he asked Russell Vought, who later became deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, whether his Christian belief that salvation comes only through Jesus should “disqualify” him from public office.

Article VI of the U.S. Constitution provides that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

American Center for Law and Justice chief counsel Jay Sekulow asked his listeners to call the California Senator and demand an apology.

“I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on my duties as a judge,” said Barrett.

15 States sue President Trump over DACA

Fifteen state attorney generals led by New York are suing President Donald Trump in federal court Wednesday over his decision to end President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

President Obama created DACA and DAPA in 2012 by executive order, granting indefinite legal status to illegal aliens.   DAPA was declared illegal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Both programs face three legal issues:  1) The policy was made without going through the required Administrative Procedure Act which requires a notice-and-comment process 2) Congress Immigration and Nationality Act supercedes any executive order and 3) the immigration policy violates the Constitution’s Take Care Clause.


Friday, September 8 (Day 232):

California bill guarantees $270 million to Los Angeles for Olympics

A bill which establishes an “Olympic Games Trust Fund” guarantees the Los Angeles Organizing Committee up to $270 million in cost overruns for hosting the 2028 Olympics is  almost identical to SB1465 signed by Governor Jerry Brown to provide a $250 million against losses from hosting the Olympics in 2024 (which is not happening).

Both California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) used a “gut and amend” parliamentary procedure to change AB132 from a state “Election Code Appropriation Bill” to an “Act Relating to Public Contracts.”

AB132 authorizes California’s governor to execute “support contracts” with the Olympic Host Committee regarding any potential deficits, so that the City of Los Angeles is not at risk of financial loss.

A feasibility study by Beacon Economics LLC and the University of California, Riverside forecast that Los Angeles could see a $9.5 billion economic boost, including $4.4 billon in worker earning and over $152 million in additional tax revenues for hosting the 2028 Olympic Games.   The Los Angeles Organizing Committee does not intend to build any major new venues.  The city pocketed $232.5 million from hosting the 1984 Games.


Bannon interview to be aired on “60 Minutes” Sunday

A Charlie Rose (CBS anchor) interview of Stephen K. Bannon, former chief strategist for President Donald Trump will air this Sunday on “60 Minutes.”  In the interview, Bannon states his belief that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) are trying to “nullify” the 2016 election because they do not believe in the economic nationalist agenda of President Donald Trump.

“They’re gonna be held accountable if they do not support the President of the United States.  Right now there’s no accountability.   The do not support the president’s program.  It’s an open secret on Capitol Hill   Everybody in this city know it,” said Bannon.

Another portion of the CBS interview concerns Bannon’s (a Catholic) position on immigration vs. the position of the Catholic Church in regards to DACA.  The Catholic Church “needs illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the church.  They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration,” said Bannon.

Stepen K.  Bannon


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 partnership

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