The Second 100 Days (Trump Briefs: July 8-14 /Day 170-176) Week 25

By Michael Hernandez

 

Saturday, July 8 (Day 170):

Trump and Mexico President talk about trade and immigration

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

During the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, between U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump told reporters that he “absolutely” still wants Mexico to pay for a wall along the U.S. border.  “We’re negotiating NAFTA and some other things with Mexico, and we’ll see how it all turns out, but I think we’ve made very good progress,” said President Trump.

Building a wall along the U.S. southern border and getting Mexico to pay for it was a signature promise of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. In April, during a trip to the U.S. border with Mexico, Sessions vowed a “new era” when it comes to those crossing the border illegally. He laid out a plan to detain all adults caught crossing the border illegally and adding 125 immigration judges to handle the extensive immigration case backlog.

Under the Trump administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called on prosecutors to work on deporting first-time illegal border crossers. In a reversal of Obama-era policies, prosecutors are using Operation Streamline to file charges against first-time illegal border crossers.

In late June, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials announced plans for taking bids and choosing contractors to build border wall prototypes in Southern California later this summer. On June 22, Trump tweeted:  “Mexico was just ranked the second deadliest country in the world, after only Syria. Drug trade is largely the cause. We will BUILD THE WALL!”

During the 2016 elections, President Trump highlighted many families whose loved ones have been killed by illegal aliens in the United States. Since taking office, the Trump administration has launched VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement), a division of Department of Homeland Security, dedicated to assisting victims of illegal alien crime.

 

Sunday, July 9 (Day 171):

Attorney General re-files charges against pro-life video journalists

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office has re-filed charges against the video journalists who exposed alleged profiteering from the sale of body parts of aborted babies within Planned Parenthood and its partners in the biomedical procurement industry.

In June Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite dismissed 14 of 15 felony charges lodged against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of Center for Medical Progress (CMP). He did not dismiss the charge, however, that the two conspired to violate privacy rights.  Daleiden and Merritt are due to be arraigned on the refiled charges July 17.

Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge William Orrick of San Francisco has scheduled a hearing July 11 to determine if Daleiden and his defense lawyers will be held in contempt for publishing the links to many of the journalist’s recordings in May. Orrick issued an injunction last year that barred the public release of the recordings based on his claim the recordings might incite threats against abortion workers.

However, in June, Daleiden’s attorneys filed a motion requesting Orrick’s disqualification from his case “on the grounds that there is evidence of bias in favor of the plaintiff (due to an alleged  connection with the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, a Planned Parenthood affiliate)   and prejudice against the defendant.  The plaintiff in the case is the National Abortion Federation (NAF), which claims the videos would endanger the lives of their abortionists.

In the latest CMP video, which is a compilation of excerpts from video filmed at NAF trade shows, abortionists are heard discussing, amid laughter, the difficulties they face in their jobs, such as “the head that gets stuck that we can’t get out,” and “an eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross!”

At the end of May, Orrick censored any video links and references to the identities of NAF members. Following Orrick’s order, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, LiveLeak, and other sites deleted the video.

Peter Breen, special counsel with the Thomas More Society – which represents Daleiden – said the motion is extremely significant. He explained:  ‘Bringing a motion to disqualify a federal judge is a very serious matter. It’s not something that you do lightly, but in view of the evidence that has now come to light, we, as attorneys are duty bound, at this point, to bring the motion to disqualify. In fact, it would be malpractice for us not to. We believe the law requires disqualification.”

An affidavit by Daleiden also observes that Judge Orrick’s wife has posted photos of herself with her husband alongside public comments that are supportive of Planned Parenthood and critical of the defendants. According to Daleiden’s statement in the affidavit:  “I learned that, no later than the fall of 2015 Mrs. Orrick, “pinkified” her Facebook page and added the “I stand with Planned Parenthood” overlay across her profile picture. Planned Parenthood urged its supporters to add these elements to their Facebook pages as part of a social media campaign orchestrated specifically in response to the release of videos by myself and CMP. “Pinkifying” showed one’s support for Planned Parenthood and one’s belief that the videos were fraudulent.

“Just days ago, I further discovered that Mrs. Orrick “liked” a Facebook post by the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) that described my and CMP’s work as “heavily edited videos by a sham organization run by extremists who will stop at nothing to deny women legal abortion services.” The Facebook post also appeared to describe our videos as “domestic terrorism” against abortion providers.

“Mrs. Orrick also liked a Facebook Post by “Keep America Pro-Choice” that applauded my indictment in Harris County, Texas, which was ultimately dismissed as invalid by two different judges. Both “likes” were accompanied by a profile picture featuring Judge and Mrs. Orrick.”

According to the document containing Orrick’s responses to the Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees, in June of 2009, Orrick introduced now-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at a fundraiser for her campaign at the time of her bid for the post of California’s attorney general [p. 23]. In addition, he states, “I raised money and sponsored an event for the campaign of Kamala Harris for Attorney General in 2009, before I joined the Department of Justice.” (p. 31).

Democrat Harris was elected California attorney general in 2010, barely defeating then-Los Angeles district attorney Steven Cooley, a Republican, whose firm, Steven Cooley & Associates (SCA), now defends Daleiden and Merritt.

The videos of the Planned Parenthood officials, allegedly discussing how they obtain the highest quality fetal body parts during abortions in order to maximize sales to biotech companies, rocked the nation and set off multiple congressional investigations into the abortion and fetal tissue procurement industries.

Becerra, a former Democratic congressman who became attorney general after Harris, his predecessor, was sworn in as a U.S. senator, said his office “will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations,” reported the Los Angeles Times in March.  “The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra added.

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board, however, took issue with Becerra’s actions:  “It’s disturbingly aggressive for Becerra to apply this criminal statute to people who were trying to influence a contested issue of public policy, regardless of how sound or popular that policy may be. Planned Parenthood and biomedical company StemExpress, which was also featured in the videos, have another remedy for the harm that was done to them: They can sue Daleiden and Merritt for damages. The state doesn’t need to threaten the pair with prison time.”

Both Becerra and Harris have been the recipients of campaign funds from Planned Parenthood.  According to OpenSecrets.org, Becerra received a total of $5,535 from Planned Parenthood during his congressional election bids between 1998 and 2014.

Harris is on record as having received $2,600 in 2016 from Planned Parenthood for her Senate race campaign. Additionally, the current U.S. senator was the recipient of $39,855 from the Abortion Policy/Pro-Abortion Rights lobby group, according to OpenSecrets.org.

ElectionTrack.com also reported Harris received $15,000 from Planned Parenthood for her attorney general campaign bids.  Emails obtained by the Washington Times in September of 2016 showed that Harris’s office collaborated with Planned Parenthood to produce the California legislation criminalizing undercover journalists for publishing and distributing recordings of private communications with abortion providers.

According to the Times: “The documents are another indication of Ms. Harris‘ close relationship with Planned Parenthood and call into question the impartiality of her ongoing investigation of Mr. Daleiden, legal experts said. The emails show Beth Parker, chief legal counsel for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, sending multiple drafts of AB 1671 to Jill Habig, who was at the time special counsel to the attorney general.

“Attached is the language for AB 1671, proposed amendments to Penal Code section 632,” Ms. Parker wrote in an email marked March 8. “I look forward to your thoughts about this.” Ms. Parker sent a revised draft of the legislation to Ms. Habig on March 16. “Here’s the rewrite of the video tape bill,” she wrote. “Let me know what you think.”

Habig later became deputy manager of Harris’ U.S. Senate campaign. The campaign website featured a petition asking voters to support and protect Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.

The Washington Examiner reported the mainstream media has been “silent” on the Planned Parenthood contributions to the campaigns of Becerra and Harris, and observed as well that Lia Parada, a former aide to Becerra, is currently working as a Planned Parenthood lobbyist.

Charges brought against Daleiden and Merritt in Harris County, Texas – under suspicion of bias – were ultimately dropped. One of Planned Parenthood’s biotech partners – StemExpress – also backed off a lawsuit against the video makers.

Though Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing in its alleged sale of body parts, it also announced in October 2015 that it would no longer accept payments for aborted fetal tissue. The organization and its media and political allies continue to insist the CMP videos were “deceptively edited.” However, a Democrat opposition research firm named Fusion GPS – hired by Planned Parenthood itself to review the videos – said while their analysts observed the videos had been edited, “the analysis did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation.”

Additionally, Fusion noted, “[A]nalysts found no evidence that CMP inserted dialogue not spoken by Planned Parenthood staff.” An analysis by Coalfire, a third-party forensics company hired by Alliance Defending Freedom, found that the videos were “not manipulated” and that they are “authentic.”

Fusion GPS was found in June to be the same sketchy “research” firm that commissioned a dossier on President Donald Trump to present as alleged evidence of his wrongdoing in the “Russiagate” conspiracy.

The Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel have referred Planned Parenthood Federation of America, several of the largest Planned Parenthood affiliates in the country, and three of their business associates in the fetal tissue procurement industry to the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for criminal prosecution.

David Daleiden – www.lifesitenews.com

 

Monday, July 10 (Day 172):

The Hill:  FBI determines that James Comey leaked classified information

Former FBI Director, James Comey

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has determined that more than half of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation contain classified information.  In all, Comey wrote seven memos regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year.  The FBI has also deemed all seven memos government documents not personal property.

This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.

Comey testified last month he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a friend. He asked that friend, a lawyer at Columbia University, to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director. 

“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8. “You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?” “Correct,” Comey answered. “I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out.” 

Comey insisted in his testimony he believed his personal memos were unclassified, though he hinted one or two documents he created might have contained classified information.

FBI policy forbids any agent from releasing classified information or any information from ongoing investigations or sensitive operations without prior written permission, and it mandates that all records created during official duties are considered to be government property.

“Unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or negligent handling of information contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI or which I may acquire as an employee of the FBI could impair national security, place human life in jeopardy, result in the denial of due process, prevent the FBI from effectively discharging its responsibilities, or violate federal law,” states the agreement all FBI agents sign.

The American Center for Law and Justice said in their broadcast today, “Jim Comey has committed a crime,” a misdemeanor, possibly a felony up to 10 years in prison, depending if the government property was a classified leak.  “Comey is guilty of leaking government documents, possibly the Espionage Act if the information was classified and possibly the Privacy Act, disclosing private information without authority.

“Comey went a step further than Hillary Clinton, who just mishandled government information on her private server; not leaked it; Comey leaked government information.  This is deliberate and intentional misconduct and he can’t deploy the Hillary Clinton defense; who did not intend to engage in misconduct.”

President Trump slammed James Comey early Monday after a report in The Hill that the former FBI director’s private memos on his conversations with Trump contained classified material. “James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media,” Trump tweeted. “That is so illegal! James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017

The president also retweeted a Fox News report on The Hill’s article.

“Report accuses material James Comey leaked to a friend contained top secret information pic.twitter.com/Hkg4cAb6o9

— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 10, 2017

The Hill concluded:  “Congressional investigators are likely to turn their attention to the same issues to determine if Comey mishandled any classified information in his personal memos.  In order to make an assessment, congressional investigators will have to tackle key questions, such as where and how the memos were created, including whether they were written on an insecure computer or notepad; where and how the memos were stored, such as inside Comey’s home, in a briefcase or on an insecure laptop; whether any memos were shown to private individuals without a security clearance and whether those memos contained any classified information; and when was it determined by the government that the memos contained classified information, before Comey took them and shared one or after. One avenue for answering those questions is for a panel like Senate Intelligence, House Intelligence or Senate Judiciary to refer the matter to the Justice Department’s internal watchdog, the inspector general, or to the director of national intelligence and its inspector general.”

Puerto Rico Governor names statehood commission delegation

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has named a bipartisan congressional delegation of seven members (three Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent) to go to Washington, D.C. to seek statehood for the territory.

The three Republicans named were:   Former Gov. Luis Fortuño, a fiscal conservative and longtime proponent of statehood; retired Army Maj. Gen Félix Santoni and Puerto Rico Republican Party National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas. The three Democrats named last week:  former Govs. Carlos Romero Barceló and Pedro Rosselló Nevares, and former President of the Puerto Rico Senate Charles Rodríguez. The seventh member of the bipartisan committee is an independent, former Major League Baseball star Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez.

 

Tuesday, July 11 (Day 173):

Riverside Superior Court defends State Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

A Riverside Superior Court has ruled against California’s “Reproductive FACT Act,” which requires pro-life pregnancy centers, under pain of financial penalties, to advertise free or low-cost abortions paid for by the State of California.

Judge Gloria Trask of the Riverside County Superior Court issued a ruling which found that many of the State’s legal arguments in defense of the FACT Act did not comport with the Constitution, or even common-sense. Judge Trask held: The FACT Act forces the pregnancy center to point the way to the abortion clinic and can leave patients with the belief they were referred to an abortion provider.

“This statute compels the clinic to speak words with which it profoundly disagrees when the State has numerous alternative methods of publishing its message. This statute places too heavy a burden upon the liberty of free thought. The State can deliver its message without infringing upon anyone’s liberty. It may purchase television advertisements as it does to encourage Californians o sign up for Covered California or to conserve water. It may purchase billboard space…It can do everything but compel a free citizen to deliver that message.”

The American Center for Law and Justice has filed a cert petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to reverse the decision of the Ninth Circuit that held that the FACT Act does not violate the First Amendment. That petition remains pending.  Advocates for Faith & Freedom working with the Scharpen Foundation presented its case before the Riverside Superior Court.

White House rips Democrats:  ‘Needless obstruction’ on Trump nominees

The White House is accusing Senate Democrats of “needless obstruction” of President Trump’s nominees to numerous government positions, complaining that former President Barack Obama had far more nominees confirmed at this point of his presidency.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short argued during Monday’s press briefing that the stalled nominations were jeopardizing national security and accused Democrats of playing to its “radical left-wing base.

“In an effort to prevent President Trump from following through on the policies for which the American people voted, Senate Democrats are putting his nominations through time-consuming parliamentary procedures not seen by the previous administration,” the White House said in a statement.

The White House released figures Monday showing the Senate has confirmed less than a quarter of President Trump’s 216 nominations while the Senate confirmed 69 percent of Obama’s 454 nominations before the August recess his first year in office.

But the Senate is sitting on dozens of nominations that have been submitted. According the press secretary’s office, the Senate has confirmed 48 of Trump’s 197 agency nominations. The White House said only two of Trump’s 23 judicial nominations have been confirmed.

Positions still awaiting confirmation votes include deputy secretary of defense, principal deputy under the secretary of defense and assistant secretary of defense, the White House said. Other positions not yet confirmed by the Senate include solicitor general, assistant attorney general, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and deputy secretary of Health and Human Services.

Capital Hill

Wednesday, July 12 (Day 174):

President Trump wants 700-900 mile border wall with Mexico

President Trump said he wants to fence off 700 to 900 miles while talking to reporters Wednesday night aboard Air Force One en route to France. “There is a very good chance we can do a solar wall.  Mr. Trump said a solar wall “would actually look good,” as well.  The president raised the possibility of solar panels on the wall as a way to help raise money to pay for construction earlier this year.

Mr. Trump also agreed with border security experts who say the wall needs to allow visibility through to the Mexican side, as a safety precaution. The president said smugglers will throw heavy sacks of drugs up over the fence, which is a danger to Border Patrol agents.  “They hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff,” he said.

Customs and Border Protection, the agency that oversees the Border Patrol, is in the midst of evaluating proposals for the border wall, and has sought both concrete and non-concrete designs, specifically looking for versions that would allow visibility.

Congress took the first steps toward a down payment for the wall this week, with the House including $1.6 billion to build 60 miles of new barriers in Texas and to replace 14 miles of existing secondary fence in San Diego. 

 

Thursday, July 13 (Day 175):

Media bias study released by press watchdog

ABC, CBS, NBC evening news shows have been dominated by one subject this week: Donald J. Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower — “a meeting in which apparently no favors, money or meaningful information was exchanged,” writes analyst Geoffrey Dickens, in a new study for Newsbusters.org, a conservative press watchdog.

In the past four nights, the “Big Three” networks devoted over 62 minutes of airtime to Mr. Trump’s story he said, after tabulating the content of the coverage.

But those same news sources all but ignored “Hillary Clinton’s Russia-Uranium scandal” two years ago the analyst noted.

The total airtime for this subject amounted to a grand total of three minutes during the entire two-year period, Mr. Dickens found.  He recalls that Peter Schweizer — author of the 2015 book “Clinton Cash” — broke the story that a Canadian uranium company, seeking approval of a sale to the Russian government from then-Secretary of State Clinton’s State Department, had donated millions to the Clinton Foundation.

Trump  Administration uncovers massive healthcare fraud

Four hundred and twelve people, including 56 doctors, have been arrested in “the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced Thursday.

The main focus of the investigation was false billings to Medicaid and other government health offerings totaling an estimated $1.3 Billion in fraudulent profits for the criminals. “As a result of this operation, 295 health care providers are now in the process of being suspended or banned from participation in federal health programs,” Sessions explained.

One group of defendants-including six doctors-are alleged to have operated a scheme in Michigan to prescribe patients with unnecessary opioids, some of which ended up for sale on the street.  These defendants allegedly billed Medicare for $164 million in false and fraudulent claims.

One fake rehab facility for drug addicts in Palm Beach is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards, visits to strip clubs, and even drugs-enabling the company to bill for over $58 million in false treatments and tests.

Another illegal clinic in Houston allegedly gave out prescriptions for cash. Just one doctor at this clinic allegedly gave out 12,000 opioid prescriptions for over 2 million illegal painkiller doses.

“Heath care fraud is a crime that deserves special condemnation and requires special cooperation to combat. Not only does it involve stealing billions of taxpayer dollars from American seniors and the medically needy, but it also undermines the American people’s trust in our most important institutions,” said Price.

President Donald Trump has made a budget request calling for $70 billion in fraud enforcement funds.

Congressional members can now use campaign funds for security

The Federal Election Commission has unanimously agreed to let members of Congress use campaign funds to finance home security systems.  The five-member FEC board is now allowing federal lawmakers use campaign funds for costs associated with installing, upgrading and monitoring “cameras, sensors, distress devices and similar non-structural security devices, as well as locks, in and around a Member’s residence.”  The approval comes a month after a gunman opened during a congressional softball team practice, critically injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Residential security systems are “ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in connection with the duties of the individual as a holder of federal office,” the FEC agreed, meaning a lawmaker may legally use campaign funds to finance approved systems without violating the Federal Election Campaign Act’s rules for personal expenses.

“As a permitted use, the spending on the residential security systems does not fall into the Act’s prohibition on federal officeholders’ converting contributions they have accepted to their own ‘personal use,’” the FEC said.  The FEC’s vote addressed a request made last month by House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving in the wake of the shooting, which injured three others in addition to Mr. Scalise.

House lawmakers received 950 threats during the first six months of 2017, Mr. Irving said, up from 902 during all of 2016. “Members receive threatening communications on a daily basis,” he wrote in his request.

Mr. Scalise was shot in the hip when a gunman identified as James Hodgkinson, 66 of Illnois (who died in a shootout with police) opened fire as the Republican congressional softball team practiced on the morning of June 14 outside of Washington. He was readmitted to a D.C. hospital last week for a related infection.

Hawaii District court defines family members exempt from travel ban

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii ruled late Thursday that cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, as well as grandparents and grandchildren, all count as “close” family for the purposes of immigration law, and so they are exempt from the ban on travel from six targeted countries.

His ruling seems to test the limits of the Supreme Court’s 9-0 decision last month that revived the travel ban, overturning an earlier ruling by Judge Watson.

“The district court has issued decisions that are entrusted to the Executive Branch, undermined national security, delayed necessary action, created confusion, and violated a proper respect for separation of powers,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

The administration on Friday said it will appeal directly to the Supreme Court after a lower federal judge, for the second time, ruled against President Trump’s updated travel ban policy.

 

Friday, July 14 (Day 176):

President Trump visits President Emmanuel Macron for Bastille Day

President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France observed a Bastille Day military parade in Paris meant to emphasize the alliance between the United States and its ally as a two-day visit to France ended.  It was Mr. Trump’s first visit to France as president.

Tanks rolled down the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe framed behind them, memorializing the storming of the Bastille that helped set off the French Revolution. The parade also celebrated the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.  The United States Embassy said that nearly 200 American service members took part in the celebration. They included Air Force Thunderbirds and soldiers dressed in World War I uniforms.

Mr. Trump, is 71, and Mr. Macron — is 39, the same age as Mr. Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.  Mr. Trump had publicly supported Mr. Macron’s  opponent, Marine Le Pen, in France’s presidential elections. Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron have sharply differing views on a range of issues, most notably the Paris accord, the climate change pact that Mr. Trump renounced six weeks ago.

President wants new healthcare bill; Senate still debating healthcare

President Trump pushed Senate Republicans Friday to deliver on their health care promise, tweeting out his reaction on the continuing debate on Capitol Hill. “Republican Senators are working hard to get their failed ObamaCare replacement approved. I will be at my desk, pen in hand!” he tweeted.

“So impt Rep Senators, under leadership of @SenateMajLdr McConnell get healthcare plan approved. After 7yrs of O’Care disaster, must happen!” the president tweeted.  “After all of these years of suffering thru ObamaCare, Republican Senators must come through as they have promised!” he said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a motion to proceed (end debate) on Tuesday according to Oklahoma Senator James Lankford and possibly vote on the Senate bill Thursday or Friday of next week.  The Senate bill has removed the employee and employer mandates and increased the number of insurance options available.

President Donald Trump and President Emmanuel Macron

President Trump remodeling the State Department

President Trump is seeking to remodel the State Department in an unprecedented way, according to former officials from administrations of both political parties. The administration’s efforts, include a proposed budget, cut of nearly 30 percent, a hiring freeze and a potential reshuffling of offices within the State Department.

 

 (Editor’s Note:  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.)

 

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: hernandez.mike@aol.com.


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