UPDATED: Judge Orders Feds to Allow a Minor illegal Alien to Have an Abortion

Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the Trump administration to allow an illegal alien teenager to obtain an abortion.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement had prevented the 17-year-old, identified only as Jane Doe and who is being held at a shelter for unaccompanied undocumented minors in Texas, from getting an abortion.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit Friday, in a Washington, D.C. federal court, challenging the “obstruction” and the Trump administration’s abortion ban for undocumented pregnant girls who are held in the government-funded shelters. The Trump abortion ban, which was revealed in documents filed in a San Francisco court case, has been in effect since March and prohibits abortions for pregnant girls who entered the United States alone and are in immigration custody.

Under the Administration’s policy, shelters cannot release minors for abortion-related services without approval of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. Bob Egelko reports the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Scott Lloyd, has said he will allow release detainees only for “pregnancy services and life-affirming options counseling. . . . My priority is unborn children, and there will be no more abortions.”

According to Egelko, pregnant minors in the shelters are ordered to visit religiously sponsored “crisis pregnancy centers” where they are shown fetal sonograms, warned of the dangers of abortions and pressured to give birth. In addition, Lloyd’s office contacts the girls’ parents in their homelands to tell them their daughters are pregnant. And Lloyd himself has visited shelters to try to talk individual residents out of having abortions.

The Justice Department has said that Jane Doe’s rights were not being violated because she was free to leave the shelter and return to her homeland.

In her order, Judge Chutkan — an Obama nominee, wrote the government must “promptly and without delay” allow the 17-year-old to “be transported to an abortion provider closest to the shelter where she is being held, closest to J.D.’s shelter in order to obtain the counseling required by [Texas] state law by October 19, 2017, and to obtain the abortion procedure on October 20, 2017 and/or October 21, 2017.”

Chutkan’s order also restrained the government from “interfering with or obstructing [the teen’s] access to abortion counseling or an abortion.”

BuzzFeed reports Chutkan said, “Just because she’s here illegally doesn’t mean she doesn’t have constitutional rights.”

The ACLU argues the right to abortion is covered by the guarantee of due process of law, which is provided, under the Constitution, to any “person” in the United States, and not just to U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. Judge Chutkan’s order has the potential to create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the United States illegally, no matter how briefly.

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, on Thursday, temporarily stayed Judge Chutkan’s ruling ordering the Trump administration to allow the illegal alien teenager to obtain an abortion.

The Court of Appeals still allowed the teenager to be taken to a counseling meeting with the doctor who would perform the abortion.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed an appeal Wednesday night shortly after Judge Chutkan ruled in favor of the teenager.

Trump to Address the Nation on Afghanistan and South Asia




President Donald J. Trump will address the nation about his strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia this evening at 9:00 p.m. from Fort Myer in Arlington, VA.

After a seven-month review of options in Afghanistan, during which President Trump expressed frustration about continuing to follow a losing strategy, Trump and his advisors have decided upon a strategy. The decision emerged from a meeting he held Friday with Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, national security advisor H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and other top advisors at the presidential retreat at Camp David, in rural Maryland.

The details of the Trump strategy havens been revealed but Defense Secretary Mattis offered a few comments about the strategy Sunday:

“The process was rigorous,” Mattis said Sunday, speaking to reporters in Amman, Jordan, as he visited the region. “And it involved all members of the Cabinet, of the national security staff, writ large.”



Without going into detail, Mattis said the strategy “involves significant allies,” presumably members of the NATO coalition that have fought at the U.S.’s side in Afghanistan since the invasion that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“The president has made a decision,” Mattis said. “I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous.”

“It is a South Asia strategy,” he added. “It is not just an Afghanistan strategy.”

Reports say that the new strategy includes an increase in troop strength of 4,000 troops. That’s not really new because President Trump authorized the troop increase in June. Mattis refrained from building up the American force there until Trump agreed on a broader strategy.

Jonathan Swan of Axios reports that, “Trump’s top national security advisers all agree the only way they’ll win their missions in Afghanistan is to modestly increase troop levels, keep training the Afghan military, and keep a strong CIA and special forces presence to run aggressive counter-terrorism operations.” Mattis has reportedly “been using this line in meetings: ‘Mr. President, we haven’t fought a 16-year war so much as we have fought a one-year war, 16 times.’”

Trump’s advisors presented him with other scenarios, which included a gradual withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan (a continuation of Obama’s failed strategy), and counter-terrorism-only options. Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon wanted Trump to gradually withdraw the U.S. military from Afghanistan and replace it with private paramilitary forces to hunt terrorists. Swain tells us that Mattis and company never took that idea seriously:

I’m told the Bannon strategy has never been part of the NSC paperwork, though the former chief strategist circumvented the official process and took his arguments directly to the president.

According to Swan, despite his reluctance, Trump “doesn’t want to be the president who loses the country to the terrorists.” Should Trump order a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, advisers believe he’d all but ensure the Taliban completes its takeover of the country. Al-Qaeda and ISIS would be allowed to flourish, and you’d have a terrorist launching pad similar to before 9/11.

President has told his advisors that while he thinks the war in Afghanistan has been a disaster, and the U.S. is losing, he thinks total withdrawal would be bad. Trump saw what happened when Obama withdrew from Iraq and believes that doing so precipitously in Afghanistan would allow the Taliban to take over, and Al-Qaeda would be resurgent.

The new strategy will only work if the Taliban is denied its sanctuaries in Pakistan. Reuters reports that Trump’s advisors are split on how much to pressure Pakistan:

Nicholson, McMaster and Lisa Curtis, senior director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council, favor taking a strong hand with Pakistan to deal with Taliban militants using that country as a base from which to plot attacks in Afghanistan, current and former officials say.

On the other side are State Department officials and others at the Pentagon, including Dunford, who take a broader view of Pakistan’s strategic importance and are less convinced that harsh actions will secure more cooperation from Islamabad, they said.

I don’t see how we can win in Afghanistan unless the Taliban is denied safe haven in Pakistan and Iran and Russia are made to stop sheltering, training, funding and arming Taliban insurgents.

Sen. Tim Scott: We Want Clarity and Moral Authority From Our President




Sen. Tim Scott,  the Senate’s only African-American Republican, during an interview with VICE News on Thursday, condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists and joined the beat down on President Donald J. Trump’s comments on last weekend’s “alt-right”/”alt-left” hate riot at Charlottesville saying, what we want to see from our President is clarity and moral authority and that moral authority is compromised:

SEN. SCOTT: I am not going to defend the indefensible. I’m not here to do that. I’m here to be clear, and to be concise and succinct. His comments on Monday were strong. His comments on Tuesday started erasing the comments that were strong. What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happens. There’s no question about that. We should all call that on the carpet. I certainly have.

INTERVIEWER: So does the president have moral authority now?

SEN. SCOTT: I think he has it. He’s losing a part of it.

INTERVIEWER: He has it? You think so?



SEN. SCOTT: Also — he’s, we elected him as President so there’s no question that we gave him moral authority. The problem is that in this situation, in the last three or four days, what we’ve seen is that moral authority being compromised by the lack of clarity, by what we have seen as the, a pivot backwards, which is very unsettling for many Americans, to include me.

Scott also said that he would continue to work with Trump when they agree and speak out when he disagrees with the President.

You can watch a video of the interview below (the excerpted passage begins about 1:20 mark):

Tim Scott is an inspiring genuine Conservative. He was the seventh African-American ever elected to the Senate, and the first from the South since Reconstruction. He speaks with great authority and clarity about modern racism.

Trump Gets North Korea to Back Down From Threat to Hit Guam

NBC Nightly News reported that while Kim is said to be “reviewing plans for the missile strike to launch toward . . . Guam,” if North Korea “actually goes through with it, Defense Secretary Mattis promised swift military action.”

The Los Angeles Times reports North Korean looney leader Kim Jong-un has “decided not to launch missiles toward Guam. According to the Times, the North Korean announcement appeared in Pyongyang’s state media Tuesday shortly after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that an attack could quickly escalate to war:

Mattis said Monday that if North Korea follows through on its threats to fire a missile at the United States, “it’s game on.”

 

Speaking to reporters, Mattis added that the U.S. military would “take out” any North Korean missile it detects is heading for American soil, including Guam, a U.S. territory. Mattis said the U.S. would detect a missile of that nature heading toward Guam “within moments.”

 

Mattis added that if North Korea fires at the U.S., “it could escalate into war very quickly . . . yes, that’s called war, if they shoot at us.”

 

Asked how the U.S. would respond, Mattis initially declined to say. When pressed, he said that if U.S. radars and other detection and tracking systems determine that a missile was going to fall into the sea, short of Guam, then the matter would be taken to President Donald Trump for a decision on how to respond.

The Washington Examiner reports North Korea backed down on its threat to launch a missile attack on Guam after Trump threatened it last week with “fire and fury” on North Korea if it threatened the U.S. again.

North Korea’s decision to back down is a yuge victory for President Donald J. Trump and the United States.  The North Koreans backed down after a sustained “Twitter war of words” with President Trump. Trump’s cabinet members deserve credit here as well. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley got Russia and China to agree to harsh United Nations Security Council economic sanctions against North Korea. Sanctions China actually seems to be willing to implement.  China even warned North Korea that it would be on its own if it launches missiles threatening the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and  National security adviser H.R. McMaster did a great job calming the waters, saying that an attack from North Korea is not imminent And Mattis made it clear the U.S. military was “ready to fight tonight.” NPR reports that Guam and the U.S. air and naval forces based there have been under alert since it was named by North Korea as a potential target

In addition, Sunday the Trump administration announced the end of Obama’s failed do nothing “Strategic Patience” so-called strategy for dealing with the rogue state. Under President Trump the U.S. will hold North Korea to account as we pursue a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Unfortunately the North Koreans could always change their minds about attacking the U.S. The Los Angeles Times reported the statement in the North Korean state media warned that Kim could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions,” in which case the country’s artillerymen would “wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks.”

NY Times Reporter starts a Twitter War and Sen. Cruz Finishes It




Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz tweet-shamed New York Times “investigative” reporter Eric Lipton on Sunday after Lipton took an ill-advised shot at Cruz for denouncing white nationalists after Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville.

Sen. Cruz minced no words calling the attack an act of “domestic terrorism” and he urged Department of Justice to investigate the attack in a statement he tweeted:

“It’s tragic and heartbreaking to see hatred and racism once again mar our great Nation with bloodshed. Heidi’s and my prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured in the ongoing violence in Charlottesville. The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society.



The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate. Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.

These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail. America is far better than this. Our Nation was built on fundamental truths, none more central than the proposition ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.’”

Lipton tried to belittle the senator’s condemnation of white nationalists as mere political “posturing,” although as the Daily Caller noted Lipton “offered no evidence to support that claim”:

Cruz replied with pitch perfect tweets:

In case you are not aware, Cruz and Rubio are Cuban-American

As RedState’s Caleb Howe put it, Cruz should teach Twitter Republicans how to use Twitter.

Let President Trump Do His Job (Video)




President Donald J. Trump’s reelection campaign committee, released a new campaign advertisement that highlights some of the President’s achievements and goes after those obstructing Trump’s agenda.

Key achievements by President Trump highlighted in the ad include:

  • One million new jobs created
  • More Americans working than ever before
  • Unemployment at its lowest level since 2001
  • The strongest military in decades

The ad ends with a tag line that is sure to resonate among trump supporters:

Let President Trump do his job.

Watch the ad below:

According to the President Trump’s reelection campaign committee, the 30-second ad will be run nationally on cable TV and the internet.



In a written statement Michael S. Glassner, Executive Director of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., said “the new campaign ad speaks directly to the American people and sets the record straight, reminding them that President Donald Trump will not stop fighting for them and will not allow anyone to stand in his way to deliver success for them.”

If you think it’s early for a reelection Campaign ad, you are right. Presidents usually wait until half way through their four year term before filing for reelection. President Trump filed for reelection the day he took office. That move has allowed Trump to begin campaigning long before the November 2020 election.

The Growing Trump Judiciary




President Donald J. Trump is outpacing his predecessors when it comes to getting federal judges confirmed. President Trump’s fifth court pick was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. Alabama lawyer Kevin Christopher Newsom was confirmed to a seat on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on a 66-31 vote, with 16 Democrats joining the GOP.

Judge Newsom is President Trump’s the third circuit judge confirmed so far, and combined with one district judge and Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, puts the president and the GOP-led Senate well ahead of his predecessor.



President Obama had zero judges confirmed in his first six months and it took him until November of 2009 to get three circuit court nominees through the Senate. President George W. Bush had one circuit judge and two district judges confirmed by August of his first term.

According to the Washington Times, the Trump administration has moved faster on filling judicial vacancies compared to the past administrations because it works with and consults senators, regardless of political affiliation, to select high-caliber nominees. Although Mr. Newsom was the president’s fifth confirmed judicial pick, Mr. Trump still has more than a dozen nominees still waiting to be cleared by lawmakers. According to the administration’s count, there are seven circuit court nominees and 17 district court nominees pending in the Senate

In addition to the vacant Supreme Court seat, President Trump inherited more than 100 federal court vacancies to fill and another 12 federal judges have announced plans to leave their posts later this year. So far Trump has announced a total of 28 judicial picks.

Jeffrey Toobin reports that during that same period in his  first term, Obama nominated only four district judges and five appeals-court judges. If you include U.S. Attorneys, Trump nominated fifty-five people, and Obama just twenty-two.

Trump is on course to reshape the judiciary in a notably conservative direction, even if he doesn’t get any more appointments to the Supreme Court. John Malcolm, legal and judicial studies director for the Heritage Foundation, told the Washington Times that “appointing constitutionalist judges may well become the most lasting legacy of the Trump administration.”

Trump to Decide Whether to Continue Obama’s Unconstitutional ObamaCare Subsidies




During an appearance on this week’s edition of “Fox News Sunday,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said that President Donald J. Trump would decide this week if his administration will continue to make cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies.

The payments, called CSRs, subsidize insurers for reducing co-pays and deductibles for low-income Obamacare customers.

When asked by moderator Chris Wallace if Trump was going to cut off those payments, Conway said, “He’s going to make that decision this week and that’s a decision that only he can make.” Here’s the exchange from the Fox News transcript:

WALLACE: Is the present going to cut off the CSR payments, the out-of-pocket payments? He can do it starting next month, this week.

CONWAY: Yes, he can. He can — he’s going to make that decision this week, and that’s the decision that only he can make.



But let’s go back to what we are really talking about here. When he said yesterday in the same tweet, I believe, about the bailout — the insurance companies’ bailout from members of Congress, he’s talked about the CSR payments. He’s also talking about this really sweet deal that members of Congress and their staffers have where they are not beholden to the same health healthcare that so many Americans say is unaffordable and unsustainable and untenable.

And this is exactly what so many Americans hate about Washington, D.C. They feel like they have their nose pressed up against the glass, peering into the special interests, the swamp, these lobbyists, the folks on Capitol Hill. They want people to live under the same rules they do. And, frankly, if people had the same rules on Capitol Hill, maybe they would have a stronger taste of what it feels like to be in a short — what it feels like —

WALLACE: Kellyanne —

CONWAY: — to have to choose between paying your premiums and paying your grocery bill.

President Obama’s CSR payments have been found unconstitutional. On May 12, 2016, United States District Judge Rosemary Collyer of the federal district court for the District of Columbia decided that the Obama administration could not constitutionally reimburse insurers for the costs they incur in fulfilling their ObamaCare obligation to reduce cost sharing because Congress had not appropriated money to cover the CSR payments.

As Timothy Jost explains, the lawsuit was an attempt by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to hold President Obama responsible for his abuses of presidential power. On July 30, 2014, the House voted to file a lawsuit challenging the President’s implementation of the law. The complaint, filed on November 21, 2014, focused on two issues: the decision by the Obama administration in 2013 to delay the implementation of the employer mandate for a year, and the funding by the administration of the Affordable Care Act’s CSR payments, without an explicit appropriation.

Judge Collyer’s decision was a clear victory for the House of Representatives.

The Washington Examiner reports that President Trump has threatened to allow Obamacare to collapse and implode after Congress failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. President Trump also said on Twitter that he wants the Senate to keep working on healthcare after Republicans were unable to get the votes for a “skinny repeal” bill last week.

As Conway told Wallace, President Trump isn’t willing to move on to other legislative priorities just yet:

CONWAY: The president will not accept those who said it’s, quote, time to move on. He wants to help the millions of Americans who have suffered with no coverage. They were lied to by the last president. They couldn’t keep the doctor. They couldn’t keep their plan.

We’ve met with the ObamaCare victims at the White House several times now. They’re real people, they’re suffering.

And when he talks about the 51 votes, the president is basically making the case that so many of the components of real healthcare reform, Chris, requires 60 votes — the drug pricing, the selling of insurance across state lines, the associated health plans that allow those who don’t get their health insurance to the employers like you and I do, or to government benefits, who have been left out because the premiums are too high.

Premiums have doubled. We see in some states that there are no insurers —

(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE: Let’s talk about that. Kellyanne —

CONWAY: So, he will. He will stick with it.

If President Trump refuses to continue Obama’s unconstitutional CSR payments, Obamacare will have even more problems.