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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda………we will look back at the week that the GOP passed the repeal of Obama Care…….what role did President Trump and VP Pence play in lining up the votes? The proposed law now goes to the US Senate where Senate Democrats will have to choose between saying no or taking care of their states………..President Trump announced first international trip…….more bad news about the impact of irresponsible politics on the police force………Mr Corbert and the consequences of Trump Derangement Syndrome……..the city of Sacramento is going to pay for the legal costs of illegal immigrants evading US laws….plus other stories……….

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May 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

And now President Macron has to worry about jobs for the young people

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Congratulations to President elect Macron.    He won the presidency of France with big numbers.    He also faces big challenges, as Bret Stephens wrote this week:    

The French are desperate. Jobs are the No. 1 election concern, ahead of terrorism and the migration crisis. As of March, the unemployment rate was 10.1 percent. Youth unemployment: 23.7 percent. These figures would be shocking in the midst of a recession.

But this is France seven years into a recovery. The last time the growth rate surpassed the 3 percent mark was 17 years ago.

We wish him well.   However, don’t be surprised if he is very unpopular rather quickly.    Jobs, jobs and jobs is issue # 1 in France.    Does President elect Macron have any ideas to revitalized the French economy?    I don’t hear them.

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May 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

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Gary Cooper (1901-61)

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Gary Cooper was born on this day in 1901.  He made some great movies and we still enjoy them today, such as Pride of the Yankees (1942), Ball of Fire (1941), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) and The Fountainhead (1949).

In the 1950s, he made High Noon (1952) Friendly Persuasion (1956) and Love in the Afternoon (1957).

A great actor, an American original.

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May 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

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Who needs elections? We got judges!

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What do you do when you lose everything between Maryland and the California border?  You look for friendly judges who hate Trump as much as you do.  You get these judges to write opinions that slow down or stop President Trump’s agenda.

It probably draws a cheer from left-wing precincts, but it does not serve the independence of the judiciary.  After all, who wants to take the field when the guy calling balls and strikes is a partisan for the other team?

Marc O. DeGirolami is a law professor at St. John’s University and the author of The Tragedy of Religious Freedom.    

Professor DeGirolami wrote a great post this weekend about judges with a bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome:   

Something ugly is happening to the First Amendment. It is being contorted to enable judges to protest Donald Trump’s presidency. 


The perennial impulse of judges to manipulate the law to achieve morally and politically desirable ends has only been exacerbated by the felt necessity to “resist” Trump. 

The result: Legal tests concerning the freedoms of speech and religion that in some cases were already highly dubious are being further deformed and twisted.

Welcome to the rise of fake law. Just as fake news spreads ideologically motivated misinformation with a newsy veneer, fake law brings us judicial posturing, virtue signaling, and opinionating masquerading as jurisprudence. 

And just as fake news augurs the end of authoritative reporting, fake law portends the diminution of law’s legitimacy and the warping of judges’ self-understanding of their constitutional role.

Those who try to police the relentlessly transformational projects of constitutional progressives had much to dread from the Obama administration, an inveterate ally of the legal left that did what it could to graft the aspirations of progressives onto the Constitution. 

But Trump’s presidency may be even worse, because too many judges now feel called to “resist” Trump and all his works – no matter the cost to the law’s authority and to the integrity of the judicial role.

It may go on for a while.  In other words, it won’t be long before every law that passes a red state, such as the new sanctuary city rules in Texas, will be frozen by some judge who thinks he knows best.

How much longer will this nonsense go on?  I don’t know, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions could do the U.S. Constitution a big favor by taking a few of these opinions to the Supreme Court to re-establish executive authority.  

It’s time to remind judges that President Trump is the commander of the chief or that the federal government can withhold funds if states are not living up to the law.

Can you say the 55 mph speed limit, please?  Who remembers the “bathroom” debate?

It may be time for Chief Justice John Roberts to remind judges that they are in the wrong branch if they want to make law.   

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May 7, 2017 at 6:42 am