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Sorry, this president is way less ‘authoritarian’ than the last one

By David French • New York Post

Lost in most of the coverage of President Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama administration’s transgender mandates is a fundamental legal reality: The Trump administration just relinquished authority over gender-identity policy in the nation’s federally funded schools and colleges.

In other words, Trump was less authoritarian than Obama. And that’s not the only case.

  • Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a man known not just for his intellect and integrity but also for his powerful legal argument against ­executive-branch overreach. Based on his previous legal writings, if Gorsuch had his way, the federal bureaucracy could well face the most dramatic check on its authority since the early days of the New Deal.
  •  Trump nominated H. R. McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as his national-security adviser. McMaster made his name on battlefields in the Gulf War and the Iraq War, but he made his name as a scholar by writing a book, “Dereliction of Duty,” that strongly condemned Vietnam-era generals for simply rolling over in the face of Johnson-administration blunders and excesses.
  • In his view, military leaders owe their civilian commander in chief honest and courageous counsel — even when a president may not want to hear their words.
  •  When the Ninth Circuit blocked Trump’s immigration executive order (which was certainly an aggressive assertion of presidential power), he responded differently from the Obama administration when it faced similar judicial setbacks.

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Federal Judge Rejects Obama’s ‘Executive Privilege’ Over Fast And Furious Documents

by Charlie Spiering     •     Breitbart

President Obama will no longer be able to keep secret the documents related to the botched gun walking operation in Mexico in “Operation Fast and Furious,” thanks to a ruling from a federal judge.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected Obama’s claim of executive privilege, according to Politico – which was invoked to protect Attorney General Eric Holder from the truth about the operation. Jackson was nominated for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by Obama.

This is the latest step in the ongoing fight for details of the operation that poisoned the relationship between Holder and members of Congress who voted to hold the former Attorney General in contempt of Congress.

But the fight is not over, as the Obama administration could appeal the ruling to a higher court.

Executive Privilege or Cover-up?

by George Landrith

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), which is part of the Department of Justice, ran the Fast and Furious “gun-walking” operation in which government agents purposely facilitated the sale of thousands of guns to the Mexican drug cartels. Hundreds of those Fast and Furious guns have been used in a long litany of drug-related murders along both sides of our southern border. On December 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, was killed in a shootout in Arizona with drug cartel members who had guns provided by the ATF. Over 200 Mexicans have been murdered with Fast and Furious guns and to make matters worse, hundreds of Fast and Furious guns are still in the hands of Mexican drug cartel thugs. Continue reading

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