Heritage Foundation influences Trump Transition, supports Jeff Sessions Attorney General nomination
Heritage Foundation ‘one of the most influential forces’ shaping Trump transition
[T]he Heritage Foundation has emerged as one of the most influential forces shaping President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, embedding the veteran Washington group into the operation of a candidate who ran loudly against the Beltway.
Part gate-keeper, part brain trust and part boots on the ground, Heritage is both a major presence on the transition team itself, and a crucial conduit between Trump’s orbit and the once-skeptical conservative leaders who ultimately helped get him elected.
Heritage is “absolutely the fulcrum, and essential to staffing the administration with people who reflect Trump’s commitments across the board,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the prominent Susan B. Anthony List group…
Heritage experts spent much of the past year preparing Mandate for Leadership, a series of reports outlining specific policies the new administration should enact. Heritage also helped craft a list of potential conservative Supreme Court appointees–and as Politico notes, “it’s hard to overstate the importance of that list.”
The Politico writeup also explains that Heritage helped build a “shadow transition team” by identifying conservatives who could serve in the administration:
Three sources from different conservative groups said that Heritage employees have been soliciting, stockpiling and vetting resumes for months with an eye on stacking Trump’s administration with conservative appointees across the government. One source described the efforts as a “shadow transition team,” and “an effort to have the right kind of people in there.”
Why Jeff Sessions is the perfect pick for attorney general.
Last week, Trump nominated Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., for attorney general. Conservatives are excited — and for good reason. Heritage President Jim DeMint said that “No one will work harder than Jeff Sessions to defend the freedoms and safety of all Americans as attorney general.“ Not surprisingly, liberal news outlets are reporting that Sessions’ road to confirmation could face Democrat opposition. Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow, says that is what makes him such a good nominee. “Sen. Sessions is battle-tested. He has shown that he will stand up to the vicious and spiteful lies cast by the left in the heat of political fights over constitutional principles.” Read his commentary on FoxNews.com. Meanwhile, Heritage staff continue to assist Trump’s transition with guidance on nominees and conservative policy solutions.
Pentagon to End Gun-Free Zones on Military Bases
On November 18, the Pentagon issued a Defense Department directive that will “allow Department of Defense (D0D) personnel to carry firearms and employ deadly force while performing official duties.”
Secretary of Defense Robert Work approved the directive.
Military.com reports that the directive “also provides detailed guidance to the services for permitting soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel to carry privately owned firearms on DoD property.” It authorizes “commanders, 05 and above…[to] grant permission to DoD personnel requesting to carry a privately owned firearm (concealed or open carry) on DoD property for a personal protection purpose not related to performance of an official duty or status.”
President-elect Donald Trump ran on removing gun-free zones from military bases. On July 9, 2015, Breitbart News reported that Trump pledged to end the gun-free scenarios for U.S. troops by “[mandating] that soldiers remain armed and on alert at our military bases.”
Judge spanks transgender-obsessed Obama
Reaffirms nationwide injunction blocking White House policy for trans bathroom in schools
The ruling this week from U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor left intact his nationwide injunction against Obama’s decision that transgender public school students can use the restroom of their choice, rather than the restroom designated for their biological gender.
The Obama administration contends that when Congress adopted the nondiscrimination law in 1972, it had open restrooms and showers in mind.
At that time, the judge pointed out, “It cannot be disputed that the plain meaning of the term sex as used in [existing law] when it was enacted by DOE following passage of Title IX meant the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.”
See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”