John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher/Editor, Michael Edelman, Esq., National Political Analyst, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large on Westchester On the Level – Monday, December 17, 2018th @10am EDT

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor John Bailey opens the Monday, December 10, 2018th broadcast with respect to issues impacting the City of White Plains, the Town of Greenburgh, and Westchester County government. This segment heard from 10-10:30am. 

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Analyst Michael Edelman, Esq., speaks to national and international concerns revolving about POTUS. 

  1. U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor’s decision Friday sent shockwaves through the country and health-care industry after he ruled in favor of a challenge from 20 GOP-led states and struck down the entire Affordable Care. O’Connor ruled that because in 2012 the Supreme Court upheld the law’s mandate to have coverage under the power to tax, once Congress repealed the penalty for failing to comply with the mandate last year, the mandate is no longer a tax and therefore is unconstitutional. The main issue with respect to O’Connor’s ruling that because the mandate is unconstitutional, the rest of the Affordable Care Act is also invalid. Some legal experts suggest the ruling violates the established legal standard that Congress’s intent should be the guide, and in this case it is obvious for some that Congress intended for the rest of the Affordable Care Act to remain when it repealed only the mandate penalty last year. We learn Mr. Edelman’s legal and political perspective and its ramifications.
  2. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke advised Saturday he is resigning his post in the Trump Administration because he asserts the cost of fighting off “false allegations” is onerous, claiming he cannot justify spending thousands of dollars defending himself and his family “against false allegations.” Zinke has faced numerous allegations of violating ethics rules during his 21 months in office.
  3. Michael Cohen, President Trumps’s former lawyer has become a public relations and legal threat to the White House. On ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday, ihe insisted that “of course” Trump knew payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal were wrong. When George Stephanopoulos asked about Trump’s assertion that he had not directed his longtime attorney to do anything wrong, Cohen responded, “I don’t think there’s anybody that believes that.” Cohen also said the payments were apparently intended to suppress the women’s accusations that they had affairs with the then-candidate about a decade earlier were made “to help him and the campaign.” If Trump was indeed complicit in making concealed payments to boost his election chances,  the law define Trump’s conduct to be a felonious violation of campaign law. While Trump vigorously disputes such suggestions, does Trump’s shifting explanations undermine POTUS and that of his administration? 
  4. The death of Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who crossed the border illegally with her father died after she and her father where separated from one another. When Department of Homeland Security (DHS) transported her to New Mexico, after screening her the night before, she fell ill. She was flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, for treatment. She died of shock and dehydration. It took DHS almost a week to divulge the incident. It was  determined she had no food or water for days.
  5. Some pundits are suggesting that assuming Donald Trump runs for reelection in 2020, incumbency will be the winning edge over all challengers. Can past incumbency victories trump all other contenders? Or is this a meaningless trial balloon to gauge public sentiment?
  6. President trump named Mick Mulvaney, his budget director, a week after Nick Ayers publicly turned POTUS down. I being a part of the Trump Administration too difficult to maneuver? Why are there seemingly more departures under Pres. Trump than in prior administrations? This segment airs from 10:30-11am

Thereafter, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris engages in the hyperlocal concerns, county, state, national, and international news with commensurate analysis. This segment airs from 11am-12Noon.


eHeziJohn Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher/Editor, Michael Edelman, Esq., National Political Analyst, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large on Westchester On the Level – Monday, December 17, 2018th @10am EDT

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