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PLANET OXNARD | Big hearts, big love

The American Heart Association delivered nearly 200 knit hats to St. John’s Regional Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit the last week of January, as part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program. The little hats were knitted by volunteers and will be given to newborns at St. John’s Regional Medical Center throughout February to raise awareness about the symptoms of congenital birth defects in newborns. The Little Hats, Big Hearts program kicks off the American Heart Association’s Heart Month that takes place annually in...

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by Jackie Gardina Local experts discuss the legal hurdles and issues facing President-elect Donald Trump in his first 100 days in office. This week, the President-Elect Trump and the Emoluments Clause. Is President Trump violating the Constitution? On Monday, Jan. 23, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other business operations to accept payments from foreign governments. Since his election, there have been repeated calls for President Trump to fully divest from his business and place the proceeds in a “blind trust”...

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ASK A TRUMP QUESTION | Local legal experts answer questions about civil rights concerns

by Jackie Gardina Local experts discuss the legal hurdles and loopholes to fulfilling promises that President-elect Donald Trump made on the campaign trail. This week, the repeal of Obamacare. What is the future of Obamacare? Both President-Elect Donald Trump and the Republican leadership have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, immediately. Whether Congress will vote to repeal, repeal and replace, or simply amend the current law remains unclear. Moreover, Trump could take immediate executive action that could effectively cripple the law. Regardless, any change will have a significant effect on Californians. Under Obamacare, nearly...

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During the course of the campaign and since the election, President-elect Trump has offered shifting policy proposals regarding the treatment of those who identify as Muslim. He first proposed “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Later, Trump slightly amended the proposal from a ban on Muslims to a call to “temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.” He further suggested a system of “extreme vetting” of immigrants to ensure that they “share our values and respect our people.” When...

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ASK A TRUMP QUESTION | Local legal experts answer questions about Trump administration concerns

With the election of Donald Trump came a lot of worry and outrage that certain civil rights would be repealed, abolished or destroyed. This week, we begin the “Ask a Trump question” column, where legal experts address the many concerns that arose during the two-year presidential campaign cycle. How will the Trump administration impact LGBT rights? After the election, questions were raised about whether progress for the LGBT community could be lost under a Donald Trump administration. The concerns emanated from three sources: President-elect Trump’s statements as a candidate regarding marriage equality; Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s active opposition to...

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