Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

NATIONAL EMERGENCY?; 02/18/2019

First of all, a brief primer on the National Emergency Act. Congress passed the National Emergency Act in 1976 in recognition of the perceived need for the President to have certain powers in the event of an emergency. The NEA terminated all previous national emergencies and formalized the process for the President to declare a… Continue Reading

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TO WALL, OR NOT TO WALL? IS THAT THE QUESTION?; 02/03/2019

To paraphrase from Laurel and Hardy, “This is a fine kettle of fish you have gotten me into!” President Trump and Speaker Pelosi have given a conference committee of Congressional appropriators until February 15th (effectively the 9th) to come up with a formula for funding the 25% of the government that was shutdown for 31… Continue Reading

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JUNIOR HI; 01/23/2019

  “Nancy:  Donnie, I am going to have a party at my House. Everyone will be there. It will be the greatest ever! Will you come? Donnie:   You mean Everyone? Even Chuckie and Steny and Elizabeth and EVERYONE? Of course, I will come to the party at your House. It will be HUUUUGE! Nancy:   Donnie,… Continue Reading

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TEXAS PUNDITRY; 01/22/2019

I believe most of you know I live in Texas. Right after the mid-term election in November, 2018, I ventured some thoughts on the national scene. Here are some observations about my home state For the last 40 years or so, Texas has been the bulwark of Republican presidential elections. You could put Texas in… Continue Reading

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: 01/08/2019

YAWN!! Reminds me of two bull mooses separated by an wall (get it) bugling and challenging each other with full knowledge that nothing was actually going to happen. President Trump attempted to make this a humanitarian, law and order crisis by citing horrible incidents of violence by persons here illegally, as if to say that… Continue Reading

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SHUTDOWNS AND OTHER LUNACIES; 12/30/2018

Today about 1/3rd of the United States government is “shutdown”, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State and the Department of Justice. This means that those persons working in the shutdown departments that are “essential” are still working but not getting paid until after the shutdown, and those persons deemed “non-essential” and furloughed… Continue Reading

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MUELLER; 12/10/2018

After a pause for the mid-term elections, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has lit the afterburners. In the past two weeks, we have seen additional charges brought against Michael Cohen along with a harsh sentencing memo, a lenient sentencing memo for Michael Flynn, and a filing against Paul Manafort to rescind their agreement regarding the charges… Continue Reading

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41; 12/04/2018

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died last Friday. He was, and probably always will be, the last patrician President. Born to wealth and status in Connecticut, he finished high school after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and joined the Navy at age 18. At 19 he was a navy… Continue Reading

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NATIONAL PUNDITRY; 11/19/2018

I might have redeemed myself as a pundit. I predicted a net gain of 30 – 35 Democrat seats in the House of Representatives and 2 Republican gains in the Senate. Tonight the score is Democrats +37 with three still too close to call and Republicans +3 with Mississippi in a run-off voting next week.… Continue Reading

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ELECTION CONCLUSIONS: 11/08/2018

Some conclusions I draw from the election results: House of Representatives. The last tally I heard had the Democrats flipping 34 seats with a handful too close to call. That gives them the majority in the House and allows them to organize, control the committees and set the agenda. Not exactly a ‘blue wave” but… Continue Reading

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