Feb. 4, 2016
President Obama will propose reducing the bite of the unpopular “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health insurance plans in the budget he releases next week, in a bid to preserve a key element of the Affordable Care Act.
The Pentagon will request money for two Littoral Combat Ships in its fiscal 2017 budget, one more than Defense Secretary Ash Carter directed in December when he truncated the program.
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose last week as employers continued to adjust staffing levels following the holidays. Jobless claims climbed by 8,000 to 285,000 in the week ended Jan. 30.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Pacific Investment Management Co. say bonds are poised to fall and traders aren’t prepared for how far the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates.
Renewable energy was the biggest source of new power added to U.S. electrical grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives.
In what could unleash a new wave of refugees into Europe, Turkey said that hundreds of thousands of Syrians are ready to flee the country in the face of a northern offensive by government forces. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said as many as 70,000 Syrians were already “on their way to Turkey from camps in north of Aleppo and 10,000 others have already arrived at the border province of Kilis and are waiting to cross in.”
The Afghan militant group that sheltered Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11 attacks is closing the door to the Islamic State. The Taliban is giving up on holding talks with the group and will prevent it from gaining a foothold in Afghanistan.
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British police have said they still plan to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he leaves the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Police said Thursday that earlier announced plans to take Assange into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant were still in place.
Turkey on Thursday said that it had refused to allow a Russian reconnaissance plane to overfly its territory near Syria, citing a disagreement over the flight plan, as relations between the two countries hit a post-Cold War low.
A planned missile launch by North Korea would be “an unmistakable slap in the face” for those arguing against more sanctions in response to its recent nuclear test.
The only known wild jaguar in the United States is seen roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range in southern Arizona in the first publicly released video of the giant cat.
Russia’s defense ministry on Wednesday accused Turkey of breaching the Open Skies treaty by refusing to allow a reconnaissance plane to overfly its territory near Syria, the latest salvo in an ongoing row as relations between the two countries hits a post-Cold War low.
US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Thursday that Russia stop bombing the Syrian opposition, implicitly blaming Moscow for the collapse in peace talks.
Rebels in Aleppo will soon be completely encircled, a Syrian army source said on Thursday, as the military continues operations near the city after cutting the insurgents’ most important supply route from the Turkish border.
Dozens of people linked to the most recent cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone are still missing.
About 13 million Americans could be maintaining secret bank accounts or credit cards without their partners’ knowledge, according to a recent poll.
Billions of dollars have been pledged to help ease the plight of Syrians affected by the five-year conflict. At a donors’ conference in London, dozens of countries committed to help reach the target of $9bn. The EU pledged $3.3bn.
Drones have been banned from flying within 32 miles of American Football’s Super Bowl, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said.
The Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest multinational trade deals ever, has been signed by ministers from its 12 member nations in New Zealand.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has declared war on mosquitoes responsible for spreading the Zika virus in a recorded TV message to the nation. She said a national mobilization day would be held on Saturday, during which thousands of soldiers and state employees would work to eradicate the insects in homes and offices.
Two Sydney residents who recently returned from the Caribbean have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, Australian health officials say.
Australian churches said they will offer sanctuary to asylum seekers who face deportation to Nauru.
Iraqi security forces have begun building a 186 mile wall around the capital Baghdad in an effort to prevent attacks by the so-called Islamic State (IS).
North Korea is preparing to launch a satellite capable of detonating a nuclear weapon more than 100 miles over the United States, creating an electromagnetic pulse that could destroy America’s electrical grid system, a former director of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative said.
The IRS, facing computer problems, put a halt to accepting paperwork filed electronically, meaning refund seekers could see a brief delay in receiving their money.
Brick and mortar stores are shutting, malls are closing and the retail sector, is taking a downward spiral that’s leaving untold numbers facing unemployment lines across the country.
Canada’s new Liberal prime minister plans to “fast track” the acceptance of up to 50,000 of Syrian refugees over the next few weeks and that has some in Congress worried about security at the mostly unpatrolled northern border.
Top News – 2/4/2016
Branstad says Cruz employed ‘unethical and unfair’ tactics Monday night
Governor Terry Branstad is crediting Ted Cruz for running an “old-fashioned”, 99-county campaign that yielded victory in Monday night’s Iowa Caucuses, but Branstad is joining the chorus criticizing Cruz for “questionable” campaign tactics. “This thing that they distributed on Caucus night saying that Dr. Carson was likely to drop out and his supporters should support Cruz, that is, I think, unethical and unfair,” Branstad said this morning. “I think there’ll be repercussions to that.”
EU on brink of ‘terrifying crisis’ Five of Europe’s big banks are in danger, warns expert
SOME of Europe’s biggest banks are on the brink for a crisis that echoes the 2008 meltdown, a finance expert warned today, as fears over the global economy escalate.
‘Russia & Israel Partners Against Holocaust Denial’
Russia and Israel are partners in the struggle against Holocaust denial, says Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Federation Council of Russia.
Top House Republican demands Kerry explain $1.7 billion Iran payment
The chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee demanded Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry explain a $1.7 billion settlement paid to Iran that some Republicans have described as a “ransom” tied to last month’s release of five American prisoners.
WikiLeaks’ Assange ‘unlawfully detained’ in Ecuador embassy, U.N. panel to rule, BBC says
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s three-and-a-half-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounts to ‘unlawful detention’, a United Nations panel examining his appeal will rule on Friday, the BBC reported.
81% of Germans say refugee crisis ‘out of control’ under Merkel govt
More than four in five Germans believe Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government isn’t controlling the refugee crisis, and welcome tougher measures to deal with it, a poll by ARD Deutschlandtrend has suggested.
ASTEROID TO BUZZ EARTH
An asteroid named “2013 TX68” will fly by Earth on March 5th as close as 17,000 km from our planet’s surface. That would put it well inside the Clarke Belt of geosynchronous satellites. The space rock is about 30 meters wide, or 50% larger than the asteroid that broke up in the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, three years ago.
Three Caribbean countries rattled by quake
An earthquake measuring 4.9 rattled several Caribbean islands on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 was felt in Antigua and Barbuda and Guadeloupe.
Top IS commanders ‘taking refuge’ in Libya
Senior commanders from so-called Islamic State (IS) have moved to Libya from Iraq and Syria recently, a top Libyan intelligence official says. The official told BBC Newsnight that increasing numbers of foreign fighters had arrived in the city of Sirte. Representatives from 23 countries met in Rome on Tuesday to discuss the growing threat from IS in Libya.
Syria civil war: Leaders in new plea for massive refugee aid
World leaders have opened a donor conference in London with an urgent plea for billions of pounds in aid for refugees from war-torn Syria. “There is a critical shortfall in life-saving aid,” said UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Both he and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of the need to get all Syrian refugee children into education within months.
Paris climate deal could ‘displace millions of forest dwellers’
The Paris climate agreement could make millions of forest dwellers homeless, according to a new analysis. Many developing countries will try to curb carbon emissions by setting aside forested areas as reserves. But experts are worried that creating national parks often involves removing the people who live in these areas.
It could be too late to avoid catastrophe in Venezuela
As markets brace themselves for the negative effects of the decline in oil prices, Venezuela will probably be the first big domino to fall. Domestically, the most likely scenario is an imminent economic collapse and a humanitarian crisis. Internationally, it will imply the largest and messiest emerging market sovereign default since the Argentine crisis of 2001. The situation is made worse by the inability of the political system, at present, to address the situation.
Donald Trump on Obama’s mosque visit: ‘Maybe he feels comfortable there’
Real-estate mogul Donald Trump said on Wednesday that US President Barack Obama may have visited a Maryland mosque because “he feels comfortable there.”
Is It Time To Panic About Deutsche Bank?
Back in April 2013, we showed for the first time something few were aware of, namely that “At $72.8 Trillion, The Bank With The Biggest Derivative Exposure In The World” was not JPMorgan as some had expected, but Germany’s banking behemoth, Deutsche bank.
WikiLeaks’ Assange says to leave Ecuador embassy, accept arrest if loses U.N. case
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he took refuge in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, and accept arrest on Friday if a UN panel investigating his case rules against him, he said in a statement.
Syria Talks Go off the Rails as Russia Ignores Cease-Fire Call
With the Syrian government intensifying its assault on rebels in Aleppo, the United Nations formally suspended faltering peace talks in Geneva Wednesday and appealed to the big powers to prod their Syrian proxies to end the fighting.
5.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Timor island in Indonesia
An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck Timor island in eastern Indonesia early today, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued. The shallow quake struck at around 4:30 am local time (0200 IST), some 11 kilometres north of the city of Kupang, the US Geological Survey said.
At the United Nations Nothing Justifies Terrorism, Except Palestinian ‘Frustration’
The United Nations played the Holocaust game last week so it could play another lethal game this week. The ruse consists of making a big deal about the gas chambers for Jews back then, while stoking the fires of anti-Semitism burning right now.
Top Headlines – 2/4/2016
Frontrunning: February 04
- EU Slashes 2016 Inflation Forecast to 0.5% as Growth Seen Slower (Read More)
- Bank of England cuts UK growth forecasts (Read More)
- Investors Cast Wary Eye on Fed Rate Increases (Read More)
- U.N. halts Syria talks as government closes in on Aleppo (Read More)
- Credit Suisse Drops as Investment Bank Slump Deepens Losses (Read More)
- Six OPEC states ready for emergency meeting with non-OPEC members ??? Venezuela’s minister (Read More)
- Redstone seen resigning as Viacom chair after stepping down at CBS (Read More)
- A Divided Libya Struggles Against Islamic State Attacks (Read More)
- Shell Profit Drops 44%, Matching Estimates, as Crude Tumbles (Read More)
- Delta Names Bastian CEO as Anderson Departs After Merger Success (Read More)
- WikiLeaks’ Assange ‘unlawfully detained’ in Ecuador embassy, U.N. panel to rule, BBC says (Read More)
- Oil Seen `Lower for Longer’ by Morgan Stanley as Forecasts Cut (Read More)
- Weatherford Cutting 6,000 More Jobs as Oil Downturn Worsens (Read More)
- Beer, Cars and Mortgages? Super Bowl Ads Go Financial This Year (Read More)
- Dunkin’ Donuts reports surprise drop in U.S. store sales (Read More)
- Bond Markets Are Underestimating the Fed, Goldman and Pimco Warn (Read More)
- The Secretive Hedge Fund That’s Generating Huge Profits for Yale (Read More)
- Democratic hopefuls Sanders and Clinton spar over ‘progressive’ credentials (Read More)
1) In historic mosque visit, Obama attempts to reduce teaching of Islam to moralism
Obama, in Mosque Visit, Denounces Anti-Muslim Bias, New York Times (Gardiner Harris)
Remarks by the President at Islamic Society of Baltimore, The White House
2) In influential mosques across the globe, demise of the West a common theme preached
A Mosque as Extremist Megaphone, Wall Street Journal (Steven Stalinsky)
3) Statement for religious freedom signed in country that does not recognize Christian faith
Muslim Conference Calls for Protection of Religious Minorities, New York Times (Aida Alami)
History suggests Marrakesh Declaration no guarantee of religious freedom, Washington Post (Ayman S. Ibrahim)
4) Death of militarized fourth-grader in Afghanistan exposes horror story of child combatants
Taliban Gun Down 10-Year-Old Militia Hero in Afghanistan, New York Times (Mujib Mashal and Taimoor Shah)
5) Proponent of forcing bakers to bake gay cakes changes mind, champions freedom of conscience
I’ve changed my mind on the gay cake row. Here’s why, The Guardian (Peter Tatchell)
In other news…
The creed includes weed for these Colorado Christians, L.A. Times (David Kelly)
Four Supreme Court Justices are older than 75. Is that a problem?, Los Angeles Times (David J. Garrow)
All over America, rates of violent crime are absolutely soaring. As you will see below, violent crime overall shot up by 20 percent in Los Angeles last year, and the police are telling people that “they need to be able to protect themselves” because the police may not be able to get there in time when they call. Thanks to deep budget cuts, police departments across the nation are already severely undermanned, and our major cities are now seeing crime rates increase at a pace that we have not seen in ages. In a previous article, I encouraged my readers to focus on the five basics of preparation – food, water, shelter, energy and self-defense. Of those five, it is often self-defense that is the most neglected. When bad people break into your house in the middle of the night intending to do bad things, what are you going to do? Many of us have not had to think about that for a long time, but now conditions are rapidly changing in America. (Read More….)
Political correctness is a form of oppression. It is about narrowing thought. It is about creating mental constructs which are not real. It about creating a dream (nightmare) world which will then somehow become reality. It is dangerous. I would even say that the newspeak we see on some college campuses (and elsewhere) is a form of tyranny. It is anti-intellectual. It is based in the idea that a rose is not a rose than that language creates reality.
Just – right – on – center.
Crony capitalism is a form of socialism and socialism is a dead end. It makes people poor and it is morally bankrupt.
That isn’t to say that opposing the current order isn’t a good thing. It is. But we live under too much socialism as it is. Free the market. Have a better life.
The admission that the economy is so weak that it needs more QE is going to destroy the narrative that the U.S. economy is in great shape and it’s no longer going to be the safe haven for capital around the world…it’s going to prick the bubble in the dollar…and people are going to realize that we’ve never recovered from anything, the economy is sicker than ever, the Fed’s going to make it even sicker with more of its toxic monetary policy, the dollar’s going to tank and the price of gold is going to skyrocket – and people need to prepare for that now.
– Peter Schiff on the Shadow of Truth
When Mt. Vesuvius blew, no one knew when it would happen or how big the eruption would be. Everyone knew a volcanic event was going to occur and yet, the magnitude of the event caught a lot of people by surprise. The eruption destroyed two Roman cities and several surrounding settlements. It killed an estimated 16,000 people. The question is, how come more people didn’t leave the area surrounding Vesuvius when they knew that something was going happen at some point?
The United States financial system – including the viability of the U.S. dollar – is analogous to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. A lot of people know something is wrong – evidenced by the growing support for the Trump candidacy – and yet 99.5% of the population is ignoring the warning signs of a systemic eruption of unknown magnitude. It’s an event that draws closer with each passing day.
The warning signals of the coming financial markets collapse are in full view. The warning signal from the junk bond market, triggered by but not limited to the collapsing energy sector, is beginning to spread into and infect the rest of the financial markets like an uncontrollable virus. If you are an investor or a professional money manager, what more of a warning do you need than this:
That chart resembles a giant tsunami that has coiled offshore and is getting ready to slam into the nearby beach. Only in this case millions of people remain on the “beach” to watch the horror show unfold without leaving for safer ground. It’s as if everyone knows a catastrophe is about to occur and yet most remain embalmed with the hope that it can’t really happen.
Franklin Graham Slams President’s Mosque Visit
Franklin Graham, son of international evangelist Billy Graham, has lashed out at President Barack Obama’s visit to a mosque, saying on Facebook that &the foundations of this nation have nothing to do with Islam.&
Zika: New Plague of the End Times – Hal Lindsey
As he taught about the end times, Jesus said, “There will be… plagues and famines.” (Luke 21:11 NASB)
Today, an untold number of pathogenic catastrophes hang over all our heads. On the 2015 Prophetic Year in Review, I said, “If you want to read apocalyptic literature, turn to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, or the World Health Organization. Scientists in those places are all abuzz about ‘superbugs’ — strains of bacteria that are immune to modern antibiotics.”
Damning Op-Ed Exposes How Hillary’s Top Aides Are Rabidly Anti-Israel
Will the American Jewish community continue to stand by her?
The negative, poisonous approach towards Israel throughout this cache of emails shows the atmosphere that Hillary had established around herself. These emails seem to demonstrate that a huge segment of her close advisers and confidants were attacking Israel, condemning Netanyahu, and strategizing about how to force Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria at all costs.
Wheaton Alumni Defend Chrislam Professor
Yet, what is amazing is that rather than be outraged over the heretic in their midst, Wheaton alumni are instead taking out their anger on their alma mater. Hundreds of Wheaton alumni have threatened to withhold future donations if the college doesn’t rescind its decision to fire Hawkins. In addition, the college’s faculty council has unanimously agreed to ask administrators to change their mind.
If Christians would read their bibles it would clear up a lot of deception, says Bill Muehlenberg of Culture Watch. In this piece Muehlenberg addresses sexual sin and the lengths professing Christians will go to justified having sex outside of marriage. He points out that Satanic deception has become so rampant in our churches that, […]
Obama Calls Upon Muslims, Christians to “Build Bridges”: “We’re All Descendants of Abraham”
Christian News Network reports:
During his first trip to an Islamic mosque during his presidency, Barack Obama called upon Christians to “build bridges” with Muslims and vice versa, urging greater tolerance for the Islamic religion, which he contended “has always been a part of America.”
As previously reported, Obama’s visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday was to serve as a gesture to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.” His 40-minute speech sought to portray Muslims as being an integral part of the fabric of the nation, and to call upon Americans to speak more positively of the Islamic religion.
President Obama spoke warmly about Islam during his speech at a mosque today, highlighting the contributions that Muslims had made to the fabric of American society.
Obama met with Muslim leaders during a visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, before delivering a speech there. This is Obama’s first visit to a mosque as president, and his speech was full of his usual blather about how great Islam is.
“Islam has always been part of America,” he said, detailing the beginnings of the religion among African slaves brought to America.
Then he very slyly inserted his next comment and boldly lied about the meaning and origins of the word “Islam” when he said this:
“The very word Islam comes from ‘Salam’ – peace,” he said. “The standard greeting is ‘As-Salaam-Alaikum’ – ‘Peace be upon you,’” he explained. “Like so many faiths, Islam is rooted in a commitment to compassion and mercy and justice and charity. “Whoever wants to enter paradise, the prophet Mohammad taught, let him treat people the way he would love to be treated,” he said as the audience applauded. “For Christians like myself, I’m assuming that sounds familiar,” he continued.
The word Islam, which means ‘submission’, is derived from the infinitive Salama. So is the word Salam which means ‘peace’ and so is the verb Salima which means ‘to be saved or to escape from danger’. One of the derivations of the infinitive Salama means ‘the stinging of a snake’ or ‘The tanning of the leather’. Hence, if the word Islam has something to do with the word Salam i.e. ‘Peace’, does that also mean that it must be related to the ‘stinging of the snake’ or ‘tanning the leather’?
Obama Speaks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore:
Do yourself a favor and skip the Muslim lovevest bloviation and just watch from minute 9:00 – 9:30 to hear him lie about what the word “islam” really means.
Muhammad used to send letters to the kings and leaders of the surrounding countries and tribes, inviting them to surrender to his authority and to believe in him as the messenger of Allah. He always ended his letters with the following two words: “Aslim, Taslam!”. Although these two words are derived from the same infinitive Salama which is the root of Salam, i.e. ‘Peace’, neither one of them implies the meaning of ‘peace’. The sentence means ‘surrender and you will be safe’, or in other words, ‘surrender or face death’. So where is the meaning of ‘Peace’ in such a religion that threatens to kill other people if they don’t submit to it?
The Qur’an not only ordered the killing of those who embraced Islam and afterwards decided to renegade, but also commanded the followers to fight all nations until they either believe in it, pay the Jizya or face death:
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and his apostle nor acknowledge the religion of truth of the people of the Book (the Jews and the Christians) until they pay the Jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.” Surat At-Tauba 9:29
And in the same Sura, verse 5, the Qur’an also states: “Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem …”
The word “Islam” means submission, the act of your submitting to the rule of the moon god Allah via his false prophet Mohammed. Obama, having spent 12 years in Islam school in Indonesia, knows this fact all too well. So why did he lie and say Islam means peace”
Because he was practicing Taqiyya, that’s why.
Allahu Akbar, y’all!
ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Passionate Preaching – “On today’s show Landon and Nate welcome Dr. Steven J. Lawson to the program to discuss preaching, One Passion Ministries, and his new book on the preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones.”
How do we protect ourselves against false teaching? – “One of the things I’ve done terribly over the years is address false teaching. As a new Christian—and worse, a new Christian developing doctrinal convictions—I tended to wield my lofty opinions (some of which were even right) as a mighty hammer with which to smash my perceived foes. So I would do stupid things like blurt out, ‘Why would you read that—don’t you know it’s heretical nonsense?’ And let me tell you, that does not win friends or influence people.”
God’s Nature – The Trinity (part 1) – “The Trinity is one of the most confusing, but yet one of the most central doctrines in all of Christian thought. One of the reasons it can be confusing is because it brings to bear the complete uniqueness of God. As Dr. James White points out repeatedly in his teachings on the Trinity, it is highly dangerous to build an analogy of the Trinity from the world around us because nothing in the created world can compare or illustrate fully the harmony of the Trinity. All analogies eventually wind up making an inaccurate comparison to God and thus are dangerous because they can lead to a misunderstanding of a point of doctrine that is, ultimately, crucial to properly defining God.”
The Character of the Christian: Sound Judgment – “Today we continue our series on the character of the Christian. We are exploring how the various character qualifications of elders are actually God’s calling on all Christians. While elders are meant to exemplify these traits, all Christians are to exhibit them. I want us to consider whether we are displaying these traits and to learn together how we can pray to have them in greater measure. Today we will look at a set of three traits that are closely related to one another.”
The Impact of Calvinism on Culture – “If there’s one thing that Calvinism’s friends and enemies agree about, it’s that Calvinism has had a huge impact upon culture. After narrating how much hostility to Calvinism he had found in various academic locations, Australian theologian Peter Jensen observed, ‘The enemies of Calvinism are right in seeing in Calvinism an extraordinarily powerful ideology, one which they do well to be alarmed about.’”
A Beautiful Design
Matt Chandler Sermon Jam
“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus. It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur