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November 8, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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While polls show Duterte remains wildly popular in the Philippines, concerns are growing about the potential costs of breaking up with the Philippines’ second-biggest trading partner and most important military ally. Duterte has pivoted to publicly embrace Beijing, a move that has puzzled many in a population that trusts the U.S. far more than China.

Toyota and Nissan, Japan’s two largest carmakers, have arrived at the same conclusion: the U.S. auto market that’s functioned as a growth engine has run out of gas.

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was ordered to pay 82,600 in back taxes and interest in a Luxembourg court ruling over his role at a bankrupt hedge fund he co-founded.

The billionaire chairman of China’s LeEco has admitted his technology empire is running out of cash to sustain a headlong rush into businesses from electric cars to smartphones. In a lengthy letter to employees, company co-founder Jia Yueting apologized to shareholders and pledged to slash his income to 1 yuan (15 cents), slow LeEco’s madcap pace of expansion, and move the company toward a more moderate phase of growth.

The world’s wealthiest people became $35.4 billion richer Monday morning as stock markets rallied on mounting speculation that Hillary Clinton will be elected U.S. president over billionaire rival Donald Trump. Their combined net worth on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index rose 0.8 percent from Friday to $4.4 trillion at the close of trading in New York.

AP Top Stories

Islamic militants who specialize in kidnapping for ransom have reported killing a German sailor and abducting her elderly male companion from their yacht off the southern Philippines, the military said Monday.

German authorities on Tuesday arrested five men who allegedly aided the Islamic State group in Germany by recruiting members and providing financial and logistical help.

The three elite U.S. Army soldiers killed outside a Jordanian military base last week have been identified as longtime soldiers who each served multiple tours of duty overseas. Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, and Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27 were killed Friday when officials say their convoy came under fire while entering the base. All three were highly decorated Green Berets. They were members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Thou shalt not covet … unless you are coveting the world’s oldest known example of a stone tablet inscribed with the Ten Commandments. The world’s oldest slab with the Decalogue will be up for auction until Nov. 16 in Beverly Hills, California. The 2-foot-long (60 centimeters), 200-lb. (90 kilograms) marble slab, dubbed the “Living Torah,” is likely 1,500 to 1,700 years old, according to Heritage Auctions, which is running the auction. People hankering for a piece of biblical history must have an opening bid of at least $250,000, and the tablet must be displayed publicly, according to the terms of the sale dictated by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which considers the slab a national treasure.

Every shot sent shock waves all around and left ears ringing: the tanks of the Iraqi army’s 9th armored division were advancing through the streets of Mosul’s Intisar neighborhood.

A U.S.-backed assault on Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, is unlikely to pierce the city itself before President Barack Obama leaves office in January, denying him the chance to claim the end of the group’s “caliphate” as part of his legacy.

Government aviation authorities have given Disney permission to fly drones at the company’s theme parks in Florida and California. Disney asked permission to fly the drones for entertainment purposes.

Advocates of gay marriage in Australia vowed on Tuesday to keep fighting for a parliamentary decision on legalizing same-sex unions after a planned referendum was blocked. Australia’s upper house Senate late Monday rejected a government proposal for a plebiscite of 15 million people on the issue.

Russia on Monday said its air force was continuing to hold off on strikes against war-ravaged Aleppo, after rebels snubbed Moscow’s offer to quit Syria’s second city.

Israel on Monday formally rejected France’s invitation to take part in a Middle East peace conference in Paris later this year, saying it was a distraction from the goal of direct negotiations with the Palestinians.

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The Brazilian government has frozen the bank accounts of Rio de Janeiro state, ordering it to pay millions of dollars in overdue debt. Many public workers have not been paid in months. Rio de Janeiro has been struggling with a long-standing financial crisis because of a drop in global oil and commodity prices.

The US says it is “deeply concerned” about the electoral process in Nicaragua a day after Daniel Ortega, the left-wing leader, and won a third consecutive presidential term.

Scientists say they may have found a way to protect babies in the womb from the harmful effects of Zika. So far the US team has only had success in mice with its antibody treatment, but it says it might eventually lead to a therapy for women who catch Zika in pregnancy.

Surging pollution levels are driving panicked residents of the Indian capital, Delhi, to queue up for face masks, leading to shortages across the city.

A 62-year-old woman in western Turkey faces a possible 5 year jail sentence for throwing a plastic slipper at her son during a family row.

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Donald Trump is off to a very early lead in the 2016 presidential election, winning over the voters of three New Hampshire precincts by a 32-25 margin over Hillary Clinton. Polls in the tiny New Hampshire towns of Dixville, Hart’s Location and Millsfield opened just after midnight Tuesday and closed as soon as everyone had voted. These die-hard voters are proud to have the first word on the big vote. Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots.


Top News – 11/8/2016

Six new Beatitudes proposed by Pope Francis
The Pope has offered a new list of Beatitudes…— Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalised and show them their closeness. — Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.

Minister Admits Government Discriminates Against Jews on Temple Mount
“The status quo on the Temple Mount today discriminates against Jews,” said Erdan, referring to dictates on the Mount which prohibit Jews and other non-Muslims from praying or visiting the site, Judaism’s holiest, freely. “Muslims can pray there, and millions do each year,” he noted.

“Global Messiah Happening” as Saudi-Iran Conflict Presages Prophesied Nuclear War
..one ancient Jewish source presents a scenario, unthinkable just a few years ago, which is now a strong possibility: a nuclear war between Saudi Arabia and Iran that leaves Israel untouched and makes way for the coming of the Messiah.

Water crisis looms as PA refuses to cooperate with Israel
The IDF has warned the international community that the water infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza will collapse as long as the Palestinian Authority refuses to cooperate with Israel. According to…the joint Israeli-Palestinian water distribution council—which manages water infrastructure in the West Bank—hasn’t met since 2010 due to the Palestinians’ refusal to approve water infrastructure upgrades in the West Bank settlements.

Government Workers Now Outnumber Manufacturing Workers by 9,977,000
The United States lost 9,000 manufacturing jobs in October while gaining 19,000 jobs in government, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Government employment grew from 22,216,000 in September to 22,235,000 in October, according to BLS, while manufacturing jobs dropped from 12,267,000 to 12,258,000.

Leaked Documents Reveal Expansive Soros Funding to Manipulate Federal Elections
Leaked funding documents reveal an effort by George Soros and his foundations to manipulate election laws and process rules ahead of the federal election far more expansively than has been previously reported. …The leaked documents also reveal deliberate and successful efforts to manipulate media coverage of election issues in mainstream media outlets like the The New York Times.

Adobe Voco ‘Photoshop-for-voice’ causes concern
A new application that promises to be the “Photoshop of speech” is raising ethical and security concerns. Adobe unveiled Project Voco last week. The software makes it possible to take an audio recording and rapidly alter it to include words and phrases the original speaker never uttered, in what sounds like their voice. One expert warned that the tech could further undermine trust in journalism.

German police arrest five in raid on ‘IS network’
Five people linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS) group have been arrested in co-ordinated raids in Germany, including a senior Islamist figure, reports say. Flats were raided in northern and western Germany and a mosque was searched near Hanover. Among those arrested was an Iraqi who goes by the alias Abu Walaa, or “the preacher without a face”.

Migrant crisis: Hungary MPs reject Orban anti-refugee bill
Hungary’s parliament has rejected an attempt by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to block the settlement of refugees. His ruling Fidesz party failed to attract the two extra opposition votes necessary for a two-thirds majority in parliament. The bill had sought to rebuff an EU-set quota scheme that would relocate 1,294 refugees in Hungary.

China’s Internet controls will get stricter, to dismay of foreign business
In August, business groups around the world petitioned China to rethink a proposed cybersecurity law that they said would hurt foreign companies and further separate the country from the Internet. On Monday, China passed that law — a sign that when it comes to the Internet, China will go its own way.

Jury Awards $3 Million To UVA Administrator Over Rolling Stone Story
A jury on Monday awarded $3 million in damages to Nicole Eramo, a University of Virginia administrator who was defamed by Rolling Stone magazine in a now-retracted article about campus rape.

Hong Kong lawyers prepare protest march after China inflames political crisis
Beijing’s unprecedented eviction of two pro-independence activists from Hong Kong’s parliament has dealt a severe blow to “political extremists”, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has claimed as members of the city’s legal community prepared to take to the streets in protest.

Iraqi Kurdish Forces Advance as Mass Grave Found Near Mosul
Iraqi Kurdish fighters exchanged heavy fire with militants on Monday as they entered a town held by the Islamic State group east of Mosul, while troops advancing south of the city discovered a mass grave containing some 100 decapitated bodies.

Vote As If Your Life Depended On It… Because It Does
Hillary has repeatedly said: “We should also work with the coalition and the neighbors to impose no-fly zones that will stop Assad from slaughtering civilians and the opposition from the air. Opposition forces on the ground, with material support from the coalition, could then help create safe areas where Syrians could remain in the country, rather than fleeing toward Europe.”

Newsweek Calls It: “Madam President Clinton” Hits The Shelves Due To A “Business Decision”
With still over a day to go until the earliest possible result from tomorrow’s presidential election, a part of the blogosphere and conservative media was up in arms over a commemorative Newsweek cover depicting “Madam President” which appeared in print as early as Saturday.

Clinton E-Mail Releases Threaten to Drag on Past 2020 Election
The slow-drip release of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state may drag on beyond the first term of the next president, according to a timetable presented in court Monday by a Justice Department lawyer.

Brazile Sent More Debate Questions From CNN To Clinton DEREK HUN
Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile has already lost her contributor contract with CNN for leaking questions from a CNN town hall to the Clinton campaign. Monday night’s WikiLeaks release of emails from the personal account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta reveals Brazile sent even more questions ahead of the event, one that went to Hillary Clinton, the other was asked of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.


 The Briefing 11-08-16

Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine threatens removal of Senate filibuster for SCOTUS nominees

The importance of down-ballot voting: Christians must steward their vote in state and local elections

Euthanasia, marijuana, death penalty: Referenda give citizens opportunity to directly shape policy

Understanding the third party candidates: Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, and Evan McMullin

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Top Headlines – 11/8/2016

  • At last, America decides (Read More)
  • America’s Voters Finally Get Their Day (Read More)
  • This Election Has One Sure Thing: A More Dysfunctional Congress (Read More)
  • Control of the Senate Goes Down to the Wire (Read More)
  • 2016 Election Day: Live Results and Analysis (Read More)
  • Dollar Volatility Drops as Clinton Leads in Final Election Poll (Read More)
  • Gun control measures expected to win in four states (Read More)
  • Voters could legalize marijuana for quarter of all Americans (Read More)
  • Trump’s Big-Money Cavalry Never Rode to His Rescue (Read More)
  • Trump tears up political rule book with media ad strategy (Read More)
  • Iran to Sign $6 Billion Gas-Field Deal With Total, CNPC (Read More)
  • Valeant Cuts 2016 Forecast to Below Estimates After Big Losses (Read More)
  • Samsung Drawn Into Korean Political Crisis After Offices Raided (Read More)
  • Boeing’s Retiring Boomers Underscore U.S. Manufacturing Plight (Read More)
  • Anxiety in Manila as Duterte Blasts U.S., Embraces China (Read More)
  • No revenge in Brexit but market access needs migration: Juncker (Read More)
  • Blackstone Ends Southeast Asia Venture as Oil Deals Dry Up (Read More)
  • Hong Kong Banker Rurik Jutting Guilty of Murdering Two Women (Read More)
  • Smith & Wesson Wants to Change Its Name (Read More)
  • Blast rocks pipeline feeding Forcados terminal in Nigeria’s Delta (Read More)

Israel tells France it will not join talks aimed at reviving peace process

Israel tell France: We won’t participate in forced peace summit in Paris

Israel asks France to cancel peace parley, calls for direct talks with PA

Netanyahu: We expect next US president to back direct peace talks

Netanyahu promises continued strong relations with US regardless of presidential results

Trump says Obama ‘Disaster to Israel,’ as Clinton focuses on healing

Moroccan delegation of journalists visits Israel, despite intimidation

Jordan’s King Abdullah: We’ll keep protecting the holy sites in Jerusalem

Russia PM: ‘We never denied Israel’s right to Jerusalem, Temple Mount’

Amid anger, Egypt PM defends painful economic measures – Prices of basic food products and fuel skyrocket in wake of decision to devalue the national currency and then float it

Saudi oil shipments to Egypt halted indefinitely, Egyptian officials say

50 IS fighters said killed by Egyptian army shelling in Sinai

Nato puts 300,000 ground troops on ‘high alert’ as tensions with Russia mount

Russia says still holding off on Aleppo strikes

Russia says ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo in place unless militants attack

Islamic State deploys car bombs in new Syria battle

Dozens of decapitated bodies found in mass grave outside ISIS-held Mosul

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘herded human shields like sheep’

Arab forces to lead fight to recapture Raqqa from Isis, US says

US officials admit they don’t have the manpower to retake Isil capital Raqqa any time soon

The US lost 6 elite Green Berets in a 72-hour-span last week

Yemen conflict affects half of health facilities

Austrian official says EU can’t rely on Turkey

Communities struggle with Muslims’ arrival

German crews build barrier higher than Berlin Wall to separate town from refugee wave

Ohio Man Arrested at Columbus Airport on Way to Libya to Join ISIS, FBI Says

US military successfully tests electrical brain stimulation to enhance staff skills

Homicides up 55 percent in Chicago after another violent weekend

Virginia Gov. Pardons 60,000 Felons, Enough To Swing Election

Trump raps Virginia gov for restoring voting rights to felons who served out sentence

Patrick Caddell: The real election surprise? The uprising of the American people

Leaked Documents Reveal Expansive Soros Funding to Manipulate Federal Elections

‘All Hands on Deck’ to Protect Election From Hack, Say Officials

Security vendor demonstrates hack of U.S. e-voting machine

Conspiracy theories abound as Twitter goes down after WikiLeaks ‘DDoS attack’

WikiLeaks says email publication servers under targeted DoS attack since #DNCLeak2

Clinton E-Mail Releases Threaten to Drag on Past 2020 Election

The real story behind Hillary’s reckless failure to protect classified information

Key lawmaker wants answers from Comey on Clinton email probe

Top Clinton Bundlers Were Major Donors to Wife of FBI’s Andrew McCabe

‘Disregarded ethics guidelines’: Clinton document raised issues with 2010 Shanghai Expo

Benghazi guards turned on US diplomats in 2012 attack, sources say

US Stock Market Notches Biggest Gain in 8 Months; Oil Rises

Clinton relief rally for the stock market may be short-lived, analysts warn

Brexit-like election risk up after stock market rally

World’s Richest People Add $35 Billion in Wealth After Monday’s Market Surge

In unprecedented act, China bars 2 HK lawmakers from office

China approves law to tighten control on internet use

Quake near Oklahoma oil hub causes substantial damage

Official: 40 to 50 Buildings Damaged in Oklahoma Earthquake

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Cicadas, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kainantu, Papua New Guinea

CERN deny that the Hadron Collider caused Italy’s earthquakes after bizarre claims

Italian army to be deployed to earthquake zone to deter looters

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Ulawun volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Deadly tornadoes strike Italy, near Rome

Floods in central Vietnam kill 15, leave 6 missing

Australia turns down national vote on same-sex marriage

California voters mull sex, drugs and plastic bags

BREAKING NEWS: Shultz hits the fan by weeding out Wells from Elijah List

Two divorce cases: Summer White and Melissa Moore

The Calvary Chapel Movement and the Sinking of the Titanic

A Discussion of Bible Translations and Biblical Scholarship

Lifeway Christian Store Refusing to Sell Amy Grant’s New Christmas CD

ISIS Threatens to ‘Slaughter’ Apostate Muslims Who Vote in US Elections

Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett has convinced Obama to FIRE FBI director James Comey after the election

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 10:08 AM PST

After persistent prodding by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to remove James Comey from his job as director of the FBI, President Obama has agreed the…

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Airbnb Demands Users Accept Its ‘Sexual Orientation’ Guidelines

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 10:01 AM PST

Airbnb vacation rentals now demands all users accept their liberal community guidelines, which includes a pro-LGBT agenda. “I agree to treat everyone in the Airbnb…

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Christian Couple Denied Adoption of Foster Children Over Opposition to Homosexual Parenting

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 09:55 AM PST

A Christian couple in the U.K. has reportedly been denied their request to adopt two foster children in their care after they told social workers…

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Banks Warn Clients To Brace For Volatility After U.S. Vote

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 09:47 AM PST

Major banks have formally told clients to expect volatile currency markets in the aftermath of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, with the gap between buying and…

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Military training exercises planned for Phoenix area

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 09:38 AM PST

Valley law enforcement agencies are providing support for an urban training exercise during the next two weeks, according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard with the Phoenix…

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NASA Warns “Matter Of Time Until Asteroid Strikes America”

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 09:34 AM PST

NASA experts have said an asteroid impact could wipe out a city the size of Los Angeles. The American space agency recently held an “emergency”…

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DEVELOPING: Massive energy blackout in Russia after reported blast at power station

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 07:20 AM PST

Some 300,000 people have been left without electricity in Russia’s northern city of Murmansk, local media reported, citing an emergency at a power plant as…

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How to move to Canada and become a Canadian citizen

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 06:58 AM PST

If the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has you feeling disillusioned with American democracy, you may find yourself imagining a move to Canada….

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Department Of Justice to Monitor Election Day Polls in 28 States

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 06:53 AM PST

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced it is deploying more than 500 personnel to monitor Election Day polls in 28 states, including three…

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Franklin Graham Has a Tough Message for Americans Who Refuse to Vote Tuesday

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 06:12 AM PST

Evangelist Franklin Graham believes a decision not to vote in the 2016 presidential election is “ridiculous” and that choosing a third-party candidate is akin to…

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Mysterious drone spotted flying near LAX…

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 06:07 AM PST

The pilot of a commercial airliner reported seeing a drone flying Monday near Los Angeles International Airport. The crew of a departing WestJet Boeing 737…

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Feds On High Alert For Election Hackers

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 05:57 AM PST

The U.S. government is gearing up for an unprecedented effort to protect Tuesday’s presidential election from cyber attack, U.S. officials told NBC News. “There are…

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US State Dept wants 5yrs to process over 31K pages of Clinton-related emails

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 05:43 AM PST

So it took the FBI only eight days to go through 650,000 emails but now according to a new report, It could take the US…

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Outrage as Lady Gaga’s bizarre costume at Clinton rally is likened to a Nazi uniform

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 05:39 AM PST

POP icon Lady Gaga has been slammed for her bizarre outfit while speaking at a Hillary Clinton rally, as social media users likened it to…

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Military on High Alert Against North Korea Issues Threats Around US election

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 05:36 AM PST

South Korea’s military said Monday it will stay on high alert as North Korea may fire an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) around the US presidential…

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China’s largest freshwater lake drying up

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 06:40 PM PST

Officials blame reduced rainfall, low level of Yangtze and human activities for lake drying out almost two months before low-water period Parts of China’s largest…

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Glenn Beck makes complete 180 and supports BLM, opposes Trump

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 06:37 PM PST

As if this election couldn’t get any weirder, Glenn Beck tipped his hat to President Barack Obama for making him a better man. The former…

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Massive Solar Event Scheduled for Election Night… And Potential Impending Disaster

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 06:08 PM PST

With so much at stake in the election, and more uncertainty than ever, are we about to witness the grandest wild card factor ever to…

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Donald Trump Effigy Set On Fire In UK

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 05:59 PM PST

Edenbridge and Lewes’ renowned Bonfire celebrations marked their ballots in the US presidential race by burning effigies of Donald Trump at their annual events. The…

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Jentezen Franklin: This Will Be the Defining Election for America

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 05:42 PM PST

(By Jentezen Franklin) What an extraordinary last few months of the 2016 election season we have all watched. Just when I think I’ve seen or…

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Dow surges more than 350 points in best day since March as US election looms

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 05:38 PM PST

“The likelihood of [a split government] is now higher, but you also had the market down for nine days in a row, so you’re also…

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Govt Workers Outnumber Manufacturing by 9,977,000…

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 05:22 PM PST

The United States lost 9,000 manufacturing jobs in October while gaining 19,000 jobs in government, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics….

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State officials prepare for an unusually chaotic Election Day

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 05:18 PM PST

State leaders, voting experts and advocates say they are preparing for an unusual level of confusion and chaos Tuesday as voters cast their ballots in…

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Large and deadly tornado rips through Italy near Rome

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 05:13 PM PST

A powerful storm accompanied by at least one very large tornado hit Italy on November 6, 2016, causing extensive damage. According to preliminary reports, at…

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Heavy winter storm leaves southern Norway in chaos

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 05:11 PM PST

A heavy winter storm rolled through Norway on Sunday, November 6, 2016, bringing heavy snow and downing trees in Agder area, the country’s southernmost region….

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Israel says ‘no’ to Middle East peace conference in Paris

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 11:52 AM PST

Israel on Monday formally rejected France’s invitation to take part in a Middle East peace conference in Paris later this year, saying it was a…

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I Just Lost All Faith in Our Deeply Corrupt Legal System and in the Rule of Law in the United States

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 11:49 AM PST

(By Michael Snyder) The FBI just gave Hillary Clinton the biggest gift in the history of presidential politics. Two days before the election the FBI…

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.


A Message from God

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions:

  1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
  2. What is our problem?
  3. What is God’s solution to our problem?
  4. How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

  1. We are accountable to God.
  2. Our problem is our sin against him.
  3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.
  4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this: God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.

God

The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!

Mankind

When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel


This is the Gospel:

Friend, God is holy. There is a God in heaven who has created you and me, and He is the authority over both of us. He is perfectly holy. “In Him is Light, and there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And the problem with that is that if we want to have fellowship with God, we have to be light and no darkness at all. And yet here’s the problem: we are darkness. We are sinful. We’ve all broken His law. We’ve all lied, stolen, we’ve all looked with lust, we’ve all been angry with our brothers in our hearts. We’ve all fallen short of the glorious standard of perfection that God requires (Rom 3:23). And there’s nothing we can do about it. No amount of works, no amount of contrition, no amount of bad feelings, no amount of church attendance, no amount of Bible reading, no amount of evangelism can earn forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness which God requires (Titus 3:5; cf. Isa 64:6).

And yet God is gracious, and He loves us, and as His creatures He wants to display His glory in us by rescuing us from that. And so He sent His Son—God in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ—to be born as a helpless little baby (John 1:14; 3:16; Col 2:9). God of the universe, Sustainer of the universe, Himself being sustained in the womb of a teenage Hebrew girl, and upholding the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3) while He is upheld by the nutrients from her own body! Unspeakable! And in great humility, He grows up with the growing pains of life in a fallen world, though He Himself never being with any sin—without sin entirely (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26). And He lives a perfectly righteous life. The way that you and I have failed to live before God—the way that we have failed in thought, word, and deed, and fallen short of God’s glory—Christ never did. Not even a thought. He loved God, His Father, perfectly. He always walked in perfect righteousness. He lived the life that you were commanded to live, that I was commanded to live, that we failed to live. He lived that perfect life that God is worthy of.

And not only did He live for us, He died for us. He went to the cross. Our sin demanded death. Our sin demanded eternal punishment. Our sin demanded wrath—just wrath exercised on us for eternity (Rom 6:23). But because of the infinite worth of Christ’s person, He was on that cross. And on that cross, God exercised upon Him the full fury of His own anger (Rom 3:24–26; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:10–14), that was rightly due to me and rightly due to you, and that you will experience if you don’t turn from your sin and trust in this Messiah. Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised (1 Cor 15:3–4). And He rose from the grave after being dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

And now God promises that if you turn from your sin, if you repudiate all that you are and all that you were and all that you love, and you turn away from a life of pursuing sin—and if you repudiate not only your bad works but your good works, if you turn from trying to earn your salvation by all the good deeds that you might want to do as a moral person—if you turn away from all of that (Acts 17:30–31), and you trust in Christ alone for righteousness (Phil 3:7–8; cf. Rom 3:28; 10:4), God promises that He will forgive you. He will have treated Christ on the cross as if Christ lived your life. And He will then treat you, justly and legally and righteously, as if you lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). And you can be saved to know the God you were created to love and enjoy. You can have the fullness of joy, the eternal pleasures that are at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ps 16:11), and begin even now, because eternal life is to know God (John 17:3).

Friend, would you repent? Would you turn from your sin and trust in this perfect Savior to avail for you before God, to pay for your sin and to provide your righteousness?


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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Election Day Encouragement from John MacArthur

Matthew 16:18; John 18:36

Code: B161108
by Jeremiah Johnson

Many Christians have understandably looked ahead to today’s election with serious concerns, dreading the results regardless of the outcome.

In light of those concerns, we asked John MacArthur to help us get some perspective on the election, and the state of the world in general. How do we make sense of a world growing increasingly hostile to God’s Word and His people?

Here’s what he had to say:

“Redemptive history is on schedule.” What greater comfort could we hope for, and what greater truth could we rest in?


Available online at: http://www.gty.org/resources/Blog/B161108
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John Podesta: The Clintons’ Principal Political Operative

If John Podesta is not a household name today, he is on his way. And why? The thousands of emails dumped by WikiLeaks in the past week came from his account. They are troublesome to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for two reasons: One, they show an intense in-fighting among her closest aides, sometimes even about her fitness for office. Two, they reveal John Podesta as a powerful political figure who has risen to be the most powerful Democrat operative in the nation. That conclusion is obvious from the fact that he is Clinton’s chief of staff, after working for the Clintons and President Obama for more than two decades in very high-level positions.

John Podesta is no ordinary chief of staff. He is, in fact, the most ideologically left person with similar power in living memory. This fact is not widely known, even though searches of the internet reveal many pieces about him and the dozens of positions he has held in Democrat administrations. Notwithstanding these references, he has basically flown under the radar in the broader national media.

Evidence of Podesta’s ideological stance has been largely neglected because most pieces written about him have missed the significance of his work as CEO of the Center for American Progress (CAP). Podesta founded this innocuously named radical think-tank in 2003 following eight years in Bill Clinton’s administration—including his last four as Bill’s chief of staff. His importance in Democrat political circles is confirmed by his present position and the likelihood that he will be Hillary’s presidential chief of staff, should she be elected.

Podesta’s radical vision for America became evident in his work as CEO at CAP in 2008 when he edited and/or published several large tomes which embodied his vision for radicalizing American culture. The first was “The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country.” Podesta endorsed the same far-left views in his introduction to radical activist Mark J. Green’s “Change for America: A Blueprint for the 44th President” (2009). This book is a collection of 60 articles/essays, more than 600 pages, about how a leftist program can be put into law. Podesta also published an acceptance speech for the president which outlines his radical views, views that can be captured in the phrase, “Government can solve all of our problems.” Not known to Podesta when he wrote this speech, Barack Obama would become that president and proceeded to mirror and adopt many of the items on Podesta’s agenda. Podesta would also serve as counselor to Obama and chaired his transition team.

Since Podesta has served the Clintons at the highest levels of Democrat power, it will be instructive to sketch out his role as their principal guru. What has he said? What does he believe?

First, Podesta states that he became conscious of progressivism at home as a young man. The progressive tradition was a political reaction to some excesses of the emerging Industrial Age in the 1890s. Thus, the age was colored by dozens of impulses aimed at reforming education, municipal government corruption, labor conditions (long hours and unsafe factories), unsanitary food production, industrial monopolies, and many more. Examples of early 20th century progressive leaders include Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, John Dewey, and Herbert Croly, to name a few. Podesta assumes in his writing that he is a lineal descendent of this age and its philosophy. There are, however, profound differences between early progressives and Podesta’s present-day radical progressives, evident in comparing several of their basic assumptions.

The early progressives, down to the beginning of WWII, lived in an America that was still governed by traditional assumptions. For example, most early progressives continued to embrace the Constitution, believing that some laws (child labor) under the Constitution needed to be changed. Only few radicals openly rejected the supremacy of the Constitution as drafted, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes being a famous example. Significantly, the culture in general continued to embrace the proposition that in matters moral there were absolutes. The Ten Commandments were without question still the yardstick for right and wrong and Christianity was still woven deeply into the fabric of American culture.

These principles were on the way out by the time John Podesta was born in 1949 and gone by the time he graduated from law school in 1976. They were replaced by a thoroughly secular view of life, one which came to dominate Podesta’s new progressives by the 1970s. Unlike earlier times, law schools now teach that the Constitution is what the Supreme Court says it is. And, at the moral level everyone is encouraged to do what is right in his or her own eyes. Thus, a full-blown moral relativism now prevails. Moreover, Christianity is but a shadow of its earlier self in the culture.

Podesta vigorously defends his devotion to the religion of his youth—Roman Catholicism—but its moral teachings do not seem to flow over into his political life. Interestingly, Podesta says that his progressive friends do not understand his devotion to the religion of his youth.

The 2016 presidential election is upon us. What will it bring us? Four more years of Clinton-style government built on few, if any, traditional moral standards? Fueled and managed by their principal and radical operative, John Podesta?

Think about that during the days ahead.

Source: John Podesta: The Clintons’ Principal Political Operative

10 Reflections on Today’s Election

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I typically focus on church health and the Great Commission. I leave most political and cultural issues to others much more qualified than I to address them. On this important election day, however, here are thoughts that give me hope:

  1. God is sovereign. I’ve known that simple biblical truth, but I’m clinging to it today. He raises up and brings down leaders according to His plan and will (Jer 1:10). Even if I may not understand His will, I rest in His wisdom.
  2. The kingdom of God is much, much, much, much bigger than America. I might have argued otherwise in my early years of ministry, but I know differently now. I’m glad.
  3. Jesus Christ is still the king. Regardless of who leads the United States, Jesus is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Tim 6:15). He reigns.
  4. Politics need not divide brothers and sisters in Christ. We might differ in our political choices, but the supernatural unity God creates in His family ought to remain a witness to a fractured world (John 17:20-21).
  5. In the end, the church will endure. I suspect that following Christ in our culture will become more costly in the years to come, regardless of who gets elected. Even if it does, though, the church will not be defeated (Matt 16:18).
  6. I’m still called to proclaim the Word of God. My calling that was so clear more than 40 years ago is just as clear today. I ultimately answer to the eternal God who has no end, not to an elected official with a term limit.
  7. I’m still an exile in a strange land, called to be the salt of the earth and a light in the darkness (1 Pet 1:9-11; Matt 5:13-16). I am to be a good citizen of the United States while recognizing that the U.S. is not my final home. I am to stand for righteousness today even as I await the return of the Son.
  8. Three billion+ people in the world still have little or no access to the Word of God. Frankly, that thought haunts me more than who will serve as president of the United States.
  9. Regardless of who wins the election, I will not respond in despair. I do fear the future of our nation, but I also confess that my fear contradicts #1 above. I want my response to honor the God who is not worried about tomorrow.
  10. I make a commitment to pray regularly and intentionally for our next president (1 Tim 2:1-4). As a follower of Christ, I owe my intercessory support to our nation’s next leader – beginning with prayer that he or she would first know Jesus. I begin today.

Just some thoughts . . . .

Source: 10 Reflections on Today’s Election

How much of an advantage will Hillary Clinton get from voter fraud in 2016?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Hillary will get a boost in the election from dead people voting Hillary will get a boost in the election from dead people voting

Rachel Alexander writes about it at The Stream.

Voter fraud:

Dead voters may account for a large amount of voter fraud. In September, for example, a Young Democrat in Virginia attempted to register 19 dead people to vote through the organization HarrisonburgVotes. He was only caught when a clerk recognized the name of a deceased World War II veteran he had submitted. The group, which is headed by the chairman of the congressional district’s Democratic Committee, has fired the young man and taken down its website and social media accounts. “This is proof that voter fraud not only exists but is ongoing and is a threat to the integrity of our elections,” said William J. Howell (R-Stafford), speaker of the state’s House of Delegates.

Last month, three dead voters were found on the newly registered or re-registered voting list in Hamilton…

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