Republicans are warning President Donald Trump that a trade war with China would deal an economic blow to politically important areas of the country that will cost the party in November’s congressional elections.
Conservative activists and industry allies are mounting an aggressive campaign to keep Scott Pruitt at the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency as he confronts a storm of ethical allegations that have critics calling for his ouster.
The Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian has said the Navy should perform shock-testing soon to determine how well its new $12.9 billion aircraft carrier — the costliest warship ever — could withstand an attack, affirming the service’s recent decision to back down from a plan for delay.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval to the military to make weapons purchases worth $1 billion to enable Africa’s most populous country to tackle rising insecurity.
Boracay Island, one of Asia’s top beach destinations, will be shut for six months after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved a proposal from the environment and tourism agencies to close the area for rehabilitation.
Facebook said data on most of its 2 billion users could have been accessed improperly, giving fresh evidence of the ways the social-media giant failed to protect people’s privacy while generating billions of dollars in revenue from the information.
The White House signaled the U.S. is committed to keeping troops in Syria to fight Islamic State, a day after President Donald Trump said he wants to get out of the seven-year civil war “very soon” and “bring the troops back home.”
The U.S. trade deficit widened by more than forecast to a fresh nine-year high in February amid broad-based demand for imports, ahead of Trump administration tariffs that have raised the specter of a trade war. The gap increased 1.6 percent in February to $57.6 billion.
President Donald Trump is sending National Guard forces to assist border authorities along the U.S.-Mexico boundary, according to a presidential memorandum that the White House released Wednesday night.
Venezuela’s currency is worth even less than previously believed, with new trackers of the black-market rate showing deep discounts compared with the long-standing benchmark gauge.
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday aimed at blocking the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, saying such a question violates the U.S. Constitution’s mandate to count all persons.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Wednesday that the U.N.’s failure to hold Syria accountable for its use of chemical weapons because of Russia’s opposition has made the world “a far more dangerous place.”
Iowa is set to become the latest Republican-led state to target so-called sanctuary cities by withholding money from local governments that don’t comply with federal immigration laws, even though the plan could lead to court challenges.
Yemen’s Houthi group hit a Saudi oil tanker off the main port city of Hodeidah on Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition said, in an attack that could complicate a new United Nations push to end a war that has killed more than 10,000 people.
Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told North Korea’s foreign minister on Tuesday that Beijing supports the North’s planned summits with South Korea and the United States.
A caravan of Central American migrants whose trek across Mexico infuriated President Donald Trump has decided not to travel to the US border, leaders said Tuesday.
A Pakistani political party placed on the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations vowed on Wednesday to continue its political activities and participate in upcoming elections.
What’s going on in Africa? An enormous crack spanning for miles opened up in the earth outside Nairobi, Kenya. The 50-feet-deep crevice that sliced through a major highway measures up to 50 feet deep and 65 feet across at its widest point.
Russia and China are drawing closer together as Washington ratchets up pressure on Moscow and Beijing.
As U.S. government watchdogs increase scrutiny of initial coin offerings, or ICOs, Japan is exploring ways to formally regulate the process where companies issue tokens in exchange for cryptocurrencies.
Leading AI experts have boycotted a South Korean university over a partnership with weapons manufacturer Hanwha Systems. More than 50 AI researchers from 30 countries signed a letter expressing concern about its plans to develop artificial intelligence for weapons.
Brazil’s ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will be jailed while he appeals against a graft conviction, the Supreme Court has ruled. He is facing 12 years in jail on charges of accepting a bribe but had asked to remain free during his appeal.
A gunman shot and killed four teaching staff at a university in Eskisehir in north-western Turkey.
France’s defense minister has promised “zero tolerance” of discrimination in the armed forces amid allegations of widespread sexual harassment involving an elite military academy near Paris.
Facebook said Wednesday that it believes most of its users who had a specific search function enabled have had their profile data scraped by third parties.
The Chinese government removed Bibles from online stores after announcing it is working on re-interpreting and translating the Bible so it conform to “Chinese-style Christianity.”
Gun sales soared in March amid concerns that Democrats and their left-leaning allies were working to enact major gun restrictions at both the state and federal levels.
The Briefing — Thursday, April 5, 2018
1) Theological controversy erupts after Pope Francis reportedly denies the existence of hell
Wall Street Journal (Francis X. Rocca) –
‘There Is No Hell’: An Untraditional Pope, an Italian Journalist and the Quote Igniting Controversy
New York Times (Jason Horowitz) –
Does Hell Exist? And Did the Pope Give an Answer?
2) The liberalization of Catholic doctrine under Pope Francis
Simon & Schuster (Ross Douthat) –
To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism
3) The collision of biblical Christianity and the spirit of the modern age over the doctrine of hell
Thomas Reese (National Catholic Reporter) –
Pope Francis and hell
4) Vatican attempts to bolster Pope’s conservative credibility by doctoring photo of letter from Benedict
AP (Nicole Winfield) –
Vatican doctors photo of Benedict’s praise for Francis
News – 4/5/2018
The president of Honduras will light a torch in Israel’s annual Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl. Juan Orlando Hernández, who was reelected for a second term in November, confirmed his attendance at the event, Culture Minister Miri Regev announced today.
Trump Administration: Combating anti-Semitism a ‘priority’
A State Department spokeswoman said combating anti-Semitism remains a “priority” for the Trump administration, but would not say if the Trump administration would fill the congressionally-mandated job of an anti-Semitism monitor.“The position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism is currently unfilled, but the Office of International Religious Freedom at the Department of State continues actively to support the mission of that office,”
Netanyahu returns fire
“There is no end to this absurdity,” Netanyahu said. “The Iranian terrorist octopus is accusing Israel of terrorism. If Rouhani is not familiar with the acts of terror and sabotage that the Al Quds Force carries out every day in Syria, Israel will be able to update him.”
Germany’s Merkel plans to visit Trump as trade deadline looms: Bild
German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit U.S. President Donald Trump on April 27, just before the expiry of an exemption for the European Union from U.S. import duties on steel and aluminum, mass-selling daily Bild reported on Thursday. The twin visits would give the European Union’s two leading national leaders the opportunity to lobby for the bloc to be exempted permanently from the steel and aluminum tariffs. The tariffs are suspended for the EU until May 1.
Mossad chief ‘100 percent certain’ Iran seeks nuclear bomb
The head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency is “100 percent certain” that Iran remains committed to developing a nuclear bomb and believes the international community must change or scrap its nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.
Trump was right! Convicted child rapist caught crossing U.S. border
But was Trump actually right about rapists illegally crossing the border and coming into the U.S. from Mexico? On Easter Sunday, Border Patrol agents captured a convicted child rapist trying to illegally re-enter the U.S., according to a new report from Breitbart News. Gustavo Hurtdao-Juarez, 36, was arrested in Del Rio Texas, after he crossed the Rio Grande River. “The agents transported the Mexican national to the station for processing and a biometric background investigation,” Breitbart reported. “Agents learned that a Tennessee court convicted Hurtado-Juarez for aggravated statutory rape in Sumner County in 2010, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dennis Smith.”
China Reinterprets Bible For The Masses
The Chinese government removed Bibles from online stores after announcing it is working on re-interpreting and translating the Bible so it conform to “Chinese-style Christianity.”
Daily Dose Of IRONY: Mexico Deports 400 Caravan Marchers For Entering Country Illegally
One of the biggest bits of news on all mainstream media channels is the caravan of illegal immigrants heading toward the United States border with Mexico intending to demand entry into the country. But from this big story comes a heavy dose of irony as Mexico deports 400 marchers for entering Mexico illegally.
Facebook Admits Spying on Messenger, ‘Scanning’ Private Photos
Facebook Messenger scans photos and links sent by users on the messaging platform, according to a recent statement by the company itself.
IT’S COMING: The world goes for Israel’s throat
If the 30.000 Palestinians were allowed to cross those borders, instead of dead terrorists, we would have had dead Israelis. Would the world be more satisfied?
Transgender bathrooms to be forced on 4-H kids in another state
Yet another state in America’s conservative heartland, this time Iowa, is about to force 4-H – the popular, century-old, rural agricultural youth organization – to adopt the same LGBTQ transgender bathroom and other policies that have prompted evangelist Franklin Graham to promote a boycott of Target for adopting the same policies.
More than a million illegal immigrants scored California driver’s licenses, state DMV announces
More than one million illegal immigrants living in California have received driver’s licenses, according to a new report. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced that as of March 31, 1,001,000 illegal immigrants have received licenses, The Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday.
Messed Up: London Man Arrested After Killing a Burglar In Self-Defense
America isn’t a perfect country, but it’s far better than other first world nations across the pond. Namely, ones that have odd speech laws and backwards views about self defense.
2 Years After Bathroom Announcement, Target Still Hasn’t Learned Its Lesson
…Over Easter weekend, according to NBC affiliates, a man allegedly entered the women’s restroom at a Chicago Target store and exposed himself to a little girl. Chicago police are investigating the report from a woman and her daughter, who said that the man walked in on them in the women’s bathroom, pushed his way into the stall the girl was using, exposed himself, then fled.
Judicial Watch: Records Show Obama Admin Used Millions In Taxpayer Money To Fund Soros’ Left-Wing Political Activities In Albania
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained 32 State Department documents Wednesday showing the Obama Admin gave millions in U.S. taxpayer money to help fund George Soros’ radical left-wing activities in Albania.Via Judicial Watch:
WOW! Homeland Security Discovers Rogue Cell Tower Simulators In Washington Used By Foreign Spies
A stunning report by the Associated Press reveals the Department of Homeland Security has discovered rogue cell tower simulators in Washington, D.C. commonly used by foreign spies.
WATCH – Undercover Video Reveals Ranking Democrat As Communist Black Supremacist
The Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus chairwoman Virgie Rollins revealed Saturday that she used to be a member of the militant Marxist Black Panther Party.
The Deep State Is Desperate! Is a False Flag Bio-Terror Event Next??
The Deep State has one ace up its sleeve and it is a bio-terror false flag event designed to cripple this country. This is where the bck stops and this is the next move on the part of the Deep State.
Morrissey Savages Politically Correct UK: “Free Speech No Longer Exists”
Music icon Morrissey has launched a stinging rebuke against the politically correct state of the United Kingdom, asserting that “free speech no longer exists” and blaming totalitarian leftists for censoring art and policing opinion.
“Rogue” Network Of Cellular Eavesdropping Devices Discovered Throughout Washington D.C.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has acknowledged a 2017 discovery of several “rogue devices” placed throughout Washington D.C. often used by spies and criminals to track and eavesdrop on private cellular devices, AP reports.
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran met in Ankara for talks yesterday as they cemented their unlikely alliance over Syria in a challenge to US and western influence in the region.
“Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: “ Ezekiel 39:1 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: For those of you who think we might be putting a little too much emphasis and importance on the upcoming 70th anniversary of regathered Israel, today’s article should clear that up for you. Russia, Iran and Turkey forming an alliance just this week to take control of Syria absolutely leaps off the pages of the Bible. Putin supplies both Iran and Turkey with nuclear and military technology, as well as oil and gas. All three countries are mentioned in the Bible as Gog-Russia, Persia-Iran and Turkey/Meshech and Tubal . And obviously, so is Syria which figures quite heavily in Bible prophecy. We now have a little more than 5 weeks to go until May 14, and it’s anyone’s guess what will happen next. But buckle up because it’s gonna be something big.
President Putin, President Erdogan and President Rouhani vowed to work togetherto create a ‘lasting ceasefire’, build a hospital for wounded civilians in Eastern Ghouta and allow refugees to return home.
But the deepening ties between the trio will be a concern to the US as its ability to influence the future of the country and the region wains and President Trump openly mulls pulling troops out.
Russia, Iran and Turkey have been drawn together in their support of Syria. Putin and Rouhani provide Assad with military support and Turkey has now joined their efforts because it wants to crush US-backed Kurdish forces massing on its border.
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Isaiah 17:1 (KJV)
Putin supplies both countries with sophisticated military equipment. President Erdogan recently signed a $2.5 billion arms deal with Russia for S-400 sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles, which has caused consternation among Turkey’s fellow Nato members.
And Russia helps both countries on energy. It is also building Turkey a $20 billion nuclear power station, which began construction yesterday, and last year Putin signed a $30 billion energy co-operation deal with Iran.
Through these major deals Russia now finds itself in the position of having influence over Turkey as well as Iran. And these two countries in turn exert huge influence beyond their borders.
Turkey controls much of the flow of middle eastern refugees into Europe. It stemmed the influx after signing a deal with the EU in March 2016 – but if it reversed this agreement the political consequences in Europe would be enormous.
Iran has been accused of supplying arms to the Taliban by the government of Afghanistan and is fueling the conflict in Yemen.
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, is an implacably opposed the Syrian regime and his administration provides significant backing for the rebels fighting it. Trump is also a staunch ally of Israel, most notably announcing the US is to move its embassy to Jerusalem – putting it in direct opposition to Iran, which has threatened to destroy the state.
Under Trump, the US has become a close ally of Saudi Arabia, whose Crown Prince Salman said this week that he recognised Israel’s ‘right’ to its land – becoming the first Arab leader to ever make such an acknowledgement.
He compared Iran’s Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Hitler.
At the summit on Wednesday Turkey and Russia said they would work together to build a hospital to treat civilians injured in the fighting in Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus.
The Syrian government has been carrying out an intense bombing and ground campaign against rebel-held areas in Eastern Ghouta which has left thousands of civilians dead or wounded and drawn international condemnation.
Russia and Turkey also said 160,000 refugees who had fled the conflict into Turkey had been able to return home. The Ankara summit at Erdogan’s presidential palace was the second such summit following one in November 2017 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi hosted by Putin.
‘We are determined to take Syria out of this quagmire. There will be no peace in turkey until there is peace in Syria,’ Erdogan said at a press conference in Ankara on Wednesday.
Turkish and Russian forces would work together to build a medical facility in Eastern Ghouta, as well as establishing ‘safe regions on both the Turkish and northern Syrian sides’ with facilities such as bakeries and plots of land to build homes and grow food.
‘It is about constructing houses [in the safe regions] so these people no longer have to live in tents and containers,’ said Erdogan. In a statement from the three leaders, they pledged to ‘continue their active cooperation on Syria for the achievement of lasting ceasefire between the conflicting parties’.
‘There is no military solution option for the crisis in Syria and we need to cooperate to put an end to the war in the country,’ said President Rouhani. ‘We have to follow peaceful methods, we need to help the Syrians go back to their homes as soon as possible.’
A third trilateral summit will take place in Tehran though a date has yet to be announced.
Putin’s two-day visit was his first international trip since securing a fourth term as president of Russia last month. On Tuesday, he and Erdogan revealed the delivery of Russian S-400 missiles would be brought forward to July 2019.
‘We have made our agreement on the S-400s. We have closed this chapter. This job is done,’ a defiant Erdogan told journalists during a press conference, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
Putin added: ‘Our Turkish colleagues made a request in the meetings. We will accelerate the process.’ The leaders also made an appearance at the launch of Turkey’s first nuclear power station via video link on the same day.
Russian company Rosatom was granted permission by Turkey’s TAEK atomic energy authority on Tuesday to begin work on the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant’s first unit. The plant will have a combined capacity of 4,800 megawatts across four reactors. source
Headlines – 4/5/2018
Cecile Richards Confirms She Declined Ivanka Trump’s Compromise on Planned Parenthood Funding
Jared and Ivanka trump offered to maintain funding for Planned Parenthood if they would stop doing abortions
|Russia warns US to put an end to military action in Korean Peninsula immediately!
Posted: 05 Apr 2018 07:19 AM PDT
According To reports from multiple sources, The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday said it wanted the United States to immediately halt all military activity on the Korean Peninsula. The United States
and South Korea this month resume joint military drills. RIA cited the foreign ministry as saying such war games did not help reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula. MORE
|Trump Drops Push for Immediate Withdrawal of Troops From Syria
Posted: 05 Apr 2018 06:24 AM PDT
President Trump has instructed his military commanders to quickly wrap up the American military operation in Syria so that he can bring troops home within a few months, senior administration officials said on Wednesday. He dropped his insistence on an immediate withdrawal, they said, after commanders told him they needed time to complete their mission. The president’s decision to keep the 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria for the immediate future came in a meeting of the National Security
Council in the White House Situation Room on Tuesday, hours after Mr. Trump had told a roomful of reporters that “it’s time” to bring American forces home from a conflict that has been a crucial battlefield in the fight against the Islamic State. At the meeting, Mr. Trump’s top military advisers told him they had drawn up plans to pull American troops out of Syria immediately. But they also presented a plan for the forces to stay longer to clean out the residual pockets of Islamic State fighters and to train local forces to stabilize the liberated territory so that the group could not regain a foothold. READ MORE
|DAYS OF LOT: Transgender bathrooms to be forced on 4-H kids in another state
Posted: 05 Apr 2018 06:15 AM PDT
Yet another state in America’s conservative heartland, this time Iowa, is about to force 4-H – the popular, century-old, rural agricultural youth organization – to adopt the same LGBTQ transgender bathroom and other policies that have prompted evangelist Franklin Graham to promote a boycott of Target for adopting the same policies. Earlier this week, WND exclusively reported on a multi-pronged, state-by-state movement to impose radical transgender policies on the nation’s 4-H youth
organizations.Although 4-H is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it is overseen and guided by “a network of 100 public universities,” specifically their extension services. But these universities also comprise the source of a coordinated and, until now, below-the-radar push to impose on 4-H highly controversial LGBTQ policies – including the mandatory use of exotic transgender pronouns and the admission of biological males into female restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa. READ MORE
|CDC continues to warn of new deadly germ spreading across US that is antibiotic resistant
Posted: 05 Apr 2018 06:10 AM PDT
There’s a newer and stronger germ popping up across the US and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this “nightmare bacteria” has an unusual resistance to antibiotics. “When we talk about ‘nightmare bacteria,’ what we’re talking about are bacteria that are especially difficult to treat,” Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director for Healthcare Associated Infection and Prevention
Programs at the CDC, said. “We either have a very limited number of antibiotics left to treat these infections or in some cases, we don’t have any antibiotics at all,” he continued. “So they’re dangerous from that standpoint. They pose a very serious risk to patients who get these infections and they can also spread.” READ MORE
|PROPHETIC PREVIEW: Leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey hold meeting together
Posted: 05 Apr 2018 05:56 AM PDT
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in in Ankara on Wednesday for a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict. The leaders were determined to speed up efforts to ensure “calm on the ground” in Syria, and to protect civilians in “de-escalation areas,” according to a joint statement posted on Rouhani’s presidential website. The three countries are working together to try to reduce the violence in Syria despite supporting opposing sides in the war.
Russia and Iran are Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s strongest backers, while Turkey supports anti-Assad insurgents. Despite their differences Iran, Russia and Turkey are three of the major powers involved in a conflict whose course has been largely defined by foreign interventions, and their influence could increase further if the United States pulls out. Rouhani blamed the United States for backing Islamic State militants in Syria and called on all countries to respect the independence of its main Arab ally in the Middle East. READ MORE
|Scientists fear secret killer robot army could destroy humanity…
Posted: 05 Apr 2018 05:43 AM PDT
A top South Korean university is secretly developing a killer Artificial Intelligence robot army that could destroy humanity, scientists fear. KAIST university allegedly launched a new AI weapons lab in February, leading dozens of researchers to believe the products will “have the potential to be weapons of terror”. Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, organised the boycott
with 49 other researchers. He said in an open letter: “If developed, autonomous weapons will … permit war to be fought faster and at a scale great than ever before. “They will have the potential to be weapons of terror.” KAIST said it had “no intention to engage in development of lethal autonomous weapons systems and killer robots”. READ MORE
|China warns that Trump will learn painful lesson soon enough
Posted: 05 Apr 2018 05:37 AM PDT
Chinese state media hailed their leaders’ quick counteroffensive in the brewing trade war with the U.S. and said America would learn a “painful lesson” by tangling with China. The articles and editorials across the Communist Party’s media stable came even as the country started a long holiday weekend. They emphasized that China was acting only in self-defense, and that the Trump administration’s move to levy a 25 percent tariff on about 1,300 types of Chinese imports was opposed by many in the U.S.
“As China deploys its counterattack, the pleasure that the U.S. achieved from those tariffs will now cause them suffering as their financial and political gains diminish to zero,” the Global Times wrote in an editorial Thursday. The tabloid, which sometimes takes more hawkish positions, has run five editorials on the trade issue since Monday.China said on Wednesday said it would levy an additional 25 percent tariff on about $50 billion of U.S. imports, matching the scale of proposed U.S. tariffs announced the day before. The U.S. is allowing 60 days for public feedback, leaving room for talks. China has said its tariffs will take effect when the U.S. ones do. READ MORE
|China holding Treasuries, Keeps ‘nuclear option’ in trade war…
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 06:59 PM PDT
It took China just 11 hours to retaliate against the United States for proposing tariffs on some 1,300 Chinese products, but Chinese officials are holding back on taking aim at their largest American import: government debt. In a tit-for-tat response to the Trump administration’s plan for 25 percent duties on $50 billion of Chinese imports, China hit back with its own list of similar duties on key American imports including soybeans, planes, cars, beef and chemicals. But officials signaled no interest for now in
bringing their vast holdings of U.S. Treasuries to the fight. China held around $1.17 trillion of Treasuries as of the end of January, making it the largest of America’s foreign creditors and the No. 2 overall owner of U.S. government bonds after the Federal Reserve. Any move by China to chop its Treasury portfolio could inflict significant harm on U.S. finances and global investors, driving bond yields higher and making it more costly to finance the federal government. READ MORE
|The Danger Of Allowing Unbelief To Take Root In Your Life!
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 06:41 PM PDT
(By Ricky Scaparo) In today’s broadcast we discuss how unbelief is a dangerous stronghold that prevents and hinders many breakthroughs and blessings in the lives of believers today.
|Trump sending National Guard to Mexico border immediately
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 05:29 PM PDT
President Trump signed a proclamation Wednesday night to send the National Guard to the southern border immediately, a senior White House official told Fox News, in response to what the administration described as an “unacceptable” flow of drugs, criminal activity and illegal immigrants. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at the White House press briefing that the signing would be done in conjunction with governors and that the administration hoped the deployment would begin
“immediately.” “Despite a number of steps this administration has taken…we continue to see unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity transnational criminal organizations and illegal immigration flow across our border,” she said. “The president has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security work together with our governors to deploy our National Guard to our southwest border to assist the border patrol,” she said. READ MORE
|Scientists warn that giant crack opening in Africa could be “Earth-Changing”
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 05:23 PM PDT
Alarming reports are coming out of Africa that a 50-foot-deep crack that has developed in the earth across many miles actually could end up – eventually – splitting the continent into two parts. The crack has appeared along Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, and runs from Somalia, in the northeast part of the continent, hundreds of miles down to South Africa, they say. CBS
explained it opened “suddenly” and “many scientists believe it could end up breaking Africa’s continent apart. The Washington Examiner say scientists suggest it is an indication of tectonic plate movement. CBS quoted Smithsonian geologist Ben Andrews with the comment, “We’re seeing a crack that in all likelihood formed over many thousands of years or hundreds of thousands of years.” READ MORE
|Ohio Sued For Refusing to Allow Transgender People to ‘Correct’ Their Birth Certificates
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 11:56 AM PDT
The state of Ohio is being sued on behalf of a few transgender persons who are demanding that they be able to change their birth certificates to reflect their “gender identity.” The state’s unwillingness to do so violates their constitutional rights, the plaintiffs argue. In a lawsuit filed last week by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union, the four transgender individuals
— three men and one woman — claim that the state’s refusal to allow them to have new birth certificates coerces them into endorsing the “government’s position as to their own gender, as well as on the meaning of gender generally, through the birth certificate they must show to others.” The government’s position is therefore an infringement on their free speech rights guaranteed by the first Amendment, the lawsuit maintains. READ MORE
|China Military Tells Russia ‘We’ve Come to Support You’ Against U.S.
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 11:48 AM PDT
China’s military leadership has pledged its support to Russia as tensions between Moscow and the West further deteriorate into diplomatic isolation, economic sanctions and dueling defense drills. In his first visit to Russia, newly appointed Chinese Defense Minister Wei Feng attended the seventh Moscow International Security Conference accompanied by a delegation of other high-level military officials. Emphasizing that his trip was coordinated directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Wei
said that he had two major messages for Russia at a time when both nations were attempting to modernize their armed forces and strengthen their hands in global affairs in spite of U.S. fears. “I am visiting Russia as a new defense minister of China to show the world a high level of development of our bilateral relations and firm determination of our armed forces to strengthen strategic cooperation,” Wei said at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency. READ MORE
|‘Jesus Has Changed my Life’: Justin Bieber Shares His Powerful Easter Testimony
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 11:45 AM PDT
Pop star Justin Bieber has become increasingly vocal about his Christian faith in recent years, and this Easter, he wanted to set something straight: Easter is about one thing only, and that’s Jesus Christ. In an Easter Instagram post, the singer declared that “Jesus has changed my life.” “Easter is not about a bunny, its a reminder that my Jesus died on the cross for my sins and then rose from the dead
defeating death!” he wrote. “I believe this happened and it changes everything! I am set free from bondage and shame.” Bieber has started attending Church on a regular basis and has formed a close bond with several high-profile pastors such as Hillsong NYC’s Carl Lentz and LA-based “Zoe Church” leader Chad Veach. READ MORE
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