April 6, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. markets could face some “pain” from the trade standoff with China and other countries but claimed that Americans would be better off in the long-run due to his protectionist actions.

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces time in prison after the Supreme Court rejected his request to appeal at liberty a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.

France and the European Union staked out strong positions on trade with the U.S. as global tensions escalated in the face of tariff threats.

While slower to emerge than in the U.S., the #MeToo movement is reverberating quickly in South Korea where a flurry of headline-grabbing accusations have ignited calls for overhauling one of the world’s worst workplaces for women.

President Donald Trump said his plan to protect the southern U.S. border may require deploying as many as 4,000 National Guard troops until his long-sought border wall is built, though his top aides say that many key details about the proposal remain unresolved.

President Donald Trump said his administration is considering taking extraordinary steps to keep some money-losing power plants alive.

U.S. hiring cooled in March following a strong February while wages picked up, returning labor-market progress to a more sustainable pace that keeps the Federal Reserve on track for further interest-rate increases. Payrolls rose 103,000, compared with the median estimate of economists for 185,000.

Aurora Station, billed as the “first luxury hotel in space,” may be for you. Houston-based Orion Span Inc. hopes to launch the modular station in late 2021 and welcome its first guests the following year, with two crew members accompanying each excursion. The platform would orbit 200 miles above Earth, offering six guests 384 sunrises and sunsets as they race around the planet for 12 days at incredibly high speeds. Beyond the physical limitations to embarking, there are also the fiscal ones. The 12-day stay starts at $9.5 million per person, or about $791,666 a night.

China’s tariffs in one corner of the energy market signal U.S. shale fields may follow the nation’s farms as a target if a trade war escalates.

AP Top Stories

A woman who accused a former Mormon leader of rape filed a civil lawsuit against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, claiming the church did not properly respond when she reported the abuse decades ago.

A retired Russian general says that relations between the United States and Russia are more dangerous than during the Cold War.

Searchers recovered the body of a South Korean pilot who was killed Thursday when his F-15K fighter jet crashed into a mountain in the country’s rural south, the air force said. Workers planned to resume their search Friday for the co-pilot, who was also presumed dead.

The U.S. Air Force says the Thunderbirds flight demonstration team pilot Maj. Stephen Del Bagno (del BAG’-noh) who died in the crash of a military fighter jet in central Nevada was 34 and lived in Valencia, California.

Facebook has admitted it may have “improperly shared” the personal data of up to 2.7 million people in the European Union, the bloc announced Friday, saying it would demand further answers from the social media giant.

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuana illegally, authorities said Wednesday.

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Southern California early Thursday afternoon causing shaking across the region, including in downtown Los Angeles. This is the strongest earthquake to shake Southern California since a magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled the region in 2014.


Facebook has halted plans to collect patient data from hospitals and match it up with its users’ information. The social network confirmed the idea had been discussed but had been “paused” while the company dealt with its privacy crisis.

The doctor tasked with overseeing US public health has issued an advisory calling upon more Americans to carry a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, in the first advisory issued since 2005, said more people need to recognize the risk of overdose and carry naloxone.

The Australian government says it will investigate how thousands of sheep died on a live export ship last year. About 2,400 animals succumbed to heat stress while travelling from Perth to three nations in the Middle East in August.

Australia’s biggest winemaker, Accolade Wines, is to be bought by a US private equity firm.

India’s central bank has announced a ban on the sale or purchase of crypto-currency. In its first policy statement for the current fiscal year, the bank said that financial institutions can no longer deal with entities that trade in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin.

Unrest between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces has erupted along Gaza’s border with Israel, a week after similar unrest left 16 people dead. The Gaza health ministry said one protester had been killed by Israeli forces on Friday and 80 others wounded.


A Texas megachurch has blessed more than 4,000 families within a 20-mile radius of each of its five campuses this Easter by paying off their medical debt totaling more than $10.5 million.

A Texas student alleges that he was demoted from his position as student government president for voicing support for the Second Amendment during a private conservation.

The Briefing — Friday, April 6, 2018

1) A tension that will not last: LGBT policies lead to a theological identity crisis at some Christian colleges

NPR (Tom Gjelten) –
Christian Colleges Are Tangled In Their Own LGBT Policies

2) Is there a theological dimension to Catholic colleges’ success on the basketball court?

New York Times (Marc Tracy) –
Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball

3) Evolution can’t explain babies’ unique ability to learn

The Guardian (Alex Beard) –
How babies learn – and why robots can’t compete

4) A higher form of nonsense: Why grandparents are not the gift of evolution, but the gift of God’s perfect plan

Wall Street Journal (Alison Gopnik) –
Grandparents: The Storytellers Who Bind Us

‘You Have No Idea of the Extent of Surveillance’


Dr. Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology warned the audience at the Breitbart News “Masters of the Universe” town hall event to the extent to which major technology companies such as Google are surveilling their users.

Why Google — Not Facebook — Should be Your Main Concern

A software developer — who didn’t want to be identified — told news.com.au the social media giant should be the least of our worries, saying Android apps available on Google Play are often “saturated by spyware”.

“Google has given apps a wide open ‘side-door’ to collect personal info to all apps if users simply download and accept the listed permissions,” he said.

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