December 17, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump early on Monday again criticized the Federal Reserve for its current series of interest-rate increases, days before the U.S. central bank is expected to push up interest rates again.

President Donald Trump and Congress, embroiled in a feud over his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, have only five days to reach a deal before a partial government shutdown could leave about a quarter of the federal workforce without paychecks.

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a court decision against Obamacare as “a great ruling for our country,” while a U.S. government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no immediate impact on health coverage.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has aggressively sought to roll back Obama-era environmental protections, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, the latest high-profile departure from his administration.

Turkey may start a new military operation in Syria at any moment, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, adding that the White House has responded positively to Ankara’s plans to push into territory where its forces have not previously operated.

The United States came under fire from China and the European Union on Monday, accused by both major trading partners of taking protectionist measures and bringing the WTO to its knees.

Alphabet’s, Google is investing more than $1 billion on a new campus in New York, becoming the second major technology company after Amazon to pick America’s financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs.

As U.S. bank stocks tanked this month over fears of an impending recession, industry executives downplayed concerns arguing that the economy is in great shape.

AP Top Stories

Several thousand people marched through Hungary’s capital Sunday in a fourth day of demonstrations against new laws that critics say restrict workers’ rights and undermine democracy.

Nicaraguan police have raided the offices of an opposition daily and then stripped human rights and activist groups’ permission to operate, those targeted said Saturday.

A historic council of Orthodox bishops in Kiev has created a new Ukrainian church independent from Russia, President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

In Marrakech this month more than 180 countries will affirm the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. What began with great optimism as an open, transparent, and inclusive process that would include all of the world’s states has been clouded by global political controversy over the compact and a series of last-minute withdrawals.

The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war.

A car bomb killed at least nine people including five civilians near a pro-Turkey rebel post in the northern Syrian city of Afrin on Sunday, a British-based war monitor said.

A drive to impose more sanctions on Russia for its capture of Ukrainian navy vessels in November seems to be gaining traction, the United States envoy to the Ukraine conflict, Kurt Volker, told an online briefing on Monday.

Law enforcement officials from up to 45 states have sought assistance from Pennsylvania authorities in pursuit of alleged misconduct by Catholic priests and related efforts to conceal that abuse by the church, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

Democratic Republic of Congo goes to the polls this week in elections which could see the country emerge from 17 years of conflict-ridden rule under controversial President Joseph Kabila. Twenty-one candidates are running to replace Kabila.

The US military said it had carried out six air strikes in Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabab extremists.


The use of electronic cigarettes by US teenagers has dramatically risen this year, a new report says. The percentage of 12th grade students, typically aged 17-18, who reported vaping nicotine rose to 21% from 11% in 2017, a survey by the University of Michigan said. Researchers say the trend is reversing declines in the number of adolescents who use nicotine.

Russia allegedly used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims. Research is expected to say YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal – as well as Facebook and Twitter – were leveraged to spread propaganda.

Cambodia has seized more than 3.2 tonnes of African ivory hidden in a storage container from Mozambique, a customs official has said.

A gay Singaporean man has won a landmark court case which will allow him to adopt a child he fathered through a surrogate.


The US Navy has acknowledged that its longstanding operations in Haifa may change once a Chinese firm takes over the civilian port in 2021, prompting Israel’s national security cabinet to revisit the arrangement.

A recent study from Merrill Lynch found that 79 percent of parents continue to serve as the “family bank” for their grown-up children, paying for big-ticket items like college and weddings, but also for smaller, everyday expenses. Parents of adult children contribute $500 billion annually – twice the amount that they invest in their own retirement accounts.

News – 12/17/2018

Top Republican predicts Flynn guilty plea will be thrown out, citing FBI ‘misconduct’
California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the FBI had “tricked” Flynn into not having a lawyer and had improperly “post-dated” documents to “morph” them into critical evidence against him. He promised Comey would face tough questioning about the episode. “Tomorrow is going to be a very different day for Comey, particularly in light of what we’ve learned — the misconduct during the Flynn investigation was all about, thanks to a judge that demanded to understand what had happened,” Issa told host Maria Bartiromo, referring to U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s order last week that led Mueller to turn over key documents in the case.

Comey, dubbed ‘amnesiac with incredible hubris,’ back on Hill for new round of grilling
Former FBI Director James Comey is back on the Hill for an encore, after a controversial appearance more than a week ago in which he told lawmakers seeking answers over the FBI’s handling of the Trump-Russia collusion probe some version of “I don’t know” at least 245 times.

Iranian general accidentally kills himself
A general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who fought in Syria and Iraq accidentally killed himself on Sunday while cleaning a gun, The Associated Press reported. The Guards’ website said Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri has accidentally shot himself in the head while cleaning his pistol.

China ‘expanding’ persecution of religious believers: US ambassador
Dozens of churchgoers and seminary students from the Early Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan’s provincial capital Chengdu have been detained in a police raid on the church, which was shut down by the authorities earlier this year. Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong were among those detained in night raids on people’s homes, according to the U.S.-based Christian rights group ChinaAid.

Signs Of Coming Collapse: Citizens Worldwide Revolt Against Taxation & Illegal Aliens
The main focus: the unrest that is swiftly crossing national borders has a common denominator in France, and now in Belgium and the Netherlands. That common denominator is that of the populace being fed up with the amount of taxation, coupled with the politicos pushing illegal Muslim aliens into nations that have been predominantly Christian for almost a thousand years.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen to be visible in closest flyby in 70 years
“This will be the closest comet Wirtanen has come to Earth for centuries and the closest it will come to Earth for centuries,” Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said. “This could be one of the brightest comets in years, offering astronomers an important opportunity to study a comet up close with ground-based telescopes, both optical and radar.”

Erdogan once again proves he’s a threat to world peace
“We as Germans know what happens in the early stages of a dictatorship. The similarities between the early Nazi regime and Erdogan’s Turkey right now are frightening,” Oliver Bienkowski, one of the activists, told The Independent while adding the Turkish leader “must be stopped before it is too late.” The incident came in mind again watching Erdogan’s latest bellicose actions toward the Kurds in Syria, his renewed vicious rhetoric toward Israel, as well as the publication of a new study documenting the massive crackdown on press freedom in Turkey.

Netanyahu: Israeli ties to Arab world stronger without the Palestinians
“What is happening at the moment is that we are in a process of normalization with the Arab world without progress in the diplomatic process with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said.

Israel joins the race to become a quantum superpower
“The global race is already underway and various countries are investing huge sums in developing the field – and if we do not run forward, the State of Israel will be left behind,” said Prof. Yaffa Zilbershatz, chairwoman of the Council for Higher Education’s Planning and Budgeting Committee. China and the US have made substantial investments and advancements in some area of quantum research.

Israel could face ICC charges if bill expelling terrorist families passes, expert warns
Israel will likely face criminal charges at the International Criminal Court in the Hague if it approves legislation to expel the families of Palestinian terrorists from their homes, a top Israeli human rights expert warned on Monday. The bill received preliminary approval in the ministerial committee for legislation on Sunday.

Decision expected today on plans to upgrade egalitarian Kotel prayer plaza
After years of controversy, the Regional Committee for Planning and Construction of the Finance Ministry is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on plans to upgrade and renovate the egalitarian prayer section of the Western Wall. The committee, which is comprised of professional ministry civil servants as well as some Jerusalem Municipal Council politicians, is expected to approve the planned renovation.

Hungarians rally again against ‘slave laws’
About 10,000 people have rallied in Hungary’s capital Budapest against new labour laws, which have been labelled “slave” legislation by opponents. The crowds marched towards parliament and the state TV headquarters, in what was the fourth and largest protest since the laws were passed last week. Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters near the TV station.

Facebook ‘temporarily bans Israeli PM’s son over posts’
A son of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Facebook blocked him for 24 hours amid a spat over several posts railing against Palestinians and Muslims. Last week, Facebook removed a post by Yair Netanyahu in which he called for “avenging the deaths” of two Israeli soldiers killed by a Palestinian. A post in which the 27-year-old said he would prefer if “all Muslims leave the land of Israel” was also taken down.

Central London in facial recognition trial
Christmas shoppers could have their faces scanned in central London this week as part of a police trial. The Met says it will invite people to take part in testing the technology rather than scanning people covertly. The trials will be held near Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square on Monday and Tuesday.

China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere
China and Russia have modified an important layer of the atmosphere above Europe to test a controversial technology for possible military application, according to Chinese scientists involved in the project. A total of five experiments were carried out in June. One, on June 7, caused physical disturbance over an area as large as 126,000 sq km (49,000 square miles), or about half the size of Britain.

FBI, CIA Told WaPo They Doubted Key Allegation In Steele Dossier
“We sent reporters to every hotel in Prague, to all over the place trying to – just to try to figure out if he was ever there, and came away empty.”

Fight against ‘Big Brother’ surveillance toys gets serious
Privacy organizations have been campaigning in the United States for several years for regulations to protect children from internet-connected “smart” toys such as dolls and games that enable the manufacturers to listen to their playtime.

Sydney storms: 55,000 city and central coast properties left without power
More than 55,000 properties in Sydney and the central coast are still without power after thunderstorms savaged the New South Wales coast and the clean-up is expected to take several days.

Church of Sweden votes against ban on Islamic call to prayer so that “more people could encounter the love of Allah”
Yes, imagine how amazing it will be when Muslims who have encountered the love of Allah conquer and subjugate the native Swedes, and force them to pay the jizya (tax) and accept the other humiliating and discriminatory regulations of dhimmitude that deny them basic rights,

Iran’s Rouhani threatens US: “You will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism” – how will Trump respond?
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani predicted a “deluge” of drugs, refugees and attacks on the West if U.S. sanctions weaken Iran’s ability to contain them.

Let’s face the facts, all-out war between Israel and Hezbollah is coming – and Lebanon might cease to exist because of it
Analysts have been saying for years that it was only a matter of time until Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist militia were again engaged in open conflict. The events of the past several days have finally woken most Israelis up to the seriousness of those warnings.

Boys can have periods too, children to be taught in latest victory for transgender campaigners
School children will be taught that “all genders” can have periods in new sex education lessons, in a victory for transgender rights campaigners.

New Rules of engagement between Syria and Israel, as Russia changes its position
Syria will adopt a new rule of engagement with Israel now that Russia has taken a tougher and clearer stance on the conflict between Israel and the “Axis of the Resistance”. Henceforth, Damascus will be responding to any Israeli strike. If it damages a specific military target it will reply with a strike against a similar objective in Israel. Decision makers in Damascus said “Syria will not hesitate to hit an Israeli airport if Damascus airport is targeted and hit by Israel. This will be with the consent of the Russian military based in the Levant”.

Universities to sell emergency contraception Plan B from VENDING machines for just $30
Universities across the country are starting to install vending machines whereby college students can obtain emergency contraception from a vending machine.

Germany to ‘Re-Educate’ Children from Conservative ‘Right Wing’ Families
When the government starts deciding how your children will think even before they have left pre-school, you can safely say you’re locked inside an Orwellian system controlled by oppressive bureaucrats.

Pro-LGBTQ Jesuit Priest Promotes Catholic ‘Rainbow Rosary’ With Prayers Asking For ‘Full Acceptance’ Of Same-Sex-Couples
The Bible clearly states that God, under no circumstances will accept fornication, drunkenness, drug use, lying, evil speaking, cheating, bearing false witness, murder, extortion or any such like thing as a behaviour He will be bless. That means if we are to follow God, we must reject these things, repent, and walk after Him according to His word.

Aerosol flu vaccine with live virus to be sprayed on all Americans? It’s already ‘approved for deployment’ in Australia
Sure, you’ve heard of nasal vaccines, like for Polio, but have you heard of the needle-free vaccine that’s sprayed down on you from the sky? Remember the mass aerial spraying over Miami during the great Zika hoax recently? If you’re worried about chemtrails and the mosquito truck spraying poison all over your neighborhood and your kids out playing in the yard, get ready for the most insane, involuntary, unauthorized, unconstitutional, unethical, unsafe, untested and immoral form of forced medication ever unleashed on a nation. And you thought fluoridated water was bad.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“I acknowledge, in the ordinary course of government, that the exposition of the laws and Constitution devolves upon the judicial. But I beg to know upon what principle it can be contended that any one department draws from the Constitution greater powers than another in marking out the limits of the powers of the several departments.” —James Madison (1789)

A Short-Lived Victory Against ObamaCare?

Texas Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the laughably named “Affordable” Care Act.

Left Uses Coffin of Migrant Child as Campaign Soapbox

A little girl died after being taken into custody following an illegal border crossing.

FBI/DOJ Corruption Getting Impossible to Ignore

The “collusion” investigation is looking more like a counteroffensive to cover up Demo malfeasance.

Modern Education: Activism Has Displaced Academics

Fascism in our schools is raising kids who are the antithesis of what the Founders stood for.

Mixed Messages for Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Congress is muddling an alliance with its vote to undermine American foreign policy.

The Bill of Rights

Today is the anniversary of the 1791 ratification of our Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution.

Boston Tea Party

On Dec. 16, 1773, “radicals” from Boston threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor.

Video: Seven Things About Free Speech in Schools

Part of a video series on free speech and the law by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.

Monday Short Cuts

“For the 66th year in a row, Miss Universe is a biological woman. The bigotry is astounding.” —Matt Walsh

Monday Top Headlines

ObamaCare unconstitutional, Mueller tops $25 million, Comey back on Hill, shutdown theater, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Ryan T. Anderson
Misguided Proposal From Christian Leaders and LGBT Activists Is Anything but ‘Fairness for All’
Todd Starnes
Teacher Fired for Refusing to Call a Transgender Student by Preferred Pronoun
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The Indecency of the Death Penalty
Tony Perkins
House GOP Takes Issue With Tissue
Gary Bauer
Media Malpractice

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

Headlines – 12/17/2018

Jordan: Australia’s Jerusalem recognition breaches int’l law

Knesset speaker: Australian recognition of only West Jerusalem is a setback

Knesset Speaker: Australia’s Jerusalem Policy May Cause Palestinian Violence

Netanyahu warns Hamas after deadly West Bank attacks

Hamas leader ‘not denying’ that West Bank terror attacks were ordered from Gaza

Israel claims leaders of PA, Hamas ‘united’ in support for Palestinian terrorism

Mother who lost infant in attack: The blood of Israel pulses through my veins – baby managed to unite all of Israel

Bennett, 8 other ministers join protest against government response to terror

Bennett protests Netanyahu Defense appointment in cabinet

Settlers move into outpost near Hebron, in wake of Palestinian attacks

Ministers advance bill that would legalize 66 outposts deep in the West Bank

Ministers back bill to expel terrorists’ families from their homes

Haniyeh: ‘Any IDF soldier who enters Gaza will be killed or caught’

Yair Netanyahu temporarily banned from Facebook after anti-Muslim posts

Netanyahu: Israeli ties to Arab world stronger without the Palestinians

Rivlin warns Hezbollah will lead to destruction of Lebanon

Weary Lebanese take to the streets to protest political stalemate

Netanyahu says Israeli agents ‘periodically visit’ Iran to monitor nuke program

Pakistan summons Iran envoy over militant attack near border

Iranian general fatally shoots himself in the head by accident

How Iran, Turkey use Qatar to undermine regional security and US interest

Commentary: Erdogan once again proves he’s a threat to world peace

Syrian Kurds Declare Turkish Threats an ‘Act of War’ as U.S. Troops Dig in for Long Stay

Ankara calls for coordination with Moscow and Washington in Syria

Turkey Would Consider Working With Syria’s Assad if He Won a Democratic Election

Eight Killed in Car-bombing in Syrian Town Held by Turkish-backed Opposition Forces, Watchdog Says

Iraqi air raids kill 16 aides of ISIS leader Baghdadi in Syria

Despite truce, intense clashes hit Yemen’s Hodeidah with 22 Houthis killed

Yemen crisis: Hudaydah ceasefire delayed after clashes

Saudi Arabia rebukes US Senate resolution condemning Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi murder

Qatar is ‘counting on’ Kuwait and other allies to resolve Gulf crisis, foreign minister says

Georgia’s new pro-Western president seeks unity after vote protests

Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues

Thousands march in Brussels against U.N. migration pact

Macron govt hopes ‘yellow vest’ protests running out of steam

UK flirts with second referendum to escape eternal Brexit chaos

Dems, White House refuse to budge over border wall as Friday shutdown looms

Dems defy Trump shutdown threat: ‘He is not going to get the wall in any form’

New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep

Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump: ‘Over my dead body’

Trump blasts FBI over ‘missing’ text messages, Michael Cohen ‘break-in’

Comey blasts Trump over tweet about FBI raid of Michael Cohen’s office

Trump: ‘Unfair’ media coverage should be tested in courts

Parrot used Amazon Alexa to order items while his owner was away

A Bright Green ‘Christmas Comet’ Will Fly the Closest to Earth Tonight And Won’t Be This Close Again For Thousands Of Years

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Carnarvon, Australia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 45,000ft

Cleveland volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupts to 30,000ft

Soputan volcano in Indonesia erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Ambrym volcano on Vanuatu erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Veniaminof volcano on the Alaskan Peninsula erupts to 12,000ft

Storms shatter records in the East, create massive waves in the West

Drenched city: 2018 is now Washington’s wettest year ever recorded

Susan Collins: Brett Kavanaugh ruled ‘impartially, independently’ in Planned Parenthood case

To Expand Access to Emergency Contraception, Some Colleges Try Vending Machines

Boys can have periods too, children to be taught in latest victory for transgender campaigners

Miss Spain to make history as first transgender contestant on Miss Universe

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Romans 7: The Mature Christian’s Struggle

Hard Times at Harvest

Drag Performance in Luther Seminary’s Chapel

Conservative Christians Want to Stop Kids Meditating at School

Sales from LGBT ‘Rainbow’ rosary promoted by Fr. James Martin funds pro-abortion groups

Faithful Flock to Pay Tribute to Effigy of Virgin Mary That Appeared Near Artesia Church on Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Iranians Are Converting To Evangelical Christianity In Turkey

Chinese police raid children’s Bible class, shut down underground megachurch

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