December 18, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday further sought to pressure the Federal Reserve as the central bank prepared to start its two-day policy meeting, warning the Fed’s board not to “make yet another mistake” ahead of an expected interest rate hike.

U.S. Border Patrol agents who detained a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who later died in federal custody will not speak with U.S. lawmakers investigating her death, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday, citing their union membership.

Six men were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a Colombian area known for cocaine trafficking, in an apparent confrontation between groups dedicated to the illegal drugs trade.

U.S. and Taliban officials have discussed proposals for a six-month ceasefire in Afghanistan and a future withdrawal of foreign troops as talks aimed at setting up peace negotiations went into a second day, Taliban sources said.

Doctors in Sierra Leone returned to work on Tuesday, ending a 13-day strike over pay and conditions that paralyzed hospitals nationwide, the country’s junior doctors’ association said.

Myanmar’s leaders are promising to bring home hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a brutal military crackdown. But the government, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is taking steps that make their return increasingly unlikely.

A toxic pesticide that a U.N. agency wanted India to ban a decade ago contaminated food that killed at least 15 people at a temple last week, police said on Tuesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Tuesday for the unswerving implementation of reforms on Beijing’s terms, saying no one could boss it around, but offered no new measures in a speech marking 40 years of market liberalization.

U.S. homebuilding rebounded in November, driven by a surge in multi-family housing projects, but construction of single-family homes fell to a 1-1/2-year low, pointing to deepening housing market weakness that could spill over to the broader economy.

U.S. supermarket chain Kroger Co said on Tuesday it has started using unmanned autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries Scottsdale, Arizona in partnership with Silicon Valley startup Nuro.

Japan will accelerate spending on advanced stealth fighters, long-range missiles and other equipment over the next five years to support U.S. forces facing China’s military in the Western Pacific, two new government defense papers said.

AP Top Stories

A Florida man is facing charges of posting detailed bomb-making instructions to online sites frequented by extremists such as supporters of the Islamic State group, according to an FBI complaint unsealed Monday.

Yemen’s flashpoint city of Hodeida was calm on Tuesday following heavy clashes that erupted after the UN-brokered ceasefire started at midnight, pro-government sources and residents said.

Ukrainian Orthodox Christian priests selected a 39-year-old bishop to lead their newly independent church, cementing a split from the previous Russian hierarchy in a step that’s further straining relations between the two former allies.

Germany will pay survivors who escaped Nazi Germany as children 2,500 euros, or $2,800.

U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon said Monday that two of the four tunnels discovered by Israel and allegedly dug by the Hezbollah militant group cross the border in violation of the cease-fire agreement that ended the 2006 war.

BBC

Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed that his country will not develop at the expense of other nations, in a speech marking 40 years since China introduced major economic reforms. However, he also said that the global superpower would not be told what to do by anyone.

Two Scandinavian women tourists have been found dead in Morocco with cuts to their necks, the country’s interior ministry said. A suspect has been arrested in the city of Marrakesh on suspicion of murder, according to Moroccan authorities.

A former NASA engineer spent six months building a glitter bomb trap to trick thieves after some parcels were stolen from his doorstep.

A Canadian mine says it has broken its own record for the largest diamond ever found in North America. Dominion Diamond Mines has announced the “unexpected” discovery of a 552-carat yellow gemstone.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, he said Australia’s embassy would not move from Tel Aviv, until a peace settlement was achieved.

A Rwandan woman who saved the lives of more than 100 people during the 1994 genocide has died. Zura Karuhimbi was reported to be 93, although some suggest she was more than 100 years old.

A recent surge of police action against churches in China has raised concerns the government is getting even tougher on unsanctioned Christian activity. Among those arrested are a prominent pastor and his wife, of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan. Both have been charged with state subversion.

WND

Self-identified New Age practitioners outnumber members of the Presbyterian Church USA, a mainline denomination that has lost congregations and members to conservative denominations in recent years. According to the Pew Research Center, as many as 1.5 million Americans practice some form of New Age spirituality, which includes neo-Paganism, Wicca, Native American religions and Eastern mysticism, the Daily Caller reported.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs a break. The Bronx-bred democratic socialist heading into her freshman term in the House of Representatives announced Monday she’s taking some time off to take care of herself before she officially starts her new job – and she’s taking her supporters along for the ride.


News – 12/18/2018

Rudy Giuliani coins James Comey’s name as new verb
“‘Comey’ (v) means to interfere illicitly with an election,” … “For example ‘The Chicago Democrat machine comied the 1960 election.’

Is the Pacific Ring of Fire Getting Ready for the End-of-Days?
A volcanic eruption in Indonesia followed by a large earthquake is the most recent event that has caused concern among geologists that we are entering a global period of increased seismic activity. Several rabbis weighed in, recognizing the volcanoes as a necessary part of the end-of-days that immediately precedes Redemption.

The New York Times Just Published an Unqualified Recommendation for an Insanely Anti-Semitic Book
The book, recommended by author Alice Walker, repeatedly cites the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, dubs the Talmud “among the most appallingly racist documents on the planet,” and says Jews funded the Holocaust and control the KKK

As the Russian economy and Putin’s popularity tumble, the war drums grow louder and critics take cover
the Russian government may instigate new fighting in neighbouring Ukraine as a way of whipping up both patriotic feeling and support for the President. A buildup of troops and tanks along Russia’s border with Ukraine and the deployment of new missile systems to Crimea suggest Mr. Putin is at least considering a major military operation against Ukraine, says Pavel Felgenhauer, a Moscow-based military analyst. In response to the buildup, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared martial law in 10 provinces, including all those that share a border with Russia, and called up some reserve soldiers for training exercises.

Ebola count in DRC hits 500 in growing outbreak
The world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak hit another milestone today, as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded 2 new cases, raising outbreak totals to 500, including 289 deaths. Of the four new deaths recorded today, two are community deaths in Beni and Mabalako, which took place outside a hospital or Ebola treatment center, raising the risk of transmission, the DRC said.

Owen unleashes wettest December day on record in Australia
Owen was a Category 3 severe tropical cyclone when it moved onshore between Kowanyama and the mouth of the Gilbert River on Friday. Its strength at that time was equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans. Despite weakening as it tracked southeast near the Queensland coastline over the weekend, the storm still produced severe flooding and travel disruptions. In fact, the storm saved its most extreme weather for last as it unloaded historic rainfall on parts of Queensland.

U.S. Makes Great Strides to Help Iraqi Christians, More Remains to Be Done
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump signed into law the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, which will help the United States channel humanitarian and rebuilding assistance to Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.

Prophetic Warning Ignored and Now Boy Scouts to Declare Bankruptcy
The Wall Street Journal broke the news that the Boy Scouts of America is preparing to declare bankruptcy. Decisions made by their leadership compromising standards and values in place for over 100 years have backfired and now blown up in their face. The tragedy is not only the message sent through their caving to aggressive LGBTQ activists but the effect its had on families and boys throughout America who withdrew in sadness and confusion.

Trump to sign US Space Command order this week, reports say
President Trump is expected to sign an order this week that will officially create the U.S. Space Command.

Jesuits: Here Are the Accused
The Roman Catholic Jesuit province serving much of the eastern United States on Monday released the names of Jesuit priests who face “credible or established” accusations of sexual abuse of minors dating to 1950, the AP reports. In a letter, the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus identified five living Jesuits facing offenses that took place in the province and another eight who are dead. The men—part of a Catholic order that includes more than 16,000 men worldwide—served in churches, high schools, colleges, and other institutions.

‘Israel urged U.S. to pressure Lebanon to help destroy Hezbollah tunnels’
Israel asked the United States for assistance in destroying Hezbollah-dug attack tunnels on the Lebanese side of the border, according to Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar. The report said that Israel had asked the Trump Administration to pressure the Lebanese Army into cooperating with UNIFIL in Lebanon, to locate and destroy Hezbollah’s attack tunnels, while Israel carries out its Operation Northern Shield on the Israeli side of the border.

Xi Jinping says China ‘will not seek to dominate’
Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed that his country will not develop at the expense of other nations, in a speech marking 40 years since China introduced major economic reforms. However, he also said that the global superpower would not be told what to do by anyone. Late leader Deng Xiaoping’s campaign of “reform and opening up” began four decades ago.

New Zealand to hold cannabis referendum in 2020
New Zealanders will vote on legalising recreational cannabis in a referendum during the 2020 general election, the country’s justice minister said. A vote was promised by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party last year during cross-party talks, which helped to form a coalition government. It comes a week after lawmakers gave medicinal cannabis the green light.

Yemen war: Ceasefire takes effect in Hudaydah after skirmishes
Fighting between Yemeni pro-government forces and Houthi rebels in the city of Hudaydah has reportedly subsided, after a ceasefire came into effect overnight. Skirmishes continued for several hours following the start of the UN-brokered truce at midnight (21:00 GMT), but locals now say it is relatively calm. UN envoy Martin Griffiths said the initiative seemed to be working so far.

Iraq begins rebuilding of Mosul landmark Great Mosque of al-Nuri
An Iraqi religious leader has laid a foundation stone for the rebuilding of Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri, which was damaged by Islamic State militants. The head of the Sunni Muslim Endowment, Abdul Latif al-Humayim, was joined by UN and EU dignitaries for the ceremony. The mosque, whose leaning minaret was one of Mosul’s most famous landmarks, is where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a “caliphate” in 2014.

Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will the public eat them?
Three cows clomped, single-file, through a chute to line up for sonograms – ultrasound “preg checks” – to reveal if they were expecting calves next summer. “Right now. This is exciting, right this minute,” animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam said as she waited for a tiny blob of a fetus to materialize on a laptop screen…at the Beef Barn, part of the University of California at Davis’s sprawling agricultural facilities for teaching and research.

US targets Hamas, Hezbollah with anti-human shield legislation
The US House of Representatives passed legislation targeting those who use “human shields” in military confrontations with Israel. The tactic is often employed by Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah organization, who Israel says conceal their arsenals in civilian structures such as schools, homes and hospitals.

Japan to buy more U.S.-made stealth jets, radar to counter China, Russia
Japan will accelerate spending on advanced stealth fighters, long-range missiles and other equipment over the next five years to support U.S. forces facing China’s military in the Western Pacific, two new government defense papers said. The plans are the clearest indication yet of Japan’s ambition to become a regional power as a military build-up by China and a resurgent Russia puts pressure on its U.S. ally.

Chinese Pastor Penned a Powerful Declaration of Faith Before Being Dragged Off to Prison
As Tyler O’Neil has written for PJ Media, the communist regime of China has arrested about 100 Chinese Christians. Among those arrested was Pastor Wang Yi. Realizing that the Chinese government was going to soon be going after his church, Pastor Yi wrote a letter in September explaining why he disobeys the rulers God has placed over him. He instructed members of his church to release the letter if he was detained for more than 48 hours.

Prosecutors Announce Largest Ever International Sex Trafficking Bust in the US
A federal jury has convicted 36 people for their roles in an international sex trafficking ring, making the case the largest of its kind in the United States, prosecutors have announced.

Storms shatter records in the East, create massive waves in the West
Powerful storms drenched the East and West coasts over the weekend, shattering rainfall records in the Washington, D.C., area and creating office tower-sized waves off the California coast.

Soros Org Gave $500K To Activists Who Accosted Pam Bondi At Movie Theater
The left-wing activist group that accosted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at a movie theater in June received half a million dollars in 2017 from an organization funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros in 2017, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal.

See jaw-dropping evidence of ‘real Mount Sinai’
A new short film, “Finding the Mountain of Moses: The Real Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia,” was released Monday that takes viewers into a highly restricted zone in the Islamic kingdom with an abundance of features that fit the biblical description of the place where the Ten Commandments were given after the Israelites fled captivity in Egypt.

France Prepares ‘Chemical Weapon’ to Use Against Yellow Vests as ‘Last Resort’
French security services are preparing a chemical weapon to ‘smother’ the center of Paris in a last-ditch attempt to stop protesters away from buildings, according to reports.

Berkeley scientists developing artificial intelligence tool to combat ‘hate speech’ on social media
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a tool that uses artificial intelligence to identify “hate speech” on social media, a program that researchers hope will out-perform human beings in identifying bigoted comments on Twitter, Reddit and other online platforms.

Could America’s “Deep Underground Seismic Scar” Be Re-Awakening?
Large earthquakes aren’t supposed to happen in Tennessee.  On Wednesday, the largest earthquake in 45 years hit eastern Tennessee, and it made headlines all over the nation.  The magnitude 4.4 quake was so powerful that it was felt in portions of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky.  Significant shaking was even felt as far away as Atlanta, and that was highly unusual.  The original earthquake was rapidly followed by a magnitude 3.0 aftershock, and subsequently there were several other noteworthy aftershocks.

House Democrats Ready Bill to Criminalize Private Gun Sales
The incoming Democrat House majority is readying legislation to criminalize private gun sales.

Over 100 Christians Arrested In China, Pastor Faces 5 Years In Prison
The Demonic World Council Of Churches Joins With The Vatican To Promote Forced Global Migration Of Illegals

Czech politicians want to ban Islam completely as it ‘colonises society’
Political leaders in Czech Republic have previously condemned Islam in strong terms. Now, politicians in the Czech Parliament are discussing the complete ban of the religion.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” —Samuel Adams (1775)

The ‘Likely False’ Dossier and Other Collusion Fairytales

A vote of no confidence in the dossier and a report about Russian social-media manipulation.

Government Doesn’t Shut Down — It’s on Autopilot

Some 75% is already funded this year, and 86% of federal spending is baked in the cake.

Federal Judicial Vacancies Getting Worse

Jeff Flake’s lasting legacy is now one of leftist pandering and anti-Trump obstruction.

Number of Criminal Illegals Arrested Increased 11% in FY2018

Arrests of murderers, sex offenders, drug dealers, and others proves Trump’s general assessment true.

Why the National Enquirer Probe Threatens Free Speech

There is actually a bigger issue when it comes to editorial decisions: The First Amendment.

Video: Heritage Big Ideas on Health Care

Most Americans agree that the health care system is in need of an overhaul.

Secret Service Hand-Delivers Trump Christmas Letter to Girl With Brain Tumor

A 10-year-old girl with cancer received an unexpected Christmas visit from the Secret Service.

Tuesday Short Cuts

“Still trying to figure out why we can give $150 billion to Iran … but [the president] can’t get $5 billion for the wall.” —Charlie Kirk

Tuesday Top Headlines

Russian disinformation, Flynn sentencing, 158,581 illegals arrested, border wall vote, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Stephen Moore
Follow the (Climate Change) Money
Cal Thomas
And Now the Boy Scouts
Ryan T. Anderson
Just Because We Can Create Genetically Modified Babies Doesn’t Mean We Should
Hans von Spakovsky
Former Election Commissioner: Cohen and Trump Didn’t Violate Campaign Finance Law
Dennis Prager
Explaining the Left, Part V: Left vs. Right Is Brain vs. Mind

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 12/18/2018

‘Don’t Threaten Me’: Jared Kushner’s Last Meeting Last Year With Palestinian Negotiator Reportedly Got Very Heated

Gantz: Solving conflict with Palestinians must be the top priority

UN launches aid appeal for Palestinians amid US funding cuts

UN and Palestinian Authority Appeal for $350 Million in Humanitarian Relief

‘The Gaza blockade is strangling us’

Teacher Sues Texas After Being Fired For Refusing to Sign Pro-Israel Contract

Germany to compensate hundreds who fled Nazis as children

Despite protests, Knesset confirms Netanyahu as permanent defense minister

Palestinians accuse IDF of using their security cameras against them

AG: Bill to expel terrorists’ families infringes human rights, defames Israel

Tension as Israel rolls out barbed wire on Lebanon border

Lebanese forces draw weapons at IDF soldiers operating along Blue Line

UNIFIL: At least 2 two tunnels crossed Israel border, violating UN resolution

Russia asks Lebanon to deal with Hezbollah terror tunnels

Russia: Security cooperation with Israel will continue if it ‘doesn’t endanger troops’

Turkey may start new Syria operation at any moment, Erdogan says

Erdogan vows to ‘remove’ Kurd militia east of Euphrates

Turkey Says It Will Not Let the U.S. Hold It Back in Syria

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

US doesn’t seek to oust Assad, accepts Iran will have diplomatic role in Syria

Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

Report: China is driving use of armed drones in Middle East

Saudi Arabia Strongly Rebukes U.S. Senate’s ‘Interference’ In Kingdom

Justin Trudeau says Canada is looking to pull out of Saudi arms deal

Yemeni mother unable to see her dying 2-year-old due to Trump’s travel ban, advocates say

Tear gas fired as anti-migration protesters clash with police outside EU in Brussels

Pope says migrants’ rights should override national security concerns

US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

Taliban Says It Is Meeting With U.S. Officials, Amid Escalating Peace Efforts

US confirms Russia has ‘significant military capacity’ along Ukraine’s borders

Russia vs. Ukraine War: Moscow Deploys More Fighter Jets to Occupied Crimea as It Warns of Imminent ‘Provocation’

North Korea Turns Coal Into Gas to Weather Sanctions

North Korea warns ‘vicious’ US sanctions risk progress on talks

UN condemns North Korea rights violations and nuke spending

Blast smashes windows, wrecks offices at Greece’s SKAI TV in ‘attack on democracy’

French city mourns as 5th victim dies after Christmas market attack

Macron’s Popularity Slides Despite Yellow Vest Concessions

Washington careens toward government shutdown with no deal in sight

GOP waits on Trump as clock ticks toward partial shutdown

Russian disinformation teams targeted Robert S. Mueller III, says report prepared for Senate

James Comey To GOP: Don’t ‘Slink’ Away, ‘Speak The Truth’ About ‘Lying’ Donald Trump

Fox News’ Napolitano Says Trump is an ‘Unindicted Co-Conspirator’: ‘Ample Evidence’ to Indict POTUS

Fox’s Hume: Trump chief of staff rejections ‘like the guy who couldn’t get a date for the prom’

The stock market is on pace for its worst December since the Great Depression

The global stock market sell-off was ‘not an isolated event’ – expect more sharp falls next year

Markets Right Now: Another steep drop pulls Dow down 500

Major hedge funds are scrambling to prevent financial wipeout

Foreigners Dump US Treasuries As They Liquidate A Record Amount Of US Stocks

Amazon faces boycott ahead of holidays as public discontent grows

TSA estimates record 46 million holiday fliers

Samsung Patents Phone Display That Projects Star Wars-Like Holograms

Robot to begin patrolling Los Angeles mall

NVIDIA AI Neural Networks Are Getting Uncomfortably Accurate At Creating Realistic Human Faces

Berkeley scientists developing artificial intelligence tool to combat ‘hate speech’ on social media

Social media is turning a generation of children into liars, leading headmistress warns

Cameroon imprisoning journalists accused of “fake news”

Israeli spacecraft ready for 2019 moon launch

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 16,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Ambrym volcano on Vanuatu erupts to 11,000ft

Over 11,000 Evacuated In Odisha As Cyclone Phethai Hits Andhra

Rains Continue Due to ‘Phethai’; Another Threat Brews over the Bay of Bengal

‘Stay well back … or risk certain death’: Giant waves slam California coast

China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere

China and Russia Have Modified the Atmosphere Above Europe to Test Possible Military Application, Scientists Say

Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will we eat them?

Mutated Animals Show Why Gene Editing Isn’t Ready for Human Trials

A couple inspires toymaker Mattel to consider creating a same-sex Barbie wedding set

Weinstein Seeks Dismissal Of Sexual Assault Case In Possible #MeToo Setback

Megachurch preacher buys wife a $200,000 Lamborghini, tells parishioners ‘Don’t confuse what I do with who I am’


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Gary DeMarBilly Grahams Daughter Links her Cancer to a Possible Fatal Attack on Israel

Catholic Priest Condemned Suicide at Teen’s Funeral, Called Son ‘a Sinner’: Parents

Atheist Couple Barred from Preschool over Christmas Dispute Awarded $9,000

2 Christian brothers sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan


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