January 2, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Trump invited Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to the White House for a border security briefing on the 12th day of a partial federal government shutdown triggered by the Republican president’s demand for $5 billion in border wall funding.

U.S. border agents launched tear gas into Mexico early on Tuesday to deter a group of migrants that one official called “a violent mob” from crossing over from Tijuana.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave his farewell message to the U.S. armed forces on Monday, telling them to “keep the faith in our country” and stand firm alongside allies after he resigned over policy differences with President Donald Trump.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the United States would continue to cooperate with Israel over Syria and in countering Iran in the Middle East, even as President Donald Trump plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

The top U.S general in Afghanistan told NATO troops on Tuesday to prepare themselves to deal with “positive processes or negative consequences” as peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end a 17-year war gain momentum.

The U.S. Navy has informed lawmakers of its intent to pursue a block purchase of two Ford-class aircraft carriers, Senator Tim Kaine’s office said on Monday, a step officials have said could save billions of dollars as the Trump administration tries to expand the size of the fleet.

The death toll from landslides and devastating floods in the central Philippines triggered by a tropical depression climbed to 85, officials said on Wednesday, and 20 people were missing as rescuers slowly reached cut-off communities.

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told civilian leaders of the U.S. military to remember “China, China, China” even as they wage counter-insurgency battles, in remarks during closed-door talks on Wednesday recounted by a U.S. official.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Venezuela with the foreign minister of Brazil’s new right-wing government on Wednesday, in the context of what he termed a joint front against authoritarian regimes in Latin America.

Sudanese authorities are blocking access to popular social media platforms used to organize and broadcast nationwide anti-government protests triggered by an economic crisis, internet users say.

A retired U.S. marine who has been detained by Russia for alleged spying was visiting Moscow for the wedding of a former fellow marine and is innocent of the espionage charges against him.

AP Top Stories

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he might take a “new path” if Washington maintains sanctions amid his country’s push for economic development, but experts say it may be too late to change the trajectory of negotiations.

At least eight people were injured, one seriously, when a vehicle plowed into crowds celebrating New Year’s Day in Tokyo early on Tuesday.

A man injured four people in Germany after driving into a group celebrating the New Year, in what police described on Tuesday as an anti-migrant attack.

The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft pulled off the most distant exploration of another world, skimming past a tiny, icy object 4 billion miles from Earth looks to be shaped like a bowling pin.

Pope Francis, in his first message of the new year on Tuesday, bemoaned a lack of unity across the world, and warned against a soulless hunt for profit that benefits only a few.

The 11th day of the partial federal government shutdown, which has forced furloughs of hundreds of thousands of federal government employees, has left many parks without most of the rangers and others who staff campgrounds and otherwise keep parks running.

Afghanistan’s neighbors, caught off-guard by reports of U.S. plans to withdraw thousands of troops, have begun preparing for the risk that a pullout could send hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing across their borders, diplomats say.

Beijing will not rule out the use of force to ensure the “unshakable historic task” of its complete reunification with Taiwan, Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, said on Wednesday, warning that independence for the island would bring “profound disaster.”

Ocasio-Cortez has been calling for the creation of ‘Green New Deal’ legislation, which would eliminate much of the United States’ fossil-fuel consumption. So far, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., and 40 House Democrats have said they support the proposal, but incoming House Democratic leadership has put it on pause for now.

BBC

Two Indian women have made history by entering a prominent Hindu shrine in the southern state of Kerala, following months of protests against their entry.

As an increasing number of young South Africans reveal that their gender identities differ from their sex at birth, schools are learning about the challenges these students face.

WND

The Washington Examiner reports the FBI has barred “a record number of cases of illegal immigrants from buying guns.” The FBI report lists a total of 7,836,000 cases of illegal or unlawful aliens being reported.

A new Israeli law restricting the use of cash for either wages or payments for transactions has taken effect.

German citizens who are ‘intersex’ – people who do not fit biologically as either male or female – will be able to choose a ‘third gender option on official documents as of, January 1.


 Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would…most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” —George Washington (1783)

Reflections on 2018, Predictions for 2019

A mix of observations from the year past and predictions for the year to come.

Warren Is a Presidential Pretender

It begins: The Massachusetts Democrat became the first to launch her 2020 White House bid.

Corporate-Driven Gun Control

Gun grabbers aim to use credit-card companies to deny Second Amendment rights.

Religion Still ‘Important’ to Majority of Americans

72% of Americans say that religion is important to them and holds the answers to today’s problems.

Video: Trump Shutdown Pushes Democrats to the Wall

Did Trump and Republicans play a long game to force Democrats to approve the border wall?

Video: Will Some Insider Tell the Truth About Trump?

Peggy Noonan asks why no credible administration official will say what it’s really like in the White House.

Video: Media Focuses on Melania’s Clothes Rather Than Good Works

Kelsey Harkness: There’s a double standard in coverage of Melania Trump versus Michelle Obama.

Wednesday Short Cuts

Alpha Jackass: “My New Year’s resolution is to make sure that the Republican Party dies.” —actress Jane Curtin

Wednesday Top Headlines

Congress reconvenes, border wall talks, violent mob repelled, Fauxcahontas running, stocks down, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Michelle Malkin

Say His Name: RIP Cpl. Ronil Singh

Byron York

When Democrats Embraced the ‘Southern Border Fencing Strategy’

Walter E. Williams

The Worst Enemy of Black People

Edwin J. Feulner

A Victory for Free Speech

Marc A. Thiessen

Trump’s Top 10 Successes of 2018


Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


News – 1/2/2019

5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Alaska

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake has rattled Alaska residents on New Year’s Eve but no damage or injuries are reported. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the quake occurred Monday around 6 p.m. in the Cook Inlet region. It was widely felt in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

‘We are at ground zero of new medical epidemic

“Only once has a known teratogen like cannabis been marketed globally. That was thalidomide,” said Dr. Albert Reece, a professor at Edith Cowan University. “In the womb, it can not only interfere with brain development but basically amputate the forebrain,” he warned. “But as with thalidomide, no one is properly looking at the side-effects. They are frightening.”

Law restricting use of cash goes into effect

A new Israeli law restricting the use of cash for either wages or payments for transactions has taken effect. Officially titled the Law to Reduce the Use of Cash, the measure was passed in the Knesset in March, but only went into effect on Tuesday with the start of the new year.

Kurds Feel ‘Betrayed’ by US’s Syria Withdrawal, May Move Closer to Russia, Iran

The Kurds in eastern Syria are in panic mode after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that an estimated 2,000 soldiers would soon be removed from the country. “The Kurds must decide between total annihilation by Turkey or the [Bashar] Assad dictatorship,” implying that the Kurds would choose Assad. Perhaps their worry is exaggerated, but it has for the time being led the Kurds to quickly consolidate their relations with the Russia-Iran-Syria axis…

Is Tel Aviv a Holy Muslim City? Iran Thinks So

Although sovereignty over Jerusalem has always been a precondition demand by the Palestinians in their negotiations with Israel based on the claim of it being a Muslim holy site, Iran’s supreme leader recently addressed a group of Palestinian leaders in Tehran, emphasizing the true goal of their struggle: to see a Palestinian flag over the “holy city” of Tel Aviv.

Damascus Fever

…for what it’s worth, I think the Trump Doctrine of America First is wise and welcome. He’s already making other countries pay for their own wars, conflicts we have been funding.

5 Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled in 2018 and 5 Expected in 2019

Indeed, many extraordinary events signal the miraculous times in which we are living. Breaking Israel News looks back on these prophetic moments and suggests five further prophecies that could be fulfilled in 2019.

Trump: ‘We’re Going to Win at Everything We Do’

“The Democrats will probably submit a Bill, being cute as always, which gives everything away but gives NOTHING to Border Security, namely the Wall,” Trump tweeted. “You see, without the Wall there can be no Border Security – the Tech “stuff” is just, by comparison, meaningless bells & whistles…

Philippines, Saudis in talks to open Saudi airspace for flights to Israel

The Philippine government is working with Saudi Arabia to enable flag carrier Philippine Airlines to fly through Saudi airspace en route to Israel, local media reported on Wednesday.”We’re pushing for the signing of the overfly agreement by this quarter, as Israel is a seasonal market. Most passengers would like to travel there during the cold months,” Philippines Transportation Undersecretary Manuel Tamayo said.

Egyptian general crosses into Israel, apologize for stray bullets hitting Nitzana

An Egyptian general visited the southern Israeli community of Nitzana on Sunday to apologize to residents for stray bullets fired by his troops which hit the youth village in late December. According to a report by Hadashot, the general who commands forces along the Israeli border crossed the border on a previously unpublicized visit and inspected the damage caused by the rounds of .5mm bullets which were fired during a live-fire drill on December 20th.

Xi Jinping says Taiwan ‘must and will be’ reunited with China

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it “must and will be” reunited with China. In a speech marking 40 years since the start of improving ties, he reiterated Beijing’s call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis. However, he also warned that China reserved the right to use force.

Russia Magnitogorsk blast: Death toll rises to 19

Russian rescuers have now pulled 19 dead bodies from the rubble of a collapsed apartment block in the city of Magnitogorsk. The death toll rose from 14 to 19 on Wednesday, and 27 people are missing. The condition of an 11-month-old boy rescued on Tuesday is serious but not life-threatening. He is in a Moscow hospital and will not undergo surgery for now.

Israel opposition in dramatic split ahead of election

Israel’s centre-left opposition dramatically split on Tuesday ahead of an April 9 election, with leader Avi Gabbay announcing he would no longer partner with veteran politician Tzipi Livni as she sat stone-faced next to him. The announcement means the end of their Zionist Union alliance, which finished with the second most seats in the last general election in 2015 but which has since tumbled far in opinion polls.

2018 Saw A Global Revolt Against Climate Change Policies

Despite increasingly apocalyptic warnings from U.N. officials, 2018 has seen a number of high-profile defeats for policies aimed at fighting global warming. Politicians and voters pushed back at attempts to raise energy prices as part of the climate crusade. It started in June with election of Ontario Premier Doug Ford…on a platform that included axing the Canadian province’s cap-and-trade program.

Israeli settlement activity in West Bank appears to surge in Trump era

With little resistance from a friendly White House, Israel has launched a new settlement push in the West Bank since President Donald Trump took office, laying the groundwork for what could be the largest construction binge in years… The figures, gathered from official government sources by the anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now, show an increase in building in 2018 and a sharp spike in planning for future construction.

Honduras to talk with Israel, U.S. on Jerusalem embassy

Honduras will hold talks with Israel, joined by the United States, aimed at opening an embassy in Jerusalem, the countries said on Tuesday, as the small Central American nation looks to follow U.S. President Donald Trump’s much-criticized move. U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez held a meeting in the Brazilian capital…

U.S. and Israel officially quit UN cultural agency

The United States and Israel officially quit the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the U.S. after World War II to foster peace.

U.S. agents fire tear gas into Mexico at ‘violent mob’ near border

U.S. border agents launched tear gas into Mexico early on Tuesday to deter a group of migrants that one official called “a violent mob” from crossing over from Tijuana, according to a Reuters witness and the U.S. government. Clouds of the noxious gas could be seen wafting up from around the fence at the border. One migrant picked up a canister and threw it back into U.S. territory.

Google wins U.S. approval for radar-based hand motion sensor

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google unit won approval from U.S. regulators to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in an order late on Monday that it would grant Google a waiver to operate the Soli sensors at higher power levels than currently allowed. The FCC said the sensors can also be operated aboard aircraft.

Microsoft gets green light from Qatar for global data center: QNA

Qatar’s cabinet approved the establishment of a Microsoft global data center in the small Gulf country, state news agency QNA reported on Wednesday. Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, announced plans to expand into the Middle East for the first time last year by setting up data centers in the neighboring United Arab Emirates.

China Sees $2.4 Trillion Stock Market Loss Amid Trump Trade War

China’ stock investors and forecasters have seen a dismal year plagued with unwelcoming downward curves amid the continuing trade war with the United States.

Mark Zuckerberg’s 2019 Resolution: More Censorship on Facebook

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to better prevent “election interference” and “the spread of hate speech” — neglecting to define either term — in a blog posted on his company’s platform.

Texas Reports Most Teacher-Student Sex Misconduct Cases in 2018, Data Show

At the close of FY2018, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced it investigated 429 cases of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students during the 2017-18 academic year, a 42 percent increase from the 302 the agency launched in 2016-17.

Independent research confirms that rampant glyphosate use has contributed to the increase in chronic diseases worldwide
It’s to be expected that anything produced by the world’s most evil corporation would be distinctly harmful, and that has certainly proven true of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.

Disturbing evidence suggests that WiFi radiation could increase the risk of miscarriages by almost 50%
Modern society is drunk on technology. It surrounds us everywhere we go, from the computers, tablets and laptops we use for work, to the “smart” phones we carry around and the movies we stream via WiFi…they should have big, fat warning labels on them, because the EMF (electromagnetic frequency) radiation they transmit has been recognized as a class 2B possible carcinogen (cancer causer) by the World Health Organization,

34 Reasons Why War with Russia Is Inevitable
I frequently hear the following: Russia is a Christian nation. Putin is good Christian man. Russia only wants to defend its borders. Putin  is the only obstacle between the New World Order and the people of the world. Perhaps this is true, but Putin is indeed preparing to start World War III and he has been for the past four years. This could be a war that will kill billions, destroy nations and threaten all of humanity.

Repo Rate Soars Most On Record As Yield Curve Goes Nuts In Year-End Liquidity Chaos

The last day of the year held some surprises for traders who were already in a festive mood: from an odd 15 spike in the S&P in the last second of trading, to a record surge in the overnight repo rate, to a bizarre inversion in the Treasury curve.

Number of Witches in U.S Dramatically Rise, May Surpass 1.5 Million

The number of witches (and Wiccans) in the United States have risen dramatically since the 1990s and maybe a least 1.5 million, according to a report from the Christian Post.

US and Israel exit UN cultural agency, claiming bias
The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.

Christian man beaten and threatened by Muslims in Pakistan faces imminent deportation from UK

Could Theresa May’s government get any more venal, to say nothing of suicidal? Britain is under siege from Islamic jihadists, and they’re deporting Christians. Last night a Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” stabbed three people in Manchester. Was he born in Britain? Whether he was or not, there are plenty of jihadists in Britain today who were not born there, and they are not being deported. Instead, this Christian is. The land of the Magna Carta is dead and decaying rapidly.


Headlines – 1/2/2019

Liberman revealed Trump peace plan details to Palestinian officials – Liberman says report ‘incorrect’

Netanyahu: Election campaign would be worst time for U.S. to release peace plan

Bennett and Shaked’s ‘New Right’ Party Will Bring a Second Oslo Accords Disaster, Says Israeli Minister

Israeli settlement activity appears to surge in Trump era

Honduras agrees to advance Jerusalem embassy move

Nikki Haley slams UNESCO as ‘corrupt and politically biased’ as US, Israel officially quit UN agency

Rouhani meets Palestinian terror leader, says Israel trying to ‘dominate region’

Prominent Ex-Israeli Diplomat Calls for Establishment of NATO-Like Body to Thwart Iran’s ‘Dreams of Regional Hegemony’

Pompeo to Netanyahu: Syria pullout doesn’t alter commitment to Israel’s safety

‘Orphaned’ Syrian opposition despairs as Assad cements comeback

Syria rebels and extremists clash, killing 19

Turkey deploys new military reinforcements to Syrian border

Two ISIS suicide bombings rock southern Libya in one day

Trump and Egypt’s Sisi discuss Middle East in phone call

22 political parties call for formation of transitional government in Sudan

Sudanese central bank announces 2019 policies to curb deadly protests

Congo cuts internet for second day to avert ‘chaos’ before poll results

Armed men kill 37 civilians in part of Mali hit by ethnic violence

Netflix takes down comedy show critical of Saudi Arabia after kingdom complains

Kim says ready to meet Trump ‘anytime,’ warns of ‘new path’

‘Sink two aircraft carriers’: Chinese Admiral’s chilling recipe to dominate the South China Sea

Hong Kong leads markets rout as 2019 starts on sour note

Britain sends ships to tackle migrant crossing surge

Pope bemoans disjointed world, praises unity over diversity

Trump ushers in 2019 saying ‘calm down and enjoy the ride,’ amid new year challenges

Incoming Sen. Romney: Trump hasn’t ‘risen to the mantle’ of presidency

Virus named for bored anime demon Ryuk is likely culprit in attack on Union-Tribune, other newspapers

China’s Chang’e 4 Spacecraft Will Land on Dark Side of the Moon in the Next 60 Hours

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft signals from most distant object ever visited

September 2017 nuclear test triggers 2019 earthquake in North Korea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Muara Siberut, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Habibola, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sangiyn Dalay, Mongolia

Krakatau volcano in Indonesia erupts to 40,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,500ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Indonesia Landslide Triggered by Torrential Rain Crashes Into Village, Killing 15

Austrian women celebrate country’s first same-sex marriage


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