January 15, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, will likely have to explain his past criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling at his Senate confirmation hearing starting on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump will meet members of Congress at the White House later on Tuesday as the partial U.S. government shutdown enters a 25th day without resolution amid a standoff over border wall funding.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will lead the American delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week, filling in for President Donald Trump, two senior administration officials said.

The United States and North Korea plan to hold high-level talks in Washington this week to discuss a second meeting between their leaders, South Korean media said on Tuesday, as the old enemies seek an “interim” deal to revitalizes nuclear talks.

The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through Sept. 30, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Prime Minister Theresa May faced the prospect of a historic defeat in a vote on her Brexit deal in parliament on Tuesday potentially leaving Britain in limbo about the biggest political and economic change for the country in decades.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree that will temporarily make it easier for Brazilians to buy guns, a first step in a campaign promise to overturn the country’s strict regulations that have essentially prohibited civilians from bearing arms.

Three people, including a police officer, were killed in Zimbabwe on Monday during protests against a sharp hike in fuel prices, police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said.

A federal judge on Tuesday set aside U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire.

U.S. producer prices fell by the most in more than two years in December amid declines in the costs of energy products and trade services, adding to signs of tame inflation that could allow the Federal Reserve to be patient about raising interest rates this year.

AP Top Stories

Hundreds of Honduran migrants began the long trek north on Monday, part of new US-bound caravan that hopes to succeed even as a previous wave of Central Americans were unable to quickly enter the United States.

The Taliban on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a powerful truck bomb in Kabul that ripped through surrounding neighborhoods, killing at least four people including an Indian national, and wounding more than 100 in the latest assault on the Afghan capital.

Iran launched a satellite criticized by the United States as a breach of a UN resolution on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, the telecommunications minister said.

More than 30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles walked off the job on Monday to press their demands for better pay, smaller class sizes and more educators.

Freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced Syrian children in recent weeks, the United Nations reported on Tuesday.

The bodies of three children – aged 1, 4 and 6 -have been discovered in a chest freezer left outside a home in Suwanee County, Florida.

Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility company that has been tied to deadly wildfires in California, said Monday it plans to file for bankruptcy protection at the end of the month.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged Iran to quickly remove its forces from neighboring Syria or face continued attacks on them by Israel.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro ordered a 300 percent increase in the monthly minimum wage and pledged to boost oil production to 5 million barrels a day by 2025.

A slowdown in fighting in Yemen’s Hodeida province has allowed the UN to deliver more than 3,000 tons of food to two areas for the first time in six months, the World Food Program said.

The Russian Navy is on track to deploy up to 32 of its “Poseidon” thermonuclear drones across four submarines, according to Russian state media.


Seeds taken up to the Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards long-term space exploration.

A severe fuel shortage has hit Addis Ababa and neighboring towns. Many petrol stations have run out of fuel and motorists have been forced to queue for long hours at any that have supplies today.

One of the two Indian women who defied a historic ban to enter a Hindu temple is recovering in hospital after her mother-in-law allegedly attacked her.

Activists in Russia say there has been a new crackdown against LGBT people in Chechnya. The Russian LGBT Network believes about 40 people have been imprisoned since December – two of whom they say have died under torture.


George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundations, donates billions of dollars to far-left causes, including advocates for global open borders. One of the world’s most influential advocates for open borders lives behind a large wall.

Stacey Abrams said she would not oppose the extension of voting rights to non-citizens in local elections. Abrams ran for Georgia’s governorship as the Democrats’ nominee in 2018 and is the Democrats’ former leader in Georgia’s House of Representatives.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” —George Washington (1790)

GOP Responds to Racism While Dems Ignore It

McCarthy strips King of committee assignments, while Pelosi ignores anti-Semitism within her party.

The Contraception Mandate and Judicial Resistance

Judges are upholding Obama’s executive actions by striking down Trump’s.

Leftmedia Hot Air on 2018 Carbon-Emissions Increase

Ecofascists are warning that emissions are slated to take off once again. They’re wrong.

Democrats Move to Strip States of Election Powers

House Dems push a bill to federalize much of what the Constitution set up as state authority.

Pompeo Brings New Attitude to the Middle East

It’s a very welcome change from the gross foreign policy plunders of the Barack Obama years.

WWII Veteran Receives Over 50,000 Birthday Cards

Birthday cards and notes thanking Sherman for his service have come from all 50 U.S. states and 10 countries.

Video: Assault Weapon Bans Are All About Appearance

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s latest bill classifies firearms not by what they do but based on how they look.

Tuesday Short Cuts

“If AOC or Warren were to have their way, the rich would pay less, not more, of the burden of the taxes.” —Stephen Moore

Tuesday Top Headlines

Trump and lawmakers paralyzed, “Gang of 20,” new caravan, Steve King removed, Brexit on the brink, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Dennis Prager

The Left, the Wall, the Truth

Stephen Moore

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs. JFK

Rich Lowry

The FBI Tramples Our Political Order

Cal Thomas

Cough Up, America

Hans von Spakovsky

Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Lies to IRS, Lenders and Congress — Why Believe His Attacks on Trump?

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

News – 1/15/2019

China’s getting into extraterrestrial agriculture, sprouts seeds in moon lander

For the first time anybody is aware of, seeds have sprouted on a celestial body beyond Earth. The China National Space Administration released a photo Tuesday showing that cotton seeds brought to the far side of the moon by the country’s Chang’e 4 lander had germinated, the South China Morning Post reports. Liu Hanlong, chief of the first biological growth experiments on the moon, said rapeseed and potato seeds have also sprouted, but cotton was first.

World Council of Churches Trained 2,000 Activists in Anti-Israel Advocacy

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has sent nearly 2,000 participants to Israel, and Judea and Samaria, since 2002 to train them in anti-Israel narratives and assign them to communities worldwide, according to a report from NGO Monitor.

Xi makes it Clear – Prepare for War with Taiwan – Maybe a Convenient way for the U.S. to bankrupt China

President Xi, made it clear that a war with Taiwan is inevitable. In his speech Xi made it said that there is only one China. President Xi described it as “inevitable requirement”. SCMP notes that Xi has little patience with Taiwan; Xi has said the “problem” cannot be put off for another generation and has called on the military to be prepared to fight “bloody battles” for every “single inch” of its territory.

Pentagon extends mission to Mexico border through September

The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through Sept. 30, the Pentagon said on Monday. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the extension in response to a request from the Homeland Security Department, the Pentagon said in a statement. There are about 2,350 troops assigned to the border mission.

Turkey to Build First-Ever Church in Its Modern Republic

Work on the first-ever church to be built in the modern Republic of Turkey will start next month. Construction on the church will take about two years, according to The Christian Post. The church is expected to serve Syriac Orthodox Christians. The church’s capacity is about 700 people. There are some 17,000 Syriac Orthodox Christians living in Istanbul.

Polish mayor dies after being stabbed at charity concert

The mayor of Gdansk, Poland, who the American Jewish Committee called “a longtime friend of the Jewish community,” died a day after he was stabbed at a charity concert.

The Rise of DNA Testing as the Precursor to Messiah

Rabbi Berger speculated that the new technology foreshadows the actions of the Messiah that will follow. “The Zohar stated that in the last 1,000 years, all of the wisdom that is contained in creation will be revealed,” Rabbi Berger said. “But all of this wisdom will be embodied in the Messiah himself.”

Babylon Calling

…word came that several Iraqi delegations had visited Israeli government officials! Wow, what an amazing turnaround of history, especially given the hostilities of the last century between the countries. Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged this latest breakthrough and it is nothing short of amazing.

Netanyahu warns Iran: You had better leave Syria – now

After Iran denies it is has military presence in Syria, Netanyahu advises Iran to ‘get out of there fast’, vowing to intensify air campaign. “Yesterday I heard the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman saying ‘Iran has no military presence in Syria, we only advise them’,” said the Israeli premier. “So let me advise them — get out of there fast, because we’ll continue our forceful policy of attacking, as we promised and are doing, fearlessly and relentlessly,” Netanyahu continued.

Satellite images show complete destruction of Iranian weapons cache

New satellite images of an Iranian weapons storehouse at the Damascus International Airport showed the complete destruction of the site following Israeli airstrikes on Friday. A side-by-side comparison released by the Israeli satellite company ImageSat International shows a photo taken December 23 of a 20×50 meters structure alongside a photo taken on Monday January 14, in which three craters can be seen where the compound once stood.

Netanyahu to Iran: ‘Get out of Syria fast. We won’t stop attacking’

Netanyahu sent a warning to Iran at the appointment ceremony of incoming IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi Tuesday morning. In referring to Iran’s entrenchment Syria, Netanyahu said: “I’m telling you, get out of there fast. We wont stop attacking.” The prime minister frequently warns against an Iranian presence in Syria, saying Israel will not allow for the regime to take hold there.

Zimbabwe fuel protests: MDC opposition office torched

The main office of Zimbabwe’s opposition party, MDC, has been torched following protests sparked by the more than doubling of the fuel price. Photos taken at the scene show security gates torn down, windows smashed and burnt debris on the floor. Several people have been killed and hundreds arrested following protests in the capital, Harare, and Bulawayo.

Robert Schellenberg case: China accuses Canada of ‘double standards’

China has rejected accusations from Canada that it is arbitrarily applying a death sentence to a Canadian convicted of drug smuggling. Beijing accused Canada of double standards. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was initially given a 15-year jail term in November – but on Monday a court increased the sentence, saying it was too lenient. The ruling is likely to worsen a diplomatic row between the countries.

Syria war: Turkey ready to create ‘safe zone’ for Kurds – Erdogan

urkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he responded positively to Donald Trump’s call for a “safe zone” along its border with Kurdish-held Syria. The leaders spoke by telephone after Mr Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it attacked a Kurdish militia when allied US troops withdrew. Turkey regards the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as a terrorist group.

Pentagon extends mission to Mexico border through September

The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through Sept. 30, the Pentagon said on Monday. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the extension in response to a request from the Homeland Security Department, the Pentagon said in a statement. There are about 2,350 troops assigned to the border mission.

Iran fails to launch satellite into orbit after ignoring warnings from US

Iran‘s attempt to launch a satellite failed to reach orbit, the country’s telecommunications minister has said. The rocket carrying the Payam satellite failed to reach the “necessary speed” in the third stage of its launch, Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi told Iranian state television. Mr Jahromi said the rocket had successfully passed its first and second stages before developing problems in the third.

World’s 2nd-deadliest Ebola outbreak reaches 600 confirmed cases

The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has reached 600 confirmed cases in five months, health officials said. Since the outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Aug. 1, a total of 649 people have reported symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in the country’s northeastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. Among those cases, 600 have tested positive for Ebola virus disease…

GIANT food stores to use in-store robots at all locations

GIANT food stores will begin introducing a new robotic assistant to all of its 172 stores. The new robot, “Marty,” is tall and gray with googly eyes. This robot will be working alongside associates. Marty moves around the store unassisted and is used to identify hazards such as liquid, powder and bulk-food items spills. The robot frees up associates to spend more time serving customers.

Senior US official vows to counter Iran, Hezbollah on Lebanon visit

The US will step up efforts to counter Iran’s “dangerous activities” around the region including the financing and activities of proxy organizations such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, a senior US official said Monday. US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale spoke following talks he held with Lebanese politicians at the end of an official visit.

No clear path for California as massive PG&E utility nears bankruptcy

PG&E Corp’s announcement that it will file for bankruptcy, citing massive potential liability from deadly wildfires, puts California politicians in quandary, whether to offer a bailout or risk allowing the state’s largest private utility to fail. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, told reporters late on Monday his team was discussing the possibility of helping PG&E (PCG.N) stay solvent, but no decisions had been made.

Hundreds of Hondurans set off toward United States in new caravan

Hundreds of Honduran migrants began the long trek north on Monday, part of new U.S.-bound caravan that hopes to succeed even as a previous wave of Central Americans were unable to quickly enter the United States. Central American migrant caravans have become a flashpoint in the debate over U.S. immigration policy, as President Donald Trump has remained adamant that the migrants will be barred from crossing the border.

White House Reportedly Explored Military Options for U.S. Strike on Iran
The White House explored military options to strike Iran, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday. Following a mortar attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad in September by a group linked to Iran, US National Security Adviser John Bolton asked the Pentagon to provide the military with options to ‘strike back’ at the Islamic Republic, according to the report.

Abortion Advocate Says ‘Fetal Tissue Is Not A Person.’ The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti Crushes Her.

An abortion advocate who serves as a senior editor at Romper and columnist for Bustle decided to weigh in once more on the issue on Twitter, insisting “fetal tissue is not a person,” prompting a response from The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti that slammed her for her cavalier disregard for the sanctity of human life.

SODOM AND GEMORRAH: Shock and outrage as 10 year-old drag star is pictured with a naked adult drag queen

Ten-year-old Canadian school boy, also known as Queen Lactatia, also known as Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden, also known as Baby Drag Artist Extraordinaire, is the most recent child victim involved in an overly sexualised drag related incident.

British Public School: Boys Can Have Periods Too

In what can only be described as a rejection of biology and reason, the Brighton & Hove City Council in southeast England recently approved LGBT guidelines for its schools whereby students will be taught that “menstruation must be inclusive of all genders,” apparently including biological males and transgender females (i.e., boys pretending to be girls).

Time Magazine Publishes Op-Ed Encouraging Readers To Start Piggy Banks For Abortion
Time Magazine published an op-ed Monday encouraging readers to set aside money for their future abortions and telling women that an “emergency abortion fund” should be a staple of their savings plan.

Data: White American Births Below Replacement Level In Every State
The United States birth rate remains well below the replacement level needed as white American births plummet in all 50 states and the District of Colombia.

Gillette Ad Challenges Men To Shave Their ‘Toxic Masculinity’
Shaving supply company Gillette is trying to change cultural norms with a new ad campaign aimed at men challenging them to “shave their toxic masculinity.”

Bombshell report shows Johnson & Johnson talc baby powder products are contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos – and the company has known for nearly 50 years

Johnson & Johnson (J&J), an iconic household name in the United States, is facing a multitude of lawsuits after it was revealed that the company’s talc baby powder products are contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos – a fact that the company has known about since at least the early 1970s, it turns out.

Democrats Won’t Challenge The Anti-Semitism In Their Party

Freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan has called President Trump a “mother-f***er” and accused American politicians of having a dual loyalty to Israel — why won’t Democratic leaders challenge the radicals inside their party?

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes In East Tennessee

A 3.0 magnitude earthquake hit east Tennessee about 12 miles south of Knoxville during the early hours of Monday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Democrat Presidential Contender Tulsi Gabbard Under Fire for Past Traditional Marriage Support
Democratic presidential contender Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is under fire for her past activism and statements in favor of traditional marriage and against “homosexual activists.”

“Mystery virus” spreading like wildfire across U.S. population, putting people in bed for a MONTH… is this a depopulation bioweapon experiment?
Unfortunately, a new virus is going around that is turning what is normally a week-long nuisance into a month-long nightmare – and speculation abounds regarding its origin.

Headlines – 1/15/2019

Does peace with the Palestinians matter this Israeli election? The Palestinians, peace talks, and settlements seem to be almost entirely irrelevant to this election season

UN chief backs 2-state solution in talks with Abbas

Abbas set to assume chairmanship of major UN bloc

Abbas asks UN for protective force against Israel prior to chairing G77

In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid

Muslims protest against kippah-clad policeman at Temple Mount

Republican Palestinian-American is sole vote against anti-Semitism monitor

Israeli divers to search for Holocaust victims’ remains in the Danube

Israeli firm unearths gemstone with mineral mix previously only found in space

Israel Reaches Deal With Several Eastern Mediterranean Countries to Form Regional Gas Market

Steinitz: Israel will begin exporting gas to Egypt in a few months’ time

Israel okay signing deals with companies working in Iran, gov’t reveals

Israeli intel firm: Iran in final stages before launch of satellites into orbit

Iran says it’s launched a satellite that didn’t reach orbit

Crazy-rich Iranians face blowback at a time of sanctions and economic stress

Trump Asked Mattis for Plan to Blow Up Iranian ‘Fast Boats,’ Report Says

Iran: We don’t have a military presence in Syria – Iran dismisses claims by Israeli officials that Iranian targets in Syria were attacked

Israel inflating Iran’s presence in Syria to cover its own failures, Tehran says

Iran says claims about ‘hundreds’ of Israeli strikes in Syria are ‘baseless’

IDF chief finally acknowledges that Israel supplied weapons to Syrian rebels

Erdogan and Trump discuss creating security zone in Syria

Pompeo says Trump’s Turkey threat won’t alter Syria troop withdrawal

Visiting Lebanon, top US official says Hezbollah tunnels, rockets ‘unacceptable’

Pompeo in Riyadh: Saudis Assured Me of Accountability for Khashoggi Murder

Sculpture honoring Saudi Arabia to be removed from Ground Zero

North Korea’s Nuclear Program Quietly Advances, Pressuring Trump

3rd drug tunnel found crossing into Arizona in past month

Pentagon extends mission to Mexico border through September

Trump and lawmakers paralyzed over shutdown as both sides remain dug in

Trump and Pelosi Are Locked in Their First Battle. Neither Can Afford to Lose

Both parties aim to woo defectors as shutdown drags on

The government shutdown could cause a disaster for the US economy if Trump follows through on his threat to continue the fight for ‘months’

Government Workers Idled by Shutdown Turn to Emergency Loans

No. of no-show airport security screeners soars in shutdown

May Faces Worst Government Defeat in 95 Years in Key Brexit Vote

Record U.S.-China trade gap may signal slower global growth

‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’ Review: The New Big Brother

Feds Can’t Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Masachapa, Nicaragua

Santorini volcano (Greece): earthquake swarm southwest off the island

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Chile erupts to 24,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Bezymianny volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

When it rains, it pours: Israel’s north hit by floods

Storm sets daily rainfall record in Burbank, other parts of SoCal

Nation’s largest utility files for bankruptcy after deadly California wildfires

Huge green ‘meteorite’ seen falling from sky, but does it explain Bureya River blitzkrieg?

Antarctic ice melting 6 times faster than it did in ’80s

Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose than in a car accident

Beyond ‘superbabies’: how Crispr is revolutionising medicine

Second U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules

Human Trafficking Reaches ‘Horrific’ New Heights, Declares U.N. Report

ACLUL: Despite the Efforts of Anti-LGBTQ Extremists, ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ Will Go On

P&G Challenges Men to Shave Their ‘Toxic Masculinity’ in Gillette Ad

Kumbh Mela: Hindus converge for largest-ever human gathering

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Jesus Calling— “Co-creating” With God

John Gray — Sex, Lies, and Lamborghinis

James Goll Gets Discernment 100% WRONG!

Here we go again! – January’s ‘super blood Moon’ eclipse will be visible to millions

Baily Smith, Former Southern Baptist President Dead at 81

Making Christians in America Criminals – Philip Zodhiates – Part I

Arab Christians clash violently with police in Haifa over ‘McJesus’ sculpture

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