February 28, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump said he had walked away from a nuclear deal at his summit with Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Thursday because of unacceptable demands from the North Korean leader to lift punishing U.S.-led sanctions.

Pakistan will return a captured pilot “as a peace gesture” to India, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday, amid efforts by the United States to defuse a crisis between the two nuclear powers a day after both downed enemy jets.

The prototypes for President Trump’s contest for a border wall near San Diego, California, were torn down on Wednesday, to make way for a new section of actual border fencing.

The U.S. Senate is poised on Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s candidate, a former coal lobbyist, to lead the nation’s top environmental regulator, a nomination that has infuriated conservation groups and Democrats.

China provided over $158 million to U.S. schools for Confucius Institutes to promote Chinese culture, U.S. Senate investigators said on Wednesday, releasing a report saying the centers have acted as tightly controlled propaganda arms for Beijing and should be changed – or shut down.

Senegal President Macky Sall won re-election with 58 percent of votes cast in last Sunday’s poll, according to provisional results announced by the official counting body on Thursday.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders this week urged regulators to allow pharmacies and manufacturers to resume distributing unbranded, lower-cost versions of a drug used to treat a rare neuromuscular disorder, according to a letter provided by his office to Reuters.

A U.N. human rights expert has published a draft list of questions to measure countries’ privacy safeguards, a first step toward ranking the governments that are potentially doing the most snooping on their own citizens.

U.S. companies installed more robots last year than ever before, as cheaper and more flexible machines put them within reach of businesses of all sizes and in more corners of the economy beyond their traditional foothold in car plants.

AP Top Stories

Transgender athletes are breaking barriers at all levels of competitive sports, but their participation and wins are stirring controversy and resentment among those who believe they aren’t competing on equal playing fields. Schools and professional sports organizations now face the challenge of how to deal with athletes who are transgender.

India is building more than 14,000 bunkers suitable for families living along its border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir state, hoping to keep them safe near their homes instead of evacuating them as artillery shells scream over.

China’s defense ministry defended military cooperation with Tajikistan Thursday following a report of a sizeable Chinese troop presence at a base in the Central Asian state.

The United States, Britain and France proposed on Wednesday that the United Nations Security Council blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which said it attacked an Indian paramilitary convoy in disputed Kashmir.

A high-stakes plan by the Venezuelan opposition to bring humanitarian aid into the country floundered Saturday when troops loyal to Maduro refused to let the trucks carrying food and medical supplies cross, but it did set off a wave of military defections unlike any seen yet amid the country’s mounting crisis. Over 320 mostly low-ranking soldiers fled in a span of four days.

Hundreds more people of many nationalities streamed out of Islamic State’s last enclave in Syria under escort from U.S.-backed forces on Wednesday, part of an exodus of both its supporters and victims from its final shred of land.

Within the next 30 years, there’s a 16 percent possibility of a small to moderate-size volcanic eruption occurring somewhere in California, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report.

OPEC and its allies will stick with their agreement to cut oil supply, pushing for more adherence despite a demand by U.S. President Donald Trump that the producer group ease its efforts to boost crude prices, a Gulf OPEC source said on Tuesday.

Seventeen civilians were killed and 15 were wounded in a blast caused by a booby-trapped corpse in central Mali, security sources and a local official said on Wednesday.

BBC

US economic growth slowed to an annualized rate of 2.6% in the final three months of 2018, figures show. However, the reading was ahead of expectations for a rate of between 1.8% and 2%. The pace of growth was below the 3.4% rate seen in the third quarter thanks to a slowdown in consumer spending.

The US House of Representatives has approved a bill expanding background checks for all gun sales, including those at gun shows and on the internet. The legislation is the most significant gun control measure to make progress in Congress in more than two decades.

News that doctors performed a caesarean section on an 11-year-old rape victim has reignited a debate on Argentina’s abortion rules.

WND

Solar-generated attacks on the unprotected U.S. electric grid cost $10 billion a year, and they are escalating, making the system vulnerable to a catastrophic failure that could cut off electricity for months, federal officials and energy experts warned Wednesday.

A bill to allow weapons, including firearms, within places of worship died in the Virginia House last week. Senate Bill 1024, introduced by Sen. Richard Black, R-Loudoun, passed the Senate along party lines, 21-19, but died in the House Rules Committee. The bill sought to repeal a law on the books since the 1950s.

Workers at the University of Pennsylvania were reportedly told that they were not allowed to celebrate Black History Month by cooking southern food, allegedly for fear that such cuisine might “offend” students on campus.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 28, 2019

The Foundation

“It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.“—John Adams (1776)

War Memorial Crosses in Atheist Crosshairs

The Supreme Court heard an important argument about Maryland’s Bladensburg cross.


Jim Jordan Exposes Dems’ Impeachment Strategy

In the end, Michael Cohen’s testimony may ironically help Donald Trump.


Trump’s NoKo/China Walkout Strategy

“Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that.”


Boys Will Be Girls?

A kerfuffle over two boys competing in track as girls highlights the insanity of “transgenderism.”


Keep the Pressure on China

From trade negotiations to a military buildup, Beijing should be put in check.


House Dems Are Pushing Gun Control — Again

Dems seek to pave the way for a back-door federal gun registry.


Charitable Giving Rises Despite New Tax Law

But growing at just 1.6%, there are a few possible culprits to take into account.


Cop Has Convinced 200 People Not to Jump Off Golden Gate

As part of his job, this California Highway Patrol Officer talks to suicidal people.


Video: Is Harvard Racist?

Harvard University’s admissions policy is proof that some are doomed to repeat history.


Take Sanders’s 2020 Campaign Seriously and Literally

Sanders is crushing his opponents’ fundraising efforts, and his campaign has already signed up more than a million collectivist volunteers.



Today’s Opinion

Larry Elder

Smollett Lies Expose a Culture of Lying to — and About — the Police

Cal Thomas

Kudos to Dianne Feinstein

Tony Perkins

SCOTUS Debates a Cross Country

Victor Davis Hanson

California’s Rendezvous With Reality

Ryan T. Anderson

Maryland’s End-of-Life Bill Is About One Thing: Killing

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday Top Headline Summary

Nuclear summit, background-check bill, China tariffs, Medicare for All, crime stats, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

Alpha Jackass: “Yeah, [Trump’s] got a bigger plantation.” —Samuel L. Jackson



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

News – 2/28/2019

As March Begins, Temps Won’t Change Much Across U.S.

The jet is flowing almost directly west to east across the country. This pattern is called Zonal Flow. To the north of the jet we find cold air. To the south of the jet we find warm air. There is almost no north-south movement to the jet, and therefore, very little temperature transport to the north or south. This allows temps to remain relatively constant across the country. Cold areas stay cold. And warm areas stay warm. This will continue to be the case until the jet begins to meander north and south once again.

First CRISPR therapy administered in landmark human trial

The gene-editing therapy, called CTX001, is designed to treat beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease. Both conditions are caused by a mutation in a single gene. CTX001 involves engineering a patient’s stem cells with a single genetic change designed to raise levels of fetal hemoglobin in red blood cells. Inside China CRISPR human trials have been ongoing for at least two years now, although no data from these studies has been published and recent reports have begun to suggest significant procedural problems in the research.

Shock Waves Hit DC: These House Members Can’t Believe The Senate Failed to Stop Infanticide

Ripples of shock are rolling through the ranks of pro-life Congress members after Democrats blocked a US Senate bill that would have ensured medical care for children born alive after an attempted abortion.

Warning Shot? Amazon Pulls Out Of Seattle Office Tower At Center Of Homeless Tax Debate

As community activists in Virginia, emboldened by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s successful campaign to drive Amazon out of Queens, push back against Amazon’s plan to build its HQ2 in Crystal City, it looks like Amazon is preemptively scaling back its plans to expand in Seattle as it braces for more pushback from progressives

‘Should I go nuclear on Michael Cohen?’

Candace Owens drops stunner as Dems give Trump critic platform.

What many of you may not be aware of is the fact that I can personally confirm that the ONLY reason Michael Cohen ‘turned on’ the President of the United States is because Mueller threatened to throw his wife in jail for up to 30 years. Period. She is the co-guarantor of a $20M personal loan that Mueller discovered Michael secured back in 2015 by falsely inflating the value of his taxi medallions – effectively making her part & parcel to the federal charge of ‘Making False Statements to a Financial Institution,’ to which Cohen ultimately pleaded guilty.”

Corporate attack on traditional marriage ‘more like a betrayal’

Walmart has launched a “gay dating” video as part of an advertising campaign – a corporate move that the American Family Association says likely has Walmart founder Sam Walton “rolling over in his grave.” “It’s not only a promotion of homosexuality, but it’s really an attack on God’s design for marriage between a man and a woman,” Smith continues. “We believe it’s a very dangerous lifestyle; and the fact that Walmart would release this kind of video is even more in the face of Christian people who believe in God’s design for human sexuality.”

Resolutions Introduced, Senate Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty over Golan

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) introduced companion resolutions on Tuesday urging the United States to officially recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The bill emphasizes the strategic importance of Israeli control over the area, which the Jewish state captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, in protecting civilians from threats such as from Iran in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

A-G expected to announce intent to indict PM Netanyahu for bribery today

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit is expected to announce his intent to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery today, in a decision that could decisively impact the April 9 election. With Netanyahu’s Likud Party and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party close in the polls, if the prime minister loses even a few seats due to the accusations against him for public corruption, it could turn the tide.

Turkey launches ‘Blue Homeland’ naval drill

Turkey has launched the largest maritime drill in the country’s history, testing its war fighting capabilities in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea, and eastern Mediterranean simultaneously. Dubbed “Mavi Vatan” or “the Blue Homeland” it will last between February 27 to March 8 and will see the participation of 103 military vessels and thousands of soldiers conducting operations…

Trump-Kim summit breaks down after North Korea demands end to sanctions

A summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended with no agreement after the US refused North Korean demands for sanctions relief, President Trump said. “It was all about the the sanctions,” Mr Trump told reporters. “They wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do that.” The pair had been expected to announce progress on denuclearisation.

Kushner meets Erdogan on Israel-Palestinian peace plan

White House adviser Jared Kushner discussed his Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, and the two also discussed increasing US-Turkish cooperation and ways to boost economic conditions in the region. Kushner, who has responsibility for Washington’s Israel-Palestinian policy, has said the peace plan will address final-status issues of the Israel-Palestinian conflict…

Trump border wall prototypes torn down to make way for new barrier

The prototypes for President Donald Trump’s contest for a border wall near San Diego, California, were torn down on Wednesday, to make way for a new section of actual border fencing. To the president’s supporters, the eight 30-foot-high (9-meter) models were a symbol of his commitment to build a wall along the length of the U.S. Mexico border to enhance national security.

Atmospheric River Is Pummeling California’s Sierra With Feet of Snow, Topping February Records

Another atmospheric river event is pummeling California with feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, shattering February snow records at some ski resorts while also triggering flooding, rockslides and mudslides in lower elevations.

United Methodist Church strengthens ban on same-sex marriage, LGBT clergy

The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform.

Incest and necrophilia ‘should be legal’ according to youth branch of Swedish Liberal People’s Party

Incest between siblings and necrophilia should be legalised, a branch of the Swedish Liberal People’s Party has argued.

Radical abortion laws cause ‘dramatic’ spike in Americans identifying as pro-life

A new Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus (KofC) finds that just as many Americans consider themselves “pro-life” as “pro-choice,” representing a surprising increase from a poll the same organization released just a month ago.

Israeli company makes water out of thin air!
Imagine being able to pull a glass of water out of thin air when you’re thirsty. Think it sounds like science fiction?

House passes sweeping gun legislation to expand background checks to cover virtually all sales
The Democrat-led House on Wednesday broke a years-long stalemate over gun control legislation, approving a bill to expand background checks to nearly all firearms sales and transfers.

Official Swedish Welcome Sign to City of Gävle Features Woman in Hijab with Connections to ISIS Mosque

…It turns out that the woman on the billboard named Suzan Hindi has connections to a Salafist extremist Mosque which has urged followers to donate money to support terrorism – And now this woman is one of the people featured to represent the Swedish city!

Rocker John Mellencamp Adds ‘Take a Knee’ Segment to His Concerts

Rocker John Mellencamp has added a “take a knee” segment to his concerts to celebrate protests against the United States.

PayPal Censoring Groups With Help from Leftist, Anti-Christian SPLC

The CEO of PayPal has revealed the multi-billion dollar service partners with the leftist organization Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to decide who should be blacklisted from their company. Using “company corporate values” as their defense, PayPal has taken intentional steps to deny access to conservatives.

Planned Parenthood: ‘There Is No Such Thing as Abortion Until or After Birth’

“There is no such thing as abortion until or after birth,” Planned Parenthood Action declares in a pinned tweet responding to President Donald Trump’s comment that Democrats have become “so extreme they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth.”

Pelosi and Cuomo Sign Gun Confiscation Bill into New York State Law

Democrats Nancy Pelosi and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the “Red Flag Bill” into state law this week, allowing authorities to confiscate guns from citizens.

107 Democrats to Launch ‘Medicare for All’ Bill; Eliminates Private Health Insurance; No Funding Plan

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and 106 other Democrats will launch a “Medicare for All” bill on Wednesday that will shift every American to government health insurance and eliminate private insurance — with no funding plan.


Headlines – 2/28/2019

Turkey’s Erdogan meets with Kushner to discuss Mideast peace

Kushner discusses Mideast peace with Saudi leaders

As Cohen rivets Washington, White House announces Kushner met with Saudi crown prince

Kushner, MbS Discuss ‘Increasing Cooperation’ and Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts

Bennett Implores Trump: ‘Let My People Know’ Details of Mideast Peace Plan

Report: ‘Deal of century’ not to include Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital

US peace plan said to include $25 billion in West Bank and Gaza investments

Commentary: The Palestinians’ automatic ‘no’ to peace

Commentary: Can Middle East peace be bought?

Palestinians reject monthly tax transfer from Israel over prisoners dispute

Israel strikes Hamas posts in Gaza after explosive balloon attack

Attorney general reportedly set to notify Netanyahu of bribery charges Thursday

Indictment announcement would be an election game changer, new ToI poll shows

Trump says Netanyahu, facing possible corruption charges, is ‘smart,’ ‘strong’

Poland open to meeting with Israel after Holocaust spat

Outbreak of anti-Semitism forces France to confront painful past

Resolutions introduced in House, Senate recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan

Netanyahu meets Putin: ‘our relationship creates local stability’

Netanyahu After Kremlin Meeting: Putin ‘Showed an Understanding of Israel’s Security Needs’

Russia Wants to Get Iran Out of Syria, Netanyahu Says After Putin Meet

Netanyahu in Moscow tells Putin Israel will continue hitting Iran in Syria

Iranian general: ‘We plan to break US, Israel, cleanse world of their filth’

Iran’s Khamenei says U.S. seeks war, sedition ‘everywhere’

Two days after resigning, Iran’s Zarif returns to work

Yemen airstrike kills 22 children fleeing earlier bombing, rebels say

The risk of further bloodshed and oil disruption remains high as Nigeria re-elects its president

Ballots are being counted in a Nigerian election plagued by unrest and other problems

Nigerian President Buhari Wins Second Term While Opponent Calls Election A ‘Sham’

India and Pakistan on Verge of 5th Major Conflict. Why This Escalation Is So Dangerous

Govt unmoved by Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s speech, face-off could escalate

Former Pakistan President: ‘If we attack with one atomic bomb, India can finish us with 20’

India demands Pakistan release pilot as Kashmir crisis intensifies

Commercial flights to and from Pakistan, India disrupted as tensions rise

Pakistan envoy calls on U.S. to play greater role in India-Pakistan tensions

Mob attacks 200 Christian families in Pakistan after 4 women falsely accused of blasphemy

Trump in ‘no rush’ as formal nuclear talks open with Kim

North Korea’s Kim says ready to denuclearize, discussing concrete steps

Trump touts rapport with North Korea’s Kim at summit, ‘satisfied’ with talks

Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal due to a standoff over U.S. sanctions

White House limits press access at Trump-Kim meeting after reporters ask questions about Cohen

Michael Cohen testifies before Congress as the ‘son of a Holocaust survivor’

Full text: Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s prepared remarks to Congress

Michael Cohen’s shocking picture of Trump’s mob-like world

David Bossie: Michael Cohen spends a day lying about Trump to aid Democratic witch hunt

Lynne Patton defends Trump from Cohen racism charge

Lawmakers clash in Cohen hearing after Republican accused of using black woman as a ‘prop’

This Cohen hearing fight was everything wrong with how America talks about “racism”

Florida Bar investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz over threatening tweet directed at Michael Cohen

Every Law Professor With a Twitter Account Says Congressman Matt Gaetz Just Committed Witness Tampering

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz says he has ‘personally apologized’ to Michael Cohen for tweet about affairs

Michael Cohen hearing becomes platform for Dems to float sensational Trump theories

DC attorney general subpoenas Trump Inaugural Committee: report

Michael Cohen hearing is ‘official unveiling’ of Dems’ push to impeach Trump, Rush Limbaugh says

House votes to approve first major gun control bill in 25 years

Dem gun bill threatens to turn gun owners into criminals

Republican party branch compares Bernie Sanders to Adolf Hitler on Facebook

Commentary: The truth about democratic socialism

Venezuela removed 8 tons of central bank gold last week

US flying more reconnaissance flights off Venezuela, military sources say

Venezuela FM says Maduro and Trump should meet to ‘find common ground’

Cuban Christians Unite Against New Constitution

Puerto Rico drug gang fed victims’ bodies to caimans, 75 indicted on trafficking charges: feds

Italy’s anti-establishment M5S could be headed for ‘political disaster’ as support collapses

Treason convictions in Russia raise questions about 2016 hack on Democrats

Kremlin Says U.S. Cyberattacks On Russia Are ‘The Reality We Live In’ – shows why Russia is pursuing an autonomous Internet

FedEx will trial autonomous delivery robots this summer

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Surian, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mohean, India

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 16,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

‘Atmospheric river’ spawns massive flooding in California, turns town into ‘island’ as thousands told to flee

Santa Rosa obliterates rainfall records, mandatory evacuation for Russian River area, California

Rise of drug-resistant superbugs rings alarm bells in Europe

Officials deny lack of vaccinations caused whooping cough outbreak in Los Angeles

Missouri House passes wide-ranging abortion restrictions

Planned Parenthood Doc Said She Would “Break the Baby’s Neck” if Born Alive After Abortion

“Record-breaking” preemie weighing as much as an onion at birth goes home healthy

Pentagon spent nearly $8 million to treat 1,500 transgender troops since 2016

Methodist Church votes to ban gay clergy and same sex marriage, evoking debate among members

Nebraska attorney general subpoenas records on sexual abuse from 400 Catholic churches, institutions


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Two Guys Who Know Explain Why Jesus Must Have Died On The Cross

James Goll Shills for Contemplative Prayer, Visualization, Centering and Inebriation

‘Cussing Pastor’ defends twerking contest held at church, tells critics ‘f*** you’

Church pastors impersonated in email scam

Filmmakers: America’s ready for truth about abortion

ABC, CBS, and NBC Blacked Out Coverage of Democrats Supporting Infanticide

Mob attacks 200 Christian families in Pakistan after 4 women falsely accused of blasphemy


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