April 10, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Trump held steady in his refusal to publicly release his tax returns, despite mounting pressure in Congress that is likely to spur a legal battle for the documents.

Chief executives of some of the largest U.S. banks appeared before Congress on Wednesday, giving lawmakers their first opportunity to grill the lenders since the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

President Trump’s administration stepped up pressure on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday, raising the likelihood that he might fire more senior officials as the agency struggles with a surge of immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Facebook and Alphabet’s Google unit defended their efforts to remove hate speech from social media sites amid questions from lawmakers in an appearance before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

Two U.S. senators introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban online social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data.

Cuba’s national assembly is set to enact the new constitution on Wednesday, allowing the government to launch a modest update of its centrally planned single party system with dozens of laws expected on everything from the economy to political structures.

Soldiers were heavily deployed around a sit-in outside Sudan’s defense ministry on Wednesday, as several thousand protesters danced, sang and chanted slogans calling on President Omar al-Bashir to step down.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a clear path to re-election on Wednesday, with religious-rightist parties set to hand him a parliamentary majority despite a close contest against his main centrist challenger, a vote tally showed.

Turkey warned on Wednesday that it could buy jets and additional air defense systems from Russia if it cannot get Patriot missile shields and F-35 jets from Washington, raising the prospect of ever deeper defense ties between Moscow and a NATO member.

A shipyard in northern England that builds Britain’s new generation of nuclear submarines was evacuated on Wednesday but the atomic safety regulator said there had been no nuclear incident.

AP Top Stories

An international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics – the first-ever photo of a black hole – using a global network of telescopes to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational fields so strong no matter or light can escape.

Federal agents on Tuesday broke up a billion dollar Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors. Two dozen people were charged, including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions.

The Department of Defense awarded its first contracts to two companies for construction of a barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a notice posted on the DOD’s website.

Countries disrupted by conflict and political instability often underestimate economic downturns as well as the strength of subsequent recoveries, according to new International Monetary Fund research based on nighttime light levels captured by satellite imagery.

The Vatican is working on a papal document that would establish procedures for Catholics to report bishops suspected of sexual abuse or negligence in sexual abuse cases.

Boko Haram fighters attacked the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu for the first time since late 2014, residents said, after troops forced thousands to flee a village across the state border because of a planned military offensive.

China’s state planner wants to eliminate bitcoin mining in the country, according to a draft list of industrial activities the agency is seeking to stop in a sign of growing government pressure on the cryptocurrency sector.

Austria wants its citizens who have fought for Islamic State to be tried in U.N.-style tribunals in the Middle East rather than brought home for prosecution, it said on Wednesday.

SpaceX now says that Falcon Heavy will likely launch tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10th. Today’s would-be launch was scrubbed due to inclement weather, but Wednesday’s forecast is looking a lot more favorable, and we might finally get to see SpaceX’s mega-rocket take flight for a second time.

BBC

The first home delivery drone service has been launched in Australia, after years of test flights. Wing, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, will deliver takeaway food, coffee and medicines by drone to about 100 homes in Canberra.

Tasmania has become Australia’s first state to make it legally optional to list gender on birth certificates. The bill also removes a condition that had required transgender people to have surgery before their gender was recognized.

A petition is to be handed into the Dutch parliament demanding that visiting a prostitute be made illegal. Some 42,000 young people have added their signatures, which means the issue will be debated by politicians in a country that has some of the most relaxed laws around paying for sex. “I am priceless” is the name of the social media-led campaign. Activists want buyers to be penalized, under the so-called Nordic model.

WND

Attorney General William Barr has established an investigative team that he intends to use to look into the origins of an FBI counter-intelligence investigation into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh is getting pushback from students at Baylor University, a Christian university in Texas, for a speech he is scheduled to give Tuesday night defending the Christian values of protecting life, marriage, and gender.

Bitcoin creation has joined a list of activities facing a ban in China. “Virtual currency mining activities [including] the production process of Bitcoin” to a list of industries that could be shut down.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 10, 2019

The Foundation

“In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” —George Washington (1796)

Pollaganda: Why Americans Don’t Think They Got a Tax Cut

Most people believe something that isn’t true. Blame Leftmedia dezinformatsiya.


Socialist Sanders: Capitalism Made Me a Millionaire!

He also seeks to put pressure on Trump by promising to release his own tax returns.


No, White-Supremacist Violence Is Not a Major Problem

The New York Times peddles a false narrative that violent white extremism is on the rise.


In California, the Inmates Run the Asylum

Taxes, regulations, gun laws, sanctuary status — all of it is getting progressively worse.


Facing Down Russia and China on the African Front

Africa is becoming a key geopolitical battleground, and it’s time for America to get on the field.


‘White’ AmERICA — Your Worst Nightmare

Wherever there are no fathers to protect their children, the pop culture becomes the main influence.


Jordan Peterson on Why Socialism Is Attractive

“The problem with the radical left is that it assumes that all hierarchies are tyrannical.”


Video: Enough Crony Capitalism!

Established businesses, like Facebook, use government to limit competition.



Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Trump Bump
Walter E. Williams
Millennials for Socialism
Ben Shapiro
The Open Borders Agenda Rears Its Ugly Head
John Stossel
Zuckerberg Cronyism
Star Parker
3 Cheers for Betsy DeVos
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Netanyahu perseveres, border crossings surge, Mueller-report countdown, FBI conduct, Medicare scam, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

“The lengths people go to defend Omar’s many disturbing comments is really curious — and probably telling.” —David Harsanyi



Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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News – 4/10/2019

Barr Forms Team To Investigate FBI Malfeasance During 2016 Election
Attorney General William Barr has assembled an internal team at the Justice Department to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by DOJ and FBI officials – including actions taken in the summer of 2016, according to Bloomberg, which cites a person familiar with the matter. Barr seemingly confirmed the Bloomberg report earlier Tuesday, when he told a House panel “I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.”

Netanyahu lauds ‘incredible victory’ as exit polls, early results show clear win
And regardless of the horse race between the two major parties, the right-wing bloc was projected to win a majority in the 120-seat Knesset. The results mean Netanyahu will likely sweep back into power for an unprecedented fifth term…

Third Mussolini descendant enters Italian political arena
A third descendant of Italy’s long-time fascist dictator Benito Mussolini is entering the political arena. Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini — Mussolini’s great-grandson, whose name is taken from one of ancient Rome’s most famous rulers — is running as a candidate in European elections for the far-right Brothers of Italy Party. “I see other dangers. The thought police, globalism, the dictatorship of political correctness, uncontrolled immigration a few small financial groups that control everything, Islamic extremism,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

Pompeo, in testimony to Senate, refuses to back two-state solution
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday refused to reaffirm American support for a Palestinian state after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to extend Israeli sovereignty over West Bank settlements. “Ultimately, the Israelis and Palestinians will decide how to resolve this,” Pompeo replied.

Candace Owens blasts Dem lawmaker in ‘hate crimes’ hearing
“Let me be clear the hearing today is not about white nationalism or hate crimes, it is about fear mongering, power and control,” Owens said. “It is a preview of a Democrat 2020 election strategy the same as the Democrat 2016 election strategy.” Owens said the objective “is to scare blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims into helping them censor dissenting opinions ultimately to helping them regain control of our countries narrative which they feel that they lost.”

Barr sets Democrat straight on ‘hate crimes’
Barr replied: “As I said in my confirmation hearing. I’m very concerned about hate crimes and intend to vigorously pursue them. The data that I have seen have shown an increase going back to 2013. So I agree with you, they have been increasing. But I have seen no data to say it’s different under the Trump administration.”

German police raid Islamic organizations over suspected Hamas support
German police on Wednesday raided offices belonging to Islamic organizations suspected of financing the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is on the European Union’s terrorism blacklist, the interior ministry said. The ministry said the main targets of the raids were WorldWide Resistance-Help and Ansaar International which are believed to have collected funds for Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, under the guise of humanitarian aid.

Tasmania makes it optional to list gender on birth certificates
Tasmania has become Australia’s first state to make it legally optional to list gender on birth certificates. The landmark bill was approved in the state’s lower house on Wednesday, meaning it will become law. It had already been passed in the upper house. The bill also removes a condition that had required transgender people to have surgery before their gender was recognised.

Brexit: Theresa May to make plea for 30 June delay at EU summit
EU leaders are to meet for an emergency summit in Brussels to decide whether to offer the UK another delay to Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May wants to postpone the date the UK leaves the EU beyond this Friday, until 30 June. But the EU is expected to offer a longer delay, after European Council President Donald Tusk urged the other 27 leaders to back a flexible extension of up to a year – with conditions.

Brazil floods: Deadly torrential rains hit Rio de Janeiro
At least nine people have been killed by flash floods in Rio de Janeiro. The mayor has declared a crisis after the Brazilian city was battered by heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday. More than 31cm of rain (13 inches) fell in some parts of the city within 24 hours, the mayor’s office said. Roads were closed by flooding and fallen trees. Large parts of the city have been affected including Copacabana beach.

Libya crisis: UN warns attacks on civilians may amount to war crimes
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has warned that attacks on civilians in Libya could amount to war crimes. She urged all sides to avoid bloodshed as military strongman Khalifa Haftar’s forces advance on the UN-recognised government in Tripoli. Some 47 people have been killed over the past three days, says the World Health Organization (WHO), as his forces seek to capture the capital.

New York measles emergency declared in Brooklyn
The emergency warning covers certain postcodes in Brooklyn. All residents in the affected areas have been told to get vaccinated or face a fine. There have been 285 cases in the area since 30 September. Of those infected, 246 were children, New York health commissioner Oxiris Barbot said. It is the largest measles outbreak in the city since 1991.

House Dems cancel vote on budget plan amid internal revolt
House Democratic leaders on Tuesday abandoned plans to vote on a key budget measure this week in the face of sharp opposition from both progressives and moderates. The revolt over legislation to set federal spending is a setback for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her deputies on the eve of their 100 day mark in the majority.

U.S. sails massive, F-35-laden warship in disputed South China Sea
In the latest show of military muscle in the South China Sea, the U.S. has apparently sailed its USS Wasp amphibious assault ship near a strategic reef claimed by Beijing and Manila that lies just 230 km (140 miles) from the Philippine coast. Filipino fishermen near the site known as the Scarborough Shoal initially spotted what appeared to be the massive U.S. vessel on Tuesday, according to ABS-CBN News.

Iranian lawmakers convene with chants of ‘Death to America’
Iranian lawmakers dressed in paramilitary uniforms chanted “Death to America” as they convened Tuesday for an open session of parliament after the White House designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a foreign terrorist organization. President Hassan Rouhani declared that the force’s popularity would only surge in the wake of the designation, saying guard members would be dearer “than any other time in the hearts of Iranian nation.”

Denver Weather: 60-Degree Drop In 36 Hours With Heavy Snow On The Way
A major weather change will arrive over the next 24 hours with temperatures falling by up to 60 degrees in Denver and on the eastern plains of Colorado…we’ll see everything from showers and thunderstorms with some small hail…to heavy, wet snow developing tomorrow…the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for South Larimer, Arapahoe, Adams, Southwest Weld, Elbert, Douglas, Broomfield, and Denver counties for Wednesday.

Confirmed: New phase of matter is solid and liquid at the same time

Solid, liquid, gas … and something else? While most of us learn about just three states of matter in elementary school, physicists have discovered several exotic varieties that can exist under extreme temperature and pressure conditions. Now, a team has used a type of artificial intelligence to confirm the existence of a bizarre new state of matter, one in which potassium atoms exhibit properties of both a solid and a liquid at the same time.

Chinese cops send people to ‘concentration camps’ if they’re found with Facebook on phones during random stop and searches
COPS are sending people to “concentration camps” if they’re found with Facebook on their phones during random stop and searches in China, it is claimed. Western social media is banned in China’s Xinjiang region where police are accused of seizing residents’ phones and installing spyware. Offenders are said to be sent to “re-education” camps to clamp down on social media use.

Barr Forms Team To Investigate FBI Malfeasance During 2016 Election
“It’s what we’ve been calling for.” -Rep. Jim Jordan

Germany gives $426,037 to Muslim group calling for Israel’s destruction
After a series of exposés in Germany’s top selling paper Bild, the newspaper reported on Thursday that the interior ministry announced in a letter the stoppage of funds for the Shi’ite umbrella organization. Institutions in Hamburg that are controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei fall under the rubric of the organization.

Crosses Covered Up In Italian Cemetery to Avoid Offending ‘Other Religions’
Crosses on graves in a cemetery in Pieve di Cento, Italy, have been covered up with black cloth to avoid offending other religions, according to reports.

Netanyahu Declares ‘Incredible Victory’ As Revised Exit Polls Indicate Clear Path to Election Win
According to a new report from the well-known organization, Clarion Project — which describes itself as “a non-profit organization that educates the public about the dangers of radical Islam” and upon whose advisory board frequent Fox News contributor and Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, sits — a private Islamic school in Dearborn, Michigan has unusually close ties with supporters of the fanatical Iranian regime and its Lebanon-based proxy terrorist group, Hezbollah.

Notre Dame President Rejects Calls for Internet Porn Filter
University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins has rejected calls to install an Internet filter on campus that would block pornography.

Rising Gay Democratic Star Pete Buttigieg Says That Christianity ‘Must Move To A More Inclusive Vision’ To Accommodate The LGBTQP Community
Gay mayor Pete Buttigieg is on the warpath, and the main target in his sights in vice president Mike Pence, right behind that is the biblical model of Christianity. Buttigieg says that it’s time to more on from that old model, to something that is more ‘inclusive’ and ‘humane’. Why? Because the bible is against the LGBTQ+P for pedophile lifestyle, and Mayor Pete is not happy with that.

As Israelis Prepare To Go To The Polls, Benjamin Netanyahu Stands On The Cusp Of History As The Man Who Brought Israel Into The Modern Era
Israel is 2019 is an abundantly prosperous nation with an incredible military and is a hub of global technological innovation. Israel’s relationship with the world’s most powerful country, the United States, is currently at an all-time-high. Despite the ongoing regional conflicts, Israel stands as a beacon of hope and democracy in the Middle East. And the lion’s share of the credit for all that belongs to Benjamin Netanyahu.

Warm Weather Sparks Out Of Control Chicago Shooting Spree
Twenty four people were shot in 24 hours in Chicago…


Headlines – 4/10/2019

Netanyahu Declares ‘Incredible Victory’ As Revised Exit Polls Indicate Clear Path to Election Win

Amid fog of polls, Gantz vows to be next leader, PM says he’s in coalition talks

Israeli exit polls are just as unreliable as American ones

Netanyahu and his chief rival both claim victory in squeaker of Israeli election

Netanyahu, the divisive force of nature who refused to be beaten

Israel Election 2019: Nearly All Right-wing Parties Declare They Will Recommend Netanyahu to Form Coalition

Arabs blast ‘racist’ Likud scheme to install cameras at polling stations

Top Palestinian official: Israelis voted to ‘maintain the status quo’

Palestinian president hopes for peace after Israeli elections

After election, all eyes on Trump to respond to Netanyahu’s annexation gambit

Pompeo refuses to back two-state solution after Netanyahu pledge

Lebanon Fears for Disputed Territory With Israel After Trump’s Golan Recognition

Iran’s President Khamenei calls U.S. blacklisting of Guards a ‘vicious move’

Iranian lawmakers convene with chants of ‘Death to America’

Iranian Guards commander tells U.S. Navy warships to keep distance: ISNA

Iran names new UN ambassador as tensions rise with Washington

Iraq says it tried to stop US from blacklisting Iran corps

Bomb kills eight in Syrian city of Raqqa, a liberated Islamic State stronghold

Russia, Turkey will continue efforts to establish peace in Syria: Putin

How Putin Built a Ragtag Empire of Tyrants and Failing States

Why Russia Is Standing By Sudan’s Bashir

UN postpones Libya national conference amid fighting in Tripoli

Libya crisis: UN warns attacks on civilians may amount to war crimes

Libya crisis: UK officials anxious as blame is laid at doors of Gulf allies

2,000 flee Nigeria village ahead of army offensive against Boko Haram

Trump praises ‘great job’ by Egypt’s controversial president

Erdogan’s party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

UK arms sales are factor in humanitarian crisis in Yemen, court hears

State Department Identifies And Bans 16 People With ‘Roles’ In Khashoggi Killing

Fear stalks Kashmir, one of the most militarized frontiers on the planet

Iran Follows Russia to Venezuela, but U.S. Military Sees China As ‘True Threat’

Missing Japanese F-35 poses major security headache for US if it falls into Russian or Chinese hands

Putin: Russia knows Mueller probe ‘a mountain gave birth to a mouse’

US attorney general ready to release Mueller report ‘within a week’

Barr assembles ‘team’ to look into counterintelligence investigation on Trump campaign in 2016, official says

Comey memos contained far more sensitive info than previously known, FBI filing reveals

EU warms to Brexit extension as UK MPs approve May’s request

Facebook is partnering with a big UK newspaper to publish sponsored articles downplaying ‘technofears’ and praising the company

Facebook keeps advertisers addicted after a year of scandals

Watch Israel’s historic moon landing live April 11

6.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Vao, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mosquera, Colombia

Small 3.0 earthquake off coast of Long Island, N.Y., felt in Central N.J. and as far away as Maryland

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Denver will be 80 degrees today. Then, it will snow tomorrow, with the potential for a bomb cyclone to generate

Powerful Storm Threatens More Misery in Flood-Hit Midwest

At least six dead in ‘absolutely abnormal’ Rio flooding – 13 inches of water reportedly fell on the city in 24 hours

Streets buried underwater as Rio de Janeiro floods

Deadly flooding in Rio de Janeiro triggers state of emergency

Ominous green cloud towers over town as storm stirs up rare pollen haboob

Candida auris: What to know about the deadly superbug fungus posing a “serious global health threat”

N.Y.C. Mayor Declares Public Health Emergency Over ultra-Orthodox Measles Outbreak

NYC orders mandatory vaccines for community or face $1,000 fine

Pediatricians telling parents to vaccinate kids, or go somewhere else

Missouri bill would bar discrimination for not vaccinating

Lindsey Graham introduces bill which would ban abortions after 20 weeks

Texas Senate Passes Bill Stopping Infanticide, Requiring Medical Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortions

Euthanasia Becoming ‘Default Way to Die’ in Belgium

Pete Buttigieg: How a young, gay mayor became a Democratic star

Historic venue’s ban on same-sex weddings prompts outcry

Nuns sexually abusing minors could become next Catholic Church scandal, experts say

French priest’s 150-year-old heart being venerated in NYC


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