April 12, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed a willingness to hold a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but said in talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Washington would leave sanctions in place on Pyongyang.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday began a three-day visit to Chile, Paraguay and Peru, a clutch of fast-growing countries in a region where China’s growing presence is a concern for Washington and Venezuela’s crisis has escalated.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will send about 100 agents to the Mexico border to speed up crossing times, a U.S. congresswoman said on Thursday, as businesses grapple with trade delays after officers were redeployed to immigration duties.

Mexico’s lower house of Congress overwhelmingly approved a workers’ rights bill late on Thursday, legislation that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi considers key to winning over Democrats wary of a revamped North American trade pact.

White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release migrants detained at the border into so-called sanctuary cities such as San Francisco to retaliate against President Donald Trump’s political adversaries, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Thousands of protesters gathered in Algiers for an eighth successive Friday to demand the departure of the ruling elite as Algeria prepares for a presidential election in July.

In one of the biggest leadership shake-ups in years, North Korea named a new nominal head of state and a new premier, and gave leader Kim Jong Un a new title, state media reported on Friday, moves analysts said solidify Kim’s grip on power.

Virgin Galactic’s goal to fly tourists into space as early as this summer is about 12 years later than initially promised. But many of its customers aren’t sweating it.

European refiners are paying the price for U.S. oil sanctions on Venezuela and Iran as they scramble to replace the sour crude Washington has blocked from the global market with increasingly expensive Russian oil, trading sources said and data showed.

Alibaba Group founder and billionaire Jack Ma has defended the grueling overtime work culture at many of China’s tech companies, calling it a “huge blessing” for young workers.

AP Top Stories

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned a ban on abortion that has stood for more than 65 years, saying in a landmark ruling that current law unconstitutionally curbs women’s rights. In a statement, it said the ban, as well as a law making doctors liable to criminal charges for abortions done with the woman’s consent, were both unconstitutional.

The House speaker tells the AP that while she would love to have one or two women on Democrats’ 2020 presidential ticket, it is not a requirement. Pelosi also came to Joe Biden’s defense during the interview, saying he should be judged on his record.

A new Pentagon space agency wants to launch nearly 1,300 small satellites and, in the process, totally reinvent the way the military operates in orbit. The goal: to help the U.S. satellite constellation survive a sneak-attack by China or Russia. With hundreds of satellites in orbit, no single satellite is critically important, or so the thinking goes. If the Chinese or Russians were to knock out one or even dozens of satellites, scores more could take their place.

In a decision decried as a “devastating blow for victims,” International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan and alleged crimes by U.S. forces linked to the conflict.

The Afghan Taliban have banned the World Health Organization and the Red Cross from operating in areas under their control until further notice, a spokesman said on Thursday, citing unspecified “suspicious” actions during vaccination campaigns.

A suicide bomb ripped through an outdoor Pakistani market on Friday, killing at least 18 people, half of them ethnic Hazaras, officials said, in an attack apparently aimed at minority Shi’ite Muslims.

New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws that outlaw military style weapons, less than a month after mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch left 50 people dead and dozens wounded. A bill outlawing most automatic and semi-automatic weapons and banning components that modify existing weapons was passed by a vote of 119 to 1 in the House of Representatives after an accelerated process of debate and public submission.

Syrian Kurds on Thursday announced a deal with Baghdad for 31,000 displaced Iraqis, mostly women and children, to return from camps in northeastern Syria to Iraq.

BBC

Passengers are stranded in India and around the world after Jet Airways suspended all international flights. The airline cancelled all international flights until Monday when, according to reports, it will meet its lenders again to try to secure funding. Jet Airways is saddled with more than $1bn of debt.

Thousands of people are flocking to a new extension of Singapore’s Changi Airport, to see the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. The Rain Vortex is seven stories tall, and pumps 500,000 liters of rainwater through the roof of the Jewel building – that’s a fifth of the volume of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The first privately funded mission to the Moon has crashed on the lunar surface after the apparent failure of its main engine. The Israeli spacecraft – called Beresheet – attempted a soft touch down, but suffered technical problems on its descent to the Moon’s surface.

WND

American voters were concerned about an economic downturn in a Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service poll that found 58 percent of voters approve of the president’s performance when it comes to the economy.

Workers may have found 27 more human graves near notorious Florida reform school shuttered in 2011, where children were said to have been locked in chains, beaten and sexually abused.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 12, 2019

The Foundation

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)

Illegal Aliens Get Demo Money — Veterans, Not So Much

New York lawmakers reject a tuition-aid program to children of veterans killed in action.


Dems Play the Victim While Making Light of 9/11

Crenshaw calls out Ilhan Omar for her dismissive comments on 9/11 terrorism.


The ‘MAGA Bomber’ Hoaxer — Guilty

The devices were a hoax, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still terrorism.


Big Labor Is Losing Big Money

Unions are losing members, dues, and influence. They have only themselves to blame.


Avenatti Swindled Clients, Faces Centuries Behind Bars

He parlayed Trump Derangement Syndrome into a high profile. So much for that.


‘The Sky Is Falling! We’re All Going to Die!’

We’re told climate change is going to end the world, but the solutions are terrible.


Video: Fake News and the First Amendment

Can the law punish deliberate lies about public matters? Well, it depends.



Today’s Opinion

Marc A. Thiessen
Yes, America Needs Walls. But the Country Is Not ‘Full.’
Kay Coles James
I Wanted to Help Google Make AI More Responsible. Instead I Was Treated With Hostility.
Rich Lowry
The McCarthyite, Anti-Christian Campaign Against Chick-fil-A
Jonah Goldberg
Why ‘Tax the Rich’ Demands Are So Unreasonable
Erick Erickson
Progressive ‘Christian’ Hypocrites
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top News Executive Summary

Warren’s tax, Obama counsel indicted, Interior’s new chief, Georgetown reparations, pro-life victory, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

“When everybody is a white nationalist, nobody is.” —Victor Davis Hanson



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 – 4/12/2019

Trump: Netanyahu Victory is ‘Good for Peace’
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday morning that while the results have yet to be final, “It looks like Bibi has won that race … I think we’ll see some pretty good action in terms of peace.” The Trump administration has indicated that it is likely to release its long-anticipated peace plan following the completion of Israel’s elections. “I think we’re going to see that coming out in the very near future,” National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Wednesday.

Scientists put human gene into monkeys to make them smarter, human-like
For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists made use of gene-editing techniques to make monkey brains more human-like. By the end, the monkeys, rhesus macaques, got smarter and had superior memories as compared to the unaltered monkeys.

The Problem with Pete Buttigieg: His Sexual Conduct
Speaking only for myself, I do believe his sexual behavior should be a showstopper for conservative Christian voters. Many of us held off on Donald Trump for similar reasons. I was a Cruz guy as long as his candidacy lasted, and only became a Trump supporter when the choice came down to him and the rabidly pro-abortion Hillary Clinton.

NY Islamic proudly says that ‘Muslims should hate non-Muslims’
New York cleric Mufti Muhammad Ibn Muneer said there are different ways of dealing with different types of Jews. He cited the Islamic principle of Al-Bara Wal-Wala (disavowal and loyalty), which he says is, as “explained by Ibn Al-Qayyim and many others… simply summed up as loving the Muslims and hating the non-Muslims… Buddhist, Hindu, this, that, so on and so forth.”

Senator Ted Cruz Threatens to Regulate Google, Facebook and Twitter Over Blatant Anti-Conservative Bias
In his opening statement Senator Cruz asked the far left tech giants, “What makes the threat of political censorship so problematic is the lack of transparency–the invisibility. The ability for a handful of giant tech companies to decide if a particular speaker is disfavored.” Cruz asked Twitter’s Director of Public Policy and Philanthropy, Carlos Monje, why Twitter blocked a pro-life quote from Mother Teresa. Cruz then asked both Monje and Facebook’s Public Policy Director, Neil Potts, whether they considered Mother Teresa to be a hate figure. The tweet in question was posted on a pro-life site.

ANALYSIS: Turkey’s Erdogan is in real trouble
For the first time since Turkey’s Islamist leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan ascended to power, he’s in trouble at home, while at the same time the tyrant is risking a major confrontation with the United States. Erdogan’s AKP party lost the March 31 municipal elections to the secular ultra-nationalist MHP party which used to help the AKP party to establish its Islamist regime. As a result, for the first time in a quarter-century, Turkey’s main population centers such as Istanbul and Ankara will be governed by secular politicians and not by Islamists who take their orders from the Turkish strongman.

Hidden Holy Men Reveal Final Key to Open Redemption This Passover
Rabbi Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, consulted with several tzaddikim (righteous men) whose identities are known to only a few. As a direct descendant of King David, a member of the Sanhedrin, and as the son of the Misholtz Rebbe (a spiritual leader with thousands of followers) Rabbi Berger is in close contact with these holy men. They all assured him that the upcoming Passover Seder night has enormous potential to open the doors to Geula (redemption).

Pompeo Refuses to Affirm US Support for Palestinian State
When speaking to a Senate committee on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to answer whether the U.S. still supports an independent Palestinian State.

Former Obama WH counsel Greg Craig indicted in charges connected to Mueller probe
Obama administration White House counsel Greg Craig was indicted Thursday on charges of making false statements and concealing information in a Justice Department foreign lobbying investigation that intersected with the Russia probe.

Scientists cool water to -263° C without freezing it
So what if water could be cooled to below freezing temperatures without forming the icy crystals that give it this solidity? Physicists and chemists at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have figured out a new way of doing this, and it centers on a new kind of biological matter they’ve called lipidic mesophase. Within it are molecules that behave in much as the same way as natural fat molecules, or lipids, and will take it upon themselves to gather and self-assemble into membranes.

IDF completes large-scale drill to improve readiness for war
Israel’s military completed a large-scale divisional exercise in the North on Friday to improve its readiness for war… The two-week long drill saw troops and reservists from all levels of the 36th Armor Division, also known as the Ga’ash (“Rage) Formation, train on combat scenarios in complex and urban areas. The troops, who drilled on operational planning and discourse, dealt with operational challenges on a tactical level.

Australia opens Trade and Defense Office in Jerusalem
Australia opened a new Trade and Defense Office in Jerusalem on Friday. The Australian government formally recognized west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2018, committing to open an office in the city within the coming months. Mark Leibler, national chairman of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), welcomed the move.

Sudan coup: Protesters defy curfew after military ousts Bashir
Defiant crowds have spent the night on the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, ignoring a curfew declared by the military. Long-time President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown and arrested on Thursday after months of street protests. But demonstrators say the military council which has taken power is part of the same regime.

Rise of the ‘splinternet’: Experts warn the world wide web will break up and fragment as governments set their own rules to filter and restrict content
Dreams for a connected global internet are increasingly threatened by regulations being brought in by governments around the world…Plans to restrict content are fragmenting the world wide web… China has walled off some western services for years and experts are now warning over plans elsewhere in the world to filter content, leading to nationalised internets.

Scientists put human gene into monkeys to make them smarter, human-like
For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists made use of gene-editing techniques to make monkey brains more human-like. By the end, the monkeys, rhesus macaques, got smarter and had superior memories as compared to the unaltered monkeys. Researchers edited the human version of a gene known as ‘MCPH1’ into the macaques. The gene made the monkeys’ brain develop along a more human-like timeline.

Final election results: Likud gains seat, Blue and White at 35
The Central Elections Committee has released the latest results for the April 9 Knesset elections. With the completion of the vote count, including those of IDF servicemembers, Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party gained a 36th Knesset seat while his main rival, the Blue and White Party, remains at 35 of the Israeli parliament’s 120 seats.

Cain’s Fed chances in peril as fourth Republican opposes Trump pick
U.S. President Donald Trump’s expected nomination of former pizza chain executive Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve appeared in jeopardy on Thursday after a fourth Republican senator voiced opposition, possibly denying Cain the support needed to be confirmed in the post. “If I had to vote today, I would vote no,” Senator Kevin Cramer said in a statement.

The DOJ’s Entire Case Against Assange Hinges On This One Critical Piece Of Evidence
“Curious eyes never run dry in my experience.”

30 Inches Of Snow! Another Bomb Cyclone “Detonates” Over The Midwest, And The NOAA Is Warning Flooding Could Extend Into July
We aren’t supposed to have a major blizzard in April.  Less than a month after a “bomb cyclone” caused apocalyptic flooding in the central part of the country, another “bomb cyclone” is hitting the exact same area.  One meteorologist has called it “a life-threatening storm”, and at this moment over four million people are under blizzard warnings.  South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas are going to get absolutely hammered before the storm finally moves east on Friday.  The authorities are warning that this new “bomb cyclone” will cause additional flooding in the region, but at this point we do not know how bad that flooding will be.

Parenting Magazine Warns ‘Blond, Cheerful’ Families Dangerous, Likely Right Wing
Parenting magazine Baby & Family has told readers to beware of families who are “inconspicuous” and “cheerful”, as these warning signs indicate they are right wing and thus “dangerous”.

Italy’s hardcore Interior Minister who refuses to accept Islamic refugees has his office firebombed by Muslims
It’s warfare. Why import an invading force? Wait until they get organized…. you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Every House Democrat but 1 co-sponsor bill that would ruin girl sports by forcing them to allow male transgenders join their teams
Every House Democrat but one has co-sponsored a bill requiring schools to allow male athletes who identify as transgender girls to compete on female sports teams.

Louisiana Diocese Releases List Of Accused Predator Priests
The Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana, released the names of 12 diocesan clerics Thursday who were allegedly credibly accused of sexual abuse.

BDS movement leader blocked from entering U.S.
The Trump administration refused to let the founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement into the U.S. this week, according to the group that was supposed to host him.

Oregon’s SB-978 Gun Control Bill Is So Hysterically Restrictive That Pepper Spray Is A Felony
It’s a good thing that some parts of this state have vowed to be 2A sanctuaries because Oregonians are going to need them…

Family fears health of US pastor imprisoned in China is deteriorating after Bible sent home
After over 10 years of ministering to prisoners in China, the family of American pastor David Lin is finally raising awareness and calling on the Chinese government to end his unjust imprisonment as they fear that his health may have taken a turn for the worse.

CA Senator Proposes Law that Would Force Public Universities to Provide Free Chemical Abortions to Students
A California Senate Committee recently affirmed a law which, if enacted, would require public universities in California to provide students with free access to “the abortion pill.”


Headlines – 4/12/2019

Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon During Landing Attempt

Israel just became the seventh nation to orbit the moon

NASA sends condolences and congratulations over Beresheet mission

Buzz Aldrin to ‘inspiring’ Beresheet team after moon crash: ‘Never lose hope’

Report: ExxonMobil in Talks on Natural Gas Deal in Israel

Paris Councillor Calls for Stepped-Up Effort in Fight Against Antisemitism in France

20 religious groups call on Congress to ‘stop weaponizing anti-Semitism’

Hamas: Ceasefire understandings with Israel not a peace agreement

U.S. Senate Pushes Pompeo to Explain Legal Basis for Golan Annexation. He Doesn’t

Pompeo flounders on why annexation is good for the Golan but not for Crimea

Trump’s Golan move irks Lebanese who lay claim to land held by Israel

Egypt Pulls Out of U.S. Effort to Forge anti-Iran ‘Arab NATO’

Paul to Pompeo: You don’t have permission to start war with Iran

Sudan’s defence minister announces state of emergency after arrest of President Bashir

Sudan protesters reject army takeover after removal of president

Sudan’s security service announces release of political prisoners

US urges Sudan army to bring civilians into government

US suspends talks with Sudan after military ousts Bashir

US, Europeans call for UN Security Council talks on Sudan

Pope kisses feet of South Sudan leaders, urging them to keep the peace

Sudan crisis impacts whole Middle East

Bomb kills 14 in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta

India’s Democracy Could Be at Stake in Its Elections Starting Thursday

Foreign investors poured almost $200 billion into Modi’s India. The election has them rattled

Trump says he is discussing potential further meetings with North Korea’s Kim

UK PM May defends Brexit delay, critic asks her to resign

New York Post stirs Ilhan Omar controversy with 9/11 cover

Obama No Longer President, So Why Is He Meeting World Leaders?

AOC faces backlash for telling war vet Crenshaw he should ‘go do something’ about domestic terror

From ‘no crisis’ to ‘breaking point’: Mainstream media outlets change their tune on border crisis amid illegal immigration surge

U.S. House Democrats blame Trump for worsening border crisis

Pelosi says she still sees Trump as potential ally on immigration

Avenatti, lawyer known as Trump foe, indicted for financial crimes

Comey Defends Trump Campaign Surveillance: ‘I Have Never Thought of That as Spying’

Assange Arrested in London After 7 Years in Ecuador Embassy, U.S. Seeks Extradition

US charges WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer hacking

Assange may risk torture in United States, his lawyer says

Assange fears being beaten up in US prison, called Trump crowd ‘clowns’: Visitor

UK pledges it won’t send Assange to country with death penalty: Ecuador

Julian Assange: a decade of stunning leaks of US secrets

Assange charges could unsettle liberals, conservatives – and Trump

Hillary Clinton unloads on Assange, calls him ‘only foreigner that this administration would welcome to the US’

Julian Assange: Transparency icon or enemy of the state?

Glenn Greenwald Rages Against Assange Arrest, Battles Journos: ‘It’s the Criminalization of Journalism’

2020 Democrat says Assange arrest is ‘slippery slope’ for journalists, Americans

Edward Snowden: Assange’s arrest ‘a dark moment’ for freedom

Disney Chief Bob Iger Calls for Civil Discourse, Warns “Hitler Would Have Loved Social Media”

Here Comes The Splinternet: How The EU Is Helping Break Apart The Internet

Y2K-like bug knocks out the city’s wireless network system

Plan For 5G Cell Phone Towers Raises Health Concerns In Moraga

Fewer millennials are making it into the middle class

Congress punts on disaster aid amid standoff with Trump, Dems

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Itoman, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pisco, Peru

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Southwest Indian Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

‘Bomb cyclone’ snow, wind impacts Midwest, Great Lakes

Monster spring blizzard turns deadly as it lashes central US with feet of snow, intense winds

Powerful spring blizzard leaves trail of snarled transportation, power outages, closed schools

Yellow, orange and brown stuff falling from the sky? Snowed-in residents mystified by strange phenomenon

This drug-resistant fungus is spreading. Scientists warn of new superbugs to come

Scientists put human gene into monkeys to make them smarter, human-like

‘Three-person baby’ born after world’s first clinical trials of controversial technique

Texas Chairman Kills Bill to Outlaw Abortion for ‘Criminalizing Women’ Involved in Murdering Their Babies

CA Senator Proposes Law that Would Force Public Universities to Provide Free Chemical Abortions to Students

A Bill Banning Most Abortions Becomes Law In Ohio

Billboard Welcomes Drivers To Illinois, ‘Where You Can Get A Safe, Legal Abortion’

Google under fire for dubbing ‘Unplanned’ film ‘propaganda’

San Jose to hang rainbow flags at airport Chick-fil-A in support of LGBTQ rights

All but one Democrat in the House co-sponsors a bill to allow males to compete on female athletic teams

Medical association blasts military’s transgender policy


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing

Pete Buttigieg and Mike Pence

Former YWAM Staff Member Issues Warning to Young People

Youth leader at Santa Ana church arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two minors

Former SBC President Jack Graham Praises Chairman Who Killed Bill to Outlaw Abortion as ‘Courageous’

Ohio Governor Signs Bill Banning Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins


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