April 18, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

In a watershed moment for Donald Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election finally will be made public on Thursday, offering extensive details about an inquiry that has shaken his tumultuous presidency.

Attorney General William Barr said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign worked with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will travel to Russia in the second half of this month and meet President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and said he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down.

Some 205 people have been killed, including 18 civilians, and 913 wounded in two weeks of fighting near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s coastal city of Hualien on Thursday, shaking buildings and temporarily halting subway services in the capital Taipei, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

U.S. retail sales increased by the most in 1-1/2 years in March as households boosted purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, the latest indication that economic growth picked up in the first quarter after a false start.

AP Top Stories

Iran’s lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill labeling U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorist, a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard formally took effect, state TV reported.

John Walker Lindh, an American captured with the Taliban in November 2001 just weeks after the US launched the war in Afghanistan, is to be released in May after 17 years in prison. Recently filed court documents confirmed that the 38-year-old, dubbed “American Taliban,” will be released from federal prison in Indiana on May 23, even as the conflict in Afghanistan continues to rage.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has supervised the test-firing of a new tactical weapon with a “powerful warhead”, state media reported Thursday, in the first test of its kind since nuclear negotiations with Washington stalled.

A Baluch insurgent group on Thursday claimed responsibility for killing 14 people in southwest Pakistan, it said in a statement emailed to reporters and newspaper offices.

An armed 18-year-old girl “infatuated” with the Columbine school massacre was found dead after fears she was seeking to replicate the shooting 20 years on.

Nation of Islam founder and notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan defended Representative Ilhan Omar’s glib description of the September 11 attacks Monday by dismissing the attacks as nothing more than a false-flag operation designed to draw the U.S. into Middle Eastern conflicts.

A meeting between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan has been postponed, officials and diplomats said on Thursday, citing Taliban objections to the size of the Afghan delegation.

Hundreds of police prevented a march Wednesday to commemorate a year since Nicaraguan protesters took to the streets to oppose the government of President Daniel Ortega.

A senior United Nations relief official called on governments on Thursday to help resolve the fate of 2,500 foreign children being held among 75,000 people at al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria after fleeing Islamic State’s last stronghold.

At least six people were killed and scores wounded when an artillery barrage hit a civilian area of Libya’s capital. Witnesses described a “noisy and bloody” night of shelling in Tripoli, where troops loyal to Feyaz al-Serraj’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord are trying to hold off an offensive by general Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army.

The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions against Venezuela’s central bank in its latest effort to strangle President Nicolas Maduro’s cash flow.

The UN Security Council on Thursday urged Yemen’s government and Huthi rebels to pull back their forces from the key city of Hodeida “as soon as possible” in line with a ceasefire deal reached four months ago.

A crowdfunding campaign for three fire-ravaged black churches in Louisiana received more than $940,000 after it was widely shared on social media on Tuesday. Many users noted that while hundreds of millions of euros had already been pledged to rebuild the Notre Dame cathedral, the small churches in Louisiana were still struggling.

BBC

A man has been arrested after walking into New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two full petrol cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.

Asylum seekers who have proven a credible fear for their safety will no longer be able to ask a judge for bond, the justice department said. US Attorney General William Barr’s decision means more migrants can be indefinitely detained while they wait for their cases to be heard.

Medical charity MSF has raised the alarm over malnutrition rates amongst tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in southern Ethiopia.

WND

A 61-year-old science college professor in Japan channeled his inner Walter White when he allegedly taught his students how to manufacture ecstasy to “further their knowledge” of pharmaceuticals.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 18, 2019

The Foundation

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

It’s Mueller Time

AG William Barr’s press conference on Robert Mueller’s report told us what we already knew.


Barr: No Bail for Asylum Seekers

AG orders DHS to enforce the law as written, which means no bond for illegals crossing the border.


Google’s Blatant Bias

From search results to advanced technology, Silicon Valley is bent hard left.


Trump Veto — The Best Choice for America and Yemen

Foreign policy rarely consists of easy choices, and aiding Saudi Arabia is complicated.


Speech and Trademarks on Trial

Justices consider constitutionality of a law prohibiting “scandalous” and “immoral” trademarks.


Teens Go Above and Beyond With Elderly Man Who Fell

Unbeknownst to them, the teens’ act of kindness was witnessed and posted online.


Video: Mainstream Media Really, Really Like Mayor Pete

A hilarious — or sickening — montage of the love affair sweeping the media.


Video: 3D-Printed Guns

John Stossel says the media often scare us about 3D-printed guns without reason.



Today’s Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson
Things That Can’t Go on Forever Simply Don’t
Jeff Jacoby
Those Imprisoned for Breaking Laws Should Have No Say in Making Laws
Veronique de Rugy
Bipartisan Support for Electric Vehicle Handouts Betrays Taxpayers
Mona Charen
Did Bernie Sanders Steal His Wealth?
Rich Lowry
Yes, Investigate the Investigators
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Barr speaks, Mueller report released, Kim’s saber-rattling, possible cathedral attack thwarted, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

“Speech is not violence — and violence is not speech. Equating the two is the hallmark of a tyrannical worldview.” —Ben Shapiro



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 – 4/18/2019

Here’s a Rundown of the Hollywood Celebs Who Gave to 2020 Democrats
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) appeared to draw the most donations from Hollywood, but a few celebrities donated to multiple campaigns, namely Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, and Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. And a couple celebrities who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in 2016, like Susan Sarandon and Danny DeVito are back again this cycle. Check out the list below:

ISIS Gloats Over Notre Dame’s Destruction
The terrorist group ISIS is reportedly celebrating the destruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France that caught fire Monday.

Amazon, other techs, called out for ‘hate-for-cash’ agenda
Amazon, CNN, YouTube, PayPal and other tech and media companies are being asked in an ad published Wednesday in a major U.S. newspaper by two family organizations whether they will continue using the “hypocritical” Southern Poverty Law Center as “an authority on hate and extremism.” The ad, paid for by the Family Research Council and the American Family Association in cooperation with SPLCExposed.com, points out the condemnation of the historic “civil rights” group by former employees.

Pig brains kept alive outside body for hours after death
Revival of disembodied organs raises slew of ethical and legal questions about the nature of death and consciousness. In a challenge to the idea that brain death is final, researchers have revived the disembodied brains of pigs four hours after the animals were slaughtered. Although the experiments stopped short of restoring consciousness, they raise questions about the ethics of the approach — and, more fundamentally, about the nature of death itself.

Schools evacuated, subway services halted as quake rocks Taiwan
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s coastal city of Hualien on Thursday, shaking buildings and temporarily halting subway services in the capital Taipei, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

At least 2 Democratic campaigns reject donations from Ilhan Omar
At least two Democrats have rejected campaign contributions made by Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. WSOC reported Wednesday that North Carolina congressional candidate Dan McCready on March 30 refunded a $2,000 donation from Omar in November 6. His spokesman explained “he believes there is no place for divisiveness in politics, and McCready did not feel it is appropriate to accept the donation.”

NEUTRONS OVER THE USA
Want to experience space weather? Just step onboard an airplane. At typical cruising altitudes, cosmic rays from deep space penetrate the hulls of commercial jetliners, dosing passengers with levels of radiation comparable to dental X-rays. To measure this radiation, Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been flying cosmic ray sensors onboard airplanes over 5 continents. Our latest results show something potentially interesting about the continental USA. So far, neutron dose rates have been highest in one place: the continental USA.

Rebuild Notre Dame as a ‘secular’ shrine?
“The building was so overburdened with meaning that its burning feels like an act of liberation,” she said.

Armed U.S. militia in New Mexico catches 300 illegals
Hundreds of asylum seekers who were trying to cross the border illegally Tuesday night surrendered to an an independent group of armed New Mexico citizens. DailyMail.com reported an estimated 300 men, women and children gave themselves up to the ‘United Constitutional Patriots.”

US halts Obama’s practice of disclosing nuclear weapon total
The Trump administration has halted, without explanation, the recent US government practice of disclosing the current size of the nuclear weapons stockpile.

What are advanced missiles doing in Syria?
Russia deploying Iskander ballistic missiles in Syria. The Russian army has been training the deployment of an Iskander missile system at the Russian Air Force base in Syria, the Russian news agency IRNA reported.

Pelosi: There’s no ‘taint’ of anti-Semitism in Democratic Party
“We have no taint of that in the Democratic Party, and just because they want to accuse somebody of that doesn’t mean … that we take that bait,” Pelosi said on Tuesday…

European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched “Every Day”
In Germany, four separate churches were vandalized and/or torched in March alone. “In this country,” PI-News, a German news site, explained, “there is a creeping war against everything that symbolizes Christianity: attacks on mountain-summit crosses, on sacred statues by the wayside, on churches… and recently also on cemeteries.” In virtually every instance of church attacks, authorities and media obfuscate the identity of the vandals. Countless churches throughout Western Europe are being vandalized, defecated on, and torched.

NYC shuts down yeshiva preschool over measles vaccination violations
New York City closed a Brooklyn yeshiva’s preschool for defying a Health Department order to provide medical and attendance records regarding measles vaccinations.

Buttigieg responds to protesters yelling about ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’
…Two protesters interrupted Buttigieg, who is openly gay, during a speech in Fort Dodge, Iowa, shouting about the two cities that the Bible says were destroyed by what it calls sinful acts, including sodomy. They were both quickly shouted down by a crowd of 1,650 people chanting the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s name and escorted out of the area by security.

CRISPR Research Moves Out Of Labs And Into Clinics Around The World
The powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR has been in the news a lot. And not all the news has been good: A Chinese scientist stunned the world last year when he announced he had used CRISPR to create genetically modified babies.

118 million in path of another US severe weather outbreak this week
The second severe weather outbreak in less than a week will bring the risk of tornadoes and will strike across the southern United States, parts of the Midwest and Northeast from late Wednesday through Saturday.

Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York
A New Jersey man has been arrested outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two jugs of gasoline.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls Notre Dame Cathedral ‘Art and Architecture’
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called the Notre Dame Cathedral “art and architecture” in a tweet Monday, without referencing its name or significance to the Catholic religion.

COURT DOCS: Prosecutors Ask To Present Evidence That NXIVM Sex Cult Leaders Illegally Bundled Money For Hillary Clinton Campaign
Prosecutors have asked to present evidence in the NXIVM sex cult racketeering trial showing that NXIVM leaders including Nancy Salzman and Clare Bronfman illegally bundled money for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign by compelling members to donate to Clinton and then reimbursing the members.

Jared Kushner Tells Foreign Diplomats That Middle East Peace Plan Will Be Released in June Right After Ramadan
The timing for the release of Jared Kushner’s long-awaited peace plan, right at the conclusion of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, could not be more interesting. One has to wonder just what Team Kushner has up their collective sleeves. Certainly they are not going to be trotting out the same old tired and failed lame attempts at peace. They know that won’t work. So just what are they thinking?

Snopes ‘Fact Checks’ Christian Satire Website Babylon Bee – Again
Christian satire website The Babylon Bee has done it again, snaring far-left “fact-checker” Snopes.com into fact-checking an entirely satirical article about Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

China Builds World’s First Amphibious Drone Boat For Island Assaults 
“They can hide and hibernate, do autonomous patrols, and launch rapid assaults and landings.”


Headlines – 4/18/2019

Trump peace plan to be unveiled after Ramadan in early June, Kushner says

Kushner urges ‘open mind’ on upcoming Mideast plan

Trump envoy pans new Palestinian premier for prejudging peace plan

Palestinians ‘definitely’ going to reject Trump’s Mideast peace plan

Israeli Envoy: No West Bank Annexation Before Unveiling of Trump’s Peace Plan

Erekat: Olmert offered Abbas more than the entire West Bank

U.S. Aid Agency Is Preparing To Lay Off Most Local Staff For Palestinian Projects

With plea for harmony, president officially taps Netanyahu to form new coalition

PM Netanyahu among ‘100 Most Influential of 2019’

World Bank warns Palestinian economy in ‘crisis’ over tax transfer standoff

‘Bolder and More Brutal’: New Report Shows Steep Increase in Antisemitic Violence in German Capital

Ivanka Trump concerned about rising anti-Semitism, drop in Israel support

Radical rabbi says Notre Dame fire retribution for 13th-century Talmud burning

Russia denies recovering remains of spy Eli Cohen from Syria

Lebanon to Endure Unprecedented Austerity or Face Catastrophe, PM Says

Iraq bans popular online games to protect children from ‘moral threat’

U.S. Should Suspend Sanctions Because of Floods in Iran, Says Rohani

Iran says its armed forces are not a regional threat, calls for unity against U.S.

Iran president urges Mideast states to ‘drive back Zionism’

Turkey Considers New Trade Mechanisms With Iran to Bypass U.S. Sanctions

Opposition Candidate Declared Istanbul Mayor as Erdogan Appeals Against Results

Turkey’s economy is spiraling – and a new election will make things worse

UAE Hails Trump’s Veto of U.S. Congress Resolution on Yemen

Mounting concern over cholera health crisis in Yemen

How the Saudi Royal Rivalry Rattles the Entire Middle East

Uganda says it is willing to consider asylum for Sudan’s ousted leader Bashir

Germany calls for UN Security Council meeting on Libya

Nearly 180 dead and 800 injured in Haftar’s assaults on Tripoli

Over 50 Boko Haram fighters killed in Nigeria attack

Gunmen kill 14 passengers on bus in southwestern Pakistan

Four killed in Mogadishu car bomb

North Korea demands US to sideline Pompeo from nuclear talks: report

North Korea says it test-fired new tactical guided weapon

Peru’s ex-president Garcia kills himself to avoid arrest in Odebrecht probe

Calling All Exhibitionists! Artist Wants Hundreds to Pose Naked in NYC Streets in Social Media Censorship Protest

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near La Serena, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Alotau, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits South of Panama

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near La Peca, Peru

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

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

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

More than 100 killed as slow-moving storm hits Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

2nd multi-day severe weather, tornado outbreak in a week looms for US

Another blast of severe storms aims for places still recovering from tornadoes

Climate change to blame for Hurricane Maria’s extreme rainfall

How big data for DNA puts you at risk – even if you’ve never taken a test

In breakthrough, scientists revive some brain activity of slaughtered pigs

Liquid Blood Extracted from 42,000-Year-Old Extinct Horse Sparks Cloning Hopes

After Israeli success, ethical concerns bleed into hopes for 3D-printed organs

Republicans reject Democratic attempts to tighten vaccine laws

Measles Outbreak Upends Passover Traditions

500 doctors sign letter urging Orthodox Jews to vaccinate

Dozens of doctors in 5 states charged with illegally dispensing 32 million painkillers, sometimes for sex

N.C. Gov. May Veto Bill Protecting Babies Who Survive Abortions

Pete Buttigieg Shuts Down Anti-gay Hecklers at Iowa Event – Defends Free Speech

Naval Academy to ban transgender students starting in fall 2020

Time honors Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford

Sol Pais, woman ‘infatuated’ with Columbine, found dead with self-inflicted gunshot wound


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Young, Restless, and Woke: A new breed of Theologians

James MacDonald Took Millions from Harvest & Now Demands Broadcast Ministry

Megachurch Giving Away Car For Easter Sunday – Easter Service Sponsored by Local Chevy Dealer

In shocking message on Easter, pastor allows kids to hit, spit on and even cut him with steak knife

People Claim to See Jesus in Notre Dame Flames

Pete Buttigieg stops calling Mike Pence a ‘Pharisee’ because it offends Jews

Haitian orphanage founder arrested in Dominican Republic – Charged With Sex Crimes

Chinese Police Beat 60 Christians, Close Church and then Bury Bibles


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