April 23, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump will make a state visit to the United Kingdom in June, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday, a trip Britain hopes will cement transatlantic relations but one that immediately prompted criticism and promises of protests.

President Donald Trump and his wife will travel to France on June 6, where Trump will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that speeding up the flow of goods on the U.S. border is a matter of urgency and that slowdowns are detrimental to both economies, after bottlenecks have held up trade following a row over migration.

China showed off the first of its new generation of guided missile destroyers as President Xi Jinping reviewed a major naval parade to mark 70 years since the founding of China’s navy.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has refashioned the People’s Liberation Army into a force that is rapidly closing the gap on U.S. firepower – and in some vital areas has surpassed it. American victory over China in a regional war is no longer assured.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok to discuss the international standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear program, a Kremlin official said.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in one of the most consequential cases of its current term, will hear the Trump administration’s bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a plan opponents have called a Republican effort to scare immigrants from taking part in the population count.

The largest Democratic field in the modern U.S. political era is lining up to seek the party’s 2020 presidential nomination – and it is expected to keep growing.

Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for attacks on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated blasts that killed 321 people.

Bosnian border police on Tuesday denied mistreating migrants after a video emerged of detainees at a border holding facility in what appeared to be cages.

Oil prices hit their highest since November on Tuesday after Washington announced the end of all waivers on imports of sanctions-hit Iranian crude, pressuring importers to stop buying from Tehran. Brent crude futures rose as high as $74.70, a level not seen since Nov. 1.

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Yemen’s rebel chief warned that the rebels could launch attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who lead a military coalition against them.

Central American migrants hoping to reach the U.S. are finding a much tougher trek than those in previous caravans, meeting unwelcoming townsfolk and a surprise raid by Mexican police and immigration agents who detained hundreds in Mexico’s south.

Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway vital for global oil shipments, if the country is prevented from using it, a senior military official said on Monday in what appears to be a response to the U.S. plan to end waivers on Iranian oil exports.

Russia has accused the US of deliberately causing a succession of crippling power cuts in Venezuela as part of a plot to topple its president, Nicolás Maduro, dubbed “Operation Blackout”.

President Nicolas Maduro is funneling cash flow from Venezuelan oil sales through Russian state energy giant Rosneft as he seeks to evade U.S. sanctions designed to oust him from power.

The United States on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information that would disrupt the finances of Lebanon’s Shiite militant movement Hezbollah.

US detention centers that hold migrant parents and children have been nearly empty for months, despite Donald Trump’s administration repeatedly warning that the US-Mexico border is at a “breaking point” because of the surge in Central American families fleeing poverty and violence.

The US Supreme Court said Monday it will take up the question of whether gay and transgender workers are protected by federal law that bars discrimination in the workplace.

A 16-year-old student was paid $100 for the shorn hair, money she’ll use to help her family and buy a cellphone at a time when Venezuela’s sharp economic decline has led to shortages of food and medicine, and hyperinflation has made salaries nearly worthless.

BBC

A large-scale pilot of what has been called the world’s first malaria vaccine to give partial protection to children has begun in Malawi.

A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma.

A powerful magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck the main Philippines island of Luzon, killing at least 11 people.

WND

Establishment media long have been reluctant to identify Islam as the source of terrorism while readily labeling those who do as “Islamophobes.” Now, it seems, there’s an unwillingness to identify one of the primary targets of terrorism, Christians, as Christians. Their new word? “Easter worshippers.”

Around half of Americans favor religion playing a greater role in US society, while 18 percent oppose that idea, according to a Pew Research Center study published Monday.

What doctors refer to as “zombie cells,” which develop from cellular stress that’s long known to be involved in the development of cancer and aging, have been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease for the first time. The new findings could lead to new treatments that could potentially slow, if not stop the disease altogether.

A preliminary hearing in California to decide whether or not to try two reporters who went undercover to expose the abortion industry’s sale of the body parts of was postponed.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 23, 2019

The Foundation

“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.“—James Wilson (1790)

Time to Enforce the Law on Visa Overstays

Trump orders the DOJ and DHS to look for more ways to limit the number of visa overstays.


Warren’s ‘Universal Free College’ Plan Is No Free Lunch

It’s classic Marxism: Take from the rich to pay for government wealth redistribution.


Sanctuary Jurisdictions Are Not Practicing Federalism

The Ninth Circuit Court is the latest to rule against the Trump administration’s enforcement.


Born That Way? Research Says No

Transgenderism’s “born the wrong way” claim is undercutting the homosexual lobby.


How Romney and Trump Were Both Right

Romney’s right about Founding principles, while Trump is correct about the need to fight.


That Eight-Year-Old Ocasio-Cortez Impersonator

Sometimes, we can sum up the American Spirit with humor. This is such a time.


Video: Warren First 2020 Dem to Call For Impeachment

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren talks with Rachel Maddow


Video: Is Denmark Socialist?

The Left references countries like Denmark as “proof” that socialism works. It’s not socialist.



Today’s Opinion

Dennis Prager
Why Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Tweeted About ‘Easter Worshippers’
Rich Lowry
The Impeachment Fantasy
Cal Thomas
They’ve Only Just Begun
Stephen Moore
The Immigrants We Need Most
Hans von Spakovsky
Mueller Report Clearing Trump Should Prompt Congress to Halt Endless Investigations
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Visa abuse, impeachment, entitlement deficits, New York’s “Green New Deal,” Warren’s college-debt gamble, and more.


Tuesday Short Cuts

Delusions of grandeur: “I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders



Today’s Meme

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News – 4/23/2019

Limbaugh: Dem ‘coup’ against Trump not over yet
‘We came as close as a whisker to having Constitution used essentially as toilet paper’. It was a real coup attempt, and it’s not over yet, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh warned Monday about the Democrats’ use of made-up claims in an opposition research “dossier,” spying on the Trump campaign, the awesome power of the FBI and CIA, and more. “James Comey? John Brennan? James Clapper? Barack Obama? Andrew McCabe? Peter Strzok Smirk? Lisa Page? James Baker? Bill Priestap? The Ohrs, Bruce and Nellie? These people? Hillary Clinton? Glenn Simpson and the law firm of Perkins Coie? These people decided … Donald Trump was unacceptable,” he said.

Passover Snow Falls on Mt. Hermon for First Time in 21st Century
Snow fell on Mount Hermon on Sunday during Passover for the first time in 22 years. With approximately eight inches of snow already on the ground and accumulation set to continue throughout the day, the Hermon ski-resort management closed the site to visitors. Snowfall was also reported in towns in the Golan Heights. The Kinneret, Israel’s primary natural water source, rose from just 16 inches away from the Black Line—the point past which the lake becomes ecologically imbalanced—to 11.25 feet from the Black Line as of April 20. It is now 8.75 feet from its upper limit, after which point it would flood its banks.

ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings
ISIS has claimed responsibility for bombings that left 321 people dead and 375 hospitalized in Sri Lanka. In a statement released by its Amaq news agency, the group said it was targeting citizens of countries bombings its territories and Christians.

Report: Omar Attacked US Soldiers Who Died Fighting In ‘Black Hawk Down’ Operation
A newly unearthed tweet shows Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar attacking the U.S. soldiers who fought and died in the Battle of Mogadishu. Omar’s claim that “thousands of Somalis” were killed by American forces during that battle is wildly false by most expert’s estimations.

Sri Lanka imposes emergency, says international network involved in attacks
Sri Lanka said on Monday it was invoking emergency powers in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches, blamed on militants with foreign links, which killed 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

Nasrallah warns of war this summer, worries he could be killed – report
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah warned top military commanders in a private meeting this week that there will be a war with Israel this summer and that he may not be around to support them, according to Elijah J. Magnier, a writer for the Kuwaiti Al Rai news. Nasrallah reportedly said that he expects the war to take everybody by surprise, like the 2006 Lebanon War.

U.S. offering $10 million for info on Hezbollah’s financial mechanisms
A new program will offer up to $10 million rewards for information leading to the disruption of the global financial mechanisms of Hezbollah, the US Department of State announced Monday. It is the first time that the department is offering a reward for information regarding Hezbollah’s financial networks. According to “Forbes Israel” piece from December 2017, this is the richest terror organization in the world, with an estimated annual income of $1.1 billion.

US envoy: Hamas must change or leave for the sake of Gazans
Jason Greenblatt, United States Special Representative for International Negotiations, said on Monday, “Hamas has driven the people of Gaza into lives of misery in a bid to stay in power. A recognition of its dismal failure and an honest assessment of reality could pave the way to reconnect Gaza to the world that wants to help. The situation was not caused by the United States; it was caused by Hamas. The United States does not want this situation to continue — but we cannot fix it.”

Report: US headed for 5-year high in measles
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday that 626 cases of measles have been reported in the United States this year, according to CNN. The centers’ website said, “In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels,” the highest number since the illness was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Un expected to discuss possibility of alternative denuclearisation talks
Putin is gearing up for talks with Kim Jong-un today as Moscow seeks to carve out a role for itself in ongoing negotiations over Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities. The Kremlin is concerned about being left out of any US-led deal and is working to implement its own talks. A Russian-led process could see a more phased approach to denuclearisation and some sanctions relief.

Eight dead in Philippines after strong earthquake strikes north of Manila
Swaying buildings in the capital sent thousands of workers fleeing onto the streets, while blackouts were reported in several towns More than 100 flights, including routes to and from Hong Kong and Singapore, cancelled as Clark International Airport is closed because of damage to facilities.

U.S. offering $10 million for info on Hezbollah’s financial mechanisms
A new program will offer up to $10 million in rewards for information leading to the disruption of the global financial mechanisms of Hezbollah, the US Department of State announced… It is the first time that the department is offering a reward for information regarding Hezbollah’s financial networks. According to a…”Forbes Israel” report, Hezbollah is the richest terror organization in the world, with an estimated annual income of $1.1 billion.

Security officials urging Israeli tourists to immediately leave the Sinai
Senior security officials are calling upon Israelis and Passover travelers who defied the anti-terror warning not to go to the Sinai to leave immediately, the Army Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the report, around 30,000 Israelis have traveled there for the Passover break – and according to Globes over 85,00 people will pass through the Taba border, in both directions. This number is over 20% higher than the year before.

Bernie Sanders calls Netanyahu government ‘racist’
US Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday called the Netanyahu government “racist,” at a CNN Town Hall Tuesday night. The comments were made in response to a question of how he would maintain the strong relations between the United States and Israel, despite his criticism. The senator claimed that he is not anti-Israeli and noted that some members of his family live in Israel and he even worked on a kibbutz when he was young.

Philippines earthquake: Eight deaths reported on Luzon
A powerful earthquake has struck the main Philippines island of Luzon, killing at least 11 people. The magnitude 6.1 tremor hit at 17:11 local time (09:11 GMT) on Monday, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reports. An airport was seriously damaged and at least two buildings were destroyed.

Churches Have Become The #1 Target For Hate Attacks – An Average Of 105 Every Single Month
The bombings in Sri Lanka have once again put a spotlight on the rising tide of violence against Christians all over the world. According to Open Doors USA, an average of 105 churches and/or Christian buildings are burned or attacked every month. That is more than three per day, and almost all of those attacks get ignored by the mainstream media in the western world.

Tens of thousands attend Jewish Passover blessing at Western Wall
Tens of thousands of people gathered at Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Monday for a traditional Jewish blessing for the Passover holiday. Police estimated the crowd at more than 30,000 for the two morning ceremonies. US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, an Orthodox Jew, was among those in attendance, an AFP photographer reported.

Half of Americans back stronger role of religion in society
Around half of Americans favor religion playing a greater role in US society, while 18 percent oppose that idea, according to a Pew Research Center study published Monday. Despite there being a separation of church and state, religion plays a significant part in daily US life: the president traditionally is sworn in using a Bible, while “In God We Trust” is printed on bank notes.

Elon Musk says Neuralink machine that connects human brain to computers ‘coming soon’
Elon Musk has revealed his Neuralink startup is close to announcing the first brain-machine interface to connect humans and computers. The entrepreneur took to Twitter to tell followers the technology would be “coming soon” – though he failed to provide details. Neuralink was set up in 2016 with the ambitious goal of developing hardware to enhance the human brain, however, little about how this will work has been made public.

That mental health app might share your data without telling you
Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports. This study is the latest to highlight the potential risks of entrusting sensitive health information to our phones.

Devastating floods leave millions in Iran facing humanitarian crisis
Two weeks since the storms started, relentless rain and flooding throughout Iran has left some 2 million people facing a humanitarian crisis.

The Border Crisis Worsens: Declared State of Emergency in Yuma, AZ.
This reports from the CSS centers on the border crisis and declared state of emergency in Yuma, Arizona. On the border, things are going from bad to worse.

The Mexican Military Is Delivering Drugs Across the Border and Simultaneously Probing US Border Defenses
The mainstream media would actually have America believe that the recent border incursion just an unavoidable and simple accident in just another “no harm-no foul” incident on the southern border, when in fact the exact opposite is true.

Limbaugh: Dem ‘coup’ against Trump not over yet
…“They simply couldn’t allow it to happen. Do you realize this is? We came as close as a whisker to having the Constitution used essentially as toilet paper, and it’s still scary to me how close they came,” he said.

Boom! President Trump Suggests John Kerry Violated Logan Act with Unprecedented Private Meetings with Iranian Regime
President Trump called out former Obama Secretary of State John Kerry for a likely violation of the Logan Act for his working with Iran against the United States.

2020 Democrats Push For Non-New Hampshire Residents To Vote In New Hampshire Election
A handful of Senate Democrats vying for the presidency are rallying around Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in an effort to eliminate a law that prevents college students from voting in the Granite state unless they are permanent residents.

Fresh blast in Sri Lanka as new bombs found near church
No injuries were reported in the blast some 50 meters from the St Anthony’s Shrine, one of three churches targeted in a string of suicide bombs on Sunday that killed nearly 300 people.

Bacteria-hunting kit aims to spot food hazards before they enter our homes
Israel’s Yarok Microbio combines chemicals with AI to identify dangerous bacteria in produce — in the field or in the supply chain, saving lives and costs, startup says

Yellow Vests Clash with Police as Anti-Macron Protesters Rage Over Notre Dame
Yellow Vest protesters clashed with riot police on the streets of Paris on Saturday as the anti-Macron protests raged into their 23rd consecutive weekend.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton tip anti-Christian ‘Easter worshippers’ hats
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton avoided using the word “Christians” while commenting on Twitter about the horrific attacks on — yes, let’s call it what it is, please — Christians on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka that left hundreds dead and injured.


Headlines – 4/23/2019

Far-right slate to offer PM immunity law in exchange for settlement annexation

Politicians call for West Bank sovereignty, tripling number of Hebron Jews

Hamas infiltrated PA security forces, recruited officers as spies – report

Abbas: Trump mocking us, Netanyahu sends aid money to Hamas

Bernie Sanders slams Netanyahu’s government as ‘racist’

Washington man jailed for plans to kill Jews in mass shooting posts more threats

Hundreds gather in former Warsaw Ghetto for first seder since its destruction

Hezbollah chief says Israel’s ground forces unprepared for war

U.S. offers $10 mln reward for information to disrupt Hezbollah finances

US toughens stance on Iran, ending exemptions from oil sanctions

Trump decides not to reissue Iran oil waivers when they expire

Iran Says Ready for U.S. Waivers End, as Guards Threaten to Shut Hormuz

Iran Raises Stakes in U.S. Showdown With Threat to Close Hormuz

Netanyahu on U.S. President Trump: that’s the way to deal with Iran

Saudi Arabia Detains 13 Suspected of Planning Terror Attacks in the Kingdom

Yemen rebels can reach ‘strategic’ targets in Saudi Arabia, UAE, leader says

Kremlin says ‘too early’ to say if it can work with Ukraine’s Zelensky

North Korea’s Kim to meet Putin at crucial diplomatic moment

Sri Lanka, like world, again sees scourge of suicide bombing

Sri Lanka terrorist attacks among world’s worst since 9/11

Death toll in Sri Lanka bombings climbs to 310; 40 suspects arrested

Sri Lanka Victims: Citizens of at Least 12 Countries Killed

Bomb Explodes After Sri Lanka Police Find 87 Bomb Detonators at Bus Station

Sri Lanka military gets special powers after deadly bombings

Tourists flee Sri Lanka, as travel industry faces uncertainty

Sri Lanka social media shutdown part of global discontent with Silicon Valley

Commentary: The Burning of Notre Dame and the Destruction of Christian Europe

In Venezuela, women sell hair as another way to get by

Mexico breaks violence record in first quarter of 2019

Mexico warns of ‘deep concern’ over armed groups on U.S. border

Leader of armed group stopping migrants at U.S.-Mexico border to face federal charges

Leader of armed group at U.S. border boasted of assassination training -FBI

House Democratic leaders urge caution on impeachment as members plot way forward

Dem leaders stress more Trump probes, downplay impeachment

Democrat Kamala Harris joins call for Trump’s impeachment

Ilhan Omar claims US forces killed ‘thousands’ of Somalis during ‘Black Hawk Down’ mission, resurfaced tweet shows

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Tutubigan, Philippines

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gutad, Philippines

Rescuers race to find survivors after Philippine quake kills 15

Earthquake in Philippines collapses building, damages Clark International Airport

Water from rooftop pool falls 600 feet down Manila penthouse during Philippines earthquake

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Port Hardy, Canada

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Cuajinicuilapa, Mexico

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

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

New York mayor targets classic skyscrapers with Green New Deal

Starbucks is installing needle-disposal boxes in locations across America following OSHA penalties and worker concerns about drug use in bathrooms

Israeli Health Ministry Orders Local Airlines to Vaccinate Staff Against Measles

Protesters set Peshawar hospital on fire, claim children fell ill due to polio vaccine

Pregnant bridesmaid claims bride asked her to have an abortion before big day: report

US Supreme Court to Decide Whether ‘Sex’ Discrimination in Workplace Includes Homosexuality, Gender Identity

Philadelphia can ban Christian foster agencies who don’t work with gay couples, Appeals Court rules

Orthodox rabbis in Israel send letter of support to bullied transgender teen


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