April 25, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump touted progress in the fight against opioid abuse on Wednesday and promised to hold drug makers accountable for their part in the crisis, a day after his administration brought its first related criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives.

A merit-based immigration proposal being put together by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner could lead to an increase in U.S. visas for highly skilled workers, sources familiar with the effort said on Wednesday.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a moderate who has made his appeal to working-class voters who deserted the Democrats in 2016 a key part of his political identity, launched a bid for the White House on Thursday as the party’s instant frontrunner.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview on Wednesday there was “every indication” that Sunday’s bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 359 people were inspired by Islamic State.

The U.S.-backed assault to drive Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa in 2017 killed more than 1,600 civilians, 10 times the toll the coalition itself has acknowledged, Amnesty International and the monitoring group Airwars said on Thursday.

A French warship passed through the strategic Taiwan Strait this month, U.S. officials told Reuters, a rare voyage by a vessel of a European country that is likely to be welcomed by Washington but increase tension with Beijing.

New orders for U.S.-made capital goods increased by the most in eight months in March, but a drop in shipments suggested business spending on equipment slowed down in the first quarter.

German hopes of creating a national banking champion able to challenge global competitors were dashed on Thursday when Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank ended merger talks due to the risks of doing a deal, restructuring costs and capital demands.

AP Top Stories

Russia, the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians, an important step in a process aimed at ending the Afghan war.

Saudi Arabia executed 37 citizens found guilty of various terrorism-related charges, the government said on Tuesday, including many Shiite Muslims arrested in connection with violence and unrest in the kingdom’s Eastern Province.

The U.N. human rights chief on Wednesday condemned the beheadings of 37 Saudi nationals across the kingdom this week, saying most were minority Shi’ite Muslims who may not have had fair trials and at least three were minors when sentenced.

The train known as “The Beast” is once again rumbling through the night loaded with people headed toward the U.S. border after a raid on a migrant caravan threatened to end the practice of massive highway marches through Mexico. A long freight train loaded with about 300 to 400 migrants pulled out of the southern city of Ixtepec on Tuesday.

Their commander is in jail. The authorities are giving them until Friday to clear out and leave. But the United Constitutional Patriots, the right-wing militia under scrutiny over detaining migrant families at the border with Mexico, is digging in.

Iran’s foreign minister publicly proposed a prisoner swap that would involve the U.S. agreeing to release Iranians awaiting extradition in exchange for Tehran freeing detainees like a British-Iranian dual national held on espionage charges. Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced he is ready to negotiate.

Deutsche Bank has begun to provide documents on financing for some of President Donald Trump’s projects to New York State authorities, a source familiar with the matter told AFP on Wednesday.

Some top Democrats vying for the White House in 2020 are clamoring for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but many of their congressional colleagues – who would have to manage such efforts – are far more wary.

The National Rifle Association sued Los Angeles on Wednesday over a new law requiring that contractors disclose their ties to the gun rights group as a condition of obtaining business from the second most-populous U.S. city.

Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday she likes the idea of a third gender option on federal identifications. Currently, 10 states, as a well as New York City and Washington, D.C., grant non-binary gender options on IDs as a result of legislative action or court orders

BBC

Three of the most controversial figures of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council have offered their resignations – one of the key demands of the protest movement.

Two former Coptic Christian monks have been sentenced to death in Egypt over the murder of a bishop last year, officials have confirmed.

Uber drivers in seven US cities are planning protests, for 12 hours, to highlight what they claim are poor working conditions and low wages at the ride-hailing firm.

WND

New York City has issued civil summonses to 12 people it said were not complying with a mandatory measles vaccination order as the number of recorded cases in the city’s worst outbreak since 1991 rose to 390, according to data released on Wednesday.

The communist Cuban government, in what could be retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, has jailed a Christian pastor and his wife who were homeschooling their 13- and 9-year-old children.

Conservatives on college campuses are being increasingly attacked and harassed for holding dissenting points of view from the majority of students, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 25, 2019

The Foundation

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” —George Washington (1796)

Trump Digs in Against Dems’ Impeachment Crusade

The president says he will fight House Democrats over their incessant subpoenas.


Biden Makes It 20 for 2020

The former vice president hopes to capitalize on division in a phony call for unity.


College: An Overpriced Scam

Mike Rowe argues Americans are “obsessed with credentialing,” and it’s costing kids big time.


Electric Vehicles Leave Outsized Carbon Footprint

When all factors are considered, electric vehicles are not nearly as pollution free as many assume.


Mueller Is Done, but the Democrats’ MAGA Obstruction Continues

Democrats have spent the last two years using their “Russia collusion” subterfuge to undermine real progress for all Americans — and will spend the next two years doing the same thing.


Cop Gives Young Man Ride to Job Interview Instead of Ticket

Rather than paying a fine, the young man ended up landing a job with FedEx.


Video: My Body, My Choice For Self-Defense?

American culture says women get to choose … except for guns. Why is that?


Video: Is Liberty and Happiness Still Valuable?

What has America lost and what do we need to pursue to put her back on the right track?



Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Trump Fights Back
Victor Davis Hanson
Mueller Investigation Was Driven by Pious Hypocrisy
Veronique de Rugy
When Earth Day Predictions Go Predictably Wrong
Cal Thomas
In Defense of Kate Smith
Edwin J. Feulner
Eradicate Poverty? We Already Know How
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Biden dives in, William Barr to testify, measles quickly metastasizing, Trump’s border threat, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

Alpha Jackass: “It’s a national disgrace that Trump sleeps in the White House instead of a federal prison cell.” —Michelle Goldberg



Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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News – 4/25/2019

‘Jesus was a Palestinian’ Platform; Islam’s Plot to Rewrite World History
Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) history of egregious antisemitic remarks and dismissal of the Islamist 9-11 attacks as “some people who did something” pale in comparison to her most recent comment which, in a subtle but horrific manner, threatens all of Judeo-Christian Western society.

NASA’s InSight detects first likely ‘quake’ on Mars
NASA’s Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely ‘marsquake’. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind.

COSMIC RAYS ARE NEARING A SPACE AGE HIGH
COSMIC RAYS ARE NEARING A SPACE AGE HIGH: Ten years ago, NASA reported a “perfect storm of cosmic rays.” During the year 2009, radiation peppering Earth from deep space reached a 50-year high, registering levels never before seen during the Space Age. It’s about to happen again. Ground-based neutron monitors and high-altitude cosmic ray balloons are registering a new increase in cosmic rays. The Oulu neutron monitor in Finland, which has been making measurements since 1964, reports levels in April 2019 only percentage points below the Space Age maximum of 2009…

Kamala for president: I will take your gun rights via executive order and allow Boston Marathon bomber, teenyboppers to vote.
Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris staked out three radical policy positions during a CNN-hosted town hall event Monday evening in New Hampshire.

Trump’s revenge: Team prepares to turn the tables with ramped up counter-attack on ‘collusion’ Dems
As Democrats move forward with their efforts to investigate Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice in the Robert Mueller investigation, the president has turned the focus on how they have actually been the ones colluding – from Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to former Obama intelligence officials who all worked at what the president has called a “coup” against him.

US ‘aggressively’ building Trump’s border wall, new DHS chief says
The acting secretary of Homeland Security pushed back on the narrative that President Donald Trump’s border wall is not being built, pointing out that construction has actually been going at an aggressive pace. “So normally for a federal project of this scope, from the time you get funded to starting, it’s over two years,” Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday on Fox News. “We’ve already built the [fiscal year] 2017 funding in less than two years. That shows how aggressively we’re moving out on this.”

Justice Dept. refuses congressional subpoena on census citizenship question
The Department of Justice on Wednesday refused to allow an official to testify before the House oversight committee about attempts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Trump administration said John Gore, a deputy assistant attorney general in the department’s civil rights division, will not be allowed to testify in Thursday’s scheduled hearing without a Justice Department attorney in the room with him.

San Francisco’s War Between The Rich And Homeless Is At “Boiling Point”
San Francisco – thanks to its balmy year-round climate and hospitable reputation – has long suffered from growing homelessness which, despite the city’s nosebleed-inducing taxes, it has been unable to curtail. This led to articles such our recent piece documenting the city’s 132,562 cases of human feces on city streets. As we noted then, San Francisco hosts an estimated homeless population of 7,500 people. As a result, affluent sections of the city have become borderline dangerous with open-air drug use, tens of thousands of discarded needles, and, sadly, overflowing human excrement.

Synthetic speech generated from brain recordings
A state-of-the-art brain-machine interface created by UC San Francisco neuroscientists can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain activity to control a virtual vocal tract — an anatomically detailed computer simulation including the lips, jaw, tongue, and larynx. The study was conducted in research participants with intact speech, but the technology could one day restore the voices of people who have lost the ability to speak due to paralysis and other forms of neurological damage.

Greenblatt: Upcoming peace plan doesn’t include confederation with Jordan
The upcoming peace plan will not include a confederation between Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian authority…Jason Greenblatt tweeted on Wednesday. “King Abdullah and Jordan are strong US allies,” he tweeted. “Rumors that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the homeland for Palestinians, are incorrect. Please don’t spread rumors.”

Younger Republicans are less supportive of Israel, poll finds
While Republicans continue to be strong supporters of the Israeli government and people, a growing cohort of younger Republicans no longer view Israel’s government favorably, according to a Pew Research Center survey… The survey showed that Republicans over the age of 65 are the only age group in which a majority (57%) have a favorable view of the Israeli government. Among…those younger than 30…just 27% view Israel’s government favorably.

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un pledge stronger ties in Vladivostok
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have pledged to boost ties at their first ever summit. The pair greeted each other warmly ahead of the talks, near the port city of Vladivostok in Russia’s far east. The leaders reportedly discussed denuclearisation, with Mr Putin offering to support efforts to normalise North Korean-US relations.

‘Exhilarating’ implant turns thoughts to speech
Scientists have developed a brain implant that can read people’s minds and turn their thoughts to speech. The team at the University of California, San Francisco says the technology is “exhilarating”. They add that their findings, published in the journal Nature, could help people when disease robs them of their ability to talk.

DHS Releases 7K Illegal Aliens into U.S. in Five Days; 1.4K Released Every Day
President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released about 7,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the United States in the last five days. The latest catch and release totals…revealed that, currently, DHS is releasing about 1,400 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the U.S. every day. Between April 18 to April 22, DHS released about 7,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into the country.

DHS plan for face scanning at airports sparks alarm
Lawmakers and civil liberties advocates are calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to halt plans to begin using facial recognition technology on nearly all departing air passengers within the next four years… Critics say facial recognition technology is not ready for large-scale deployment and that DHS has failed to establish specific rules to prevent abuses and policies for handling the collected data.

Doctors at Ebola epicenter in Congo threaten strike
Doctors at the epicenter of Congo’s Ebola crisis are threatening to go on strike indefinitely if health workers are attacked again. The march on Wednesday comes after a Cameroon national working for the World Health Organization was killed last week on assignment in eastern Congo. Dr. Kalima Nzanzu said he wants residents to know that the doctors and other medical staff are in eastern Congo to help fight the current Ebola outbreak.

Frustrated pilots got Navy to stop dismissing UFO sightings
A recent uptick in sightings of unidentified flying objects — or…“unexplained aerial phenomena” — prompted the U.S. Navy to draft formal procedures for pilots to document encounters, a corrective measure that former officials say is long overdue. “Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis,” Joseph Gradisher…Recently, unidentified aircraft entered military-designated airspace as often as multiple times per month.

Mozambique Faces Another Powerful Cyclone One Month After Idai
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth is gathering strength on a track to strike northern Mozambique Friday, less than a month after a storm came ashore further to the south and killed more than 1,000 people.

Every liberal city in America is headed toward Venezuela… get out while you can
Liberal cities across America are collapsing into Third World status. It’s not just the fact that San Francisco’s streets are now littered with drug needles and human feces, either. Seattle is also collapsing into rampant homelessness and drug addiction, creating an entire class of impoverished, homeless residents who are breeding grounds for HIV and other infectious diseases.

Israeli scientists shock the world with the first 3D printed heart
Scientists at Tel Aviv University have printed the world’s first 3D heart made of human tissue and biological molecules.

Sweden refuses to block returning ISIS fighters from returning to the country, and is now forcing 41 municipalities to shelter them and provide welfare benefits
A list recently released by the Centre for Violent Extremism (CVE) disclosed that 41 of Sweden’s 290 municipalities are set to be forced to welcome back scores of returning ISIS members.

40 Mind-Blowing Quotes From Barack Hussein Obama On Islam And Christianity
Since 2009, NOW THE END BEGINS has brought you story after story in detailed accounts of exactly how Obama feels about Islam, and how he views Christianity and the Bible. So today, in light of recent events in Washington, we feel it important that you know exactly where your president stands in regards to his faith and his god. Below are 20 quotes he has made about Islam, and 20 quotes he has made about Christianity. Nothing edited or mashed up, just exactly in the context he originally spoke them in with fully-sourced links so you can see where they come from.

CDC: Blood-sucking ‘Kissing Bug’ Confirmed in Delaware
Public health officials have confirmed the presence of the so-called “kissing bug” in Delaware for the first time in the state’s history.

Court Rules State Can Shut Down Catholic Adoption Agency Because It Won’t Compromise Its Catholic Values
A federal court of appeals ruled today that the state of Pennsylvania can essentially shut down a Catholic adoption agenda that refuses to compromise its Catholic values. The dangerous ruling has particularly concerning ramifications for the pro-life movement when it comes to conscience rights issues for pro-life groups and individuals.

Over 113,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to E. coli fears
A Georgia-based company has recalled more than 113,000 pounds of ground beef over fears of E. coli contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Major Universities Caught Issuing Diploma Mill Degrees to Illegal Aliens and Liberal Candidates Posing As Conservatives
Marlyn Rupar first brought to my attention the fact that there is an organization, along with partner universities that have compromised the academic integrity of the America’s post-secondary system.

CDC admits HIV is exploding among transgender women… total silence from left-wing media, just like with the spread of anal cancer among homosexuals
It used to be that AIDS was widely regarded as the “gay disease.” But now it’s a transgender disease as well, with new data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that an astounding one in seven transgender “women” are infected with HIV.

Another Church Set Ablaze in France on Easter Sunday, Arson Likely
A fire at the French church of Notre-Dame de Grâce on Easter Sunday is likely to be a result of arson, according to police.

Where’s the solidarity for Sri Lanka’s Christians?
The reaction of some to the devastating Islamist-inspired terroristattacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday is puzzling to say the least.

Anti-Semitic Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Begins Promoting Ridiculous Narrative That The Jewish Jesus Of Nazareth Was ‘A Palestinian’
Jesus is a lot of things to a lot of people. To me, He is my Saviour and friend who paid the debt of sin that I owed on that dark day on the cross at Calvary. To others Jesus is a good man, a prophet, a teacher, and some couldn’t care less about Him. But no one, in the right minds, would ever in a million literal years deny the fact that Jesus was a Jew. He certainly could not have been a ‘palestinian’, why? Because no such place as Palestine as a nation ever existed, and there has never been until the later part of the 20th century, a people group calling themselves palestinian.


Headlines – 4/25/2019

Palestinians want to discuss US peace plan with Europe, PA FM says

Israel Already an Apartheid State Says Outgoing French Ambassador, Discussing Trump’s Peace Plan

Kushner: Let’s See if Both Sides Have the Courage to Make Progress

Trump envoy says US peace plan won’t involve confederation with Jordan

IDF to confiscate Palestinian land for a new Gush Etzion-Hebron road

UNRWA schools continue teaching Palestinian children to wage war on Israel

Lebanon’s minister threatens to strike Ben-Gurion Airport in future war

Syria war: Unexplained blast kills 15 in rebel-held Idlib

US backs Haftar offensive on Libya’s Tripoli: officials

Sudan protesters pledge ‘million march’ for civil rule

Fake news and public executions: Documents show a Russian company’s plan for quelling protests in Sudan

Khalid bin Salman: Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction

Rouhani says Saudi Arabia, UAE owe their existence today to Iran

Zarif accuses Netanyahu and Saudis of trying to provoke US into war with Iran

Iran’s Zarif believes Trump does not want war, but could be lured into conflict

Iran’s Zarif: Trump’s Aim Is Talks – Bolton, Saudis and Netanyahu Want Conflict

Iran will continue to defy US oil sanctions, says Tehran

Rouhani: Iran willing to negotiate if US lifts sanctions, apologizes

Iranian FM makes public prisoner swap offer to US

Iran threatens ‘consequences’ if US takes ‘crazy measure’ of blocking oil sales

Oil prices expected to spike in summer as US toughens stance on Iran sanctions

US eases effects of sanctions on Iran’s elite guard force

Is there an unprecedented build-up of US naval power in the Middle East?

Russia to start deliveries of S-400 to Turkey in July

Russia launches huge ‘doomsday’ supersub

Putin views launch of new submarine to carry nuclear drones

Russia offers citizenship to Ukrainians in breakaway regions in a provocative move

Ukraine’s Zelensky urges Russia sanctions after citizenship rule change

The Latest: Putin, Kim say they’ve had fruitful talks

Pompeo expects North Korea diplomacy to be ‘bumpy’

Picture emerges of well-to-do young bombers behind Sri Lankan carnage

Blast in town east of Sri Lankan capital, no casualties

Lockdown at Sri Lanka central bank amid bomb scare, airport road also shut

Israel issues travel warning of ‘high and concrete’ terror threat in Sri Lanka

Britain Can’t Afford to Keep Talking About Brexit

Disaffected Venezuelan military tell of rising desertions to Brazil

Trump’s sanctions could knock out Venezuela oil production indefinitely

FBI: Armed U.S. Border Group Was Training to ‘Assassinate Soros, Obama and Clinton’

Trump renews threat to close Mexican border, send more troops

House panel chair accuses Trump of ‘massive’ obstruction; Trump vows to fight

Trump vows to resist Democratic probes; ‘We’re fighting all the subpoenas’

President Trump Says He Would Fight Impeachment in the Supreme Court. That’s Not How It Works

Hillary Clinton op-ed: Don’t rush to impeachment, it could backfire

Cohen says he pleaded guilty to crimes he didn’t commit

Women’s March Calls on Twitter to Suspend Trump Over Ilhan Omar Tweets

Facebook says it anticipates up to $5 billion fine for privacy violations

DHS plan for face scanning at airports sparks alarm

57% See Artificial Intelligence As Threat to Human Race

Frustrated pilots got Navy to stop dismissing UFO sightings

US Navy drafting new guidelines for reporting UFOs

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Dofa, Indonesia

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Intensifying cyclone bears down on Mozambique just weeks after country’s deadliest storm disaster

Tropical Storm Lorna getting organized in the Southeastern Indian Ocean

South Africa floods: Death toll after Durban rains rises to 60

Flooding Is So Bad in Dallas That Cars at the Airport Are Under Water

New York’s Green New Deal Will Slash Red Meat in City Facilities by 50%

FDA Approves New Treatment For ADHD Using Electrical Shocks To The Forehead

Ebola first responders threaten strike if security not improved

Gunmen in Pakistan kill policeman guarding polio eradication team

US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years amid outbreak among ultra-Orthodox

New York City tickets 12 people for defying measles vaccination order

California bill aims to appoint public health official to determine vaccine exemptions

Hundreds of anti-vaxx families pile into California Capitol to protest immunization bill

Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fight

Alabama lawmakers compare abortion to Holocaust in 2 bills

Bills protecting babies born alive during botched abortions vetoed in Wisconsin, North Carolina

Bethany Christian Services will place children in LGBT families as part of Michigan settlement

Franklin Graham tells 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg to repent, not ‘flaunt’ being gay

4 years ago, same-sex couples couldn’t get married in Tampa. On Tuesday, the city elected a lesbian mayor.

12,000 Boy Scouts members were victims of sexual abuse from thousands of leaders, expert says

Texas couple who admitted to sexually assaulting children on video sentenced to 60 years each in prison

‘Hail Satan?’ Subject the Satanic Temple Says it’s Been Recognized as a Church by the IRS


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The Prodigal Prince: Richard Roberts and the Decline of the Oral Roberts Dynasty

The Wolf-Defenders Are Out in Full Force After Chan Attends The Send

Signs and wonders by a different Jesus

Pastor KISSES a young woman in front of his congregation to ‘rid her body of demons’

Ex-members of NJ church allege it is a cult that forces abortions, arranged marriages

Baptists Promote Abortion as “Reproductive Justice”

Bethany Christian Services changes policy and will now be placing children with LGBTQ+ parents

Father Guilty Of ‘Family Violence’ For Calling His Trans Daughter A ‘She’

Judge Will Block President Trump’s New Rules Defunding Planned Parenthood


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