May 1, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is set to meet with Republican senators on Wednesday over a proposal to waive rules that only U.S.-flagged ships can move natural gas from American ports to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Northeast.

President Trump and Democratic leaders agreed on Tuesday to spend $2 trillion on U.S. roads, bridges, power grids, water and broadband infrastructure, while leaving the thorny details of how to pay for it all to another meeting in three weeks.

President Donald Trump is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), the White House said on Tuesday, which would bring sanctions against Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement.

As Democrats weigh a field of 20 White House hopefuls that includes candidates who would be the youngest or oldest president ever elected, new Reuters/Ipsos polling shows age could be a liability at either end of the spectrum.

A U.S. federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Democrats in Congress can move forward with a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the law by accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments through his businesses.

A group of 19 Catholic priests and academics have urged bishops to denounce Pope Francis as a heretic, in the latest ultra-conservative broadside against the pontiff over a range of topics from communion for the divorced to religious diversity.

French police fired tear gas to push back masked demonstrators in central Paris on Wednesday as thousands of people used an annual May Day rally to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a British court on Wednesday for skipping bail when he holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for seven years until police dragged him out last month.

Japan is rapidly going grey. Thanks to a declining birth rate and one of the highest life expectancies, it has become the most aged society in the world. About 28 percent of the population is 65 or older and that number is expected to grow in coming decades to more than 35 percent, straining the country’s social services.

Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally took up his post on Wednesday a day after the abdication of his father, saying he felt a “sense of solemnity” but pledging to work as a symbol of the nation and the unity of its people.

AP Top Stories

The U.S. military has stopped tracking the amount of territory controlled or influenced by the Afghan government and militants, a U.S. watchdog said on Tuesday, one of the last remaining public metrics that tracked the worsening security situation in the war-torn country.

OPEC oil supply hit a four-year low in April, a Reuters survey found, due to further involuntary declines in sanctions-hit Iran and Venezuela and output restraint by top exporter Saudi Arabia.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres raised the plight of ethnic Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang region during talks with Chinese leaders and stressed that China must fully respect human rights, his spokesman said Monday.

Residents of a northeastern Nigerian village torched by Boko Haram fighters said Wednesday that nine more bodies of their relatives had been found, taking the total massacred to 30.

The suicide rate among US teenage boys rose the month after the release of 13 Reasons Why, a show which focused on an adolescent girl who ended her own life, a new study claims.

Islamic State fighters who waged a bloody campaign in Syria and Iraq are heading to Afghanistan to continue their jihad and help plot “spectacular” attacks against America, a US official has told AFP.

No longer burdened by territory and administration, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined the new path forward for his group: Widen your reach, connect with far-flung militant groups and exhaust your enemies with a “war of attrition.”

Small business owners around the country are preparing for a recession, according to a new survey by Bank of America Corp, and the bank wants to put more business specialists in branches to help, an executive told Reuters.

BBC

All 1,800 workers trapped underground at a platinum mine in South Africa have been brought to surface, the government’s Department of Mineral Resources has said. Rails had fallen down a shaft on Tuesday afternoon, leaving the workers “stuck” underground at the mine in Rustenburg in North West province, the mine’s owner, Sibanye-Stillwater, said. Last year, 955 miners were rescued from a Sibanye-owned gold mine after a storm damaged electricity supply and trapped them underground.

Netflix has secured the rights to make a mini-series about the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a cave in northern Thailand last year.

WND

A Hong Kong-based company has been forced to sell its American container port after the US government raised security concerns about its parent being a Chinese state-owned shipping giant. Orient Overseas (International), which is majority-owned by Cosco Shipping Holdings, will sell off its entire interest in Long Beach Container Terminal in California for $1.78 billion in cash.

A survey by TotalJobs found that three out of four people want all physical contact banned at work. The idea is to remove confusion over what kind of touch is appropriate. Some companies are now considering whether they should prohibit handshakes.

The Department of Defense is planning to spend $7.4 million on a troop mission at the United States-Mexico border that includes feeding and caring for migrants and border crossers.


Mid-Day Snapshot · May 1, 2019

The Foundation

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd.” —Samuel Adams (1775)

Venezuela: Cold War Renewed

For Trump, it’s not only about standing against socialism; it’s about standing against old enemies.


Hey Big Spender — $2 Trillion for Infrastructure?

Trump and Demo leaders agree in principle on a major deal. Is it worth it?


Evangelical Support for Trump Is Pragmatism, Not Blind Worship

The president isn’t an exemplary man, but he fights for Christians’ religious liberty.


Mueller Blames Media, Media Blame Barr

A deep-state leak politically timed to damage Barr ahead of congressional testimony.


O’Rourke Introduces His ‘Last Chance’ Climate Plan

Vague on specifics, he says he can accomplish it for a mere $5 trillion, not the $93 trillion of the GND.


‘Boyz n the Hood’ Are Missing Something

Reflecting on John Singleton’s timeless message after his untimely death this week.


Video: AOC Says of VA, ‘If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!’

Her comments contrast with reports of veterans taking their lives in the parking lots of the VA.


Video: Inequality Myths

Politicians and reporters often rail about “the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.”



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Wise Welcome
John Stossel
A Lie, a Myth and a Question
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Wednesday Short Cuts

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News – 5/1/2019

Saudi Arabia offered Abbas $10 billion to accept Trump’s peace plan – report
A senior Palestinian official in Ramallah refused to comment on the report. Referring to meetings between the Saudi crown prince and Abbas, the newspaper said that “according to information obtained by Al-Akhbar, Salman briefed Abbas about the details of the deal of the century and asked him to accept it. Abbas, however, rejected the offer and said it would “mean the end of my political life,” the report added… the Saudi crown prince also told Abbas that the Trump administration was prepared to give the Palestinians the land which they already live on.

Human Rights NGO Reports on Hamas’ Abuses in Gaza Strip
A human-rights nongovernmental organization that has a special consultative status in the United Nations released a report last week that documented the fact that several hundred people were summoned, arrested and detained over the course of a year by the terrorist group Hamas solely because of their political beliefs.

Amazing Things Accompany The Imminent Arrival of the Messiah
Starting with the premise that we are already living in the time of the arrival of Moshiach (Messiah), Rabbi Anava recently spoke in detail about what life will be like after Moshiach arrives and how we can best prepare ourselves, to ensure a smoother transition to the Messiaic era.

NASA Conference on Asteroid Defense: Disaster Planning or Plotting for Deception?
This week, 300 scientists from around the world gathered at a NASA conference to prepare for a scenario they constantly and consistently deny has any possibility of occurring: the planet-threatening impact of a huge asteroid with the earth. An expert in Torah-sourced astronomical phenomena rejects the scientific approach, pointing to evidence that the self-proclaimed experts are clearly hiding the truth. The answers and solutions, he claims, have already been provided by “a higher authority.”

Report: Violent anti-Semitic attacks in US doubled in 2018
The New York-based group counted 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents — either harassment, vandalism or physical assault — in 2018. That is a 5% decrease from the 1,986 incidents reported in 2017, but the third-highest total since ADL began tracking the data in the 1970s.

Dermer: New York Times Has Become a ‘Cesspool of Hostility’
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said on Monday that The New York Times has become a “cesspool of hostility” amid the publication’s international edition featuring antisemitic cartoons on April 25 and over the same weekend that a Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue in Southern California was attacked by a gunman who killed one woman and injured three others, including a child. “The same New York Times that a century ago mostly hid from their readers the Holocaust of the Jewish people has today made its pages a safe space for those who hate the Jewish state. ”

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Launches Missile at Israel, Explodes in Sea
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was accused of launching a long-range rocket from northern Gaza at Israel on Monday evening, in an attempt at provoking a heavy response from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Israel’s Army confirmed the launch Tuesday – which landed in the sea off the country’s southwestern coastline – and was “deliberately” intended to destabilize the fragile ceasefire agreement. The IDF said that the Iran-backed Palestinian militant group had intended to hit land, but that the rocket missed its target and landed in the Mediterranean sea.

“An Estimated 150-200 Million Pigs” Have Been Hit By A Global Plague Of Biblical proportions
African Swine Fever is the greatest threat to global food production that we have seen since World War II ended. As you will see below, the disease has now spread “to every province in mainland China”, and it has now infected “an estimated 150-200 million pigs”. To put that number in perspective, that is more pigs than the entire U.S. pork industry produces in an entire year. In other words, the equivalent of the entire U.S. pork industry has just been wiped out.

Wonky black hole seen firing off plasma “bullets”
But not everything gets sucked in – many black holes have been found to spew jets of high-speed particles. Those usually form long, straight beams but now astronomers have discovered a weird black hole that’s spinning like a wonky top, firing off “bullets” of plasma in all directions.

U.S. Air Force F-35s carry out first combat mission against ISIS targets
Two weeks after the United States Air Force (USAF) deployed several F-35 fighter jets to the Middle East, the jets carried out their first combat mission in Iraq against Islamic State targets. The first American combat sortie of the stealth fighter jet came a day after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in a video for the first time in five years when he declared the caliphate in a now infamous speech in Mosul.

Violent antisemitism on the rise worldwide
Violent attacks on Jews and Jewish targets around the world rose in 2018, a report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry released on Wednesday indicated. According to the study, released in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, the number of major violent cases globally jumped 13% last year, from 342 to 387.

US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising, suit says
U.S. government searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and were being done for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims scouring the electronic devices without a warrant is unconstitutional.

Trump oil sanctions go into effect while debate on move continues
U.S. President Donald Trump’s unexpected decision to ban all Iranian oil purchases after May 1…came after hawkish economic and security advisors allayed the president’s fears of an oil price hike, according to three sources familiar with the internal debate. The unprecedented move to fully sever Tehran’s financial lifeline – finalized just days before the April 22 announcement – underscores the strong influence of hard-liners within Trump’s inner circle.

Saudi Arabia beheads 5 homosexuals, yet but one peep from liberals, mainstream media or LGBT community
FIVE of the 37 men beheaded in Saudi Arabia last week were secret gay lovers according to Saudi reports. The men from the Shia minority were reportedly tortured into terror confessions.

SHOCKING VIDEO: Border Agents Release New Footage of ‘111 Migrants’ Crossing US-Mexico Border
ICE Warns of Surge in ‘Fake Families’ Exploiting US Law to Cross Border Authorities warned Monday of a surge in “fake families” at the border as illegal immigrants are entering the United States by using children to pose as a family as exploit US laws, according to reports.

Venezuela Pulls CNN, BBC Off Air After Military Vehicles Plow Into Protesters
CNN and the BBC were quickly taken off the air in Venezuela on Tuesday by the government amid an apparent coup by forces loyal to National Assembly Leader Juan Guaidó.

Trump: ‘In America, We Don’t Worship Government, We Worship God’
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence addressed the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in Indianapolis, reminding Americans that the foundational blocks for life are “faith and family” and not the worship of government.

NOT DEAD YET: Infamous ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Emerges From His Rat Hole For First New Video In 5 Years, Takes Credit For Sri Lanka Bombings
ISIS exists largely in the minds and memories of what’s left of its adherents since President Trump kept his campaign promise to eradicate ISIS. Their cowardly leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. has emerged like a rat from whatever hole he has been hiding in, to basically take credit for any and all Islamic terrorism happening anywhere including the recent murders in Sri Lanka.

Venezuela Coup? “Live Fire” Exchanged Outside Contested Air Base In Dramatic Escalation
update 3: Things are getting hotter in Venezuela, as Reuters reports that a pro-Guaidó gathering at the La Carlota military air base came under fire and shot back. In this video, what sounds like gunfire can be heard.

Sports Illustrated Promotes Sharia Law By Featuring Muslim Model Halima Aden In ‘Swimsuit Edition’ Wearing An Islamic Hijab And Burkini
There are a lot of orthodox Jewish women who dress modestly when swimming, the same goes for a lot of bible believing Christian women as well, but you won’t see them in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition any time soon. Why? Because Sports Illustrated has no interest in promoting modesty, obviously, but they are interested in promoting the doctrine Far Left Liberals like Ilhan Omar and AOC.

China is ‘Funding Biden Family Businesses’ with ‘Billions,’
Democratic 2020 hopeful Joe Biden’s family’s business dealings with China’s government mean that the former vice president is “compromised by a foreign power and unfit to be president,” according to a report by Fox News’s Steve Hilton.

Under the Cover of the Measles Panic, the CDC Is Mobilizing for a Fake Ebola Pandemic
Something is seriously wrong in LA. People and institutions were unduly isolated when the “reported” cases of measles totaled less than 20. When I was kid, you caught measles, stayed home for 14 days and returned to school. Nobody died! Now the mainstream media would have you believe that everyone will die. Of course when I was a kid, we took 9 vaccinations. Today, there are 77 and according to the CDC and mainstream media, they are all equally safe.


Headlines – 5/1/2019

Addressing new Knesset, Netanyahu expresses hope for peace with Arab world

Opening Knesset after bitter election, Rivlin tells MKs to ‘clean up’ politics

Abbas: ‘Europe invented Zionism and Israel… let’s not fool ourselves’

The ‘Peaceful’ Movement to Destroy Israel – Setting the record straight on BDS and the call for two states

Senators Visit Jordan, Warn That Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan Could Destabilize Kingdom

Only copy of US recognition of Israel signed by Truman up for sale

Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Despite Brexit and Corbyn, immigration to Israel from UK is dwindling

ADL: While anti-Semitic incidents in US went down, they’ve gotten more violent

Anti-Jewish hate consuming Europe and America, says French Nazi hunter

Rising anti-Semitic hatred is changing Jewish life across the United States

Anti-Semitic attacks in the US have doubled: ADL

ADL: All extremist anti-Semitic attacks in 2018 were by white supremacists

Jewish students sue to oust pro-Palestinian event at UMass, citing anti-Semitism

Israeli envoy calls for criminalizing antisemitism after NYT cartoon

PA court sentences Palestinian to prison for trying to sell land to Israeli Jews

Reducing reliance on Russia, Poland considers purchase of Israeli gas

How Russia contaminated $2.7 billion of oil exports to Europe

Jordan Reviews Gas Agreement with Israel

IDF deploys Iron Domes ahead of Eurovision, Independence Day

Israel Accuses Islamic Jihad of Rocket Launch, Limits Gaza Fishing Zone in Response

Trump mulls terror designation for Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says it will continue ‘peaceful’ work regardless of Trump moves

Turkey’s AK Party: U.S. move against Muslim Brotherhood would damage democracy in Middle East

Isis leader’s video an attempt to shore up control, say experts

US urges Russia to end ‘escalation’ in Syria’s Idlib

Erdogan says F-35 project would collapse without Turkey

Russia, Turkey call for ceasefire in Libya: Kremlin

Libya ‘war crimes’ videos shared on social media

UN expert on Libya weapons ‘illegally jailed in Tunisia’

UAE’s Gargash: Arab states support Sudan transition, want stability

Sudan military council: Six security personnel killed in clashes with protesters

Sudan’s military council: We are ready to negotiate but no chaos after today

As Bad as War? Trump Steps Seen Deepening Iran’s Economic Pain

Iranian economy collapsing as Trump administration tightens sanctions: report

India apprehensive Iran sanctions could boost oil, inflation

Pompeo: Removing sanction waivers on Iranian oil sales likely won’t impact China trade talks

N. Korea warns of ‘undesired consequences’ if no change in US nuclear stance

Xi urges youth to ‘love’ the Communist Party

Trump threatens Cuba with ‘full and complete’ embargo, ‘highest-level sanctions,’ citing Venezuela role

Venezuela’s Guaido urges troops to rise, mass protests planned

Venezuela’s Guaido says troops have joined him to end Maduro presidency

Head of Venezuela’s secret police breaks with Maduro

Venezuela uprising turns violent after military armored vehicle plows into crowd of opposition supporters

UN chief appeals to all sides in Venezuela to avoid violence

Internet restrictions reported in Venezuela

FAA bans low flights over Venezuela’s airspace, citing political instability

Massive police deployment planned for Paris May Day marches

New Zealand police arrest man in Christchurch after reports of bomb threat

Suspect in bomb plot to avenge New Zealand shootings kicked out of US Army

Prosecutors: When his gun jammed, Poway synagogue killer had 50 unfired bullets

At least 2 dead, 4 injured in shooting at University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Mueller told Barr his letter didn’t capture ‘context, nature and substance’ of findings

Barr to face Dem grilling in first Senate hearing since Mueller report release

Robert Reich: Congress Should Be Ready to Arrest Attorney General William Barr If He Defies Subpoena

Facebook announces major overhaul after privacy failures, spreading extremism

NSA Reports 75% Increase in Unmasking U.S. Identities Under Foreign Surveillance Law in 2018

Are Digital Memories Ruining Our Real Ones?

The Dow Is Partying Like It’s 1999. It Could Be Headed for a Fall.

NASA chief warns meteors are a threat to the planet

Huge ‘God of Chaos’ asteroid to pass near earth in 2029: report

Don’t Panic! Errant Tsunami Warning Sent in Jersey Shore Town

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Popondetta, Papua New Guinea

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 27,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala eurpts to 16,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

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

Strengthening Cyclone Fani could hit eastern India as ‘extremely severe’ storm

More than 100 million in the path of life-threatening Cyclone Fani

Save the Children says its running out of aid money to help Mozambique recover from monster cyclones

‘Incredibly difficult’ to reach Mozambique cyclone survivors

Rain grounds Mozambique aid flights as cyclone death toll hits 38

Rare Tornado Tears Through Romania

Onlookers capture breathtaking photos and video of monstrous tornado roaring through field in Romania

Farmers wash up ‘in a fragile place’ after historic Midwest floods

Evacuations Underway as Levee Breach Floods Downtown Davenport, Iowa

Parts of Iowa city flood as barrier fails; buildings, cars evacuated

Record 26 Ebola deaths in DRCongo in a single day

2 NYC Jewish schools closed over failure to heed orders on measles outbreak

Amid measles scare, Wisconsin legislators seek to end ‘personal conviction’ vaccines waiver

Pennsylvania Rep. Metcalfe pushes bill requiring doctors to treat unvaccinated kids – “Our children don’t belong to the state. This is not communist Russia”

Tunisia invokes sharia law in bid to shut down LGBT rights group

Wall Street banks boycott Brunei-owned hotels after kingdom makes homosexuality punishable by death

Event for Brazilian leader tests companies on LGBT rights

Drag performance held at Methodist church in Durham

Mormon Valedictorian Comes Out as Gay in College Graduation Speech: ‘I Am Not Broken’

Officials Crack Down On Church Using Marijuana As Sacrament

Film on Catholic priests using nuns as ‘sex slaves’ pulled

History as Model Wears First Hijab and Burkini in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Goodbye Handshakes? Some Companies Considering Banning All Physical Contact In Workplace


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Julie Roys – Should Christian foster agencies agree to place children with LGBT Couples?

Pat Robertson Rejects Biblical Creation on 700 Club Show, Says it’s “Nonsense”

Charismatic Prophet Says 5G Phone Service Will Usher in Anti-Christ

The Family Business – Ronnie Floyd’s son, Nick, named as new senior pastor of Cross Church

SC Man Sees God’s Hand as He Carries Cross to Grand Canyon

Wisconsin Gov: It’s “Blasphemy” to Say Babies are Dying in Infanticide, Will Veto Anti-Infanticide Bill

Students Win ‘Bible Ban’ Case as School Rewrites Policy

Israeli Envoy Calls For Criminalizing Antisemitism After NYT Cartoon

‘Gateway to HELL’ where Mayans made human sacrifices UNCOVERED near battleground


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