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

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President Donald Trump’s administration plans to use a loophole and rising tensions with Iran to sell bombs to Saudi Arabia, even though Congress blocked such sales for months over concerns about civilian deaths in the war in Yemen, Senator Chris Murphy said.

President Donald Trump, three of his children and the Trump Organization on Wednesday lost their bid to block Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp from providing financial records to Democratic lawmakers investigating Trump’s businesses.

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran.

The Trump administration on Wednesday agreed not to immediately redirect nearly $1 billion it is withholding from California’s high-speed rail project, one of several disputes between Republican Trump and the Democratic-controlled state.

The head of the UN agency that supported Palestinian refugees for seven decades hit back at a U.S. proposal to have host countries take over the services it provides across the Middle East.

John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, was released early from federal prison, the Washington Post reported, citing Lindh’s lawyer.

Belarus buried more than 1,200 Jewish Holocaust victims whose remains were unearthed this year after builders stumbled across a Nazi-era mass grave beneath a construction site.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.

The U.S. military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its latest transit through the sensitive waterway, angering China at a time of tense relations between the world’s two biggest economies.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength even as the economy slows. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 211,000 for the week ended May 18.

China should tolerate a rebound in the overall debt level amid trade shocks and a slumping economy, and focus instead on curbing risks from more pressing issues such as the rapid build-up in household debt, a senior policy adviser said on Thursday.

AP Top Stories

Poland’s Catholic Church admitted to failures amid a growing scandal about pedophilia among priests, but bishops took no specific action to punish wrongdoers, pending an investigation.

Rescue workers searched for survivors Thursday in the capital of Missouri after a deadly storm swept through parts of the central US, bringing dozens of tornados and causing flooding and significant damage to buildings. Three people were killed.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government is increasingly turning to allies Cuba, China and Russia to offset a health crisis caused by U.S. sanctions, a minister said on Wednesday.

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia this week in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late last year amid United Nations-led peace efforts.

Iran could surpass enriched-uranium limits set under its nuclear deal with world powers within weeks, a development expected to exacerbate tensions with the U.S.

PG&E Corp may set up a $105 million housing fund for victims of 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California, which set records for devastation and were blamed on the utility’s equipment, the judge overseeing the investor-owned power producer’s bankruptcy ruled on Wednesday.

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that Guards and regular Iranian military forces had complete control of Gulf waters north of the Strait of Hormuz, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

British Steel collapsed on Wednesday after the government said last-ditch talks with its owners failed to secure a full financial rescue.

Sri Lanka’s president extended on Wednesday by a further month the state of emergency imposed immediately after the Easter Sunday Islamist bombings that killed 258 people.

BBC

Lawmakers in Uganda have passed a bill making it a criminal offence to offer money, food or a donation to a street child. Violators of this new law could face up to six months in jail or a fine of $11.

Botswana has lifted a ban on elephant hunting, citing growing conflict between humans and the animals, which at times destroy crops.

WND

Comcast is working on an in-home device to monitor people’s health, and aims to begin pilot-testing it later this year.

It’s one of the largest Christian networks in the world, and it has now become the victim of a catastrophic firebombing. The Jerusalem studios of Daystar were completely destroyed over the weekend during a weekend arson attack.

Mormon millennials are leaving the church at about double the rate of their parents and grandparents, according to a new book that draws on a study of four generations of current and former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet predicted that most local news outlets will die in the near future.


Mid-Day Snapshot · May 23, 2019

The Foundation

“The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” —James Madison (1788)

Trump Dumps Dems After ‘Cover-Up’ Accusation

The plan to work on a bipartisan infrastructure deal has been shelved indefinitely.


Democrats Outraged by Only Some Kids’ Deaths

Two illegal teens murder another kid. Dems direct outrage at ICE.


Stacking the SAT Deck

One’s racial and economic privilege or lack thereof will be calculated in secret.


Google Engineer Slams Company’s ‘Outrage Mobs’

Once again the tech giant demonstrates its commitment to leftist nonsense.


Trump Is NOT ‘Starting a Trade War’ With China

For the record, the U.S. has been the target of a very costly and perilous trade war with China for decades.


Video: Billionaire Pays Student Loans For Entire Graduating Class

Robert F. Smith will cover for the entire 2019 graduating class at Morehouse College.


Video: Exposing the Insanity of the ‘Equality Act’

Matt Walsh debunks leftist logic and explains why the bill is not as inclusive as they claim.



Today’s Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson
Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship
Rebecca Hagelin
NEWSFLASH: Eight Out of 10 Millennials Support Free Markets!
Jeff Jacoby
Nancy Pelosi, Profile in Courage? Hardly
Larry Elder
The Left’s Battle Against ‘Inequality’
Tony Perkins
Dems Try to Script Hollywood’s Next Move
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday Top News Executive Summary

“Phony investigations,” NY tax-return legislation, “American Taliban,” Tubman delay, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Rich Lowry, Lauren Underwood, Stacey Abrams, and more.



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 – 5/23/2019

ICE Wants To Track Electronic Devices — Through Time
ICE is searching for geolocation services technology that can give an accurate location—either pinpoint or a designated polygonal area—for connected devices within a specific time window. The service should be able to identify locations going back at least two years or more. According to a request for information posted Monday to FedBizOpps, ICE agents may use the service to locate electronic devices from geolocation data obtained through providers and applications, though it is unclear if the service could be used to pull geolocation data from confiscated devices.

The SEC Never Collects On Nearly Half Of The Fines It Levies
The SEC took in just 55% of the $20 billion in fines it sought through settlements or judgments in the five years that ended September 2018, according to agency statistics. In the five years prior to that, the SEC collected on just 60% of the $14.6 billion in fines it issued. And 2018 has been far worse. The commission took in just 28% of the almost $4 billion that it fined, marking the lowest rate in a decade, resulting from a $1.7 billion settlement with Petrobras that “may never require payment to the SEC”. Instead, the settlement allows the company to give the money to Brazilian authorities and other regulators.

No Wonder Obama Intel Chiefs Panicking – Trump To Declassify “Bucket 5” Russiagate Docs
Appearing with Fox News’s Sean Hannity Tuesday night, The Hill’s John Solomon revealed that according to his sources (and Hannity’s as well), President Trump will begin declassifying ‘Russiagate’ documents in the next 6-7 days. Among those will be the so-called “Bucket Five” – documents which were originally presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016, which included everything the FBI and DOJ used against Trump campaign aide Carter Page – including the FISA surveillance application and its underlying exculpatory intelligence documents which the FISA court may have never seen.

Mark Levin: Masters of the Universe Reject the Declaration of Independence and Constitution
Mark Levin, author of Unfreedom of the Press, described Silicon Valley’s dominant “progressive” ideology as hostile to America’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution, offering his analysis of political and partisan censorship deployed by technology companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter ….“Why do I think that Silicon Valley is conducting itself the way that it does?” asked Levin, “Because this is the way the progressive left works. They do not tolerate diversity. They do not tolerate independent thinkers. They do not tolerate anyone who opposes their view.” “Remember, progressivism is about a very destructive ideology that runs counter the Declaration of Independence. We talk about natural rights. We talk about unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They reject this.”

Al Jazeera gets Twitter to silence critics
Twitter agreed to a request by Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language network to censor English translations of a video that questioned the reality of the Holocaust and charged Jews exploited it “for their agenda.”

Did Trump send TWA 800 signal at Montoursville?
A question I have heard often, and I suspect Capt. Francis has too, is whether President Trump can or will reopen the investigation, there being no riper example of deep state treachery than the TWA 800 investigation.

13 MILLION NAZI DOCUMENTS RELEASED: Information of 2.2 Million Nazi Victims Now Searchable Online
The International Tracing Service in Germany uploaded more than 13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps, including prisoner cards and death notices, to help Holocaust researchers and others investigate the fate of victims. Established by the Western Allies in the final days of World War II and initially run by the Red Cross, the ITS also announced Tuesday it was changing its name to “Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution.”

ICE wants more immigration detention space in California
Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to hold up to 5,600 more people in custody in California, according to a Request For Information document the agency posted last month. Its recent request indicates potential plans for more contracted detention space in the areas of responsibility for all three of its California field offices — San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

US intercepts more Russian fighter jets and bombers off Alaska, 2nd day in a row
U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers, on two separate occasions, and two Russian fighter jets off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, the first of two consecutive days intercepting Russian aircraft this week. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed Wednesday morning that another intercept occurred off the Alaskan coast, again involving Russian fighter jets and bombers; it was the fifth intercept of Russian aircraft this year.

Rat-infested mountains of rotting garbage are piling up in Los Angeles — and may spur disease epidemic
One disease expert said it’s worse than third world country slums. The trash has been abandoned by the city and attracts rats that can carry fleas and spread diseases like typhus. One study found that Los Angeles is the second most rat-infested city in the country, with New York lagging behind in third place, but Chicago coming out on top with a first-place finish. Doctor Drew Pinksy predicted in 2018 that Los Angeles was headed toward a typhus epidemic and even a plague.

Measles cases continue climb; ‘eliminated’ disease see highest total in 25 years
The number of measles cases reported in the U.S. is continuing to climb despite efforts to stifle spread of a disease that was declared eliminated in this country almost two decades ago. Another 41 cases were reported last week, raising the 2019 total to a 25-year-high of 880.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis unveils huge Israel trade delegation
More than 90 delegation members will join Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis on Saturday as he leads a business development mission to Israel, his first international trip since taking office in January. Elected officials, state workers, businessmen, senior academics and religious leaders will participate in the six-day trip with DeSantis, who has repeatedly promised to be the “most pro-Israel governor” in America.

Israel, European Jewry watching carefully as EU votes for new parliament
Jerusalem has little expectation that the elections to the European Parliament that begin Thursday and run through Sunday will have much of an impact on Israeli-European ties, even as European Jews are warily eyeing what is expected to be the strengthening of right-wing populist parties. “I don’t think there is anyone who is watching this with bated breath, as if it will alter our fate,” one Israeli official commented.

…Monster tornado tears through Jefferson City in Missouri…
A catastrophic tornado has ripped through Missouri’s capital, according to the National Weather Service. The ‘violent tornado’ was confirmed in Jefferson City around 11.43pm Wednesday night. Jefferson City took a direct hit by the storm and there are several unconfirmed reports of residents hearing ‘mass casualties’ over their scanners.

ISIS fanatics depict Big Ben on fire as chilling posters warn of ‘London attacks soon’ and show knife-wielding suicide bomber in New York
ISIS fanatics have released three new posters inciting lone wolf attacks on London and New York. One poster depicts a suicide bomber standing in front of a burning Big Ben and is captioned with the warning: ‘London attacks coming soon’. Another shows a masked terrorist wielding a knife above New York city and a rallying call for lone extremists to ‘fight them in your country’.

Faced with relentless American pressure, Iran starts to hit back
Iran has made a dramatic shift in how it confronts the United States, abandoning a policy of restraint…for a series of offensive actions…Iran is now seeking to highlight the costs it could also impose…by disrupting the world’s oil supply…When four ships were damaged in the Persian Gulf…including two Saudi tankers and an Emirati one, U.S. and Arab officials said they suspected Iran had ordered the sabotage.

IQ rates are dropping in many developed countries and that doesn’t bode well for humanity
People are getting dumber. That’s not a judgment; it’s a global fact. In a host of leading nations, IQ scores have started to decline. Though there are legitimate questions about the relationship between IQ and intelligence, and broad recognition that success depends as much on other virtues like grit, IQ tests in use throughout the world today really do seem to capture something meaningful and durable.

U.S., Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific
U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday. The Pacific Vanguard exercise near the U.S. island of Guam takes place ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan this weekend, as Washington looks to allies in Asia to help counter China’s military might in the region.

Pentagon mulling military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East: officials
The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Tehran and Washington have this month been escalating rhetoric against each other, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to try to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero and beef up the U.S. military presence in the Gulf…

New York state legislature votes to make Trump tax returns available
New York state’s legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier for U.S. congressional committees investigating President Donald Trump to get access to his state tax returns. The Democratic-controlled state Assembly and Senate voted along party lines on the measure, which would circumvent his refusal to hand over his federal tax returns to Congress.

Canada Court Doctors Must Euthanize Abort or Refer
The culture of death brooks no dissent. In Canada, doctors have been ordered to bend the knee.

Israel hit by extreme heatwave and worst is yet to come
Unseasonably hot temperatures – predicted to stay above 40 degrees celsius in some parts of the country throughout the weekend – coincide with Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer, prompting the authorities to advise the public to refrain from lighting traditional bonfires

Denver Weather: City Sees Biggest Late May Snow In 44 Years
As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Denver had officially received 3.4 inches of snow. That’s the most snow measured this late in the season since May 29, 1975 when 5.6 inches hit the city.

Radical Left endorses widespread violence and assaults on conservatives and Christians… death squads the next step?
The radical Left has now jumped the shark, with calls for violence against conservatives and Christians now being made by mainstream media outlets and commercial businesses run by  “progressives.” This normalization of demanded violence against conservatives is the latest escalation among progressives who appear to be part of a dangerous authoritarian cult that demands the silencing and extermination of all political opponents.

Cyber Attacks Holding Baltimore Hostage, Threatening $10,000 A Day
Two weeks after cyber hackers got into Baltimore’s servers and demanded 13 bitcoins — over $100,000 — in exchange for releasing their hold, the hackers remain there, and they’ve updated their demand to $10,000 a day.

Gazan arson balloons blamed for six fires in south
Six fires were sparked in southern Israel by balloon-borne incendiary devices sent over the security fence from the southern Gaza Strip, according to Israeli officials.

Armed Antifa group calls for “revolutionary resistance” against Trump
The “Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM)” is a militant far-left extremist movement that claims to have six active cells across the U.S. This group openly supports foreign Communist soldiers like the IRPGF and others, and routinely organizes domestic criminal activity using their Facebook and Twitter accounts. They have coordinated campaigns to destroy Christopher Columbus statues and even bragged about their “success” on their social media platforms, they have encouraged their Facebook followers to burn down luxury housing developments, and they do all of this without any consequences from the big tech companies or the law enforcement community

“We’ve Lost Control” Say Federal Officials As America Is Being Occupied
“We’ve lost control of the border”, say the federal officials who liken the immigration process to bailing out the Titanic with teaspoon. America is losing its country. The infrastructure is danger of collapsing. Hospitals, schools and public services will soon be overwhelmed. America has been conquered…..

Washington Democrats Sign Bill Allowing ‘Human Composting’ in the State
Washington state’s Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed a new bill into law on Tuesday, allowing the composting of human bodies as an alternative to burials and cremations.

Trans Activists Silence The Science So They Can Claim It’s On Their Side
According to legend, Galileo defiantly muttered “and yet it moves” after the Inquisition forced him to abjure his Copernican views. Although unverified, this story became a popular anecdote in the history of science, giving voice to the passionate love for inquiry and truth, even in the face of dogmatic threats of violence.

Pope Francis: God Only ‘Permits’ Islam To Exist
Pope Francis has clarified his provocative statement issued in Abu Dhabi, which seemingly suggested that God “wills” the existence of many religions.


Headlines – 5/23/2019

Palestinians officially refuse invitation to US economic peace summit in Bahrain

Palestinians Won’t Ever Warm to Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century,’ Israeli Army Tells Government

At UN, Trump Mideast envoy tells Palestinians skipping peace summit ‘a mistake’

Trump’s Mideast envoy slams UN over ‘Band-Aid’ solutions to Israel-Palestinian conflict

Iran concerned over Trump’s ‘anti-Palestinian plot’

Settler-friendly Palestinian Businessman Could Play Role in Trump’s Peace Plan

Win or Lose, Kushner’s Proposal May Help Israel Annex West Bank

Israel plans to name settlement on occupied land after Trump

Netanyahu rejects plea from former security and intelligence officials not to annex West Bank

Amid Heat Wave, Gaza Incendiary Devices Set Off Nine Fires in Southern Israel

Gazan arson balloons blamed for at least 11 fires in south

Israel shrinks Gaza fishing zone after rash of arson balloons

Israeli accused of helping sneak balloons into Gaza, possibly for arson attacks

B’Tselem: Settlers set fire to Palestinians’ fields, threw rocks at them

World Health Organization passes resolution faulting Israel for Palestinian crisis

In first, Germany votes against anti-Israel measure at World Health Organization

More Than 1,000 Holocaust Victims Are Buried In Belarus After Mass Grave Discovered

Vienna: Photos of Holocaust survivors defaced with swastikas

Poll: 73% of American Jews feel ‘less secure’ than 2 years ago

Report: ‘Override’ law to save PM from trial will be part of coalition deal

Netanyahu’s pre-indictment hearing postponed until October

Syrian Rebels Attack Russian Air Base, Assad Troops in Major Operation

US investigating possible Assad chemical attack in Syria

‘I Felt the Love’: War-Weary Syrians Hear About Jesus, Receive Bibles from Christians on Frontlines

Amid Tensions in Gulf, U.S. Lawmakers Call to Repeal ‘Endless War’ Law

Faced with relentless American pressure, Iran starts to hit back, but stops short of measures that would result in an all-out war

Khamenei: Iran’s youth ‘will witness demise of Israel, American civilization’

Iran’s supreme leader criticizes country’s president and foreign minister over nuclear deal

Trump Administration May Use Iran Threat to Sell Bombs to Saudis Without Congress’ Approval, Senator Says

US plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast to counter Iranian threats

Iranian Proxies Play A Key Role In Trump’s Hawks Push For Armed Conflict

Turkey has stopped buying Iran oil to respect US sanctions, official says

Turkey preparing for possible U.S. sanctions over S-400s: minister

Pakistan says wants peace with India, conducts missile test

UN envoy attacks lack of ‘moral motivation’ to end Libyan war

Suicide car bomb kills at least nine in Somalia’s capital

Macron’s top Brexit aide: UK must not ‘export its political crisis’ to Europe

British PM May set to resign Friday after final Brexit gambit fails

‘Fool of Low IQ’: North Korea Slams ‘Imbecile’ Joe Biden

Biden campaign, unfazed by N. Korea insults, says it’s ‘no surprise’ rogue nation prefers Trump

Joe Biden’s campaign pitch: Make America Normal Again

Pelosi accuses Trump of being ‘engaged in a cover-up’

Trump torpedoes meeting with Democrats, blasts Pelosi’s ‘cover-up’ accusation

Trump demands end to ‘phony investigations’ in fiery Rose Garden statement, after meeting with Dems cut short

Trump says he won’t do an infrastructure bill while Democrats continue to investigate him

Rep. Tlaib tells Mnuchin to get lawyer after Treasury’s refusal to turn over Trump tax returns

Should the Electoral College Be Eliminated? 15 States Are Trying to Make it Obsolete

Mile-wide asteroid with its own moon to pass Earth on Saturday

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts ot 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Tornado in Jefferson City, Mo., may have caused ‘catastrophic damage’: reports

Three Killed in Missouri Tornadoes; Rising Waters Force Entire Oklahoma Town to Evacuate

Oklahoma towns evacuated after runaway barges break loose, threaten to hit dam

Mississippi River above flood stage for 137 days

Northern Alberta wildfire ranked at highest danger level, conditions expected to worsen

China has been emitting illegal greenhouse gas that destroys ozone layer, scientists find

Scientists Modify Viruses With CRISPR To Create New Weapon Against Superbugs

Miami church postpones pro-Israel event after consul attends Gay Pride parade

Texas church offers free weddings to dozens of cohabiting couples: ‘The Gospel is redemptive’


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Sandy Simpson – Those who try to deconstruct the Trinity

Copeland and Duplantis — Money-Whores Exposed by the World

Catholics Line Up to Worship the Flesh of a Dead Priest in Tennessee

Church Offers Free Wedding to Cohabitating Couples – Rings and Dress Included

Villagers in India Deprive Five Christian Families of Farmland, Food, Water

Iraq’s Christians ‘close to extinction’


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