May 29, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday failed again to pass a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill supported by President Donald Trump after a Republican lawmaker objected to the measure.

The Illinois House of Representatives on Monday voted to put a proposal that would change the state’s personal income tax system on a ballot to take place alongside the 2020 U.S. national election vote.

The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear testing in violation of a moratorium on such tests, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday.

Belgium’s King Philippe met the head of the anti-immigrant Vlaams Belang on Wednesday after Flemish separatist parties surged in an inconclusive national election, the first time a Belgian monarch has met a far-right leader since the 1930s.

A nationwide strike in Argentina protesting austerity measures under President Mauricio Macri brought the country’s airports to a standstill and halted work at key grains ports on Wednesday, the latest sign of tension in the recession-hit nation.

The U.S. banking sector recorded $60.7 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2019, an increase in profit levels from the year prior, according to data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that naval mines “almost certainly from Iran” were used to attack oil tankers off the United Arab Emirates this month, and warned Tehran against conducting new operations.

The number of U.S. borrowers seeking a home loan fell to a one-month low amid concerns about the growing trade tension between China and the United States and its impact on the economy, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.

AP Top Stories

For Chinese artist Guo O Dong, the simple black Samsung laptop computer, loaded with six potent viruses, symbolizes one of the world’s most frightening threats. On Tuesday his creation “The Persistence of Chaos” rocked the art world, selling for more than $1.3 million in a New York online auction.

Vice President Mike Pence has commended the Supreme Court for upholding a part of an Indiana law requiring the burial of fetal remains after abortions. Now he’s encouraging the court to review state laws that restrict when and why an abortion can be performed, and says he hopes that “legal protections against discrimination based on sex, race, or disability will someday be extended to unborn Americans.”

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to a Pennsylvania school district’s policy that allows some transgender students to use the bathroom representing the gender they identify with.

President Donald Trump said on Monday a deal with Iran on its nuclear program was possible, crediting economic sanctions for curbing activities Washington has said are behind a spate of attacks in the Middle East.

U.S. forces have quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents show.

Iran’s foreign ministry on Tuesday insisted it did not currently see the need for mediation with the United States, as it played down the chances of a military clash with Washington.

National Security Adviser John Bolton has caused a furor in Beijing by meeting with his counterpart from Taiwan, leading an entire generation of young Americans to ask: “Where?”

The Chinese government signaled on Wednesday that it would not follow Taiwan’s example on same-sex marriage after the first legal unions in Asia were hailed by activists as a social revolution for the region.

Nigerian soldiers on Wednesday repelled an attack by Boko Haram jihadists on the northeast city of Maiduguri, security sources and residents told AFP.

Two major shipping lines this month have raised their rates for transporting goods from the United States to Venezuela, according to three industry sources and two documents, as U.S. sanctions limit transit between the two nations.

BBC

Sixteen people have been charged in Bangladesh over the shocking murder of a teenager who was burned to death after reporting sexual harassment.

A large crowd has marched on the Congress building in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, to demand the decriminalization of abortion. Tuesday’s march came as a bill was introduced to legalize terminations in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The Eritrean government has welcomed the impending removal of the country from a blacklist of nations that the US accuses of “not fully co-operating” with anti-terrorism efforts.

Myanmar’s army is committing fresh war crimes, extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary arrests, against ethnic groups in Rakhine state, according to Amnesty International.

Satellite images show large areas of farmland in opposition-held north-west Syria have been burnt as part of what activists allege is a campaign by the government to destroy vital food crops.

WND

A collection of legal groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday over new rules that protect medical workers with religious objections from being forced to provide or refer to abortion, sterilization, or medically assisted suicide.

A new survey finds just 18% feel “very confident” in their ability to read a traditional map, compared to nearly half of middle-aged adults. What’s worse, 15% of millennials – about one in seven – say they’ve never even tried reading a paper map.


Mid-Day Snapshot · May 29, 2019

The Foundation

“[The Judicial Branch] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

McConnell’s Strategy: Ensure SCOTUS Protects the Constitution

He says it’s about “the quaint notion that the job of the judge is to follow the law.”


Trump to Replace Alarmist Climate Models With Sound Science

The president taps a Princeton scientist to head his new climate-review panel.


Millennials Stuck in Their Lifestyle-Choices Rut

If there’s any truth to their “left behind” struggles, it’s largely the result of their own choices.


Robust Economy Means Fewer Workers Claiming Disability

“For the first time in decades, the disability rolls are shrinking.” That’s good news.


CrossFit Dumps Facebook After Deplatforming

The social-media giant’s attempt to regulate speech is only creating more problems than solutions.


Why Afghanistan Still Matters

The definition of winning is staying in the fight and making whatever fitful progress we can.


Margaret Sanger — Eugenics Supremist

Digging deeper into the eugenicist and racist history of Planned Parenthood’s founder.


Video: How the New American Left Plans to Gain Power

There’s an effort afoot to fundamentally change the way our government works.


Video: Harvard Caves to Student Mob

Former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz says “the inmates run the asylum.”



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Slavery Is Neither Strange Nor Peculiar
Stephen Moore
The Fed Hurts Farmers More Than China Does
Rich Lowry
On the Crime Bill, Biden Has Nothing to Apologize For
Marc A. Thiessen
Assange Is a Spy, Not a Journalist. The Justice Department Is Right to Indict Him.
Michelle Malkin
Revoke Ilhan Omar’s Marriage Fraud Immunity Card
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Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Mueller speaks, McConnell’s hardball politics, border wall hiccup, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

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Today’s Meme

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News – 5/29/2019

Severe Weather, Flash Flood Saga Continues From the Midwest Into the Plains Through Midweek
Early Tuesday evening, a tornado emergency was issued for the southern side of Lawrence, Kansas, and the western side of Kansas City. A confirmed large tornado, estimated 1 to 1.5 miles wide by storm spotters, was seen on the ground. Doppler radar detected debris being lifted some 20,000 feet into the air. Images posted to social media showed houses damaged or destroyed just south of Lawrence. There were also reports of multiple vehicles overturned. Linwood, Kansas, may have taken a direct hit from this destructive tornado.

Clarence Thomas: Abortion for eugenics ‘not hypothetical’
Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday bluntly warned the other justices on the U.S. Supreme Court they need to start acting on various abortion-law cases because of the industry’s threat “to achieve eugenic goals.” That, he warned in a concurring opinion, “is not merely hypothetical.” The case centered on a law in Indiana that banned abortions based on sex or disability and required the state to ensure deceased unborn infants are provided a “proper burial.”

Staggering: Venezuela’s Epic Economic Collapse Is So Complete We Have This Figure Hitting…10 Million Percent
If the Democratic Party wants to run on a full-blown socialist agenda, and it looks like they could especially in future election cycles, then Republicans have the perfect example to show voters concerning its total failure. Yes, we’re talking about Venezuela whose addiction to so-called 21stCentury Socialism, championed by the late Hugo Chavez, had led to one of the most stunning economic collapses in nearly a half-century. It’s downright depraved what has occurred. People are eating out of trashcans, hyperinflation has made mounds of money utter worthless, groceries are now a luxury due to available items and costs, and because of the cost—you have Venezuelans of all walks of life resorting to prostitution for common goods.

The Message That Addiction Is a Disease Makes Substance Users Less Likely to Seek Help
Research finds that people with substance-use problems who read a message describing addiction as a disease are less likely to report wanting to engage in effective therapies, compared to those who read a message that addiction behaviors are subject to change. The finding could inform future public and interpersonal communication efforts regarding addiction.

Russia is harassing U.S. jets in the Arctic as part of a Putin power play
Last week alone, the ussians twice conducted air sorties. In each case, the American F-22s rushed to take off to keep the Russian planes out of U.S. airspace. In such missions, the F-22s and Bear bombers eye one another warily for several minutes — or hours…

Abbas: Trump Peace Plan Can ‘Go to Hell’
Abbas added that “the economic project they [the conference participants] are working on for next month will also go to hell … we said we are not going to accept this meeting and its results because they are selling us illusions that will lead to nothing.”

Alaskans are shaken out of their beds in the middle of the night as 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off state’s southern coast
The Alaska earthquake was said to have struck at about 1.50am Monday The quake hit about 55 miles away from the southwest coastal town of Homer There were no reports of injuries or damage from the quake, but it was felt by many residents who said they were shaken awake by it.

Forecasters calling for up to four major hurricanes in 2019
Forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday that 2019 could generate up to four major hurricanes from June 1 to Nov. 30. A report posted on the National Hurricane Center’s website stated NOAA predicts up to 15 named storms with winds of 39 miles per hour or higher, of which four to eight could become hurricanes, with winds of 74 mph or higher. Two to four of those could reach category 3, 4 or 5, which are considered major hurricanes producing winds of 111 mph or higher.

U.S. court fails to halt Florida cabinet’s Jerusalem meeting at U.S. Embassy
A second-circuit Florida judge refused to stop Wednesday’s first ever meeting of the Florida state cabinet at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, according to media reports. The Florida based NGO – the First Amendment Foundation – and four media companies filed a suit to block the meeting, claiming it violated the constitutional rights of Florida residents.

German intel: Iran wants to expand to weapons of mass destruction
The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to a program of weapons of mass destruction, the domestic intelligence agency for the southern German state of Bavaria said in its May 2019 intelligence report. The hair-raising section of the report reviewed by The Jerusalem Post states Iran’s regime is “making efforts to expand its conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction.”

After several quiet years, tornadoes erupt in United States
After several quiet years, tornadoes have erupted in the United States over the last two weeks as a volatile mix of warm, moist air from the Southeast and persistent cold from the Rockies clashed and stalled over the Midwest. On Monday, the U.S. tied its current record of 11 consecutive days with at least eight tornadoes confirmed on each of those days, said Patrick Marsh, warning coordination meteorologist for the federal Storm Prediction Center.

Secretive Bilderberg meeting to address Russia, cyber threats and Brexit…
More than a hundred of the world’s elite including Henry Kissinger, Mark Carney and the Dutch King will meet at the secretive Bilderberg summit this week. Bankers, Prime Ministers, CEOs and defence experts will meet in Montreux, Switzerland, to discuss a wide range of topics including Russia, cyber threats and Brexit.

Knesset mulls bill to dissolve for elections as time runs out to form coalition
With just hours to go before Benjamin Netanyahu runs out of time to form a coalition, the Knesset began discussions Wednesday noon on a bill to dissolve parliament and head to a second round of national elections this year. Netanyahu…has indicated that he would take the country into a new vote rather than cede the task of forming the next government to a rival either within his own right-wing bloc or opposition leader Benny Gantz.

Trump team to meet leaders of Israel, Jordan as it sells Mideast plan
President Donald Trump’s top Mideast advisers face skeptical audiences as they visit several locations in the region and in Europe starting Tuesday to rally support for what they have billed as a workshop on the economic foundations of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The White House is promoting the June 25-26 meeting in the Gulf state of Bahrain as the first phase of its long-awaited Mideast peace plan…

First openly gay Orthodox rabbi ordained in Jerusalem
A gay rabbinical student denied ordination by a liberal seminary in New York was welcomed into the rabbinate in Jerusalem, breaking a longstanding taboo against homosexuality in the Orthodox community.

Villagers kill Ebola health worker in eastern DR Congo
Villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed a health worker engaged in the fight against a major Ebola outbreak and looted a treatment centre, according to an official report seen Monday by AFP.

Mississippi River breaks record set by Great Flood of 1927
The Mighty Mississippi is setting a new record for the longest period at or above flood stage. The world’s fourth largest river broke the 92-year-old record yesterday when it reached 136 days in flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

Christians, Stop Saying Jesus Is The Son Of God. It Provokes Muslims.What is your response to Muslims now ? –
Buried in the concluding paragraphs of a Christmas Eve Washington Times report about Muslims in Uganda forcing Christians to convert to Islam was the extraordinary revelation that in that country, Muslims now consider any public statement of the Christian Faith to be a calculated insult to Muslims, for which they can justifiably exact revenge.

Warzone: 42 People Shot In Chicago Over Memorial Day Weekend
Every 3 minutes and 57 seconds, someone in Chicago is shot.

Is The US On The Cusp Of War In Iran?
 …Increased US pressure has had a pernicious and dangerous effect on the Iranian people, more specifically far-right Shia Islamists who have been further emboldened by these economic sanctions. Even the more moderate Hassan Rouhani (President of Iran) has shifted his tone stating that he would begin to walk away from the 2015 restrictions imposed by the Iran nuclear deal. But instead of treading lightly, the US responded with further sanctions on Tehran, reviving a crisis that had been previously contained for the past 4 years.

AOC Featured Among America’s ‘Enemies Of Freedom’ In Baseball Team’s Memorial Day
The Fresno Grizzlies, a minor league baseball team in California, played a double header on Monday. But it wasn’t their play on the field that drew headlines.

BREAKING: Missouri Poised to be First State Without an Abortion Clinic
The state of Missouri is poised to become the first state in the country without an abortion clinic according to a new report.

Germany Tells Jews to Stop Wearing Skullcaps in Public
Germany’s government is urging Jewish citizens to stop wearing traditional skullcaps in public over concerns about rising discrimination in the country, according to reports.

Socialist Paradise: Venezuela’s Streets Now Ruled By Violent Kidnapping Gangs
The failing socialist state of Venezuela has descended into a crime-ridden hell hole where murderous gangs rule the streets making money from kidnapping, according to reports.

Snyder: A Random Encounter In A Diner On Memorial Day Shows Exactly Where America Is Heading…
“… the most narcissistic generation in American history… feel entitled to everything, but they don’t want to work for it…”


Headlines – 5/29/2019

Kushner, Greenblatt to visit Israel, Jordan this week to discuss US peace plan

Kushner meets Moroccan king on trip to press US peace plan

Trump team faces tough audiences as it tries to sell Mideast peace plan

Russia raps US for ‘blurring’ two-state solution with economic bonuses

Israel just held elections, but it might have a do-over

Hours Left to Deadline: Netanyahu Races to Dissolve Knesset, Send Israel to New Election

Liberman accuses Netanyahu of offering ‘dishonest’ coalition compromise

Ahead of deadline, Liberman says he won’t cave to shocking, ‘powerful’ pressure

Rivlin clarifies won’t intervene in coalition crisis before deadline passes

Cupboard Is Bare to Cover the Cost of a New Election, Israel Finance Ministry Saysv

Netanyahu hints that snap elections may be averted

Likud body passes measure aimed at preventing PM’s rivals from taking over party if snap elections called

Netanyahu advisers said to warn elections won’t give him time to secure immunity

Incendiary balloon sparks blaze in Gaza border region

Israel reduces Gaza fishing zone again in response to balloon attacks

Germany urges people to wear kippa in solidarity with Jewish community

UK racism watchdog launches probe into Labour anti-Semitism allegations

Egypt’s Sinai: ‘War crimes’ being committed, says Human Rights Watch

France says signs of Syria chemical attack, but still checking

U.S. calls Russian, Syrian air strikes ‘reckless escalation’ in Syria

Israeli Airstrike Destroys Iranian Terror Cell in Syria

Turkey Launches Military Operation in Northern Iraq Against Kurds

Iran foreign ministry shuns Trump’s mediation offer

Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton arrives in UAE for talks

Bolton: Iran only breaching nuclear deal to acquire atomic weapons

Bolton says Iran ‘almost certainly’ sabotaged ships off UAE

Trump Undercuts Bolton on North Korea and Iran

China rages against Bolton meeting with Taiwan as anti-invasion drills begin on the island

China Gears Up to Weaponize Rare Earths in Trade War

Shares of rare earth miners skyrocket after Beijing threatens to cut off the minerals

No-deal Brexit is ‘political suicide’, says UK foreign secretary Hunt

In Venezuela, criminals feel the pinch of an economic crisis

Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump’s impeachment

Not for Obama, but OK for Trump. McConnell says he’d confirm Supreme Court justice in election year

$19 billion disaster aid bill blocked again in the House by GOP dissenter

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Extreme weather spans coast-to-coast with multiple tornadoes and severe storms plaguing the country

‘Large and extremely dangerous’ tornado rips through Kansas, causing multiple injuries and ‘catastrophic’ damages

Kansas declares tornado emergency, at least 11 injured; airport shut down

Tornado hammers town in Kansas. Dozens of homes ‘all gone’

1 dead, 90 injured as tornadoes rip through Ohio and Indiana

Tornado leaves path of destruction in Morgantown, Pa.

Storm thrashes NJ, NYC tornado warning expires

After several quiet years, tornadoes erupt in United States

11 Straight Days of Tornadoes Have U.S. Approaching ‘Uncharted Territory’

What’s fueling the spate of recent tornadoes across the U.S.? Scientists say the number of tornadoes per outbreak is increasing

Tornado damage so bad they’re using snow plows to clear debris

Snowplows push piles of hail out of southwest Omaha roadways

Weatherman Jamie Simpson Tells Viewers to Stop Complaining About Tornado Warnings Interrupting ‘The Bachelorette’: ‘This Is Pathetic’

All 77 counties in Oklahoma is under a state of emergency because of historic flooding

Mississippi River flood is longest-lasting in over 90 years, since ‘Great Flood’ of 1927

At least 1 dead in vehicle submerged in Arkansas floodwaters, police say

Crop-tastrophe In The Midwest – Latest USDA Progress Report Signals Nightmare Scenario

Purdue Pharma’s ‘Pain League’ allegedly pushed opioids in Italy

Lawmakers, activists renew battle to legalize some abortions in Argentina

Supreme Court hands down varying decisions in hot-button abortion, transgender and border cases

Supreme Court Upholds Pro-Life Law Requiring Proper Burial or Cremation for Babies Killed in Abortions

Clarence Thomas Pens Screed Comparing Women Who Obtain Abortions to Eugenicists

Missouri could soon be first ‘abortion-free’ state since Roe vs Wade

Cory Booker proposes creating special White House office to promote abortion

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Case on Transgender Student Bathroom Access

In a survey of American Muslims, 0% identified as lesbian or gay. Here’s the story behind that statistic

First Openly Gay Orthodox Rabbi Ordained in Jerusalem

Methodist evangelicals ask for prayers as Church considers allowing gay marriage

Prison inmates in Brazil stabbed to death in front of visiting family members; at least 55 dead


Apostasy Watch Daily News

The preachers getting rich from poor Americans

Kenneth Copeland claims his ministry brought 122 million people to Jesus Christ

Michael Brown’s Refusal to Red Flag Sid Roth Proves Brown Is Dangerous

John G. Lake’s Clandestine Affair


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