June 20, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Iran on Thursday shot down a U.S. military drone it said was on a spy mission over its territory but Washington said the aircraft was targeted in international air space in “an unprovoked attack”.

Iran has created a grave situation and jeopardized global oil supplies with its aggressive behavior, Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the kingdom was consulting with allies on next steps.

Iran would be the only beneficiary of any end to arms exports from Britain to Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the deployment of weapons in Yemen was legitimate.

Oil rose more than 3% toward $64 a barrel on Thursday after Iran shot down a U.S. military drone, raising fears of a military confrontation between Tehran and Washington.

A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying called on President Trump and the leaders of Britain, Canada and Ireland to help him as he appeared in court at an appeal hearing.

When 20 Democrats take the stage next week for the first of 12 prime-time presidential primary debates, they will assemble according to months-in-the-making plans by the Democratic National Committee to accommodate its largest-ever field.

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia disagreed with the conclusions of an international investigation that named three Russians and a Ukrainian this week as suspects in the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine in 2014.

Venezuela’s crisis is spilling across the border into Colombia as Marxist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries recruit migrants to strengthen their ranks.

Top Chinese and U.S. officials will resume trade talks in accordance with the wishes of their leaders, but China hopes the United States will create the necessary conditions for dialogue, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining whether Deutsche Bank complied with laws meant to stop money laundering, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

AP Top Stories

Amid concerns about white nationalists enlisting in the U.S. military to gain combat training, the Marines have discharged a reservist who was identified as belonging to a notorious hate group. Meanwhile, the Army National Guard took a different approach in dealing with an enlisted man who held, but has renounced, similar extremist views.

Members of the local LGBTQ community are divided after an announcement that uniformed police officers will be allowed to participate in this year’s St. Louis Pride Parade.

Poland is trying to water down a push by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the European Union to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday accompanied by a clutch of senior officials, including the head of the state economic planner, as Beijing looks to bolster North Korea and perhaps jumpstart stalled talks with Washington.

Harley-Davidson Inc will partner with China’s Qianjiang Motorcycle Co to build a new smaller motorcycle than its trademark “big hogs”, making good on promises to move more production outside the United States that have angered President Donald Trump.

Google is pouring $1 billion into easing the high-priced housing headaches that it and its Silicon Valley peers helped give the San Francisco Bay Area. The pledge by Google CEO Sundar Pichai consists of a $250 million investment fund and $750 million of company-owned land. It will be used to build at least 15,000 homes that will include low- and mid-income housing.

American Airlines is buying 50 new long-range planes from Airbus, giving a big boost to the just-launched A321XLR model and spurring Boeing to push ahead to develop a rival aircraft.

Russia and China on Tuesday blocked an American initiative that aimed to halt fuel deliveries to North Korea, which Washington accuses of exceeding its annual ceiling for 2019.

President Donald Trump’s administration is threatening to furlough or lay off up to 150 employees at the Office of Personnel Management if Congress does not agree to eliminate the federal agency or find a new way to pay for the positions.

Apple Inc has asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15%-30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a restructuring of its supply chain, according to a Nikkei Asian Review report on Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for convincing minors to produce child pornography through smart phone apps.

BBC

Canada resettled the largest number of refugees out of 25 countries in 2018. The country accepted just over 28,000 refugees last year, with the U.S. coming in second with 22,900.

Kenya’s government has ordered a group of 76 refugees to return to a camp they had fled after some of them faced homophobic attacks, a UN agency says.

New Zealand has launched a gun buy-back scheme in the wake of the deadly Christchurch mosque shootings. More than $136m have been set aside to compensate owners of semi-automatic weapons which were banned following the attacks.

WND

The state of California has sent notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters that they may be dropped from registration lists if they don’t respond or vote.

CNN political commentator Angela Rye claimed on the network Tuesday night that the United States is headed down a path that leads towards the implementation of “death camps.” The topic of “death camps” gained media attention on Tuesday after Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alleged that the detention centers that house migrants are the equivalent of “concentration camps.”


Mid-Day Snapshot · June 20, 2019

The Foundation

“We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.” —Thomas Paine (1777)

‘Everyone I Don’t Like Is Hitler’

Totalitarian leftists keep wrongly throwing around the “Nazi” label over any disagreement.


Big Government Is Wrong Solution for Big Tech Censorship

Lawmakers treat speech infringement as an excuse to increase government control.


America’s Disunity Benefits Iran

There’s nothing moderate about the mullahs, no matter what Dems and the media say.


Utah Veteran Turning 101 Gets 5,000 Birthday Cards

“Frey said he had not expected to ever get so many cards.” Happy Birthday!


Observations From an Indignant Millennial

Perspective from a bold young woman who has departed the lockstep leftist orthodoxy of her peers.


Video: Be Honest — You Just Don’t Want to Work

Check out Jason’s take on why so many young people are embracing socialism.


Video: Biden Supporters Shocked by His ‘Racist’ Quotes

Many students said they would reconsider their support after hearing his former words.


Today’s Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson
U.S. Holds All the Cards in Showdown With Iran
Michelle Malkin
Oberlin’s Racial Hucksterism Comes Home to Roost
Guest Commentary
Fox Poll Reveals Disturbing Truth: Democrats Are Lying About Collusion Because Lies Work
Larry Elder
AOC Got a Pass on the Cost of ‘Free’
Veronique de Rugy
Central Planning Is Poisonous to Innovation

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.


Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Iran attacks drone, Democrats use budget to obstruct, refugee’s planned attack, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Don Lemon, Nancy Pelosi, Burgess Owens, Matt Walsh, and more.



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

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News – 6/20/2019

IDF Paratroopers Accidentally Uncover Ancient Guard Tower from time of King Hezekiah
The remains of the watchtower were discovered on a hilltop inside a paratrooper base in southern Israel. It is estimated that the tower originally measured 15 x 10.5 feet and was built from large stones, some weighing as much as eight tons. The remains of the tower currently stand six feet high.

Arson attacks in Israel continue. This time in the Galilee
The land of Israel is under attack as a wave of arson set by Palestinians continues across the country. On Tuesday, a huge forest fire burned out of control near Ramot Naftali in the Galilee region. Firefighters are still working to extinguish the fire.

Second congressional Democrat staffer charged in scheme to dox Republicans amid Kavanaugh confirmation fight
Former congressional staffer in doxing case denied bail. A second aide to New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan is facing federal charges stemming from a scheme to publicly post the personal information of several Republican politicians amid the contentious confirmation hearings for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The aide, Samantha Deforest Davis, was a staff assistant in Hassan’s office from August 2017 until last December. She was fired after Capitol Police discovered her possible involvement in the so-called “doxing” effort.

Ex-France president Sarkozy to face trial on charges of corruption, influence-peddling
Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France, will stand trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling after the country’s highest court rejected his final appeal Tuesday. FRANCE 24 reported that Sarkozy, his lawyer Thierry Herzog, and former judge Gilbert Azibert face charges stemming from allegations that Sarkozy accepted illicit payments from L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt during his successful 2007 presidential campaign.

Police In Spokane Washington Use Rooftop Snipers To Protect ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ While Baptist Pastor Preaching The Gospel Is Arrested
A Baptist pastor was arrested and jailed on Saturday after refusing to move across the street from the Spokane, Washington Public Library while exercising his free speech against a ‘Drag Queen Story Hour.’ The event had a significant militaristic police presence, including camouflaged snipers positioned atop the roof to oversee the large crowd that stood both for and against the men dressed like women reading stories to children.

Four charged with shooting down MH17 plane
Four men have been charged with murder over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 passengers and crew. Dutch investigators have accused three Russians, Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko of involvement. Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over conflict-hit Ukraine, near the Russian border. A court case is scheduled to begin in the Netherlands on 9 March, 2020. International arrest warrants have been issued for the four men.

It’s Time for America to Break with Beijing
Xi Jinping has rejected the concept of comparative advantage, the very notion underpinning the system of international commerce. Why should America sign a trade agreement with a country that does not believe in trade?

Senators grill DOJ over investigation of Planned Parenthood
‘If the FBI has not taken action, please explain the justification’.

Iran: Crowd cheers as woman beaten for not wearing hijab
A video by an Iranian activist shows a crowd in the Islamic Republic cheering as a women was dragged across a road and beaten. Her crime, according to the activist, Masih Alinejad, was dancing and not wearing the Islamic hijab required by law for any female older than 13, “Meanwhile, Leftist feminists in the West are donning the hijab, the symbol of oppression against which these Iranian women are rebelling,

China’s Xi departs for state visit to N.Korea
Xi, who will be in North Korea for two days, is the first Chinese leader to visit the reclusive country in 14 years.

U.S. drone shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missile, official confirms
A US official confirmed Thursday morning that a US military drone was shot down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards claimed earlier that they shot down a U.S. “spy” drone in the southern province of Hormozgan, which is on the Gulf, the Guards’ news website Sepah News said.

American tourist attacked in Berlin after saying he was Jewish
A 23-year-old American said he was hit in the face in Berlin after telling a group harassing him that he was Jewish. The man, described as a tourist, suffered a black eye in the incident, which he reported via a police website, according to news reports. Police are investigating the Tuesday night attack as an anti-Semitic crime.

Xi Jinping visits N Korea to boost China’s ties with Kim
China’s President Xi Jinping is in North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un, in the first Chinese state visit to the North since 2005. The two, who have met in China four times, are expected to discuss the stalled talks over the North’s nuclear programme as well as economic issues. China is hugely important to North Korea, as its main trading partner.

Irish border: UK expert panel to advise on post-Brexit arrangements
The UK government has appointed a panel of experts to advise on alternative arrangements for the Irish border after Brexit. Alternative arrangements refers to ways of maintaining a soft border without close regulatory alignment between the UK and the EU. It is normally used to refer to technical or technological solutions.

Saudi arms sales: Court of Appeal demands review
Campaigners have won a legal challenge at the Court of Appeal over the UK government’s decision to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) argued the decision to continue to license military equipment for export to the Gulf state was unlawful. It said there was a clear risk the arms might be used in a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

Amazon drones could be used to spy on your home and spot intruders, patent reveals
Amazon wants to use its network of delivery drones to keep watch over customers’ houses by forming a flying Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The company has patented a system that it calls “surveillance as a service” which would see its network of delivery drones filming Amazon customers’ homes from the skies while on their way to delivering packages.

Pittsburgh resident, Syrian man arrested on terrorism charges after allegedly planning attack on Christian church
A 21-year-old Pittsburgh resident and Syrian refugee accused of planning an attack on a Christian church… Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, was arrested Wednesday based on a federal complaint charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device or weapon of mass destruction in relation to a plan to attack a church.

DHS to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud
The Homeland Security Department is looking to upgrade the software it uses to analyze biometric data on hundreds of millions of people around the globe, and it plans to store that information in Amazon’s cloud. The agency’s Office of Biometric Identification Management will replace its legacy biometric analysis platform…IDENT, with a new, more robust system hosted by Amazon Web Services, according to a request for information released Monday.

IDF holds largest drill in years to prepare for future Hezbollah war
Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years on Wednesday, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian Gulf. The Israeli military said the…exercise had been planned long in advance and focused on the immersion of all branches against threats emanating from Israel’s north.

China, U.S. to resume trade talks but China says demands must be met
Top Chinese and U.S. officials will resume trade talks in accordance with the wishes of their leaders, but China hopes the United States will create the necessary conditions for dialogue, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday. Negotiations to reach a broad trade deal broke down last month after U.S. officials accused China of backing away from previously agreed commitments.

China: The Perfect High-Tech Totalitarian State
China is in the process of fulfilling what Stalin, Hitler and Mao could only dream about: The flawless totalitarian state, powered by digital technology… where the individual has nowhere to flee from the all-seeing eye of the Communist state.

Ebola fears worsen after more than 300,000 flee Congo over violent ethnic clashes: report
The threat of the second deadliest Ebola outbreak continues to grow in central Africa as more than 300,000 people have fled the Congo since early June because of ethnic clashes, reports say.

As Tensions Between Iran And The United States Continue To Rise, Israel Holds Massive Military Exercises Debuts F-35 Adir Stealth Fighter Jet
Israel made history this week by being the very first nation anywhere in the world to hold war games using the incredibly powerful new F-35 Adir stealth fighter jet. The Hebrew word “Adir” means “mighty ones” and these planes certainly are that. It gives the Israeli Air Force advantages in the air that no other nation in the Middle East currently has.

Popular Online Home Schooling Resource Quietly Promotes LGBT Lifestyle to Children
As the LGBT agenda tries to slowly work its way into American society, Christian activists are warning that parents who home school their children need to be aware that LGBT material has already found its way into popular online instructional videos.

The Best Predictor of What Is Coming Is On Your Television
In the remake of the movie, 1984, I remember being surprised when I found out that the invading force in the movie was changed from Chinese to North Korean. However, when I learned that the Chinese are largely in control of Hollywood, I completely understood the term predictive programming and its subsequent use for psychological manipulation.

Hollywood Punishes VidAngel For Cleaning Up Their Smut
On June 17, VidAngel was handed a $62 million bill, payable to Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. While the company appeals, let’s puzzle over what Disney could possibly do with more control and money.

The Swarm: Billions of skeeter lookalikes plague New Orleans
Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks.

Hong Kong protesters embrace unexpected Christian anthem: ‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’
A hymn sung by Christian groups participating in the anti-extradition Hong Kong protests has caught on and become an unlikely anthem for the movement of millions in the streets.

Rich-Kid Democrat Staffer Who Doxxed Political Enemies Gets Four Years In Prison
“the largest data breach in Senate history.”


Headlines – 6/20/2019

International Atomic Energy Agency recognizes Palestine as a state

Hope fading for two-state solution, says Friedrich Ebert Foundation director

EU ‘ready to work’ with US on peace plan, as long as it aims at two states

After long wait, some Israeli news outlets okayed to cover Bahrain summit

Gaza banks to dole out Qatari cash, but 40,000 cut from recipient list

Trump’s pick for UN envoy says she’ll fight anti-Israel bias

US anti-Semitism czar: Armed guards should protect every synagogue, JCC

US interfaith leaders gather to beef up security for houses of worship

Troops uncover First Temple-era observation post on training base

Israel holds large military drill amid US-Iran tensions

Netanyahu, at major drill, warns: IDF has huge destructive power, don’t test us

Iran could target Israel to escalate tensions with US – report

Germany warns risk of war in Gulf still ‘serious’

US envoy on Iran says Tehran ‘without question’ behind Gulf of Oman attacks

US Navy expert: Mine in tanker attack resembles Iranian make

Trump’s Critics Wary Even as They Agree Iran Is at Fault in Attacks

Trump envoy says US seeking talks with Iran, not war

Iran tensions spike amid Pentagon shake-up

Iran ‘categorically rejects’ US tanker attack allegations

Iranian Official Calls On World to Unite Against ‘Savage Monster’ U.S. As GOP Lawmakers Push for ‘Striking’ Militarily

Iran’s President Rouhani says scaling back nuclear commitments is a ‘minimum’ measure

Sen. Graham: Trump, Netanyahu will stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon

End appeasement toward Iran’s regime, urges top selling German paper

Staff evacuated as rocket strikes near foreign oil firms in Iraq

Syria Thanks Russia, Iran and China for Support in War, But Wants Turkey and U.S. to Leave

Feds arrest Syrian refugee accused of plotting terrorist attack on Pittsburgh church

‘Credible evidence’ ties Saudi prince to Khashoggi murder, UN expert says

Saudi Arabia dismisses UN report on Khashoggi killing as ‘unfounded’

Turkey’s Erdogan says Khashoggi’s killers will pay the price, be held accountable

Turkish lira drops on report Trump considering economic sanctions

Record 71 million people displaced as “major powers” fail to halt crises, UN Refugee Agency says

Get your fax right: Bungling officials spark Japan nuclear scare

The ‘Great Firewall’: China censors videos, social media posts of Hong Kong protests

China’s state media spreads false information about Hong Kong protests

China won’t allow Hong Kong leader to step down despite mass unrest

Ocasio-Cortez says US running ‘concentration camps’ on border

Trump, in 2020 campaign mode, calls Democrats ‘radical’

Fed wary of economic clouds, but leaves interest rates unchanged for now

US said in late stages of YouTube kids’ video investigation

DHS to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud

Florida city pays $600,000 to hackers who seized its computer system

Amtrak power outages cause chaos for commuters along Northeast Corridor

Sky’s the limit: Rise of delivery drones has cities asking who owns airspace

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Sola, Vanuatu

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

A swarm of 1,000 earthquakes hit Southern California – how nervous should we be?

Earthquake swarms feed molten rock to newly forming volcanoes

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

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

Flood kills 7 in Black Sea region

India’s sixth biggest city is almost entirely out of water

Arctic could face another scorching annus horribilis

More Bad Buzz For Bees: Record Numbers Of Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter

European Space Agency probe to intercept a comet

Russia strives to have the first baby born in space, claims the top scientist

Cosmonauts Refuse to Provide Semen Samples in Space

Australian sperm donor wins legal battle to be recognised as father

Using CRISPR to resurrect the dead

Eroding trust in vaccines leaves populations vulnerable, global study finds

Ebola fears worsen after more than 300,000 flee Congo over violent ethnic clashes: report

More than 100 children in India have died this month from a mysterious ‘brain fever’

Parents take school to court for teaching their 6-y-o girl gender fluidity, causing her distress

House votes to block funding for Trump’s transgender military ban

Adult performers to picket Instagram HQ over company’s nude photo rules

Nxivm: Sex cult leader Raniere found guilty in New York

Inside the Global Exorcism ‘Boom’ – So many people are needing their demons exorcised, the Vatican recently had to put on a dedicated “exorcist training convention”


Apostasy Watch Daily News

The Circumcised Life

Tullian Tchividjian is Planting a New Church

Bachelorette on show’s sexual relations: ‘I can do whatever, I sin daily and Jesus still loves me’

Man Runs Into Riverside Church And Allegedly Says He’s Going To Shoot Everybody

LAPD Detective Accused Of Recording In Angel Stadium Bathroom Is Chaplain Who Worked With Youth

Niger: Muslim mob torches Christian church, pastor’s car


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