July 17, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Support for U.S. President Donald Trump increased slightly among Republicans after he lashed out on Twitter over the weekend in a racially charged attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen, a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll shows.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn President Donald Trump for “racist comments” against four minority Democratic congresswomen, a symbolic measure aimed at shaming Trump and his fellow Republicans who stood by him.

Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives introduced bills on Tuesday to keep tight restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, amid concern about President Donald Trump’s easing of curbs on the Chinese firm.

Switzerland has agreed to extradite a Chinese researcher to the United States where prosecutors have charged him with helping his scientist sister steal secrets allegedly worth $550 million from British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

At least three people including a Turkish diplomat were killed in a shooting on Wednesday in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil, Kurdish security officials and Turkey’s foreign ministry said.

India will identify and deport illegal immigrants from across the country, the interior minister said on Wednesday, stepping up a campaign that critics say could stoke religious tension and further alienate minority Muslims.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise that smuggled tons of drugs into the United States, on Wednesday said his confinement amounted to “mental torture” before a U.S. judge sentenced him.

Boeing said on Wednesday at least half of its $100 million fund for victims and communities affected by two deadly 737 MAX crashes would go directly to the families of those killed. Earlier this month, Boeing said it would give $100 million over multiple years to local governments and non-profit organizations to help families and communities affected by the crashes.

U.S. homebuilding fell for a second straight month in June and permits dropped to a two-year low, suggesting the housing market continued to struggle despite declining mortgage rates.

Former Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court who later became an outspoken leader of the liberal wing as the court moved to the right, died on Tuesday at age 99.

AP Top Stories

Italian and U.S. police have launched a coordinated crackdown on a Sicilian Mafia family that was seeking to rebuild its power base after years of exile in the United States, Italian investigators said on Wednesday.

The Trump administration blasted a World Trade Organization decision Tuesday that could let China levy sanctions on the United States.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared he will never be tried by an international court for mass killings in his war on drugs, and vowed no letup in a crackdown that he said he was winning and would see through “to the very end”.

Thousands of Hong Kong senior citizens, including a popular actress, marched Wednesday in a show of support for youths at the forefront of month-long protests against a contentious extradition bill in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe Donald Trump is a racist despite the president’s calls for four Democratic lawmakers to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came.”

Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long standoff near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea, which fall within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think-tanks said on Wednesday.

The Army is building prototypes of a new artillery cannon that can more than double the range of existing weapons and vastly alter the strategic and tactical landscape shaping land war into the future.

A California man faces 64 felony counts after authorities say they found a cache of more than 1,000 guns at his home in the exclusive, upscale Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The U.S. Army is working on a new generation of land mines and mine-like battlefield munitions. The service wants to replace all of them with a new generation of mines that can pose a credible threat to high-tech armies as well as “phone home” and report enemy troop movements.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix confirmed on social media Tuesday afternoon that Phoenix high temperature has hit 115 degrees.

BBC

NeuraLink, a company set up by Elon Musk to explore ways to connect the human brain to a computer interface, has applied to US regulators to start trialling its device on humans.

Google’s controversial plan to launch a censored search engine in China has been “terminated”, a company executive has said.

Personal data belonging to millions of Bulgarians has been stolen in a cyber-attack on the country’s tax agency. According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have had some data compromised.

Iran has rejected suggestions it is willing to discuss its missile program with the US. The weapons “are absolutely and under no condition negotiable”.

WND

US Military chiefs have been ordered to reveal whether they used diseased TICKS in sick biological warfare experiments. A bill passed in the House of Representatives requires the Pentagon to investigate whether researches infected the insects in the 1970s – and if any were let loose.


Mid-Day Snapshot · July 17, 2019

The Foundation

“Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it.” —James Madison (1788)

The Real Strategy for Trump and Democrats

He gets the House’s official “racist” label, while he exposes Dems as anti-American extremists.


Planned Parenthood Ousts Insufficiently ‘Woke’ CEO

Leana Wen apparently wasn’t nearly zealous enough in advocating abortion on demand.


Biden Promises ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’

Now where have we heard that promise before? Oh, right — Barack Obama.


Dems Discover Love for Federalism in Trump Era

Our Founding Fathers set up an ingenious system of government. We should follow it.


Facebook Fined $5B for Privacy Violations

Social-media giant is hit with the largest fine in tech history, and yet it’s still peanuts.


The Quad Squad or American Fraud?

They realize they can’t advance their socialist agenda outright, so they use subterfuge.


Video: Media and Left Attack Trump for ‘Racism’

Leftmedia’s not reporting the full story and sensationalizing it to make the Right look bad.


Video: Why Trump Told ‘The Squad’ to Go Back Where They Came From

Bill Whittle explains what Trump meant about four radical women.



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Walter E. Williams
Things Haven’t Always Been This Way
Star Parker
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News – 7/17/2019

Amid Internal Dispute Over Mission, Planned Parenthood President Resigns
Citing disagreements with board leaders over whether Planned Parenthood should focus on health care or abortion advocacy, the organization’s president is stepping down. Dr. Leana Wen took the reins at Planned Parenthood eight months ago. On Tuesday, she announced that she was resigning. “The new Board leadership has determined that the priority of Planned Parenthood moving forward is to double down on abortion rights advocacy,” Wen said.

Israel identifies Hezbollah precision missile project commander
I24 News has identified the Iranian Revolutionary Guards engineer commanding Hezbollah’s precision missile project in Lebanon as Majed Naveed. Israel estimates that Iran-backed Hezbollah possesses some 100,000 to 150,000 rockets, and has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of airstrikes targeting weapons stores and convoys destined for the Lebanese terror group in Syria…

Trump Says US Won’t Sell Fighter Jets To Turkey. Here’s Why.
The Trump administration has repeatedly told Turkey that it will be cut off from buying F-35s if it buys the S-400 Russian air defense system because it’s incompatible with NATO defenses and could jeopardize sensitive information about F-35 technologies. Turkey is a member of NATO.

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake rattles San Francisco Bay Area
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 has rattled parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. There are no immediate reports of damage. The quake struck Tuesday afternoon 9 miles (14 kilometers) south of Brentwood, California.

Crusader Era Moat Discovered Outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls
Archaeologists have discovered an 11th-century moat just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls—the first hard evidence of a fabled Crusader siege against the city 920 years ago. Attested to in several historical documents, many scholars nonetheless believed the siege was a myth. The five-week battle for Jerusalem between Crusader armies and the Fatimid Caliphate which controlled the region in 1099 C.E. came to a head in July 15 of that year, with Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, attacking the city from the south while another Christian force erected a tower to breach the city walls from the north.

Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway becomes latest to defy congressional subpoena
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway will ignore a congressional subpoena demanding she answer questions about whether she broke the law by engaging politics in her official capacity, administration officials said Monday.

Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR Congo
The patient is a pastor who had been preaching in church and would have touched the hands of worshippers “including the sick”, the ministry said in a statement. His symptoms first appeared last Tuesday in Butembo, one of the main towns touched by Ebola where he had been preaching. He left by bus on Friday to Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, arriving early Sunday where “the results of the laboratory test confirmed that he was positive for Ebola”, the ministry said.

APA: We’d Like to Teach the World to Swing…
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, the American Psychological Association (APA) decides this: Monogamy is the new bigotry. That’s right. According to the supposed “mental health experts,” open marriages are the tolerant approach to intimacy. And they’ve launched a task force to prove it to the world.

Sanhedrin to Host Conference of 70 Nations to Take Place on Anniversary of Creation of the World: Nations Answer Call
“God established the borders of the world based on the 70 children of Israel who went down to Egypt and the 70 nations that came out from Noah,” the Sanhedrin’ proclomation explained. “The concept of 70 Nations is from the Bible and symbolizes the basis for the organization while not being intended to imply a limit or requirement for participation.”

Lebanese PM Hariri: Lebanon to increase naval capabilities
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri is finalizing a plan to increase the country’s naval capabilities while he continues to work to re-start negotiations on the country’s maritime borders with Israel. “Lebanon’s strong naval capabilities will play a pivotal role in protecting our national oil and gas resources,” Hariri was quoted as saying by Lebanon’s Daily Star.

Imam with ties to terror organization to speak on State Dep’t religious panel
An imam of an organization connected to a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism case will speak as part of a panel at the US State Department’s annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington on Wednesday, JNS reported. Mohamed Magid, who was born in Sudan in 1965 and emigrated to the US in 1987, is currently imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Virginia.

Rohingya crisis: US imposes sanctions on top Myanmar generals
The US has imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s top general and three senior officers, accusing them of human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. The generals and their families are banned from entering the US. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was credible evidence that the generals were involved in the violent crackdown on the Rohingya minority in 2017, and that abuses were continuing.

Data of ‘nearly all adults’ in Bulgaria stolen
Personal data belonging to millions of Bulgarians has been stolen in a cyber-attack on the country’s tax agency. According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have had some data compromised. Bulgarian authorities have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the attack.

Iran rejects suggestion its missile programme is negotiable
Iran has rejected suggestions it is willing to discuss its missile programme with the US. A spokesman for Iran’s UN Mission said the weapons “are absolutely and under no condition negotiable”. His denial comes after Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested in an interview the missiles could be up for discussion if sanctions are lifted.

Netanyahu: ‘Europe might ignore Iran threat until nuclear missiles hit’
Israel’s prime minister has said the European Union might not wake up to the threat of Iran “until Iranian nuclear missiles fall on European soil”. Mr Netanyahu likened Europe’s approach to Iran’s recent breaches of a 2015 deal limiting its nuclear programme to the appeasement of Nazi Germany. He spoke after EU foreign ministers said the breaches were not significant.

Elon Musk reveals brain-hacking plans
NeuraLink, a company set up by Elon Musk to explore ways to connect the human brain to a computer interface, has applied to US regulators to start trialling its device on humans. The system has been tested on a monkey that was able to control a computer with its brain, according to Mr Musk. The firm said it wanted to focus on patients with severe neurological conditions.

TICKING BOMBS Pentagon ordered to reveal to Congress if its scientists used diseased TICKS as biological weapons – and if any escaped the lab
US Military chiefs have been ordered to reveal whether they used diseased TICKS in sick biological warfare experiments. A bill passed in the House of Representatives requires the Pentagon to investigate whether researches infected the insects in the 1970s – and if any were let loose. It comes after a bombshell new book claims the Defence Department was behind the spread of Lyme Disease between 1950 and 1975.

Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing
Four of the nation’s largest tech companies sought to reassure skeptical lawmakers over their market power as the House ramps up its antitrust investigation into Silicon Valley. Executives from Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee Tuesday in a hearing examining the effect that their size has had on small businesses and their ability to innovate.

Iran doubles down on threat to attack Britain over ‘vicious’ oil tanker seizure as Royal Navy sends a THIRD warship to the Gulf
IRAN’s supreme leader has threatened Britain with retaliation over the “vicious” seizure of an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar. As tensions escalate over the tanker row, it’s been revealed that the Royal Navy is set to send a third warship to the Persian Gulf this summer. It comes as an Iranian bomb boat was found in the path of a second British warship – the HMS Duncan – which is currently racing to the flashpoint.

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake widely felt around San Francisco Bay Area
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday afternoon, and residents around the region widely reported feeling light shaking. The quake struck at 1:11 p.m. with a depth of 7.46 miles and an epicenter in the East Bay, about 7.5 miles east of Blackhawk and 17 miles southeast of Concord, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Hottest weather of season on tap for Northeast as record-challenging heat wave builds
As heat expands across the northeastern United States, highs near the century mark will be common, with some locations experiencing dangerously high…Temperatures well above 100 F — but not before what’s left of Barry sweeps through with localized flooding downpours. While temperatures may be briefly held back…a northward retreat of the jet stream will allow an impressive heat wave to build even for midsummer standards.

Temperatures soar as Israel hit by extreme heatwave
An unexpected extreme heatwave hit Israel on Wednesday, with temperatures skyrocketing to above 40 Celsius in some parts of the country. While residents of Tel Aviv and the central region saw the mercury climb to 39 degrees Celsius, in Tiberias in the north the termperature hit 41 degrees, and in the southern cities of Eilat and Be’er Sheva it was to reach as high as 42 degrees.


Headlines – 7/17/2019

Israeli Military Said to Be Making Significant Progress in Shoring Up Gaza Border Defenses

Israel to plant trees near Gaza border homes to thwart anti-tank missile attacks

Palestinians press EU to help prevent East Jerusalem home demolitions

Tlaib’s uncle: Israel is main source of crime in Judea, Samaria

Barak vows to sue Daily Mail for ‘sordid insinuations’ over his ties to Epstein

Anti-Semitic Fliers in U.S. Synagogue Declare Holocaust ‘Fake News’

Minister says he didn’t mean to hurt Diaspora Jews with Holocaust comment

Minister walks back conversion therapy comments, says he opposes it ‘utterly’

Israel’s gay justice minister to Luxembourg’s gay PM: You shun us, but not Iran?

At summit with Russia, Israel and US demanded Iran leave Lebanon, Iraq

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker that vanished in Persian Gulf

Oil tanker last seen near Iranian territory missing as Tehran vows “response” to seizure of its own ship

Iran says it came to help of disabled foreign oil tanker in the Gulf

Iran Says ‘Foreign’ Oil Tanker Towed in Gulf After Distress Call

Israeli group seeks sale of seized Iranian tanker over damages for Hamas attack

UK to send third major warship to Gulf amid Iran tensions

Trump Says Progress Made With Iran, as Tehran Threatens Further Nuke Deal Breaches

Khamenei: We’ll keep rolling back our commitments

Oil drops more than 3% after State Secretary Pompeo says Iran is ready to negotiate about its missile program

Iran denies it’s willing to negotiate with US over ballistic missile program

Iran says Zarif’s missile remarks meant to challenge US, not negotiate over nukes

Christians Being Prosecuted in Iran on Charges of ‘Propaganda Against the Regime’

Trump says US will not sell fighter jets to Turkey

UN envoy meets UAE minister to discuss fighting in Libya

UAE, Egypt, US and others call for immediate end to Libya violence

Sudan army, protesters meet to discuss transition deal

Trump Reluctant to Punish Turkey Over S-400 Deal With Russia: ‘It’s Not Really Fair’

Saudi King Salman orders hosting 200 Christchurch attack victims for Hajj

US bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

Marshall Islands, Where U.S. Ran 67 Nuclear Weapon Tests, More Contaminated than Fukushima and Chernobyl

North Korea warns it may start testing missiles again

North Korea Hints at More Nuclear Tests Unless U.S. Ends Troop Drills With South

Rivlin visits Korean Demilitarized Zone, calling it ‘the mouth of a volcano’

Japan-South Korea dispute is called ‘disturbing and unhelpful’ for the global economy

China says Trump ‘misleading’ people linking trade deal, slowing economy

Trump administration plans to divert $40 mln in aid to Venezuela’s opposition

Venezuela Defies Sanctions to Sell $40 Million in Gold Reserves

ACLU pushes forward with request to sanction Trump officials in citizenship question case

Separated migrant families sue U.S. government, demand $3 million each

Prosecutors accuse MS-13 of 7 ‘medieval-style’ slayings, including cutting heart out of rival

Judge signs order permanently blocking citizenship question from 2020 census

‘Unfit to be president’: Full text of House impeachment resolution on Trump

Trump’s race tweets send Washington into midsummer madness

Melanie Phillips: Trump is playing the Democrats at their own race game

After tirade, Trump insists he doesn’t have ‘racist bone’ in his body

McConnell says Trump is not a racist, but calls for better rhetoric

What makes Trump’s tweets racist? A historian explains

Republican support for Trump rises after racially charged tweets: Reuters/Ipsos poll

US House condemns Trump’s racist tweets in extraordinary rebuke

Floor fight erupts as Pelosi speaks ahead of vote to condemn Trump’s ‘racist’ comments

House divided: Vote temporarily halted after Pelosi calls Trump comments ‘racist’ on the floor

After House rebukes his remarks as racist, Trump says congresswomen are worse

‘The Squad’ revives feud with Pelosi: Be aware when you ‘single us out’ that we’re ‘women of color’

Threats against members increasing, Capitol Police chief says

The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets

Ex-Ecuadorian president confirms Assange meddled in US election from London embassy

Minnesota city council reinstates Pledge of Allegiance after widespread backlash

Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing

Google attacked over rule that limits internet company liability

Ted Cruz confronts Google with an internal presentation showing how tech companies are leaning toward censorship

Facebook: More Government Censorship

Facebook Grilled By Senators Over ‘Crazy’ Cryptocurrency Plans. It Did Not Go Well.

Elon Musk wants to hook your brain directly up to computers – starting next year

‘Storm Area 51’ social media movement is ‘getting somewhat out of hand,’ says UFO expert

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary celebration dinner goes on after power outage pauses event

Partial lunar eclipse will be visible on 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 launch

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

5.2 magnitude earth hits the Fiji region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Fiji region

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake widely felt around San Francisco Bay Area

Is ‘The Big One’ next? California was shaking again Tuesday, with six earthquakes of 3.5 or greater

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Tropical Storm Danas to bring flood risk to Philippines, Taiwan; China, South Korea and Japan remain on alert

Tropical Storm Barry tests Louisiana’s multi-billion-dollar post-Katrina flood defenses

More than 100 dead and 6 million affected by flooding across South Asia

Hottest weather of season on tap for Northeast as record-challenging heat wave builds

Half of the country will see temperatures of 95 degrees or higher over the next seven days

Israel braces for extreme weather as temperatures set to soar

Virginia woman contracts flesh-eating infection, has emergency surgery after 10 minutes swimming at local beach

Proving Hitchcock Right, Bird Attacks Are Turning Violent This Summer

House orders Pentagon to review if it exposed Americans to weaponised ticks

Philippines declares national alert after 456 die from dengue fever

Downtown Atlanta hotel closes after 5 guests test positive for Legionnaires’ disease

Federal data shows opioid shipments ballooned as crisis grew

Police: People Overdosing On Synthetic Meth Made From Wasp Spray

Deep Ellum Robbers Using New Weapon: Synthetic Marijuana To Make Victims Pass Out

Teens Who Spend More Time on Social Media Have Increased Depression: Study

Trump abortion rule deals ‘devastating blow’ to Planned Parenthood, group says

Planned Parenthood president ousted after just 8 months on the job

Transgender murders in Honduras stoke fears of backlash against LGBT+ rights

Bachelorette star sends contestant home after sex before marriage spat, feud spills into Twitter

‘Iron curtain’ of religious persecution must end, says US religious freedom rep

Franklin Graham warns Equality Act would be ‘catastrophic’ for Christians if it becomes law


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Walter Williams – Things Haven’t always Been This Way

Friend of God Worship and Theology — Damage Assessment 15 Years Later

Bethel Pastor Says Jesus Asked Him For Forgiveness

XXXchurch founder Craig Gross hands ministry to former porn star and husband

Planned Parenthood Removes Leana Wen As President After Less Than A Year

New Interim Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson Claims Christians Can Support Abortions

Four Christians Singled Out for Wearing Crosses, Executed in Northern Burkina Faso


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