July 22, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The U.S. Air Force has suspended paying incentive fees at all 21 military housing bases operated by landlord Balfour Beatty Communities following a Reuters-CBS News report that the company falsified maintenance records at an Oklahoma base to help it qualify for millions of dollars in bonuses.

The U.S. military on Sunday accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of “aggressively” shadowing a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II plane over international airspace, a fresh sign of growing hostility between the two countries.

Iran said on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the CIA and sentenced some of them to death, an announcement President Donald Trump dismissed as “totally false” amid an escalating international crisis over tankers in the Gulf.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday dismissed Iran’s announcement it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and sentenced some to death.

At least 17 people were killed and 28 others wounded when a bomb went off outside a hotel near the international airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday, medical officials said.

U.S. congressional and White House negotiators are close to a deal to extend the U.S. Treasury Department’s borrowing authority until July 31, 2021, a source close to the talks said on Monday.

Israeli forces demolished a cluster of Palestinian homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of protests and international criticism.

Trading on China’s new Nasdaq-style board for homegrown tech firms hit fever pitch on Monday, with shares up as much as 520% in a wild debut that more than doubled the board’s combined market capitalization and beat veteran investors’ expectations.

Credit-reporting company Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle U.S. federal and state probes into a massive 2017 data breach of personal information that affected around 147 million consumers, authorities said on Monday.

Sri Lanka on Monday extended a law granting security forces emergency powers for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s health minister, Oly Ilunga, resigned on Monday in protest at the presidency’s announcement last week that it would take control of the response to the Ebola outbreak instead of his team.

India launched a rocket into space in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon’s south pole, its most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power.

AP Top Stories

The government is implementing a new proposal that would ban asylum for immigrants coming to the United States through Mexico. It pins the uptick in border crossers on the asylum process, but the government’s statistics reveal that 90 percent of crossers in 2019 were not referred for an asylum interview at the border, and the highest share ever referred was just 19 percent in 2018.

The U.S. Army is investing in studying the “hyper fit” women who pass some of the military’s most grueling tests. “There’s this group of women who made it through the training so we want to get them to at least do these observational investigations to explore what makes them unique.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed electricity company Con Edison as thousands of people were without power Sunday night amid dangerously hot weather. “We’ve been through this situation w ConEd time & again & they should have been better prepared-period,” Cuomo tweeted.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that if a planned safe zone in northern Syria is not established, and if threats continue against Turkey, Ankara will launch a military operation east of the Euphrates River.

Tankers are offloading millions of barrels of Iranian oil into storage tanks at Chinese ports, creating a hoard of crude sitting on the doorstep of the world’s biggest buyer.

The first-ever Gay Pride parade was held in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok on Saturday, but the march was marred by violence from soccer hooligans and conservative campaigners staged counter protests, local police said.

Zimbabwe hiked fuel prices on Monday for the second time in a week but most pumps remained dry, with no end in sight to shortages that are helping drive inflation rapidly higher and which have led to protests about the cost of living.

Japan wants to make every effort to reduce tension between the United States and Iran before responding to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to guard strategic waters off Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

BBC

Argentina has designated Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement as a terrorist organization and frozen its assets.

Hong Kong has been left in shock after a night of violence on Sunday, which saw dozens of masked men storm a train station.

Benjamin Netanyahu has become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, surpassing the record set by the country’s founding father.

WND

Over 1,100 people from 19 different African countries have been arrested illegally crossing the border into the United States since May 30.

Records of more than 5 million Bulgarians got stolen by hackers from the country’s tax revenue office. In a country of just 7 million people, the scale of the hack means that just about every working adult has been affected.


Mid-Day Snapshot · July 22, 2019

The Foundation

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” —James Madison (1792)

Sanders Campaign Collides With Economic Reality

Bernie will now cut staffers’ hours to pay them his heavily touted $15 minimum wage.


Does Anyone Care About the National Debt?

Congress and White House negotiators are working to spend ever more of your money.


Massive Drop in Global Poverty Due to Free Market

But the UN attempts to claim government programs and socialism led to the decrease.


The American Dream or an American Nightmare?

Republicans are running to lead America. Democrats are just running it down.


Eliminating Educational Apartheid

Two bills introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley aim to break up the education “monopoly.”


Count the Ways President Trump Impacts the Black Community

The Left has turned a blind eye to Trump’s undeniable impact on the lives of black Americans


Video: America Isn’t Great?

Freedom Toons brings us “The Debunkers vs. The New York Times” on America.


Video: Google Is Censoring the 10 Commandments

Google VP says PragerU’s video is restricted because it contains the word “murder.”



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William Federer
Moon Landing and Communion on the Moon
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Setting an Example
Hans von Spakovsky
Trump Wins Big in Emoluments Lawsuits: 2 Down and 1 to Go
Todd Starnes
Federal Judge Bans Graduation Prayers, Religious Songs
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Monday Top News Executive Summary

Mueller shakedown, budget status quo, Sanders’s self-destruction, Georgia hate hoax, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, and more.



Today’s Meme

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News – 7/22/2019

Flocks of Dead Birds Randomly Fall From Sky in Australia: A Sign of End-of-Days?
A flock of birds fell from the sky in Australia, dying in gruesome agony. A closer look reveals that this is far from an isolated phenomenon and as more of these sightings occur, one rabbi warns that the death of nature is both a sign and an opportunity for us to fix our relationship with the Creator.

Russia Would Welcome Any Improvement Of Relations Between US, Iran – Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would welcome any moves aimed at easing tensions in relations between Tehran and Washington. “We would welcome any steps aimed at improving relations between the United States and Iran,” Putin told US film director William Oliver Stone in an interview. The Russian president also expressed concern over escalation of tensions around Iran as the country lies not far from the Russian borders.

Episode 1: The Secrets of Ilhan Omar
Episode 1 of the mini-series The Secrets of Ilhan Omar Exploring the evidence that a member of Congress Ilhan Omar committed Bigamy, Marriage Fraud

House Chaplain Casts Out Demons During Morning Prayer In Capitol Building
Reverend Patrick Conroy serves as the House of Representatives Chaplain in Washington, D.C. and regularly starts the day off for lawmakers with prayer. Thursday’s invocation was a little more serious than most days for Rev. Conroy. The Roman Catholic Priest prayed specifically to cast out the demons inside Capitol Hill. As reported by Fox News, Rev. Conroy said, “This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s House.” Conroy is a Jesuit priest, …

More than 500,000 still without power after severe weather strikes Michigan, Wisconsin
The majority of the power outages remain in Michigan, where more than 470,000 remained without electricity as of midday Sunday, according to poweroutage.us. More than a quarter of those outages were from Wayne County, which is home to Detroit.

Hurricane center watching system east of Bahamas, what it means for South Florida
The National Hurricane Center is watching an area of low pressure east of the Bahamas that has a 20 percent chance of tropical development over the next five days. The disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms is moving west at around 15 mph. While chances of a tropical cyclone forming are low, the disturbance is expected to increase rain chances for South Florida this week, according to the National Weather Service in Miami. If a tropical storm did form, it would be named Chantal.

California Is Launching a Creepy “Cradle to Career” Data System to Track EVERYTHING About Children
California, has a brand new program. The “Cradle to Career Data System” will study and document everything about a child born in the state. But don’t worry, it’s for your children’s own good. Beginning at birth and stalking the child until he or she joins the workforce, California wants to keep on eye on all sorts of demographics and variables.

Italy’s Etna volcano erupts on Sicily, closing two airports
Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s biggest live volcano, erupted overnight with lava flows and explosive burps, vulcanologists said Saturday. A heavy emission of ash into the sky forced the closure of two airports in Sicily’s second-biggest city of Catania. They partially reopened early Saturday.

Are you a Salad Bar Christian?
Did you know there are Salad Bar Christians, melding together a lot of curious practices, choosing what they like, but sometimes irrespective of what Scripture might say? A little of this and a little of that. A dash of Bible reading. A few prayers. A little Zen Buddhism here, and a little Hinduism (think yoga) there. Maybe church once a month. Dabbling in this and dabbling in that. Crystal-healing sessions, fortune telling, a little astrology, a tad of magic, medium readings, spiritism, burning sage, reiki, healing stones. “What’s twinkling to you?” … if you understand the spiritual aspects for much of the list above, it’s wise to stay away from it. And Scripture commands us to steer clear of fortune telling, mediums, and astrology. ad Bar Christian?

Kushner Heading to Israel, Arab Nations for Next Step in ‘Prosperity to Peace’ Plan Talks
Jared Kushner is expected to arrive in Israel next week as he sets out on another shuttle diplomacy effort to promote the Trump Administration’s Middle East economic development plan. Specifically, the trip is intended to finalize details of the proposed U.S. $50 billion plan to jump-start the Palestinian Authority economy while giving a boost to Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.

Boris Johnson is right: Islam means cultural suicide
“there must be something about Islam that indeed helps to explain why there was no rise of the bourgeoisie, no liberal capitalism and therefore no spread of democracy in the Muslim world”. After describing the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s artistic masterpiece in Rome, Boris Johnson wrote: “There is nothing like it in Muslim art of that or any age, not just because it is beyond the technical accomplishment of Islamic art, but because it is so theologically offensive to Islam”. In the world of media, tv, the entire cultural milieu, it is forbidden to claim Western cultural superiority.

Volcano eruption leads to state of emergency, evacuations in southern Peru
Peru’s government has declared a state of emergency and carried out numerous evacuations in the areas hit in one way or another by the Ubinas volcano’s eruptive process which has affected around 30,000 people in the south of the country, mainly due to the dispersion of ashes, authorities reported Sunday. The volcanic activity peaked Thursday when a column of ash of about 5,000 metres high dispersed in several regions of the south of the country, even reaching places in neighbouring Bolivia.

Former CIA agent exposes the Deep State
Kevin Shipp held several positions in the CIA and had top security clearance. Since leaving the CIA, he has become a whistleblower about the corruption he saw there and in other intelligence agencies. And he believes the Deep State is attempting a secret coup to take down President Trump. He believes that coup is treason. He made that claim and others in a recent interview with Greg Hunter of USA Watchdog. Shipp thinks indictments will be coming down, maybe as soon as this year – a civil war that has been brewing for over 60 years. One side is composed of the “dark left,” the shadow government – the FBI, CIA and the NSA – the DNC and members of Congress. Armed citizens are a key component to thwart them, he says.

Israeli security forces razing Palestinian homes in Wadi Hummus
Israeli security forces began razing some 18 Palestinian-owned buildings in Wadi Hummus, located in the West Bank just outside of Jerusalem. Photos and videos from the anti-occupation NGO All That’s Left, showed the border police surrounding and entering some of the buildings. While many of them are still under construction, it is thought that there are three families, totaling 17 people, living in a number of the buildings.

Hong Kong protests: Armed mob violence leaves city in shock
Hong Kong has been left in shock after a night of violence on Sunday, which saw dozens of masked men storm a train station. The men – dressed in white shirts and suspected to be triad gangsters – assaulted pro-democracy protesters and passers-by in the Yuen Long area. This is the first time this kind of violence has been seen in the ongoing anti-extradition demonstrations.

Imran Khan: Pakistan PM to meet Trump in bid to mend ties
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is due to visit the White House for his first face-to-face talks with US President Donald Trump. The meeting is part of a push to mend relations, which have been strained by the Afghan conflict. Mr Trump reduced security aid to Pakistan early last year, accusing the country of “lies and deceit”.

Medical chief calls for global health effort
Countries must work together to tackle global health risks, England’s outgoing chief medical officer has said. In her final annual report, Prof Dame Sally Davies said focusing on domestic issues could risk failing to control global threats such as Ebola. And she said learning from other countries would also ensure the NHS was not left behind.

‘Slaughter the Jews’ painted in Arabic on Western Wall in Jerusalem
An anti-Semitic vandal scrawled “Slaughter the Jews” on a section of the sacred Western Wall in Jerusalem over the weekend, according to local reports. The chilling phrase was spray-painted in Arabic on the Kotel HaKatan, or “Little Western Wall,” on Saturday in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Venezuelan fighter jet ‘aggressively shadowed’ U.S. aircraft, Pentagon says
A Venezuelan fighter jet “aggressively shadowed” an American reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Caribbean last week, military officials said Sunday. The Russian-made SU-30 Flanker approached the U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II on Friday at an “unsafe distance” and in an “unprofessional manner” while the aircraft was flying in approved international airspace, the United States Southern Command said in a statement.

CBP: Over 1,000 African migrants arrested near Mexican border
According to a new report from the U.S. Border Patrol, over 1,100 people from 19 different African countries have been arrested illegally crossing the border into the United States since May 30. “The apprehension of people from African countries illegally crossing our borders continues to increase,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz.

China says U.S. criticism over South China Sea is slander
Remarks by U.S. officials on China’s role in the South China Sea are slanderous, its foreign ministry said on Monday, after the United States voiced concern over reports of Chinese interference with oil and gas activities in the disputed waters. China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in shipborne trade passes each year, are contested, all or in part, by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Turkey will retaliate if U.S. imposes sanctions over S-400s: minister
Turkey would retaliate against what it called an unacceptable threat of U.S. sanctions over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defenses, its foreign minister said on Monday, adding he thinks President Donald Trump wants to avoid such measures. Turkey began receiving deliveries of the surface-to-air S-400 systems earlier this month, prompting the United States to begin removing the NATO ally from its F-35 stealth fighter program…

Democratic Party pours old Nazi-era tropes into new GOP-wineskins
…Could it be that Democrats are beginning to sense the extent to which their sustained, “toxic” and “politically-charged rhetoric” has so far exceeded the limits of civility, reason, and history that a serious push-back is coming? And, if Antifa is finally declared a terrorist organization, how will that implicate their funding sources, and the Democratic Party? “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will make the skins burst, and both the wine and the skins will be ruined.” Mark 2:22

Chinese Activist: Camps in Communist China Like ‘During the Holocaust,’ Body Organs Being Sold
Jewher Ilham, a human rights activist who fled Communist China after her father was imprisoned, noted that China’s concentration camps are like the ones that operated during the Holocaust and that human body organs are being sold.

Wildfires burning in heavily forested Castelo Branco region, central Portugal
More than 1 000 firefighters are battling several large wildfires in central Portugal since July 20, 2019. Fanned by strong winds, the fires are burning in heavily forested Castelo Branco region, 200 km (124 miles) N of capital Lisbon.

Daniel Turner: California’s latest descent into liberal madness – Berkeley bans natural gas
From sanctuary cities to brutally high taxes, California is the undisputed center of gravity for today’s far-left. If you want to see how liberal policies would look on a national level, you don’t have to imagine it. You can just look at the thousands fleeing the once-great state.

Los Angeles, California cities ‘overrun by rodents’ that pose public health epidemic, study says
An ever-growing number of rodents in California — particularly in Los Angeles — is being fueled by a spiking homeless population and restrictions on rodenticides that are risking a public health crisis, according to a study released Tuesday.

Autistic child kidnapped by state ends up in CPS system before being trafficked – are they trying to “disappear” all vaccine damaged children?
Despite all of their manufactured outrage over the illegal alien children that are allegedly being “separated” from their families and held in detention “cages” at the southern border, liberals are hypocritically nowhere to be found in standing up for the many American families that continue to be separated and torn apart by the corrupt Child Protective Services (CPS) system.

Powerful derecho sweeps through Midwest, leaves 365 000 customers without power
A powerful derecho swept through the Upper Midwest on Friday night local time, July 19, 2019, leaving more than 365 000 customers without power from Minnesota Michigan.

California Launches Creepy “Cradle-To-Career” Data System To Track Everything About Children
If you want to have a social credit system like the one in China, I guess you’ve got to start early…


Headlines – 7/22/2019

Senior US team to visit Middle East for talks on Washington’s peace plan

Trump’s peace team is heading back to Israel next week

Kushner to finalize Palestinian economic plan on Mideast tour, says US official

Despite hostile political stance, UN buying more from Israel

Trump congratulates Netanyahu for becoming Israel’s longest-serving PM

Trump: Radical Democrats need to apologize to US and Israel

‘Slaughter the Jews’ painted in Arabic on Western Wall in Jerusalem

Israel Begins Demolition of 70 Homes in Palestinian-controlled East Jerusalem Neighborhood

ISIS militants return to Iraq, continue fight

Syrian government bombing of rebel stronghold kills 11

Militants bomb, derail phosphate train in central Syria

Israeli Sources: Iran Trying to Arm Syria, Hezbollah by Sea

Saudi Arabia urges global action against Iran after UK tanker seized

Britain’s May to chair emergency session on seized tanker

For Britain’s Next Prime Minister, A High-Stakes Standoff With Iran Awaits

Japan’s Abe says will make every effort to reduce tension between US, Iran

Imran Khan: Pakistan PM to meet Trump in bid to mend ties

Hong Kong protests: Night of violence shocks city after seventh week of mass marches

UK PM front-runner Boris Johnson says trade deal can break Brexit deadlock

Venezuelan fighter jet ‘aggressively shadowed’ Navy aircraft over Caribbean Sea, US military says

Puerto Rico governor announces he will not seek re-election but refuses to resign

Reps. Cohen, Green vow to keep pursuing articles of impeachment against Trump

Omar’s boycott resolution tests a party’s moral compass

‘Apologize to America,’ Trump tells Democratic congresswomen

Nadler: Substantial evidence President Trump ‘guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors’ contained in Mueller report

Cat filter mistakenly used during police news conference on double homicide

India moon mission set to launch a week after it was aborted

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Amahai, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sangeang Api volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Invest 94L Is Unlikely to Develop in the Atlantic But Will Enhance Moisture in Florida

Records fall as last day of heat wave bakes Midwest, East Coast

Major power outages pop up from Michigan to New York amid dangerous heat wave

At least 50 dead pilot whales wash up on remote beach in Iceland

Philippines declares national emergency after more than 100,000 people contract Dengue fever

Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction

Polish city holds first LGBTQ pride parade despite far-right violence

David Jeremiah warns modern church is entertainment-driven social organization afraid of controversy

Why religious freedom is becoming a pressing global issue


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