July 24, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued to block a U.S. House of Representatives committee from obtaining his New York state tax returns, with his lawyer accusing the Democratic-controlled panel of “presidential harassment.”

Army Secretary Mark Esper was sworn in as U.S. secretary of defense on Tuesday, hours after being confirmed by the Senate in a strong bipartisan vote that ended the longest period by far the Pentagon had been without a permanent top official.

A new U.S. rule aimed at slashing the number of asylum cases at the southern border with Mexico faces a court test on Wednesday when a federal judge will hear arguments about whether to block the measure pending trial.

South Korea protested on Wednesday against a Japanese plan to remove it from a list of countries that face minimum trade restrictions, saying it would undermine their decades-old economic and security cooperation and threaten free trade.

New U.S. proposals for a safe zone in north Syria do not satisfy Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, adding that an agreement on the issue needs to reached as soon as possible because Ankara has no patience left.

Facebook Inc will pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices and the social media giant will restructure its approach to privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

Nissan Motor Co warned on Wednesday that first-quarter profit tumbled around 90% percent, a day before it is expected to announce more than 10,000 job cuts as the crisis deepens at Japan’s second-largest automaker.

China warned on Wednesday that it was ready for war if there was any move toward Taiwan’s independence, accusing the United States of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló could step down on Wednesday after almost two weeks of protests against his administration, sparked by the publication of offensive chat messages and a corruption scandal, local media reported.

AP Top Stories

Two veteran senators – a Republican and a Democrat – unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs serving seniors and low-income people.

Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh ordered the massacre of some 30 migrants he said were “mercenaries” sent to topple him in 2005, a member of the former strongman’s hit squad told a truth commission on Tuesday.

Iran has threatened to cut its imports from Brazil unless it allows the refueling of at least two Iranian ships stranded off the Brazilian coast, a sign of the global repercussions of U.S. sanctions on the Islamic republic.

Iran is ready for “just” negotiations but not if they mean surrender, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, without saying what talks he had in mind.

For the first time in seven years, the State Department did not list how many Americans were sexually assaulted, robbed, murdered or kidnapped in Jamaica in its 2019 Crime and Safety Report. That information was previously published in reports that were cited in a 2018 Free Press investigation, which found that sexual assaults of U.S. tourists in Jamaica is an historic and unchecked problem, with an estimated one American raped a month.

The U.S. government will pay a minimum of $15 per acre to farmers hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China under an aid package to be unveiled before the end of the week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Tuesday.

From ballistic missiles to unmanned drones, Yemen’s Huthi rebels appear to have bolstered their fighting capabilities, posing a serious threat to mighty neighbor Saudi Arabia.

The governor of Hawaii on Tuesday visited protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on the state’s tallest mountain while acknowledging that their grievances were not just about a new observatory but also about the treatment of Native Hawaiians going back more than a century.

The former principal of an elementary school in Ann Arbor has sued the district, saying she was pushed out of her job because she’s white. Shannon Blick, 39, had run Lawton Elementary School for five years and possessed what her lawyer calls a “spotless and pristine employment record” before she was placed on administrative leave in April and effectively forced to resign. The lawsuit seeks $5 million and claims that Blick was forced out of her job so the district could replace her with an African American principal.

BBC

The US Senate has voted to extend the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which was at risk of running out of money.

Cuba has dismissed the findings of a US academic study which found brain abnormalities in US diplomats who worked in Cuba.

Top Kenyan officials led by Foreign Minister Monica Juma have handed back 35.4kg of gold, worth at least $1m, smuggled from Tanzania.

WND

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas provides eight specialized housing halls, specifically tailoring them to fit the needs of students with numerous backgrounds or lifestyles, including nutritious students, study-intensive students and LGBT students. One floor is intended for black students. The housing options are reportedly popular among students.

Even the word “Christian” ran afoul of YouTube. An ad for a ministry to veterans was rejected for including the word “Christian.” “Please remove the unacceptable content to continue.”


Mid-Day Snapshot · July 24, 2019

The Foundation

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.” —Noah Webster (1788)

It’s Mueller Time … Again

Stuttering, stumbling, asking to repeat questions — the special counsel’s testimony is a train wreck.


DOJ Opens Antitrust Probe of Big Tech

Social-media giants are on notice as government opens second antitrust investigation.


Democrats Demand Economy-Killing Marxist Wages

Even $15 an hour isn’t enough for some Democrats, who want a minimum wage of $20.


House Democrats Rebuke Anti-Semite ‘Squad’

The chamber overwhelming passed a resolution rejecting the anti-Israel BDS boycotts.


Comey Lied to and Spied on Trump

DOJ IG Michael Horowitz’s investigation may expose FBI misconduct at the highest levels.


Color of Skin or Content of Character?

What if Americans understood the differences between color and culture?


Video: Fiscal Conservatism Is Dead

Trump’s deal with Democrats unleashes spending, uncaps debt. Bill Whittle reflects.


Video: Minimum Wage Hurts Beginners

John Stossel investigates how Seattle’s $15 minimum wage killed entry-level jobs.



Today’s Opinion

Marc A. Thiessen
Bernie Sanders Runs Into Socialist Reality
Rebecca Hagelin
Donald Trump a Racist? Seriously?
Star Parker
Understanding Why ‘The Squad’ Screams ‘Racism’
Ben Shapiro
Why the Left Is Reconsidering Al Franken
Walter E. Williams
What’s Most Important?
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Mueller testifies, Esper confirmed, anti-trust probe, BDS vote, 9/11 victim fund, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Beto O’Rourke, and more.



Today’s Meme

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

Today’s Cartoon

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News – 7/24/2019

Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus Disease – External Situation Report 51
Since our last external situation report (data reported by 14 July 2019), 91 new confirmed EVD cases with an additional 75 deaths have been reported across the two affected provinces. We continue to observe sustained local transmission with a large number of cases in Beni Health Zone. In addition, cases continue to be exported from Beni to other health zones via the movement of cases and their contacts.

USGS reports magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit in Searles Valley, near Ridgecrest
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Searles Valley early Tuesday morning. The quake was reported near Ridgecrest, less than a month following the massive 7.1 and 6.4 quakes that rocked the region earlier in July.

Strong earthquake 6 mag, Balleny Islands region
A earthquake magnitude 6 (ml/mb) has occurred on Tuesday, Balleny Islands region (0 miles). The temblor was picked up at 20:33:24 / 8:33 pm (local time epicenter). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

BDS Proponent Ilhan Omar uses Israeli company to Power Website
Ilhan Omar (D, MN), who introduced legislation that seeks to protect those who want to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) Israel, uses an Israeli company to power her own website. Reddit user ‘EthanB111’, noticed that the site ‘IlhanOmar.com’ is powered by WIX, a company that allows its customers to easily build websites using simple drag and drop tools. WIX does not hide the fact that they are based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

What is the state of religious freedom in Israel & the Arab world? Here’s what the media is not telling you.
For the last several days, more than 1,000 Foreign Ministers, religious and civic leaders, academics and survivors of religious persecution from more than 100 countries have gathered in Washington for a State Department conference on advancing religious freedom. Keynote speakers have included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Pence, U.S. Ambassador At Large For International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Yazidi survivor of ISIS Nadia Murad, Sheikh bin Bayyah (considered one of the most influential Sunni Muslim theologians in the world), and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Is Bubonic Plague Predicted in L.A a Sign of Zechariah’s Prophecy in 2019?
During a Periscope broadcast on Friday, celebrity doctor Dr. Drew Pinsky, known simply as Dr. Drew, predicted that Los Angeles is in danger of an outbreak of Bubonic Plague in what he termed an imminent “apocalypse.” Ironically, Dr. Drew blamed civil liberties organizations, which he called “clueless do-gooders”, for exacerbating the problem by blocking alternative solutions for homelessness. He also referred to left-wing politicians as “disgustingly negligent.”

Dem Director: Rural White Americans ‘Not Grateful Enough’
David Atkins, a regional director for the California Democratic Party, who posted a nine-tweet thread on Thursday accusing “rural white Americans” of being “ungrateful” for what the federal government had done for them while charging the same group of voters with being “whiny” and “bigoted.” “You know who is not grateful enough? Rural white Americans,” Atkins wrote to begin his diatribe.

The rise of the Satanic Temple in Canada
As the national co-ordinator for the Satanic Temple in Canada, Marc has overseen the group’s latest developments and events since he started the chapter here in 2016. He says he got involved shortly after retiring from a decade in the Canadian military, searching for a new purpose in life, and new regimens. Many members, including Marc, were raised in devout Catholic households. Once they eschewed those beliefs, they found their way to Satanism. And it makes them feel whole. Lately, Marc can barely keep up with the sudden explosion of interest in the Temple and says hundreds of people across the country are trying to join.

Israel attacks Iranian stronghold in Syria – report
Syrian state television said on Wednesday there were reports of an Israeli attack on a strategic area in southern Syria where Western intelligence sources previously said Iranian-backed militias are known to be based. According to Ynet, explosions began around 12:40 a.m. near the Golan Heights. Then again at 1:00 a.m. two more explosions were heard. One in the Quneitra area and another in Tel al-Hara in the northwest of Daraa.

Boris Johnson: New PM to form government after taking office
Boris Johnson will head to Downing Street later after he takes over from Theresa May as prime minister. The new Conservative leader will take office on Wednesday afternoon following an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. After entering Number 10, he is expected to announce a clutch of senior cabinet posts, including chancellor of the exchequer and home secretary.

Europe heatwave: French city of Bordeaux hits record temperature
The French city of Bordeaux has hit its highest temperature since records began, as Western Europe braces for the second heatwave to hit this summer. On Tuesday, Meteo France registered 41.2C (106.1F) in the south-western city, breaking a 2003 record of 40.7C. Forecasters predict a record-breaking run across Europe this week, including Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

Guatemala president seeks to unblock US migration deal
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has filed an appeal against a court ruling blocking a deal to reduce the number of asylum seekers reaching the US border. He said last week’s court injunction could damage ties with the US. This comes after US President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Guatemalan goods.

Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months
Do you remember the good old days when we had “12 years to save the planet”? Now it seems, there’s a growing consensus that the next 18 months will be critical in dealing with the global heating crisis, among other environmental challenges. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030.

Iran claims U.S., Israel assassinated head of IAEA
The Iranian Tasnim News Agency published a report Wednesday quoting unnamed official sources suspecting Israel and the United States had assasinated Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency who died last week. According to the report, Amano was assassinated because he would not give in to pressure calling him to slander the Iranian nuclear plan…

Death toll from India, Nepal, Bangladesh floods jumps to over 300
The death toll from severe flooding in parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh rose to more than 300 on Monday, even as heavy rains are starting to ebb and water levels started to recede in some of the worst-affected areas.

Priest who said he urinated in communion wine, was attracted to satanism gets 25 years for child porn|
The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, a retired Idaho priest who once claimed to have urinated in communion wine at least once at his church, was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison without parole for what investigators said was the most disturbing child pornography case they had ever seen.

BREAKING: House Passes Anti-BDS Resolution in Direct Opposition to Omar and Tlaib!
A recently-passed House resolution which opposed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has exposed a glaring rift among Democrats, as members of “The Squad” including Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib opposed the idea.

Mexico had the most murders on record for the first half of the year
Mexico set a new record for the number of homicides recorded during the first half of the year, with the number of deaths rising 5.3% compared to the same time period last year.

The Chiapas “Infectons” Are Crossing US Border with Implanted and Deadly Diseases
In Part One of this series, through a brief review of a previous give part series, itw as revealed that the Chinese fully plan to use bioweapons in order to exterminate as many Americans as possible as a potential prelude to a massive Chinese colonization of the United States. Much of this information was obtained from a 20 page leaked document containing the contents of Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe’s intentions to takeover America.

BREAKING: ILHAN OMAR SUPPORTERS Caught Threatening, Attempting “to Dox a Somali WhistleBlower” Who Revealed Ilhan’s Crimes
The Gateway Pundit was sent several updates last week on Ilhan Omar’s history of tax fraud and her marriage to her biological brother.

Trump Administration Set To Expand ‘Expedited Removal’ Of Illegal Aliens
The Trump administration is set to expand the ability to rapidly deport illegal aliens who cannot prove they have been in the U.S. for two years or more, according to a federal filing on Monday.

Patriot Missile Batteries Are Being Installed As Pentagon Reactivates Key Saudi Military Base That Was Previously Used To Stage All Previous Middle East Wars In The Gulf
In the Bible, the nation of Iran is called Persia, is mentioned 29 times and figures prominently in end times prophecy, and at the moment it seems that the United States is preparing for war with them on a fairly large scale. The Pentagon has reactivated the Prince Sultan Air Base, and is filling it right now with hundreds of troops and massive firepower. This is the same air base that the United States has previously used in every Middle East campaign. Add to that Britain announcing plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz, and you got the recipe for another Gulf War.

Comey’s Cyber Spy in White House Stole Classified White House Material — Is Now Working for CNN
Yesterday a report was released that corrupt and fired former FBI Director James Comey had a spy in the Trump White House.  We know he stole information and shared it with Comey, the question is, did he try to frame the President as well?

CSI Beersheba: Israeli team develops tool to help detect blood at crime scenes
At crime scenes , forensic analysts work alongside investigators to collect evidence and analyze it for chemical, biological and physical markers, such as DNA.


Headlines – 7/24/2019

Greenblatt: Palestinians have aspiration, not right, to East Jerusalem capital – US plan won’t be based on ‘fictions of international consensus’

Ahead of peace plan rollout, Jared Kushner applies big data to Arab media

U.S. Mideast Envoy: Trump Hasn’t Decided When to Release Political Part of Peace Plan, Hope He Decides Soon

Commentary: Trump’s Economic Plan Is Necessary Because Peace Is Not Possible

Trump’s Middle East envoy faces resistance at U.N. Security Council

Trump’s Mideast envoy blasts UN Security Council over peace process

PA’s top diplomat: Another country will recognize Palestine by end of month

Hamas says ‘real opportunity’ for prisoner swap if Israel gets serious

House overwhelmingly OKs resolution opposing Israel boycott in rare bipartisan vote

Israel, US to increase energy cooperation in a variety of fields

Syria says Israel attacked posts held by its military, allied militias

Israel attacks Iranian stronghold in Syria

Lebanon accuses Israel of threatening civilian infrastructure

Israel: Iran smuggling dual-use items for Hezbollah arms by sea into Beirut port

‘The port of Beirut has become Hezbollah’s port’

Iranian news agency blames Israel for death of UN nuclear watchdog chief

France stresses need for Iran to respect nuclear accord

Iran is ready to negotiate but not if negotiations mean surrender – Iran president

US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

US may have downed more than one Iranian drone last week, top general says

Saudi cabinet says disruptions of maritime traffic violate international law

Iran vows to secure Strait of Hormuz

UK sent mediator to Iran to ‘plead for their ship to be freed’: Khamenei aide

Britain wins early European support for Hormuz naval mission

Pakistan’s Imran Khan says to meet Taliban in peace push

Afghanistan asks for explanation after Trump claims US could wipe it ‘off the face of the Earth’

Four dead in rebel attack on Thai army base

Russia expresses ‘deep regret’ over South Korea airspace violation, Seoul says

Boris Johnson wins race to become UK’s next prime minister

Israel congratulates new British PM Johnson, thanks May for friendship

Boris Johnson’s chaotic path to power finally pays off

‘I Don’t Know What He Will Do’: Europe Braces for Brexit With Boris Johnson

Editorial: Will Boris Johnson become the third Conservative prime minister to be undone by Brexit?

IMF downgrades world growth, warns of ‘precarious’ 2020

IMF says trade conflicts could make a sluggish global economy even worse

Puerto Rico officials order governor, aides to hand over phones amid scandal

7 striking photos show how massive the Puerto Rico protests really are

U.S. willing to offer Maduro guarantees he’ll be left alone if he leaves Venezuela

Trump Wants to Punish Guatemala Over Failed ‘Safe Third Country’ Deal

Mexico sets 1st half murder record, up 5.3%

Republican Senators Introduce a Resolution Deeming Antifa Members ‘Domestic Terrorists’

FBI Director Wray: Russia intent on interfering with U.S. elections

President Trump vowed millions of immigration arrests in dramatic raids. ICE caught 18 family members.

Mueller takes the TV stage; Democrats hope America tunes in

In high-stakes Mueller hearing, there are big risks for everyone

Barr says Mueller asked DOJ to send letter limiting testimony to ‘boundaries’ of report

Trump blasts decision to let aide accompany Mueller to testimony: ‘VERY UNFAIR’

Mitch McConnell: Mueller ‘case is closed,’ Americans ‘moved on’ from Russia investigation

Justice Dept. ratchets up antitrust scrutiny of Big Tech

The Department of Justice just launched a broad probe into whether big tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and others illegally harm competition

UPS Seeks Authority for Commercial Drone Flights

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Balleny Islands region

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

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Sumberasri, Indonesia

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Tropical Storm Dalila forms in the East Pacific

Tens of thousands without power after rare Cape Cod tornado touches down twice

Europe braces for another heatwave as forecasters predict record-breaking temperatures this week

Where will the West’s next deadly wildfire strike? The risks are everywhere

As rats overrun California cities, state moves to ban powerful pest-killers

Chinese scientists’ new technique to wipe out mosquito populations may provide vital new weapon against range of deadly diseases

Deadly fungal infections may increase with global warming

St Lucia, Barbados on Ebola alert

Christian doctor who nearly died of Ebola returning to Africa: ‘God has opened the doors’

Sex with HIV still a crime? Updated laws divide advocates

Russian LGBTQ activist is killed after being listed on gay-hunting website

Atlanta Mayor Hosts Drag Queen Story Hour at City Hall

Straight Pride Parade Permit Submitted To City Of Modesto


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Lance Wallnau Hosts $997 per person ‘Spiritual Warfare’ Conference at Trump’s D.C. Hotel

New York Bans Declawing Cats, Allows Abortions Up to Birth and Infanticide


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