July 31, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump’s repeated calls for easier monetary policy may not
be what’s driving the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates on Wednesday.

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and rival Kamala Harris will
stage a rematch of last month’s explosive debate confrontation during Round
2 on Wednesday, with a re-energized Biden promising a more aggressive
approach.

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders offered an unabashed defense of their
progressive policies during a Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, as
their more moderate rivals criticized their proposals as unrealistic and
politically untenable.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would look to cut defense costs
in future budgets after ramping up military spending during his first 2-1/2
years in office.

California’s Democratic governor signed a law on Tuesday requiring U.S.
presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns before they
can appear on the state’s ballot, a move aimed squarely at Republican
President Donald Trump.

Ethiopia’s parliament passed a bill on Wednesday to open up the country’s
financial sector to an estimated five million citizens living abroad or
with dual nationality, including allowing them to buy shares in local banks
and start lending businesses.

The European Union ended a standoff with Italy over African immigration on
Wednesday, agreeing to take 116 asylum-seekers rescued at sea last week but
denied permission to go ashore by the country’s right-wing interior
minister.

Employees at 11 restaurants and shops in Beijing selling halal products and
visited by Reuters in recent days said officials had told them to remove
images associated with Islam, such as the crescent moon and the word
“halal” written in Arabic, from signs. The campaign has included the
removal of Middle Eastern-style domes on many mosques around the country in
favor of Chinese-style pagodas.

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles early on Wednesday,
the South Korean military said, only days after it launched two similar
missiles intended to pressure South Korea and the United States to stop
upcoming military drills.

AP Top Stories

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system allowing
Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from
Canada for the first time, reversing years of opposition from federal
health authorities amid a public outcry over high prices for
life-sustaining medications.

A roadside bomb tore through a bus in western Afghanistan on Wednesday,
killing at least 32 people, including children, a provincial official said.

A Ukrainian court has ordered the seizure of a Russian tanker stopped last
week over its alleged involvement in a Ukrainian-Russian naval clash last
year.

An Afghan soldier was responsible for the killing of two American troops a
day earlier, an official told AFP Tuesday, in what appears to be the latest
example of an insider attack.

Russian investigators on Tuesday launched a probe into “mass unrest”, a
crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison, after thousands took to the
streets at the weekend to demand fair elections.

Nicaragua granted citizenship Tuesday to former Salvadoran President
Mauricio Funes, who has been in the country under political asylum since
2016 and is wanted back home on allegations of illicit enrichment and
embezzlement.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday restored federal protections
to grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, abiding by a
court ruling last year that removal of the bears’ threatened status
violated the Endangered Species Act.

President Donald Trump granted five full pardons Monday to John Richard
Bubala, Roy Wayne McKeever, Rodney Takumi, Michael Tedesco and Chalmer Lee
Williams. The president decided each man was worthy of Executive Grants of
Clemency after “a careful review of the files” of each individual. The full
pardons restore federal rights to the men, including the rights to vote and
bear arms.

BBC

Two mothers in Chicago have been killed in a drive-by shooting as they
stood on a street corner in an effort to deter gun violence.

Hong Kong is now in its eighth week of street protests, which began with
opposition to a controversial extradition bill but have spiraled into wider
opposition to the government and Beijing. As the situation grows yet more
tense, the impact is also being felt overseas, particularly among the
hundreds of thousands of mainland Chinese and Hong Kong students studying
in Australia.

A second person has died of Ebola on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s
border with Rwanda, raising fears the deadly illness could spread.

The leader of a South Korean doomsday cult has been sentenced to six years
in jail for holding her followers captive in Fiji and subjecting them to
violence.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has warned staff to prepare for job cuts in
the coming weeks, saying the airline has 900 too many pilots and cabin
crew.

WND

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh is urging voters to keep an eye out for the
Obamas as the 2020 election approaches because the former first couple
believes they still have something to accomplish. That Michelle Obama would
enter the Democratic race hasn’t been ruled out. I wouldn’t know what
percentage to attach to it, a number like 75 percent, 80, I don’t know, but
there’s a decent percentage chance that she gets in this. But not in the
middle of this fray,” he said.

David Gelernter, a famed Yale University professor, has publicly renounced
his belief in Darwin’s theory, calling it a “beautiful idea” that has been
effectively disproven.” The professor is famous for predicting the World
Wide Web.


Mid-Day Snapshot · July 31, 2019

The Foundation

“On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” —Thomas Jefferson (1823)

Demo Debate 3: Left vs. Far Left

The party’s “moderates” made what might be a last stand against the socialists.


Trump’s Economic Policies Raise Wages for 99%

Americans’ wages are increasing across the board, a new economic report finds.


Leftist Snopes ‘Fact-Checkers’ Hit Conservative Satire Site

The Babylon Bee is satire. Someone should tell the humorless leftists who can’t take a joke.


China Aims to Block Trump Reelection

Beijing is working to prevent the president from winning as a means by which to win the trade war.


Corps Values

Recent misdeeds by military personnel prompt question about rot in the ranks.


Mr. President, Is Baltimore That Bad?

Actually, it’s probably worse than Trump declared in his widely panned tweets.


Video: Free Stuff 2020

Presidential candidates promise expensive new programs. John Stossel adds up the cost.


Video: Trump Campaign Video Slamming ‘The Squad’

The president takes on the Gang of Four by artfully using their own words against them.



Today’s Opinion

Rebecca Hagelin
‘The Squad’ Video Reveals Dark Underbelly That Kellyanne Conway Described
Star Parker
Ownership, Not Government Spending, Will Shrink Wealth Gap
Michelle Malkin
Freedom of Assembly Under Fire
Jonah Goldberg
Congressional Impeachment Show Needs to Be Canceled
Walter E. Williams
Being a Racist Is Easy Today
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Democrat debate, California ballot law, prescription reform, transhumanism, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jim Geraghty, Arthur Brooks, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and more.



Today’s Meme

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

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

News – 7/31/2019

New Ebola case diagnosed in DR Congo’s Goma: health official
A new case of Ebola has been registered in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma, a key transport hub, a Congolese health official said on Tuesday, as the virus death toll rose to 1,790. It is the second case of Ebola detected in the lakeside city of more than two million people, close to the Rwanda border.

‘Amateur’ Capital One Hack Stuns Security Community
The massive data breach at Capital One appeared to be an unsophisticated attack from a single hacker, raising questions about the security of the financial system and insider threats to cloud computing. “The biggest surprise is the amateur nature of the attack,” said John Dickson of the security consultancy Denim Group.

“California Should Be Embarrassed” – State Passes Law Banning Trump From Ballot Unless Tax Returns Released
On Tuesday, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill requiring President Trump to either release his tax returns or he won’t appear on the ballot in the state.

Jeffrey Epstein Will Be Murdered by “Powerful Friends,” Lawyer Warns
Spencer Kuvin, a lawyer who represented three women during the criminal proceedings against billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein over a decade ago, says Epstein’s attempted suicide last week was likely an attempted hit by someone close to him. “I do question whether it was a true suicide attempt. I mean how do you choke yourself? It doesn’t make any sense,” Kuvin told The Sun newspaper. “There are reports someone came after him but that could just be because he’s a pedophile. Those types of individuals don’t last long in prison.” Kuvin’s warning mirrors what conservative author Ann Coulter said last week when she urged the Bureau of Prisons to move Epstein to a Super Max facility so that “the people who want him dead” won’t be able to hide their role in his child sex crimes.

Turkey expects US to end its support to PKK/YPG
Turkish defense minister has told his U.S. counterpart over a phone call that Turkey expects the U.S. to completely end its support to the PKK/YPG terrorist group. Hulusi Akar said Turkey would be obliged to create a safe zone on its own in case the two countries failed to find a common ground, according to a statement released by the National Defense Ministry on July 29.

President Trump Meets with Pastors about Inner City Problems: Alveda King Says ‘We Have a President Who’s Listening’
The employment rates are up in every community, including the black community. The historically black colleges and universities under this president are being blessed. The babies in the womb. The sick and poor and elderly are being blessed. We have an opportunity to continue to be blessed, and we have a president who’s listening. And I was glad to pray with him today.” -Alveda King

John Ratcliffe: AG William Barr will deliver justice to any Obama officials who committed crimes
A top Republican investigator said accountability is coming for any of those individuals who may have committed crimes during the Trump-Russia investigation. With the Justice Department conducting a review of that operation, Rep. John Ratcliffe said during a Fox News interview Sunday that he trusts Attorney General William Barr and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to provide answers. And while Ratcliffe said he does not want to prematurely accuse any specific person of a crime — as Democrats have done with President Trump — he stressed that it is clear crimes were committed by people during the Obama administration, including government officials.

The coming of persecution for Christian Americans
the Washington Examiner reported that Pastor Andrew Brunson said he was “astounded at the speed with which the U.S. is imploding” and that he predicts persecution of Christians will follow. Brunson is the evangelical Presbyterian missionary to Turkey who spent two years in a Turkish prison. Brunson made his remarks about the coming of persecution for American Christians during an interview at the Western Conservative Summit, held every year by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University.

End Times Complacency Spreading Through The Church
Coming on the heels of World War II, the rebirth of Israel, the Six Day War, and widespread societal upheaval, many were convinced the rapture would take place before the end of the decade. But the 1970’s came and went, and Jesus did not return. Then, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, numerous bible prophecy books with titles like “Countdown to Armageddon” and “Final Warning” sold all over the world. Yet Jesus didn’t come. End Times Burnout, The Bible Said This Would Happen.

Trump to host Arab leaders at peace summit before Israeli election – report
The Trump administration will host an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit at Camp David before Israel’s September elections…Jared Kushner is planning to…invite the Arab leaders during his trip to the Middle East which starts on Thursday with a stop in Jerusalem. The summit…at Camp David…President Donald Trump will lay out his vision for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in general terms, the Wednesday report said.

Zarif: Iran to reduce nuclear deal commitments unless Europe protects it
Iran is set to further cut its commitments to its international nuclear deal unless its European partners move to protect it from U.S. sanctions by ensuring it can sell oil and receive income, its foreign minister told state television on Wednesday. “Under current circumstances and if no action is taken (by the Europeans) we will take the next step (in cutting commitments),” Mohammad Javad Zarif said…

China orders Arabic, Muslim symbols taken down in Beijing
Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs, part of an expanding national effort to “Sinicize” its Muslim population. Employees at 11 restaurants and shops in Beijing selling halal products …said officials had told them to remove images associated with Islam, such as the crescent moon and the word “halal” written in Arabic, from signs.

Ebola crisis: Second case confirmed in DR Congo border city of Goma
A second case of Ebola has been detected on Democratic Republic of Congo’s border with Rwanda, raising fears the deadly illness could spread. The case was confirmed in the city of Goma, home to two million people, authorities said. More than 1,600 people have died of Ebola in DR Congo since the outbreak began in August 2018 but those have been in more remote areas.

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles in second missile launch in a week
North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast, according to South Korea’s military, the second such launch in a week. The two missiles were launched from the Wonsan area early on Wednesday. Last week’s launch was the first such action since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in June.

ISIS Warns of Terror Strikes in San Francisco, New York, London
The ISIS terrorist organization is threatening to launch new attacks in San Francisco, New York, and London, according to new warning messages posted on the group’s social media channels. The messages…feature the three cities and call for adherents of the terror group’s radical ideology to “kill them all,” according to copies of the warnings obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, a group that monitors jihadi networks.

America’s Housing Affordability Crisis Spreads to the Heartland
Low mortgage rates and thriving employment should be the recipe for a strong housing market. Instead, they’re deepening America’s affordability crisis. What began on the coasts, in areas like New York and San Francisco, is now radiating into the nation’s heartland, as well as to cities from Las Vegas to Charleston, South Carolina. Entry-level buyers are scrambling to purchase homes that are in short supply, sending values soaring.

Neuroscientists decode brain speech signals into written text
Doctors have turned the brain signals for speech into written sentences in a research project that aims to transform how patients with severe disabilities communicate in the future. The breakthrough is the first to demonstrate how the intention to say specific words can be extracted from brain activity and converted into text rapidly enough to keep pace with natural conversation.

Egyptian, Jordanian leaders meet ahead of Kushner’s visit
Jordan’s King Abdullah ll met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to arrive at a united position on the Trump Administration’s proposed plan to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Just days before an American team is set to visit the Middle East, the two leaders met in Cairo to discuss “relations between the two countries and ways to promote levels of joint cooperation,” according to a statement from the Jordanian government.

Swiss Funding Freeze in Wake of UNRWA Corruption Allegations Piles On Palestinian Refugee Agency’s Woes
Switzerland confirmed on Tuesday that it was temporarily freezing funding for UNRWA — the United Nations agency dedicated solely to Palestinian refugees and their descendants — following the emergence of an internal report that accused the agency’s top management of systematic corruption and abuse.

Bipartisan Senate bill to inquire about creation of US-Israel cyber-security center
U.S. Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced Tuesday a bill to require the U.S. State Department to investigate potential benefits of establishing a joint U.S.-Israel cybersecurity center.

“California Should Be Embarrassed” – State Passes Law Banning Trump From Ballot Unless Tax Returns Released
“… it’s unconstitutional and it opens up the possibility for states to load up more requirements on candidates in future elections. ”

Pompeo: US will maintain Strait of Hormuz, as Iran continues to reject talks
“We are gonna keep it open,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “Countries from all across the world who have a vested interest in keeping those waterways open will participate.”

40 Percent of Americans Believe in Creationism and Reject Evolution, Gallup Poll Finds
The nation’s universities and the mainstream media may be promoting evolution, but a large percentage of Americans still isn’t buying it. Forty percent of Americans say they believe “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so,” according to a Gallup poll released July 26. It is an increase from 38 percent in 2017, the last time Gallup asked the question.

Pakistani Christian in hiding because of blasphemy accusations pleads with UN to help
A Pakistani Christian refugee accused of blasphemy is facing renewed death threats after his location in Thailand was revealed on social media this month. But he and his family continue to face hurdles in their years-long effort for resettlement with no end in sight.

California Lawmakers Pass Resolution Blaming Religious People for High Suicide Rates in the LGBT Community
Lawmakers in California have passed a resolution that singles out the state’s religious communities and forces them to fully support LGBT individuals.

Black Moon is coming Wednesday: What that means
We’ve seen all kinds of interesting phases of the Moon, from “Super blood Moons” to “full worm supermoons” to even the stunning Strawberry Moon.

Crackdown Coming? China Gathers Forces On Hong Kong Border Amid Unrest
Comes after Beijing charged that unrest is “creation of the US”


Headlines – 7/31/2019

Trump to lead peace conference at Camp David with Arab leaders before Israeli election, during which he will outline his peace plan

Greenblatt and Hook: Israeli-Palestinian peace would be Iran’s worst nightmare

Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ Is Getting Even Better for Israel

Abbas: Israel destroying all opportunities for peace

PA premier: Without a two-state solution, Israel will suffer ‘demographic death’

US envoy: Trump peace plan will encourage Palestinian ‘autonomy’

Egypt muzzles media on US peace plan

Ocasio-Cortez Suggests Palestinians ‘Have No Choice But to Riot’ Against Israel

Netanyahu’s West Bank plan: 6,000 settlement homes, 700 Palestinian homes

Swiss Funding Freeze in Wake of UNRWA Corruption Allegations Piles On Palestinian Refugee Agency’s Woes

Israel’s UN envoy urges world to defund UNRWA over alleged misconduct

Israeli Embassy in Finland Vandalized

Church of the Apostles discovered near Sea of Galilee, archaeologists say

Israel said to hit Iranian sites in Iraq, expanding strikes on missile shipments

Iraq is on the brink of an abyss again – ISIS is working on a comeback

ISIS urges followers to carry out attacks in major Western cities

Trump to hold off on tightening limits on Iran’s nuclear work

U.S. Struggles to Get Help from Europe As Iran Plans Military Moves with Russia, Seeks Support from China

Trump asks Germany to help protect vessels in Gulf

Pompeo: US will maintain Strait of Hormuz, as Iran continues to reject talks

Iran, UAE to hold maritime security talks

Zarif: Iran will cut nuclear deal commitments further unless Europe acts

Bus strikes roadside bomb in Afghanistan, 32 killed, including children

UN says more Afghan civilians killed in 2019 by Afghan, U.S. and allied forces than terror groups

Sri Lanka gives free visa to boost tourism after bomb blasts

North Korea fires unidentified projectiles for second time in week

China Covertly Subverting Trump Reelection

Brazilian prisoners seen playing soccer with rivals’ severed heads

Judge dismisses DNC hacking lawsuit against Trump team, says claims ‘entirely divorced from the facts’

Trump: Tweeting is ‘my only form of defense’

California Requires Trump to Release Tax Returns for Spot on Primary Ballot

2020 Democrats keep shifting left. Moderates fret they’ll shift even further at next debate

Elizabeth Warren says Trump is advancing ‘environmental racism,’ ‘economic racism,’ ‘health care racism’

Trump prods Federal Reserve to make ‘large’ cut to interest rates

Political pressure complicates Fed’s expected rate cut

America’s Housing Affordability Crisis Spreads to the Heartland

Capital One Breach Casts Shadow Over Cloud Security

Hacked Highways? Connected Cars Could Gridlock Entire Cities, Study Warns

US issues hacking security alert for small planes

Drone makes first commercial delivery in The Bahamas

Forget props and fixed wings. New bio-inspired drones mimic birds, bats and bugs.

Israeli Seismologist Warns of Fatal Earthquakes Resulting from Water Drills Up North

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near La Libertad, El Salvador

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gazion, Greece

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Okhotsk, Russia

Karangetang volcano in Indonesia erupts to 25,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

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

Two hurricanes, one a Category 4, are moving toward Hawaii

Hurricane Center gives tropical wave in the Atlantic 40% chance of becoming cyclone

Minnesota Weather: Temperatures Dip To 37 Degrees In International Falls, Breaking 121-Year-Old Record

Report: Never Mind the Rain, Drought is Possible in Caribbean

Siberian Wildfires Swell to Crimea-Sized Area, Authorities Say Extinguishing Them Is ‘Pointless’

A-listers flock to Google summit in private jets, mega yachts to talk climate change

China’s pig herd predicted to shrink by 50% due to swine fever

Human-animal hybrids to be developed in Japan after ban controversially lifted

Planned Parenthood and ACLU sue Missouri over 8-week abortion ban

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed – and Families Are Grateful

California Lawmakers Pass Resolution Blaming Religious People for High Suicide Rates in the LGBT Community

Weightlifter Hubbard becomes lightning rod for criticism of transgender policy

Woman accused of urinating on potatoes at Walmart turns herself in: report


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Judgment: The biblical explanation for insanity, evil, and disintegration of human souls

The Disappearance of Justice, Truth, and Whatever Glue Had Once Held Us Together

Willow Creek publicly closes chapter on Bill Hybels with call for him to ‘repent’ as needed

Southern Baptist Blog Says, “Trump is Racist” And You Should Not Vote for Him

Jury finds Katy Perry’s hit ‘Dark Horse’ copied Christian rap song ‘Joyful Noise’

Campus Crusade For Christ Teaching Kids That It’s Okay to be Gay

More churches are checking the national sex offender registry. Is it helping?

Montana – Ten Commandments Park Vandalized

Too busy for church? There’s an app for that

British police pay $3,000 to street preacher for wrong arrest, taking away Bible

Boko Haram Suspected in Funeral Attack that Killed 65


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