September 10, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is going all-out to try to keep a North Carolina district in the Republican column in a special congressional election on Tuesday that may serve as a bellwether for his own fortunes in 2020.

U.S. lawmakers will question Trump administration officials on their plan to release mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which guarantee over half the nation’s mortgages, from government control more than a decade after they were bailed out during the 2008 financial crisis.

The Trump administration on Monday credited Mexico and Central American countries with helping to cut U.S. border arrests by nearly 60% from a record high earlier this year but then lashed out at a federal judge for ruling against a strict anti-asylum policy.

Britain’s Heathrow Airport said it will work to ensure it stays open and can operate safely during planned drone disruption by climate activists due to start on Friday.

Spain stood on the brink of a repeat election on Tuesday after the Socialists and far-left Unidas Podemos said they had made no progress in a new round of talks aimed at striking a government deal and overcoming major differences between the two.

The European Union must lead the fight against climate change, build ties with the United States and Africa and face up to a more assertive China, the incoming chief of the EU executive said.

Many farmers are angry, and some are directing their anger not at the Republican president, but at Washington’s bureaucracy. American farmers helped elect President Donald Trump in 2016 on hopes he would shake up Washington and turn around a struggling agricultural economy, but many of his policies have actually stung farmers, notably his trade war with China and biofuel waivers for oil refiners.

Consumers worried about the environment are cutting their spending on meat and bottled drinks and trying to reduce plastic waste, and this trend is set to accelerate as climate concerns mount, a global survey showed on Tuesday.

States across the American South have closed nearly 1,200 polling places since the Supreme Court weakened a landmark voting-discrimination law in 2013, according to a report released by a civil-rights group on Tuesday.

The annual upgrade to the iPhone is expected to include new camera features but few big changes, with Apple in a “holding pattern” until it rolls out 5G phones with faster mobile data speeds next year, analysts said.

AP Top Stories

A majority of Americans supports banning the future sale of assault-style rifles but is against a federal gun-confiscation program that would force current owners to forfeit such weapons, according to a new Monmouth University poll.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday called for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians wanting to return home, and Air Peace offered free flights last week. At least 640 Nigerians have signed up to take free flights home from South Africa after xenophobic attacks on foreigners, a spokeswoman for Nigeria’s president said on Tuesday.

Inflation data released Tuesday showed that pork prices surged 46.7% from a year earlier in August, almost 20 percentage points higher than in the previous month, as African swine fever ravaged China’s hog herd and diminished supplies.

The Philippines on Monday reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from Slovakia to China, pushing up pork prices worldwide.

Australian Vietnam War veterans on Tuesday handed over information to help their former enemies locate the bodies of some of the 200,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers still classed as missing in action.

A pair of sisters made military history by both attaining the rank of general within the U.S. Army.

If he gets his way, Filipino senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao would have drug criminals executed by firing squad. That’s getting closer to becoming a reality in the Philippines, where in the past seven weeks, 21 bills have been filed before the lower house and Senate to reinstate the death penalty, collectively covering crimes ranging from drug trafficking and plunder to kidnapping, rape and murder.

BBC

Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has named her choices for the EU’s new top team. If approved by the European Parliament, Mrs. von der Leyen’s executive team will be the most gender-diverse in EU history, with 13 women and 14 men.

An Iranian female football fan who set herself on fire a week ago has died. The woman set herself alight in Tehran after her trial, for attempting to enter a football stadium disguised as a man, was postponed.

Japan’s environment minister says contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant may have to be released into the ocean because storage space will run out in 2022.

North Korea is willing to restart denuclearization talks with the United States later this month, the country’s vice foreign minister has said.

WND

According to a survey of 2,000 British residents commissioned by Microsoft Surface, many of our best ideas are most likely to occur as we are dozing off, when we first wake up in the morning, and even in the middle of the night.

One doctor and medical school professor at the University of Southern California is reportedly responsible for guiding some 1,000 children into transgender identities, according to a Reuters news report.

A school in the United Kingdom is facing protests after it banned skirts and made wearing pants a dress code requirement. The rationale? Officials were weary of checking proper skirt length … and the need to accommodate transgender students.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Sept. 10, 2019

The Foundation

“To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted.” —Alexander Hamilton (1791)

Under Trump: Record Minority Employment, Fewer Food Stamps

The surging economy is providing jobs and wage growth for all Americans.


Good Border News but Bad Bench News

Illegal crossings are significantly down, but an Obama judge undermines Rule of Law again.


Afghanistan Is a Tough Sell for America

There are four options for the Long War against the Taliban. None is appealing.


Businesses Are Becoming Entirely Too Political

The “woke” business model of catering to every leftist whim is going to turn out badly.


Handmaid Hollywood Hypocrites

Convicted rapist Polanski wins an award, while The Handmaid’s Tale sequel is released.


The Expanding Antitrust Probe of Big Tech

Social-media giants are on notice as 50 attorneys general take on Google.


Good News Topics Are Good Media

“If the media want to attract audiences, they don’t necessarily need to only show negative content.”


Video: Is the Electoral College at Odds With the Constitution?

Matt Christiansen rebuts Chris Hayes for an absurd argument against American government.


Video: Black Athletes Should Leave White Colleges?

“Social justice” columnist Jemele Hill advised them to leave because of inherent racism.



Today’s Opinion

Stephen Moore
Democrats Once Again Embrace Population Control to Save the Planet
Gary Bauer
Peace Talks Off
Cal Thomas
Dealing With the Taliban Devil
Tony Perkins
A Farewell to Firearms?
Dennis Prager
The Equation That Explains Evil
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Google probe, judicial activism at the border, spending binge, NRA pushes back, and more.


Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Neil Gorsuch, Tulsi Gabbard, Beto O’Rourke, Frank Fleming, 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.

Headlines – 9/10/2019

Israel ‘very close’ to launching military operation in Gaza, says Israeli minister

Prompted by Iran, Palestinian Islamic Jihad plays lead role in Gaza escalation

NGO: PA raises salaries of bomb makers behind deadly 2003 attacks

Palestinians protest after cancer-stricken terror convict dies in Israeli prison

Wider Image: Israel’s settlers and the Palestinians they live among

Gantz raises alarm over possible violence at polls after camera bill fails

‘Orthodox Church in America’ Fires Priest for Praying for Israel, Calling Out Christian Anti-Semitism

Tiny First Temple seal impression found with name of Bible-era royal steward

Lebanon PM, US diplomat talk offshore gas feud with Israel

Hezbollah’s Demographic Problem Explains Its Restraint

Blasts reported at Iraqi warehouse allegedly used by Iran-backed militia

Strike attributed to IDF destroys Iranian storehouses on Syria-Iraq border

Syria Rockets Launched by Same Group That Attempted Drone Attack, Israeli Defense Officials Believe

Iran Ready to “Wipe the Zionist Regime off the Map”

Iran building large-scale military base in Syria

Netanyahu accuses Iran of hiding evidence of nuclear facility

Netanyahu reveals site where Iran ‘experimented on nuclear weapons development’

Satellite Images Reveal Damage of Strike That Reportedly Killed 18 in Syria

Iran accuses Netanyahu of seeking war after nuclear site reveal

Netanyahu’s new Iran revelation: Another bombshell or an election stunt?

Opposition raps Netanyahu’s Iran briefing as ‘selling out security’ for politics

Zarif: Netanyahu ‘cries wolf’ on alleged secret Iranian nuclear site

For Bibi, Iran is the gift that never stops giving – analysis

Iran blames Europe as it rolls back nuclear commitments

UN atomic watchdog confirms Iran installing advanced centrifuges

Trump says he could solve Iran’s problems ‘in 24 hours’ if Tehran willing

Mnuchin says US considering sanctioning Turkey over purchase of Russian S-400

US reportedly extracted spy from Moscow over fear of Trump spilling beans

Afghan peace deal: Trump says Taliban talks are ‘dead’

The U.S.-Taliban Negotiations: A Deadly Qatari Trap

Boko Haram: Bloody Terror, No End in Sight

Russians vote in local and regional elections after biggest protests in years

Moscow’s elections dealt a blow to Putin’s party. But it’s complicated.

EU will not recognize results of Russian elections in Crimea

Russia Accuses Facebook And Google Of Illegal Election Interference

North Korea says willing to resume U.S. talks this month, launches more projectiles

Brexit: Boris Johnson’s second attempt to trigger election fails

Protests as UK’s Johnson suspends Parliament after fresh Brexit blows

Chaotic scenes in the Commons as parliament is suspended – as it happened

UK PM Johnson vows to get Brexit deal after losing election vote again

Real US debt levels could be 2,000% of economy, a Wall Street report suggests

Three dead, one injured in shooting in Dutch city of Dordrecht

Border apprehensions plunge as Trump administration hails Mexico pact

Trump’s alleged attempts to force Ukraine to meddle in 2020 election being investigated, as party moves forward on impeachment

Liberals haunted by social media tactics they use against the right

Watch It, Facebook, Israeli Startups Devise Ways to Protect User Privacy

Facebook warns about iPhone privacy change that could unsettle Facebook users

Google’s got a new face-tracking camera for your home. We’ve got questions

Rare ‘Micromoon’ Is Gracing Us With Its Presence On Friday The 13th

3 Asteroids Are Zipping Past Earth Today

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Southeast of Easter Island

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Araya, Venezuela

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Amatignak Island, Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Forecasters keeping watchful eye on multiple tropical disturbances roaming across Atlantic

An active tropics ahead of the historical peak of hurricane season

Hurricane Dorian reveals Civil War-era cannonballs on a South Carolina beach

Hurricane Dorian: Survivors in Bahamas kicked off rescue boat due to U.S. visa concerns

Trump claims Bahamians need ‘totally proper documentation’ to enter US

Trump: ‘Very bad people’ may try to flee hurricane-ravaged Bahamas to US

NOAA Chief Scientist Says Move To Contradict Agency And Back Trump Was ‘Political’

Commerce chief threatened firings at NOAA after Trump’s hurricane tweets, sources say

World Meteorological Organization Chief Castigates Climate Alarmists: “It’s Not The End Of The World”

Nearly 1,000 Amazon employees plan a walkout to protest climate change

Protesters shut down California’s legislature as bills tighten vaccine exemptions

One person dies every 40 seconds from suicide, WHO says

Vaping fears prompt Alabama high school to remove bathroom stall doors

Twins to Celebrate First Birthday After Successful In-Womb Operation

Planned Parenthood Partner Admits Selling Intact Heads and Brains From Aborted Babies

Thousands walk in silent protest against decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland

European Doctor Who Prescribes Abortion Pills To U.S. Women Online Sues FDA

New York Times gushes over ‘rising drag stars of America.’ Those ‘stars’ are children.

White House slams judge’s order against new asylum rule: A ‘gift to human smugglers and traffickers’


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Biblical Eschatology – An Overview of Various End Times  Beliefs

Jesus Culture New Hit Calls the Lord an Uncontrollable, Voracious, Wolfish and Greedy God

The Ecumenical Deception Of Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusades

Pastors face questions after selling church property and buying million dollar lakefront home

Why even atheists find this Manhattan church attractive

Worshipers flock to mysterious crying Virgin Mary icon, hope miracle saves church from sale

Planned Parenthood Partner Admits Selling Intact Heads and Brains From Aborted Babies

Two Planned Parenthood Locations to Close, Thanks to Defunding Efforts


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