September 18, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Wednesday named U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as his choice to replace John Bolton as his White House national security adviser.

President Trump on Wednesday said he ordered a major increase in sanctions on Iran in the latest U.S. move to pressure Tehran, which U.S. officials say probably carried out a crippling weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said he believed Congress would act to pass a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement this year, providing important momentum for the U.S. economy.

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday threatened to subpoena Juul Labs if the e-cigarette maker does not provide documents relating to its products and marketing practices, as a House panel looks into whether the company deliberately targeted children.

Hong Kong’s Jockey Club canceled all races planned for Wednesday after pro-democracy protesters said they would target the Happy Valley racecourse where a horse part-owned by a pro-China lawmaker was due to run.

A suicide bomber and gunmen wounded at least nine people, including a child and a woman, in an attack on a government building in eastern Afghan on Wednesday, officials said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that he would urge U.S. President Donald Trump next week to revive Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban militant group.

U.S. homebuilding surged to more than a 12-year high in August as both single- and multi-family housing construction increased, suggesting that lower mortgage rates were finally providing a boost to the struggling housing market.

India banned the sale of electronic cigarettes on Wednesday and warned of an “epidemic” among young people, in the latest and potentially biggest move against vaping globally over growing health concerns.

AP Top Stories

President Donald Trump on Wednesday admonished “Dummy Beto” O’Rourke for impassioned remarks on gun reform he made at last week’s primary debate, charging that they complicated the path toward a bipartisan agreement. “Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal,” Trump tweeted. “Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward!”

Triple threat: tropical storm Imelda in Texas, Humberto nears Bermuda and TD 10 in Atlantic.

A North Carolina high school cheerleading team is on probation after taking a picture in front of a Trump 2020 re-election banner.

Russian border guards have detained two North Korean boats in Russian territorial waters in the Sea of Japan after one of them attacked a Russian patrol, local media cited the Federal Security Service (FSB) as saying on Tuesday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed an offer of big bounties for hundreds of convicted murderers and rapists set free in a corrections bureau blunder, and said he would be happier if they were caught dead rather than alive. The release under a good behavior reward program of more than 1,700 criminals guilty of dangerous offences has been a huge embarrassment for a crime-busting former mayor who was elected almost entirely on promises to make the streets safer.

France will soon start distributing radioactivity-blocking iodine pills to an additional 2.2 million people living near the country’s 19 nuclear power plants, to be taken in case of accidental radiation leaks, regulators said Tuesday.

General Motors shifted health insurance costs for its striking workers to the United Auto Workers union as its members walked the picket line for the second day on Tuesday.

The number of women who have abortions in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest point since the procedure was legalized in 1973, according to a new report. The rate of abortions was 13.5 per 1,000 women of childbearing age in 2017, down from 14.6 in 2014, and 16.9 in 2011.

Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere mainly by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth’s surface more quickly than previously understood, according to new climate models set to replace those used in current UN projections, scientists said Tuesday. By 2100, average temperatures could rise 7.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels if carbon emissions continue unabated.

BBC

The Taliban have told the BBC that their “doors are open” should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future.

Ecuador’s parliament has rejected a controversial bill to allow abortion in cases of rape, a proposal that exposed divisions in the traditionally Catholic country.

At least 27 people, many of them children, have been killed in a fire at a boarding school in a suburb of the Liberian capital Monrovia.

Female jockeys will be encouraged to take part in a new $27m horse racing meeting in Saudi Arabia.

WND

A whistleblower’s complaint shows that Facebook itself has inadvertently provided the two extremist groups with a networking and recruitment tool by producing dozens of pages in their names.

China is moving forward rapidly its plans for a controversial social credit rating system that will include 33 million companies, raising fears of reprisals among foreign firms as Beijing seeks to extend its control over the business environment in the country. The social credit rating will include court rulings, tax records, environmental protection issues, government licensing, product quality, work safety, and administrative punishments by market regulators.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Sept. 18, 2019

The Foundation

“Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.” —James Wilson (1791)

Hilarious Lewandowski Hearing

Nadler’s partisan hearing nets no new information. Consider us shocked — shocked.


Dems Furious at Beto for Exposing Gun-Control Goals

O’Rourke merely said what all Democrats are thinking. They have to pretend otherwise.


Democrats Target Three Villains

Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, and Mitch McConnell are the targets of their ire.


The Trump-Kavanaugh Do-Over

Why is the left refighting this lost battle? Because it refuses to accept the results of the last election.


Is ‘Democracy’ Dying in England and America?

The elites are increasingly ignoring the people they are elected to represent.


Warning: Facebook Health Hazard

Research finds that too much time on Facebook leads to deteriorating physical and mental health.


Capital Punishment: Execute Speedily

The American crime system suffers from numerous problems that swifter action would fix.


Air Force Birthday

Here’s to our brave airmen and women protecting freedom in the skies in the USAF.


Video: Life Is Better Than Ever

Don’t believe news reports — we’re healthier, richer, and safer than ever before.


Video: Addressing Opioid Abuse

Really solving the crisis means being in for the long haul, says The Heritage Foundation.



Today’s Opinion

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The Alternative History of the United States
Star Parker
Noisy Presidential Politics Is a Good Sign
John Stossel
‘Everything That’s Bad Is Politics; Everything That’s Good Is the Market’
Michelle Malkin
Facebook Incites Violent War on ICE
Walter E. Williams
Racist Exam Questions?
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

New National Security adviser, Israeli election, witch-hunt flub, Sanders’s rent control, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jim Geraghty, Donna Brazile, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, 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 – 9/18/2019

Israel election: Netanyahu says country at ‘historic junction’ as exit polls too close to call

Israel Election Results: With 92% of Votes Counted, Netanyahu’s Bloc Slightly Ahead but Fails to Secure Majority

Israeli election: lengthy coalition talks loom as early results point to deadlock

Netanyahu far from 61 seats, Liberman poised to be kingmaker – exit polls

Reiterating call for unity, kingmaker Liberman sets out list of secular demands

Israel Election 2019: After Failing to Secure Majority, Netanyahu Says Will Form ‘Strong, Zionist Government’

Warning of national crisis, kingmaker Liberman appeals for speedy unity

Likud MK: There’s always a possibility for a third election

Rivlin says ‘will do everything’ to prevent 3rd round of elections

Israel Election 2019: Arab Leaders Herald High Turnout as Victory Over Netanyahu

Likud MK admits targeting Arabs with camera bill probably wasn’t a good idea

Over 69% vote in rerun poll, more than April election

Commentary: Israel’s election, and how Benjamin Netanyahu might lose, explained

For Netanyahu, winning reelection could be the only way to avoid prosecution for corruption

‘Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to postpone elections for a war in Gaza’

Palestinian official: Next government must realize no peace without ending occupation

Miami Holocaust survivors urge Congress to let them sue European insurance companies

Report: Anti-Semitic Harassment at U.S. College Campuses Hits Historic Levels

Saudi Arabia oil drone attack ‘a blow for the world’

U.S., Saudi Military Forces Failed to Detect Attack on Oil Facilities

Report: US satellites detected Iran priming drones, missiles ahead of Saudi strike

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

French President Macron condemns ‘hostile acts’ targeting Saudi oil facilities

Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

Wary of conflict, Trump takes go-slow approach to attack on Saudi oil

Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia to discuss response to alleged Iran attack

Rouhani says ‘Yemenis’ attacked Saudi oil facilities as a ‘warning’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Saudi Arabia should see attack on oil facilities as a warning to end its Yemen war

If the world ran on sun, it wouldn’t fight over oil. The climate crisis isn’t the only reason to kick fossil fuels – the prospect of a war to protect Saudi crude reminds us of that.

Pakistan slams India over Kashmir remarks

Afghanistan war: Taliban tell Trump their ‘doors are open’

Russia detains over 80 North Korean sailors

Expert: North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal May Grow up to 40 Bombs by 2020

How Hong Kong Protesters Evade Surveillance With Tech

Mexican authorities find 29 bodies in a hundred plastic bags

New York Fed steps into market to move interest rates

Ex-campaign chief defends Trump, defies Democrats at impeachment hearing

President Trump’s Cabinet has had more ex-lobbyists than Bush or Obama – a sign that Trump’s pledge to ‘drain the swamp’ may not be happening

Trump blitzes into California for major $15M fundraising push, irritating celebrities, activists

Ilhan Omar: Trump admin can’t be trusted on Iran if it ‘lies about weather maps or crowd sizes’

Ilhan Omar deletes 2013 post that revealed her father’s name adding to evidence that she married her brother

Facebook auto-generating pages for Islamic State, al-Qaida

The Intelligence Community is Exploring Long-Range Biometric Identification

Millennials stressed from tech and social media overload

Whitney Houston Hologram Tour Sets Dates and Locations

Major data breach puts all Ecuadorans – including Julian Assange – at risk of identity theft, security firm warns

The Navy Says Those UFO Videos Are Real – And they were never meant to be released to the public

Mysterious waves have been pulsing across Oklahoma

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Azores Islands region

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Lorengau, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuril’sk, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pondaguitan, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Laiwui, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

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

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Bermuda gets ready for pass by Category 3 Hurricane Humberto

Triple threat: Tropical Storm Imelda swamps Texas, Humberto nears Bermuda and TD 10 forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm “Imelda” hits Freeport, Texas – significant to life-threatening flash floods expected

Tropical Depression Imelda could dump the heaviest rainfall Houston has seen from one storm system since Harvey

Pacific hurricane season heats up with several storms but no threats to Hawaii

2019 IOD event developing into one of the strongest on record, Extreme rainfall expected in Eastern Africa

Climate Anxiety Groups Are the New Self-Care

Health fears prompt Swiss 5G revolt

Study on DNA spread by genetically modified mosquitoes prompts backlash

Texas A&M researchers quietly bred sick dogs in hopes of finding human muscular dystrophy cure

Congo’s former health minister detained over alleged mismanagement of $4.3 million in Ebola funds

Explosion at Russian lab housing smallpox virus somehow hasn’t triggered the apocalypse… yet

South Korea confirms first outbreak of African swine fever

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973 – Less women getting pregnant, reduction in abortion clinics

White House wants ‘full investigation’ of Indiana abortionist who had thousands of fetal remains in his home

A Pennsylvania state senator has been charged with possession of child pornography, attorney general says

California Senate Passes Resolution Calling All Californians to Embrace LGBTQ Lifestyles

Mormons still oppose equal marriage despite changing rules, leader says

The Arizona Supreme Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled two business owners did not have to make invitations for a same-sex wedding

China makes churches replace Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping quotes: ‘This is what the devil has always done’

Iran imprisons bookshop owner for selling Bible as crackdown on Christianity continues

Russian priests spray holy water from plane to stop ‘alcohol use’ and ‘fornication’


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Anthony Wade – Depression, Anxiety, Suicide and The Church

Mike Oppenheimer – Fire on You – You’re Fired part 1

Christian writer Asks; Will Trump Enable Third Temple Construction?

Union Seminary Embraces Animism, Confesses and Makes Offerings to Plants

Pastor Dresses Up as Disney Character, Sings Aladdin Song for Church

Having served time in prison, is Kong Hee still serving ‘time’ under the influence of Phil Pringle?

Church under investigation for allegedly holding down gay man to pray away sexuality


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