October 21, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump abandoned plans late on Saturday to host next year’s
Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, after Democrats and
others had decried the selection as evidence of the president misusing his
office for personal gain.

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a challenge to Republican-drawn electoral
districts in Michigan that Democrats said were illegally configured to
dilute their voting power, an action taken in the aftermath of major
rulings by the justices in June prohibiting federal courts from hearing
such claims.

Democrats laid out their case for the impeachment inquiry of President
Trump and pressed Republicans to stop supporting Trump by releasing a fact
sheet and video they said expose Trump’s efforts to secure victory in the
2020 presidential election with the assistance of Ukraine.

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the
social media company’s light regulation of speech and lack of fact checking
on political advertising, while citing China’s censorship as a roadblock to
operating in the country.

Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland’s same
sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepared for a change to the
laws on both at the stroke of midnight.

Prime Minister Johnson will try to put his Brexit deal to a vote in
parliament after he was forced by opponents to send a letter to Brussels
seeking a delay to Britain’s departure from the EU.

Hundreds of Hong Kong riot police confronted pro-democracy demonstrators on
Monday night as they gathered to commemorate the three-month anniversary of
an assault by more than 100 men on protesters, commuters and journalists.

Russian President Putin and Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the
possibility of Russia pardoning U.S.-Israeli national Naama Issachar when
they spoke by phone on Monday.

Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal
settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting
the first federal trial.

China is seeking $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United
States for non-compliance with a WTO ruling in a tariffs case dating to the
Obama era.

Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to
attack government and industry in dozens of countries masquerading as
attackers from the Islamic Republic.

AP Top Stories

United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela
border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said
on Monday.

Malaysia may become a target of sanctions as the export-reliant economy is
caught in the crossfire of the U.S.-China trade war, according to Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Influential Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr has given his supporters
the green light to resume anti-government protests, after the movement was
interrupted following a deadly crackdown.

India’s Trade Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday that the broad outline
of a trade deal with the United States has been worked out and suggested
there could be an announcement soon.

Iran’s foreign ministry said it has sent the U.S. a list of names it is
demanding in a proposed prisoner swap, opening a potential new channel with
Washington amid recent growing tensions.

Thousands protested against police across Bangladesh on Monday, a day after
at least four people died when officers fired on a crowd in one of the
country’s deadliest religious riots to date.

Damaged U.S. relations with Turkey over its incursion in Syria raise a
question rarely discussed in public: Should the U.S. remove the nuclear
bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base?

US forces began withdrawing from their largest base in northern Syria on
Sunday after the Pentagon chief confirmed that nearly 1,000 troops would be
relocated to “help defend Iraq” against Isil’s re-emergence.


The world’s oldest natural pearl has been discovered on an island off Abu
Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The 8,000-year-old pearl
was found during excavations at Marawah Island which also revealed the
earliest architecture in the UAE.

Deep sea explorers have found two Japanese aircraft carriers that were sunk
in battle in World War Two. The carriers were among seven ships that went
down in the Battle of Midway, a major air and sea battle fought between the
US and Japan in 1942.

Australia’s biggest newspaper rivals have made a rare showing of unity by
publishing redacted front pages in a protest against press restrictions.
The News Corp Australia and Nine mastheads on Monday showed blacked-out
text beside red stamps marked “secret”. The protest is aimed at national
security laws which journalists say have stifled reporting and created a
“culture of secrecy” in Australia.

Australian carrier Qantas has completed a test of the longest non-stop
commercial passenger flight as part of research on how the journey could
affect pilots, crew and passengers. The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on
board took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly from New York to Sydney, a
10,066-mile route.

US troops have been bombarded with potatoes by civilians angry at their
pullout from the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in north-east Syria.


A public university that warned faculty against propping up white supremacy
now is hosting workshops to persuade professors not to grade based on
merit. Boise State University is hosting an event next week called
“Inclusive Teaching Means Inclusive Grading, Too.”

Kentucky state regulators ordered a Christian ministry to stop giving
eyeglasses to homeless people to help them get jobs, prompting a legal
warning from the Rutherford Institute arguing the order violates the
group’s constitutional religious rights.

Deaths due to suicide and homicide are “a major cause of premature death to
persons aged 10-24 in the United States.” Several experts believe excessive
use of social media may be to blame.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 21, 2019

The Foundation

“Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be.” —John Adams (1826)

Hillary: Poster Child of Russian Conspiracy Theories

Clinton claims fellow Democrats are Russian assets, showing her own delusions.

Zuckerberg Wrong on Free Speech

And then Elizabeth Warren goes after Facebook (again), threatening to break it up.

Calling America Racist While Ignoring Chinese Slavery

LeBron James and other “useful idiots” could use a lesson on the ChiComs.

Youth Suicide: The Fruit of Leftist Indoctrination

As the suicide rate rises among young people, it’s critical that we determine why.

Is the Army Combat Fitness Test Sexist?

Nope, but the usual suspects complain about the settled science on men and women.

Impeachment Witness Dumps on Biden

Democrats were trying to dig up dirt on Trump, but got some on their own guy instead.

The Case for Compassion: Fatigue in Cops

Does society play a role in helping or hurting our police force? Absolutely.

Today’s Opinion

Todd Starnes
British Gay Mafia Forces Chick-fil-A to Shut Down Restaurant
William Federer
Power Concentrating: Warnings of Federal Deep-State Despotism
Tony Perkins
Behind the Barbed Wire: China’s Concentration Camps
Gary Bauer
Tremendous in Texas
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Spiritual Examples and Public Art
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top News Executive Summary

Trump’s G7 reversal, Middle East puzzlement, Hillary’s malfeasance, and more.

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard, 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 – 10/21/2019

US peace envoy Greenblatt said set to leave post at end of October

Gantz in Naharayim: As PM, I’ll never miss an opportunity to achieve peace

Netanyahu won’t seek more time to form coalition, says Likud MK

Blue and White, Liberman hit back at Netanyahu for ‘secret scheme’ video – Gantz: Stop ‘wasting time’ making videos and let us assemble coalition

Bennett accuses judiciary of seeking to ‘topple’ Netanyahu, intimidate the right

IDF soldier lightly injured by rock as 30 settlers attack troops, puncture tires

Netanyahu, Gantz condemn settler violence against IDF soldiers

Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre Led to String of anti-Semitic Attack Plots

Trump’s Mideast Moves Show Why Israeli Deterrence Is Crucial

Syrian Kurdish military official calls on Israel to take action against Turkey

Erdogan says Turkey expects US to keep promises, not stall Syria truce deal

Erdogan wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says

Kurds Fully Evacuate Syria Border Town Amid Clashes With Turkish Forces

Syrian Kurds will withdraw from border in accordance with US deal

US forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria

Pentagon Says U.S. Troops From Syria to Go to Iraq, Trump Says ‘Bringing Soldiers Home’

Pelosi, other US lawmakers arrive in Jordan for meetings on Syria

Trump halts trade negotiations with Turkey, raises its steel tariffs to 50%

Russian Media Cheers Trump’s Moves in Syria: ‘Putin Won the Lottery!’

US is out of the picture in Syria-Turkey crisis. Putin now owns this mess

Turkey may have used chemical weapons on the Kurdish civilians Trump left vulnerable

‘Only God is with us’: A Syrian family feels betrayed by the US

Lebanon shaken by third day of protests with some denouncing Hezbollah

Lebanon’s mass revolt against corruption and poverty continues

Lebanon faces political deadlock with economy on brink

Lebanese Christian party quits government amid protests

Lebanon’s PM Agrees to Reforms Amid Massive Nationwide Protests Over Economic Crisis

Iran official: Second circuit of Arak reactor to be completed in two weeks

Tunisia says extremist leader killed in anti-terror raid

India, Pakistan trade barbs over deadly Kashmir clash

Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

Hong Kong protesters pray, gird for unauthorized march

Protests around the world: violent clashes hit Chile, Hong Kong, Lebanon and Barcelona

After trade talks in U.S., China ramps up Brazilian soy purchases

Financial Markets Face Fresh Wave of Political Uncertainty: ‘There’s Literally Nowhere to Hide’

UK minister: No-deal Brexit preparations gear up

Brexit will happen on Oct. 31 despite PM’s unsigned delay request, UK says

British Government Asks for EU Delay Amid Johnson Resistance

Nigel Farage says anger over Brexit deal is ‘unlike anything I have ever seen before’

Australian newspapers unite in protest against media restrictions

Tension mounts in Canada as election nears

AG Barr expands mysterious review into origin of Russia investigation

Hillary Clinton Mocks Trump’s Note to Erdogan With Fake JFK Letter to Khrushchev

Trump’s insult-comic act enters danger zone

Analysis: Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos

Trump embarks on Twitter spree amid impeachment inquiry, Syria outrage

Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back

Mulvaney insists no quid pro quo with Ukraine after WH comments: ‘I didn’t say that’

Mulvaney faced White House ouster threat before impeachment crisis took over

Trump reversed course on hosting G-7 at his club after learning that impeachment-weary Republicans were tired of defending him

Facebook’s Zuckerberg pushes back against Bernie Sanders’s call to abolish billionaires

Four dead, dozens injured in violence over Facebook post

Qantas completes record 19-hour flight to test limits of air travel

Fireball That Flew Over Japan in 2017 Was Tiny Piece of Giant Asteroid that Might One Day Threaten Earth

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Lambayong, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kiblawan, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

Copahue volcano in Chile erupts to 10,500ft

Typhoon Neoguri, Tropical Storm Bualoi not expected to affect Taiwan

Tropical Storm Priscilla to unleash flooding rainfall across southwest Mexico early this week

8 tornadoes later, Nestor’s rains are helping more than hurting parched Southeast, East

A month’s worth of rainfall in a single day could trigger mudslides in southern Europe next week

Resisting drought’s day zero: the NSW towns close to running dry

Jane Fonda returns to civil disobedience for climate change

Venezuela’s Water System is Collapsing

Human waste from homeless people makes downtown Miami streets unpleasant, unsanitary

Tennessee doctors plead guilty to overprescribing opioids, DOJ says

Europol says women ‘equally capable of crime’ as men as it reveals most-wanted list

Apostasy Watch

Chip Brogden – The Travail of Creation

Costi Hinn – Trump-drunk tweets touting Paula White book reshape what we expect of SBC pastors

Paula White’s new book ‘Something Greater’ is revealing, disturbing and depressing

Large Southern Baptist Church Leaves Denomination Over Its Support of Beth Moore

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