October 22, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Donald Trump on Monday exhorted fellow Republicans to get tougher and fight for his presidency, saying the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives wants to impeach him “as quick as possible” over his request that Ukraine investigate a political rival.

Facebook said on Monday it has suspended a network of Instagram accounts operated from Russia that targeted Americans with divisive political messages ahead of next year’s U.S. presidential election, with operators posing as people within the United States.

Facebook has announced steps to combat misinformation and voter suppression ahead of the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, on the same day it disclosed the removal of a network of Russian accounts targeting U.S. voters on Instagram.

Three U.S. lawmakers active in tech issues will introduce a bill requiring social networks like Facebook to allow users to pack up their data and go elsewhere, Warner’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

India’s government asked Facebook Inc on Tuesday to help it decrypt private messages on its network, citing national security requirements in a court hearing on privacy rights on social media platforms.

South Korea scrambled fighter jets on Tuesday to warn Russian warplanes it said had entered its air space identification zone, the latest in a series of such incidents.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hung onto power after a tight election on Monday that saw his government reduced to a minority, but aides predicted he would be able to govern for two years without many problems.

U.S. forces that crossed into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces two pivotal votes in parliament on Tuesday that will decide whether he can deliver on his promise to lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union in nine days’ time.

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Former President Jimmy Carter had another fall at his home in Plains, Georgia, fracturing his pelvis and going to the hospital for treatment and observation, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oil fields with Syrian Democratic Forces to ensure the oil did not fall into the hands of Islamic State or others was one of the options that was being discussed.

Lebanese officials promised to tax banks and slash their own pay as they unveiled an unprecedented package of measures to avert a financial meltdown and appease tens of thousands of protesters demanding they leave power.

A Chinese arms maker has unveiled a weapon similar to America’s GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB (nicknamed “Mother of All Bombs”). The Chinese version was dropped from an H-6K bomber, the Chinese version of the 1950s Soviet Tu-16 aircraft.

When confronted with a swarming drone attack, defenders need to operate with the understanding that each mini-drone could itself be an incoming explosive, a surveillance “node” for a larger weapons system or even an electronic warfare weapon intended to disrupt vital command and control systems. Defenders under drone attack from medium and large drones need to recognize that the attacking platform can be poised to launch missiles or find targets for long-range ground based missiles, air assets or even approaching forces.

Vice President Mike Pence recapped the Trump administration’s plans to put astronauts on the lunar surface and promote space commerce today, with an added twist: emphasis on private property rights relating to space resources.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took aim at several unnamed Republican senators on Monday night, telling Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that many of his GOP colleagues are more loyal to the so-called “Deep State” than to the president while criticizing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for not doing more to investigate Democrats.

The United States on Monday began deploying a battalion of troops and dozens of tanks to Lithuania for an unprecedented six-month rotation, a move sought by the Baltic EU and NATO state to deter neighboring Russia.

Archaeologists have unearthed a “lost” road in Jerusalem that was likely constructed by Pontius Pilate, the Roman who presided over the trial and execution of Jesus Christ. Excavations revealed more than 100 coins beneath the street dating between 17 AD and 31 AD, meaning it would have been built during the famous Roman’s rule.

BBC

Emperor Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako were unveiled on their respective thrones in an elaborate ceremony held in the Japanese capital Tokyo.

The death toll in Chile’s anti-government protests has risen to 13, after a suspected looter was electrocuted in a Santiago supermarket.

Abortion has been decriminalized and same-sex marriage is to be legalized in Northern Ireland. Legislation making the changes came into force at midnight.

Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans. The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking.

WND

The city of San Francisco has added 22 states with laws limiting abortion access to a blacklist that prevents city employees from traveling to those states on the city’s dime or dealing with businesses based in them.

A recent study finds that simply being nice to employees and taking interest in them personally and professionally almost always leads to better productivity and improved job performance.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 22, 2019

The Foundation

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson (1800)

Pelosi’s Fact-Free Sheet on Impeachment

The big picture is that Democrats have discredited impeachment as a viable solution.


CNN: A Case Study in Hypocrisy

Jeffrey Toobin apologizes for covering Hillary Clinton’s email scandal in 2016.


Dems’ Impossible Dream: Gun-Confiscation

How would it work to use force to take away Americans’ guns? It wouldn’t.


Who Makes the Decisions in America?

Is it the elected officials, or is it the bureaucrats? The answer is a big problem.


The United Nations’ UN-acceptable Corruption

Venezuela secured a seat on the Human Rights Council, which reveals the fraud.


High-School Coach Disarms Suicidal Student With Hug

The coach noted, “A lot of times… you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over.”


Video: Mad Dog Bites Back

Gen. James Mattis jokes about the president after Donald Trump’s general insults.


Video: Evolution — Bacteria to Beethoven

Darwin’s theory of evolution has been as unquestioned as Newton’s theory of gravity.



Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Alex Trebek Fired?
Cal Thomas
The Hillary-Tulsi Smackdown
Rich Lowry
Trump Should Want a Rapid Impeachment
Stephen Moore
Washington Subsidies Not Helping the Wind Industry
Dennis Prager
Air Canada to Its Passengers: ‘Screw You’
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Michigan gerrymandering, Trudeau’s mixed victory, tax-return showdown, and more.


Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Gary Bauer, Andrew McCarthy, “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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Headlines – 10/22/2019

Abbas meets Japan’s Abe in Tokyo ahead of new emperor’s enthronement

Netanyahu gives up effort to form government, returns mandate

After Netanyahu can’t form coalition, Blue and White ‘determined’ to get it done

He’s in control now, but Gantz’s coalition chances no better than Netanyahu’s

Giving Up on Forming Government, Netanyahu Is at Lowest Ebb in Years – but Don’t Count Him Out Just Yet

How America’s Orthodox Jews Became Trump Supporters

Warren says withholding aid to Israel is ‘on the table’ to curb settlements

In 2nd attack in less than 48 hours, settlers throw rocks at troops near Yitzhar

Labor chief demands Knesset discuss settler ‘terror’ against troops in Yitzhar

Road built by biblical villain Pontius Pilate uncovered in Jerusalem

Putin, Netanyahu hold phone call, discuss Syria developments, Kremlin says

Russia has no plans to host Syria-Turkey security meeting: Lavrov

Turkey warns Kurdish forces to withdraw before ceasefire ends

US troops pelted with rotten fruit and stones as they leave Syria – video

U.S. Never Agreed To Protect Kurds For Life, Trump Says Of Syria Withdrawal

Trump says some US troops staying in Syria after requests from Israel, Jordan

US may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oilfields

Pompeo, asked about Turkey crisis, says Trump is ‘fully prepared’ to take military action if needed

Femicide Is on the Rise in Turkey, and Legislation Alone Isn’t Helping

Lebanon’s government scrambles to respond to mass protests

Lebanon’s Cabinet Approves Sweeping Economic Reforms Following Nationwide Protests

Bahrain to host international meeting on Gulf maritime security in early 2020

In rare formal visit, Israeli official attends anti-Iran conference in Bahrain

Pentagon Chief Visits Saudi Arabia as Tensions Simmer With Iran

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

Russian hackers posed as Iranians to hit dozens of countries, America and UK say

Facebook removes Iranian and Russian networks for spreading misinformation

Putin Looks On as Nuclear Submarine Misfires During Massive Russian War Games

Deadly protests in Guinea as Russia calls for change of rules to keep despot in power

Pelosi Meets Top Afghan Officials in Unannounced Visit Day After Talks With Jordanian King

Four dead in Bangladesh riot over offensive Facebook post

Hong Kong leaders apologize for water cannon use at mosque

NBA Arenas Prepare for Hong Kong Protests

Political Risk Is Alive in Latin America as Protests Spread

‘We are at war’: 8 dead in Chile’s violent protests over social inequality

Chile death toll rises to 11, president extends emergency

Trump’s impeachment controversy is being overshadowed by other news in Ukraine

Democrats see impeachment proceedings taking longer than some initially expected

Sen. Lindsey Graham indicates he may support Trump impeachment if inquiry establishes ‘quid pro quo’

Trump bemoans GOP for not sticking together on impeachment

Trump unloads over Syria, impeachment, Doral controversies, says he ‘should be allowed to run the country’

Lawmaker leading charge to censure Adam Schiff says he’s engineering ‘total political hit job’ on Trump

What If Trump Wins? The second four years could be even crazier than the first.

Canada votes in election that could see Trudeau lose power

Canada votes as Trudeau, clouded by scandals, tries to hold power

UK speaker rules against government trying to get another vote on Brexit deal

European parliament will not vote on Brexit before UK MPs

‘Anger, frustration’ and ‘betrayal’ in Northern Ireland after new Brexit deal

‘We Have A Big Responsibility’: Facebook Rolls Out New Election Security Measures

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears confused at extradition hearing

Mercury to pass directly between Earth, sun in rare transit in November 2019

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes southern Iran

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Muara Siberut, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Carlsberg Ridge

Three earthquakes in less than 12 hours rattle western Texas, experts say

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 32,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocatetpl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

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

Copahue volcano in Peru erupts to 13,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Neoguri bringing heavy rain to areas in Japan still recovering from Hagibis

Tropical cyclone may near form near India this week as northeast monsoon sets in

Tornado rips through Dallas, plunging tens of thousands into darkness

Ozone hole shrinks to lowest size since 1982, unrelated to climate change: NASA

Trial set to open in massive US opioid lawsuit also targeting Israel’s Teva

Cancer-causing superbug has become twice as hard to kill

It Took Just Three Weeks for Superbug to Resist Last-Resort Drug, Doctors Say

Scientists ‘may have crossed ethical line’ in growing human brains

New CRISPR tool has the potential to correct almost all disease-causing DNA glitches, scientists report

DNA Research Holds the Keys to Human History – but It’s Being Weaponized by Politicians

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous abortion, same-sex marriage changes

Transgender Cyclist Rachel McKinnon Keeps Smashing Women’s Records

Trans Activists Force Procter & Gamble To Remove Venus Symbol From Sanitary Pads Packaging


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