November 19, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Democrats responded skeptically on Monday to President Donald Trump’s declaration that he might be willing to testify in his impeachment inquiry and also said they were examining the truthfulness of his testimony in the Russia 2016 election interference probe.

Four more witnesses were set to appear on Tuesday in the third public hearing of the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump including two – Alexander Vindman and Kurt Volker – who previously have offered contrasting testimony behind closed doors.

The Trump administration is set to harden the rules this week on those allowed to seek asylum in the United States, as it attempts to stem a wave of migration on its southern border with Mexico.

Protesters prevented Lebanon’s parliament from holding its first session in two months on Tuesday, escalating a wave of demonstrations against rulers blamed for steering the country towards economic collapse.

Britain’s opposition Labor Party on Tuesday took aim at “obscene” billionaires, pledging a radical redistribution of wealth to cut the power of the super-rich and to introduce policies including a pay cap at some companies.

A scheme for entrepreneurs founded by Prince Andrew has taken down the logos of its corporate sponsors from its website, as firms and charities distance themselves from the British royal over a sex scandal.

Security forces have “obliterated” Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, hours after a prisoner swap with Taliban insurgents raised hopes of a lull in violence in the country.

A Swedish prosecutor dropped an investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending the near decade-old case that had sent the anti-secrecy campaigner into hiding in London’s Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition.

U.S. homebuilding rebounded in October and permits for future home construction jumped to a more than 12-year high, pointing to strength in the housing market amid lower mortgage rates.

Boeing’s 737 MAX took center stage at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday as airlines announced plans to order up to 50 of the jets worth $6 billion at list prices despite a global grounding in place since March.

Emirates, the largest customer of Boeing’s upcoming 777x aircraft, wants the plane to be put through “hell on Earth” in testing to ensure it is safe to fly and meets performance expectations.

AP Top Stories

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the United States is terminating the sanctions wavier related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant, adding that it is closely monitoring ongoing protests in Iran and is deeply concerned by reports of several fatalities.

Some families of the 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck in Britain last month will take on steep loans from the government to repatriate their relatives’ remains, they told AFP Tuesday. Vietnam’s foreign ministry said they would help to bring either the ashes or the bodies of the victims back – but that families would have to cover the cost of repatriation.

The price to bring ashes back in a jar was $1,774, while the fee to repatriate a body in a coffin was $2,858.

Mexico, Uruguay and representatives of the Caribbean Community on Monday rejected the use of force and human rights violations in Venezuela, urging a peaceful and democratic solution to solve the crisis in the troubled South American nation.

A Spanish National Court official confirmed Monday that a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to “flood” the United States with drugs remains missing since an order for his arrest pending extradition was issued this month.


Lebanon’s parliament, besieged by angry protesters Tuesday, for a second time postponed a session to discuss draft laws which critics charge would let corrupt politicians off the hook.

Bolivian officials have flown basic provisions into the capital, La Paz, amid reports of food and fuel shortages.

People in Sydney woke up to a city shrouded in smoke on Tuesday, as scores of bushfires rage across the region. Strong winds overnight brought smoke from fires inland, pushing the air quality in Australia’s largest city to beyond “hazardous” levels at times.

Ghanaians are being encouraged to rethink what it means to be a man by a campaign called #IAmUNLEARNING. Free workshops and summits will be offered to help men “unlearn what doesn’t serve them, their families, their community, society”.

A court in Zimbabwe has awarded transgender activist Ricky Nathanson $25,000 in compensation after police arrested her in 2014 for wearing female clothes and using a ladies toilet in a hotel in the second city, Bulawayo.

Millions of Spanish mobile phone users are being tracked this week as part of the government’s census, in a move that critics fear is a step closer towards spying on the population.


Thousands of Disney customers say they have been hacked after signing up to its online streaming service. Since Disney+ went live, hackers have stolen thousands of customers’ accounts and put them up for sale on the dark web, according to a report.

The Student Senate at Grand Valley State University has voted to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at its meetings, with some arguing it’s non-inclusive and represents an oppressive government.

A new report from the Center for Military Readiness reveals 84% of the women who take a new Army combat-fitness test fail.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 19, 2019

The Foundation

“There are certain social principles in human nature, from which we may draw the most solid conclusions with respect to the conduct of individuals and of communities.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

Principles vs. Profits — Chick-fil-A Caves to Rainbow Mafia

COO says the company will no longer donate to charities that have been labeled “anti-LGBT.”

‘Schiff Show’ Roundup: Perjury, Nine Witnesses

Democrats have a busy week of testimony, and are also going back to the Mueller well.

Hong Kong Fights Chinese Tyranny

Unrest continues in the struggle between Rule of Law and communist authoritarianism.

Boy, 8, Raises $50K to Help Homeless Veterans

“‘He asked me, ‘If they’re heroes why should they be on the street?'” Good question.

Video: Trump Gives Farmers More Than Obama Gave Detroit

Growing government subsidies for farms. Should conservatives be worried?

Video: How Big Government Hurts Women

Young women, especially single women, are among the left’s most loyal supporters.

Today’s Opinion

Cal Thomas
Desperate Democrats
Dennis Prager
Does the Left Hate America?
Stephen Moore
Trump Needs Tax Cut 2.0
Rich Lowry
Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ Debacle
Burt Prelutsky
‘Groundhog Day: The Sequel’
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Big impeachment week kicks off, another probe, Trump tax returns halted, and more.

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jim Geraghty, Andrew T. Walker, Liz Wheeler, 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 – 11/19/2019

A Third Election Is Almost Inevitable. Even Israel’s Political Kingmaker Knows That

The scenarios that could prevent 3rd elections, each as far-fetched as the next

Netanyahu, Liberman to meet as Gantz’s coalition deadline looms

Flanked by all his allies, Netanyahu again warns against Arab-backed coalition

Ultra-Orthodox parties said willing to compromise to stave off third election

Top Arab MK accuses Netanyahu of trying to ‘spark a civil war’

West Bank settlements not illegal, Pompeo announces in historic shift

In pivot, US says Israeli settlements not ‘inconsistent’ with international law

Caroline Glick: Pompeo’s statement on settlements is a diplomatic turning point

In phone call, Netanyahu thanks Trump for US policy shift on settlements

Netanyahu pushed US policy change on settlements for months, report says

By saying settlements not illegal, Trump seen as throwing Netanyahu a lifeline

Netanyahu told Trump: settlement announcement corrects historic injustice

Israelis Laud ‘Historic’ U.S. Policy Shift on Settlements; Palestinians Call for International Rebuke

Settler leaders call for West Bank annexation after US shifts stance

EU says Israeli settlement on Palestinian territory is illegal

EU denounces US decision on settlements, saying they remain an obstacle to peace

US announcement on Jewish settlements does not ‘close door’ on peace, says legal expert

Leading Democratic presidential candidates denounce US settlement decision

US embassy in Jerusalem warns of Palestinian unrest over settlements decision

IDF launches surprise military drill in northern Israel

4 rockets fired at Israel from Syria, shot down by Iron Dome, IDF says

Emergency travel warning for Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza – U.S. Embassy

Iron Dome’s success poses its own security threats – defense experts

The Battle You Never Hear About: How Intense Persecution is Driving Endangered Christians Out of Gaza

UN says Iran amassing heavy water in fresh breach of nuclear deal

US cancels Iran nuclear cooperation waiver after Fordo restart

Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran

Iran’s ‘largest internet shutdown ever’ is happening now. Here’s what you need to know

Iran downplays, demonizes protests amid internet shutdown

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warn of ‘decisive’ action if unrest continues

Iraqi Protests Against Corruption Have Become an Internal Threat for Iran

US threatens sanctions on Iraqi officials over protester deaths

Iraqi Spy Chief: ISIS Regrouping and Plotting Mass Prison Breaks

Lebanon Is On the Verge of Collapse

Lebanese protesters gather around parliament to block lawmakers from entering

Egyptian TV News Report Alleges Turkey Supplying Weapons to Nigeria’s Boko Haram

Police in Georgia detain protesters demanding early election

Global Protests: Russia and China Risk Ending Up on the Wrong Side of History

Beijing tells US to stop ‘flexing muscles’ in South China Sea as it sends new carrier

North Korea says no more talks with U.S. just so Trump can boast

Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Hong Kong leader says campus protesters must surrender peacefully

Unequal and Irate, Latin America Is Coming Apart at the Seams

House investigating whether Trump lied to Robert Mueller in written answers

McConnell ‘can’t imagine a scenario’ in which Senate removes Trump

Dem Staffer Exchanged Private Emails with Yovanovitch, Contradicting Her Sworn Testimony

White House official sues Politico over Ukraine report, ties story to ‘Schiff’s baseless Ukrainian quid pro quo hoax’

Gingrich: Democrats have pathological need to destroy Trump

Huckabee: Dems ‘chasing rainbows’ with impeachment, Trump headed for ‘landslide’ win

Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump financial records

Obama indirectly rebukes Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren by warning donors not to be ‘deluded’ into thinking voters want radical change

NASA warning: Three dangerous asteroids to whiz past earth soon, what are collision chances?

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Kadingilan, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 13,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Venice Floods Threaten Priceless Art And History, Submerge 70% Of City

Flooding chaos in northern England to continue until Tuesday

Deadly drug-resistant superbug fungus now in 14 states

Third case of plague linked to Black Death found in China after hunter eats wild rabbit

Samoa declares state of emergency after measles deaths

Samoa makes measles vaccine mandatory to stop deadly outbreak

Exposing East Tennessee’s dark secret: Families sell children for sex

Is America ready for a gay president? Buttigieg surge poses question

‘Chick-fil-A is about food’: How national ambitions led the chain to shed its polarizing image

Chick-fil-A no longer donates to controversial Christian charities after LGBTQ protests

Chick-fil-A denies capitulating to LGBT activists; Christian groups won’t be excluded from donations

Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Receives ACLU ‘Courage Award’

Tide In Culture War Begins To Shift With New Kanye West Announcement: We’re Bringing Top Musicians ‘Back To God,’ ‘Only Superstar Is Jesus’

Kanye West calls himself “greatest artist that God has ever created” during Joel Osteen service

The “Great Pleasure in Destroying Christians”: The Persecution of Christians, September 2019

Apostasy Watch

Mike Ratliff – Living a Godly Life in these Apostate Last Days

Kenneth Gentry – A Postmill Interview – Defining Postmillennialism

Chick-fil-A Will No Longer Donate to Salvation Army and FCA: A Question and Two Important Facts

ERLC Website Says Not to Preach Against Abortion from Pulpit OR at Clinic

Paula White promises “sudden defeat over enemies” in return for $229 donation to her ministry

Sports Writer Compares Having More Than Two Kids To Tossing Garbage Into The Ocean

African Pastor Builds Swimming Pool ‘With Healing Powers’ In Church, Charges 50k Per Swim

Mexican pastor shot dead in truck at Juarez intersection; Motive unknown

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