Daily Archives: December 6, 2019

December 6 Inheriting God’s Promises

Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1–6

Key Verses: Hebrews 6:11–12

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

God wouldn’t have made all the promises in the Bible if He didn’t want to give His children great blessings. Yet we cannot simply assume such benefits belong to us. So how can we claim God’s promises with the expectation He will take pleasure in answering our petition?

There are several questions we must ask in order to test the needs we bring before our heavenly Father:

  • Does this promise meet my personal need or desire?
  • When I request that God keep this promise, do I ask with the spirit of being submissive to His will?
  • Does the Holy Spirit bear witness to my spirit that God is pleased with my petition?
  • Will God be honored by fulfilling this promise?
  • Does my request to claim this promise contradict God’s Word?
  • If God fulfills this promise, will it further my spiritual growth?

Once we have satisfactorily answered these questions, inheriting God’s promises depends upon just three requirements. First, we need to have faith. Our Father wants us to trust Him, and He rewards those who do (Genesis 15:6; Hebrews 11:6). Second, we must be obedient to God’s will for us. We will never attain His best if we knowingly disobey. And third, we must be willing to wait for the Lord’s perfect timing. It is well worth our while, considering the blessings He longs to give us.

Father, give me faith to inherit Your promises. Give me strength to walk obediently in Your ways. Give me patience to wait for Your timing.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 357). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

December 6 A Candle of Hope

Scripture Reading: Genesis 39; 41

Key Verse: Genesis 45:5

Now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

Many times in our spiritual walk with the Lord, we do not know where He is leading or why. Often we may misunderstand why He has allowed certain circumstances to invade our otherwise safe and appointed world.

More than likely, Joseph did not understand why God allowed his brothers to treat him with such deep animosity. He had faithfully worshiped the Lord, yet God did not save him from the trial of being sold into Egyptian bondage. Once Joseph was there, his life became a drama of ups and downs, good and bad. If we think about it, Joseph’s story may remind us of our own lives at times.

Because he could not escape captivity, he was forced to trust God throughout his Egyptian days. Think about it; he never again walked through his beloved homeland of Canaan. Even after God blessed him and Pharaoh appointed him over all the land, Joseph remained in Egypt. But God had a plan. He used Joseph’s banishment to save Israel from starvation when a famine struck.

Had Joseph not gone into Egypt, Israel would have perished. God used Joseph’s suffering to bless others. The years from the time of his arrest until the time of his family’s arrival were not explained in detail to Joseph. God’s servant walked through the darkness with only one candle of hope—his faith in a changeless God. And guess what? It was more than enough light!

Master, help me walk through the darkness with the candle of hope—my faith in a changeless God. Your light is enough for my journey.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 357). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Concerning Study Finds Fewer People Pretending To Be Christian — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A new study is worrying pastors and other evangelical leaders, as it suggests that fewer and fewer people are pretending to be Christians than ever before.

While in years past, the vast majority of the country pretended to be Christian, that number is shrinking every year, and now only a minority of the country fakes faith in Jesus Christ.

“This is extremely troubling,” said evangelical megachurch pastor Jack Lindsey. “A decade ago, our pews were full of people who went through the motions of pretending to be Christian. But now, the fake believers are all acting like the atheists they are, and our churches are shrinking because of it. If only we could have a fake revival.”

Pastors are trying to come up with ways to combat the decline of fake Christianity, from hosting big carnivals and preaching through movie franchises to serving better coffee and naming their churches after shopping malls and retirement communities. But nothing seems to be working so far, stoking fears that fake Christianity is on its way out permanently. Some have considered preaching the gospel to the unreached, but these people are obviously nuts.

“We’re in a brave new world where people don’t even bother paying lip service to a Jesus they don’t believe in, and I’m not sure I want to live in that kind of country,” said Lindsey.

via Concerning Study Finds Fewer People Pretending To Be Christian — The Babylon Bee

Brandon Showalter on “No Safe Spaces” Shows Why We Must Confront Those Who Attack Free Speech in U.S. — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Fans of free speech owe it to themselves to check out the documentary film “No Safe Spaces,” which I got to screen the week before Thanksgiving.

And if those free speech fans have not been paying attention, they will be shocked to discover just how dramatically their fundamental freedoms are eroding.

“No Safe Spaces” impressively chronicles an alarming trend in the West, particularly on college campuses, where the “woke” left is violently resisting free speech, aided and abetted by tenured academics and other ivory tower types.

Distressingly, many young people today believe that “hate speech,” as they define it, “isn’t free.”

Therefore, because it isn’t free, such speech ought not be permitted. And because it should not be allowed, despite the clear wording of the First Amendment and the long Western tradition of open debate, policy measures should be implemented to restrict certain speech, they believe.

This is dangerous, uncharted territory in the U.S., the filmmakers stress, and young people today are stunningly ignorant of their own heritage and privileges, which, for most of human history, has not been the norm.

Hosted by conservative icon Dennis Prager and popular podcaster and comedian Adam Carolla, the film features a slate of both right-wing and left-wing public figures and talking heads, all of whom have expressed concerns that free speech is vanishing in the West. The film covers several thoughtful dimensions, flows seamlessly, and is woven together effectively.

Prager deliberately distinguishes between political liberals and the left, defining the latter as aggressively illiberal and the former as liberal in the truest sense of the word, meaning free. The hosts and others argue that a large-scale cultural shift toward a hard left posture occurred sometime in 2013 or 2014 though they do not definitively pinpoint this change on one specific event. Nevertheless, the case they make that such a shift happened is compelling, given what has transpired since that time.

The film highlights some of the most egregious examples of the suppression of speech on college campuses in recent years, such as the organized, student-led harassment and violent threats leveled at biology professor Bret Weinstein at Evergreen State College in Washington state; the wrath that erupted at Christian UC-Berkeley student government senator Isabella Chou; and the Yale University students who were filmed hysterically lambasting sociologist Nicholas Christakis for his email comments on Halloween costumes.

I will not revisit any of those incidents here, except to say they are all perfect examples of the madness that has all but completely swallowed many universities. Do read up on them if you’re not familiar.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter

via Brandon Showalter on “No Safe Spaces” Shows Why We Must Confront Those Who Attack Free Speech in U.S. — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

December 6 A Refuge and Rock

Scripture reading: Psalm 18:1–6

Key verse: Proverbs 23:19

Hear, my son, and be wise;

And guide your heart in the way.

King David often used words such as refuge and rock to explain his relationship with God. For him, God was a refuge—a place where he could go anytime to find encouragement and understanding.

Encouragement and hope are crucial to our well-being, especially when we deal with the pressures of this world. Before we know it, we can become drained mentally and physically and wonder, from whence comes our help? (Ps. 121:1). The psalmist continued,

My help comes from the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;

He who keeps you will not slumber. (vv. 2–3)

If your hope is in anything other than Jesus Christ, it is temporal hope and will not last because our world changes daily. It is passing away.

People come and go. Disappointments can leave us floundering and wondering how we ever got into such positions. But God is tenacious in His affections toward us.

Nothing is too small for you to bring to Him in prayer. He has the answer you seek to every question. Solving problems on your own leads only to more frustration and wrong decisions.

Lord, I thank You that You have the answer to all my questions, the provision for all my needs. You are my refuge and rock.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 357). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

RUDY NUKES DEMOCRATS: Ukrainians Find Misuse of $5.3 BILLION in US Aid During Obama Admin — The Gateway Pundit

Oh gosh.
This wasn’t supposed to happen.
This was supposed to be Pelosi’s week to shine!

On Thursday Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats will move ahead on impeachment of President Trump for not giving away US taxpayer dollars quick enough to one of the world’s most corrupt nations. Democrats believe this is grounds for impeachment.
Hmm.

Earlier this week Rudy Giuliani met with Ukrainian officials to discuss the misuse of US funds in Ukraine and the creation of a group to fight corruption in the country.


Rudy Giuliani and Andrey Derkach via Facebook

According to a Facebook post by Ukrainian independent lawmaker Andrey Derkach Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani recently flew to Kiev to discuss the creation of a group to fight corruption. 

In October Ukrainian Parliamentarian Andrey (Andriy) Derkach revealed in a press conference that Joe Biden was paid $900,000 for lobbying efforts from Burisma Holdings in Ukraine.

And now this…
On Friday Rudy Giuliani tweeted out a “Shocking Disclosure!”

According to Rudy’s sources — Much of the $5.3 billion in US Aid Ukraine reported as misused was given to the embassy’s favored NGO’s.

At the time Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, witness for the Witchunt, was the Ambassador. That embassy directed the police not to investigate.

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via RUDY NUKES DEMOCRATS: Ukrainians Find Misuse of $5.3 BILLION in US Aid During Obama Admin — The Gateway Pundit

Greta Thunberg Enraged After Climate Strikes “Achieved Nothing”, Has Yet To Visit China | ZeroHedge News

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is angrier than ever. The 16-year-old climate crusader, whose childhood was stolen by everyone except China, says that the wave of climate change school strikes over the past year has “achieved nothing” since greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

Speaking from the Madrid climate conference, after arriving via train from Lisbon, Thunberg said she hoped the negotiations would result in “something concrete.”

Thousands of young people were expected to gather at the UN climate conference and in the streets of the Spanish capital on Friday to protest against the lack of progress in tackling the climate emergency, as officials from more than 190 countries wrangled over the niceties of wording in documents related to the Paris accord.

In the four years since the landmark agreement was signed, greenhouse gas emissions have risen by 4% and the talks this year are not expected to produce new commitments on carbon from the world’s biggest emitters. –The Guardian

“People want everything to continue like now and they are afraid of change,” she told reporters, without mentioning the world’s #1 polluter by volume, China. “And change is what we young people are bringing and that is why they want to silence us and that is just a proof that we are having an impact that our voices are being heard that they try so desperately to silence us.”

Thunberg’s movement began in Sweden in 2017, and has morphed into an organized campaign across the world.

“I’m just an activist and we need more activists,” said Thunberg, adding “I sincerely hope COP25 will reach something concrete and increase awareness among people, and that world leaders and people in power grasp the urgency of the climate crisis, because right now it does not seem that they are.”

In September, Thunberg drew criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron after she filed a legal complaint accusing five countries of inaction on global warming in violation of the 30-year-old UN Convention on the Rights of a Child. Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and Turkey were named in the lawsuit.

In response, Macron told Eruope1 that her stance was “very radical” and likely to “antagonize societies.” 

In October, Thunberg received criticism from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said “Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty and not be like Sweden.”

 

Source: Greta Thunberg Enraged After Climate Strikes “Achieved Nothing”, Has Yet To Visit China

Giuliani Promises ‘Evidence’ of Obama Administration Interference in Ukraine | The Epoch Times

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani promised “evidence” that former Vice President Joe Biden and other Obama administration officials “contributed to the increased level of corruption in Ukraine in 2014 and 2016.”

Giuliani made the statement as he travels in Ukraine, meeting with lawmakers who have said that Biden’s son Hunter Biden obtained money stolen from Ukranian taxpayers.

Giuliani said that the House Democrat’s impeachment inquiry “is a FARCE” in part because Trump conversation with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky about uncovering corruption in the country “was based on compelling evidence of criminal conduct by then VP Biden, in 2016, that has not been resolved and until it is will be a major obstacle to the US assisting Ukraine with its anti-corruption reforms.”

“The American people will learn that Biden & other Obama administration officials, contributed to the increased level of corruption in Ukraine between 2014 to 2016. This evidence will all be released very soon,” he added on Dec. 5.

Giuliani on Friday issued several more statements, including one claiming that “the Accounts Chamber in Ukraine found an alleged misuse of $5.3B in U.S. funds during the Obama administration while Biden was ‘Point Man.’ Obama embassy urged Ukrainian police NOT to investigate!”

“Much of the $5.3B in US Aid Ukraine reported as misused was given to the embassy’s favored NGO’s. At the time Yovanovitch, witness for the Witchunt, was the Amb. That embassy directed the police not to investigate,” he said in another message, referring to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. He accused President Barack Obama of forgetting about article 2, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution.

The comments came as Giuliani met with Andriy Telizhenko, a Ukranian political consultant who used to advise the deputy prime minister, Ukranian lawmaker Andriy Derkach, and other current and former Ukranian officials, including former prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, who was ousted after Biden pressured Ukranian leadership in 2016.

Biden bragged at a Council of Foreign Relations event last year that he forced Shokin out.

“I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a [expletive]. He got fired,” he said.

Shokin was probing Burisma, an employer of Biden’s son Hunter Biden, when he resigned. His replacement closed the case, which is under review by Ukraine’s current top prosecutor.

Telizhenko told One America News recently: “There’s a big story happening here in America NOT being told by the mass media on what really happened behind the scenes starting from the prosecutor’s office in Ukraine with an investigation to Burisma case and Hunter Biden.”

Telizhenko said on Twitter that Giuliani left Ukraine on Dec. 6.

Giuliani made the allegations against the Obama administration hours before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), asked about the lawyer at a CNN town hall, said that she doesn’t “have time to keep track” of him.

“But I do think it is further indication of the arrogance of it all, that every authority has said there is no truth to the rumor that the Ukrainians were instrumental in interfering in our election,” she said.

She then criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, who she said welcomes what’s happening.

“Putin makes a joke of it. He says, ‘Oh, they’re blaming it on Ukraine, they took it off of me.’ But all roads lead to Putin. This is about Putin, right from Putin, in Russia, in Moscow, Putin’s desk, the disruption of our elections but not only ours. They want to undermine democracy all around the world. In Africa, in Europe, in the United States, to undermine democracy.”

Source: Giuliani Promises ‘Evidence’ of Obama Administration Interference in Ukraine

What The “Expert” Panel Should Have Told You About Impeachment… But Didn’t | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Rob Natelson via The Epoch Times,

This short essay does what the House Judiciary Committee’s panel of “expert witnesses” did not successfully do.

First, it explains the meaning of the Constitution’s “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” standard. Next, it discusses how that standard applies to President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Finally, it details the kind of evidence the House Judiciary Committee should gather to determine whether the president committed an impeachable offense.

Many phrases in the Constitution—such as “necessary and proper,” “Privileges and Immunities,” and “Convention for proposing Amendments”—carry specialized 18th century meanings not obvious to the modern reader. Recall that most of the leading Founders were lawyers and the Constitution is a legal document. Some of these phrases derive from 18th century law.

Therefore, to understand them you have to consult 18th century legal materials in addition to better-known sources such as the 1787 convention debates or the Federalist Papers.

Unfortunately, most of the scholars called by the House Judiciary Committee to address the meaning of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” were not able to do so accurately.

According to the authoritative Westlaw database, two of the three Democratically appointed witnesses have published no scholarly work on impeachment: Their specialties are in other areas. None showed any familiarity with 18th century fiduciary standards—which (as explained below) are part of the law of impeachment. All of the witnesses voted against President Trump, and several have been involved in anti-Trump activity.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that, except for professor Jonathan Turley’s heavily footnoted 53-page written statement, the testimony was biased and superficial.

What Is the Standard?

Impeachment law is not for amateurs. It rests on English parliamentary history extending at least as far back as the 1300s. Furthermore, impeachment standards evolved over time. To understand the Constitution’s rules we must know what the standards were when the Constitution was adopted. We can do so by consulting 18th century parliamentary records and legal materials.

Here’s some of what they tell us:

  • The term “high Crimes” means, approximately, “felonies.”
  • The phrase “high … Misdemeanors” refers to what the founding generation called “breach of trust” and what modern lawyers call breach of fiduciary duty. Fiduciary duties are the legal obligations imposed upon those who manage the affairs of other people—bankers, corporate executives, accountants, guardians, and so forth. In broad outline, fiduciary law when the Constitution was adopted was similar to what it is today.
  • In the 14th and 15th centuries, an official could be impeached because Parliament disagreed with his policy decisions. However, as several American Founders recognized, by the 18th century this was no longer true. The official must have violated (in the words of several sources) “the known and established law.” This limited impeachment to serious crimes and fiduciary breaches.
  • The trial in the upper house of the legislature was a judicial proceeding, not primarily a political one. As the 1782 edition of the popular Jacob’s Law Dictionary noted, “the same evidence is required in an impeachment in Parliament, as in the ordinary courts of justice.” The hearsay and impressionist evidence gathered by the House Intelligence Committee is not admissible.

The core of the case against President Trump is that he used his political position to seek re-election assistance from a foreign government. Although there’s dark talk of crimes committed, the principal charge is fiduciary rather than criminal. In other words, a “high … Misdemeanor.”

House Democrats have struggled to define Trump’s alleged offense. Initially, they described it as “quid pro quo.” Then they employed the term “bribery.” The legally correct designation is “self-dealing.”

Self-dealing is betraying your employer’s interests to enrich yourself. It’s a violation of the fiduciary duty of loyalty.

We can assume the president might benefit from a Ukrainian investigation, but that doesn’t mean asking for an investigation was self-dealing as defined by fiduciary, and therefore by impeachment, law. There’s nothing unusual or improper about a president asking a recipient of U.S. foreign aid to address corruption. As for seeking political advantage: If we punished every politician who did that, they would all be swinging from the yardarm.

This is as true in foreign as in domestic affairs. When President Barack Obama told the Russian president he would have more flexibility after his re-election, he was saying (1) an agreement now would benefit both Russia and the United States, but (2) I’m going to sacrifice our mutual interests for the present because such an agreement might hurt my re-election campaign. Was this impeachable self-dealing? Almost certainly not.

So where is the divide between “normal” conduct and impeachable conduct? To answer this, we need to weigh at least three factors: impeachment precedent, the national interest, and the practice of other presidents.

Impeachable Conduct

For defining the Constitution’s phase “high … Misdemeanors,” the most important precedents (although not the only ones) lie in 18th century impeachment and fiduciary law.

An 18th century impeachment treatise outlines the specific facts by which several officials were impeached for what we now call self-dealing.

They include the following:

(1) the official enriched himself at the expense of the Crown by arranging for royal pardons,

(2) he stole funds from the Royal Navy,

(3) he confiscated ships and cargos without due process and appropriated the proceeds,

(4) he obtained “exorbitant grants of lands and money, to the great detriment of the revenue,”

(5) he seized forfeited land that should have gone to the Crown, and

(6) acting through a strawman, he took the proceeds from timber sales in the king’s forests.

All these cases boil down to stealing public property. They don’t look like the Trump–Zelensky dealings at all.

Another part of the answer lies in whether President Trump violated the national interest. As a general rule, self-dealing generally is not just enriching yourself. It’s enriching yourself at the expense of your employer. If Trump’s interests were aligned with those of the country, there was no fiduciary breach.

Despite Col. Alexander Vindman’s complaint that Trump violated “the consensus of the interagency,” the question of whether Trump acted contrary to the national interest is a difficult one to answer.

Perhaps we had a national interest in not asking President Zelensky to investigate. But we also had a national interest in asking, because it would be useful to know if Ukrainian officials were trying to meddle in our presidential elections. And it would be useful to know whether the family of a leading presidential candidate is engaged in corruption. Remember: the president asked only for an investigation, not for a pre-determined result.

Thus, you can argue the “national interest” issue both ways. It looks more a policy question than a clear case like theft of public funds.

Still another part of the answer lies in how similar officials act in similar circumstances. In absence of a crime, if you want to determine whether a banker handled funds properly, you should investigate how bankers usually handle funds. If you wish to determine whether an investment adviser gave reasonable advice, you should consult what other reputable advisers recommend in the same circumstances.

Similarly, to decide whether President Trump engaged in impermissible self-dealing, we need testimony about how other officials conduct themselves. We know, for example, that then-Vice President Biden explicitly made aid to Ukraine conditional on firing a Ukrainian prosecutor. If that conduct wasn’t impeachable (and I don’t believe it was) then Trump’s more tepid conduct certainly isn’t impeachable.

Thus, the Judiciary Committee should ask for testimony from officials of prior presidential administrations, and preferably from the former presidents themselves. Did they ever make foreign aid conditional? What were the conditions? Why? And so forth.

Another Panel

It was a good idea to empanel academic experts to provide guidance on the meaning of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” It should be done again, and this time correctly.

The next panel should include presidential historians, parliamentary historians, and experts on fiduciary law. It should not consist primarily of law professors, who are notorious for engaging more in advocacy than in true scholarship.

Every panelist should have published research on impeachment, fiduciary law, or related areas. No panelist should be enmeshed in pro-Trump or anti-Trump political activity. They should be limited to discussing constitutional impeachment standards without expostulating on evidentiary testimony. Weighing the evidence is the job of the committee members, not of academics with little judicial or “real life” experience.

Once the scholarly panel has testified, the committee should explore whether the president’s Ukrainian actions clearly violated the national interest and it should gather testimony on the conduct of former administrations in comparable situations.

And only if all those investigations support a “self-dealing” conclusion should the committee recommend articles of impeachment.

Source: What The “Expert” Panel Should Have Told You About Impeachment… But Didn’t

Pelosi Touts Her ‘Humility’ as She Lashes Out in Impeachment Push, Meanwhile Biden Has a Blow-Out in Iowa | CBN

WASHINGTON – For just the fourth time in history, the House of Representatives is moving to draw up articles of impeachment against a president, but at least one Democrat is warning his colleagues they’re making a big mistake.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made the announcement in a televised speech on Monday.

“Sadly, but with confidence and humility,” she said the president “leaves us no choice,” arguing democracy is at stake. With a clear majority in the House, her impeachment effort is expected to pass.

At the White House a reporter asked the president if he fears impeachment will tarnish his legacy to which he replied “no” adding “it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax, it’s a big fat hoax.”

The president tweeted, “If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate…We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify.”

“So much for being prayerful and thoughtful,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) jabbed at Pelosi. “I think it’s a sad day for this country. I think this whole thing is a joke,” he continued.

Senator Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, also tweeted, “Salem witches got better deals than this.”

Democrat Breaks Ranks, Warns His Party on Impeachment

Earlier this year Pelosi said impeachment had to be bipartisan, but all Republicans are united against it.

In an interview with CBN News Monday, Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) said, “I think it’ll only be bipartisan in being opposed. That is to say, I think we’ll see some Democrats vote no, and I think you’ll see the Democrats that vote yes will have some serious questions to answer to their constituents.”

He’s right. Already Democratic Congressman Jeff Van Drew says he plans to vote against all articles of impeachment and warns Democrats to “be careful what you wish for.”

Van Drew represents a district in New Jersey that voted for the president in 2016. Other Democrats in similar situations may follow his lead.

Pelosi Snaps at Reporter

Meanwhile, in her weekly press conference, a typically poised Pelosi got riled when journalist James Rosen asked if she hates the president.

Pointing her finger Pelosi cited her Catholic Faith.

“I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So, don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” she said before walking off stage.

Trump responded to Pelosi on Twitter, saying he doesn’t think she’s praying for him at all. “She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close.”

In a Senate impeachment trial, Republicans will likely call House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff,  who presided over the first round of impeachment hearings, as a witness.

Hunter Biden’s ties to Ukraine will also be under the microscope.

Biden’s Bad Day in Iowa

On the campaign trail in Iowa, Joe Biden engaged in a heated exchange with a voter who suggested he helped his son get a sweetheart gig on the board of a Ukrainian company in exchange for access to the Obama administration.

Biden responded by cursing and calling the man a liar. Then he launched into a fiery response.

“That’s not true. And no one has ever said that. No one has proved that,” he said as he walked toward the man who stood to speak at the town hall event.

After challenging his questioner to a push-up contest and an IQ test, Biden claimed, “No one has said my son has done anything wrong, and I did not on any occasion, and no one has ever said it.”

As the heated exchange continued, Biden said, “You said I set up my son to work in an oil company. Isn’t that what you said? Get your words straight, Jack.”

What’s Next for Impeachment

Back on Capitol Hill, the House Judiciary Committee will hear a report outlining findings against the president. The full House expects to vote on impeachment – possibly right before Christmas – setting up a January trial in the Senate.

And the big question: will this public show end up hurting moderate Democrats in the long run?

Source: Pelosi Touts Her ‘Humility’ as She Lashes Out in Impeachment Push, Meanwhile Biden Has a Blow-Out in Iowa

BREAKING: Rats Flee Pelosi’s Sinking Ship – 3 Democrats ALREADY Signal No Vote on Sham Impeachment – Only 14 To Go to Shut It Down — The Gateway Pundit

Two House Democrats who represent Trump districts voted against formalizing the House impeachment probe back in October.

Jeff Van Drew, 66, a freshman who represents New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, 75, a conservative Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 7th District, were the only two lawmakers from either party to cross the aisle.

President Trump carried Rep. Collin Peterson’s district by nearly 31 points in 2016.

On Thursday Michigan Democrat Dan Kildee signaled he may abandon Pelosi’s sinking ship. Kildee said his constituents would prefer Congress to focus on “kitchen-table” issues rather than impeaching President Donald Trump.

There are 31 Democrats who will lose their election in November if they support Pelosi’s sham impeachment.

Here is the list again of likely Democrat losers.

Independents and swing state voters are opposed to the impeachment scam and President Trump is rising in the polls.

The entire Schiff-Show ended up being a huge flop.

** Support for impeachment fell with independents, swing and suburban voters.
** President Trump’s approval rating went up.
** And now ONE-THIRD of DEMOCRATS think Joe Biden should be investigated on his pay-for-play schemes with his son Hunter.

And the entire process has resulted in increasing support for this historic president.

Democrats HAVE NO IDEA the boomerang that is about to hit them upside their heads!

There are 31 Democrats who  representing districts President Trump won in 2016.
After three years of constant attacks and vicious assault be Democrats Trump voters have only grown in their support of this president.

These 31 Democrats WILL LOSE THEIR SEAT if they DARE to vote for this sham impeachment!

Via Paul Sperry.

Here again is the list of the Endangered 31 Dems:

Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.)
Lucy McBath’s (D-Ga.)
Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.)
Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)
Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa)
Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa)
Cindy Axne’s (D-Iowa)
Jared Golden (D-Maine)
Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.)
Haley Stevens (D-Mich.)
Angie Craig (D-Minn.)
Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)
Susie Lee’s (D-Nev.)
Chris Pappas’s (D-N.H.)
Jefferson Van Drew (D-N.J.)
Andy Kim (D-N.J.)
Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.)
Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.)
Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)
Max Rose (D-N.Y.)
Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.)
Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.)
Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.)
Kendra Horn(D-Okla.)
Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.)
Conor Lamb (D-Pa.)
Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.)
Ben McAdams (D-Utah)
Elaine Luria’s (D-Va.)
Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.)
Ron Kind (D-Wis.)

A vote for impeachment is a vote to the unemployment line.

via BREAKING: Rats Flee Pelosi’s Sinking Ship – 3 Democrats ALREADY Signal No Vote on Sham Impeachment – Only 14 To Go to Shut It Down — The Gateway Pundit

HUGE! Trump Approval at 51% – 6 POINTS HIGHER Than Obama at Same Point in His Presidency — The Gateway Pundit

Despite Pelosi’s sham impeachment proceedings President Trump’s approval rating reached 51% today.

President Obama’s approval rating at the same time in his presidency was 45% – Six points behind President Trump’s number.

 

This is also despite national mainstream media reporting negatively on the highly successful President Trump 96% of the time.

Barack Obama had a cake walk with the media despite one of the worst records in US history.

In August pollster John McLaughlin reported that his polling shows Americans want Trump reelected by a 51-38 margin.

via HUGE! Trump Approval at 51% – 6 POINTS HIGHER Than Obama at Same Point in His Presidency — The Gateway Pundit

Cramer: Like or hate Trump, ‘these are the best numbers of our lives’ on jobs | CNBC

CNBC’s Jim Cramer says no matter your view on President Donald Trump there’s no denying we’re living in the best labor market in more than a generation.

Source: Cramer: Like or hate Trump, ‘these are the best numbers of our lives’ on jobs

The Vatican invested over $1 million in steamy gay Elton John biopic, ‘Men in Black’ – report | RT – Daily news

The Vatican reportedly made some questionable and head-scratching investments, including in real estate, lifestyle products, and R-rated and franchise film ventures, through a fund in which they hold a majority stake in.

The Italian daily Corriere della Sera released an investigative report this week detailing some of the more head-scratching investments the Vatican has recently made through the Malta-based Centurion Global Fund, including $1.1 million — or about three percent of the total production budget — put into ‘Rocketman’, a film containing explicit gay sex scenes.

Sera reports that Centurion Global Fund – a Malta based firm with two thirds of its capital entrusted by the Vatican – invested in things like the biopic and Lapo Elkann’s eyewear and “lifestyle products” company. The money came from worldwide Peter’s Pence collections, a charitable fund for the poor.

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Holy See prosecutors are currently investigating the Vatican Secretariat of State’s dealings with Centurion Global Fund. Investments through Centurian went into everything from real estate to nuclear power plant parts. The latter looks especially bad since Pope Francis has been critical of nuclear power plants recently.

‘Rocketman’ was not the only film reportedly invested in by the Vatican. Another eye-popping investment went to ‘Men in Black: International’, the latest installment in the ‘Men in Black’ franchise and a flop released earlier this year.

The Vatican still preaches against homosexuality, but ‘Rocketman’ stands as one of the most progressive films in Hollywood history in terms of gay representation.

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Pope Francis urged to REPENT by clergy after participating in ‘idolatrous worship’ of pagan goddess

“I’m so glad [the sex scene] is in there because I am a gay man and I didn’t want to airbrush it under the carpet,” Elton John told the Mirror about the film’s depiction of homosexuality.

Despite the investment not being the most obvious or explainable choice, ‘Rocketman’ may have actually paid off for Centurion and the Vatican since the film brought in over $195 million worldwide during its run at the box office. It carried a $40 million production budget.

Source: The Vatican invested over $1 million in steamy gay Elton John biopic, ‘Men in Black’ – report

Is God Justified in Punishing Us for Adam’s Sin? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Through our union and corporate solidarity with Adam, the punishment for his sin has been passed to the whole human race. From one of our Ask R.C. events, R.C. Sproul articulates the biblical doctrine of original sin.

Do you have another biblical or theological question? Ask Ligonier is your place for answers. Just visit Ask.Ligonier.org.

via Is God Justified in Punishing Us for Adam’s Sin? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

4 Feminist Lies That Are Making Women Miserable — Christian Research Network

In this excellent article, Suzanne Venker adroitly shoots down the feminist lie that career success is more fulfilling than marriage and family. Venker recommends that women who wish to win the game of life, as she puts it, must flip their priorities—put love and family, not work, at the center. Good advice for women who are not Christians. But for the Bible believing Christian woman, the key to a truly fulfilled life is making God #1, the love of family #2, work #3….and everything else will fall into place. These priorities also apply to Christian men – God, family, work.

In this piece over at The Federalist, Suzanne Vinker reveals what she believes are 4 feminist lies that are making women miserable:

(Suzanne Venker – The Federalist)  Twenty years ago, I wrote my first book about why women can’t “have it all,” or at least all at once, despite what the culture tells them. (Hint: It’s because no one, male or female, can perform two full-time jobs simultaneously without the bottom falling out.)

At the time, the so-called Mommy Wars were raging. Women everywhere who’d been sold a bill of goods by their feminist mothers and mentors were either lamenting the futility of being able to successfully work full-time outside the home while maintaining a healthy marriage and family life, or they were defending their choice to work full-time by insisting children do fine in round-the-clock substitute care.

Since then, the messages to women about how to have a happy life—as it relates to love and sex, work and family—have merely served to make women miserable. Not only are they unhappier than their mothers and grandmothers ever were, they’re significantly more stressed out; much more so than men.

None of this has done anything to help men and women find their way to one another. Dating in America is all but dead, and marriage is at an all-time low. While there’s more than one reason for this sad state of affairs, at the heart of it are the lies feminists have been telling for years. Here are four, in no particular order.  View article →

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via 4 Feminist Lies That Are Making Women Miserable — Christian Research Network

REVEALED: Ukraine was the Origin of the Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax and It Ran Right Through the Office of Eric Ciaramella — The Gateway Pundit

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D

December 2015 was a pivotal month in many respects.

During the first week of December 2015, Donald Trump began to establish a substantial lead over his Republican primary opponents.

Vice President Joseph Biden traveled to Ukraine to announce, on December 7th, a $190 million program to “fight corruption in law enforcement and reform the justice sector,” but behind the scenes explicitly linked a $1 billion loan guarantee to the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who had been investigating the energy company Burisma, which employed Biden’s son Hunter.

On December 9, 2015, the reported whistleblower Eric Ciaramella held a meeting in Room 236 of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with Daria Kaleniuk, executive director of the Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Action Center, which was 59%-funded by Barack Obama’s State Department and the International Renaissance Foundation, a George Soros organization.

Also attending that meeting was Catherine Newcombe, attorney in the Criminal Division, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, with the U.S. Department of Justice, where, among other duties, she oversaw the Department’s legal assistance programs to Ukraine.

By December 2015, Paul Manafort was undoubtedly considering approaching the Trump campaign to rejuvenate his U.S. political bona fides and mitigate the legal and financial difficulties he was experiencing at the time.

From the beginning of his association with the Trump campaign, Roger Stone, a long-time Manafort partner, made a strong case to Trump to bring in Manafort, who would officially connect to the campaign immediately after the February 1, 2016 Iowa caucuses.

Based on events occurring during the same period, were Obama Deep State operatives aware of Manafort’s intent and already intending to use his past questionable practices and links to Russia against Trump?

Such awareness of Manafort’s plans could have been obtained either through FBI surveillance, which began in 2014 and ended in early 2016, or through information provided by Manafort associates, for example, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Manafort and was a FBI and Department of State asset, not a Russian agent as later painted by the Mueller investigation.

According to White House visitor logs, on January 19, 2016, Eric Ciaramella chaired a meeting of FBI, Department of Justice and Department of State personnel, which had two main objectives:

  1.       To coerce the Ukrainians to drop the Burisma probe, which involved Vice President Joseph Biden’s son Hunter, and allow the FBI to take it over the investigation.
  2.       To reopen a closed 2014 FBI investigation that focused heavily on GOP lobbyist Paul Manafort, whose firm long had been tied to Trump through his partner and Trump pal, Roger Stone.

That is, contain the investigation of Biden’s son and ramp up the investigation of Paul Manafort.

Again, according to White House logs, the attendees at the January 19, 2016 meeting in Room 230A of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building were:

Eric Ciaramella – National Security Council Director for Ukraine

Liz Zentos – National Security Council Director for Eastern Europe

David G. Sakvarelidze – Deputy General Prosecutor of Ukraine

Anna E. Iemelianova (Yemelianova) – Legal Specialist, US Embassy Kyiv and US Department of Justice’s Anti-Corruption Program.

Nazar A. Kholodnitsky, Ukraine’s chief anti-corruption prosecutor

Catherine L. Newcombe – attorney in the Criminal Division, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, with the U.S. Department of Justice

Svitlana V. Pardus – Operations, Department of Justice, U.S. Embassy, Ukraine.

Artem S. Sytnyk  – Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine

Andriy G. Telizhenko, political officer in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington DC

Jeffrey W. Cole – Resident Legal Advisor at U.S. Embassy Ukraine, presumed to be FBI

Just two weeks after that meeting, on February 2, 2016, according to White House logs, Eric Ciaramella chaired a meeting in Room 374 of the Eisenhower Executive Office, which seems to be a planning session to re-open an investigation of Paul Manafort (Note: one of the crimes of which Manafort was accused was money laundering, an area covered by the Department of the Treasury). The attendees were:

Jose Borrayo – Acting Section Chief, Office of Special Measures, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

Julia Friedlander – Senior Policy Advisor for Europe, Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Michael Lieberman – Deputy Assistant Secretary, Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Scott Rembrandt – Anti-Money Laundering Task Force, Assistant Director/Director, Office of Strategic Policy, Department of the Treasury

Justin Rowland – Special Agent (financial crimes), Federal Bureau of Investigation

It appears that Paul Manafort became a vehicle by which the Obama Deep State operatives could link Trump to nefarious activities involving Russians, which eventually evolved into the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.  Remember, the key claim of the follow-up Steele dossier, the centerpiece of the Mueller investigation, was that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was the focal point of a “well-developed conspiracy between them [the Trump campaign] and the Russian leadership.”

Nellie Ohr, Fusion GPS employee and wife of Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr, not only worked with Christopher Steele on the so-called Trump dossier, but, in May 2016, was the conduit of information to her husband and two Department of Justice prosecutors of the existence of the “black ledger” documents that contributed to Manafort’s prosecution.

Bruce Ohr and Steele attempted to get dirt on Manafort from a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, efforts that eventually led to a September 2016 meeting in which the FBI asked Deripaska if he could provide information to prove that Manafort was helping Trump collude with Russia.

Given his close association with the pro-Russia Ukrainian government, it would be safe to assume that one motivation to pursue Paul Manafort so vigorously also stems from the humiliation and anger the Obama Administration experienced due to the failure of its Russia “reset” policy and its impotence in the face of Russia’s seizure of the Crimea.

The surveillance and entrapment attempts of Paul Manafort, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and others were designed to collect evidence about Trump without formally documenting that Trump was the target.

After the election, to cover their tracks, James Comey, representing the FBI and the Department of Justice, misleadingly told Trump that the investigation was about Russia and a few stray people in his campaign, but they assured him he personally was not under investigation.

They lied.

Donald Trump always was, and still is, the target of the Deep State, the left-wing media and their Democrat Party collaborators.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired US Army Reserve colonel, an IT command and control and cyber security subject matter expert and a veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq and a humanitarian mission to West Africa. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com

via REVEALED: Ukraine was the Origin of the Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax and It Ran Right Through the Office of Eric Ciaramella — The Gateway Pundit

December 6, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Three people including a suspected shooter were killed and at least seven others were injured on Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola, a major U.S. Navy base in Florida, authorities said, the second deadly shooting at a U.S. military installation this week.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday will deliberate over what charges to bring against President Donald Trump, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the Judiciary Committee to draft formal articles of impeachment.

U.S. job growth increased by the most in 10 months in November as former striking workers returned to General Motors’ GM.N payrolls and the healthcare industry boosted hiring, the strongest sign yet the economy was not in danger of stalling.

Ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc said it received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault related to its 1.3 billion rides in the United States last year, in a report aimed at ensuring drivers and the public it was serious about safety.

Bushfires fanned by winds combined into a single giant blaze north of Sydney late on Friday, blanketing Australia’s biggest city in hazardous smoke, causing weekend sports games to be canceled and prompting calls for outdoor workers to stay home.

Bowing to international pressure, Bosnian authorities agreed on Friday to dismantle a makeshift refugee camp of freezing snow-covered tents, but some migrants living there have been refusing food in protest at being resettled.

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Roughly a quarter of Japanese people between 20 and 49 are single, according to government data, and while people of this age routinely express a wish to get married, increasing economic pressure is making tying the knot more and more difficult.

In the latest skirmish over California’s homeless crisis, the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, asked President Donald Trump on Thursday to stop withholding federal housing vouchers that could benefit 50,000 homeless people.

Bowing to international pressure, Bosnian authorities agreed on Friday to dismantle a makeshift refugee camp of freezing snow-covered tents, but some migrants living there have been refusing food in protest at being resettled.

The World Bank on Thursday adopted a plan to aid China with $1 billion to $1.5 billion in low-interest loans annually through June 2025, despite the objections of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

One of the world’s biggest developers of offshore wind farms thinks its massive turbines could be key to the production of hydrogen in a greener way and ultimately, stemming climate change.

U.S.-China trade talks are “moving right along,” President Donald Trump said on Thursday, striking an upbeat tone even as Chinese officials held fast to their line that existing tariffs must come off as part of an interim deal to de-escalate the 17-month trade war between the two powers.

Angela Merkel visited the former Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz in Poland on Friday, for the first time in her 14 years as German chancellor. Together with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Merkel observed a minute’s silence at the camp’s “wall of death” where thousands of Nazi victims were shot. “We all bear responsibility. We must never forget,” Merkel said.

Hong Kong’s police chief urged people to demonstrate peacefully on Sunday, when organizers expect a large turnout for a pro-democracy march intended to show the movement still has strong momentum.

Palestinian officials expressed “great concern” Thursday over a report by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor that includes a warning that Palestinian stipends to attackers and their families could constitute a war crime.

Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley, a Texas judge, is standing her ground after being reprimanded by a state commission for refusing to conduct same-sex weddings.

North Korea warned Wednesday that tensions on the Korean peninsula will increase and the situation “take a turn for the worse again” if the United States goes ahead with a U.N. Security Council meeting on the country’s human rights situation.

Pakistan has declined to pursue a sprawling case against Chinese sex traffickers due to fears it would harm economic ties with Beijing, the AP reported on Wednesday. Pakistan has been seeking closer ties with China for years as Beijing continue to make major investments in the country’s infrastructure.

BBC

A five-year-old boy in Michigan has invited his whole kindergarten class to witness his legal adoption – and warmed hearts across the world.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was mobbed by press and delegates as she made her first visit to UN climate talks in Madrid.

Authorities confirmed three fires had merged into a “mega blaze” north of Sydney on Friday, covering more than 300,000 hectares. That blaze is about the size of greater Sydney.

The second day of a strike over French President Emmanuel Macron’s planned pension reforms has disrupted key services across the country. Public transport, schools and hospitals have been affected by the action. At least 800,000 people protested on Thursday.

WND

A new unsettling study is giving new meaning to the phrase “looks that kill.” Researchers from Aston University say that the overwhelming majority (more than nine in ten!) of currently in-use makeup products contain potentially life threatening superbugs like E.coli and Staphylococci.

The Daily Wire reported opponents of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the 1964 Claymation television production say they have concerns about “bullying.”


Mid-Day Snapshot · Dec. 6, 2019

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“Unemployment under GOP drops to 3.5% in election year, which means there’s only one thing to do: IMPEACH.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

Impeachment Inquisition: Phony Pelosi ‘Doesn’t Hate Trump’

House speaker dubiously claims her drive to impeach Trump is not motivated by partisanship.


Bloomberg and Second Amendment Battle Lines

The gun-grabbing Democrat offers his platform of violating constitutional rights.


Outside-the-Box Foreign Policy

For good or ill, Trump isn’t maintaining the status quo of previous presidents.


The Big Trade Holdup

Democrats keep moving the goal posts for passage of the USMCA trade deal.


Dems’ False ‘Dig Up Dirt’ Assertion

Their double standard on Trump is why their impeachment charade is failing badly.


Memo to Secularists: Tithing Isn’t a New Idea

A profile on a generous man fails to mention where the 10% idea originated.


Let My People Go!

The parallel of blacks and Democrats to the Israelites and Egyptians is remarkable.


Video: Leftists Go Crazy Over Exercise Bike Ad

The Left goes nuts over an ad for an exercise bike. Ben Shapiro highlights the insanity.


Video: Dems Upset That Upcoming Debate Is All White

The funny thing is that it’s their fault. Anthony Brian Logan explains why.



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Headlines – 12/6/2019

US House of Representatives to Vote on Resolution Reaffirming Two-State Solution

Netanyahu, Pompeo push forward with US-Israel defense pact

After Pompeo meet, Netanyahu says Israel has ‘full right’ to annex Jordan Valley

ICC prosecutor ‘concerned’ over Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation plans

147 nations call to halt ‘aid’ to Israeli settlements

88 groups urge halting federal funding for anti-Israel Mideast programs

Norway Threatens Palestinian Aid Cut Over Racism, Violence in Textbooks

Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes

Hamas official says no move for long-term ceasefire with Israel

Hezbollah, undeterred after recent setbacks, beefing up border presence – IDF

IDF’s 215th Division drills for war with Hezbollah

Israeli gov’t signs $125m Czech Iron Dome deal

New Israeli defense minister takes a hardline position on terrorism in all forms

Israel: Netanyahu cousin and associates to be charged with corruption

Auschwitz survivor fears rise of anti-Semitism

Document lists 9 instances of anti-Semitism by Corbyn among thousands in Labour

Israel Pushed Trump to Send 14,000 Troops to the Middle East, Report Claims

Trump denies US weighing sending more troops to Mideast

Iran said exploiting Iraqi unrest to place missiles that could hit Israel

Iran developing nuclear-capable missiles, European powers warn UN

Russia suspends project with Iran due to uranium enrichment

Defiant Iran declares it will not halt ballistic missile development

Europeans, Iran to cross swords at nuclear talks

US says Iran may have killed over 1,000 protesters in government crackdown

Turkey to host new summit to tackle Syria conflict

No Christians Allowed: Muslim UN Officials Block Syrian Christian Refugees from Getting Help

Trump faced ‘overwhelming pushback’ from conservative Christians on Syria policy, Sen. Graham says

Sudan PM sees progress on US terror list removal

Study reveals dangers of underestimating global Islamist violence

More than 800,000 people march against Macron as strikes grip France

Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform

North Korea: We’ll call Trump ‘dotard’ if he calls Kim ‘rocket man’

Pelosi calls for articles of impeachment against Trump: ‘No choice but to act’

Pelosi Puts House on Quick Timetable for Impeaching Trump

Pelosi says Clinton was impeached for ‘being stupid,’ downplays House Democrats’ effort against Trump

Phone logs in impeachment report renew concern about security of Trump communications

Jonathan Turley ‘inundated with threatening messages’ after testimony opposing Trump impeachment

Washington Post blasted over column urging journalists to ‘reach the undecided’ on impeachment

‘Prayerful’ Pelosi has become the Tammy Faye Bakker of impeachment, Mark Steyn says

‘All Christians Need to Get Behind Him’: Evangelist Franklin Graham On President Trump’s Christmas Message

Divided we fall? Americans see our angry political debate as ‘a big problem’

Trump turns to U.S. Supreme Court as last chance to keep his finances secret

Opec considering huge oil production cuts to avoid market slump

Futurist Sees ‘The End of the World as We Know It for Average Person’ – middle-class jobs will vanish, polarization between rich and poor will grow

From A ‘Ring Of Fire’ Eclipse To A Bright Christmas ‘Star’ Here’s Why You Should Look Up In December

NASA mission catches nearby asteroid ejecting material into space

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Pondaguitan, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge

Tropical Cyclone Pawan aims at Somalia as Arabian Sea stays active

Impressive rapid intensification of Tropical Cyclone “Ambali” in South Indian Ocean

Madagascar on alert as two tropical systems churn in the southern Indian Ocean

2.8 million affected, more than 280 killed in heavy rains caused by exceptionally strong Indian Ocean Dipole, Eastern Africa

At least 47 dead or missing after new wave of landslides hit Uganda

At least 38 killed after series of landslides hit Cibitoke, NW Burundi

New South Wales bushfires: ‘Mega blaze’ warning near Sydney

Huge waves and disease turn Marshall Islands into ‘war zone,’ health official says

Ebola was almost contained in Congo. A wave of violence threatens to bring it roaring back.

Planned Parenthood targets GOP senators over abortion ‘gag rule’ in $1 million ad buy

Hungary, Brazil and US talk declining birth rates, abortion at Capitol Hill conference

Hallmark Channel CEO Says Company Is ‘Open’ to Making LGBTQ-Friendly Christmas Movies

Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

Supreme Court confronts homeless crisis and whether there’s a right to sleep on the sidewalk

China’s Communist Party Censors Phone Owners Use of ‘Sensitive Words’ like ‘Almighty God’


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