December 13, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A U.S. House committee is scheduled to vote on charges against President Donald Trump on Friday, setting up a likely showdown by the full House of Representatives next week that could make Trump the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

U.S. asylum seekers sent to Guatemala under a new Trump administration program have mostly preferred to return to their country of origin instead of staying in the Central American nation, Guatemala’s Interior Minister said on Thursday.

Britain was speeding towards Brexit on Friday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory, ending three years of uncertainty since Britons voted to leave the European Union.

South Africa’s government on Friday asked industry for the cheapest and quickest options to ease a power crunch, as cabinet held an emergency meeting to try and resolve a crisis threatening growth in Africa’s most industrialized economy.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed on Friday not to revert to using the U.S. dollar after a new local currency plunged against the greenback since its introduction this year, fueling inflation and economic hardship.

Hong Kong police have earned an average of $11,000 for each officer in overtime pay during the last six months of anti-government protests, with the total overtime bill coming to more than $120 million, government figures showed on Friday.

U.S. retail sales increased less than expected in November as Americans cut back on discretionary spending despite a strong labor market, raising fears of a much faster slowdown in fourth-quarter economic growth than currently anticipated.

Fifty-two countries and other donors have pledged $23.5 billion in new funds for the world’s poorest states, pushing replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA) fund to a record $82 billion, the World Bank said on Friday.

AP Top Stories

The Pentagon on Thursday flight-tested a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer. Some U.S. arms control advocates said the test risks an unnecessary arms race with Moscow.

Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, Israeli authorities said on Thursday.

An internal investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which was recently made public, predicted that the Boeing 737 Max crash could crash 15 times more over its lifespan. 15 crashes of full 737 Max planes – if they were as catastrophic as the two that took place – would kill as many as 3,450 people.

A Scandinavian woman says she was forced by Cypriot police to withdraw a rape claim or face arrest, in a striking parallel to the case of a British teenager who was allegedly gang raped on the Mediterranean island.

The Navy has laid the keel for its first new, Flight III DDG 51 surface warfare destroyer armed with improved weapons, advanced sensors and new radar 35-times more sensitive than most current systems, changing attack and defensive options for the surface fleet.

A Texas man who killed a prison officer was executed late Wednesday, bringing to 22 the number of people put to death in the US this year.

On Friday and Saturday, December 6-7, soldiers, airmen, military families, and civilians of the Vicenza Military Community participated in a two-day clean-up of Venice following widespread flooding during the annual “acqua alta,” or high water, that struck the iconic island city on November 12.

Authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of six people who died after one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes erupted on Monday, bringing the known death toll to 14.

American Airlines is apologizing after a passenger says she was forced to remove her “Hail Satan” shirt or get off the flight.

BBC

The US and China have announced a preliminary trade agreement. The so-called phase one deal will see billions of dollars in tariffs removed or delayed.

The UN has accused the Chilean police and armed forces of committing serious human rights violations in their response to recent mass demonstrations. UN investigators say they have verified four cases of unlawful deaths involving state agents. It notes 345 people have suffered eye trauma from pellets, with torture and sexual violence also highlighted.

The newly elected governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear has restored the right to vote to up to 140,000 people with non-violent felony convictions – a move praised by rights groups.

A free, three-digit suicide hotline is being set up for Americans after it was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday. When it becomes operational, the 988 dial-code will provide mental health support and ease pressure on the 911 line, which covers all emergencies.

Qantas has picked Airbus jets to fly its ultra-long haul routes, dealing a blow to rival plane maker Boeing. The airline selected the A350-1000 for its planned non-stop Sydney to London service, which would be the world’s longest commercial flight.

WND

A new report from the pro-abortion Abortion Care Network found that almost one third of all independent abortion facilities have closed since 2012.

In the midst of a difficult impeachment fight, President Donald Trump asked 50 Christian leaders to come into the Oval Office and pray for him last week.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Dec. 13, 2019

The Foundation

“If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send 150 lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, & talk by the hour? That 150 lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

Party-Line Impeachment for Day-Time TV

Jerry Nadler postponed a vote until this morning so Americans could watch.


UK Voters Demand to ‘Get Brexit Done’

The message is clear: The government’s job is to enact the will of the people, not serve the elites.


Universities Build Massive Endowments, Students Take Big Loans

“US families owed $1.5 trillion in student debt, while the well-endowed hoarded $617 billion.”


Weinstein’s Wrist Gets Slapped

The Hollywood mogul doesn’t have to admit guilt for sexual sins, nor will he pay personally.


Bernie Sanders Wants to Nationalize the Internet

He claims more government control is the only “solution” to the “problem.”


Constitutional Malpractice

Democrats claim to defend the Constitution via impeachment while they trample it.


Video: Pelosi — Impeachment for Over Two Years!

The speaker admitted the impeachment process has been going on for “two and a half” years.


Video: Megan Rapinoe Wins ‘Athlete of the Year Award’

She wins Sports Illustrated award only to scold the publication for their lack of diversity.


Today’s Opinion

Rich Lowry
The Unhistoric Impeachment
Adriana Cohen
One Step From a Banana Republic
David Harsanyi
Greta Thunberg Is the Perfect Hero for an Unserious Time
Rebecca Hagelin
Republicans and Socialist ‘Fairness’?
Erick Erickson
The Miraculous Beginnings of Christmas

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.


Friday Top News Executive Summary

Impeachment vote advances, Brexit buoyed, China trade progress, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Cal Thomas, Victor Davis Hanson, Rashida Tlaib, 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 – 12/13/2019

Rivlin urges Israelis not to lose faith in democracy, despite third elections

Abbas urges Arab Israelis to vote for Knesset: They can have ‘major influence’

Gantz says he’ll weigh backing Netanyahu pardon in exchange for his retirement

Likud confirms December 26 primary, with Sa’ar hoping to upend Netanyahu rule

Netanyahu says he’ll drop all his ministerial posts except premier by year’s end

International Criminal Court hints Palestinians may be guilty of war crimes over ‘pay for slay’

Israel bars Gaza’s Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

Could Jordan’s Economic Crisis Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Jewish prayer has returned to the Temple Mount

Netanyahu thanks Trump for executive order ‘against discrimination of Jews’

New Jersey AG: Shooting ‘fueled by anti-Semitism,’ being probed as terror attack

NJ shooting bystanders blame Jewish victims

Jersey City shooting shines light on Black Hebrew Israelites’ extreme beleifs

Lebanese officials protest Iranian threat to attack Israel from Lebanon

Challenging Erdogan, Turkish ex-PM launches new opposition party

US Senate passes resolution recognizing Armenian genocide – a move likely to infuriate Turkey and further strain ties

Turkey Moves to Stop Israel From Building Undersea Gas Line to Europe

Iran to Reduce Oil Exports to Counter US Sanctions

U.S. envoy to Afghanistan announces ‘pause’ in Taliban peace talks after attack on air base

Algerians protest through day of disputed election

Pentagon tests long-banned ballistic missile over Pacific

High-level, N.K. defector implores Trump to foment coup; tells president he’s been duped

UK’s Johnson set for landslide victory over Corbyn, exit poll shows

Calls grow for Corbyn to resign amid worst election results in decades

Corbyn says he will resign by next election after Labour nose-dive

Corbyn repudiated, Jews relieved, by Johnson ‘stonking’ victory

UK Jews, Israelis fete defeat of ‘anti-Semite’ Corbyn

UK minister to Jewish community: ‘You should never have to live in fear again’

EU welcomes clear UK Conservative victory as clarity over Brexit

Britain will leave EU on Jan. 31, no ifs, no buts: UK’s Johnson

Trump ‘signs off’ on deal to pause US-China trade war

U.S., China strike partial trade deal that cuts tariffs

‘NAFTA lite’: Trump and Democrats’ trade deal is similar to pact president mocked as ‘worst ever’

A ‘wimpy’ trade deal will be enough for markets as long as there are no new tariffs

Why the Fed may need to slash rates to zero before the end of 2020

Trump poised for Supreme Court battle over financial records

Dems plow ahead with impeachment articles, in heated all-day session

Name-calling, insults and scandals dominate all-day impeachment hearing

US lawmakers spar into the night as Congress lurches toward impeachment

Republicans erupt as Nadler suddenly postpones impeachment vote near midnight

Jim Jordan: Adam Schiff is obstructing the House impeachment inquiry, not Trump

Graham says he won’t call any impeachment witnesses in Senate committee: ‘It’s a crock’

McConnell says ‘zero chance’ Trump is removed, ‘one or two Democrats’ could vote to acquit

Trump just went on the biggest tweet storm of his presidency

Trump considering skipping general election debates in 2020: report

Fox host lambasts Trump over ‘most sustained assault on press freedom in US history’

‘It’s Scary Stuff’: Cyber-Security Expert Says Recording-Device Investigation At Hyatt Hotel Is Not Uncommon

‘I’m Santa Claus’: A Ring camera in an 8-year-old girl’s bedroom was hacked and the video is terrifying

This is what a devastating earthquake in California would look like

Shishaldin volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupts to 30,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 14,000ft

New Zealand recovers six more bodies from White Island, officials say, raising volcano death toll to 14

Bomb cyclone spawns severe blizzard in Iceland, on course to hit Britain

UN chief warns against ‘survival of the richest’ on climate

Most active early flu season since 2003 already ‘wreaking havoc’ in US

Health Insurer Cigna Uses AI to Check if Patients Are Taking Their Medications

Quebec considers allowing doctors to euthanize dementia patients without their active consent

HHS advisor blasts WHO for promoting medical abortions in countries with restrictions

One-Third of Independent Abortion Clinics Have Closed since 2012

Pro-life group gives Trump ‘Courageous Witness for Life’ Award

Lawmakers ask AG Barr to make prosecuting obscenity, child porn ‘criminal justice priority’

Weinstein’s lawyer: 98% of creditors back his settlement with accusers

‘Outrage’ over Harvey Weinstein sex abuse settlement offer: Too little money for victims, too much for attorneys and Harvey

New York public school rejects student Christian club, OKs LGBT Pride Club

Transgender Latina makes history as Evangelical Lutheran pastor

Netflix Christmas satire depicting Jesus in a gay relationship in Brazil sparks religious outcry


Apostasy Watch

“Amazing Grace”-John Newton, William Wilberforce & the fight to end slavery

Kris Vallotton — Mocking the Poor with Eight Arrogant and False Contrasts

Vatican Defends Judas and Says Priests Should be Supportive During Assisted Suicides

New gay Jesus film on Netflix sparks outrage

Jen Wilkin of Village Church Says Women’s Periods are a Parable of the Crucifixion

The Bible Is Banned’ – China Shuts Down Churches, Threatens Christians

Israel bars Gaza’s Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas


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