January 3, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump will hold a campaign event in a Miami megachurch on Friday to shore up support from Christian conservatives, after a prominent evangelical publication questioned whether the faithful should support the Republican.

Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden took in $22.7 million in the last three months of 2019, his campaign said in a statement on Thursday, a pickup in fundraising just weeks before voters kick off the party’s nominating process.

Elizabeth Warren raised $21.2 million for her White House bid during the final quarter of 2019, dropping slightly from the prior quarter but finishing the year with a late surge in donations on the day she delivered a New Year’s Eve speech, her campaign said on Friday.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, raised $11.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, more than doubling the previous quarter’s amount, according to a statement from her campaign.

A U.S. air strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian commander aimed to disrupt an “imminent attack” that would have endangered Americans in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in television interviews on Friday.

Iran promised harsh revenge after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of its military influence in the Middle East.

Indonesia’s air force seeded clouds with salt to try to stop rainfall reaching the slowing sinking capital after deadly flash floods and landslides triggered by some of the heaviest rain recorded.

A U.S. appeals court on Friday began hearing arguments in a bid by President Donald Trump’s administration to block former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying to a congressional committee as part of the impeachment effort against Trump.

Oil prices jumped nearly $3 a barrel and gold, the yen and safe-haven bonds all rallied on Friday, after the U.S. killing of Iran’s top military commander in an air strike in Iraq ratcheted up tensions between the two powers.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday there were indications Iran or forces it backs may be planning additional attacks, warning that the “game has changed” and it was possible the United States might have to take preemptive action to protect American lives.

Ecologists at the University of Sydney told News.com.au that an estimated 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have died in the bushfires, which have been burning across Australia since September. Eight thousand of the animals deaths are believed to be koalas.

Raytheon Company’s RTN business unit, Missile Systems recently secured a $768.3 million contract to manufacture advanced medium range air to air missile (AMRAAM). Work related to the deal will be executed in Tucson, AZ.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that the country will sell oil and part of the gold it produces for its national cryptocurrency petro.

For years, ultra-Orthodox Jewish families priced out of increasingly expensive Brooklyn neighborhoods have been turning to the suburbs, where they have taken advantage of open space and cheaper housing to establish modern-day versions of the European shtetls where their ancestors lived for centuries before the Holocaust. The expansion of Hasidic communities in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Catskills and northern New Jersey been accompanied by flare-ups of rhetoric aimed at new development that some say is cloaked anti-Semitism.

The U.S. government on Thursday began sending asylum-seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles away in Juarez, Mexico.

The number of cases of a new type of viral pneumonia linked to a food market in central China has risen to 44, local health authorities said Friday, in an outbreak awakening fearful memories of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.

The US has said it is ready to fight against North Korea if necessary. As worldwide attention focused on the escalation of tensions between the US and Iran following the killing of General Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike, comments from Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that America remains ready for conflict with North Korea.

Kim Jong Un is giving up on hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump will lift sanctions anytime soon. Kim’s plan now is to find a way to survive under crushing economic sanctions while building an even stronger nuclear deterrent to force Washington to compromise.

The US has announced a countrywide ban on some e-cigarette flavors amid concerns about vaping among teens.


Scores of unidentified drones, flying at night and often in groups, have baffled officials in the neighboring states of Colorado and Nebraska. Witnesses have spotted the drones, which reportedly have six-foot (1.8m) wide wingspans, since mid-December.

Zambia is wrestling with a devastating drought caused, according to experts, by a dramatic shift in weather patterns.


Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., warned that if Democrats fail to deliver their articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate, he will introduce a measure on Monday to dismiss them.

The exodus from California is very real, and it now looks like the state will pay the price for chasing away so many residents. Besides the costly implications of fleeing consumers and capital, California now also stands to lose an entire congressional seat thanks to slow growth and migration out of the Golden State.

A new study found that New York was one of only 10 states to lose population between July of 2018 and July of 2019. The Empire Center found, via Census Bureau data, that 180,649 more residents had moved out of the state than moved in.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 3, 2020

The Foundation

“A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” —James Madison (1792)

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Considering Trump on Trade

His strategy with tariffs has and will cause pain at home, but the end goal is worth the price.

Even Leftist Historians Rebuke 1619 Project

The New York Times’s blatant revisionist history is being criticized from all sides.

Socialist Sanders Tops Dem Field in Donations

Despite trailing in the polls, Sanders rakes in nearly $100 million in donations for the year.

Politics Makes for a Poor Savior

Previous generations learned that faith provides so much more than any politician who ever lived.

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Today’s Cartoon

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Headlines – 1/3/2020

Trump Envoy to Visit Israel, Discuss Middle East Peace Plan After Months of Standstill

Why doesn’t the US try to repeal the UN’s anti-settlements resolution?

Hamas outraged after Bennett seizes terrorists’ money

Top PLO official: Despite Israeli cuts, PA should keep accepting tax transfers

Israeli Army Shoots Palestinian Suspected of Attempted Stabbing Attack in West Bank

Heading to Greece to ink gas deal, Netanyahu says it will bring in hundreds of billions

Netanyahu in Athens: Historic alliance with Greece, Cyprus brings security

Turkey slams gas pipeline deal signed between Israel, Greece and Cyprus

Israel set to build advanced national communications satellite

Blue and White may try to oust speaker if he stalls on PM immunity – report

High Court rejects petition seeking to bar Netanyahu from forming government

Polls indicate no drop in support for Netanyahu after immunity request

NY Democrats condemn anti-Semitic attacks, but say unclear what’s fueling them

NYT calls for mass participation in solidarity march against anti-Semitism

Family of Hanukkah attack victim calls for end of hatred

Commentary: Antisemitism is now a Pandemic, but it must not become the New Normal!

Iran’s Republican Guards chief: We can ‘break’ US but are not heading for war

Trump orders attack that kills Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, other military officials in Baghdad, Pentagon says

US kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad airstrike

Iraq paramilitary chief slain alongside Soleimani was Tehran’s man in country

Attack on US Embassy exposes widening US-Iraq divide on Iran

‘Dangerous stalemate’: Attack on U.S. Embassy in Iraq part of Iran’s escalating aggression

US officials celebrate Baghdad strike while critics warn of war

Democrats call US killing of Soleimani ‘reckless,’ say Congress wasn’t notified

Iran crisis: US embassy urges its citizens to leave Iraq immediately

Iraq anti-govt protesters sing, dance after Soleimani death

Who Is Qassem Soleimani, the Head of Iran’s Quds Force Killed in Iraq

US strike on Baghdad airport ‘violation of Iraqi sovereignty’: Iraq’s Sistani

Qasem Soleimani: ‘This will escalate an already volatile situation’

Fears of new conflict rise after US kills Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in strike on Baghdad airport

US strike against top Iranian commander threatens spiral of violence in Middle East

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: ‘Harsh Retaliation Is Waiting’ For U.S. After General’s Assassination

Iran supreme leader vows ‘severe revenge’ for Soleimani killing

Defense Sec Esper: Iran will face ‘severe response’ if U.S. is challenged

Iran and ‘free nations of region’ to avenge general’s killing: Rouhani

Iraq Hashed al-Shaabi commander calls all fighters to ‘be ready’ after US strike

Inside Hezbollah’s American Sleeper Cells: Waiting for Iran’s Signal to Strike U.S. and Israeli Targets

Iraqi PM condemns US ‘assassination’ of Iran’s Soleimani, al-Muhandis

Hamas: ‘Soleimani had important role in Palestinian resistance’

Israel shuts Hermon site, defense chiefs to convene after Soleimani killing

Israel increases security in overseas delegations fearing retaliation by the Iranians following Qasem Soleimani death

Would Israel still need US bunker busters for attacking Iranian nukes?

World Holds Its Breath After An American Strike In Iraq Kills Top Iranian Commander

China urges ‘calm and restraint’ after US kills Iran general

Britain urges de-escalation after US killing of Iran’s Soleimani

Russia, China, France criticize US strike that killed Iran’s Soleimani

Iran’s Allies in the Middle East Condemn U.S. Assassination of Soleimani

Timeline: Iran-US tensions rose amid week of turmoil in Iraq

Oil Jumps as U.S. Strike on Iran General Raises Conflict Fears

Elite Iraqi troops secure US embassy after attack

US embassy siege leader was guest at White House during Obama presidency

Trump’s Old Tweets About Obama Striking Iran For Re-Election Come Back To Haunt Him

UN Security Council to meet on Friday on Syria’s Idlib

Turkish Parliament Authorizes Libya Deployment but Troops Unlikely for Now

Greece, Israel and Cyprus Call Turkey’s Planned Libya Deployment ‘Dangerous Escalation’

Flights suspended in Libya’s capital due to rocket fire: official

Saudi Arabia condemns attacks on US Embassy in Baghdad

US combat deaths in Afghanistan highest in years

U.S. defense secretary urges North Korea to negotiate on denuclearization

Hong Kong protest fallout hits HSBC and the London Stock Exchange

Singapore opposition party says it is ready to challenge fake news notices in court

A fake Twitter account stirred tensions between Jews and African Americans. Trolls celebrated.

California’s new privacy law puts you first. Too bad companies are ignoring it

Police Tracked a Terror Suspect – Until His Phone Went Dark After a Facebook Warning

A deceptively edited video of Joe Biden illustrates a big problem in 2020

GOP senator will introduce measure to dismiss impeachment articles

Schumer: Newly revealed emails a ‘devastating blow’ to McConnell’s impeachment trial plans

America Is Now the Divided Republic the Framers Feared

Potential recession rises to No. 1 concern for CEOs in 2020

Don’t look now, but Goldman Sachs is saying the economy is nearly recession-proof

Fed Adds $56.72 Billion to Markets for Calm Start to 2020

Trump trade adviser Navarro says the China phase-one deal has ‘great stuff in it,’ and he sees the Dow soaring to 32,000

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Hasaki, Japan

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Baubau, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Jakarta officials warn more extreme rainfall expected – announce the use of Weather Modification Technology to combat floods

Australian wildfires rage as another state declares disaster

‘Firenados’ are wreaking havoc across Australia

Food and fuel are running out in parts of Australia as raging bushfires push it toward a humanitarian crisis. Here’s what you need to know.

Amazon ‘threatens to fire’ climate change activists

Facebook removes misleading HIV drug ads after backlash from LGBTQ activists

Big Pharma Continues New Year’s Tradition of Squeezing U.S. Sick for Every Last Dime

Mystery pneumonia outbreak in China sparks fear of deadly SARS virus

NASA astronaut’s blood clot in space gets treated by doctor on Earth

Judge rules baby at Cook Children’s can be taken off life support against family’s wishes

Could Roe v. Wade be overturned? Hundreds of members of Congress sign amicus brief ahead of key SCOTUS case

Sexual assaults on airplanes are on the rise. Is anything being done about it?

New Church of England Archbishop Believes Christian Views on Sexuality Should Be Adapted ‘To Fit Culture’

In 2019 Kansas City nearly hit its all-time record for homicides. Most are unsolved.

Jan Markell: Top 10 Bible Prophecy Stories of 2019

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