February 25, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that India will buy $3 billion worth of military equipment, including attack helicopters, as the two countries deepen defense and commercial ties in an attempt to balance the weight of China in the region.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that no country was trying to help him win the election, after a top intelligence official told lawmakers Russia was interfering in the 2020 presidential vote to help Trump win a second term.

The Trump administration rolled out a new immigration policy on Monday that bars people deemed likely to require government benefits such as housing and food assistance from obtaining permanent residency in the United States.

Senior U.S. Democrats said on Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration should immediately impose sanctions on Russia after U.S. intelligence officials told members of Congress that Russia appeared to be trying to influence this year’s U.S. election.

Surging front-runner Bernie Sanders will be in the hot seat at the Democratic debate in South Carolina on Tuesday, when his six presidential rivals try to derail his growing momentum before the next big round of nominating contests.

Turnout for the Nevada Democratic caucuses was 105,195, the Nevada State Democratic Party said on Monday, surpassing the 84,000 voters who participated in the 2016 Nevada caucuses.

Iran’s coronavirus death toll rose to 16 on Tuesday, the highest outside China, increasing its international isolation as dozens of countries from South Korea to Italy accelerated emergency measures to curb the epidemic’s global spread.

British politicians turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of children and actively covered up allegations over decades, an independent inquiry into historical sex offences in Westminster found on Tuesday.

A ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the United Nations took hold on the Israel-Gaza border on Tuesday after two days of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group.

At least seven people were killed and around 150 were injured in clashes between opposing groups in the Indian capital, a police official told Reuters on Tuesday, the deadliest riots in the city since protests against a new citizenship law began over two months ago.

AP Top Stories

The White House is asking Congress for $2.5 billion to respond to the coronavirus illness known as COVID-19 that has killed more than 2,600 people in mainland China, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the request inadequate.

Iran’s deputy health minister confirmed on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic.

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who was the autocratic face of stability in the Middle East for nearly 30 years before being forced from power in an Arab Spring uprising, died Tuesday, state-run TV announced. He was 91.

As new cases of the coronavirus spiked on two continents, the World Health Organization warned Monday that the world was not ready for a major outbreak, even as it praised China’s aggressive efforts to wrest the epidemic under control.

South Korea is testing all 200,000 members of a doomsday cult which has been badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak. 60% of the country’s 977 infections are members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, based in Daegu, officials said.

China on Monday declared an immediate and “comprehensive” ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed responsible for the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

In a victory for the Trump administration, a U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld rules that bar taxpayer-funded family-planning clinics from referring women for abortions.

An 11-year-old girl holding a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared at a gun legislation hearing in Idaho on Monday with her grandfather, who is supporting legislation that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits.

A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, and who faced death threats from Islamic extremists, said she is going to request asylum in France.

BBC

The authorities in Brazil say 147 people have been murdered in the north-eastern state of Ceará in the first five days of a military police strike. The homicide rate is five times higher than usual, despite the deployment of the army to patrol the streets.

Anti-government protesters barricaded key streets in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Monday. The blockades came a day after police demanding better working conditions attacked the army headquarters in the city.

The number of people confirmed as injured after a car ploughed into a carnival crowd in western Germany has risen to almost 60, police saud. Eighteen of those hurt in Monday’s incident are children. In total 35 people remain in hospital.

Australia’s intelligence chief has warned of a “real threat” to the country’s security from neo-Nazis. He said the threat from foreign espionage was also now higher than during the Cold War.

WND

New Prospect Baptist Church is home to one of the largest black congregations in Cincinnati. Not exactly a place you think you’d find 179 women firing .22-caliber handguns in the church basement. One of the largest women-only, concealed carry gun certification classes held in the state of Ohio.

A new study conducted at Yale finds that staying in school may just extend one’s lifespan.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 25, 2020

The Foundation

“Have you something to do to-morrow; do it to-day.” —Benjamin Franklin (1742)

Perspective on Coronavirus

The death toll is rising, creating panic and market trouble around the globe.


Justice for #MeToo: Weinstein Found Guilty of Rape

The former Hollywood mogul and Democrat mega donor faces between five and 29 years in prison.


Warren PACs Up

Despite a pledge to avoid such backing, Warren claims she’s a victim and caves.


Damage Control: Bloomberg Will Release Women From NDAs

He seeks to fend off sexual-harassment allegations by releasing three women from NDAs.


Leaders Cannot Lead Without Earning Trust

Republican leaders have a long history of not standing up to leftist attacks.


Video: All My Money on Trump, No Matter the Dem Nominee

“I think Trump has already secured a second term,” journalist Sharyl Attkisson opines.


Video: Use Trans Pronouns or Get Fired, Court Tells Professor

A Christian professor in Ohio was told he must use female pronouns to refer to a male student — or he will be fired.


Video: California Is a Hellhole (And It’s Getting Worse)

Ben Shapiro goes off on California and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent State of the State address.


Video: Is Voter Fraud Real?

What is the greatest threat to free and fair elections in America?



Today’s Opinion

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Salena Zito
Media Silence on Voter-Registration Attack Deepens Our Divide
Stephen Moore
Natural Gas Is Crushing Wind and Solar Power
Dennis Prager
Why the Left Calls Good People Racist
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday News Executive Summary

Democrat debate preview, Weinstein guilty, pro-life win, coronavirus concerns, and more.


Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Erick Erickson, Lisa Boothe, Bernie Sanders, and more.



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

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Headlines – 2/25/2020

UN Security Council calls for two-state solution to be respected in Middle East

Netanyahu, Israeli officials meet with US mapping team for West Bank annexation

Precarious calm appears to hold on Gaza border after reported truce

Chief of Staff: It is unclear if an escalation or a decline is expected in Gaza

Rocket attacks target Israeli south despite reported ceasefire

55,000 students miss school as rockets rain down on southern Israel

IDF chief warns Gaza clash may not be over, could spiral into greater conflict

Israel Needs Qatar to Prevent Gaza From Spiraling, and Hamas Knows How to Exploit It

Gantz vows to reinstate targeted killings of terrorists in Gaza

European Commission condemns anti-Semitic Belgian parade

Belgian city of Aalst says anti-Semitic parade ‘just fun’

‘Truly shameful’: Pro-Israel AIPAC slams Sanders after he says conference is platform for ‘bigotry’

Bernie’s AIPAC Snub Throws Liberal Zionists Under the Bus

Nikki Haley Slams Bernie Sanders Over AIPAC Boycott: ‘Go Back to Defending Castro’

Fighting in northwest Syria close to ‘bloodbath’: UN

Five civilians killed in Russian airstrikes in Syria

UN in talks with Turkey to boost aid to northwest Syria amid offensive

Iran will be ‘held accountable’ for any actions against US in Iraq: State Dept.

Driver Plows Vehicle Into German Carnival Parade, Around 30 Injured

India rolls out the MAGA carpet for Trump

‘Pageantry over policy’ on Trump’s visit to India

Policeman killed in India’s New Delhi clash ahead of Trump arrival

White House spokesman: ‘We know there are people actively working against’ Trump in government

YouTube Permanently Bans TruNews Channel That Called Trump’s Impeachment ‘Jew Coup’

Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War

DNA Databases Are Boon to Police But Menace to Privacy, Critics Say

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Santiago de Cao, Peru

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Lambasa, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Three Earthquakes Rattle Dangerous New Madrid While Two Rare Tremors Hit Maine

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Popcateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador eurpts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Unsettled weather to persist across the UK as one town faces potentially historic river flooding

World must prepare for ‘potential pandemic’: WHO

Coronavirus: South Korea to test 200,000 sect members as pandemic fears hit markets

Trump asserts coronavirus ‘under control’ as stocks plunge

White House submits $1.25 billion emergency request as part of $2.5 billion coronavirus effort

Rush Limbaugh claims Chinese are ‘trying to weaponize’ coronavirus to ‘bring down’ Trump

Dow plunges 1,000 points on coronavirus fears, 3.5% drop is worst in two years

10-year Treasury yield falls to three-year low on coronavirus fears, 30-year rate hits record low

Cramer on market plunge: Coronavirus impact on companies could be ‘more severe than thought’

Iran teeters once again on the brink: Iran faces anti-terrorism sanctions, voter discontent, and a rising death toll from the Coronavirus outbreak

China postpones parliament amid coronavirus battle

Coronavirus could be a ‘catalyst’ for China to boost its mass surveillance machine, experts say

Italy’s coronavirus lockdown shows how the outbreak is testing democracies

Supreme Court to weigh ban on foster agencies that don’t work with LGBT couples

A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects

Weinstein convicted of rape, sexual assault in landmark moment for #MeToo

Harvey Weinstein: From Hollywood ‘God’ to convicted rapist


Apostasy Watch

The Five Pillars of the Christian Faith

Jesus Did Not Come to Address World Hunger or Global Inequality, He Came to Save His Sheep

First Baptist in Columbia Mo. Hosts Transgender Inclusion Seminar

Study: Nearly Half of Mainline Protestant Pastors Support Same-Sex Marriage

Judge rules in favor of Wheaton College students barred from evangelizing at park

Canada opens door to expanding assisted dying

Cuban Americans Tell What Life Under Castro Was Really Like


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