February 27, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Trump’s administration can withhold millions of dollars in law
enforcement funds from states and cities that refuse to cooperate with
federal immigration authorities, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

Democratic presidential hopefuls spread out across South Carolina on
Thursday ahead of the state’s primary election on Saturday – their first
big test with African-American voters.

Republican activists in South Carolina are urging party voters to do the
seemingly unthinkable: support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ bid for the
White House in the state’s Democratic primary on Saturday. The unusual
effort is aimed at exposing what the activists see as flaws in the Southern
state’s open primary system – and at boosting the candidate many
Republicans view as the easiest rival for Republican President Donald Trump
to beat in November.

The number of new coronavirus infections inside China – the source of the
outbreak – was for the first time overtaken by fresh cases elsewhere on
Wednesday, with Italy and Iran emerging as epicenters of the rapidly
spreading illness.

The Federal Reserve, long criticized for being too white and male, crossed
a substantial milestone last year: for the first time in its 107-year
history, white men held fewer than half of board seats at the Fed’s 12
regional outposts.

The coronavirus’ rapid spread in Iran, Italy, South Korea and elsewhere
left alarmed governments and people across the globe rushing on Thursday to
implement emergency measures.

The United States on Thursday granted a license to allow for certain
humanitarian trade transactions with Iran’s sanctioned central bank, a move
it said was in step with the formalization of a Swiss humanitarian aid

Iran said on Thursday its death toll from coronavirus had risen to 26, the
highest number of fatalities from the virus outside China, and the total
number of infected people now stood at 245, including several senior
officials. The outbreak prompted authorities to call off Friday prayers in
several cities including Tehran, state TV later reported, while state news
agency IRNA said Iran has banned Chinese citizens from entering the

At least 32 people have been killed in the deadliest violence to engulf
India’s capital New Delhi for decades as a heavy deployment of security
forces brought an uneasy calm on Thursday.

Iraqi politicians failed to agree on a new government, prolonging deadlock
that has failed to resolve unprecedented mass unrest and has stalled the
country’s recovery from years of war.

AP Top Stories

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday confirmed an
infection in California that would represent the first U.S. person to
contract the virus despite not visiting a foreign country recently or
coming in contact with an infected patient.

Iran says it won’t quarantine towns and cities, despite recording the most
deaths from the novel coronavirus outside China.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said Filipino forces can
fight insurgents and Muslim extremists without American military help, in a
defense of his recent decision to terminate a U.S. security pact.

A cruise ship from the Miami-based cruise line MSC Cruises has been denied
entry to the Cayman Islands and Jamaica amid fears of the novel

A woman in her 40s living in Japan tested positive for the coronavirus for
a second time on Wednesday, less than four weeks after recovering from her
first infection.

The president of Belarus said Thursday that his country is “being forced
into integration” with Russia and insisted that real integration of the two
countries’ economies implied “sovereignty and independence” for Belarus.

China is making U.S. lobster eligible for a tariff reduction, good news for
lobster fishermen who lost a key export market during trade hostilities,
Maine’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday.

A year after asylum-seekers and other migrants overwhelmed U.S. immigration
authorities at the southern border, the Border Patrol is opening a
processing facility in Texas that officials say could help it better care
for detainees following outcry last year over young children and adults
held in squalid, crowded conditions.

Walt Disney Co.’s theme parks, resorts and cruise line will serve
Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat burgers, the companies said on Tuesday,
a new win for the vegan patty maker that is broadening its reach across
fast-food chains.


Snow has fallen in mountainous parts of Tasmania, rounding out a summer of
dramatic weather changes in Australia.

After 100 years, the US House of Representatives has overwhelming voted to
make lynching a federal hate crime in the country.

An explosion at the Marathon Refinery, which is located in Carson near Los
Angeles, led to a huge fire that crews battled to put out overnight into

Two more patients have tested positive for coronavirus in England, bringing
the total number of UK cases to 15.


The Mississippi Republican Party is welcoming some new members and all of
them were elected public offices as Democrats or Independents in this most
recent election cycle.

Just over a quarter of surveyed Americans between the ages of 54-73 believe
there is no amount of money that could sit in their savings account that
would make them feel comfortable retiring. Many millennials (14.4%) and
generation Z (15.2%) respondents shared the same sentiment.

The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers of the 2020
Tokyo Olympics are continuing to prepare for the summer games as planned.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 27, 2020

The Foundation

“Men, to act with vigour and effect, must have time to mature measures, and judgment and experience, as to the best method of applying them. They must not be hurried on to their conclusions by the passions, or the fears of the multitude. They must deliberate, as well as resolve.” —Joseph Story (1833)

The Politics of a ‘Fear Pandemic’

Democrats are, predictably, using coronavirus headlines for political advantage.

‘Berning’ Down America

Democrats petrified by the rise of Bernie Sanders have only themselves to blame.

A Big Win Against ‘Sanctuary’ States

Second Circuit Court’s ruling sets up SCOTUS to weigh in on leftists’ “sanctuary” policies.

Peace in Afghanistan? We’ll See

Why not just sign the peace deal — any peace deal — walk away and call it good?

Senate Dems Kill Newborn and Preborn Protections

Democrats prove once again that theirs is the party of death.

Video: Unelected Judges or Unelected Bureaucrats: Which Should Interpret the Law?

Justice Clarence Thomas this week failed to get his colleagues to review his own 2005 decision.

Video: Harvey Weinstein Is Guilty … but Still Loved by the Left

Weinstein may have been found guilty, but the Left still loves him!

Today’s Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson
Trump’s Chances for Reelection Are Looking Better and Better
Laura Hollis
American Socialists Don’t Understand American Business
Armstrong Williams
Anybody But Bernie Syndrome: Why a Brokered Democratic Convention Is the Mainstream Party’s Only Hope
Cal Thomas
The Russians are Coming (Again)
Gary Bauer
The Left’s Hate
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday News Executive Summary

Coronavirus response, New York Times sued, sanctuary-city win, and more.

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Frank J. Fleming, Joe Biden, John Legend, 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 – 2/27/2020

Sanders says he would weigh moving US embassy back to Tel Aviv if elected – calls Netanyahu a ‘reactionary racist’

Foreign minister condemns Sanders’ ‘shocking’ comment on US embassy

Israel’s Netanyahu pulls his punches after Sanders calls him a racist

Rivlin eulogizes ‘brave leader’ Mubarak, who ‘forged new relationship of peace’

UN envoy: ‘Settlements’ are a substantial obstacle to peace

UN slams ‘worrying’ Israeli plans to build in West Bank, East Jerusalem

Palestinian Authority lashes Netanyahu’s vow to build in West Bank corridor

The Gaza Strip could go up in flames at any time

As ceasefire takes hold, Islamic Jihad vows new rounds of violence

Tires slashed, West Bank village threatened with ‘war’ in apparent hate attack

Jewish leader okays Brazilian carnival costumes with swastikas

Polls suggest momentum with Netanyahu, as campaigns turn nasty in final days

Lieberman: ‘No more talk of unity, we will form a government without Netanyahu’

Gantz: Netanyahu ‘poisoning’ Israel, carrying out ‘hate crime’ against democracy

Ultra-Orthodox MK says he’ll demand law banning public transportation on Shabbat

Turkey vows to drive Syrian forces back from Idlib

World powers express ‘serious concerns’ about Iran’s atom program

Ethiopia asks US to postpone final talks over dam dispute

More Violence Erupts in New Delhi Over Indian Citizenship Law

Trump praises India’s Modi for ‘great, open religious freedom’ despite rampant persecution

Trump administration launches new unit to strip US citizenship from foreign-born terrorists, criminals

Trump campaign sues The New York Times for libel over Russia opinion article

AI Comes to the Tax Code

ICE has run facial-recognition searches on millions of Maryland drivers

California reservoir ordered to be drained over fears earthquake could collapse dam

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Chamba, India

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Emergency declared in Indonesia’s West Java as widespread floods and landslides displace 10,000

Severe thunderstorm and worst hailstorm since 2010 wreak havoc across Perth, Australia

‘Senseless violence:’ Fired Miller Brewery employee killed 5; shooter dead

Koreatown Company Clones Dogs, Cats, Horses For Pet Owners Who Don’t Want To Let Go

Virus hits more countries as health official warns world ‘not ready’

Most new coronavirus cases no longer in China, WHO says

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Umrah pilgrimage over coronavirus fears

In unprecedented move, Israelis advised to avoid all travel over virus fears

El Al official warns airline could go under ‘in weeks’ due to coronavirus

Airlines unleash herpes disinfectant to clean virus-tainted planes

EU says no reason to panic about coronavirus outbreak in Europe

U.S. Identifies First Coronavirus Case Without Outbreak Ties

Coronavirus live updates: Trump puts Mike Pence in charge of US response, says risk to Americans ‘very low’

‘Pelosi is incompetent’: Trump says speaker ‘trying to create a panic’ by attacking his coronavirus knowledge

Coronavirus infects US soldier for first time, military says

Coronavirus Sparks Talk of Global Recession and ‘Economic Pandemic’ as Stock Markets Dive

Facebook bans coronavirus ads that promote ‘cures’ and fan hysteria

ACLU sues 7 ‘sanctuary cities for the unborn’ for violating abortion rights groups’ free speech

Transgender woman murdered after using women’s restroom in Puerto Rico

Missouri lawmakers consider restricting transgender high school athletes to teams of their birth gender

Pete Buttigieg: Religious Freedom ‘Ends’ When Religious Groups Refuse to Hire LGBTQ Employees

Apostasy Watch

Mike Ratliff – God’s Wrath of Abandonment

LECTIO DIVINA – What it is, What it is not, and Should Christians Practice it?

Why Aren’t “Faith Healers” Like Francis Chan, Todd White, and Todd Bentley in China Fighting the Coronavirus?

Cleveland pastor indicted in human trafficking bust

Pastor presses legislators to be servants of God, quotes Bible, next pastor says she disagrees with pretty much everything that was said

The world didn’t end, and this once thriving doomsday cult has faded. But some of its loyal leaders still operate near Yellowstone National Park

Former members say Franklin cult is back open in Dickson County

Gay “Churches” Give Out Glitter Ashes For Ash Wednesday

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