President Donald Trump said he’s considering a veto of the $1.3 trillion spending bill that won final passage by Congress Friday morning, reversing his administration’s previous statements and raising the prospect that he’ll shutdown the government over the failure to get a deal on immigration and his border wall.
U.S. agriculture and the president’s rural political base are in China’s sights as it weighs retaliation after Donald Trump slapped tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports. In its initial counterstrike, China announced a 25 percent levy on U.S. pork imports — a heavy blow to Iowa, the top pork-producing state and a political battleground that swung to Trump in 2016 after going for Democrat Barack Obama in the previous two elections.
An Air India commercial airliner flying to Tel Aviv crossed through the skies of Saudi Arabia for the first time on Thursday, ending an era when a direct route was impossible because of Middle East tensions.
Political power in Norway is dominated by women. They hold the office of the prime minister, the finance minister, the foreign minister and the speaker of parliament. “It’s not a female conspiracy,” says Prime Minister Erna Solberg. So what gender issues do these politicians worry about? “The challenge in the Scandinavian countries is not to end up with a large group of young men who have no purpose in life, no hope for a job,” Solberg said in an interview in Oslo. The risk of men falling behind also makes them more vulnerable to losing their jobs to automation.
Idaho will require abortion providers to report how many times their patients have terminated a pregnancy in the past and other personal information under the latest anti-abortion law approved in the conservative state.
China’s ambassador to the U.S. warned Donald Trump the Asian nation would return fire on tariffs the U.S. president announced, saying the American middle class would pay the price.
Sales of new U.S. homes fell for a third straight month and supply swelled to the highest since 2009, suggesting that surging prices are increasingly deterring buyers, according to government data released Friday.
A gunman who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State took hostages at a supermarket in the town of Trebes in southern France Friday. At least two people shot may have died during the incident, the head of the police there told Agence France-Presse.
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Police on Wednesday said they had located a recorded “confession” on a cellphone found in the possession of the Austin, Texas, bomber.
A fire in a Ho Chi Minh City apartment block killed 13 and left 27 others injured people in the early hours of Friday, state media and a fire department official said.
Years-old sexual abuse allegations against a former Mormon missionary leader were published on a whistleblowing website this week, prompting a public pledge from the Utah-based church that it would discipline the alleged perpetrator if the claims were found to be true.
A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation” operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea.
Forty-four African countries have signed an agreement establishing a free trade area seen as vital to the continent’s economic development, the head of the African Union said Wednesday.
The man Hamas called the main suspect in a bomb attack against the Palestinian prime minister in Gaza was killed in an arrest raid on Thursday that also left two members of the Islamist movement’s security forces dead.
An airline passenger who was bumped from an oversold flight saw her luck change when United made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: A voucher for a whopping $10,000.
Pakistanis celebrated on Friday their National Day with a military parade in the capital, Islamabad, showcasing short- and long-range missiles, tanks, jets, drones and other hardware. Troops, including female soldiers, marched past a stand with political and military leaders.
The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defense minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.
President Donald Trump is replacing US National Security Adviser HR McMaster with Bush-era defense hawk and former United Nations ambassador John Bolton.
Spanish police have rescued 39 women and girls smuggled in from Nigeria and trafficked into sex work by a notorious Nigerian gang.
Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban, the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC.
Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has quit over a vote-buying scandal. He has denied wrongdoing but said on Wednesday that he did not want to be an obstacle to the country’s development.
About 150 whales have become stranded on a beach in Australia, prompting a major rescue effort. About half of the whales were already dead.
Major street protests are expected across cities in Poland against plans to further tighten the abortion laws, already one of Europe’s strictest. A bill in parliament seeks to ban abortions in cases of fetal abnormality, one of the few exceptions allowed under the current law.
Border patrol agents are refusing to hand over illegal immigrants with felony warrants to police in California because they can’t be sure local authorities will return the criminal aliens to federal custody.
Planned Parenthood will continue to receive federal funding in the newly released omnibus spending bill, delivering a defeat to pro-life groups that have been seeking the defunding of the nation’s leading abortion provider.
The Briefing — Friday, March 23, 2018
1) What do the results of a special election in Pennsylvania tell us about the future of American politics?
Candidates Still Mattered, New York Times (Campbell Robertson) –
In Pennsylvania Election Shaped by Trump
Wall Street Journal (Peggy Noonan) –
Deliverance From Hillary Clinton
New York Times (David Brooks) –
Worthy Is the Lamb
2) Why the church should first ask ‘How do we lead persons to saving faith in Jesus Christ?’ rather than ‘How do we win friends and influence people?’
New York Times (Laura Holson) –
This Preacher Would Be Happy to Share Your Bowl of Açaí
News – 3/23/2018
Hungary Warns of ‘Global Government’ That Will ‘Strip People’ of Identities
Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly László Kövér has warned in a conference speech that “both ethnic majorities and minorities” are facing the same threat: the possibility of “global government”.
MIT researchers create device they claim can “generate electricity from air”
To date, humanity has been able to discover and eventually tap on a number of renewable energy sources. From wind mills to solar panels, there have been all sorts of inventions and gadgets that come with the ability to generate electricity from certain natural sources. Now a team of engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a new device that appears to generate electricity out of nothing but air.
Julian Assange Drops a Bomb: Implicates British Government in Dirty Anti-Trump Dossier
It truly was Donald Trump against the global elites in 2016.The New York businessmen had to defeat the Republican Party, the dirty Obama regime, the Clinton crime family, the corrupt US media, globalist leaders and foreign governments.
Enigmatic Dead Sea Scroll makes rare show in Jerusalem
Genesis Apocryphon, sole surviving copy of ancient text expounding on biblical tales of Noah, Abraham, to go up on display in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum for first time since its discovery 70 years ago; scroll contains ‘parallel stories we don’t have in the Hebrew Bible,’ says exhibit’s curator. The Genesis Apocryphon’s Aramaic verses describe the lives of Noah, Abraham, Enoch and Lamech, characters in the book of Genesis, and are written in the first person. It opens up a new perspective on ancient Jewish history and civilization.”
Ancient Jewish Sources Indicate Trump Will Pave Way for Third Temple: Prominent Rabbi
Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi in charge King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, revealed to Breaking Israel News a 600-year-old Jewish source stating that the Third Temple will be prepared by descendants of Edom as a “reparation” for destroying the Second Temple. Additional hints from esoteric sources indicate that US President Donald Trump has already begun this process. “It sounds illogical that the Third Jewish Temple will be built by non-Jews,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “But Rabbinic sources state explicitly that this is what they must do to fix the historic wrongs that were committed.” “Many times in the Bible we find that the greatest spiritual light comes from the most hidden of sources.”
Trump ousts McMaster, taps Bolton as national security adviser
The news of Bolton’s appointment followed a meeting he had with Trump in the Oval Office. Even Bolton was caught by surprise. “I didn’t really expect an announcement this afternoon, but it’s obviously a great honor,” he told Fox News after the announcement. “I’m still getting used to it.” Bolton, 69, is a Fox News analyst who contemplated a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. He is a familiar figure in Washington, with a walrus-like mustache and hard-charging views on many global challenges.
Congress Advances Act Halting Aid to Palestinian Authority Over Terror Payments
The Taylor Force Act, legislation that seeks to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ends its payments to terrorists and their families, has been included in Congress’s massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that is expected to pass in the coming days. “Passage of the Taylor Force Act will give us much needed leverage with the Palestinians to push back on this outrageous policy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who introduced the bill in 2016, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Palestinian Authority Calls to Put US Ambassador on Global Terror List
On Thursday, the Ministry of Information in Ramallah issued a report titled, “Friedman, the Ambassador of Settlements and Lawyer of Extremism,” in which they called for placing the US envoy on the terrorism list “for violating international law, supporting terrorism, and promoting ethnic cleansing and black racism.”
Revealed: Forced Sterilization Programs in California Harmed More Than 20K From 1918 to 1953
Latinas disproportionately targeted
Facebook Can STILL TRACK YOU Even If You Delete Your Account
Facebook’s latest scandals involving Cambridge Analytica and Barack Obama’s campaign team allowed to break the user rules is prompting many to ponder whether deleting their Facebook account is the right move. But Facebook can still track you even if you delete your account.
China Readies For WAR With New Unmanned Super Tanks Powered By AI
The Chinese military appears to be bracing itself for a major war. The country just unleashed their new unmanned super tanks that are powered by artificial intelligence.
President Trump Imposes New Tariffs On China Over Continued US Intellectual Property Theft
President Trump just announced a new series of tariffs on roughly $50 billion in Chinese imports. These new tariffs are the result of a seven-month investigation into China’s continued theft of US intellectual property. “We have a tremendous intellectual property theft problem. It’s going to make us a much stronger, much richer nation,” President Trump told reporters this morning. “This has been long in the making.”
After initially shunning Israeli water technology assistance to side with Muslims, South Africa reverses its decision as drought reaches biblical proportions
In the face of an apocalyptic scenario, the South African government has apparently been forced to eat humble pie in its ongoing spat with Israel.
Girl Scout Cookies Crumble
“The once great Girl Scouts USA took a tragic fall when it became a political advocacy group that promotes abortion and sexual promiscuity to innocent girls”
Rand Paul: ‘Deep State Is Trying To Bring Trump Down’
During an appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show this week, Senator Rand Paul warned that “Absolutely, there is a deep state” and that it is actively working to “try to bring Trump down.”
FULL HOUSE: President Trump Stacks Pro-Israel Playing Field By Replacing H.R. McMaster With John Bolton
EDITOR’S NOTE: With each passing day, the ramp up of the Trump administration to a pro-Israel position is astounding. The pick of John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor, in light of the upcoming May 14th 70th anniversary of regathered Israel, is something right out of a Left Behind novel. You could not ask for someone who is more pro-Israel, and pro-Jerusalem for the Jews than John Bolton. The end times prophecy table is almost completely set now, nearly all the players have taken the stage, all we need is for the Lord to flip the switch and call us up and out of here. Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines is now boarding…all eyes on May 14th.
Christians Beware of Disney’s New Movie ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Promoting Youth Bible Study
…Disney has partnered with Christian Resources to create a Bible study to go with the film that includes video lesson film clips, a three part study, and an advertising poster. Many are questioning the intention of Disney with this study due to the fact that Disney intentionally erased the Christian themes and scripture from the film in the first place. What kind of “Bible study” is this?
The Stock Market Falls Another 724 Points! What In The World Is Happening On Wall Street?
…So why are stock prices falling so much? Well, USA Today is blaming the potential for a trade war with China, the latest Facebook scandal and “the impact of rising interest rates on the economy”…
World Famous Psychiatrist Warns That Increased Use of Psychiatric Drugs Will Translate to More Mass Shootings
…tasked with protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the nation – those with mental health issues – have adopted a “see no evil, hear no evil approach.” They happily look the other way as doctors and psychiatrists continue to prescribe antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs despite their dangerous side effects, which include mania, violence, psychosis and homicidal ideation (the desire to commit murder).
We just witnessed the 5th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history. On Thursday the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 724 points, and many believe that this is just the beginning of another huge wave down for stock prices. After this latest dramatic decline, the Dow is now down 3.1 percent so far in 2018, and overall it is down 9.99 percent from the all-time high in January. A 10 percent decline is officially considered to be “correction” territory, and that means that we are just about there. (Read More…)
GREG COROMBOS — The House of Representatives approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that has fiscal conservatives fuming about the price tag and a process that left everyone but the leaders out in the cold. The House passed the bill 256-167, with 145 Republicans voting for the increased spending and 90 lining up against it. Among Democrats, 111 voted for it and 77 opposed it…. (more)
NEWSMAX — H.R. McMaster is out as President Trump’s national security adviser and will be succeeded by John Bolton. The long-rumored change was announced by Trump on Twitter on Thursday, the latest shakeup of senior staff at the White House in recent weeks…. (more)
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — A House Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian election meddling has concluded that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper misled Congress about disclosing information to CNN. The committee’s final report on the investigation was approved on Thursday and now awaits an intelligence agency review…. (more)
NATIONAL REVIEW — The suspect in the Austin bombings blew himself up in his car early Wednesday morning as a SWAT team began to close in on his vehicle. Police used cell-phone technology to track the serial bomber to a hotel in the Round Rock vicinity after investigating suspicious store receipts and obtaining a warrant to scour his Google search history…. (more)
ART MOORE — “Devastated” and “broken” relatives of suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt expressed shock that he was behind the deadly attacks over the past three weeks, saying they had “no idea of the darkness” he was in. Conditt, 23, blew himself up in his car in Round Rock, Texas, Wednesday morning as authorities closed in on him…. (more)
CBS – SACRAMENTO — Last week they protested gun violence. This week, Rocklin High School students are using social media to organize a pro-life walkout using the hashtag #life. “To honor all the lives of aborted babies pretty much. All the millions of aborted babies every year,” said organizer Brandon Gillespie…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — The gun control movement notched a public relations coup with last week’s massive school walkouts, but now school districts that pitched in to ensure the protest’s success are stuck with the rising political and legal fallout. A week after the March 14 walkout, school officials are grappling with complaints from parents outraged by the specter of their kids engaged in political protesting on school time, as well as reports of criminal mischief committed by teens who treated the event as a get-out-of-class-free card…. (more)
WORLDNETDAILY — It’s another prime example of how a good guy with a gun can save dozens of innocent lives when under attack by a madman hellbent on mass murder. A student gunman at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland tore through the campus at 8 a.m. Tuesday, shooting and injuring two students…. (more)
FOX NEWS — A gunman who opened fire at Great Mills High School in Maryland was killed Tuesday after engaging an armed school resource officer, authorities said. The shooter, Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was the only fatality. Police said Rollins used a handgun to shoot a 16-year-old female student, who was identified by family members as Jaelynn Willey. She remains in the ICU with life-threatening, critical injuries…. (more)
WORLDNETDAILY — On a per-screen basis, the new movie about one of the most popular Christian songs of the modern era beat out a trio of heavy hitters at the box office last weekend. “I Can Only Imagine,” earning $17 million in its first weekend, was No. 1 with a $10,400 per-screen average across 1,600 screens. That was double the average against its competition, “Black Panther,” “Tomb Raider” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”… (more)
CNN — Austin police just confirmed what residents have feared for weeks – – a suspected serial bomber is attacking their city. For the fourth time this month, a device exploded on Austin residents. What makes Sunday night’s blast especially terrifying is that the device was left on the side of a residential road and triggered by a tripwire, police said Monday. Investigators have found similarities between that device and three previous bombs, which were stuffed inside packages and left on residents’ doorsteps, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — Mississippi’s governor says that by enacting a law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, the state is “saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and what better thing can we do?” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant made the comments while he signed the law Monday in a closed ceremony, according to a video his office posted to social media…. (more)
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE — The last time Mitt Romney ran against a Kennedy for the U.S. Senate, he lost a bitter 1994 campaign in Massachusetts against liberal icon Ted Kennedy. Now, he is facing a Kennedy in Utah, but this one is a conservative Republican and not a member of that famous clan. Rep. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, announced Wednesday that he will challenge Romney for the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah…. (more)
BYRON YORK — Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” The popular word for that is collusion, and it remains at the heart of both the Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee investigations. (Majority Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee recently announced they were unable to find evidence proving collusion.)… (more)
Headlines – 3/23/2018
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