Monday, September 3, 2007

On Capitol Hill This Week - September 3-7, 2007

Volume XIV, Number 2 - September 3 - 7, 2007

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalm 46:10)



Idaho Sen. Larry Craig resigned from his Republican Senate seat Saturday, bowing to pressure from Republicans to step down after his arrest and guilty plea in a sex scandal. The resignation comes after reports that Craig pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to a reduced misdemeanor charge from his arrest June 11 in a men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The three-term Republican senator did not admit wrongdoing, but apologized for being unable to serve the rest of his term to pursue legal options. "I apologize for what I have caused. I am deeply sorry," Craig said. "I have little control over what people choose to believe but clearly my name is important to me and my family is so very important also."

Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter will appoint Idaho Lieutenant Governor James E. Risch to serve out the remainder of Larry Craig's term. (AP)

· "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings." (Jeremiah 17: 9-10 NKJV) "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28 KJV)


President Bush announced Friday that press secretary Tony Snow, who has waged a battle with cancer while manning the White House lectern, will resign and be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino, on Sept. 14. "It's been joy to watch him spar with you," Bush told the White House press corps in the briefing room.

Snow, who had said recently that he would leave before the end of Bush's presidency, said cancer was not the reason he was stepping down. Instead, the father of three said he needs to make more than his White House salary of $168,000. He can earn far more money on the speechmaking circuit. "I sadly accept his desire to leave the White House," Bush said.

· Continue in prayer for complete healing for Tony Snow from cancer; and lift up Dana Perino as she now assumes her new responsibilities at the White House. · "By His stripes, we are healed." (Isaiah 53:6)


a. Senate to Consider Southwick Nomination
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) . . . has promised the Senate would vote on Judge Southwick's confirmation, which he made before they adjourned. Judge Southwick's impressive credentials bear out his eminently qualified status for the federal bench. He has served our country with distinction and honor as an Iraq War veteran and is rated "unanimously well-qualified" by the American Bar Association.

Judge Southwick has become the target of a shameless and deceptive smear campaign by homosexual and liberal groups. It speaks well of Judge Southwick that his critics have only found two cases during his entire judgeship on the Mississippi Court of Appeals to hone in on, and their fabricated criticism does not stand up to scrutiny. His qualifications and integrity speak louder than his critics. (Concerned Women for America)

· Father God, we ask for the quick nomination and confirmation of Judge Leslie Southwick to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

· "Thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall be established into thee:" (Job 22:28)

b. The Slippery Slope of 'Hate-Crimes' Laws
Congress is about to take up a bill that would establish special protections for homosexuals.

FRC President Tony Perkins wrote of hate speech in a recent article at, "By punishing thoughts as well as actions, it sets us on the slippery slope toward that day when the thoughts alone will be punished. In the long run, homosexual activists will be satisfied with nothing less. Anyone who thinks that pastors will not be muzzled on the moral issues of our day is ignoring the testimony of experience." (Citizen Link)

· Ask your U.S. senators to oppose hate-crimes legislation. Ask our Lord to shine His light of truth into the hearts and minds of the members of the U.S. Senate concerning the true agenda of these deceptive "Hate-Crimes" Laws. Oh God, cause them to see and know that these laws are absolutely against our Constitution , violating our freedom of speech. In Jesus' Name, we thank You. Amen!

· "Then they cry unto the Lord in their troubles, and He bringeth them out of their distresses." (Psalm 107:28)


a. H.R. 2510: Putting "In God We Trust" on All Presidential Coins
H.R. 2510 will "amend title 31, United States Code, to require the inscription `In God We Trust' to appear on a face of the $1 coins honoring each of the Presidents of the United States. Christian Coalition of America is asking all of its supporters to call their Congressman and urge them to co-sponsor Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode's bill, H.R. 2510, to put America's motto, "In God We Trust" on the face of all the presidential dollar coins including the George Washington $1 coin, the John Adams $1 coin, etc. (Christian Coalition of America)

b. H.R. 2898: Judicial Conduct Act
Judicial tyranny has continued unabated for decades now, even after President George W. Bush has appointed mostly strict constructionists who do not legislate from the federal bench. Members of Congress are finally excercising their constitutional perogatives to rein in these judicial tyrants.

Congressman Todd Akin, R-MO, has introduced the "Judicial Conduct Act," H.R. 2898, which would force Congress to live up to its constitutional responsibilities to impeach federal judges when they unconstitutionally legislate from the bench. Rep. Akin's "Judicial Conduct Act" warns the federal judiciary as to what grounds the United States Congress has to discipline the federal judiciary, such as any judicial usurpation of Congress' Article I, Section 1 legislative power. (Christian Coalition of America)

· Lift up both of these bills in prayer, for each one is fundamental to who we are as a nation, and to our right to live free of tyranny. Pray that momentum will build towards the passage of both H.R. 2510 and H.R. 2898 -- both in Congress and with the American public. Let there be an OUTCRY for passage of each bill now, in Jesus' Name!

· "Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power . . ." (Ps. 110:3 NKJV) ·


Divided by their liberal and moderate wings, congressional Democrats return from a monthlong recess without consensus on how to tackle several pressing issues, including Iraq and warrantless wiretaps.

Democrats control both chambers but lack the numbers to override President Bush's vetoes of bids to mandate troop withdrawals from Iraq. They also have failed to significantly rewrite the administration's electronic surveillance programs.

That leaves party leaders squeezed between two camps when the House and Senate reconvene Tuesday. (AP)

· As Congress returns this week, please be much in prayer over their agenda, and their ability to work together to take care of the nation's business. Stand against any spirit of retaliation -- "an eye for an eye" -- that would try to prevail for the remainder of this year; and call forth unity, grace, gentleness and wisdom. Ask our Lord to make their crooked paths straight, that they may be successful in all they put their hands to do.

· "See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. . . Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen." (Isaiah 32:1,3)


Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been snagged in a fundraising scandal, prompting Republicans to dig up her ties to questionable donors over the years. Republicans used the news to attack the Clinton campaign, sending out statements from pundits who tried to link the incident with her husband's 1996 fundraising scandal involving Asian donors. A Republican National Committee release blared this headline: "Hillary's fugitive fundraiser," and the RNC called it "another chapter in long history of questionable Clinton finance practices."

The New York Democrat defended taking thousands of dollars from businessman Norman Hsu, after it was revealed this week that he has an outstanding felony arrest warrant in California. "When you have as many contributors as I'm fortunate enough to have, we do the very best job we can based on the information available to us to make appropriate vetting decisions," she said. "This one was a big surprise to everybody." She will give the $23,000 in Hsu donations to charity and said the campaign would analyze other Hsu- related contributions and "take action if that's warranted." Mrs. Clinton told the Boston Globe that the campaign will "increase our vigilance." (Washington Times)

· The Lord seems to be in the business of revealing deception and wrongdoing these days. Surely He is speaking to us about getting our houses in order also. Pray that this revelation about funds is one of many revelations about any evildoing on the part of our politicians and that this is a warning to all who heed the Lord. Can our nation be called to repentence as was Nineveh? Pray that all of Mr.Hsu's contributions be made to charities that glorify the Lord our God.

· "Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness." (Psalm 51:14)

Says It's 'Possible' to Start Bringing Troops Home

During a surprise visit to Iraq, President Bush on Monday addressed an animated military base in what was once a Sunni insurgent stronghold and said it would be possible to reduce troops in Iraq if progress being made there continues.

Bush gave the troops a Labor Day greeting, thanking them for their hard, and often deadly work there. He also sought to assure them that he will be listening to military commanders, not Washington officials, when it comes to decide when to withdraw troops. "Every day you are successful here in Iraq draws nearer to the day when America can begin calling you and your fellow servicemen home," Bush said.

Bush received a "hoorah" when he said he would not base his deployment decision on "nervous reaction by Washington politicians to poll results in the media." "When we begin to draw down troops from Iraq, it will be from a position of strength and success, not from a position of fear and failure. To do so otherwise would embolden our enemies and make it more likely that they would attack us at home," Bush said.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived ahead of Bush and conferred with senior U.S. officials, including Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, before opening a session with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, and other top Iraqi officials from Baghdad.

Next week, Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, testify before Congress. Their assessment of the conflict, along with a progress report the White House must give lawmakers by Sept. 15, will determine the next chapter of the war. (AP)

· Offer praise for this bold move on behalf of our president. Pray that this visit would encourage and strengthen our troops in that land to even redouble their efforts to bring peace and stability to that nation. Pray for wisdom for President Bush and for Congress as they begin weighing a "drawdown" of troop strength next year in Iraq. May they seek for this wisdom in the fear of the Lord!

· "The fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom." (Psalm 111:10 NLT)


US President George W. Bush has raised the specter of a "nuclear Holocaust" in the Middle East if Iran obtains nuclear weapons capabilities. Bush also demanded that Tehran end its support for extremists in Iraq. "Iran's actions threaten the security of nations everywhere, and the United States is rallying friends and allies to isolate Iran's regime, to impose economic sanctions," he told the American Legion veterans group in Reno. "We will confront this danger before it is too late," he promised.

Shortly before, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran and neighboring countries were ready to fill the "power vacuum" emerging in the Middle East. "You [the United States] cannot preserve your power over Iraq with a few tanks, artillery, and weapons. Today, you are prisoners of your own quagmire. You have no choice but to accept the rights of the Iraqi people. I can tell you there will be a power vacuum in the region. We are ready with other regional countries, such as Saudi Arabia, and the people of Iraq, to fill this vacuum."

(World Jewish Congress, August 29, 2007) [Reported by: Bridges for Peace]

· Tensions continue to rise where Iranian nuclear ambitions are concerned. Pray that the Lord will intervene, and a major catastrophe will be avoided.

· "But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one." (2 Thessalonians 3:3)


The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran,designed to annihilate the Iranians' military capability in three days, according to a national security expert in Sunday's edition in the Times of London. Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for "pinprick strikes" against Iran's nuclear facilities. "They're about taking out the entire Iranian military," he said. Debat was speaking at a meeting organized by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal.

President George Bush intensified the rhetoric against Iran last week, accusing Tehran of putting the Middle East "under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust". He warned that the US and its allies would confront Iran "before it is too late." One Washington source said the "temperature was rising" inside the administration. Bush was "sending a message to a number of audiences", he said to the Iranians and to members of the United Nations Security Council who are trying to weaken a tough third resolution on sanctions against Iran for flouting a UN ban on uranium enrichment.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last week reported "significant" cooperation with Iran over its nuclear program and said that uranium enrichment had slowed. Tehran has promised to answer most questions from the agency by November, but Washington fears it is stalling to prevent further sanctions. Iran continues to maintain it is merely developing civilian nuclear power. (

· Pray that this verbal declaration is enough deterrent to Iran to desist from its nuclear plans and that no actual attack needs to take place by the USA against Iran. Pray that the Lord has His hand in all of this situation. Ask the Lord to encourage and embolden Iran's citizens against the oppression of its leadership. Give thanks unto the Lord for providing the technology to our military for this 3-day plan.

· "O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee." (Psalm 84:12)


Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's meeting with Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] Tuesday [August 28] revolved around the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, Ynet has learned. The two, who met at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, discussed some of the more sensitive issues, such as the status of Jerusalem and the possible borders of the future Palestinian state. Olmert and Abbas decided to hold at least two more meetings before October in an effort to come to an understanding about all core issues before presenting a declaration of principles to the international peace conference scheduled to take place in Washington this November. The next meeting between the two was scheduled for a few days before Rosh Hashanah (Wednesday, Sept. 12). The two agreed ministers from both sides must continue meeting on a regular basis and discussed the Israeli- Palestinian business conference scheduled for October. Both Olmert and Abbas are to attend the conference, where they will be joined by the Quartet's Middle East envoy Tony Blair and some 100 businessmen, Israeli and Palestinian.

Meanwhile, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat held a press conference in Ramallah and negated the possibility of the Palestinians agreeing to any temporary solution. According to Erakat, the talks between Olmert and Abbas may have been serious, but did not address any of the final details. As for the international peace conference, Erakat said that "as far as I knew, no one has received an invitation." The Palestinians, he added, would like to see more Arab nations take part in it. "We want Syria, Lebanon, and all other Arab parties to take part in the conference. We will not allow the negotiating channels to be separated." (By Ronny Sofer,, August 28, 2007) [Reported by: Bridges for Peace]

· Pray that the leaders and their associates will seek to negotiate with wisdom and insight.

·"If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them." (Ecclesiastes 5:8)


According to Dr. Guy Bechor, a leading expert on Arab affairs, Israel has agreed, in writing, to hand over 6,250 square kilometers [2,413 square miles] of land - - the equivalent of all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza - to create an Arab terror state. This is based on "leaks from the Palestinian [sic] side".

Most of the Jewish communities built in Judea and Samaria over the past 40 years are to demolished and their inhabitants expelled, according to the plan. The remaining communities are to be concentrated in small salients for which the Arab state will be compensated with additional territory elsewhere in present-day Israel. A passage of some sort will connect Gaza and Judea and Samaria. It will be under Jewish sovereignty and Arab administration.

Israel agrees to redivide Jerusalem. Arab neighborhoods will be under Arab sovereignty and Jewish ones under Jewish sovereignty. This plan is said to cede full authority over the Temple Mount to the Muslim Arab world while Israel would retain control over the Western Wall and its plaza below the mount.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has previously said he believes an Arab [terrorist] state will become a reality sooner than anyone thinks. [Arutz Sheva, JNW]

· "He said to me, 'Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever.'" (Ezekiel 43:7)


Newly freed South Korean church workers apologized to their government today for causing trouble in Afghanistan by being kidnapped by the Taliban for six weeks. Some fell to the ground in shock when they were told that two members of their group had been killed by their captors, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. The 19 South Koreans were taken by the Taliban on July 19, along with four other church workers, and released on Wednesday and Thursday after their government repeated its pledge to withdraw its 200 troops from Afghanistan before year's end and vowed to prevent missionaries from traveling to the country. The insurgents released two of the church workers earlier this month.

Yoo said he and fellow hostages were first kept in a cellar. Later they were moved into a farmhouse. Six days later, they were separated into groups of three or four and kept on the move. His group was moved 12 times, usually on motorbikes or on foot.

The Taliban claimed the South Koreans were missionaries - a charge denied by the government in Seoul and the hostages' relatives, who said they were doing aid work such as helping in hospitals.

Afghanistan has seen a series of hostage-takings this year, and the Taliban are still holding a German engineer and four Afghans kidnapped a day before the South Koreans.

· Praise the Lord for His mercy in bringing about the release of these aid workers! Continue to pray for the release of the additional captives mentioned in the last paragraph. Pray also for their captors, who obviously are so blinded by the spirits of hate, deception, and murder that they cannot recognize the difference between the destiny that God has for them and the destiny that they are carving out for themselves.

· "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God." (Psalm 146:5)

Government rests in Holy Land Foundation trial Defense in terrorism financing case to call first witness next week

By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News

The government rested its case Thursday in the nation's largest terrorism financing trial after jurors heard six weeks of testimony on more than 700 pieces of evidence. The allegation: The federal government says Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation and seven organizers illegally sent at least $12 million overseas to the militant Palestinian group Hamas. The U.S. declared Hamas a terrorist organization in 1995.

On trial: Ghassan Elashi, former Holy Land board chairman; Shukri Abu Baker, former Holy Land CEO; Mohammad El-Mezain, the foundation's original chairman who became director of endowments; Mufid Abdulqader, a top fundraiser and a former city of Dallas public works supervisor; and Abdulrahman Odeh, Holy Land's New Jersey representative. Two others are fugitives.

Possible sentence: If prosecutors convince jurors that death resulted from the defendants' support of Hamas, they could face up to life in prison.

Jury watch: The jury remains at 15 members, including three alternates. Three jurors were dismissed within days of one another at the beginning of the trial, two because of financial hardships and a third for reasons not made public.

The defense will wait until after the long Labor Day weekend before calling its first witnesses. Defense attorneys have long argued that their clients were concerned only with raising money for devastated Palestinian families. They deny their clients had any ties to Hamas. The government has said the foundation and its organizers not only raised money for Hamas, but directed aid to families of suicide bombers and prisoners.

Over the past six weeks, the defense has objected to most of the documents, videos and secretly recorded phone calls entered into evidence by the government. The defense says much of the evidence is inflammatory, is prejudicial and largely dealt with Holy Land's activities before Hamas' designation as a terrorist group in 1995. Since opening arguments on July 24, prosecutors have put on the stand 10 of about 40 people on their witness lists. More could take the stand later in the trial, however, to respond to the defense's case. The defense has named about 30 possible witnesses, but it is unknown how many they plan to have testify. The judge has barred all attorneys in the case from talking publicly about the case.

Holy Land Foundation Trial Critical Prayer Need
to Halt the Money Raising in the U.S. that Fuels Terror Attacks in Israel

On Tuesday, Sept 4th the defense will start bringing their witnesses.

Please continue to pray for:

1) the jurors to be given an ability beyond the natural to understand the things that have been laid out before them, and discernment between good and evil, truth and lies, significant and insignificant; that they will not be lost in 'politics' but will make it very practical: Did these defendants knowingly fund the Hamas terrorist organization, and were they, in fact, the financial arm of Hamas in the United States. (No place to hide/hidden things brought to light).

2) Pray the jury would pursue justice for the sake of us all and understand this is their true charge as jurors on this case.

3) Pray that "reasonable doubt" is only given where it is reasonable, not lightly or for politically correct reasons--and not to those who are truly guilty of the charges being leveled against them.

4) Pray for the FBI agents and other government witnesses to maintain their peace, confidence and composure and not snap under the battering of five defense attorneys each taking their turns at them.

5) Pray for missteps and confusion sent by the Lord of the armies of Heaven into the whole camp of those who oppose the truth and among all those helpers of murderers of innocents.

6) Pray for the judge to rule with wisdom and justice, and not to allow side issues or political propaganda to dominant creating further confusion.

7) Even though the foreign proper names and towns and politics are really foreign to the jurors with no previous interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, pray that God gives the jurors a supernatural ability to keep the important names straight--no confusion, but they will hear and understand the names and places and Arabic terms that are necessary for them to bring a just verdict in the case.

In the name of Yeshua! Lord surround this trial with the prayers of the saints and the courtroom with angelic armies, that justice is established in this gate for the future of the United States and Israel against Islamic terrorism. Grant us this mercy, Lord, even though we allowed them to continue to operate in our country even knowing (since Feb 1993) they were fund raising for terror groups that killed innocent citizens in Israel. We pray that like You granted Samson another opportunity to rise up and bring the house down around the heads of the enemies, we ask that You would grant favor now for the government to shut the door resoundingly on terror fund raising in the United States through the precedent of this case. That we would not be ashamed before our enemies in our own court system, Lord! We cry out for Your mercies, that You would arise and show Yourself mighty on our behalf.

What these have done in secret, covering their tracks and deceiving the public, we pray their success would be canceled in this trial and the whole law enforcement community dealing with terror cases would be invigorated to pursue and overtake the enemy among us. That the legal system would sit up and take notice, bringing justice to future terror trials. That the media would be shamed by their ignoring of the public safety and the public trust they have betrayed through lack of covering these cases, and in fact, belittling the government case.

Finally: This is not a confrontation 'prayer' session, so please pray that the Lord would throw many obstacles into the path of any Christian who wants to come in to draw attention to themselves and make a protest statement instead of praying quietly. It is not about being seen in prayer. That they will not come into the court, but only those who can "render to Caesar what is Caesar's" and let the spiritual authority that comes with our prayers draw the angelic armies of the Lord to do "the heavy lifting."

[Editorial note from CHPP: AMEN!!!!!!!!!]

Lord! Arise and let the enemies of Your justice and truth be scattered and put to shame. In Yeshua's name.

To read important trial coverage, go h ere:

To read the government evidence, go her e:

This Week, Worship Our Lord As . . .

GOD OF ALL COMFORT (Ehlohay Khawl Nakhamah)

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort." (2 Corinthians 1:3)

What a comfort to know You, the God of all comfort. No matter what my affliction, Your comfort is greater. Thank You that in the midst of a storm, You are my peace, my Shalom, oh God of all comfort.

(Taken from: Intimate Moments with the Hebrew Names of God, by Barri Cae Malin and Shmuel Wolkenfeld; Bridge-Logos Publishers; Gainesville, FL, 32614. ISBN: 0-88270-801-5)

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