Friday, February 27, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - February 27, 2009

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The First 100 Days
• Happy News from Israel
• Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief - Friday, February 27, 2009

"The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God." (Isaiah 52:10)

The Daily Brief

1. A. Economy Shrank More Than Expected in Fourth Quarter - Fox News

The Commerce Department report released Friday showed the economy sinking much faster than the 3.8 percent annualized drop for the October-December quarter first estimated by the government last month. The U.S. economy contracted at a staggering 6.2 percent pace at the end of 2008, the worst showing in a quarter-century, as consumers and businesses ratcheted back spending, plunging the country deeper into recession.
B. Stocks end at 12-year lows - CNN

Stocks tumbled Friday on worries about the government taking a bigger chunk of Citigroup and a bleak reading on the economy, again touching 12-year lows. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost 119 points, or 1.7%. It was the lowest close since May 1, 1997.

- As the economy continues to falter, we pray for wisdom for those in authority in the private sector and in government and who are making decisions that will have long-reaching ramifications. We pray that You will give us this day our daily bread and that we will rely on You alone for that sustenance.

- "Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone." (1 Chronicles 29:12)

2. Perry wants more troops on border - Houston Chronicle

Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday he has asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to send resources and "1,000 more troops" to the border in Texas as violence continues to mount in northern Mexico. When asked to clarify if he was referring to law enforcement or military resources, Perry said, "I really don't care. As along as they are boots on the ground that are properly trained to deal with the border region, I don't care whether they are military troops, or National Guard troops or whether they are customs agents." Perry, who has repeatedly said the federal government has not done its part to the secure the border, also said Tuesday he hoped to get widespread support from the Texas Legislature for a $135 million request for state-led security efforts.

- Lord, we pray for peace and comfort for those who are suffering in Mexico from the violence of the drug cartels. We pray that our leaders will work in concert across state and federal lines in order to keep the peace. We pray for those who may be called to protect their fellow citizens and for the families they will leave at home.

- "Then let your ear be open in heaven, and be the judge of your servants, giving punishment to the wrongdoer, so that his sin may come on his head; and, by your decision, keeping from evil him who has done no wrong." (2 Chronicles 7:23)

3. Dr. James Dobson Steps Down as Focus on the Family Chairman - Focus on the

Focus on the Family's James C. Dobson, Ph.D., has stepped down as board chairman of the ministry he founded 32 years ago, it was announced today. His wife, National Day of Prayer Chairman Shirley Dobson, has also left the Focus on the Family Board of Directors. They have been elected to the positions of Founder and Chairman Emeritus and Director Emerita, respectively, for the nonprofit ministry they started in 1977. The Dobsons' decision represents the next step in a transition plan begun six years ago, when he stepped down as president in order to lessen his administrative burden. Executive leadership was handed to Don Hodel in 2003, and then to Jim Daly in 2005. Dr. Dobson had been board chairman until today.

- We thank You for the hearts of James and Shirley Dobson as they have dedicated themselves to You and to spreading Your word. We pray for a smooth transition within the Focus on the Family organization. We praise You that the Dobsons' example has been a bright light across our culture and that they have stood strong against those who defy Your values.

- "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." (Matthew 23:12)

4. Official: U.S. to Boycott UN Racism Conference - Fox News

The Obama administration will not participate in the United Nations controversial conference on racism because of concerns it will be used by Arab nations and others to criticize Israel, a senior U.S. official told FOX News on Friday.

- Glory to You that this nation is standing strong for Israel. Thank You that this administration is recognizing the deceit that accompanies conferences like this one that are only gatherings to attack Israel.

- "We must obey therefore, not only in order to escape punishment, but also for conscience' sake." (Romans 13:5)

5. U.S. Prepared to Shoot Down N. Korean Missile - Fox News

The U.S. military is prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile or rocket if President Obama should give the order, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command said Thursday. "If a missile leaves the launch pad we'll be prepared to respond upon direction of the president," Adm. Timothy Keating told ABC News.

- Lord, we pray for protection for this country and for all others that may be threatened by those who defy common decency and seek to unleash weapons of war on innocents. We lift up those who are charged with being alert and pray for focus and attention for them.

- "For the wrongdoer will have punishment for the wrong he has done, without respect for any man's position." (Colossians 3:25)

6. 'Enemy Combatant' Ali al- Marri Charged for Alleged Role in Terrorist Activities - Fox News

The Justice Department charged "enemy combatant" Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri for his alleged role in terrorist activities, according to a source familiar with the case. A federal grand jury unsealed the indictment Friday, after handing it up a day earlier in a federal court in Illinois.

- We give You praise that You have put into positions of authority members of the judicial system who will stand strong against terrorists. We pray that this indictment will bring some measure of peace to those who have lost loved ones to acts of terror.

- "Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked." (Psalm 97:10)

7. Police: Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside British Parliament - Fox News

A man apparently set himself on fire outside Britain's Parliament on Friday and he was taken to a hospital with superficial burns, authorities said. There was no immediate word on who the man was or why he would set himself on fire. But it follows two attempts at self-immolation by men who have been reported to be ethnic Tamils based in Britain.

- We are unsure of the reasoning behind this man's actions, but Lord we know that only belief in You will bring a hope in the promise of tomorrow. We pray that Your word will spread throughout the world and people will value the life You have bestowed on this earth.

- "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," declares the Lord GOD. "Therefore, repent and live." (Ezekiel 18:32)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"LORD has prepared His throne in the heaven; His kingdom rules over all." (Psalms 103:19)

1. Lieberman: I back creation of Palestinian state - Ynet News

Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman issued a calming message to the US administration this week, ahead of his potential appointment as Israel's next foreign minister in a Likud-led government.

2. Livni set to rebuff Netanyahu's final unity peace plea - Ynet News

Barring a surprise turnaround, Kadima leader Tzipi Livni will put an end to any remaining hopes in the Likud that a national-unity government with Kadima could be formed when she meets with Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu at Tel Aviv's Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday morning.

3. Report: Money for PA salaries used to rebuild Gaza - Ynet News

Israel recently approved the transfer of NIS 175 million ($41.8 million) in order to pay the salaries of Fatah government workers in Gaza, but Ynet learned Thursday night that about half of the funds were used to compensate residents whose houses were damaged by Israel Defense Forces fire during Operation Cast Lead.

4. Hamas made rockets using RDX explosives, washing machine timers - World Tribune

Hamas has been using a powerful explosive for the production of its Kassam-class, short-range missile.

5. Obama envoy Mitchell meets with Netanyahu - Washington Times

President Obama's Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, met with Israel's Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Thursday as a dozen Palestinian groups began a long-awaited dialogue in the Egyptian capital and laid out a plan to tackle key issues that could reunite Palestinians after 18 months of schism between Gaza and the West Bank.

The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days: DAY 39

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1)

1. Obama Announces Plan to End Iraq Combat Missions by August 2010

President Obama, declaring there is "renewed cause for hope in Iraq," on Friday announced his plan to end combat operations in Iraq by August of next year.

"Let me say this as plainly as I can. By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end," Obama told Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

2. Canadian Jets Met Russian Bomber Approaching Airspace Ahead of Obama Visit

Canada's defense minister said fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian bomber in the Arctic on the eve of President Obama's visit to Ottawa last week.

Peter MacKay said Friday that the bomber never made it into Canadian airspace. But he said two Canadian CF-18 jets met the bomber in international airspace and sent a "strong signal that they should back off."

3. Report: Gregg Steered Federal Aid to Project Containing Personal Investment

Sen. Judd Gregg has collected at least $240,017 to $651,801 from his investment at a former Air Force base while helping arrange at least $66 million in federal aid for it.

President Obama's former nominee to become commerce secretary, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, steered taxpayer money to his home state's redevelopment of a former Air Force base even as he and his brother engaged in real estate deals there, an Associated Press investigation found.

4. Chicago Man Arrested for Allegedly Targeting Obama With HIV-Infected Blood

A man from President Obama's hometown of Chicago has been arrested for allegedly sending Obama and his staff envelopes containing HIV-infected blood, in the hopes of killing or harming them. (All articles from Fox News)

Happy News from Israel


For the first time in over a year, Israel, at the request of the Dutch government, will allow the export of 25,000 carnations from Gaza destined for the European market through the Kerem Shalom border crossing. Last year, Holland allocated more than US $90 million for the development of the flower industry in Gaza, Radio Netherlands reported. The flowers will reach the European markets in time for Valentine's Day.

Before the Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007, Israel regularly allowed goods produced in the coastal enclave to be exported through the border crossing. However, after the takeover Israel closed all the border crossings in order to put pressure on Hamas's leadership. When Israel left Gaza in 2005, there were hopes in the international community that the greenhouses left behind in the former Israeli settlements would continue to function and produce food and flowers at the hands of its new owners: internal strife and mismanagement caused by the thugs of Hamas soon put a halt to these plans. (Bridges for Peace)

• Praise God for this response by Israel. Pray that the people of Gaza will see it as a positive and thoughtful gesture. Before the greenhouses were destroyed by Hamas and the Israelis "disengaged" from Gaza, European countries, recognizing the superb quality, imported much produce and flowers from Israel. The Israelis, having employed 5,000 Palestinians in the industry, left the greenhouses intact. Pray for work and for salvation of the Palestinians.

"The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose." (Isaiah 35:1)

Good News Corner


"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28 KJV)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - February 26, 2009

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The First 100 Days
• Dangerous Denial
• The Standard is Poor
• Two Down for the Count
• Bipartisan Pro-Life Victory in Congress
• TOMORROW: Americans Throwing Tea Parties
• Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, February 26, 2009

"The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God." (Isaiah 52:10)

The Daily Brief

1. Obama Unveils $3.6 Trillion Dollar Budget - Fox News
Sets Aside Billions for Healthcare

President Obama on Thursday unveiled a $3.55 trillion budget for next year, a spending plan that sets aside billions for health care and the ailing financial industry and drives up the federal deficit to record levels.

The fiscal 2010 budget increases taxes on the wealthy but is still expected to send the deficit to $1.2 trillion, though the president and his budget director Peter Orszag said the administration has identified $2 trillion in long-term reductions to keep with the president's pledge of halving the deficit by 2013.

• Father we have no comprehension of the size of this budget, nor of the depth of its intrusion into the lives of Americans. As we read about provisions that cut wealthy people's ability to give to charity by several cents on the dollar, and the loss of President Bush's tax cuts in 2010, we pray that Your provision will cover those who will be affected. Lord, we cry out in the Name of Jesus for You to intervene and bring balance to the methods of economic oversight in America.

"The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed. Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; Shepherd them also, and bear them up forever." (Psalm 28:8,9)

2. Government's plan to fix banks doesn't include 'nationalization' - USA Today

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday the government did not plan to nationalize major U.S. banks, describing instead a "public-private partnership" under which the government would recapitalize ailing institutions to bolster the financial sector, a crucial step for the economic recovery.

• Father, we pray that Your wisdom will prevail over the US banking system, that measures taken to prevent collapse will be effective without destroying the fabric of free American economic systems. While we have heard this optimistic view from Mr. Bernanke, we have also heard talk of nationalization from other key administration players. Lord bring truth from our leaders, and mark their path clearly, if it be not of Your will for us, then we pray Your intervention and mercy.

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom od the Son and of His love. . ." (Colossians 1:13)

3. Boxer Seeks to Ratify U.N. Treaty That May Erode U.S. Rights - AP

Sen. Barbara Boxer is pushing the Obama administration to move forward with ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, a controversial treaty that has never gained much support in the U.S.

• Father we pray strongly against this move by Senator Boxer, and ask that You cause ratification to be blocked completely. This treaty destroys the parental ability to teach children anything other than what the government feels is correct. We ask that You protect us from this treaty being ratified by the U.S. Senate.

". . . that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments." (Psalm 78:5b-7)

4. Saving America: Time to hit the streets? - Augusta Chronicle

Jim DeMint's gentlemanly air and refined tone belie a power and an urgency in his words. The stately senator from South Carolina sees America's unique centuries-old system of freedom dying out. And he thinks we may have to take to the streets to save it.

"I would think it's time to start thinking about peaceful demonstrations," he told us last week. Seriously? Seriously. The power of the people is there. Freedom is in the people's hands right now, and it's about to slip through."

Of course, the recent "stimulus" debate is what's fresh on DeMint's mind. Despite DeMint's putting 15 aides on it overnight, no one in Washington was able to read the bill, which was the most expensive in American history -- as well as being perhaps the most irresponsible.

• Father as word begins to spread of "tea parties", and sovereignty bills, and in general widespread anger over the spending in the stimulus package, we ask for Your intervention to prevent violence on our own soil. We ask that demonstrations of "civil unrest" be calm and filled with trust in You rather than fear and anger. Help Your people to rise up with wisdom!

"And surely I will constrain you so that you cannot turn from one side to another till you have ended the days of your siege." (Ezekiel 4:8)

5. ADF Wins First Amendment Case in Montana - Alliance Defense Fund

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed a ruling Wednesday which had upheld as constitutional a Montana commissioner's determination that a church violated state law by not registering as an "incidental political committee." Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in June 2004 after the Montana commissioner of political practices began investigating the church upon receiving a complaint from a homosexual activist group because the church spoke in support of the state's constitutional amendment protecting marriage.

• Father, thank You for this victory against those who wish to silence the church. Father we will not bow to the images of the gods of this world. We ask for continued victories in the courts, and men and women of integrity to fight for those victories.

"If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king." (Daniel 3:17)

6. Supreme Court lets city refuse religious monument - Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a Utah city can refuse to put a religious group's monument in a public park near a similar Ten Commandments display.

Jay Sekulow, who argued the case for the city, said, "It's a landmark decision that clears the way for government to express its views and its history through the selection of monuments -- including religious monuments and displays."

• Lord, thank you for this victory! Now cities will not have to display unrelated or strange religious monuments just because of people who want to negate the ones chosen by a city. In this case, the Ten Commandments will stand alone in this park, giving Your truth the preeminence You deserve.

"Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and of those on earth, and of those under the earth." (Philippians 2:9,10)

7. Mexico Vows More Troops for U.S. Border Drug War - Reuters

Mexico promised on Wednesday to pour more troops into a northern border city at the heart of the country's drug war, where a meeting of federal officials was rattled by bomb scares earlier in the day.

Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, has become Mexico's most violent city as security forces take on drug cartels warring for control of smuggling routes into the United States.

• Lord we pray that You will assign the angelic host around our borders. We pray that you will stand with and fight for both the US and Mexico to destroy the cartels wherever they have created strongholds. We ask for mercy, that the murders would stop, and the cartels be disbanded and cleansed of their violence and greed.

"His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown." (Psalm 7:16)

8. Mitchell, Netanyahu Huddle on Peace Efforts - NewsMax

The special U.S. envoy tasked with re-energizing stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians met Thursday with Prime Minister- designate Benjamin Netanyahu, a vocal opponent of the negotiations.

The meeting was the first between Netanyahu and George Mitchell since Netanyahu was designated to lead Israel's next government.

The Obama administration has dispatched Mitchell to the region for the second time in its first month, an indication of the new U.S. president's determination to press a resolution of the decades-old conflict. Hillary Rodham Clinton is due in the area next week on her first trip since being appointed the new U.S. secretary of state.

• Lord we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and the integrity of the borders of Israel. We ask that You rise up to protect her and strengthen the resolve of Israel's leaders to stand in Your righteousness. We pray that no peace deal brokered by the US or any other nation will compromise the security and safety of Your people.

"For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it. Also, that the descendants of His servants shall inherit it and those who love His name shall dwell in it." (Psalm 69:35,36)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"LORD has prepared His throne in the heaven; His kingdom rules over all." (Psalms 103:19)

BREAKING: Iran 'Starts' Bushehr Nuclear Plant - Worthy News

In a move raising eyebrows from Jerusalem to Washington, Russian and Iranian officials began a test run of Iran's first Nuclear plant, Worthy News established Thursday, February 26.

1. Netanyahu: Meeting with Livni decisive - Ynet News

Two days before his second meeting with Tzipi Livni, Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is hinting that he plans to take additional steps in order to bring Kadima into his government.

2. Hamas to Obama: No peace without us - Ynet News

The United States has received a letter from the Palestinian Hamas movement for President Barack Obama, who considers the Islamist group a terrorist organization, a US official confirmed Friday.

3. Bibi against talks with a Hamas-PA gov't - Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to lobby Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next week against US recognition of a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, top advisers to Netanyahu said Wednesday.

4. Hamas and Fatah agree to release detainees to heal rift - London Telegraph

A deal between the Islamic militants of Hamas who rule Gaza and the more moderate Fatah movement in charge of the West Bank is seen as key to moving ahead with Gaza's reconstruction after Israel's recent offensive.

5. Qassam explodes in Sderot; no injuries - Ynet News

A Qassam rocket fired by Palestinians in north Gaza Thursday morning exploded in the yard of a home in the western Negev town of Sderot. No injuries were reported, but a woman was treated for shock, and two adjoining homes sustained minor damage.

6. Israel thanks Cyprus for confiscating Iranian arms on way to Gaza - Jerusalem Post

President Shimon Peres thanked visiting Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kypriano on Wednesday for confiscating Iranian arms that were believed to be headed to Gaza.

The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days: DAY 38

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1)

1. White House Budget Plan Leaves Little Room for Error, Economists Warn

President Obama may have a tough time keeping to his tandem goals of cutting the deficit and sheltering middle-class families from tax increases, critics say.

2. Estimated Budget Totals for 2008-2010 Show Government Debt Increase

If passed, President Obama's spending and tax blueprint for 2010 will mean the U.S. government's debt will increase 63 percent in two years.

The publicly held debt -- money that is owed by the government to foreign and domestic creditors -- was 40.8 percent of gross domestic product in 2008. That increased to 58.7 percent based on projections for the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1, and will rise again to 64.6 percent in 2010 under Obama's proposed budget.

3. Senate Dems Surprised by Obama Plan to Leave Up to 50,000 Troops in Iraq

Senate Democrats expressed discontent Thursday with plans from the Pentagon to leave a residual force of up to 50,000 troops in Iraq, even as the military pursues a substantial drawdown.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters that he is heading to the White House later in the day to hear an explanation.

"I have been one who has called for significant cutbacks in Iraq for some time. And I am happy to listen to the secretary of defense, the president, but when they talk about 50,000, that's a little higher number than I had anticipated," Reid said.

4. Locke Enters Debate Over Obama's Census Plans

Just hours after being named President Obama's nominee for Commerce secretary, Republicans called on Gary Locke to spurn the administration's plan to assert greater control over the 2010 Census.

5. Obama Seeks to Have Government Pay for College, End Loan Guarantees

A large increase in education spending would make college more affordable under President Obama's proposed budget.

His plan would tie the Pell Grant program to inflation for the first time since the grants began in 1973. The program would grow by more than 150 percent over the next 10 years.

Obama also seeks an end to government-guaranteed loans, an idea sure to upset the nation's lenders. Instead, the government would increase its own direct lending to students in an effort to protect them from turmoil in financial markets.

Dangerous Denial

The new Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, is testifying on Capitol Hill today. Judging from her prepared remarks, it seems the Obama Administration has turned back the clock and entered a dangerous state of denial. According to an analysis by the Associated Press, Secretary Napolitano statement does not once mention the words "terrorism" or "9/11."
Just like treating the terrorists in GITMO as common street thugs entitled to constitutional rights rather than enemy combatants, this is just one more indication of the administration's intention to return to a pre-9/11 mindset and treat terrorism as a criminal offense, not an act of war or barbarism. As we know, September 10th was one of the most dangerous days in America, when our enemies were plotting against us and we didn't realize it until the next day.

Weakness on national security, slashing defense spending, higher taxes and bigger government -- maybe we're going back a lot further than September 10, 2001. It is looking more and more like a return to the "malaise days" of Jimmy Carter! (Gary Bauer; End-of-Day; 2/25/09)

The Standard is Poor

His speech may have inspired the nation, but President Obama's economic cheerleading failed to make a believer out of Wall Street. Despite today's bleak news on the trading floor, the comforter-in-chief seemed to accomplish what he set out to do on Tuesday night--raise the spirits of grassroots Americans. Before last night's speech, confidence in the country had tumbled. While an overwhelming majority approved of President Obama (62%), nearly 80% agreed that "things are going badly in the United States." By a noticeable margin, the President has become more popular than his policies.

While people respond to his rhetoric, the market responds to reality--which is why investors have seen an interesting trend each time the President's outlines his agenda for the economy in a major speech. Obama's stock goes up, and the Dow goes down. Like a truth indicator to the President's plans, Wall Street tells us what Obama will not: financial experts have serious misgivings about the administration's approach to the crisis. . . When the President speaks, the market listens . . . and crumbles. (Family Research Council; Excerpt)

Two Down for the Count

As the President zeros in on former Washington Governor Gary Locke (D) to lead the Commerce Department, the personnel headaches continue for Obama's administration. Kenneth Prewitt, the President's choice for census director, joined a long list of Commerce dropouts, citing "personal and professional" reasons for the decision. From 1998- 2001, Prewitt had served in the same capacity under former President Bill Clinton, earning praise for his work from Republicans and Democrats. Just yesterday, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who withdrew his name as Obama's Commerce Secretary, appeared on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" and spoke highly of Prewitt's selection. "[Ken] is a good guy. And I knew him when he did it the last time. And, so, I thought we could [have done] a pretty decent job."

The speculation is that Prewitt had the same concerns about White House politicizing of the census that Gregg did. According to one source, Prewitt felt there were too many differences between how he and Obama viewed the director's role. For the White House, this is another stinging rebuke of its plan to turn the census into a political weapon that could be used to pad the liberal majority. Prewitt's withdrawal will only add fuel to the bipartisan fire that altering the census reporting process will destroy the credibility of the report. (Family Research Council)

Bipartisan Pro-Life Victory in Congress

Yesterday, the battle over pro-life riders got a tremendous boost as 181 House members called on House leaders to keep the measures in the omnibus spending bill. In a show of rare bipartisanship, large numbers of Republicans and Democrats signed a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.), and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) urging them to protect taxpayer dollars from being used to promote or perform abortion. FRC led the effort to persuade members to co-sign, and the result was an impressive show of solidarity on both sides of the aisle. We hope the overwhelming support for these riders will convince Speaker Pelosi that these policies have a place in Congress regardless of party control. (Family Research Council)

TOMORROW: Americans Throwing Tea Parties

Americans throwing nearly 40 tea parties
Citizens say 'enough is enough,' unite for nationwide protest against spending

Americans are saying enough is enough to extravagant government spending and throwing nearly 40 tea parties across the nation to protest.

Kellen Giuda, a laid-off architect, is organizing his own New York City tea party. He has invited several prominent guest speakers, including politicians, elected officials, an author, blogger, a bond trader and a former contestant on "America's Next Top Model" to speak out against excessive government spending.

"I saw Rick Santelli's rant, live, and thought it was awesome," he told WND. "All of this fiscal irresponsibility is absurd."

He continued, "Then I started hearing about tea parties, and I decided to do it. It's really exciting. There are a lot of people getting involved now."

"Somebody in our government needs to finally pay attention," said Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck on his radio program last week. "It is what I've been talking about that was coming for a very long time, and that is disenfranchisement, which will turn into anger and then turn into God knows what."

CNBC analyst Rick Santelli is hoping those demonstrations will result in real change.

During the televised segment where Santelli revived the term "tea party," CNBC panelist Wilbur Ross, chairman and CEO of WL Ross & Co., interjected, "Rick, I congratulate you on your new incarnation as a revolutionary leader."

"Somebody needs one," Santelli responded. I'll tell you what, if you read our Founding Fathers, people like Benjamin Franklin and Jefferson, what we're doing in this country now is making them roll over in their graves." (World Net Daily)

Some of the cities that will be holding demonstrations on Friday (tomorrow) include Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; and Los Angeles, CA. New York's demonstration is planned for this Saturday; others are planned for later this spring.

Good News Corner

An Interview with God

Dear Friends,

Today is a very special date on our ministry calendar, for it was 15 years ago today that the Lord called us to begin this work: Praying for all in authority on Capitol Hill.

Thank you ALL for your many years of faithfulness to our work, in prayers and in giving, so that we may continue to stand together as watchmen on the wall for our nation.

God bless you!!
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - February 25, 2009

In This Issue
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• The Middle East in Focus
• The First 100 Days
• Good News Corner


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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God." (Isaiah 52:10)

The Daily Brief

1. GOP's Jindal calls stimulus 'irresponsible' legislation

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal did not mince words in his response to President Barack Obama's first congressional address, calling the president's $787 billion stimulus "irresponsible" legislation that will "grow the government, increase our taxes down the line and saddle future generations with debt." "Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need?" Jindal asked. "That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did." Jindal blamed Democrats for passing the bill, but he accused his Republican colleagues in Congress of straying from their party's core values.

• Wherever conviction and confrontation are needed, God's Word instructs us to "Be not afraid". Father, we all know too well that when it comes to responsibility, work beats words and worry every time. We ask for so much grace, all that is needed, for leaders to continue the hard work of discourse and godly action to accomplish Your will in all of this. Keep us from fretting, as Your children, yet show us the path You would have us take to recover from this economic backslide. Bring us out, Lord, with responsibility and integrity that will speak to the hearts of future generations, by Your mercy and Your great grace. Oh, that the church would be the first to awaken and arise, Your house, where your judgement begins, Lord.

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. (James 1:2-4)

2. Fact Check: Obama's Words on Home Aid Ring Hollow - Fox News

Obama glossed over a number of complex realities in delivering his speech to Congress and a nation hungry for economic salvation. President Barack Obama knows Americans are unhappy that the government could rescue people who bought mansions beyond their means. But his assurance Tuesday night that only the deserving will get help rang hollow. Even officials in his administration, many supporters of the plan in Congress and the Federal Reserve chairman expect some of that money will go to people who used lousy judgment. The president skipped over several complex economic circumstances in his speech to Congress -- and may have started an international debate among trivia lovers and auto buffs over what country invented the car.

• Father, the great test of a man's character is his tongue. Bring true gravity to any and all final decisions concerning every US dollar and where it is going. Please pray with authority that all things done for the American people will be done in the light of day and that misuse of funds will not be allowed to continue.

For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. (I Peter 3:10)

3. Stocks signal mixed open as Street seeks direction - AP

Wall Street points to mixed open as investors look for direction after volatile sessions.

Wall Street headed for a mixed open Wednesday, as investors looked for clues about the economy after two back-and-forth days in the market. Investors showed little reaction to President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday night that touched on the need to create jobs and stabilize the credit system. He said specifics on these and other goals would follow but that billions more may be needed to stabilize the banking system.

Stocks rebounded Tuesday from a Monday sell-off as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress the recession might end this year, and that regulators aren't planning to nationalize banks. Investors were also buying ahead of Obama's speech before a joint session of Congress.

Wall Street must now determine whether the more upbeat tone from Washington will help translate to improved consumer confidence, which tumbled to a record low this month. Consumers are key to a recovery because their spending accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity.

Investors have little economic data to pore over as they search for direction Wednesday.

• Father, we ask that Your Throne be established over our wayward nation in every arena. Release the power of Your anointing into our decrees to brake yokes and sever all covenants with greed and injustice in every form. Do not allow a spirit of Baal to ravish our economy irrevocably. Please intercede for wisdom and prudence for godly men.

Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)

4. Montana Constitution To Define When Life Begins - Worthy News

A new bill could give citizens in the least populated American state the right to constitutionally define a person as a human being "from conception", as part of a national movement to reduce abortion rates.

If House Bill 406 passes, voters in Montana will decide in next year's elections whether or not to amend the state's constitution and recognize a human being "at all stages of life", from the moment of conception till death, "regardless of age, health, level of functioning, or condition of dependency."

If approved by Montana voters, the amendment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011, senators said.

• Father, please help lead this country once and for all to cut and annul every covenant with iniquity and death. Your promise and covenant relationship has gone out to every life. Pray that every life will have equal opportunity to live to embrace the blood of the new covenant, the Lord Jesus Christ. No man has the right to take away that which God has given.

"I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: 'Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations." (Psalm 89:3-4)

5. Kim Jong-il raises stakes with missile threat - Cross Action News

Just days after Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of State, told North Korea not to be provocative, Kim Jong-il has wheeled out a trump card: a missile capable of striking continental America.

Kim has shown no intention recently of relinquishing his power. Mrs. Clinton may be familiar with this sort of bluster. Sixteen years ago, one month after Bill Clinton was inaugurated as president, North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and launched its Rodong-1 medium-range missile.

The following year, the rogue state quit the International Atomic Energy Agency and started pulling spent fuel rods from its Yongbyon nuclear reactor to try to create a nuclear warhead.

• Father, the drama we can see pales in comparison to what we can't. Only by your spirit can we determine and define what is actually taking place in the spiritual realm. Pray from this realm that our nation will find protection in the stronghold of God from evil men and their pursuits. As we are purposely entrusted with information, like Daniel, we will take it to the higher courts of heaven to find the Only True Judge's plan for infractions such as this. As Daniel interceded for Israel, let us press in and beseech the Lord of Glory on behalf of our nation.

Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. (Psalm 108:12-13)

6. Gitmo in Conformity with Geneva Convention, Obama-Ordered Report Confirms - CNS News

Binyam Mohamed, 30, foreground, a British resident who has been held at Guantanamo Bay for more than four years, covers his face as he leaves RAF Northolt in west London Monday Feb. 23, 2009, after nearly seven years in U.S. captivity - the first inmate from the U.S. prison camp freed since President Barack Obama took office.

The Guantanamo Bay prison where terror suspects are held was examined by a special task force ordered by President Barack Obama. In its 81-page report, released Monday, the task force concluded: "After considerable deliberation and a comprehensive review, it is our judgment that the conditions of confinement in Guantanamo are in conformity with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention."

The report also noted that the prison, popularly referred to as Gitmo, keeps its thermostat set between 75 and 80 degrees, provides art classes to the prisoners, and holds a library of 13,000 books, 900 magazines, 300 DVDs and regular TV programs. Also, there is a "detainee newsletter."

• Give God praise for this review and it's findings. Ask the Lord, as we must detain evil men, that we do not allow a spirit of tolerance to cause us to make rash decisions and throw wisdom out the door. Pray that only a military trial will be offered to any terrorist, that they will never gain "civil" rights in this nation, and that justice will be served. Pray that wise actions on the part of the United States will deter evil at our borders, and protect American citizens in this country and others.

Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all. (Proverbs 28:5)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"LORD has prepared His throne in the heaven; His kingdom rules over all." (Psalms 103:19)

1. Hamas, Fatah to begin talks in Cairo - Jerusalem Post

With stakes that have never been higher, Palestinian factions will open talks in Cairo on Wednesday in an attempt to bridge a deep rift that has fragmented their people and jeopardized the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

2. UNRWA providing political cover for Hamas, Israeli official says - Jerusalem Post

The UN Relief and Works Agency is systematically providing political cover to Hamas, a senior government official told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, lashing out at the agency for passing a Hamas letter to US Sen. John Kerry when he visited Gaza last week.

3. Livni: Kadima will sit in the opposition - Ynet News

Despite garnering the support of 65 Knesset members, premiership candidate Benjamin Netanyahu may still find it difficult to form a stable coalition due to Kadima's refusal to join a unity government with the Likud chairman at the helm.

4. Livni to Netanyahu: I'll back you on Iran threat - Ha'aretz

Kadima leader Tzipi Livni has promised prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu her party's support on the Iranian nuclear threat if she ends up heading the opposition.

5. Clinton warns Israel over delays in Gaza aid - Ha'aretz

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has relayed messages to Israel in the past week expressing anger at obstacles Israel is placing to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. A leading political source in Jerusalem noted that senior Clinton aides have made it clear that the matter will be central to Clinton's planned visit to Israel next Tuesday.

The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days: DAY 37

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1)

1. CIA Chief Says U.S. Will Limit Countries Detainees Are Sent

CIA Director Leon Panetta says President Obama will limit the countries to which it sends alleged terrorists to make sure they are not tortured or abused.

2. Salazar Scraps Oil-Shale Leasing, Reverses Bush Policy

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he's scrapping leases on federal land for oil-shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

Salazar's action on Wednesday marks the second time he has reversed an action by the Bush administration. He also halted the leasing of oil and gas drilling parcels near national parks in Utah three weeks ago.

3. House Approves $410 Billion Spending Bill

The Democratic-controlled House approved $410 billion legislation Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, bristled with earmarks and chipped away at policies left behind by the Bush administration.

4. Obama Seeks $634M Over 10 Years to Revamp Health Care System

President Obama wants a significant "down payment" for overhauling the health care system: $634 billion over 10 years.

A senior administration official says Obama's budget calls for financing the overhaul by trimming Medicare spending and limiting tax deductions for upper-income earners. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the budget won't be released until Thursday.

5. Holder: Closing Gitmo Won't Be Easy

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Guantanamo detention center is a well-run, professional facility that will be difficult to close -- but he's still going to do it.

6. McCain: 'We Are Not Winning' War in Afghanistan

Sen. John McCain painted a grim picture of the war in the Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying that it will require a change in strategy and years to achieve victory.

Speaking before a packed crowd at the American Enterprise Institute, the Republican from Arizona said that if the U.S. did not make a "serious change" in its strategy and and how it deploys resources in Afghanistan, the result eventually would be failure. (All articles from Fox News)

Good News Corner

Remembering George Washington

February 22, 2009

From: The American Minute By Bill Federer

George Washington was born FEBRUARY 22, 1732. He was unanimously chosen as the Army's Commander-in-Chief, unanimously chosen as President of the Constitutional Convention, and unanimously chosen as the first U.S. President.

After the Declaration of Independence was read to his troops, General Washington ordered chaplains placed in each regiment, stating: "The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier, defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country."

In his Inaugural Address, Washington said: "It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe. . . No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of Providential agency."

After his Inauguration, Washington attended a service conducted by Congress' chaplains in New York City's St. Paul's Chapel.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - February 24, 2009

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The First 100 Days
• Obama's Leadership Team
• A "Chicago Tea Party"
• Alan Keyes Tells It Like It Is
• Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God." (Isaiah 52:10)

The Daily Brief

1. BAILOUT STRATEGY: Nationalizing the banks - NewsDay

The Obama administration plans to pump more money into troubled banks, even though the billions spent so far have seemed to do little. Some experts, including former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and Democratic and Republican members of Congress, have suggested that the banks may have to be nationalized.

• Heavenly Father, we are entering a critical stage in our nation where the economy has gotten so bad that the banks may have to be nationalized. Help us restore our confidence in our economy. Give us wisdom to only do those things that will actually strengthen the financial base of our nation. We ask this in Jesus' Name, amen.

"And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day." (Deuteronomy 8:18)

2. Obama's Deficit Goals Count on Rosy Assumptions - Fox News

President Obama's ambitious goal of cutting the federal deficit in half relies on a perfect -- some might say improbable -- convergence of factors: a recovered economy, a tax boost for the rich and success in easing foreign entanglements.

• Lord, we rely on You for our provision. Man is not our provider. We pray for our economy to do a turnaround and begin to improve. Help give us God- fearing people to rule over us! We need to obey You in order to prosper!

"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:9, 10)

3. Democrats Unveil Spending Bill for Rest of Fiscal '09 - Wall Street Journal

House leaders released a $410 billion spending plan for the rest of fiscal 2009, with increases proposed for long-neglected Democratic priorities ranging from health care to education to public housing.

• Lord, put a stop to this reckless spending! We cannot burden our children with costs that can be postponed for later. We pray that You will do it quickly! Abundantly bless your children in this famine!

"In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked." (Proverbs 15:6)

4. Report urges boost for US family planning program - AP;

Publicly funded family planning under Title X prevents nearly 2 million unintended pregnancies and more than 800,000 abortions in the United States each year, saving billions of dollars, according to new research intended to counter conservative objections to expanding the program. The data is in a report being released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health think tank whose research is generally respected even by experts and activists who don't share its advocacy of abortion rights. The report also endorses pending congressional legislation that would increase funding for Title X family planning. Some advocacy groups hope to more than double the current funding to $700 million a year.

Some conservatives, however, dislike Title X because one of its big recipients is the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a major provider of abortions as well as family planning services. Title X funds cannot be used for abortions, but critics contend the federal money frees up other Planned Parenthood funds for its abortion services. Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council also expressed concern about the concept of public funding of contraception for unmarried people.

• Lord, we pray that You will intervene and block this pro-abortion rights Administration from carrying out any plans to expand abortion rights and services. We pray for people to rise up against these wicked plans.

"This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place." (Jeremiah 22:3)

5. Bill calls human embryo 'person' - Washington Times

The North Dakota Legislature is taking center stage in the abortion debate as it moves to define a fertilized human egg as a person -- an effort viewed largely as a vehicle to challenge the Supreme Court's 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

• Thank You, Lord for these courageous people who are standing up for You creations. Human embryos grow to be only humans and they have sanctity and an inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as our Constitution declares!

"For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted."
(Psalm 9:12) "Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine . . ." (Ezekiel 18:4)

6. Pentagon says F-22 fate to hang for while longer - Reuters

A high-stakes decision on the fate of Lockheed Martin Corp's premier F-22 fighter jet will be made known only with the release of the fiscal 2010 budget likely in April, not by March 1 as had been sought by Congress.

• We pray Lord that the plans this Administration has to cut back on our defense and the military will be blocked. We pray that You will convince them that we need a strong defense system - not a weaker defense!

"Why have You broken down her hedges, so that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit . . . Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts; look down from heaven and see, and visit this vine and the vineyard which Your right hand has planted . . ." (Psalm 80:12, 14)

7. Raging Wildfires Put Southern Australia on High Alert - Fox News

Officials warned Tuesday the wildfires that devastated southern Australia this month could flare anew when high winds and hot temperatures sweep the region later this week, and raised the death toll from the blazes to 210.

• We join our brothers and sisters in Christ in Australia and around the world, asking our Lord to contain and put out these fires. If there be any who have committed arson, we ask that they be found. We pray, too, for the safety of the citizens of this country who may be in the path of more devastation. In Your Name, Lord, amen.

• [Pray that there be NO WIND to fan the flames.] "For He commands even the wind and the water, and they obey Him . . ." (Luke 8:25) [Pray that the arsonists be found and brought to justice.] "For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light." (Mark 4:22)

8. Obama Hits Hope Theme - AP

President walks fine line between honesty about economic crisis, optimism for future.

• Pray that our citizens not be taken in by smooth- sounding words, but instead be able to weigh all the facts with dispassionate wisdom. Pray against the spirits of deception and delusion from operating against us. Pray for all in authority to come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to 1 Timothy 2: 3,4.

"The deceived and the deceiver belong to Him." (Job 12:16)

9. Jindal: Obama's Economic Plan Irresponsible - AP

Republican leaders are calling President Barack Obama's handling of the economy irresponsible and wrongheaded, saying it will increase taxes and government debt.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who may challenge Obama in 2012, said Tuesday that the Obama-backed stimulus package will "grow the government, increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt."

• As above, pray that the American people will be able to discern reason over rhetoric, by the grace of God. Pray!

"I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you." (Matthew 18:19 NLT)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"LORD has prepared His throne in the heaven; His kingdom rules over all." (Psalms 103:19)

1. Mofaz: Kadima should join Likud gov't - Jerusalem Post

Despite the announced intention of Kadima chair Tzipi Livni to lead her party into the opposition, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, who is number two on the party list, said on Tuesday that he believed it would be best if Kadima joined Likud in a national unity government.

• Pray for God to cause the right combination of people in the Government that would best suit His purpose and plans at this point.

" . . . and the government shall be upon his shoulder: Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:6-7)

2. U.S. Plans to Pledge $900 Million for Gaza - Reuters

The United States plans to pledge more than $900 million to help rebuild Gaza after Israel's offensive against Hamas and strengthen the Palestinian Authority, a U.S. official said on Monday. The money will be channeled through UN and other bodies and will not be distributed via the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to make the announcement next week at a Gaza donors conference in Egypt.

• Lord, we pray that this money will not get to the terrorists groups in Gaza. We do not have money to do this. We pray that there will be wisdom on where our money is used. Let there be much frugality.

"For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you." (Deuteronomy 23:14)

3. IDF foils 'large-scale terror attack' - Jerusalem Post

IDF soldiers foiled a large-scale attack at the Kissufim border crossing against troops or a southern Israeli community, security officials said on Monday.

4. U.S. presses Israel for concessions to a weakened Palestinian Authority - World Tribune

The United States has been pressuring Israel to offer additional goodwill gestures to the Palestinian Authority to bolster its support in the West Bank.

5. Officials fear US may cut military aid - Jerusalem Post

The Defense Ministry is concerned that US President Barack Obama will cut military aid to Israel in an effort to pressure the new government to take action against illegal outposts and settlement construction, defense officials said.

6. Ancient seals unearthed in Jerusalem dig - Jerusalem Post

A routine archeological excavation ahead of private construction in an Arab neighborhood on the outskirts of Jerusalem has uncovered a series of seal impressions from the reign of the biblical King Hezekiah 2,700 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Monday.

The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days: DAY 36

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1)

1. Napolitano Avoids Mentioning 'Terrorism' in Remarks to Congress

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is steering away from words like "terrorism" for her first testimony to Congress since taking office.

2. Officials: White House to Name Special Envoy for Darfur

Officials say the Obama administration plans to name a special envoy for Sudan's Darfur region, after actor George Clooney met with the president and urged him to create the post.

3. Obama Says Country Will Rebuild, Recover in Wake of Recession

President Obama discusses the economic challenges facing the nation in his address to a joint session of Congress.

4. Excerpts From Obama's Prepared Remarks to Congress

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

5. Obama's Public Speaking Reputation Open to Debate

While some admire President Obama's speaking skills, others mock them, saying he's only comfortable with teleprompters.

6. SPECIAL: Obama Appoints Anti-Israel Aide - Unity Coalition for Israel

A flurry of reports over the weekend said that the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, considered a sharp critic of Israel, is to be named to a top intelligence post in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Chas W. Freeman Jr., who was U.S. ambassador in Riyadh from 1989-1992, is set to be named chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which has a strong influence on the content of the intelligence briefings presented to the President (and puts together the National Intelligence Estimate, or NIE, which in 2007 dissuaded the Bush regime from attacking Iran). The Council chairman is also often called on to give direct briefings to the President.

Typical of Freeman's viewpoints is a statement he made in a speech before the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs in 2007, in which he more or less blames international terrorist acts on Israel: "American identification with Israeli policy has also become total. Those in the region and beyond it who detest Israeli behavior, which is to say almost everyone, now naturally extend their loathing to Americans. This has had the effect of universalizing anti-Americanism, legitimizing radical Islamism, and gaining Iran a foothold among Sunni as well as Shiite Arabs. For its part, Israel no longer even pretends to seek peace with the Palestinians; it strives instead to pacify them. Palestinian retaliation against this policy is as likely to be directed against Israel's American backers as against Israel itself. Under the circumstances, such retaliation - whatever form it takes - will have the support or at least the sympathy of most people in the region and many outside it. This makes the long-term escalation of terrorism against the United States a certainty, not a matter of conjecture."

Obama's Leadership Team

Out of Left Field, Into Leadership

The majority of Americans may approve of the job President Obama is doing, but many are skeptical of the vacancies he is filling around him. In CNN's latest poll, nearly 40 percent of the country believes Obama "is doing a poor job selecting the top officials in his administration." With Congress back in session after a week-long siesta, some of the President's worst nominees will be taking their turn in the hot seat of Senate confirmation. After a brief delay, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on porn advocate David Ogden, Obama's controversial pick for Deputy Attorney General.

For more ammunition on Ogden, don't miss Cathy Ruse's eye-opening piece, "A Man Who Thinks Child Porn Is Free Speech Is Not Fit for Justice," published today in Human Events. It details some of Ogden's worst clients, including Stephen Knox, who was charged with possession of child pornography. In Knox's defense, Ogden argued that the videos (which included footage of children's genitalia) were an "art form." He claimed that the images merited protection under the First Amendment--leaving little doubt that he would act on those instincts as America's Deputy Attorney General. Another potential member of the Justice team, Dawn Johnsen, is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday. As Obama's choice for Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, Dawn's resume includes a stint at NARAL, the radical pro-abortion organization, in which she served as the legal director.

Meanwhile, little has been made of the President's Secretary of Labor-designate Hilda Solis (D-Calif.). Among other things, the current congresswoman has a history of communist ties and now serves as a member of the Progressive Caucus, "the socialist wing of the Democratic Party in the House." Since her election in 2001, Solis has consistently scored 0% on FRC Action's Vote Scorecard. As Labor Secretary, she would continue to champion the Employee Free Choice Act, a pro-union bill which would give the federal government "the power to dictate the terms of a contract and to set wages, benefits, hours and work rules." The full Senate will vote on Solis, the fourth of Obama's nominees to owe back taxes, tomorrow. (Family Research Council)

A "Chicago Tea Party"

Not a Tingle, But A Cramp

If you're frustrated by what the liberal Democrats are doing to our country, you're not alone. Perhaps you saw the "Trader's Tea Party," the instant YouTube hit of CNBC's Rick Santelli express his outrage at Obama's mortgage bailout plan. According to a new Rasmussen poll, 76% of Americans are unwilling to pay higher taxes to help pay for someone else's mortgage, and only 49% of Democrats support Obama's plan to bailout bad mortgages.

Maybe you've noticed that the stock market is down. Well, that would be an understatement. Yesterday, the markets fell to a ten-year low. While they have recovered some today, the turbulence of recent weeks is no surprise given the big spending, high tax, anti- growth policies of this administration. Now even liberals are starting to get angry.

During the presidential campaign the media were in the tank for Obama. No one better displayed that fact than MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who said that just listening to Obama gave him a tingle "going up my leg." After the election, Matthews declared that it was his job -- as a journalist -- to make sure the Obama Administration succeeded. But now it seems Chris Matthews has got a cramp in his leg.

On Hardball last night, Matthews said he was "angry" with Obama's performance so far, and he and his guests savaged the administration's performance and lashed into Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. You can watch a clip of the show here. (Gary Bauer; End-of-Day; 2/24/09)

Good News Corner

Sitting On Top of Riches
by Bill Bright

During the Depression, a man named Ira Yates was living in poverty, unaware that he was one of the richest men in the world.

He owned a large sheep ranch, and due to his poverty, he was in danger of losing it, because he could not afford to pay the interest on his bank loan and his property tax.

One day an oil company gained Mr. Yates' permission to drill a wildcat test well, believing there was a rich reservoir of oil on the property. Soon they discovered the one of the largest oil pools in the world.

Although he was a billionaire, Mr. Yates had lived for years in poverty. The day he purchased the land he received with it all the oil and mineral rights. It was all his, but he didn't know the oil was there, and thus he lived in great need.

I do not know of a better illustration for the Christian. Like Mr. Yates, many Christians are ignorant of their rights and resources and as a result are living in spiritual poverty.

Actually, there are two great tragedies in history:

(1) that many have rejected God's Son and all the incalculable riches that accompany our adoption by God through Him; and

(2) many have chosen to trust in Christ for their eternal salvation but live a life of spiritual poverty, ignorant of their inheritance, in this life and beyond.

If you are a believer, don't be like Ira Yates and sit in ignorance on top of your riches in Christ, while living in spiritual poverty!

Scripture: "So don't be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom." (Luke 12:32)

Bible Reading: Ephesians 1:3, 18; 3:8; Philippians 4:19; James 4:2-3

Prayer: "Thank you, Father, for the glorious riches we have in Christ, free to us but paid for with His own precious blood. He is worthy of all praise."