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The Daily Brief Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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The Daily Brief
1. Romney Surge Puts Debate Night Pressure on Obama - Fox News
A new Gallup poll released just hours before the second presidential debate shows Mitt Romney widening his national lead over President Obama -- underscoring what's at stake for Obama as he tries to regain lost ground in the wake of a lackluster debate debut.
The poll of likely voters showed Romney leading 50-46 percent. It echoed the conclusion from a host of both national and battleground surveys conducted after the first Obama-Romney faceoff -- Romney is gaining ground and in some cases surpassing Obama in the polls. Read more.
- Thank You Lord that You will fill Romney's and Ryan's speech with grace and season their speech with salt so they will know exactly how to respond to every question presented to them in the upcoming debates, or whenever they speak to the public. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
- "Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person." (Col. 4:6)
[Prayer contributed by Joy Lamb, in association with the Family Research Council]
2. GOP: Libya shows Obama 'incompetent' - Washington Times
As criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, continues to grow, top Republicans on Sunday ripped the White House and accused the president's team of putting politics ahead of the safety of American diplomats.
- Lord, we thank You for truth coming out and we pray that our leaders be held accountable for their actions and decisions in Libya. May we each discern the spirit of truth and the spirit of error in this matter. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- "We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." (1John 4:6)
3a. Clinton takes responsibility for consulate security, blames confusion on 'fog of war' - Fox News
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility Monday night for any security failures leading up to the consulate attack last month in Libya that killed the American ambassador, but she seemed to push back against claims of a cover-up, blaming the "fog of war" for the Obama administration's shifting explanations for the attack. Read more.
3b. Rice blames intel talking points for faulty Libya story - Fox News
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, in her first public comments on Libya since her controversial account days after the attack, blamed intelligence community talking points for the faulty narrative. The light-on-details explanation Monday came as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for any security failures leading up to the consulate attack last month. Read more.
- Father, only You are omniscient. We thank You that You know every detail of the cause of this tragedy and of the intentions in the hearts of those who have made unwise decisions along the way that have led to this outcome. We ask You to forgive all decision-makers involved, for they know not what they do, and cause them to move with more wisdom in the days ahead.
- "He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light." (Job 12:22)
4. Western defense budget cuts may be unstoppable - NBC
Whether or not America's politicians can find a way to sidestep the brutal automatic military cuts of sequestration, the era of rising Western spending on weapons and wars is over.
- Lord, we lift our military and its provision to You. We pray for politicians to be elected who will make right decisions regarding our military. We do not accept NBC's proclamation. We proclaim that You are our protector and provider and ask that You will give the right leadership for anything that might be necessary and at the right time. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- "No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength." (Psalm 33:16)
5. 9/11 hearing set to resume at Guantanamo - UK Telegraph
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks and his four co-defendants are due back in a Guantanamo court on Monday for hearings to pave the way to their trial.
- Lord, let justice be done in this hearing and in the future for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the co-defendants and all others at Guantanmo. We call for justice and truth in the name of Jesus. Amen.
- "No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies. They speak evil and bring forth iniquity." (Isaiah 59:4)
6. Al-Qaida leader urges Muslims to wage holy war against U.S., Israel - Ha'aretz
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said a film made in the United States mocking the Prophet Mohammed showed Washington was waging a "crusader Zionist war" against Muslims and he called for more protests outside American embassies.
- Lord, we pray Your canopy of protection over our embassies, our military and security, and all Americans living overseas. We pray that this call for protests against America not be heard by Muslims or acted upon. Help our leaders know what to do for protection. We pray for deliverance from the hands of the enemy. May people come to call upon You, our shield, stronghold, and Savior. Thank You, Lord, for being our shield and salvation. In Your name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
- "The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies." (Psalm 18:2-3)
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Your name give glory, for Your mercy, and for Your truth's sake. Why should the nations say, Where is their God? But our God is in the heavens. He has done whatever He has pleased." (Psalm 115:1-3)
1. Brotherhood head calls for 'jihad' to liberate Jerusalem - AFP
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie called on Muslims worldwide to liberate Jerusalem by means of jihad, according to AFP.
2. PM: Israel can deal with Iran threat - Ynet News
"Those who belittle the Iranian nuclear threat on Israel are not worthy of leading Israel for even one day," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the opening of the Knesset's winter session on Monday.
3. 'Drone beamed images of plans for joint Israel-US drill' - Ynet News
The Iranian-made Hezbollah drone shot down over the Negev last week beamed back "images of secret Israeli military sites" and images of the preparations of the joint Israel-US military exercise, the Sunday Times reported.
4. Knesset votes to disperse, go to elections on Jan. 22 - Times of Israel
The Knesset voted to disperse late Monday night and head to early elections. One hundred MKs voted in favor, with no opposing votes and zero abstentions, of the motion that will lead to early elections.
5. Knesset's opening session offers a preview of the upcoming election campaigns - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took advantage of the opening assembly of the Knesset's winter session on Monday to try out his campaign stump speech, while Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz proved he would let no comment slide.
The Daily Jot
Clinton says Benghazi-like story switch "always happens"
In an interview with CNN's Elise Labott, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "What I want to avoid is some kind of political gotcha or blame game." She told CNN that she take's responsibility for the security lapse in Benghazi because she is in charge of the State Department. But Clinton, in trying to dismiss the entire administration lying to the American people, said, "And I think it is absolutely fair to say that everyone had the same intelligence. Everyone who spoke tried to give the information that they had. As time has gone on, that information has changed. We've gotten more detail, but that's not surprising. That always happens."
Not to twist Clinton's words, but did she just say that everyone had the same intelligence--which means the president included--and that everyone spoke based on that information, and it always happens that the information changes? This could mean that it is standard operating policy to spin the story as propaganda and deal with the facts later. Certainly, this White House has practiced this technique many times. One example: Fast and Furious, where the White House denied any knowledge of selling guns to Mexican drug cartels that were subsequently used to kill a US border agent and several teen agers. Another example is denying the White House supported al Qaeda in Libya, but the facts now say otherwise.
Or how about reporting the unemployment rate below 8% immediately after losing the first presidential debate, but omitting the fact that "one large state" did not report their data? The White House and Labor Department still have not come clean on this, other than to admit that it was true that the still unnamed large state did not report. But I digress. If Clinton's assessment is true, why then did the occupant of the Oval Office hold fast to the story for an entire month that the US Libyan Embassy was stormed as a result of an anti-Islamic film? It was only after State Department officials leaked to the public that the story was a fabrication that Clinton admitted "that information has changed."
"that's not surprising. That always happens," according to the Secretary of State. Anybody remember Watergate? A few guys tried to steal campaign files from the Democratic National Committee. A Republican cover up ensued. Richard Nixon resigned as president and eventually 43 people went to jail. Seems like small potatoes compared with aiding a terrorist group with whom you are at war in taking over a country; that group murdering four people, including a US Ambassador, as revenge for a death in Pakistan; and the president covering up the murders by saying they were the result of an anti-Islam film. Yeshua said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Deception is in the air, but, hey, Hillary Clinton says, "that always happens."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
On the Campaign Trail
On the Campaign Trail:
21 Days Until Election Day
Supreme Court allows early voting in Ohio
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that early voting can proceed in Ohio - a major win for President Obama.
In a one-sentence order with no explanation, the court rejected Ohio Republicans' efforts to block early voting three days before Election Day. The court left in place a lower-court ruling that said early voting had to be available to all Ohioans - not just military personnel.
The rejection is a victory for Obama. Democrats initiated the legal battle over Ohio's early voting policy, after state officials decided to eliminate three days of early voting that had been offered in 2008. Minorities, who traditionally favor Democrats, are seen as most likely to take advantage of early voting. (The Hill) Read more.
Maryland Votes on Gay Marriage
Will Maryland be first state to vote 'yes' on gay marriage?
Dating back to 1998, 32 states have held votes on same-sex marriage, and all 32 have opposed it. Maryland is one of four states with Nov. 6 referendums on the issue -- and gay-marriage advocates believe there's a strong chance the streak will be broken.
In Maryland, Maine and Washington, it's an up-or-down vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. In Minnesota, there's a measure to place a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution, as 30 other states have done previously.
Groups supporting same-sex marriage, which has been legalized by court rulings or legislative votes in six states and the District of Columbia, are donating millions of dollars to the four campaigns. They're hoping for at least one victory to deprive their foes of the potent argument that gay marriage has never prevailed at the ballot box.
n Maryland, as in Maine and Washington, the most recent polls show a lead for the supporters of same-sex marriage. But comparable leads in other states -- notably in California in 2008 -- evaporated by Election Day, and Josh Levin, manager of the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign, expects the final result to be extremely close.
Levin and his allies are aware that Maryland, because its polls close earlier than Maine's or Washington's, could become the first state to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote.
"We cannot take it for granted," Levin said. "That being said, if we make it happen in Maryland, the lessons learned here can be applied across the country." (Fox News) Read more.
- Lord, we say "no". Maryland will not be the first state to vote 'yes' on gay marriage. Open the spirits, hearts, ears, eyes, and minds of the people in Maryland and all states to hear the truth on this issue and let them stand for marriage between one man and one woman as You created. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- "Then the rib which the Lord had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." (Genesis 2:22-24)
Election Prayer: Day Six
Election Prayer Point: Day Six
Pray for all Americans to take their vote seriously. Pray they will understand that God holds them directly responsible for the stances of those they elect.
(Proverbs 29:2; Galatians 6:6-7; Ephesians 5:11)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner
A Rodeo Cowboy's Fight to Survive
Freddy Vest made a living as a calf-roping rodeo entertainer, but an awkward fall from his horse left him with less than a five percent chance of survival.
To view this amazing story, from CBN News, go here.
Worship with Us Today!
Worship with Us Today!
"O the Glory of Your Presence" - Steve Fry
O the glory of Your presence
We Your temple give You reverence
So arise from Your rest
And be blessed by our praise
As we glory in Your embrace
As Your presence now fills this place