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White House News
1. Russia leak raises questions about staff undermining Trump - The Hill
A furor erupted at the White House on Wednesday over a damaging leak that revealed President Trump defied his aides' advice during a congratulatory phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House raised the prospect of a staff purge over the disclosure, saying in a statement that it would be a "fireable offense and likely illegal" to give Trump's briefing papers to the news media. Chief of staff John Kelly was "frustrated and deeply disappointed" by the leak, a White House official told The Hill.
Only a small circle of staff members would have had access to such sensitive briefing documents, according to former White House officials, indicating that the leak may have some from somebody close to the president. The incident raised concerns among Trump allies that members of own staff could be trying to undermine him. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) suggested that Obama holdovers on the National Security Council may have been behind the breach. Trump and his allies have frequently warned that a "deep state" of government officials in Washington have constantly tried to torpedo his agenda. "The 'what would @brhodes want me to do' attitude by some in NSC is a disease easily curable," the New York lawmaker tweeted, referring to Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. (Read more)
- Father, we pray this White House staff member will step forward and apologize for breaking trust with the President and the American people.
- Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king; through loyalty he maintains his throne. (Proverbs 20:28)
2. Trump says midterm elections must focus on Democrats' 'dangerous' immigration policies - Washington Times
During a fundraising dinner for Republican candidates Tuesday night, the president said the GOP needs to remind voters that Democrats are out of touch with mainstream America on a broad range of issues, especially border security. The administration is suing California over its decision to offer illegal immigrants statewide sanctuary from deportation by federal agents. He said it's time for Congress "to stop funding sanctuary cities so we can restore the rule of law."
The president noted that House Democrats also voted against a "common-sense" bill known as "Kate's Law," which would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the U.S. The House passed the bill with overwhelming Republican support, but only 24 Democrats voted for it, and the legislation is stalled in the Senate. Mr. Trump said Democrats also voted against legislation to keep gang members such as MS-13 out of the U.S. On the expired amnesty program for young illegal immigrants known as DACA, Mr. Trump said Democrats are blocking a solution that would involve funding to build a border wall. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for representatives who will finally solve our immigration problems with law and order.
- "A rebellious nation is thrown into chaos, but leaders anointed with wisdom will restore law and order." (Proverbs 28:2)
3. Sanctuaries for Americans, not criminal aliens - The White House
"We're going to take care of the problem," President Donald J. Trump told a room full of Cabinet officials, elected leaders, and law enforcement representatives during a roundtable discussion on sanctuary cities at the White House yesterday.
The President's highest duty is to protect the safety and well-being of American citizens. Lawless sanctuary jurisdictions nullify Federal law, obstruct immigration enforcement, and release thousands of criminals into U.S. communities. "They are not sanctuary cities; they are outlaw cities," Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said at yesterday's meeting.
The Senator is right, and the Trump Administration has taken action to ensure our Nation's laws are faithfully enforced. During the 2017 fiscal year, ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations team made more than 140,000 administrative arrests and effected more than 225,000 removals. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You for the way President Trump honored all these law enforcement officers (LEO's) during Tuesday's roundtable, which was also televised across the nation. We ask that policies will now follow that will allow these LEO's to do the job given them, under oath, that the rule of law be restored in America, in Your name, amen.
- "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:14)
4. Royce Urges Trump to Initiate BBG, VOA Reforms by Naming New Director - Free Beacon
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a longtime critic of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, is throwing his weight behind efforts to replace the Obama-era leaders still running the agency. Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.) said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon that he "looks forward" to the next step in reforming the embattled agency whose flagship, the Voice of America, has come under criticism for drifting from its mission of countering anti-American narratives promulgated by Russia and other adversaries as well as mimicking mainstream cable outlets' anti-Trump bias.
Royce, who in 2014 advocated scrapping "this broken agency," has for years complained that mismanagement at the BBG has allowed the Russians and others to gain the upper hand in the information warfare sphere. Toward the end of former President Barack Obama's administration, Royce authored legislation that partially reformed the agency. Now, Royce is signaling that the Trump administration must finish the job by nominating a new BBG director and CEO. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray Representative Royce will be successful in bringing reform to this important agency, and that it will return to its mission of advocating for American principles and ideals, bringing renewed hope to oppressed people around the world.
- I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called-his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. (Ephesians 1:17)
5. Trump seeks Saudi Arabia's help in eastern Syria - Jerusalem Post
The Trump administration is trying to determine its long-term goals in eastern Syria as Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman visits the United States. Since the visit of Saudi Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan to eastern Syria in October, there have been hints that the kingdom could play a role in reconstruction efforts. Now The Washington Post has reported that US President Donald Trump asked the Saudi king in December for up to $4 billion in commitments to help rebuild eastern Syria. The reports of the request come as the crown prince is in Washington. Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, tweeted on Tuesday that the visit "represents a continuation of the strategic cooperation and friendship between our two countries."
The desire to use the kingdom's wealth to help rebuild and stabilize eastern Syria can be read two ways. US media reports indicate that the December phone call with Trump was aimed at "hastening a US exit from Syria." Iran's Press TV, which represents the regime, interpreted that phone call as relating to a US desire to "roll back" Iran's influence in Syria. From Israel's point of view, close cooperation by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US in eastern Syria to block Iran's influence would be welcomed. Israel opposes Iran putting down more roots in Syria and Lebanon. Muhammad bin Salman's visit therefore has major ramifications for the region, especially if a real commitment and a strategy with Washington come out of the meetings. (Read more)
- Father, we pray this alliance between the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be effective in countering Iran's influence in Syria and keeping the region from war.
- So the Lord gave wisdom to Solomon, just as he had promised. And Hiram and Solomon made a formal alliance of peace. (1 Kings 5:12)
6. Trump Upgrades Taiwan Relations, Angering China - Free Beacon
President Trump last week upgraded U.S. ties with Taiwan by signing legislation into law calling for increased high-level visits to the island by U.S. civilian and military leaders. Beijing reacted harshly to the new law, warning of unspecified retaliation for what China's government said was a violation of its understanding of U.S.-China policy. Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping denounced the new law on Tuesday at the end of a Party meeting that elevated him to the status of president for life. "Any actions or tricks to separate the country are bound to fail," Xi said in a speech. "They will receive the condemnation of the people and the punishment of history." The new law was signed Friday with no statement from the White House or Trump.
Michael Anton, a senior White House National Security Council official, said the United States remained "committed to our one-China policy" based on three joint U.S.-China communiques outlining relations and the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. "We consider Taiwan to be a vital partner, a democratic success story, and a force for good in the world," Anton, deputy assistant to the president for strategic communications, told the Washington Free Beacon. "Consistent with that view and with the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States for decades has maintained robust unofficial contacts, including through reciprocal visits by high-level U.S. government and Taiwan representatives," Anton said.
The law states that it is U.S. policy to permit visits to Taiwan by cabinet-level national security officials, senior military officers, and other executive branch officials. Senior Taiwan officials also are allowed to visit the United States, and the law also states that officials posted to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, as the diplomatic representative office is called, are permitted to conduct greater activities.(Read more)
- Father, we pray President Trump will fully understand how to change our relationship with China to benefit the United States while still maintaining a working relationship with them.
- Now teach me all about your ways and tell me what to do. Make it clear for me to understand, for I am surrounded by waiting enemies. (Psalm 27:11)
7. Trump's infrastructure plan focuses on reforms, not just more spending - The Hill
Last month, President Trump released details of the White House's plan to rebuild and revitalize America's infrastructure network. It outlines a bold vision encompassing everything from traditional transportation infrastructure such as highways, bridges and transit systems, to public water systems and even broadband internet access.
. . . The Trump administration understands the private sector's reliance on a steady and certain regulatory approval process. An important inclusion in the president's infrastructure plan is a provision to reform the Section 404 permitting process by streamlining which agencies have final approval for Section 404 permits. President Trump's plan empowers the Army Corps of Engineers with sole authority to make jurisdictional determinations regarding "waters of the United States" while continuing to work closely with the EPA. . . (Read more)
- Father God, once again we offer You praise for the wisdom You are now clearly bestowing upon our "king," President Donald Trump. We ask that the general public also be granted "eyes to see and ears to hear" the truth of this president's many accomplishments achieved during his short term in office. In Your name, amen.
- "Ask, and it shall be given you . . ." (Matthew 7:7)
Focus on Israel
1. Members of the Lost Tribe of Menashe Return to Israel After 2,700 Years - Breaking Israel News
In nothing less than a miraculous appearance of the prophesized ingathering of the exiles, more than 100 Jews from the tribe of Menashe arrived in Israel on Tuesday night. 100 more B'nei Menashe will join them on Thursday morning, just in time to celebrate Passover, the holiday of freedom, in the land of Israel.
The new arrivals are joining 3,500 of their brethren who are already in Israel. They have an oral tradition that they are descended from the tribe of Menashe, one of the ten tribes which were taken as slaves when the Assyrians invaded the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 721 BCE. Their travels in exile took them through Persia, and Afghanistan, Hindu-Kush and Tibet. They arrived in Kaifeng in East Central China around 240 BCE after which their final stop was Manipur in Northeast India. (Read more)
"He will hold up a signal to the nations And assemble the banished of Yisrael, And gather the dispersed of Yehuda From the four corners of the earth." Isaiah 11:12 (The Israel Bible)
2. Israeli red tape may hold up US embassy move to Jerusalem - report - Times of Israel
The planned move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring independence, may be delayed due to Israeli bureaucracy, according to a Tuesday report. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly vowed to cut through the red tape.
Over the past few days American officials have reportedly met with the relevant Israeli authorities to get permission for urgent security-related construction work they say is necessary to convert the existing consulate in the Arnona neighborhood in southern Jerusalem into an embassy. (Read more)
3. Jerusalem mayor Barkat set to announce entrance into national politics - Jerusalem Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has decided to announce on Sunday that he is not running for a third term as mayor in October's municipal election and will be entering national politics, sources in the municipality said on Tuesday morning.
Barkat made the decision long ago, but he decided to wait to announce it until after he passed Jerusalem's budget, which is set to happen on Thursday.
After The Jerusalem Post started asking questions at city hall about Sunday's press conference, Barkat's office leaked to television stations that he had made the decision and then immediately released a prepared statement denying it. (Read more)
4. Ex-IDF chief Gantz: Netanyahu fit to stay in office if not indicted - Times of Israel
Former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz, who is weighing a political run in the 2019 elections, said this week that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn't indicted on corruption charges, he is fit to remain in office. But Gantz also expressed support for imposing term limits on Israel's leader.
Speaking at a conference at the Sapir College near Sderot on Tuesday, Gantz said he was "very seriously considering" entering politics and running for parliament in the next elections, Hebrew-language media reported. (Read more)
5. 'Settlement has been taken hostage' - Israel National News
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan demands that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Finance Minister Kahlon act to stop the staff sanctions at the Civil Administration, sanctions that interfere with the administration's work and harm Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.
"Settlement is in a real crisis and we must say it clearly," Dagan said. "There are sanctions and strikes by the Civil Administration, which is a body that provides most of the services to the authorities in Judea and Samaria, and this apparently doesn't move the Treasury. There are no meetings. There are half-a-million residents who are hostages.
"Put an end to this. Our residents in Samaria, Judea, and Benyamin - religious, secular, haredi, all shades; half a million people - cannot receive services to promote construction; cannot receive environmental protection services. (Read more)
6. Netanyahu on Islamic terror and migrants: 'We we need to safeguard our borders' - World Israel News
Addressing the 8th Negev Conference in Dimona on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed illegal immigration and other security issues related to Israel's border with Egypt, noting the benefits of the security fence.
Between 2005 and 2013, around 60,000 migrants illegally entered Israel, primarily from Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea. The crush of migrants was eventually thwarted by construction of a 152-mile long security fence, covering all of the Israeli-Egyptian border. After the barrier was completed, Israel enjoyed a huge reduction in illegal crossings, reporting no infiltration at all last year. (Read more)
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The Daily Brief
1. 3 Major Problems Conservatives Have With the Government Spending Bill - Daily Signal
Major conservative priorities have gone missing in the spending bill to fund the government through September, House lawmakers say. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, spelled out the worry Wednesday during Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly meeting with reporters hosted by conservative lawmakers and The Heritage Foundation. "I think the real concern for a lot of us is, are we going to continue to fund sanctuary cities, are we going to continue to fund Planned Parenthood, are we going to continue to raise the debt to levels that, quite frankly, are unsustainable and bankrupt our country?" Meadows said.
Government funding runs out Friday at midnight, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., hopes for a vote on the omnibus spending bill Thursday. Although the $1.3 trillion bill includes funding such as a $3 billion increase to counter the opioid drug crisis, a $10 billion increase for infrastructure, and $1.57 billion more for border security, it fails to address major conservative priorities, Meadows and others said. The spending bill includes funding for Planned Parenthood, which conservatives had hoped would be stripped. It's a major reason that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said he would vote no. The bill so far contains an earmark of about $900 million for the "Gateway Project," a rail and tunnel improvement between New York and New Jersey, as The Daily Signal previously reported. Lawmakers in recent years have said they no longer would commit funds to pet regional projects such as this. The bill includes $1.6 billion for physical barriers and related technology at the U.S.-Mexico border, as NBC reported. But, Meadows said, that is not enough to begin significant construction of President Donald Trump's promised border wall. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for increased representation from conservative and pro-life voters in our upcoming election. Help them reign in spending and end the awful appropriation for Planned Parenthood.
- "Vindicate me, God, and defend my cause against an ungodly nation; rescue me from the deceitful and unjust man." (Psalm 43:1)
2. Historic Victory for Children, Women, Human Dignity and the Internet - Enough is Enough
In an overwhelming bipartisan vote (97-2), the U.S. Senate's passage of H.R. 1865, "FOSTA SESTA" is a critical step towards draining the cyberswamp of commercial sexploitation. Enough Is Enough® (EIE) commends the U.S. Senate for its leadership on this historic bill following a multi-year pursuit for justice which is nothing short of a David and Goliath victory against the multibillion dollar trafficking industry and the tech giants' who lobbied against the bill's passage. Once signed into law, survivors and state prosecutors will have the legal tools to successfully pursue civil and criminal actions against websites like Backpage.com who have knowingly allowed for the buying and selling of women and children for sex online while making millions of dollars in profits.
t seems fitting that on a day when the Nation's Capital is being covered in a historic spring snowfall that the Senate joined the House, state and federal law enforcement groups, NGO's and survivors in a monumental bipartisan effort to bring justice to vulnerable children and women who have been sold like chattel online. By uniting together, we are telling sex trafficking survivors, "We hear you, we see you, and we are fighting for you! Enough Is Enough"(Read more)
- Father God, we praise You for this news, and we ask that this bill be signed into law without delay. Praise God!
- "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the LORD!" (Psalm 150:6)
3. Senate passes controversial online sex trafficking bill - The Hill
The Senate on Wednesday passed a controversial online sex trafficking bill, sending it to President Trump's desk over concerns from the tech industry, capping off a months-long legislative fight. The bill was approved overwhelmingly in a 97-2 vote. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) were the only votes against the bill. The legislation, called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), but also referred to as SESTA after the original Senate bill, would cut into the broad protections websites have from legal liability for content posted by their users. "We now have the ability to go after these websites who are exploiting women and children online," Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), one of the original authors of the bill, said at a press conference after the vote.
The House overwhelmingly passed the bill last month, and President Trump is expected to sign it. The legal liability protections are codified in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act from 1996, a law that many internet companies see as vital to protecting their platforms. SESTA would amend that law to create an exception for sex trafficking, making it easier to target websites with legal action for enabling such crimes. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a co-author of SESTA and a former prosecutor, called Section 230 "outdated and obsolete" during Wednesday's press conference. (Read more)
- Father, we pray this bill will be effective in preventing criminals from exploiting women and children. Deliver and restore these precious ones.
- "He was so kind, so gracious to me. Because of his passion toward me, he made everything right and he restored me." (Psalm 116:5)
4. Still no motive in Austin bombings after finding explosives in suspect's home - KVUE
The 23-year-old man accused of setting off a string of explosives in the Austin-area is dead after detonating a bomb and killing himself as the SWAT team closed in to take him into custody, authorities have confirmed. While the suspect is dead, Austin police are warning the public to remain vigilant because there may be other devices out there. Authorities have identified the suspect as Mark Conditt, 23, of Pflugerville, Texas.
The Austin Police Department said Wednesday the suspect's two roommates have been detained. One roommate was detained, questioned and released. The other is currently being questioned, police said. They are not under arrest currently, so their names will not be released. In a press conference from Pflugerville police, ATF and FBI officials said the home of the suspect had been cleared. Officials said no "completed" devices were found, but materials similar to the previous explosions were found primarily in one room.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Conditt became a person of interest in their investigation within the past day and a half. Authorities used surveillance video from the FedEx store on Brodie Lane in South Austin to lead them to him, KVUE's Tony Plohetski confirmed. They also used information from Google and from Conditt's computer history to confirm he was looking at information on where to go to ship devices, according to Plohetski's sources. Investigators also believe that Conditt planned on doing more damage in the area. His Google search records revealed that he was researching addresses in Cedar Park and Austin, according to sources close to the investigation. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for all the people impacted by this troubled young man to experience Your healing and peace. Help them forgive and be fully restored.
- But now I will heal and mend them. I will make them whole and bless them with an abundance of peace and security. (Jeremiah 33:6)
5. Walkout fallout: School districts hit with backlash over political activism - Washington Times
A week after the March 14 walkout, school officials are grappling with complaints from parents outraged by the specter of their kids engaged in political protesting on school time, as well as reports of criminal mischief committed by teens who treated the event as a get-out-of-class-free card. Chris Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, said he worried that the walkouts, aimed at pushing for tougher gun restrictions in the wake of the deadly Parkland shooting, have provided the template for advocacy groups eager to co-opt the public schools for progressive activism. "If they get away with this, they'll be free to engage in any kind of political activity in the schools that they wish," said Mr. Cleveland, who has a third-grader in the Chicago Public Schools.
The party is moving to avert that scenario by preparing a lawsuit against the school system, arguing that the district violated state and federal law as well as its own policies by organizing a political demonstration - and pressuring students to attend - on the taxpayers' dime. Connecticut lawyer Deborah G. Stevenson said she has fielded calls from parents and others across the nation, including California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, after reports about her clash with the New Milford Public Schools. She urged the district last week on behalf of several parents to cancel the high school walkout, arguing that the schools had "condoned, facilitated, and supported an event that clearly advocates for students to be part of a partisan political 'movement,'" but the district refused. Ms. Stevenson said her clients plan to pursue further action before the April 20 walkout. (Read more)
- Father, we pray schools administrators and teachers will be held accountable for misusing their authority by encouraging these student protests.
- Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
6. March for Our Lives: next up after the National School Walkout - vox.com
Survivors of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School organized the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC, on March 24, with the support of Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun law reform advocacy group.
"A march to get the entire country to unite under one cause - it is the ultimate show of prominence and support and just rage toward the things that have been happening in our country for so long," Delaney Tarr, a 17-year-old senior at Stoneman Douglas, told Vox last month.
In Washington on March 24, protesters will march along Pennsylvania Avenue starting at 12 pm. The demonstration could draw as many as 500,000 people to the nation's capital. "Sibling marches" are also planned in dozens and dozens of cities across the country from Maui to Lincoln, Nebraska, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Some international cities are hosting marches: Quebec, Canada; Bogota, Colombia; Bucharest, Romania; Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong.
"On the 24th we'll take another major action together," March for Our Lives posted on its website in response to the walkouts. "We will keep up the pressure. Then we will take more action. This fall we will go and vote like no generation has in history. It is only when we show the collective strength of our voices, in the streets and at the voting booth, will they start to listen." (Read more)
- Lord God Almighty in Heaven, we come to You on bended knee to cry out for the souls and the lives of the children in our land. We ask that You grant them the grace and the courage to remain "true to the true" regarding any agenda that would promote gun control. Help them to not be deceived into believing the lie that, to take away our guns is to safeguard our protection. We ask for wise counsel for the adults who are now dealing with this "growing crisis" in America. We plead Your Shed Blood over the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution; and we pray for protection for all who will be marching on the streets of our nation this weekend, in Your name, amen.
- "Be not deceived." (Galatians 6:7)
7. Illinois Considers Requiring Public Schools Teach LGBT History to Children From Kindergarten On Up - PJ Media
Last month, two bills were introduced into the Illinois state legislature. Senate Bill 3249 (submitted by State Senator Heather Steans) and House Bill 5596 (submitted by State Representative Anna Moeller) are companion bills that require history to be taught to all Illinois public school children (from kindergarten to the 12th grade) that honors and celebrates the contributions of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders in American history.
If these bills become law, Illinois would become the second state, after California, to require all public school children, from kindergarten on up, to focus on the contributions of the LGBT community in their studies of American history. (Read more)
- Father, we come against this abomination in the name of Jesus and we ask that, through Your shed blood, this curriculum would be demolished in Your name. Father, grant Your wisdom to the State Legislature in Springfield, Illinois, that they block these bills from being passed. We ask that You forgive the wicked who are promoting this agenda, and bring them to salvation, amen.
- "This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!'" (Job 38:11)
8. GOP's Saccone concedes to Democrat Lamb in Pennsylvania special House race - Fox News
Republican Rick Saccone conceded defeat to Democrat Conor Lamb in a special U.S. House election in southwestern Pennsylvania Wednesday, eight days after voters went to the polls. Lamb tweeted that Saccone had "congratulated me [and] graciously conceded last Tuesday's election" and said he was "[r]eady to be sworn in & get to work for the people" of the state's 18th congressional district.
The upset victory means that Democrats must pick up a net of 23 Republicans seats to regain control of the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections. If there is no GOP challenge to the results, Lamb could be sworn in after April 2, when the last of the four counties in the district expects to finish certifying the result. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that this episode has now come to closure, and we ask for Your will to be done in the general election this fall. Lord, help us all to carefully examine the voting record of each candidate; and please post Your angels around each voting machine, to alert the officials of possible evidence of fraud. We claim Romans 8:28 over this ordeal, in Your name, amen.
- "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
9. Not a Prayer! Navy Rejects Secular Humanist Chaplain - Fox News
The Navy has Catholic chaplains and Protestant chaplains but they will not have an atheist or secular humanist chaplain. The Navy has rejected a secular humanist's application to serve in the Navy Chaplain Corps., Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) said in a prepared statement.
"The very definition of the chaplaincy was at stake here, so I am relieved to see the Navy's response," Lamborn said. "Appointing a secular-humanist or atheist chaplain would have gone against everything the chaplaincy was created to do."
More than 40 members of Congress signed a letter urging the Navy to deny the appointment of Dr. Jason Heap to serve as a non-religious chaplain. (Read more)
- Hallelujah! Thank You, Lord!
- "Bless the LORD, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the LORD, O my soul!" (Psalm 103:22)
10. The myth of Putin's 'invincible' weapons, and the real threat they pose - Washington Examiner
In the run-up to Vladimir Putin's preordained election victory this month, the Russian president staged a provocative show of new, supposedly unstoppable nuclear weapons that would have made Grigory Potemkin proud. In a March 1 address in Moscow, Putin touted a new generation of what he called "invincible" cruise missiles, underwater drones, and hypersonic warheads, a presentation complete with cartoonish animations depicting the futuristic weapons weaving around U.S. radars and striking targets halfway around the globe.
"I get paid to make strategic assessments, and I would just tell you that I saw no change to the Russian military capability," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters after reviewing Putin's video clips. "Each of these systems that he's talking about are still years away. I do not see them changing the military balance." Mattis is making a simple point. There's little to no advantage in having a nuclear-tipped weapon that can evade U.S. air defenses when you already have a vast arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles that can easily overwhelm America's rudimentary missile shield. In other words, Mattis said, if the Russians want to start a nuclear war, "They have the capability to do right now what he was touting. So, it doesn't change anything," (Read more)
- Father, we thank You for the expertise of General Mattis and pray all our armed forces will maintain accurate military intelligence to face future challenges.
- Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Facebook spy issue
Breezing through the news cycle pretty quickly is Facebook. Facebook was part and parcel to a data mining (sic spying) application developed and used by the immediate past "president." The working model collected information on Facebook users that would be valuable to the "president's" election campaign. In 2012, Facebook even expressed surprise that the "president's" campaign was "able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn't stop us once they realized what we were doing because they were on our side," the campaign's director of media analytics, Carol Davidson, tweeted with a link to a talk she gave on how Facebook allowed the campaign to harvest data across friends networks.
The App took information given in response to how users set up their Facebook account and whether they allowed Facebook to share individual friends. The App recorded, analyzed and utilized the information in messaging, categorizing voters, and reaching specific demographics. Prior to vehicles such as Facebook, campaigns did this by calling people on the phone and asking them questions. That method of polling, however, wasn't sneaky or spy-like because the voter gave permission up front to take the survey. Facebook allowed itself to be used by the Democratic "president" because it was a business that supported the policies of his administration. So rather than keep the public trust, Facebook sold out to its collective political beliefs.
And, in the meantime, Russian operatives were also using Facebook to propagate false stories about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Facebook was suppressing the bad stuff about Clinton, and allowing the negatives on Trump. The New York Times reported that Facebook's Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos was actually tracking down the Russian trolls and trying to uncover them. The Times reported that Facebook Chief Operations Officer Sheryl Sandberg opposed Stamos's work and tried to cover up his exposure of the Russian's election shenanigans. According to Law&crime.com, Facebook pressured the Times to remove the cover up language in its online stories. Stamos also has been reassigned to another job. Antitrust and collusion questions are now being raised between the Times and Facebook.
Also, the Trump campaign hired Cambridge Analytics to collect information from Facebook users through surveys, unlike the previous "president" who developed an App for this data mining. But since it's a Trump-hired organization, Facebook is now feigning that the Trump campaign spied on Americans using Facebook. Democratic lawmakers are saying the Trump campaign used Facebook data wrongly, despite the clear fact that the Democratic Party, the New York Times, and Facebook colluded in a dark web data-mining scheme and cover up. This is just another example of people accusing others of exactly what the accuser has done. As Ephesians 5:12 says of these unfruitful works of darkness, "For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." May they all be exposed to the light.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
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ABIDE WITH ME
"They urged Him strongly, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.'" (Luke 24:29)
ABIDE WITH ME
"They urged Him strongly, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.'" (Luke 24:29)
Please go here to listen to this classic naval hymn.
About the Author:
Words:Henry F. Lyte, 1847.
Melody: William H. Monk, 1861
The hymn was sung at the wedding of King George VI, at the wedding of his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, and at the funeral of Nobel peace prize winner Mother Teresa of Calcutta in1997.
About the Hymn:
Abide With Me is a well-known Christian hymn composed by Henry Francis Lyte in 1847, though the lyrics are usually sung to William Henry Monk's melody Eventide rather than Lyte's original music. It is popular across many denominations, and was said to be a favourite of King George V and Mahatma Gandhi. It was sung at both the wedding of King George VI and that of his daughter, who would go on to become Queen Elizabeth II. Since 1927 it has been sung before the kick-off at the FA Cup Final and Challenge Cup Final. It is also often sung at Christian funerals.
Lyte wrote the words to his poem while he lay dying from tuberculosis, and lived only three weeks after its completion.
Signs and Wonders
'Atmospheric river' triggers evacuations in Southern California
It's called an "atmospheric river" -- basically a river in the sky -- that could unleash catastrophic amounts of rain. And the major storm is barreling right toward the fire-scarred regions of Southern California, with a potential to trigger flash flooding, mudslides and significant debris flow.
The heaviest rainfall is expected Wednesday evening through Thursday, and officials have already ordered mandatory evacuations in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
Up to 2 inches of rain have fallen in the burn scar areas since late Tuesday and the worst in Santa Barbara County is expected after dawn Thursday. (CNN) Read more
"I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke." (Acts 2:19)
The Good News Corner
'I Am With You':
YouTube Star Was about to Go Ahead with Abortion When God Spoke These Stunning Words
When musician Kimberly Henderson found out she was pregnant back in 2013, she felt like she didn't know which way to turn. She was young, her boyfriend was cheating on her and she felt utterly overwhelmed at the thought of having to look after a child. So, she did what millions of Americans have chosen to do-she decided to have an abortion. But that wasn't the end of Henderson's story.
In an incredibly insightful and honest Facebook post, the singer and YouTube sensation took fans back to those fateful moments as she waited to terminate the life of her unborn child:
"I had my mind made up. My boyfriend was cheating on me. I have small kids, what will people think?? I kept telling myself I'm all alone I need to do this," she wrote in the post.
But Henderson still felt uneasy about what she was about to do. She was extremely emotional at the thought of ending her unborn baby's life and was weeping uncontrollably.
"I prayed God would stop and give me a sign, give me the strength to get up and walk out of here" . . . (Breaking Christian News) Read more.
> > > BONUS! Go here to view Kimberly's music video: Tiny Hearts.
THANK YOU, JESUS, FOR THIS WONDERFUL TESTIMONY!
Worship With Us Today!
National Youth Choir of Scotland- The Lord of sea and sky
OK, we have to repeat this one . . . have a blessed weekend. Amen.
"Word of God Speak" - Mercy Me
About Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
Our Mission Statement
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a ministry which is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to "pray for those in authority over us" in our federal government. Our primary purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day that the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is that "God's will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." [Matthew 6:10].
Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
Friends may participate by receiving our daily prayer alerts. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. CHPP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt ministry. Thank you and God bless you!
Note: You may also learn more about CHPP by going here to visit our blog. Thank you!
We Welcome Your Gifts
We Welcome Your Gifts
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a 501(c)(3), tax- exempt, faith-based, ministry, dedicated to praying for our leaders (1 Tim. 2:1-4). CHPP relies solely on the gifts of our readers to continue this work; thus we greatly appreciate your help in supporting this publication. Offerings may be sent to: Capitol Hill Prayer Partners, P.O. Box 5152, Herndon, VA 20172-1970. Please make checks payable to: CHPP. THANK YOU!
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"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit." (Philippians 4:23)
Join our Bible Readathon!
Our Bible Readathon Continues
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
Our numbers of readers continues to grow over time. All are welcome to join!
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[Note: we are reading from these versions of the Scripture: King James, New King James, New American Standard, and NIV.]
Pray for America!
Now you can join the Salt & Light Council, praying for our nation six days each week on a conference line!
Repentance and Restoration Prayer Line
For many years now, the Salt & Light Council has sponsored this outstanding half-hour of prayer, six days per week, with additional time available for Bible reading and fellowship.
We are delighted to make this "hidden treasure" available to all of you who make up our CHPP family.
You can also view their daily prayer calendar by going here.
The following press release was issued by the Salt and Light Council. Praise the Lord!
This is a 30 minute national conference prayer call offered Monday through Saturday. We pray daily for our President, Cabinet, Supreme Court, one or two state legislatures, preambles, plus a moral topic and Israel. All are welcome to participate in prayer for our nation. Fellowship and Bible reading is optional for those who would like to remain on the line. The call is hosted by The Salt & Light Council.
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