Thursday, August 2, 2007

Today's Daily Brief - Wednesday, August 1, 2007

"Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom." (Psalm 45:6,7)

1.GOP resolution rejects amnesty for illegals
- Washington Times

State Republican officials from across the country on Thursday will formally break with the desire of President Bush and other top Republican leaders to include amnesty and other benefits for illegal aliens in immigration-reform legislation. A majority of the members of the Republican National Committe plans to sign a resolution that unequivocally opposes the Bush-backed policy that would grant legal residency to millions of illegal aliens.

· We should give thanks for those willing to turn back and acknowledge the laws already in place concerning illegal aliens. Ask that these laws be enforced, so that our country can once again welcome those coming here legally adhering to our Constitutional rights. All in Jesus Name.

· "They that forsake the law praise the wicked,. but such as keep the law contend with them." (Proverbs 28:4)

2. New Wave of Cubans Entering US Via Mexico - USA Today; Reuters

After a lull following Fidel Castro's illness last year, Cubans again are taking to homemade boats or speedboats manned by smugglers on trips to the U.S., often by way of Mexico. Since May, the U.S. Coast Guard has been intercepting more so-called "boat people" crossing the Straits of Florida in relatively calm summer waters. U.S. Customs and Border Protection also has been processing rising numbers at the U.S. frontier with Mexico.

· Cry to the Lord for restoration, and righteous government in Cuba. Ask our Lord to judge this situation and to resolve the illegal immigration of Cubans into the United States.

· "Oh the depth of the riches both of wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His Judgments, and His Ways past finding out." (Romans 11:33)

3. Dems' Delay of FISA Hearing Draws Fire from House GOP -

House Republican leaders Tuesday criticized what they called an "11th hour decision" by Democrats to put off a hearing on updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) until after Congress' August recess, warning that "national security can't be postponed." "Democrats have ignored, downplayed, and done everything possible to sidestep addressing the FISA problem," said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a news release. "Now, they have canceled a hearing with the director of national intelligence (DNI) rather than have him address the issue directly on Capitol Hill."

· Pray in the Spirit over this report

· "Pray without ceasing . . ." (I Thessalonians 5:17)

4. FBI Searches Senator Ted Stevens' Home - CBS News

Federal agents searched the home of Sen. Ted Stevens on Monday, focusing on records related to his relationship with an oil field services contractor jailed in a public corruption investigation, a law enforcement official said. An e-mail statement issued by Stevens through his Washington, D.C. spokesman, said federal agents had alerted his attorneys that they wanted to search his home.

Stevens, who has been in office since 1968 and is the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, said the interests of justice would be best served if he commented after the investigation. "I continue to believe this investigation should proceed to its conclusion without any appearance that I have attempted to influence its outcome," Stevens said. "The legal process should be allowed to proceed so that all the facts can be established and the truth determined."

· "Therefore judge nothing before the time until the Lord come who both will bring light to the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:" (I Corinthians 4:5)

5. Security in Iraq 'Better,' Nominee to Head Joint Chiefs of Staff Says - AP

The president's choice to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the troop surge has helped improve security in Iraq, but the situation still needs improvement. However, Mullen acknowledged under questioning that, "there does not appear to be much political progress" in Iraq. "I believe security is critical to providing the government of Iraq the breathing space it needs to work toward political national reconciliation and economic growth, which are themselves critical to a stable Iraq," Mullen said. "Barring that, no amount of troops and no amount of time will make much of a difference."

He said morale is still high, but he doesn't take for granted the service of U.S. troops. He said the war has spread forces thin. "I worry about the toll this pace of operations is taking on them, our equipment and on our ability to respond to other crises and contingencies," he said.

· Call out for THE LORD OF HOSTS to rise up in Iraq and to defeat the enemies of the people. Ask The Lord to show Himself strong in the government of the Nation, and bring to an end the shedding of innocent blood.

· "Oh let the Nations be glad and sing for joy: for Thou shalt judge the people righteously and Govern the Nations upon earth. Selah" (Psalm 67:4)

6. New British Leader Backs Bush on Iraq - Washington Times

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday strongly backed the U.S.-led war in Iraq and said the global war against terror looms as a "generation-long battle."

· Offer praise that England will continue to stand with the United States, in principle, in the war in Iraq -- even while British troops are beginning to withdraw from that nation. United we stand; divided we fall. Offer thanks for other nations, like Canada and Poland, who also serve as allies in this cause.

· "Though one may be overpowered, and two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken." (Eccl. 4:12)