The Daily Brief:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
"Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!" (Psalm 150:6)
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Mike Pompeo confirmed as Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo confirmed as Secretary of State
The Senate voted Thursday to confirm CIA chief Mike Pompeo as President Trump's next secretary of state, ending a contentious nomination battle.
Pompeo was confirmed on a 57-42 vote.
All Republicans present voted to confirm Pompeo. Seven senators who caucus with the Democrats voted yes, including several in tight re-election contests, like North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly.
After the vote, Pompeo was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, a State Department spokesman said. (Read more)
- Father God, we offer you a great chorus of praise that this distinguished man, Mike Pompeo, will now serve as our new Secretary of State. We know him to be a strong believer, and a true brother in Christ. We pray that his witness will now be released at the global level, to help bring forth Your Kingdom purposes around the world. Praise the Lord!
- "Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!" (Psalm 150:6)
Pompeo to Visit Israel Next Week
Pompeo said set to visit Israel next week during first trip as top US diplomat
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to visit Israel as early as next week as part of his first trip abroad in his new post, Channel 10 news reported Thursday.
Pompeo flew to Brussels on Friday for a NATO foreign ministers summit.
His trip will then take him to several other countries - including Israel, an unnamed senior Israeli official told the station. (Times of Israel) Read more.
- Father, we thank you that, out of all the nations in the world, our new Secretary of State has chosen (almost immediately) to first visit Israel. We ask that his work there would be blessed by Your hand, as he forges new ties with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders in Israel's government. We ask, too, for Your hand of blessing to rest upon our new Secretary of State and upon all others as they finalize plans for the dedication ceremony of our new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Praise God!
- "May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands." (Psalm 90:17)
Breakthrough in North Korea!
Believers around the World Rejoice: Answered Prayer as North and South Korea Announce Possible End to Nearly 70 years of War
Kim Jong Un stepped across the world's most heavily armed border, the first North Korean leader to do so since the Korean War, amid cheers-warmly greeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Although the North and South are still technically at war, the leaders embraced, laughed and smiled like old friends.
After the summit, President Donald Trump tweeted, "After a furious year of missile launches and nuclear testing, an historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell!"
For Moon, the Korean summit is the fulfillment of a major political goal to improve relations with the North, a goal that seemed out of reach a few months ago as the North engaged in an aggressive round of weapons tests. His challenge is getting Kim to get specific about how much he's willing to reduce his nuclear arsenal.
The summit lays the foundation for the planned historic meeting between Kim and President Trump that could come next month and on the heels of now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the North earlier this month.
Newly released photos show him meeting with Kim.
For now, President Trump says Kim is dealing like an honest broker. (Breaking Christian News) Read more.
'My Fear Today Is That We Have Been Played - Again': Kim Jong Un Makes History, Critics Urge Caution - CBN
. . . skeptics suggest Kim is only dangling disarmament to buy more time and ease though US sanctions to perfect its nuclear weapons while still collecting international aid.
Harry Kazianis, director of Defense Studies at the Center for National Interest, tweeted, "If there is one real lesson history screams out for us to relearn when it comes to anything #NorthKorea promises it is this: words are utterly meaningless."
"And my fear today, as the world holds its collective breath, gazing fondly over images that seem to be a game changer coming from the recently ended summit between #NorthKorea's Kim Jong Un and #SouthKorea's Moon-Jae In, is that we have been played-again," he warned.
"Maybe it'll be wonderful and maybe it won't. If it's not going to be fair and reasonable and good, I will, unlike past administrations, I will leave the table," President Trump recently told reporters. (Read more)
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The White House
Recent Floor Activity
Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record
Senate confirms new director for spy agency, cyber command
Macron Denounces Nationalistic Wave That Propelled Trump to White House
US House Moves to Reverse Order to Aid Pacific Northwest Salmon
Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as Trump's secretary of state
Senate confirms ambassador to Germany
U.S. Senate confirms five Federal Trade Commission nominees
House Votes to Hold Iran Accountable
House approves FAA bill with new consumer and safety reforms
House rejects measure to set up panel to investigate chaplain's dismissal
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Ryan Pushed House Chaplain Father Conroy to Resign
Bipartisan Letter to Ryan Seeks More Information on Conroy Resignation
Ryan Disputes Assertions He Fired House Chaplain Over Prayer
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Committees Tackle Politically Powerful Issue of Opioids Legislation
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House Intelligence Republicans conclude no Trump-Russia collusion in heavily redacted report
Next week is a state work period for senators.
There are no Senate committee meetings scheduled for next week.
Next week is a district work period for representatives.
There are no House committee meetings scheduled for next week.
House Chaplain Resigns
Paul Ryan's firing of House chaplain outrages Democrats
Democrats are expressing outrage over House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to oust the Rev. Patrick Conroy as the chaplain of the House of Representatives.
"I have expressed my forceful disagreement with this decision to the speaker," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Friday. "It is truly sad that he made this decision, and it is especially bewildering that he did so only a matter of months before the end of his term."
Ryan has told fellow Republicans that he fired the House chaplain, a Roman Catholic priest from the Jesuit order, after complaints from members that he wasn't doing a very good job -- not because of pressure over Conroy's political leanings.
"He had a number of complaints that the chaplain was not meeting the pastoral needs of the members in general," said Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.
Ryan's office won't say why Conroy was asked to resign. It would be the first forced ouster in the history of the House.
Conroy has served as the chamber's chaplain since 2011 but offered his resignation last week at Ryan's urging. He will leave his House service next month. (Fox News) Read more.
- Father, we thank You for the service that Chaplain Conroy rendered to the 435 members of the House of Representatives over these past seven years. We ask that Your hand of blessing rest upon him as he moves into the next season of his life, and we pray for Your perfect choice to be selected to serve as the next House Chaplain. We speak Your mantle of SHALOM over Capitol Hill now and in the days ahead, amen.
- "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:14)
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Insight for Intercessors: News out of Israel
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Prayers and Presidents
Prayers and Presidents:
Our Seventeenth President: Andrew Johnson
[Each week, we will publish one prayer that was spoken by each of our presidents, in chronological order. Today's prayer was written by our seventeenth president, Andrew Johnson.]
"I only look to the gracious protection of that Divine Being whose strengthening support I humbly solicit and whom I fervently pray to look down upon us all."
(Inaugural Address, March 4, 1837)
(Address upon the death of Abraham Lincoln.)
"To express gratitude to God in the name of the people for the preservation of the United States is my first duty in addressing you."
Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached in office. For more details, please go here.
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