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Daily Brief: Special Edition
Saturday, June 30, 2018
"Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know,
I will cause them to know
My hand and My might;
And they shall know that My name is the Lord."
A special request from The Trumpet:
We continue to hear from the conservative world about President Trump's pending nomination of a Supreme Court justice to replace retiring Justice Kennedy. Feel free to send any thoughts, particularly ones you have already expressed publicly somewhere, to email@example.com.
"Standing United Together . . . Under the Cross of Christ"
A weekly email of highlights for--and requests for action from--the conservative world
Friday, June 29, 2018
PLEASE NOTE: LINKS TO ALL TOPICS LISTED BELOW ARE AVAILABLE BY GOING HERE.
1. The White House celebrated with allies in the East Room the six-month anniversary of the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
2.The White House praised retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy "for his thirty years of distinguished service."
Read the President's statement here.
3. President Trump cheered the Supreme Court's ruling upholding his travel restrictions from certain countries.
4. President Trump met with families whom illegal immigrants have victimized.
> > Join us in touting the six-month anniversary of the new tax law. See above for some points you could echo and amplify.
> > We continue to hear from the conservative world about President Trump's pending nomination of a Supreme Court justice to replace retiring Justice Kennedy. Feel free to send any thoughts, particularly ones you have already expressed publicly somewhere, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and enjoy an excellent weekend . . .
Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs The White House
JAG (SCOTUS) News
Judicial Action Group (JAG) Provides Research on two pending nominations for the Supreme Court
News has reached us this weekend that, although it has been publicized that President Trump will announce his choice to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court, that decision will probably be made this weekend.
Therefore, the time to pray about this selection process is NOW.
JAG has carefully researched the judicial history of two of the most likely candidates: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh (Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit), and Judge Amy Coney Barrett (Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit)
We encourage all of our readers to please carefully review and weigh these candidates' judicial opinions, in light of Scripture. We ask prayer that our President, too, will judge the merits of both judges in light of Scripture, which we know to be close to his heart. May God's will be done in this critical matter, amen.
- "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Like the rivers of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes."
> > > To read the JAG memo, go here.
A Prayer for President Trump
A Prayer for President Trump
The Supreme Court has the last word on interpreting the meaning and application of the highest law in our land, the Constitution of the United States. As such, it is the final arbitrator of questions surrounding the sanctity of life, religious liberty, and so much more. Pray for the President as he and his advisors select his nominee to the fill the seat soon to be vacated by retiring justice Anthony Kennedy. Pray also for the members of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee who will vet the President¹s pick and all U.S. Senators who will vote either to confirm or reject the nominee.
Let us pray:
Dear God who Reigns over all the Earth, We ask that you would guide the decision-making process of our president, Donald Trump, as he and his advisors select a nominee to our nation¹s highest court. We ask that this individual be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove; that he or she will acknowledge You and Your sovereignty over our nation and all the peoples of the earth; that this individual will be highly skilled in the law and understand and execute his or her duties with integrity. We ask, dear Lord, that You would work in the hearts and minds of each member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that they would ask the right questions and discern the true meaning of the answers given to them by the next nominee to the Court; and that You would move upon the Committee and the entirety of the U.S. Senate to vote according to their consciences and in a way that most benefits the rights given to us by You, our Creator, beginning with Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. We ask these things in the name of the One who is called ³Faithful and True,² the Judge of the living and dead, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Peggy Nienaber VP of Operations | Faith & Action
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The Daily Jot
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Kennedy resignation relevance
The resignation of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is the opportunity of the century and the reason why Donald Trump's election as President was so important. Trump has the opportunity to shape the court for decades, perhaps even reverse some of the decisions that the previous activist courts have made. But this historic moment is not lost on the regressive left. They have only a couple of options now to prevent the court from becoming their nightmare-an actual defender of the Constitution. The rule of law is something the left has been chipping away at for years, especially through activist judges. The swing back to constructionism, however, may be more difficult than one thinks.
The Democrats have been calling for impeachment since before Trump took office. They are using trumped up charges that the president collaborated with or conspired with Russia to influence the outcome of the election. The Special Counsel appointed to investigate has spent two years releasing detrimental information about the president in a continuous flow. Hollywood has used its media platform to attack the president with everything they have. The media has labeled him a Nazi and a racist. Still, the president has moved forward with the agenda for which he was elected and his approval rating is higher than the previous occupant of the Oval Office at the same point in their terms.
The only hope the Democrats have now for obstructing Trump's appointment to the Supreme Court is taking control of the Senate in the fall elections. If they are able to do this, and the current Senate is unable to ramrod another Trump appointee to the Supreme Court, there may be a path to a compromise Justice, essentially another Kennedy who will be liberal when it counts and conservative as window dressing to kind of "keep things even." If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does anything in his lifetime to be recognized in history, this is his moment. He needs to get a conservative appointed to the Supreme Court to protect America's freedoms and to turn back the trend of progressive interpretation of the Constitution.
The charge for conservative Christians is to run to vote like your hair's on fire! Christians determined the outcome of the presidential election. They must do so for this midterm election as well. The Supreme Court may be on the line. Impeaching the president is definitely on the line. We talk about society and how it has fallen so far away from God. In this country, we have a choice in our leaders-not always a great choice-but we have a choice. The battle lines are drawn. The anarchists and communists (progressives) are bullying their way through with vain words and violent acts. Romans 12:29 says, "Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." The months ahead will be our chance to strategically overcome evil and perhaps change society for the better.
Have a blessed and powerful day!
The Daily Brief
The Daily Brief:
1. GOP wants new Supreme Court justice seated by October - Washington Examiner
Senate Republicans hope to seat a new justice on the Supreme Court by the start of the next term, which could require a rapid confirmation process in the face of heated political opposition from Democrats. "If we are going to have a fully functioning court when they convene in October, that would seem to convey a sense of urgency," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told the Washington Examiner.
The Senate typically takes more than two months to confirm a Supreme Court justice from the time the president chooses a nominee. In this instance, lawmakers could easily finish vetting and voting on a nominee by Oct. 1, which is the start of the Supreme Court's next term. Republican aides said lawmakers are aiming for a September vote, which, if President Trump picks someone soon, would give the Senate more than two months to hold meetings, a confirmation hearing, and other vetting procedures.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recently canceled the August recess, which has opened up four otherwise dark weeks for the Senate to hold meetings and a confirmation hearing with the nominee. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he'll hold a hearing "in the weeks ahead" and called for Trump to pick "a nominee with the credentials, intellect, and commitment to the rule of law necessary to serve on the Supreme Court." (Read more)
- Father God, we release the care and the burden of the timing of these hearings to You, O God. May the steps of these senators be led by Your Spirit, in Your name, amen.
- "The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way." (Psalm 37:23)
2. Schumer: Trump's Court Nominees List, 'We Will Fight It All the Way' - CNSNews.com
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that when it comes to the list of potential Supreme Court nominees prepared by the Federalist Society for President Donald Trump, the Democrats "will fight it all the way." Schumer added that "we must not" have another "hard right Supreme Court nominee who won't follow precedent." Schumer made his remarks at a press conference about the Supreme Court's Sept. 27 decision, which said workers who are not part of the union do not have to pay fees to fund collective bargaining. (Read more)
- Lord God, the Supreme Court has been in the hands of a liberal majority for so long . . . now it is truly painful for them to see that this power is about to be taken away. As these fights begin, may we all instead turn to You, Holy One, to guide our paths . . . for all power truly only rests in Your Hands, amen.
- "And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.'" (Matthew 28:18)
3. Overturn Roe v. Wade - Washington Examiner
We write not to praise Anthony Kennedy's jurisprudence, but to bury it. Across 31 years, Justice Kennedy issued many rulings, good and bad. But his most lasting legacy was the travesty he released 26 years ago today, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. With airy, mystical reasoning, unrooted in the Constitution, the common law, or the natural law, he talked himself into saving a precedent that was indefensible legally, scientifically, and morally.
In saving Roe v. Wade in 1992, Kennedy did violence to the rule of law, and undermined the court's legitimacy and added extra poison to our politics. Casey helped transform national politics into a winner-take-all partisan death match that, over a decade, saw both parties destroy the rules of the Senate. That's before mentioning that Casey condemned tens of millions of babies to death in the womb.
Politicians are already saying in so many words that replacing Kennedy is, more than anything else, about saving or scrapping Roe and Casey. Abortion is very obviously not protected by the Constitution. The protection of the innocent from violence is a legitimate role for state governments. Plenty of legal scholars who support abortion rights nevertheless admit that the ruling was garbage. "[B]ehind its own verbal smokescreen," liberal legal scholar Laurence Tribe wrote, "the substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found."
Kennedy's ruling hid naked politics behind meaningless words. It gravely harmed the court and our politics, and its body count is massive. As Kennedy, blessedly, vacates his seat, the central mandate for the man or woman who will take his seat, and for all the justices, is to wipe away a disgrace that ranks alongside Dred Scott, and overtun Roe and Casey. (Read more)
- May Your will be done in the new Court that will soon be seated in our nation's capital, amen.
- "This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)
4. Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Woman's Right to Pray in Her Own Home - CBN News
In a stunning reversal of a lower court decision Thursday, the US Supreme Court sided with religious liberty, ruling unanimously that a Kansas woman does indeed have the right to pray in her own home. The case, Sause v. Bauer, centers on Mary Anne Sause, a devout Catholic who was playing her radio in her home when, according to her attorneys, police were called to investigate "a minor noise complaint." Sause says the cops harassed her and threatened to take her to jail when she asked why she would be arrested. Sause says that's when things escalated. According to The Christian Post, when the retired nurse asked the officers for permission to pray silently, the officers allowed it and then ordered her to stop praying.
Sause later sued the officers, but their command was upheld by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. NBC reports that the courts sided with the officers, ruling that although "the conduct of the officers was unprofessional, there was no court decision finding a First Amendment violation based on facts like those in her case." But Sause took the appellate court's decision to a higher authority, a move that ultimately led to Thursday's Supreme Court victory.
Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of First Liberty, which represented Sause in the case, had this to say: "No American citizen should ever be ordered by government officials not to pray in their own home." According to Ms. Sause, her prayers worked because she had a divine intervention to fight for her right to pray without fear of harassment. "I am thankful that God provided me attorneys from First Liberty and Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, who fought this tremendous legal battle on my behalf," she said. (Read more)
- Lord God, our hearts rejoice at seeing the word "Unanimously" in this headline. For every member of the Supreme Court to uphold Ms. Sause's right to pray in her own home is a HUGE victory for RIGHTEOUSNESS to begin being upheld in our nation! We offer You praise as we see our Supreme Court turning back to rule in the "ancient ways" ordained by our Founding Fathers, in Your Name, amen.
- "This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls." (Jeremiah 6:16)
5. Senate passes mammoth farm bill - The Hill
The Senate easily cleared their farm bill on Thursday, setting up a fight with House Republicans over new restrictions on food stamps. Senators voted 86-11 to pass the bill before leaving for the week-long July Fourth recess. Sixty votes were needed to pass the bill.
The $428-billion farm bill authorizes agriculture assistance and nutrition programs for the next five years. The current farm bill expires on Sept. 30.
"Today marks an important day for farm country. We are one step closer to providing farmers and ranchers a Farm Bill with the certainty and predictability they deserve," said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Unlike the Senate bill, where Democratic support is needed, the House legislation included changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, setting up looming high-profile fight for conferees to navigate. The House legislation, which passed narrowly last week, imposes new work requirements on the food stamps program, and tightens overall eligibility on who can qualify for the federal assistance. (Read more)
- Lord God, we ask that this law be used to the fullest extent possible, to bless those who provide food for our people. In Your name, amen.
- "If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them." (Matthew 18:19,20 NLT)
6. Anti-establishment fervor grips Dems - The Hill
The public debate for Democrats has centered around whether the party is drifting to the left.
But on the heels of Rep. Joseph Crowley's (D-N.Y.) upset primary loss to 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the real battle is looking more like a fight between establishment and anti-establishment forces. "I think it's less about left-right and more about new-old," said Rep. Ro Khanna, (D-Calif.), who defeated a Democratic incumbent to win his seat in Congress in 2016. "To me, it's about anti-establishment, it's about let's have new voices in there, it's about a sense of a failed generation of congressional leadership. I think that's really the sentiment," he said. (Read more)
- Lord God, as these shakings continue in the political kingdom, we ask for a miracle: that these shakings would cause a multitude to come to You, in Your name, amen.
- "This expression, "Yet once more," denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain." (Hebrews 12:27)
7. Over Six Hundred Individuals Charged in Largest Ever Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action - Free Beacon
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar announced that 601 individuals are being charged in the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action. The indictment includes 165 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, who allegedly participated in fraud schemes amounting to more than $2 billion in false billings. One hundred and sixty-two of the defendants were charged "for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics," according to a press release by the Department of Justice.
"Health care fraud is a betrayal of vulnerable patients, and often it is theft from the taxpayer," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He continued, "In many cases, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists take advantage of people suffering from drug addiction in order to line their pockets. These are despicable crimes. Today the Department of Justice is announcing the largest health care fraud enforcement action in American history. This is the most fraud, the most defendants, and the most doctors ever charged in a single operation-and we have evidence that our ongoing work has stopped or prevented billions of dollars' worth of fraud. (Read more)
- Father, we give You praise for this good report!
- "Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people." (Proverbs 14:34)
8. REPORT: Sarah Sanders To Receive 'Temporary' Secret Service Protection - Daily Caller
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will receive temporary Secret Service protection, NBC News reports.
Sanders was recently involved in an incident at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia Sunday, when the owner denied her dinner service because she did not agree with President Donald Trump. The event was the latest in a string of heckling or harrassment episodes targeting Trump administration officials, and it kickstarted a national debate on civility in American politics.
The event ignited a firestorm of criticism on both sides with Sanders saying, "we are allowed to disagree, but we should be able to do so freely and without fear of harm. And this goes for all people regardless of politics. Some have chosen to push hate and vandalism against the restaurant that I was asked to leave from. A Hollywood actor publicly encouraged people to kidnap my children." (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that Ms. Sanders will now be receiving this much-needed protection. Thank You, Lord, amen.
- Psalm 91 - please decree this entire passage of Scripture over Ms. Sanders.
9. Grant conditions broaden Justice Department efforts to rein in sanctuary cities - Washington Times
The Justice Department broadened its effort to rein in sanctuary cities Thursday, announcing new conditions on four grant programs designed to pressure localities to provide information and access to federal immigration authorities. Localities looking for money from the grant programs will have to certify that they allow officers to report on the status of illegal immigrants, they allow deportation officers access to their jails and they will give advance notice before releasing people the government wants to detain.
As a brand-new condition, localities will have to certify they comply with federal laws against harboring or smuggling illegal immigrants. "So-called 'sanctuary' policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling the new conditions a way to "encourage these 'sanctuary' jurisdictions to change their policies."
The conditions will apply to people seeking money in fiscal year 2018 from four programs intended to help localities target chronic crime problems, reduce recidivism rates, address gang recruitment of youths and try to limit the spread of gang territory. The administration has already attached conditions to the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program and Community Oriented Policing hiring grants. (Read more)
- Hallelujah, Father! We praise You for the many reports this week, showing that the rule of law is still supreme in our land. Praise the Lord!
- "Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies." (Psalm 17:7)
News from Israel
Israel Headline News, Analysis, and Prayer Targets
Thursday, June 28, 2018
To read this week's comprehensive review of the news out of Israel, written by Laura Densmore, please go here.
A Supreme Moment
A Closing Thought . . . From JAG
A Supreme Moment
Supreme Moment: Seven Respectful Recommendations to my Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
JAG has the opportunity and the honor to speak with all people. However, at this moment, I want to speak first to my brothers and sisters in Christ. . . (Followed by seven suggestions as we position ourselves in this moment.)
To read those suggestions, please go here.
Phillip L. Jauregui
Judicial Action Group
1015 15th St. N.W. - Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20005
Please find below Phillip's intercessory prayer. (Used with permission).
Father God, as it was with the Prophet Jeremiah, so let it be with this next Supreme Court Justice. Before you formed this Justice in the womb, you knew them, you called them and appointed them to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court at this moment. You know their name, their face and, most importantly, their heart. Let Your supernatural favor fall on them and light her countenance with Your Glory before President Trump and all his advisors. Let them shake their heads in amazed agreement that Your Choice is unmistakable. Let the other prospects be truly blessed in their other callings - but let them not be blessed in this. We call forth Your one appointed Justice at this moment in History. Let them - and them only - be seated on the Supreme Court in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ!
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