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News Updates for Prayer
Thursday, September 6, 2018
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The Kavanaugh Hearings
The Kavanaugh Hearings
- Father, we thank You that You are in control in the midst of the proceedings happening now at the Senate Judiciary Committee. We cast down any lies that are being spoken, and we uphold statements that are true and based in fact throughout. We ask Your wisdom to descend upon this Committee as they deliberate whether to commend the name of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the full Senate Chamber for confirmation to serve as the next Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. In Your Name, amen.
- "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
1. Sen. Cory Booker Releases Confidential Kavanaugh Documents Already Cleared for Release - CNSNews.com
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that he planned to release a document on racial profiling by Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh that is considered confidential and risk ouster from the Senate, and minutes later, he made good on that threat.
But it turns out the documents in question had already been cleared for release.
Bill Burck, President George W. Bush's records representative, said Thursday that the records in question were already cleared Wednesday night at Booker's request.
"We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker's staff asked us to," said Bill Burck, a lawyer for Bush involved in the release of documents. "We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker's histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly." (Read more)
2. Media outlets celebrate Cory Booker's 'Spartacus' moment hours after it was proven to be inaccurate - Fox News
Cory Booker was painted as a liberal hero in the media after his dramatic pledge Thursday to release confidential emails sent by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the adulation from the mainstream media continued even hours after it was revealed that the documents were neither particularly damning nor confidential.
The New Jersey Democrat vowed to sacrifice his seat and even compared himself to Spartacus during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, so important did he deem the 16-year-old emails from Kavanaugh discussing post-9/11 racial profiling as a White House lawyer. Booker pronounced the move an act of "civil disobedience" and said he was ready to face punishment, including the loss of his Senate seat. "This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an 'I am Spartacus' moment," he said.
Shortly after 1 p.m., it was announced that the restrictions on releasing the emails, which had been labeled "committee confidential," had been waived in the morning. Nothing that Booker released was marked "committee confidential" at the time of its release. "Apparently, someone just wanted to break the rules and make a scene, but didn't check their email," a spokesman for committee Republicans said in a statement. The committee posted the same documents. (Read more)
3. Kavanaugh Says Kennedy-Who Declared Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional Rights--is 'Hero'- CNSNews.com
udge Brett Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court, said in his opening statement at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday that Justice Anthony Kennedy "is a mentor, a friend and a hero."
Kavanaugh has been nominated to fill the vacancy created by Kennedy's retirement from the court. In 1993, one year after Kennedy co-authored the court's opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey-which upheld Roe v. Wade's declaration that abortion is a constitutionally protected right-Kavanaugh clerked for Kennedy on the court.
In 2015, Kennedy wrote the court's opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right. (Read more)
4. Kavanaugh: Roe v. Wade 'An Important Precedent of the Supreme Court That's Been Reaffirmed Many Times' - CNSNews.com
Is Roe v Wade settled precedent or could it be overturned? In response to Sen. Dianne Feinstein's question at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh gave the following answer: "Senator, I said that it's settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court and entitled the respect under principles of stare decisis. One of the important things to keep in mind about Roe v Wade is that it has been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years, as you know. And most prominently, most importantly, reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood v Casey in 1992. (Read more)
5. Kavanaugh on Detained Illegal Alien's Demand for Abortion in U.S.: 'I Made Clear It Had to Happen Very Quickly' - CNSNews.com
Judge Brett Kavanaugh said during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that in his opinion in Garza v. Hargan-where the question was whether an illegal alien detained at the border had a right to an abortion in the United States-he "made clear it had to happen very quickly."
"She is in an immigration facility in the United States," Kavanaugh told Sen. Dick Durbin, who asked him about the case.
"She is from another country. She does not speak English. She is by herself," Kavanaugh said.
"If she had been an adult, she would have a right to obtain the abortion immediately," Kavanaugh said. "As a minor, the government argued that it was proper or appropriate to transfer her quickly first to an immigration sponsor. Who is an immigration sponsor, you ask? It is a family member or friend, who she would not be forced to talk to, but she could consult with, if she wanted, about the decision facing her." (Read more)
6. Kavanaugh Declines to Answer Whether a Sitting President Must Respond to a Subpoena - CNSNews.com
During day two of his Senate confirmation hearing, Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh refused to answer the hypothetical question on whether a president can be compelled to answer a subpoena from a court of law.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also asked whether he thought U.S. v. Nixon was rightly decided. She also questioned him about his previous comments about whether a president should be the sole subject of a criminal investigation. (Read more)
7. Kavanaugh: Precedent Ensures Legal Stability; 'Foundational' to Justice System - CNSNews.com
"My personal beliefs are not relevant to how I decide cases," Judge Brett Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
He told the committee that he relies on precedent - and he said that Roe v. Wade is "an important precedent of the Supreme Court . . . that has been reaffirmed many times." (Read more)
8. Sen Graham asks about Military Tribunals - CSPAN
Lindsay Graham asks Kavanaugh about 9/11 and the Law of Armed Conflict. (To view this video, go here.)
Note: This clip, title, and description were not created by C-SPAN.
Fallout: NYT Editorial
Fallout: NYT Editorial
1. Trump: NYT Anonymous Op-ed 'A Disgrace' - CNSNews.com
resident Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times posted the same day from someone claiming to be part of the Trump "resistance" and part of his administration as "a disgrace."
During a White House meeting with the nation's sheriffs on Wednesday, as Trump was saying his opening remarks, a reporter interrupted asking what he thought of the op-ed.
"There's anonymous op-ed in the New York Times that says, 'I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.' Just posted. Your reaction?"
"Hey, I'll ask the sheriffs: Can you imagine? We have somebody in what I call the 'failing New York Times' that's talking about he's part of the resistance within the Trump administration," Trump said.
"This person works for the administration, they said," the reporter said.
"This is what we have to deal with, and, you know, the dishonest media -- because you people deal with it as well as I do -- but it's really a disgrace," Trump said. (Read more)
2. Anonymous Times op-ed won't unravel Trump's victories on the campaign trail - Fox News
President Trump calls The New York Times 'gutless' for publishing an anonymous op-ed reportedly from a senior administration official who claims individuals inside the White House are working to thwart the president; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.
The dumbest guessing game consuming Washington Thursday involved trying to figure out who penned the anonymous op-ed ripping President Trump in the New York Times, with the online headline "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration."
Dumb speculation, but irresistible. Here's my bet: (Read more)
3. Melania: 'Cowardly' Op-Ed 'Sabotaging' US, Not Protecting It - Newsmax
First lady Melania Trump came to her husband's defense and said "people with no names are writing our nation's history," and ripped The New York Times' anonymous editorial writer, saying "you not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions."
"People with no names are writing our nation's history," the first lady wrote in a statement issued to CNN. "Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences. If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves. To the writer of the op-ed - you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions."
The first lady's statement began with supporting the First Amendment, despite the anonymous attacks on President Donald Trump's administration. "Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation's founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy," Melania's statement began. "The press should be fair, unbiased and responsible. Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today's news." (Read more)
4. It Wasn't Me: Trump Officials Who Deny Writing the NYT Piece - Newsmax
Lots of Trump administration officials were quick on Thursday to scratch their names off the list of potential authors of an unsigned New York Times opinion piece by a member of the so-called resistance working to thwart "reckless decisions" by President Donald Trump.
Go here to read the list of officials who have spoken out.
5. Trump allies want Congress to find anonymous op-ed author - The Hill
Key congressional allies of President Donald Trump are floating the idea that Congress could take steps to try and find out who wrote the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times disparaging the president.
That action could take the form of an investigation, legislation or hearings. "We're looking right now at what's the appropriate action from a legislative standpoint to review what's happened," Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus who also leads a subcommittee that conducts oversight of federal employees, told USA Today. "It is alarming when you have people . . . that would suggest resistance to the president that they're serving, especially in light of discussion that may go into the national security realm."
Trump loyalists are enraged that there are administration officials working against the president, casting such agents as "cowards" and "spies" who should immediately resign. They have also lambasted The New York Times for printing an op-ed written by someone purportedly working as a senior administration official describing the actions of an internal resistance group. (Read more)
- Father God, we agree with our President: this IS a matter of national security! We now join forces with those who are working to identify the author of this article, using the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and which does not return void:
- IT IS WRITTEN: "He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light." (Job 12:22)
6. Warren calls for 25th Amendment to be invoked against Trump - The Hill
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday she believes it's time for White House officials to invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of removing President Trump from office. . .
"If senior administration officials think the president of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment," Warren told CNN.
"The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the president can't do his job. It does not provide that senior officials go around the president - take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds. ... Every one of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It's time for them to do their job," she added. (Read more)
- Lord God, we cast down these words to the ground, and declare them to be null and void and of no effect. We ask You to forgive Senator Warren, for she knows now what she does, in Your name, amen.
- "Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous." (Psalm 31:18)
More News Items for Prayer
More News Items for Prayer
1. US fighter jets intercept Russian nuclear bombers near Alaska: report - The Hill
American fighter jets reportedly intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Alaska on Saturday, North American Aerospace Defense Command told The Washington Free Beacon.
Two American F-22 jets intercepted two Tu-95 'Bear' long-range bomber aircrafts in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, south of the Aleutian Islands, Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for the Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), told the Free Beacon on Thursday.
Kucharek did not say how close the bombers came to Alaska to shield "operational security," the outlet reported.
"However the two Russian Tu-95 bomber aircraft were intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west," Kucharek added to the Free Beacon.
The official said that the Russian bombers never entered Canadian or U.S. airspace. (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that these Russian fighter jets never entered our airspace. We ask that You help our men and women in uniform, who are watchmen on the front lines for the defense of our nation, to be alert and vigilant as they maintain their positions to defend our nation from any foreign invasion. Thank You, Lord, in Your name, amen.
- "This is what the Lord says to me: "Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees." (Isaiah 21:6)
2. Russia warns US of possible Syria attack in area with US troops: report - The Hill
Russia has warned the U.S. multiple times this week that its forces are prepared to attack an area of Syria that has dozens of U.S. troops, according to a CNN report.
Moscow reportedly claims the area, which includes a U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition base, contains Al Qaeda or ISIS militants, according to the outlet. U.S. troops defend a 34-mile exclusion zone around At Tanf base.
The U.S. has discouraged Russia from challenging the American military presence. "We have absolutely advised them to stay out of At Tanf," a U.S. official told CNN. "We are postured to respond."
The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced new sanctions on allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid concerns over an imminent assault on Idlib province. "Millions of innocent people in Idlib province are currently under the threat of imminent attack from the Assad regime, backed by Iran and Russia, under the pretense of targeting ISIS. At the same time, the Assad regime has a history of trading with the terror group," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchi said in a statement. (Read more)
- Father God, we bring this potential flashpoint before Your Throne of Grace. We bind confusion and ask for clarity in all communications between all parties now involved in this potential conflict. Lord God, we ask that the healing balm of Gilead would be poured out over this area, bringing healing and peace, in Your name, amen.
- Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? (Jeremiah 8:22)
3. A Special Prayer Request from CHPP
A number of our intercessors have been sensing a need to remain on high alert over the next few days, on behalf of the safety and the protection of our President and our nation. Please join us in decreeing Psalm 91 over our land. Thank you.
4. Hurricane Florence could wallop East Coast in days ahead, forecasters say - Fox News
Although Hurricane Florence looks to be headed toward Bermuda by early next week, forecasters say it may impact East Coast residents in the days ahead.
But, they offer with a generous helping of caution, it's too soon to tell.
"Given the large uncertainty at these time ranges, it is far too soon to speculate what, if any, impacts Florence may have on the U.S. East Coast next week," meteorologist Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, told Fox News by email Thursday afternoon. "Florence is an excellent reminder that we are in the peak of the hurricane season, and those living anywhere along the coastline should make sure they have a hurricane plan in place." (Read more)
- Father God, we pray that those in the path of this storm would take heed and prepare accordingly, in Your name, amen.
- "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." (Matthew 18:19,20)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, September 6, 2018
The resistance in the White House
The New York Times has published an Op-Ed by an anonymous "senior official in the Trump administration" whose "job would be jeopardized by its disclosure." The essay paints the picture of an impetuous madman in the Oval Office who likes dictators, has little appreciation for America's allies, and is mentally unfit for office. The writer claims that government officials have joined an internal resistance movement to thwart the President's agenda and isolate their operations from Trump's influence because "we believe our first duty is to this country." The timing of the article coincides with the release of a book "Fear: Trump in the White House" by investigative reporter Bob Woodward, essentially saying the same thing.
The Op-Ed supplies all the talking points for undermining the President. Indeed, it's publishing at the same time of Woodward's book release reinforces the points that there are people inside the White House who are protecting the country by vowing "to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office." And on cue, the piece has put on one page the narrative backing Woodward's book, encouraging the leftist talking heads to continue their diatribe to oust the president. America is in a crisis. This is the very picture of creating a self-perpetuating narrative with no identifiable sourcing. It is a deep state masterpiece, an historical swamp-based attack to admittedly preserve what America elected Trump to shake up.
A key admission in the Op-Ed that should alert Americans to the agenda is the recalling from the grave the specter of establishment, one world order advocate, John McCain. The writer states: "Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation. We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example - a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them." This is no less an admission of the political moorings of the writer and the agenda of his "resistance."
You are watching history unfold. These are serious charges. Americans must discern whether they are true or if it is yet another wave of the coup attempt initiated by the Democratic Party and aided and abetted by the deep state and the media immediately following the 2016 election. Wisdom is needed. There is now a clear stake in the ground where people who hide themselves and their identities are making claims that coincide with the leftist narrative. Let us all pray that the Lord's hand be upon our nation and that Jesus' words in Luke 12:2 be manifest: "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known." The truth, if brought to light, will surely reveal wicked abominations
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
As We End this Week
As We End this Week . . .
A Special Blessing . . .
"There is a Balm in Gilead"
Sung by Darrell Winn
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