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Monday, March 11, 2019
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Focus on Israel
1. 'I will bring the IDF back to being lethal and victorious' - Israel National News
Education Minister and New Right chairman Naftali Bennett made clear on Friday that he will not sit in a government that will agree to hand over parts of the land of Israel, even if this government is led by Binyamin Netanyahu.
In an interview with the Yediot Aharonotnewspaper, Bennett said, "I am not entering a government that promotes a Palestinian state, period. Any government that hands over territories - even if it is headed by Netanyahu - I will not be there. I will not lend a hand to handing over territories."
"I want peace no less than the left, but the way to achieve peace is not the Gantzian narrow, weak way that is afraid to confront and defeat the enemy. The Gantzian way looks for a humane tie in the fight - I am looking for a decision. If they allow me to be the defense minister, I will bring the IDF back to being lethal and victorious," he said.
According to Bennett, Netanyahu under certain circumstances paints himself as the leader of the right-wing camp, but in practice implements another agenda. "Whoever does not destroy the homes of terrorists - is not right-wing. Netanyahu is not fighting terror - that's not right-wing. Netanyahu transfers money to Hamas - that's not right-wing. Netanyahu does not evacuate Khan al-Ahmar - that's not right-wing."
2. Netanyahu warns Hamas: Don't count on elections preventing major Gaza operation - Times of Israel
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip should not assume that Israel won't respond to their recent attacks with a major military operation in the territory just because of approaching elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that the country will do whatever is necessary to restore security to southern communities.
Netanyahu's remarks came hours after air force jets bombed Hamas targets in Gaza in the latest tit-for-tat fighting that has set the restive border region on edge. There was no immediate word on casualties from the strikes, which came after Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a mortar shell at the Eshkol region of southern Israel on Saturday night.
"We have recently seen provocations and heads being raised from the direction of the Gaza Strip," Netanyahu said at the start to the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem. "This has been done by dissidents, but this does not absolve Hamas. Hamas is responsible for everything that comes out of the Gaza Strip, and we respond accordingly, with assaults by Air Force planes against Hamas targets.
3. IDF strikes Gaza in response to rocket fired into Israel - Jerusalem Post
The IDF struck several targets in Gaza Saturday night after a rocket was shot at Israel several hours before, triggering sirens in surrounding Israel communities.
The IDF fighter jets struck in several locations, including terrorist targets in a military compound in the northern Gaza Strip and two vessels belonging to Hamas, the IDF spokesperson confirmed.
"The IDF views with great severity any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and will continue to act vigorously against these terrorist acts," the IDF added, blaming Hamas for "everything that happens in and out of the Gaza Strip."
The strikes came in response to a tumultuous weekend.
4. King Abdullah heads to Washington amid Temple Mount crisis - Jerusalem Post
Jordan's King Abdullah II left Amman for Washington on Saturday to speak with members of Congress about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the crisis over the Golden Gate on Temple Mount.
In talks on Thursday, Israeli and Jordanian officials failed to resolve what began on February 22, when Jerusalem's Wakf Islamic religious trust unilaterally opened a building near the Golden Gate that Israel had closed in 2003. In response, Israel arrested a senior Wakf official two days later.
The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court is expected to allow the police to close the building again, unless the Wakf submits a written response to the court on Sunday.
5. Qatar Resumes Delivery of Funds to Hamas in Gaza - Jewish Press
Qatari envoy to Gaza Mohammad al-Emadi is reportedly planning to hand out cash to needy Arab families in Gaza again, according to reports late Sunday in Hebrew media.
The envoy traveled to Gaza on Sunday, where Arab media reported that al-Emadi said $100 in cash would be handed out Monday to 55,000 poverty-stricken Gaza families. Additional funds are to be delivered to Gaza officials through a bank-to-bank transfer for "authorized projects," according to the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency. Al-Emadi arrived with the $5.5 million grant after Israel, Qatar and the United Nations arrived at an agreement over how the funds would be distributed in the enclave following a problem in January, when Hamas refused to accept the third tranche of $15 million.
6. Bridges for Peace: Israel Prayer Update
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7. Intercessors for Israel - Friday Prayer Points
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8. ACT NOW! Protest Outrageous Anti-Semitism at UNESCO-listed Belgian Carnival! - United with Israel
On Sunday, the Belgian city of Aalst hosted an annual parade that included floats displaying bulbous-nosed Jewish puppets standing on money bags, marchers dressed in Klu Klux Klan costumes, and young Europeans donning blackface makeup. A float called "Shabbat Year" included two giant puppets with massive noses, dressed in traditional Hasidic garb and surrounded by coins, money bags and rats.
The display was widely condemned. "It is unthinkable that such imagery is being paraded on European streets 70 years after the Holocaust," the European Commission stated, according to JTA. "The caricatures, like those of Der Stürmer, of Jews with a crooked nose and suitcases, are typical of the Nazism of 1939," a spokesperson for Belgium's Forum of Jewish Organizations said.
However, Christoph D'Haese, mayor of the Belgian city Aalst, which hosted the parade, said that "it should be allowed." "[I]t's not up to [me] to forbid" such displays," he added, arguing that the "the carnival participants had no sinister intentions," reported Het Laatste Nieuws. On social media, the mayor praised the "wonderful" event. (Read more)
We cannot remain silent when vicious displays of anti-Semitism and a mockery of Jews and other groups, reminiscent of the Nazi era, are tolerated!
Go here to find the names and email addresses of the Belgian authorities who were responsible for allowing this anti-Semitic float to be included in this parade.
9. Subject: I spoke to the creators of Belgium's anti-Semitic carnival float. They're not sorry - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The Daily Brief
1. Senate Republicans May Go 'Nuclear' to Fill Massive Judicial Vacancies - Current Rules Would Take 32 Years! - CBN News
Senate Republican leaders are preparing to go "nuclear" to clear the way for a quicker confirmation of judicial nominees. More than 130 federal court seats are sitting empty, and Republicans say it's all because of Democrat delay tactics. Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), want to get the spots filled with conservative judges before the end of President Trump's first term.
McConnell is considering enacting a rule change to speed up the process and fill the lower court spots. The rule would change the debate time from 30 hours to just two hours. The change would allow most spots to be filled over the next 20 months.
"The last thing I heard is it would take up to 32 years if we continue the current pace and get every one of the Trump nominees completed," said Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). "You're forcing the government to work in a dysfunctional way and we don't need any assistance in that."
The Senate is expected to confirm the 34th Circuit Court judge of Trump's presidency next week and they have three other nominees ready. If they are approved, President Trump will have filled roughly 20 percent of the Circuit Court seats in the country. "The committee is working to put judges out on the floor and as soon as they come to the floor the leader's making it a priority to move them," said Sen. John Thune (R-SD), McConnell's top deputy. "It'll be a high priority for the foreseeable future. I mean, it's one of the things we can do that we don't need the House's help with." (Read more)
- Father in heaven, we pray You will close the door on the Democrats' delaying tactics that have prevented these judicial vacancies from being filled. Strip them from their devious interference in this regard. Guide Senator McConnell to enact a rule change to speed up this process. Put Your hand upon President Trump to quickly fill these Circuit Court seats. We pray in the Name of Jesus.
- "But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God." (Acts 5:39)
2. Dems Not Happy This (Very Young) Trump Judicial Nominee Was Just Confirmed to Fourth Circuit - Townhall
At 36 years old, Allison Jones Rushing became one of the youngest individuals to serve as an appeals court judge this week, meaning she could spend decades there. The Trump nominee was confirmed to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA by a vote of 53-44. It's quite a feat - but not one Democrats are celebrating. Several top lawmakers and Trump critics are wondering whether or not Rushing has enough experience to serve on such an important court. Rushing clerked for both then-Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit from 2007-2008 and Supreme Justice Clarence Thomas from 2010-2011. She became a partner at the law firm Williams & Connolly in 2017.
However, as more than one media outlet noted, no Democratic senators showed up to question the nominee at her confirmation hearing in October, in part because the Senate had already gone out of session. That doesn't mean she didn't get any questions about her youth and supposed inexperience. Republicans like Sen. John Kennedy (D-LA) voiced his concerns about it. "I'm not trying to be rude," he told her. "I can see your resume. You're a rockstar. But I think to be a really good federal judge you've gotta have some life experience. And tell me-Williams & Connolly is a great law firm, a lot of great lawyers there. Tell me why you're more qualified to be on the Fourth Circuit than some of the Williams & Connolly [lawyers] that have been there for 20 years, 25, 30 years in the trenches?"
Rushing reminded the senators that she has heard a variety of cases the U.S. Supreme Court and appeals courts. She can also highlight the fact that the American Bar Association deemed her qualified for the position. (Read more)
- Father, we put our trust in President Trump's decision regarding Ms. Rushing to serve as an appeals court judge. Protect President Trump and Ms. Rushing as they support the sound, godly judgment that will make America strong. We pray in the Name of Jesus.
"And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man's work." ( I Peter 1:17)
3. House votes in favor of illegal immigrant voting - Washington Times
House Democrats voted Friday to defend localities that allow illegal immigrants to vote in their elections, turning back a GOP attempt to discourage the practice. The vote marks a stunning reversal from just six months ago, when the chamber - then under GOP control - voted to decry illegal immigrant voting. "We are prepared to open up the political process and let all of the people come in," Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and hero of the civil rights movement, told colleagues as he led opposition to the GOP measure.
The 228-197 vote came as part of a broader debate on Democrats' major legislative priority this year, HR 1, the "For the People Act," which includes historic expansions of voter registration and access, as well as a major rewrite of campaign finance laws. The measure would have had no practical effect even if it had passed. Illegal immigrants - and indeed noncitizens as a whole - are not legally able to participate in federal elections.
But Republicans had hoped to send a message to localities such as San Francisco, where noncitizens are now allowed to vote in school board elections. (Read more)
- Almighty God, we pray that Your mighty hand will stop the enemy of darkness from moving in to change the sound laws and practices that have protected America from falling prey to insidious wickedness which the Democrats are attempting to change. God, put a wall of righteousness around our godly voting laws. We pray, Lord, that You resist the illegal, unlawful, dark, sinister, wicked practices that the Democrats are raising up to back them. In the Name of Jesus we pray.
- "Follow peace with men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14)
4. DHS Secretary: 'ICE Interdicted Enough Fentanyl Last Year to Kill Every American Twice Over' - CNS News
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized enough fentanyl last year to kill every American citizen twice over.
During questioning at the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) asked Nielsen if there were any significant seizures of fentanyl at the border recently.
"The crisis isn't just with respect to immigration. It's with respect to the drugs that are pouring across this border and that are killing our kids with respect to five an hour for heroin alone, which is frightening," Katko noted. "And one of the big components to that is fentanyl, and just a tiny amount of fentanyl is what's proven fatal in most of the heroin overdoses now, because the fentanyl's being mixed with the heroin. Can you tell us if there's been any significant seizures of fentanyl at the border recently?" he asked.
"At the border, yes, in the interior as well. ICE overall interdicted enough fentanyl last year to kill every American twice over - substantial amounts of fentanyl," Nielsen said.
"That's frightening. So that's enough to kill every single American?" Katko asked.
"Twice," Nielsen said.
Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said 15 million pounds of drugs were seized on the southern border since Fiscal Year 2012. Nielsen said that figure doesn't include drugs seized by the Coast Guard. Walker said 700 to 800 pounds of fentanyl was seized in Fiscal Year 2018. (Read more)
- Almighty God, we pray You assign myriads of holy angels to stop all who are in this wicked business from transporting drugs into America. God, we pray the Blood of Jesus be upon every port of entry. In Jesus' Name we pray.
- "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." (Hebrews 9:22)
5. Devin Nunes: Mueller's team is 'part of the collusion' - Washington Examiner
Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, charged Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller is the real source of collusion that people should be focused on.
In a Fox News interview, Nunes said Mueller's team essentially colluded with Democrats to bring down President Trump, by accepting the Democrat-generated Steele dossier as evidence against Trump, and using it to further their investigation.
"These guys were meeting with the Democrats, they were taking in this Steele dossier, which was the dirt," said Nunes, R-Calif. "So these guys were involved in this the whole time," he added. "They're part of it. The Mueller team is part of the collusion."
Nunes said related evidence was seen this week, when former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen met with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., before Cohen's public testimony before Congress. Nunes said that meeting was likely an effort on how to coach the witness. "They met with Cohen, they clearly were trying to devise how they're going to roll out a new narrative. So the last two weeks was all about rolling out a new narrative," Nunes said. "No matter how much witness tampering you do, you're not going to find collusion in this, unless you talk about the collusion that the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign were doing with Russians," he added. (Read more)
- Almighty God, we pray that all the devious lies and reckless, rash, and unscrupulous acts made by those wanting to destroy President Trump be met with the divine presence of the Lord and brought down. We pray that what is not truth be destroyed. What has been sown shall be reaped by these people. We trust in the Name of Jesus.
- "The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of his years is hidden in the oppressor." (Job 15:20)
6. Bill Shine resigns as White House communications chief, will join Trump campaign - Fox News Bill Shine resigned as White House deputy chief of staff for communications and will take a new role on President Trump's re-election campaign, it was announced Friday.
Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters Shine "offered his resignation to the president yesterday evening, and the president accepted. Bill continues to support President Trump and his agenda and will serve as Senior Advisor to the 2020 re-election campaign," she said.
Shine, a former co-president of Fox News, joined the White House in June of 2018. Earlier this week, the Trump campaign announced it was beefing up its communication team with more hires. "Serving President Trump and this country has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life," Shine said in a statement. "To be a small part of all this president has done for the American people has truly been an honor. I'm looking forward to working on President Trump's reelection campaign and spending more time with my family."
In a statement, Trump said, "Bill Shine has done an outstanding job working for me and the Administration. We will miss him in the White House, but look forward to working together on the 2020 Presidential Campaign, where he will be totally involved. Thank you to Bill and his wonderful family!" (Read more)
- Almighty God, may the blessings of the Lord be upon President Trump and Mr. Shine as they work together on the 2020 Presidential Campaign. Give them godly wisdom, knowledge and understanding to be strong and successful. We ask in the Name of Jesus.
- "Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." (Isaiah 60:1)
7. White House Warns Carmakers on Emissions in Tense Call - Bloomberg
The White House has issued an us-versus-them challenge to carmakers: back an administration plan to roll back fuel-economy standards or risk President Donald Trump's wrath by siding with California's stringent emissions requirements.
That message was delivered during a tense conference call between Trump administration officials and auto executives in late February, according to five people familiar with the call who spoke on the condition they not be identified discussing the private conversation. The administration has terminated months of talks between federal regulators and California officials to maintain a common standard. Automakers have urged the two sides to reach an agreement to avert a legal battle with the state, which covets its unique ability to establish its own emissions rules.
Joining the call for the White House were senior officials with the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one of the people said. The industry officials on the call were told that auto companies should either proclaim their support for the Trump administration's direction on the efficiency mandates, or back California's tougher and more costly regulations, the people said. (Read more)
- Father God, we pray that all automakers will back President Trump's directions on the efficiency mandates he has set forth. We pray and trust in the Name of Jesus.
- "For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved." (Psalm 21:7)
8. Trump reportedly wants America's closest allies to pay all of the cost of hosting US troops - plus 50% for the privilege - Business Insider
The Trump administration plans to demand that US allies pay the full cost for hosting American troops, plus 50% more for the privilege of hosting them, Bloomberg News reported Friday, citing a dozen administration officials and people it said had been briefed on the situation. The plan targets allies such as Germany and Japan but is expected to extend to any country that hosts US military personnel.
With the so-called "Cost Plus 50" plan, some countries could wind up paying as much as six times what they pay now to host US troops.
Last month, South Korea agreed to pay just shy of $1 billion, significantly more than the previous $800 million, to host US troops in country. Bloomberg reports that President Donald Trump demanded "cost plus 50" in recent payment negotiations with South Korea and that it nearly derailed talks.
Trump has long railed against allies for not paying what he considers their fair share for US defense. "We defend Japan. We defend Germany. We defend South Korea. We defend countries. They do not pay us what they should be paying us," he said during the first presidential debate in September 2016. "We are providing a tremendous service, and we're losing a fortune."
"Wealthy, wealthy countries that we're protecting are all under notice," the president said at the Pentagon in January. "We cannot be fools for others."
Since he took office, he has repeatedly pressed NATO countries to spend at least 2% of their gross domestic product on defense as some countries pledged to do by 2024. The Cost Plus 50 plan, according to Bloomberg, has alarmed both the State Department and the Defense Department, with rising concern that such a move could weaken the alliances at a time when the US is again facing great-power competition from rivals like China and Russia. (Read more)
- Lord God, we trust that what President Trump has requested from America's closest allies to pay all the cost of hosting US troops, plus 50% for the privilege will be honored. We pray for the Lord's support and blessing in this endeavor. We pray in the Name of Jesus.
- "For God is the glory of their strength: and in Your favor their horn shall be exalted." (Psalm 89:17)
9. Feds Pay Millions for Lobster Tail, Booze, Toys in End of Year Spending Binge - Free Beacon
Federal agencies billed taxpayers millions for lobster tail, alcohol, standing desks, golf carts, and more frivolous expenditures before budgets ran out at the end of the fiscal year. A new analysis released by OpenTheBooks.com found 66 agencies spent $97 billion last September, the final month of fiscal year 2018. The end of the year taxpayer-funded spending spree included contracts with Coors, millions on iPhones, furniture, and CrossFit equipment.
"In the final month of the fiscal year, federal agencies scramble to spend what's left in their annual budget," OpenTheBooks.com said. "Agencies worry spending less than their budget allows might prompt Congress to appropriate less money in the next fiscal year. To avoid this, federal agencies choose to embark on an annual shopping spree rather than admit they can operate on less."
Resulting government expenditures included $4.6 million on lobster tail and crab; $673,471 on golf carts; $1.7 million on pianos, tubas, and trombones; $9.8 million on workout and recreation equipment; and $7.7 million iPhones and iPads. A Wexford Leather club chair cost taxpayers $9,241. The government spent $293,245 on rib eye, top sirloin, and flank steak. Before budgets ran out national security agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security spent $412,008 on paint and artist's brushes.
More than half of the spending came during the final week before budgets ran out. (Read more)
- Almighty God, we pray that President Trump and his administration will work to implement policies so that, at the end of every fiscal year, all unspent funds by every federal agency will be returned to our treasury. We thank You that President Trump has a heart to "cut corners" wherever possible in our spending, to that our taxpayer monies would be put to good and wise use. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer, amen and amen.
- "Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags." (Proverbs 23:21-22)
"The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry." (Psalm 34:15-17)
10. Over 100 House Dems Support Banning Private Health Insurance Plans - Free Beacon
A radical new health care proposal that, if implemented, would ban private insurance coverage has garnered the endorsement of more than 100 members of the House Democratic conference-nearly half of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) 235-seat majority.
Last week, Democratic congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), introduced the Medicare-for-All Act of 2019. Billed as a means to provide "freedom of choice" to health care consumers, the legislation would require everyone, regardless of existing insurance coverage, to enroll in Medicare within two years of passage.
Under the proposal, "all primary care, hospital, and outpatient" services would be covered by Medicare without any co-pay or out-of-pocket costs. Encompassed among the list of covered procedures are abortion, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and transportation to and from "health care" appointments for low-income individuals and those with disabilities.
The proposal's most controversial aspect, however, entails the phasing out of private insurance plans. The bill would make it illegal for private insurance providers to sell health coverage that "duplicates the benefits" offered by the taxpayer-funded Medicare-for-All program. Likewise, the bill prohibits employers from offering coverage to their employees if it mirrors those offered by the federal government. Private health insurance plans could only be sold to individuals or offered by employers if they "provide supplemental coverage" on top of Medicare-for-All. Other provisions in the bill limit the federal government from subsidizing any private insurance plans.
Despite polling showing that more than 80 percent of voters oppose eliminating private insurance plans, Jayapal's bill garnered the backing of 105 other House Democrats upon introduction. The support, although stemming largely from CPC stalwarts and liberal firebrands like Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), and Ilhan Omar (Minn.), also came from several moderate and freshman Democrats. Some freshman Democrats, like Jared Golden (Maine), Katie Hill (Calif.), Susan Wild (Pa.), and Mike Levin (Calif.) signed as cosponsors of the bill after making it an issue during their 2018 congressional races. (Read more)
- Lord God, we see through this scheme and call it for what it is: a communist/socialist agenda that will, in time, lead to the destruction of our national economy. We ask You to forgive the schemers who have put this plan together, for they are spiritually blind and they know not what they do. We ask that this bill (which also includes funding for abortions on demand) be defeated in both the House and the Senate, and we thank You in advance for the veto that our president will place upon this bill as well. Amen.
- "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." (Matthew 18:20)
11. Trump and GOP make 'socialism' the bogeyman of 2020, as Democrats bristle - Dallas News
Democrats bristle, but Republicans have successfully framed the 2020 election as a struggle against socialism -- an ideology that not one Democratic contender says they advocate.
President Donald Trump set the table in his State of the Union speech when he declared that "America will never be a socialist country." He has reiterated the warning over and over since then, most recently on Saturday, when he set off thunderous applause at a major conservative gathering by depicting a push toward "total domination" by government.
"Socialism is not about the environment. Socialism is not about justice. Socialism is about only one thing, it's called power for the ruling class. Look at what's happening in Venezuela," he said at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. "The future does not belong to those who believe in socialism." (Read more)
- Father, just as we have prayed above. we see the writing on the wall and we thank You for giving us a President who has the courage to name and to confront socialism as the greatest threat to our nation today. Lord God, we ask that there be a great awakening among the American people, so they not be lulled into the lies that socialists speak. Help us, O Lord, we pray, amen.
- "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles." (Psalm 34:17)
12. A 'boondoggle' of a bill that rewrites Election Day - OneNewsNow
Known as the For the People Act, Democrats are pushing everything from registering 16-year-olds to vote, allowing campaign funds for certain personal expenses, and prepaid postage for absentee ballots. "It is bad policy and unconstitutional," says Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation. He calls is a "federalization," meaning a "nationalization" of the election process.
If passed," he warns, "it would force all kinds of changes not only in how states administer elections, but also changes to federal campaign finance laws that would further restrict the ability of average citizens and nonprofit organizations to speak out politically."
Spakovsky doubts Democrats have read the 600-page bill in its entirety and suspects they are quoting the "talking points" put out by the bill's sponsors.
But not everybody is in the dark, he adds. "I think there are some people who really know what's in there," he says, "because they believe it will help them manipulate elections in the future to ensure that they win." (Read More)
- Father, we pray the compilation of bad ideas embodied by H.R. 1, the For the People Act, will not pass in whole or in part, in this Congress or in any other.
- It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, March 7, 2019
record numbers of Illegals crossing the border
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports: "Arrests of families crossing the US-Mexico border illegally in the past five months hit a record...From October through February, border agents arrested 136,150 people traveling in families at the southern border...107,212 people were arrested during the federal fiscal year that ended in September. More than 66,400 people were arrested in February...The numbers were the sharpest evidence yet that, despite Mr. Trump's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, the flow of migrants is only growing." Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday, "This situation is not sustainable. The system is well beyond capacity and remains at the breaking point."
The Center for Immigration Studies analyzed data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. From 2010 to 2016, ICE released 124 aliens who have been charged with 135 new homicides--some have been released multiple times. Data released by ICE indicates that In 2014, ICE released a total of 30,558 criminal aliens, convicted of 92,347 crimes. The total number of new crimes for which these aliens were convicted after ICE released them was 2,560, including: 298 dangerous drug offenses, 185 assaults, 40 weapons offenses, 28 sex offenses, 10 sex assaults, four kidnappings, two arsons, and one homicide. The numbers have escalated since the study. WSJ reports: " Since 2013, when the US Customs and Border Protection began counting family units, there have been 2.6 million total apprehensions along the US-Mexico border." These numbers are growing because Marxist Democrats are obstructing national security.
The Bible is very clear about how to handle immigrants. Exodus 22:21 says, "You shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him." This is repeated in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Exodus 12:49 says, " One law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the foreigner who sojourns among you." This is also repeated in Leviticus and Numbers. One law for all. In this context it is God's law, but these people neither want to submit to the laws of the nation or to God's laws. Walls work. Israel has one that suffered the same outcry of racism as it was being built, but suicide bombings decreased by 86% from the sector behind the wall once it was built. Marxists liken the US plan to the Berlin Wall, but the Berlin Wall separated entire families and millions from freedom. Wall or not, America needs the will to protect its citizens.
When the Marxist Democratic Party leadership, such as Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and newcomers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and others say it is immoral to build a wall, it is no difficult task to discern their "morality" is a man-made agenda, not God established. The statistics are overwhelming that there are those among this people group who continue to break the law with not only petty crimes and illegal voting, but with major crimes such as robbery, human trafficking, drug dealing and murder. It is right to consider that socialist politicians have revolution on their minds by vexing law-abiding citizens--A new morality for an old brand of Marxism.
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SOFTLY AND TENDERLY JESUS IS CALLING
"He's calling you!" (Mark 10:49)
SOFTLY AND TENDERLY JESUS IS CALLING
"He's calling you!" (Mark 10:49)
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He's waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!
Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?
Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.
O for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.
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(By Michael W. Smith and Andy Griffith)
About the Author:
Words and Music: Will L. Thompson, 1880
About the Hymn:
When the world-renowned lay preacher, Dwight Lyman Moody, lay on his death bed in his Northfield, Massachusetts, home, Will Thompson made a special visit to inquire as to his condition. The attending physician refused to admit him to the sickroom, and Moody heard them talking just outside the bedroom door. Recognizing Thompson's voice, he called for him to come to his bedside. Taking the Ohio poet-composer by the hand, the dying evangelist said, "Will, I would rather have written 'Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling' than anything I have been able to do in my whole life."
Signs and Wonders
Chicago is sinking. Here's what that means for Lake Michigan and the Midwest
The sightlines at Wrigley Field, the panorama from Navy Pier, the vantage points at the Adler Planetarium observatory - all structures built more than 100 years ago - are at least 4 inches lower now.
In the northern United States and Canada, areas that once were depressed under the tremendous weight of a massive ice sheet are springing back up while others are sinking. The Chicago area and parts of southern Lake Michigan, where glaciers disappeared 10,000 years ago, are sinking about 4 to 8 inches each century.
While Chicago's dipping is gradual, this dynamic could eventually redefine flood plains and work against household sewer pipes that slope downward to the sewer main.
The greatest impact of this imperceptible phenomenon likely won't be inland, however. The contour separating the part of the continent that is rising from that which is falling bisects the Great Lakes.
In Lake Michigan, that line passes from Death's Door at Green Bay in Wisconsin to Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan, signaling that the far northern end is rising while the rest of the lake is lowering. Over time, that has created a tilting effect, generally translating into higher lake levels for the southern end of the lakes and lower watermarks for the northern shorelines. (Chicago Tribune) 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've Seen Jesus': As a Boy, He Experienced Three Trips to Heaven, and the People He Saw There Will Astound You
[CBN News] Landon Whitley was eight years old when he hopped into his parents' Pontiac and took the very first of three trips to Heaven.
It started on a Sunday morning in 1997: Julie Kemp, her husband Andy, and young Landon were driving home from church when an ambulance returning to its station broadsided their car in an intersection. Andy died instantly. Rescuers stabilized Julie but did not initially realize there was a third passenger in the car.
"They couldn't see his body because of the damage that was done to the driver's side of the car and Landon was sitting behind his dad," Julie says. "And when they saw Landon's shoe, it took a deeper search for his body. When they pulled Landon out from the back of the car, he was not breathing. And they all started working on him right away to bring him back."
Landon was resuscitated and life-flighted to Carolina's Medical Center. He died two more times that day and both times he was brought back to life. Doctors didn't give Julie much hope for his survival.
"They told me that if he lived, which did not look good, but that if he lived, that he would be like an 8-year-old baby... that he would not know how to walk or talk or to eat because of all the brain damage," says Julie. "I was so desperate that that was okay. I would take that just to have him. He was all that I had."
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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]
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Our Bible Readathon Continues
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
We are now reading the Word of God every night (except on Sunday mornings) from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EDT. We are reading through the whole Word, from Genesis to Revelation, and beginning again in Genesis when finished.
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.]
God bless you!