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"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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Focus on Israel

1. Opening Knesset after bitter election, Rivlin tells MKs to 'clean up' politics - Times of Israel

President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday addressed lawmakers at the inaugural session of the 21st Knesset, adopting a tone of less-than-gentle admonishment after an election campaign in which he said politicians had "worked overtime in the service of delegitimization, hatred and slurs."

Speaking at the opening induction ceremony for the incoming MKs, Rivlin began his address by quoting the late prime minister Menachem Begin's call for "hatred and vilification to subside and mutual respect to increase." The president, in turn, urged the lawmakers of the new parliament to "put down the cudgels of elections and clean up the mess."

After a tumultuous election campaign, the president told the Knesset and assembled dignitaries, "Political considerations can no longer be the only guide. This is not only what is expected of you, it is what every citizen of Israel demands and requires of you, our leaders, every member of this house.

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2. New MK's first bill: Application of sovereignty- Israel National News

New MK Michal Shir (Likud) on Tuesday submitted a bill for the application of Israeli sovereignty in the recognized communities in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, and the access routes to them.

"Today, immediately after I was sworn in to the Knesset, I submitted a bill that will regulate once and for all the absurd and discriminatory situation in the recognized Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, and the access routes to them, a situation that excludes the citizens of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley from the rest of the country," said Shir.

"The bill will stipulate that Israeli law will apply to all recognized Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, and the access routes to them, including in the fields of health, economics, welfare, law and security. The time has come to stop this oversight. The residents of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley are not second-class citizens," she added.

(Read more)

3. Addressing new Knesset, Netanyahu expresses hope for peace with Arab world - Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday pledged to act for the benefit of all Israeli citizens, extolled Israel's position as a rising world power and expressed hope for peace with the Arab world despite the ongoing turmoil in the region.

"The Arab Spring has still not ended and the instability is not only in our region but throughout areas around us," Netanyahu said in a speech at the opening of the 21st Knesset, referring to the series of anti-government uprisings that began in 2011.

Netanyahu said that Israel has been developing new relationships with Arab states and hoped to improve ties with its neighbors, though he did not mention the Palestinians.

(Read more)

4. Liberman digs in heels on coalition demands, says won't cave on religion matters - Times of Israel

Hours before the swearing-in ceremony for the 21st Knesset, Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday his party's five MKs could still end up in the opposition if his policy demands are not met by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud.

Without Yisrael Beytenu's five MKs, Netanyahu would be able to muster only 60 of the 120 Knesset seats for a right-wing/ultra-Orthodox coalition, a fact that gives Liberman significant bargaining power in the negotiations for the new government. Ultimately, despite his threats, Liberman is seen as highly likely to join the coalition, probably as defense minister.

"Everyone agrees that we need to establish a right-wing national government as soon as possible. No one has strength for another election," Liberman said in the first party press conference of the new parliament.

(Read more)

5. Arab Youth Attend First-of-a-Kind Holocaust Remembrance Event - United With Israel

Dozens of young Israeli Arabs gathered at a public hall in the northern Israeli town of Kisra-Sumei on Sunday evening to attend the first-ever Zikaron BaSalon Holocaust remembrance event for Arabs - in Arabic.

"Zikaron BaSalon," which translates as "Memories in the Living Room," is a social initiative that began in 2001 and provides a meaningful way to mark Yom HaShoah, Israel's national Holocaust Remembrance Day. Held in homes and other informal settings, the event includes testimonies given by Holocaust survivors or other sources and discussions on the historic calamity, its meaning and ramifications.

The unique event was organized by "Together - Vouch for Each Other," founded in 2018 by a group of young Israeli Arabs - Christians, Muslims, Bedouin and Druze - determined to bring about change in the Israeli-Arab sector and adopt a positive direction vis-à-vis Israeli society and the country.

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The Daily Brief

1. Violence in Venezuela: Maduro's Military Fights Guaido Uprising, Drives Over Civilian Protestors - CBN News

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido started the day's events when he appeared in an early morning video that showed him surrounded by heavily-armed soldiers outside a Caracas air base. He said the soldiers were joining him to protect the country's constitution.

Guiado then took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez who said he'd just been set free by members of the military in response to an order from Guaido. Lopez said, "I want to tell the Venezuelan people: this is the moment to take to the streets and accompany these patriotic soldiers." One of the soldiers said "it's now or never."

President Donald Trump tweeted his support for the protestors saying: "I am monitoring the situation in Venezuela very closely. The United States stands with the People of Venezuela and their Freedom!" Earlier, Rubio encouraged Guaido supporters, tweeting, "Today there can be no bystanders in #Venezuela... military, police, judicial & political leaders you must either support restoring constitutional democracy or you are a supporter of Cuba's efforts to colonize Venezuela...the choice you make will define the rest of your life." (Read More)

- Father, we pray the Venezuelan people will successfully take back their nation and transition to a government that honors You.

- Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.
(Psalm 50:15)

2. Schumer says Trump and Democrats agree on $2 trillion infrastructure deal - Washington Examiner

Democratic leaders emerged from the White House Tuesday to announce they had agreed to a budget of $2 trillion over 25 years for infrastructure improvements with President Trump.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said congressional investigations into the president's behavior and finances had not soured what they characterized as a "very constructive meeting."

Schumer said: "It is clear that both the White House and all of us want to get something done on infrastructure in a big and bold way." Rebuilding America's crumbling roads, bridges, and water networks has long been seen as a potential area of bipartisan agreement, boosting the economy and creating jobs. (Read More)

- Father, we thank You for this progress and pray our leaders will continue working together for the benefit of the American people.

- We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth. (3 John 1:8)

3. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein submits resignation - FoxNews

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who frequently found himself in the political crosshairs due to his role in the special counsel's Russia probe and whose departure has long been expected, submitted his resignation on Monday to President Trump, effective May 11. Attorney General William Barr in a statement said Rosenstein served the Justice Department "with dedication and distinction."

"His devotion to the Department and its professionals is unparalleled," the statement read. "Over the course of his distinguished government career, he has navigated many challenging situations with strength, grace, and good humor."

In his resignation letter, Rosenstein thanked Trump "for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education, and prosperity, because 'a nation exists to serve its citizens.' (Read More)

- Father, we pray future statements by Rod Rosenstein will be completely truthful concerning all malfeasance and irregularities at the Department of Justice.

- Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. (Luke 1:64)

4. Mark Meadows: Republicans Eyeing Criminal Referrals For 'Two Or Three' Individuals Connected To Fusion GPS - Daily Caller

House Republicans plan to submit criminal referrals against Fusion GPS associates, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said on Tuesday. Speaking at an event hosted by The Washington Post, Meadows said that he has "great concerns" with how the Fusion-funded Steele dossier was used in the investigation of President Donald Trump.

Meadows did not identify the targets of the referrals, but Republicans have accused Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson of making false statements during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017.

Meadows' interview followed one with Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff, who said that he will be issuing a criminal referral against Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, for allegedly making false statements during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. The Justice Department is not obligated to open investigations based on the congressional referrals. (Read More)

- Father God, we continue to pray for Justice regarding all those who misled the American people through the Steele dossier or by spreading other lies about the Trump administration.

- The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, but is terror to the workers of iniquity. (Proverbs 21:15)

5. NYT: Trump Working to Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terror Organization - CBN News

President Donald Trump plans to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terror organization, The New York Times reports. Such a designation would make the Muslim Brotherhood and its partners vulnerable to harsh economic and travel sanctions imposed by the US.

The Times reports that national security and diplomatic officials began discussing the move after Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi held a private meeting with Trump at the White House on April 9th.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the Trump administration is pushing for the designation in a statement to the Times. "The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way through the internal process," Sanders said.
(Read More)

- Father, this is such good news! We pray President Trump will follow through with this designation and remove all government employees who are members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

- Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; and you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there. (Psalm 37:10)

6. Trump Sues Banks to Block Compliance With Congressional Subpoenas - Epoch Times

President Donald Trump and three of his children have sued two banks, saying the banks should not give Congress financial information it is seeking regarding Trump and his businesses. Democrats in Congress have tried pivoting to investigating Trump's businesses after Special Counsel Robert Mueller could not establish collusion between the president's campaign and Russia.

In the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York on April 30, attorneys representing the Trump family wrote that subpoenas issued by Congress "have no legitimate or lawful purpose."

With the subpoenas, Congress is attempting to assume the powers of the Department of Justice, the lawyers said. The demands of the two banks, Deutsche Bank and Capitol One, include financial records dating back 10 years, the lawyers wrote, adding, "The intrusiveness and impropriety of these requests are obvious." Further, the subpoenas violate the requirements of the Right to Financial Privacy Act, the lawyers said, making any production of account records by either bank a violation of the law. (Read More)

- Father, we pray President Trump and his family will be successful in blocking these subpoenas.

- No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions. (Matthew 22:26)

7. Trump Admin. Cracks Down on Asylum Abuse - FreeBeacon

President Donald Trump on Monday night signed a new presidential memorandum aimed at shoring up the security of America's asylum system. The changes Trump called for, which administration officials now have 90 days to implement, are meant as a response to what the president has repeatedly labeled a "crisis" at the southwestern border.

In response to the surge in illegal immigration, Trump's new order makes a number of changes to the asylum process in line with pre-existing federal law. Specifically, it shifts all cases that have been designated as having a claim of credible fear into a streamlined court proceeding, while also imposing a 180-day limit on the length of asylum proceedings in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act. Additionally, asylum applications will carry a fee, and applicants will be blocked from receiving a work authorization until completion of their application.

Separately, in light of the enormous influx of would-be crossers at the southwestern border, the order instructs acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan to reallocate personnel as necessary to accelerate the adjudication of credible fear claims and shore up border enforcement. This change is in line with the proposal of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, earlier this month, to reshuffle staff to address the border crisis. (Read More)

- Father, we pray these changes will be implemented quickly and discourage additional migrants from crossing the border.

- Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on. (Proverbs 4:15)

8. ICE Announces Plan To Stop 'Fake Families' And Child Smuggling At The Border - Daily Caller

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday that it is shifting its resources to deal with the influx of "fake families" arriving on the U.S-Mexico border.

"Fake families are being formed to cross our border and avoid detention. ICE [Homeland Security Investigations] is working with [Customs and Border Protection] to stop individuals, networks and organizations facilitating child smuggling and document fraud to illegally enter the U.S.," ICE tweeted on Monday.

The agency stated that it is moving experts to the border to investigate child smuggling, and it will be using science data to "dismantle" the child trafficking rings employed by human smugglers working in Central American and Mexico. The announcement came on the same day as a media appearance by the agency's acting director. (Read More)

- Father, our hearts go out to these precious children being used to gain entry to the United States. Give our Border Patrol agents wisdom to sort out those who are exploiting children for their own gain.

- Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)

9. FBI uncovers Antifa plot to "stage an armed rebellion" at southern border - Milne News

The FBI is investigating ANTIFA activists for a plot to buy guns from a Mexican cartel in order to "stage an armed rebellion" at the southern border, according to an unclassified document obtained by The Chicago Tribune.

The FBI document warns of militant Antifa activists planning to "disrupt security operations" at the U.S.-Mexico border. The FBI's report also says a group of activists in Tijuana supporting the migrant caravan "were encouraged to bring personally owned weapons to the border and the group also intended to purchase weapons from a Mexico-based cartel associate and smuggle the weapons into the United States."

The FBI sent the report marked as "priority" to agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the CIA and the National Security Administration. (Read More)

- Father God, thank You for our law enforcement. We pray all such domestic terrorism plans will be found out and prevented.

- Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9)

10. Brian Lamb, American Hero - Law and Liberty

Brian Lamb, the founder of C-Span, has recently announced his retirement. By turning cameras on government, he is a hero of the age of new media, almost a founder for our time. Thanks to Lamb, every American can have a ringside seat at our government and the opportunity to put all the drama in its political and historical context.

Through his efforts, gavel to gavel coverage of the House and Senate is available on television and the internet in real time. All-important committee hearings are aired live or as soon as space can be found on one of its channels. Lamb also championed expansion of C-Span into Book TV that covers non-fiction, with a heavy emphasis on politics and American history.

Despite its excellence, C-Span attracts very few viewers relative to the number of voters. The vast majority of people remain almost wholly ignorant of the policy proposals and quite ignorant even of the mechanisms of government. Thus, the solution to the dishonesty in government is to limit its reach as well as to increase its transparency. (Read More)

- Father, thank You for the legacy of government transparency through this dedicated man, Brian Lamb. May he receive all the honor due him.

- Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. (Romans 13:7)

The Daily Jot

The Daily Jot

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Another misleading "news" story by Washington Post

Rachael Blade and Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post led into their story about congressional investigations of President Donald Trump with: "Frustration among House Democratic investigators is intensifying after President Donald Trump's refusal to cooperate with congressional inquiries, leading some to privately question whether they should try to pressure Speaker Nancy Pelosi into launching impeachment proceedings. The chairmen and members of the six panels investigating the president are increasingly angered by the White House's unwillingness to comply as they carry out their oversight role, according to several House Democratic officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity..."

So what we have here is yet another hit piece trying to goad Americans into believing that Trump has committed impeachable offenses because he is not "cooperating" with members of the opposing party who have been trying to remove him from office since before he was inaugurated. This is a very biased, one-sided story by the Washington Post reporters in that it gives only the side of the Democrats as to why Trump is being uncooperative with the six committees who are relentlessly investigating him rather than attending to the business they were elected to do. These "anonymous sources" could be anyone, even on the staff of the Washington Post. There is no credibility or accountability with such a story.

The Democrats' frustration goes far beyond Trump refusing to cooperate with them. They were the ones raising the specter of a Constitutional crisis if Trump lost, but wouldn't accept the results of the election. Yet Democrats themselves have been throwing a temper tantrum by not accepting the results of the election. They gave it their best shot-they had a sitting president who authorized spying on the Trump campaign and on his transition team after he was elected; they paid for a false dossier to undermine Trump's credibility and justify the spying; they had operatives in the FBI and CIA essentially supporting a coup attempt; and they have obstructed the business of America ever since with false accusations and investigations.

Nothing has stuck, so Pelosi ordered her minions to "keep digging." America faces many great challenges, among them the invasion at the US-Mexican border; soaring debt; and a host of other issues where civility and working together would go a long way to restoring security, order, and accountability. The ones not cooperating are those who are loudly demanding cooperation. Like in Titus 1:16, these people say they own the high ground, but in reality they are promoting the opposite..."They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." They want everyone to think they are godly, but deny him in their every deed.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

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