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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Focus on Israel

1. Earthquake shakes Jerusalem, central Israel - World Israel News

On Wednesday evening, Israelis in Jerusalem reportedly felt the ground shake during an earthquake that qualified as "minor" on the Richter scale, the metric used to measure the size and strength of earthquakes throughout the world.

The earthquake registered as a 4.5 magnitude, according to a report by Arutz Sheva based on data collected by Geophysical Institute of Israel.

Any seismic events with a magnitude greater than 4.5 is strong enough to be recorded by the sensors of a seismograph anywhere in the world.

(Read more)

2. Netanyahu decries 'impossible' coalition demands- Israel National News

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took part in a ceremony marking the centenary of the death of Aaron Aaronsohn, head of the Nili spy ring, and referred to the coalition talks and the fact that no agreement has been signed with any of the potential coalition partners.

Netanyahu said that coalition negotiations are "a mission that seems absurd" and that he "prefers to be here more than in the coalition negotiations, and all the factions demand demands that clash with each other."

"One faction asked for four positions for each of its four MKs. The budgetary requests are reasonable, if we had a budget like the US. We don't have that, and we can't collapse Israel's economy," he stressed.

(Read more)

3. 10,000 Palestinians riot at Israel-Gaza border with violence, flames - World Israel News

Some 10,000 Palestinian Arabs rioted along the Israel-Gaza border, burning tires and throwing stones, an IDF spokesman said. Violence was expected as Wednesday marks "Nakba Day" for the Arabs, the day of "catastrophe" when they lost to Israel in 1948.

Several attempts have been made to approach the border fence. The IDF is pushing back the rioters with crowd control means.

Several injuries have been reported among the rioters, as well as one fatality.

Fires have broken out in recent hours near Israeli communities around the Gaza Strip, apparently ignited by arson balloons launched by Gaza terrorists.

(Read more)

4. Rivlin hails 'flourishing relations' with European Union after years of tensions - Times of Israel

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday hailed Israel's "flourishing relations" with the European Union and thanked it for supporting Israel through this month's two-day military flareup in and around the Gaza Strip.

Israel-EU ties have been rocky over the past few years, with the sides at loggerheads with the bloc over the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Iran nuclear deal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last November urged the bloc to end its "hypocritical and hostile stance" toward the Jewish state.

At an event marking Europe Day held in Tel Aviv, Rivlin on Wednesday thanked EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret for his "tremendous contributions to strengthening our relations."

(Read more)

5. EU to Investigate Palestinian Authority Textbooks for Hate - Jewish Press

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini confirmed on Wednesday the body will inspect the latest Palestinian Authority school textbooks to determine whether they contain content that promotes incitement to hate and violence.

The EU is concerned its foreign aid funds are being used to promote hate in the wake of findings that emerged from an investigation by IMPACT-se (Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education).

IMPACT-se found the new textbooks contain more radical content than those in past years, with hundreds of examples of extremist incitement to jihad against Israel and Jews appearing in all subjects across the board.

"The European Union is the largest financial donor to the Palestinian Ministry of Education. But European taxpayers' money and good will have been abused for years, with generations of young Palestinians systematically undergoing radicalization," said Marcus Sheff, CEO of the institute.

(Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. Media Matters Employees Aid Watchdog Hitting Trump With Dozens of Lawsuits - FreeBeacon

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed lawsuits against Trump and government agencies nearly every month since he was sworn into office. These actions follow a plan that was laid out in a confidential memo from David Brock, the liberal operative who founded Media Matters, American Bridge, and Shareblue, that was handed out to deep-pocketed liberal donors as Trump was taking office.

CREW filed its first Trump lawsuit on Jan. 20, 2017, the day of the inauguration. Since that time, CREW has been involved with at least 40 lawsuits, averaging nearly one per month. CREW received $7.8 million in contributions in 2017, according to its own tax forms. The donations from Soros and Stryker alone accounted for more than a quarter of what the group raised throughout that year.

CREW is also an approved funding group by partners in the Democracy Alliance, the left's largest secretive dark money donor network. Media Matters is additionally backed by the club. Both Soros and Stryker have been identified as members of the collaborative, which actively works to keep the names of its members hidden.
(Read more)

- Father God, we pray the money that supplies all this "lawfare" from CREW and similar organizations will cut off.

- For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. (Psalm 37:9)

2. Trump Jr. reaches last-minute agreement to testify before Senate Intel Committee - FoxNews

Donald Trump Jr. has reached an eleventh-hour agreement to testify before the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee, most likely in June, Fox News has learned.

The development capped a contentious episode that began when the panel, led by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Ranking Member Mark Warner, D-Va., subpoenaed the president's son over remarks he made while testifying before the committee in 2017.

Trump Jr. had been concerned about an open-ended time and subject commitment, Fox News is told. Ultimately, the panel agreed to limit questioning to 1 to 2 hours, with narrow room for follow-ups, Fox News has learned. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for Your supernatural protection to cover Donald Trump, Jr. as he complies with this subpoena.

- Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
(Psalm 141:3)

3. White House refuses House Judiciary's request for documents - The Hill

The White House is rejecting a sweeping request from the House Judiciary Committee for documents, suggesting the panel is attempting a "do-over" of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and calling on it to narrow its scope.

"It appears that the Committee's inquiry is designed, not to further a legitimate legislative purpose, but rather to conduct a pseudo law enforcement investigation on matters that were already the subject of the Special Counsel's long-running investigation and are outside the constitutional authority of the legislative branch," White House counsel Pat Cipollone asserted in a 12-page letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday.

"The only purpose for this duplication seems to be harassing and seeking to embarrass political opponents after an exhaustive two-year investigation by the Department of Justice did not reach the conclusion that some members of the Committee apparently would have preferred. That, of course, is not a permissible purpose for demanding confidential information from the Executive," Cipollone wrote. (Read more)

- Father, we pray President Trump and his administration will win this battle against Congressional overreach.

- The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord. (Proverbs 21:31)

4. The real constitutional crisis is the Democrats' disregard for justice -
Courier Journal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right: We are in the midst of a "constitutional crisis." It has nothing to do with President Donald Trump's jousting with Congress over subpoenas, however; the crisis is fully one of the Democrats' making as they -unfortunately aided by special counsel Robert Mueller - continue to disregard the pillars of justice and fairness that have underpinned America since its founding.

Democrats plan to pursue a criminal contempt citation against Barr for failing to break the laws passed by Congress. Democrats have again signaled that they intend to disregard the presumption of innocence for their political enemies.

It is hard to take Democrats seriously about Trump defying the norms of the presidency when they are actively assaulting our justice system, hypocritically refusing to accept election results (see: Georgia), trying to eliminate the Electoral College and pack the Supreme Court. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for the renewal of our Constitutional form of government and the re-establishment of equal justice under the law throughout our nation.

- Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

5. Trump May Sign Executive Order Banning Huawei Telecom Equipment - Breitbart

President Donald Trump reportedly will sign an executive order this week banning U.S. telecom companies from using equipment deemed risky to national security. The order will not specify individual companies or countries of origin, but it will clearly have the most profound impact on Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, sources told Reuters Tuesday.

The executive order would invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which gives the president the authority to regulate commerce in response to a national emergency that threatens the United States. The order will direct the Commerce Department, working with other government agencies, to draw up a plan for enforcement, the sources said.

Washington believes equipment made by Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's third-largest smartphone maker, could be used by the Chinese state to spy. Huawei, which has repeatedly denied the allegations, did not immediately comment. The administration banned U.S. government agencies last summer from using equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, another large Chinese telecom firm. Huawei is suing the U.S. government to overturn the ban. (Read more)

- Father God, we pray all the technology purchased by our government or citizens will not be able to be used to surveil or undermine our nation or our privacy.

- Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet. (Psalm 140:4)

6. Public-Sector Unions: The Other Deep State - American Greatness

Government unions insulate their members from the challenges facing ordinary private citizens. On every major issue of our time; globalization, immigration, climate change, the integrity of our elections, crime and punishment, regulations, government spending, and fiscal reform, the interests and political bias of public-sector unions is inherently in conflict with the public interest. Today, there may be no greater core threat to the freedom and prosperity of the American people.

Yet the threat of public-sector unions typically is a sideshow, when it ought to occupy center stage. They are the greatest menace to American civilization that nobody seems to be talking about. It would be cynical and unfair to suggest that politically savvy members and leaders of public-sector unions are consciously supporting policies that undermine America's democracy, prosperity, freedoms, and culture. But that's what's happening.

It doesn't matter all that much what union members and leaders think; the institutional momentum of their organizations have this effect. The primary agenda of a government union, like any organization, is to survive and thrive. For government unions, this means to acquire more members, collect more dues, and acquire more power and influence. The only way this can be accomplished is for government to expand. (Read more)

- Father God, we ask You to uproot public sector unions and deliver our people from their corrupting influence.

- Can a corrupt throne be allied with you- a throne that brings on misery by its decrees? (Psalm 94:20)

7. Foreign Ops Funding Bill Includes Measures Targeting Trump's 'Policy of Protecting Life' - CNS News

The Appropriations Committee in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday will consider a draft bill on foreign affairs and aid funding - including contributions to the United Nations - that provides $13.7 billion more than President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget request.

The funding bill also contains several specific measures opposed by Republicans, relating to issues such as abortion around the world and U.N. global warming initiatives. A Republican committee member warned that unless partisan measures targeting "the president's policy of protecting life" were removed, the bill stood no chance of passing.

Significantly, the bill includes legislation called the Global Health Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act, which seeks to permanently repeal the Mexico City Policy. The Global HER Act, introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) last February, has 171 co-sponsors, all Democrats. The Senate version, introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), has 46 co-sponsors, including Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Me.) The draft funding bill also provides for $55.5 million for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), which Trump defunded in 2017 over reported links to China's coercive birth-limitation policies. Another provision expected to draw GOP opposition is the removal of a prohibition of U.S. funding for the Green Climate Fund, a major U.N. global warming initiative which Trump also defunded in 2017. (Read more)

- Father, we pray these provisions to fund the United Nations abortion and global warming initiatives will fail to pass the House and Senate. We also pray for the failure of the HER act.

- Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble. (Psalm 119:165)

8. Alabama Senate Passes Nation's Strictest Abortion Ban by 25-6 Vote; Bill Heads to Governor's Desk - Breitbart

Late Tuesday, the Alabama State Senate passed what would be the nation's strictest abortion laws should it be signed by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. House Bill 314 passed the Senate by a 25-6 vote, and it does not include exceptions for rape or incest. Earlier this month, HB 314 was passed by the Alabama House of Representatives by a 74-3 margin, and now awaits the governor's signature.

The bill's proponents argue its strict nature is intended to establish a baby in the womb as a person. "Roe v. Wade was decided that the baby in the womb was not a person," she continued. "So this bill bases its reasoning that the baby in the womb is a person. And we based it on the fact that in Alabama law, we currently consider the baby in the womb a person. If you were a drunk driver and you killed a pregnant woman, you have a double homicide on your hands. We voted as a state to be a pro-life state."

State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville), who headed the State Senate's effort, said passage demonstrated Alabama's commitment to the pro-life cause. "Life and liberty are not man given; they are given by our Creator," State Sen. Clyde Chambliss said following the Alabama Senate's passage. "Today, Alabama made clear that we will protect our rights and the rights of our unborn children." (Read more)

- Father, we pray Pro-Life litigants will have Your wisdom as they choose the best law and best case to overturn Roe v. Wade.

- It is time for You to act, O Lord, For they have regarded Your law as void.
(Psalm 119:126)

9. Vermont Legislators Vote for Unrestricted Abortion at Any Stage of Pregnancy - CBN News

Lawmakers in Vermont have voted to amend their state constitution to protect abortion at any stage of pregnancy for any reason. The amendment called Proposal 5, passed both chambers of the state legislature.

The amendment aims to "recognize as a fundamental right -- the freedom of reproductive choice -- and to prohibit public entities from interfering with or restricting the right of an individual to terminate the individual's pregnancy," according to the Catholic News Agency.

Democratic lawmakers in The Granite State say the measure is needed to protect legalized abortion in Vermont and goes beyond New York's late-term abortion bill by giving blanket permission for all abortions.

Before Vermont's amendment can become law, the state legislature would need to pass the bill again next year. Voters would then need to approve it in a 2022 referendum. (Read more)

- Father, we pray the citizens of Vermont will have an epiphany about the depravity of this constitutional amendment and vote against it.

- Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
(Micah 7:18)

10. Pompeo: Nuclear deal increased terrorism, malign behavior from Iranians - Al-Arabiya

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that all kinds of bad things happened during the nuclear deal and that it increased terrorism and led to a radical increase in malign behavior from the Iranians.

In an interview to CNBC, Pompeo said: "there were more missile launches and a radical increase in malign behavior from Iranians toward entities that range from the Houthis to Hezbollah," Pompeo said. "All of that occurred while we were in the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], and President Trump is determined to change that behavior from the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.

During the interview, Pompeo said that the European partners are important allies with respect to Iran. "When we talk about threats of terror, and we talk about threats of destabilization, and we understand the risk from Hezbollah and the Houthis and from Iraqi militias under Iranian control and not under the control of the Iraqi Government, which is what we want, I think the Europeans understand and they share our concerns". (Read more)

- Father, we pray the people of Iran will be delivered from their tyrannical government.

- From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. (Psalm 3:8)

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