Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Daily Brief: Wednesday, November 22, 2017



The Daily Brief: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (Short Form)

1. Liberal Millionaires Group Seeks to 'Fundamentally Reset' America's Ideology and Economy - Washington Free Beacon

A group of deep-pocketed progressive millionaires seeks to "fundamentally reset" America's ideology and economy and "expose the dogma of free enterprise, limited government, and traditional family values," according to a brochure obtained by the Washington Free Beacon at a secretive progressive dark money donor conference. Patriotic Millionaires's newest organizational overview, which is not the same brochure that is currently available on its website, was obtained by the Free Beacon at the Democracy Alliance's fall investment conference held last week at the swanky La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. Each Democracy Alliance member vows to steer hundreds of thousands in funding to approved left-wing organizations the group supports.

Race, immigration, reproductive freedom, social equality, mass incarceration, and global climate change are labeled as the group's most pressing issues, suggesting they can be dealt with if "a political economy capable of meeting the basic needs of our citizens" is established. The group hopes to establish these tenets as the dominant political system in the United States by 2026, when America celebrates its 250th birthday, its brochure states. (Read more)

- Father, we pray the Democracy Alliance's plans will fail completely, humiliating all who are involved - because their plans are directly against Your Will and Your Word.

- There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.
(Proverbs 21:30)


2. FBI has not verified Trump dossier - Washington Examiner

FBI and Justice Department officials have told congressional investigators in recent days that they have not been able to verify or corroborate the substantive allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign outlined in the Trump dossier. The FBI received the first installment of the dossier in July 2016. It received later installments as they were written at the height of the presidential campaign, which means the bureau has had more than a year to investigate the allegations in the document. The dossier was financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign and compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

An August 24, 2017 subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee to the FBI and Justice Department asked for information on the bureau's efforts to validate the dossier. Specifically, the subpoena demanded "any documents, if they exist, that memorialize DOJ and/or FBI efforts to corroborate, validate, or evaluate information provided by Mr. Steele and/or sub-sources and/or contained in the 'Trump Dossier.'" According to sources familiar with the matter, neither the FBI nor the Justice Department has provided documents in response to that part of the committee's subpoena. But in face-to-face briefings with congressional staff, according to those sources, FBI and DOJ officials have said they cannot verify the dossier's charges of a conspiracy between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for continued revelations and pray the House Intelligence Committee will find the whole truth regarding the Trump dossier.

- The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, (Romans 1:18)


3. Fusion GPS paid journalists, court papers confirm - Washington Examiner

Newly filed court documents confirm that Fusion GPS, the company mostly responsible for the controversial "Trump dossier" on presidential candidate Donald Trump, made payments to three journalists between June 2016 until February 2017. The revelation could be a breakthrough for House Republicans, who are exploring whether Fusion GPS used the dossier, which was later criticized for having inaccurate information on Trump, to feed anti-Trump stories to the press during and after the presidential campaign. The three journalists who were paid by Fusion GPS are known to have reported on "Russia issues relevant to [the committee's] investigation," the House Intelligence Committee said in a court filing.

But the recipients' names, the amounts, and purposes of those payments were either redacted from the documents that Fusion GPS filed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or were not disclosed. Fusion has asked the court to issue a restraining order against the House committee, which is demanding documents from the company that, among other things, explain the payments it made to reporters. Most of the documents sought are banking records. (Read more)

- Father, reveal everything that exposes the truth regarding what was done to influence and corrupt our political process.

- Behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23b)


4. Trump expresses grief over killed Border Patrol agent - Washington Times

President Trump on Monday mourned the death of a Border Patrol agent who was killed in an ambush attack in Texas near the Mexico border. The president acknowledged the killing when wishing Americans a happy Thanksgiving, sending his wishes "especially to our brave men and women serving in our military, and our Border Patrol and ICE agents along the very dangerous southern border. As you heard, we lost a Border Patrol officer yesterday, and another one was brutally beaten and badly, badly hurt. Looks like he'll make it," Mr. Trump said at the start of a Cabinet meeting.

The two agents were attacked Sunday in West Texas. They were bludgeoned, perhaps with rocks, according to reports. The Border Patrol released few details about the circumstances surrounding the death of Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, including whether investigators have any suspects or think smugglers or illegal immigrants were involved. The agent who survived is in the hospital. Mr. Trump said the violence underscored the urgent need for a border wall. "We're going to have the wall as part of what we're doing. We need it," he said. "It's rough territory. That's where the drugs are coming in, a lot of things are happening along the border, the southern border, and we're going to straighten it out." (Read more)

- Father, we mourn over this life taken, Agent Rogelio Martinez, and pray Your comfort for his family. We also lift up the other officer who was badly injured to make a full recovery.

- 'For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,' declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 30:17a)


5. Justice Department Vows to Overturn California Judge's Ruling on Sanctuary Cities and States - Washington Free Beacon

The Trump administration has vowed to overturn a federal judge's decision to block President Trump's executive order cutting off federal funds to sanctuary cities, counties, and states. A federal judge in Northern California determined Monday that Trump cannot place new conditions on spending Congress has approved. The judge's ruling responded to lawsuits brought by two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara, taking exception to Trump's threat to cut off federal grants to localities that limit law enforcement's cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. The Justice Department late Monday countered that cities, counties, and states do not have the ability to flout federal law and continue receiving federal money without any repercussions.

"The District Court exceeded its authority today when it barred the president from instructing his cabinet members to enforce existing law," said Justice Department spokeswoman Devin O'Malley. "The Justice Department will vindicate the president's lawful authority to direct the executive branch." (Read more)

- Father, we pray for alignment to the rule of law between the Executive and Judicial branches of our government. We pray the Executive branch will not be hindered from doing what is necessary to keep our nation safe.

- "Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!" (1 Samuel 14:6)


6. The Trump Era of Antitrust Enforcement Dawns - Breitbart

The Justice Department filed its much-anticipated lawsuit to block AT&T's $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner, signaling the end of the Obama era of antitrust and the beginning of the Trump era. The Obama administration's Justice Department, for example, approved Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011, imposing numerous conditions that demanded a level of scrutiny and regulatory vigilance that has been notably absent in the years since. For many on the political left and right, that deal has come to stand for the proposition that so-called behavioral remedies are not able to effectively avoid anti-competitive harm in the digital-everything age.

Makan Delrahim, the Justice Department's top antitrust lawyer, made this point in a speech to fellow lawyers last week. "Behavioral remedies presume that the Justice Department should serve as a roving ombudsman of the affairs of business. Even if we wanted to do this, we often don't have the skills or the tools to do so effectively," he said. Delrahim's speech made clear that in his view-which is to say, now the view of the U.S. government-"antitrust is law enforcement, not regulation." That means that effective antitrust enforcement should not require erecting new powers for the administrative state but instead assure that markets can function properly. (Read more)

- Father, we pray Makan Delrahim's strategy of increasing business competition and effective law enforcement will provide long-term benefits to our markets and ultimately, our citizens.

- Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards. (Proverbs 12:14)


7. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Announces December Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality - Breitbart

Chairman Pai plans to unveil his proposed rulemaking to repeal net neutrality on Wednesday. Pai declared in a statement on Tuesday:

For almost twenty years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress. This bipartisan framework led the private sector to invest $1.5 trillion building communications networks throughout the United States. And it gave us an Internet economy that became the envy of the world. But in 2015, the prior FCC bowed to pressure from President Obama. On a party-line vote, it imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the Internet. That decision was a mistake. It's depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation.

Today, I have shared with my colleagues a draft order that would abandon this failed approach and return to the longstanding consensus that served consumers well for decades. Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet. Instead, the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that's best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for Chairman Pai and his efforts to deregulate the internet. We pray his proposal will receive wide, bipartisan support.

- Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity. (Proverbs 21:5a)


8. Trump Says Alabama Can't Afford To Elect A Democrat - Daily Caller

President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday that Alabama shouldn't elect a Democrat over embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. "I can tell you one thing for sure. We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, [Doug] Jones. I've looked at his record, it's terrible on crime, it's terrible on the border, it's terrible on the military," Trump said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and National Republican Campaign Committee chairman Cory Gardner have both asked Moore to drop out of the Alabama race after several women accused the Senate candidate of having sexual encounters with them when they were minors. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has said repeatedly that Trump wants Alabama voters to decide who their next senator should be. The president left open the possibility Tuesday that he would visit the Yellowhammer State to campaign for Moore. (Read more)

- Father, we pray the people of Alabama will have discernment as they go to the polls in December to elect a new Senator. We pray for Your choice, a man of integrity who will do Your will.

- But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)


9. Court Strikes Abortion Buffer Zone Law - Liberty Council

A New Jersey federal court struck down a City of Englewood eight-foot buffer zone that prohibits pro-life speech near abortion facilities. Applying the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous 2014 opinion in McCullen v. Coakley, which held unconstitutional an identically worded Massachusetts buffer zone law, the New Jersey court ruled the ordinance violates the First Amendment.

The decision provides fresh optimism for Liberty Counsel's lawsuit against the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to strike down the twenty-foot buffer zone ordinance passed by the City at the behest of Planned Parenthood. The Harrisburg ordinance violates the constitutional rights of Liberty Counsel's clients Becky Biter and Colleen Reilly, who are Christian sidewalk counsellors being prevented from telling women about alternatives to abortion they will not hear once inside Planned Parenthood. Just as in Englewood, the Harrisburg City Council failed to consider any less restrictive alternatives to its speech ban, opting instead to become enthusiastic agents for the Planned Parenthood agenda.

Both New Jersey and Pennsylvania are in the same federal appellate jurisdiction, covered by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, where Liberty Counsel has already secured an early victory in the Harrisburg case. The Harrisburg trial court is now bound by the favorable Third Circuit ruling as the case proceeds, and should be favorably influenced by the plainly sound reasoning of its sister court in New Jersey.

"The New Jersey decision is a great example of clear constitutional reasoning, uncorrupted by the 'abortion distortion' that has pervaded so many court decisions since Roe v. Wade," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel."The decision should be an encouragement to pro-life sidewalk counsellors around the country, and a warning to state and local governments who increasingly abdicate their duties to uphold the constitutional rights of their citizens in order to carry water for Planned Parenthood," said Staver. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for this decision and pray for the removal of all "Buffer Zone" laws around the country. We pray Christian counselors who want to help these women choose life for their babies will not be prevented from speaking to them.

- Now, choose life! Then you and your children may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19b)


10. Rex Tillerson's State Department Marks 'Transgender Day of Remembrance' - Breitbart

A State Department press release in the name of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is honoring the memory of the so-called "transgender" individuals around the world on "Transgender Day of Remembrance. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence," the statement read. The Day of Remembrance was invented in 1999 by San Francisco activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith. It is not recognized by Congress and a resolution introduced this year by Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-MA) to change that has received little traction. According to a State Department spokesman, the department has issued a statement in the name of the secretary for Transgender Day of Remembrance since 2013.

The statement in Tillerson's name continues, claiming that transgender rights are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution: Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex persons, are facing increasing physical attacks and arbitrary arrests in many parts of the world. Often these attacks are perpetrated by government officials, undermining the rule of law. Transgender persons should not be subjected to violence or discrimination, and the human rights they share with all persons should be respected.

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States remains committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons. These principles are inherent in our own Constitution and drive the diplomacy of the United States. (Read more)

- Father, our nation desires to uphold the human rights of all individuals, but we pray this statement will not stand as an endorsement of this lifestyle.

- God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Daily Brief: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017



Daily Brief: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 (Short form)


1. Trump designates North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism - Washington Examiner

President Trump plans to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism on Monday, years after the hermit nation was removed from the list during the George W. Bush administration.

Speaking to members of his Cabinet, Trump said the designation "should have happened a long time ago." The White House expects the move to put further pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime," the president told reporters, noting that the Treasury Department is set to announce additional sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday. (Read more)

- Lord, we thank You that this action has finally been taken, as it should have been years before. We ask once again for your Spirit to save the people of North Korea from this brutal regime and destroy the false worship atmosphere of that country.

- "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." (1 Samuel 15:23)


2. "It's Time!" U.S. House Introduces Parental Rights Amendment to the Constitution - Breaking Christian News

"The freedom for parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is an American tradition once established beyond debate," said Rep. Hultgren. "Yet every day, families are broken apart by state actors who presume they are able to make a better decision for a child than a parent can. With recent state laws and court decisions threatening this American value, it is time parental rights are enshrined as fundamental rights and therefore protected under the Constitution."

"We are grateful to Representative Hultgren for taking up this vital issue before Congress," says ParentalRights.org President Jim Mason, a proponent of the resolution. "Parental rights is a crucial battle that too few are talking about. Every other question, whether of politics, religion, values, or ideology, hinges on the right of good parents to raise their children in a way that is true to them."

The Amendment, which would provide that "the liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right," requires a two-thirds vote in each house of Congress to go to the states for ratification. This means bipartisan support will be necessary for its passage. "Parental rights affect us all, regardless of race or belief, across every community or demographic," says Detroit-area family law attorney Allison Folmar. "Absolutely, this Amendment should have bipartisan support. In fact, it should have universal support."

The NFL's 2005 MVP Shaun Alexander is also among those supporting the Amendment effort. Alexander is vice president of ParentalRights.org. "I am still amazed with how much authority the courts have over parents' rights today. With the Parental Rights Amendment now introduced in both houses of Congress, we can begin to push back and win for all parents' authority for how to raise their own children. The Parental Rights Amendment will protect the greatest team ever assembled-the family." (Read more)

- Lord, we know that passing a Constitutional Amendment is exceedingly difficult. We do pray that this will go through. We take authority over the forces of evil that wish to continue to destroy the family and bind them up in the Mighty Name of Jesus and by the power of His Shed Blood.

- "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." (Genesis 2:24)


3. Democrats Dump $250K a Day into Partial Birth Abortion Candidate Doug Jones Campaign to Beat Roy Moore - Gateway Pundit

The Roy Moore scandal has unleashed a torrent of online donations to Democrat Doug Jones, who was collecting around $250,000 per day in its immediate aftermath, according to two sources familiar with the matter who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity.

Democrats may end up in the unlikely situation of dramatically outspending the GOP in the Senate contest in deep red Alabama now that national Republicans have abandoned Moore. The Republican candidate's bank account had been depleted by a tough primary battle even before nine women came forward to accuse him of sexual impropriety.

The scandal has super-charged Jones' already robust online fundraising to "Ossoff-level money," as one Democrat put it, referring to failed Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, who amassed a staggering $30 million in a Georgia special election this year.

Unlike Ossoff, however, who was matched by an equally massive amount of GOP money, Jones' spending may go unanswered by pro-Moore forces through the Dec. 12 election. (Read more)

- Father, You are the righteous judge of all men. We pray that Your choice for the Senate seat in Alabama would be the one who wins, regardless of how much money is spent on either side.

- "But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth." (Psalm 86:15)


4. Secretive Liberal Donor Network to Ramp Up Efforts to Elect Far-Left District Attorneys - Free Beacon

The Democracy Alliance, a secretive leftwing dark money donor network whose members each direct hundreds of thousands in funding to progressive groups, are set to ramp up efforts to elect far-left prosecutors across the nation, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The documents, which were gathered from the Democracy Alliance's three-day fall investment conference last week at the posh La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., show that electing ultra-progressive prosecutors in cities across the country is of high importance to the deep-pocketed donors as part of their "resistance" efforts and 2018 strategy. Closed events were held at the summit on issues ranging from using the state of California as a progressive template to expand elsewhere, to the "importance of prosecutor races." (Read more)

- Father, we pray that these secret moves will be more and more open to public view. We ask that George Soros be brought to his knees. Let his reign of manipulation in world politics be stopped in its tracks, and let every penny he has spent to do so be given to the righteous.

- "Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known." (Matthew 10:26)


5. Lois Lerner wants IRS testimony sealed forever, fearing death threats - Fox News

Former IRS official Lois Lerner and her deputy are asking a federal court to keep their testimonies in the Tea Party targeting case private forever, over fear of death threats and potential harm to their families if the documents go public. Lerner and her deputy Holly Paz filed a motion last Thursday to keep the materials-including tapes and transcripts of their depositions-sealed due to threats they have received in the past.

Court documents, reviewed by Fox News, said the "public dissemination of their deposition testimony would expose them and their families to harassment and a credible risk of violence and physical harm." "Whenever Mss. Lerner and Paz have been in the media spotlight, they have faced death threats and harassment," the documents stated. "Returning Mss. Lerner and Paz to the media spotlight places them at risk, regardless of what they actually said in those depositions."

The documents also stated that: "Public exposure will put innocent bystanders, namely Mss. Lerner's and Paz's family members (including young children), at risk, too." (Read more)

- Lord, we have to ask who she's afraid of? Her own party or Conservatives? This is a ploy by this person to bury the truth forever. We ask that it not be allowed. Let ALL truth be revealed in this matter.

- "Truth shall spring out of the earth and righteousness shall look down from heaven." (Psalm 85:11)


6. Border agent killed, partner injured by illegal immigrants using rocks, report says - Fox News

Illegal immigrants reportedly assaulted two U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks, killing one and seriously injuring another Sunday near the southern border with Mexico.

Details around the attack remained murky Monday, however, an FBI spokesperson said Rogelio Martinez and his partner were not shot and a National Border Patrol Council official told KTSM the assailants were "undocumented immigrants" who used likely used rocks to bash the agents. "We strongly believe rocks were what was used," NBPC Vice President Art Del Cueto told KTSM.

The FBI had taken over the investigation into the death of Martinez, 36, and the injuring of his partner, who was not identified. The two were patrolling the Big Bend Sector of Texas when the attack occurred. "They were not fired upon," said Jeanette Harper of the FBI's El Paso office. "There are so many different agencies working together that we need to come together and develop a timeline." (Read more)

- Lord, we pray for Comfort for the family of the slain Border Patrol agent, and heal the other agent quickly. We pray Your mighty protection over the borders of our nation, granting us victory over our enemies.

- "You have subdued under me those who rose up against me." (Psalm 18:39b)


7. The Air Force is throwing money at pilots to stay. Fewer and fewer are interested - Air Force Times

Despite offering fat retention bonuses to entice pilots to stay in the Air Force, the percentage of eligible pilots accepting them is plummeting. The Air Force said it typically hopes about 65 percent of eligible pilots will accept the retention bonuses. But in fiscal 2015, only 55 percent took the bonuses and signed up for longer stints.

And the so-called "take rate" has plunged even further since then, to 48 percent in fiscal 2016, and 44 percent in fiscal 2017, according to figures released by the Air Force. In all, 476 pilots accepted retention bonuses last year.

The dramatically increased bonuses ― once called Aviator Retention Pay and earlier this year renamed the Aviation Bonus Program ― are one of several tools the Air Force is rolling out to try to stem an exodus that has contributed to an almost 2,000-pilot shortfall.

Commercial airlines are aggressively recruiting Air Force pilots and can offer salaries that are far higher than what the military offers. (Read more)

- Father, our Armed Forces can only fly if we have qualified pilots. We ask that You grant wisdom to our military, and find a solution to this shortfall, that America would remain strong.

- "Wisdom is better than strength." (Eccl 9:16a)


8. New School under fire for putting Linda Sarsour on anti-Semitism panel - Fox News

A private university in New York City is hosting a panel on combating anti-Semitism -- but there's at least one glaring problem, according to critics: an avowed anti-Zionist protester is among the so-called experts.

Brooklyn-born Muslim activist Linda Sarsour is set to be a panelist at the New School's Nov. 28 event, "Anti-Semitism and the Struggle for Justice." Sarsour has previously said "nothing is creepier than Zionism," has lauded National of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan and objected to the Jewish right to return to Israel.

Further, the event, which is moderated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, appears to reject anti-Semitism while also exhibiting an anti-Israel stance. "When anti-Semitism is redefined as criticism of Israel, critics of Israeli policy become accused and targeted more than the growing far-right," the event description reads.

The New School, which says it was founded on principles of tolerance, social justice, and free intellectual exchange, told Fox News, in a statement, the school has "been contacted by several individuals who have expressed their concerns about the university's participation."

The New York Post Editorial Board labeled the event an Orwellian "fake panel . . .meant to promote Israel-bashing." (Read more)

- Father, this ludicrous action brings great grief to our hearts, as an avowed Jew-hater is allowed on an "anti-Semitism" panel. WE ask that You move in all the hearts of those who have done this egregious thing and stop it in its tracks. As for Ms. Sarsour, we ask yet again that You bring her to her knees, face up with You as Truth.

- "He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord." (Proverbs 17:15)


9. Big Brother Is Here: Twitter Will Monitor Users Behavior 'Off Platform' - Zero Hedge

In perhaps the most intrusive move of social media platforms' efforts signal as much virtue as possible and appease their potentially-regulating government overlords, Twitter has announced that it is cracking down on what it defines at hate-speech and not just by looking at its own site.

In what amounts to a major shift in Twitter policy, Mashable's Kerry Flynn reportsthat the company announced on Friday that it will be monitoring user's behavior "on and off the platform" and will suspend a user's account if they affiliate with violent organizations, according to an update to Twitter's Help Center on Friday. (Read more)

- Lord, we are pressured on every side from media giants who, under the guise of protecting us, actually deny the right to privacy at all. We ask that You will clinch down on all the companies who have determined that their subjective view is the only right one.

- "Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries." (Psalm 27:12a)


10. The Next Big Middle Eastern War - Frontpage Magazine

Saudi Arabia vs. Iran.

The Syrian Civil War killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions. Its ripple effects brought terror to Europe and dragged the United States into the fighting. And it's just the appetizer for the coming war.

The real war is the one that the Saudis and the Iranians have been maneuvering toward for years. Those maneuvers included everything from Iran's nuke deal, the fighting in Yemen, the Syrian Civil War, the Iraqi suppression of Kurdish independence, the rise of ISIS, and the Qatari embargo.

The death toll from the buildup to the Sunni-Shiite regional war is approaching a million. And the war hasn't even begun yet. It may never become an actual war as we understand it. It's possible that there will be a hundred little wars exploding across the region. These wars will tear apart more of the region and the talking heads on television will blame global warming or Israeli settlements. Those progressive excuses make much more sense to the media than an Islamic religious war. And it will almost certainly drag us in. (Read more)

- Father, we speak shalom peace over Israel, and all Western interests in the region. We ask that You move over the Middle East, changing hearts and redirecting thoughts. You are the God of Justice and Mercy and we hope in You.

- "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord Our God." (Psalm 20:7)


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Daily Brief: Wednesday, November 8th



The Daily Brief: Wednesday, November 8th (Short Form)


1. Democrats End Losing Streak - Washington Free Beacon

Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Tuesday's election to determine Virginia's next governor. Northam was declared the winner by the Associated Press at 8:12 p.m, just about an hour after the polls closed. Northam was leading by about four percentage points when the race was called. Northam, currently Virginia's lieutenant governor, emerged from the election's primary phase as the clear favorite, but the polls had tightened in recent weeks.

The win comes after a long string of defeats for Democrats that followed their crushing losses last November, when Republicans maintained control of both chambers of Congress and took the presidency.

The win further solidifies Virginia as a blue state: Democrats there have now won two straight gubernatorial elections, carried the state in three straight presidential elections, and have held both the state's Senate seats since 2009. In 2016, failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton carried Virginia by five points. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for Governor-elect Northam, that he would truly govern the state of Virginia well and advocate for the concerns of all Virginians. We pray for the people of Virginia, to continue in their freedom to live peacefully and grow in their relationship with You.

- I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)


2. Democratic LGBT, minority candidates see historic wins but long-term impact on diversity unclear - ABCNews.com

As Democrats nabbed two major gubernatorial races, Election Day Tuesday was also a historic night for a number of minority and LGBT candidates. Former journalist Danica Roem became the nation's first openly transgender woman elected to a state legislature. Roem unseated Virginia delegate Robert Marshall, who described himself as "chief homophobe" and reportedly referred to Roem during the campaign with male pronouns.

"No matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship, who you love, how you identify, or any other inherent identifier that you have ... that if you have good public policy ideas, if you're well-qualified for office, bring those ideas to the table because this is your America too," she said in her victory speech Tuesday night. Roem added, "Discrimination is a disqualifier."

Andra Gillespie, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta, cautioned that such victories in an off-year election might not have an immediate effect on the 2018 midterms. "These elections are notable and noteworthy but it's going to be years before we know what the long-term impact is on diversifying the candidate pool," Gillespie told ABC News today. (Read more)

- "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." (Isaiah 5:20)


3. Comey draft statement on Clinton emails called her actions 'grossly negligent,' new memos show - Fox News

Newly reported memos to Congress released Monday showed that language was softened between an early draft and the final copy of former FBI Director James Comey's statement closing out the Hillary Clinton email case. Originally Comey accused the former secretary of state of being "grossly negligent" in handling classified information in a draft dated May 2, 2016, but that was modified to claim that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in a draft dated June 10, 2016. Comey stuck to that modified language when he announced in July 2016 that there would be no charges against Clinton.

Federal law states that gross negligence in handling the nation's intelligence can be punished criminally with prison time or fines, according to The Hill, which first reported on the memos. "There is evidence to support a conclusion that Secretary Clinton, and others, used the email server in a manner that was grossly negligent with respect to the handling of classified information," one of Comey's earliest drafts states. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for increasing pressure upon our government officials to disclose all backroom deals and malfeasance. We pray for justice and accountability for those who have abused their power.

- Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust. (Luke 20:18)


4. Fusion GPS official met with Russian operative before and after Trump Jr. sit-down - Fox News

The co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the unverified Trump dossier, met with a Russian lawyer before and after a key meeting she had last year with Trump's son, Fox News has learned. The contacts shed new light on how closely tied the firm was to Russian interests, at a time when it was financing research to discredit then-candidate Donald Trump.

The opposition research firm has faced renewed scrutiny after litigation revealed that the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign paid for that research.

Congressional Republicans have since questioned whether that politically financed research contributed to the FBI's investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - making Fusion's 2016 contacts with Russian interests all the more relevant.

The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya occurred during a critical period. At that time, Fox News has learned that bank records show Fusion GPS was paid by a law firm for work on behalf of a Kremlin-linked oligarch while paying a former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Trump through his Russian contacts.

But hours before the Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016, Fusion co-founder and ex-Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson was with Veselnitskaya in a Manhattan federal courtroom, a confidential source told Fox News. Court records reviewed by Fox News, email correspondence and published reports corroborate the pair's presence together. The source told Fox News they also were together after the Trump Tower meeting. (Read more)

- Father, we pray the truth about this meeting, an apparent set-up by the Democrat party, will become fully known.

- An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
(Proverbs 14:5)


5. GOP lawmakers introduce resolution telling Robert Mueller to resign - Washington Examiner

Legislation being introduced Friday by a Florida Republican tells special counsel Robert Mueller to resign from his position looking into possible Trump campaign contacts with Russia. The resolution introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz focuses on the alleged lack of FBI action under Mueller's leadership regarding the 2010 Uranium One deal approved by the Hillary Clinton State Department.

Mueller was FBI director from 2001 to 2013 and the legislation says "any thorough and honest investigation into the corruption of American-uranium related business must include investigating the willful blindness of the FBI and its leaders." Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, are initial cosponsors on the resolution.

The Uranium One deal resulted in Russian ownership of a Canadian firm with U.S. assets. It was finalized the same year former President Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian bank linked to the deal. The Clinton Foundation received donations from others connected to the deal. If adopted, the resolution declares "[t]hat House of Representatives expresses its sense that Robert Mueller is compromised and should resign from his special counsel position immediately." (Read more)

- Father, only You know if Special Council Mueller is truly doing his job or not. We pray this action will be successful if he is not being just and fair in the investigation.

- Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. (Leviticus 19:15)


6. Why Donna Brazile is No Longer with Her - American Spectator

We have fascinated over the Donna Brazile hubbub, with the DNC's ex-temporary-chairperson adopting Ayn Rand's "Virtue of Selfishness," hawking her book shamelessly by disclosing that the Democrat National Committee sold whatever tidbits of soul it may have had to Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential primaries even got rolling. Yet the story was all there, hidden in plain sight at least a year and a half ago.

In a retrospectively startling piece that Ms. [Margo] Kidder, a naturalized American from Canada who evolved into a left-wing activist in Montana, published a year and a half ago in Counterpunch, the anti-Clinton Democrat purist broke the full story of the depraved sell-out by thirty-three separate Democrat State Committees all over the country, who each agreed to participate in a surreptitious nationwide money-cleansing scheme coordinated by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

As Ms. Kidder wrote: "Corruption is corruption is corruption no matter how many laws there are allowing it." (Read more)

- Father, we pray the corruption of the Clinton campaign will be fully exposed and prosecuted.

- All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. (Proverbs 8:13)


7. Nikki Haley tells United Nations: You're not the boss of U.S. - McClatchy DC

The United States voted against a UN resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba on Wednesday. The embargo resolution was overwhelmingly approved in the 193-member General Assembly by a vote of 191-2, with Israel joining the U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said the American people had chosen a new president and the United States would vote against any resolution calling for the lifting of the embargo "as long as the proceeds from trade with Cuba go to prop up the dictatorial regime responsible for denying those (human) rights."

Ambassador Nikki Haley blasted the United Nations Wednesday in a defiant speech to the 193-member General Assembly before it adopted a resolution calling for an end to the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba. Haley called the long-standing debate "political theater. Let's be honest about what we really see going on here," Haley said. "This assembly does not have the power to end the U.S. embargo. It is based in U.S. law, which only the United States Congress can change." (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for this renewed stand against the Cuban regime. We pray for the freedom of the Cuban people and an end to their long suffering.

- Because I suffer and am in need, let the Lord think of me. You are my help and the One Who sets me free. O my God, do not wait. (Psalm 40:17)


8. Senate Confirms Trump's Judicial Nominees Despite Democrats' Opposition - Breitbart

Senate Republicans delivered a series of victories to President Donald Trump this week, confirming four federal appeals judges and two trial judges, with more expected soon. Republicans across the spectrum continue to complain about the Senate's dysfunctional condition on a wide variety of issues, due in large part to the narrow 52-48 GOP margin in the Senate, aided by the fact that seven moderate Republican senators have proven unreliable in advancing the president's agenda and conservative priorities, for many of them reversing the positions they took during the Obama presidency.

Conservative Republicans, in particular, have complained bitterly about the Senate's inability to fill hundreds of positions, including, especially, nominations to serve on the federal courts. Regarding the third branch of government, the president has nominated 56 people thus far to fill more than 150 current and upcoming vacancies on the federal bench at all three levels of the judiciary, comprised of the Supreme Court, 13 appeals courts, and 94 district courts. The number of judges confirmed has jumped in a week from 7 to 13, with more than 40 nominations pending in the Senate.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is preparing to schedule additional judicial nominees for votes on the Senate floor. (Read more)

- Father, thank You for these capable jurists. We pray each will have great influence as they work to interpret and apply the laws of our nation.

- "He keeps away from sin, and is an honest judge when men argue. He walks in My Laws and is careful to obey them. This man is right and good, and will live for sure," says the Lord God. (Ezekiel 18:8b-9)


9. Trump admin cleans up another Obamacare mess - WND

The Trump administration has resolved a dispute over Obamacare's abortion mandate that the previous administration refused to address even though U.S. courts ordered it to be fixed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that the federal government could not force a for-profit business to subsidize abortion in health-care insurance plans in violation of the owners' religious beliefs. Later, the court ruled in the Little Sisters of the Poor case that faith-based nonprofit ministries are exempt.

The Supreme Court, pointed out First Liberty Institute, ordered the cases returned to lower courts where the Obama administration should "seek to accommodate the ministries." Instead of responding to the court, the Obama administration, in some cases, ignored the instructions.

And that left Insight for Living Ministries - the international Bible-teaching ministry of Pastor Charles R. Swindoll, the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary and founder of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas - on the hook. Likewise for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a denomination serving half-a-million Americans. "The Obama administration left office without providing any relief for organizations like IFLM and CMA," said First Liberty.

"The last three years of litigation could have been avoided entirely if the Obama administration had simply recognized that the First Amendment protects the rights conscience of these religious ministries against an administration intent on coercing their obedience. We are grateful that the Trump administration has agreed to end this unnecessary and harmful assault on religious liberty," the non-profit legal organization said. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for this important clarification and we pray religious people will never again be required to pay for procedures or medication that is immoral.

- Love the Lord, all you godly ones! For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes the arrogant. (Psalm 31:23)


10. Tribe Living In Arctic Wilderness Says Environmental Regs Are Making Them 'Conservation Refugees' - Daily Caller

Kaktovik village tribal administrator Matthew Rexford addressed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in a hearing Thursday over the possibility of opening up ANWR's 1002 area to oil and gas development. "We do not approve of efforts to turn our homeland into one giant national park, which literally guarantees us a fate with no economy, no jobs, reduced subsistence and no hope for the future of our people," Rexford told the committee. "We are already being impacted by restrictions of access to the federal lands for subsistence purposes - this is really disturbing to us since we have lived here long before there ever was a refuge designated."

"Attempts to permanently block development in the 1002 - an area intentionally not designated as wilderness because of its oil and gas potential - is a slap in the face to our region and its people," Rexford said. "It's exactly the same as saying, 'it's okay for everyone else in this country to have a thriving economy, but you can't have one at all.'" (Read more)

- Father, we pray these Kaktovik voices will be heard and their petition granted - to have permission to develop the natural resources in ANWR 1002.

- In any of the towns in your land the Lord your God is giving you, if there is anyone poor among you, do not let your heart be hard and not be willing to help him. (Deuteronomy 15:7)


11. Actually we need more nominees like Scott Garrett who oppose the agency they head - Washington Examiner

Mainstream and liberal reporters think they have conservative nominee Scott Garrett in a contradiction or a flip-flop. You see, when Garrett was a congressman from Northern New Jersey, he consistently and vocally opposed the Export-Import Bank, despite having a large constituency of wealthy bankers, who are among the biggest beneficiaries of Ex-Im's subsidies.

Now Garrett is President Trump's nominee to head the Export-Import Bank. In the eyes of Ex-Im's beneficiaries, including the manufacturers lobby, this is some grave contradiction. When Garrett said it wasn't today in his hearing, reporters almost all interpreted him as flip-flopping. Ex-Im shouldn't exist. If it does exist, it should be run by Scott Garrett who will be able to reform it and possibly transform it from a corporate welfare agency to one actually focused on helping small businesses expand into new markets. (Read more)

- Father, we pray Scott Garrett will be confirmed and bring needed reforms to the Export-Import Bank.

- Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men. (Proverbs 22:29)


The Daily Brief: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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