Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Daily Brief: Tuesday, October 17, 2018

The Daily Brief: Tuesday, October 17, 2018

1. Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty in desertion case - Fox News

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty Monday at Fort Bragg to charges he endangered comrades by walking away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 -- the court case wrapping up three years after a stunning Rose Garden spectacle in which former President Barack Obama, flanked by Bergdahl's parents, triumphantly announced the soldier's release from captivity.

"I understand that leaving was against the law," said Bergdahl, whose decision to walk off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 prompted intense search and recovery missions, during which some of his comrades were seriously wounded and other soldiers died. (Read more)

- Lord, we thank You that this chapter is closing, finally. We ask for justice in this situation, even as we remember the lives that were lost or wounded in the search for a deserter.

- "For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him."
(Isaiah 30:18d)

2. EU Vows to Save Iran Deal, Fears for North Korea Mediation - Jerusalem Post

The European Union vowed on Monday to defend a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and urged US lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions after President Donald Trump chose not to certify Tehran's compliance with the accord.

Germany and France led a chorus of warnings to the United States, normally the EU's closest foreign policy ally, that any weakening of the agreement to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons could have serious consequences for peace.

As Europeans together, we are very worried that the decision of the US president could lead us back into military confrontation with Iran," German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told reporters at a meeting with his EU counterparts. (Read more)

- Lord, the EU must not interfere in the poorly crafted Nuclear Deal that left the world vulnerable to Iran's deceptions. We ask for You to show truth and change their hearts to follow Your will.

- " . . . for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13)

3. 'This is not the remnants of a hurricane, this IS a hurricane' - Red weather warning extended nationwide as Hurricane Ophelia barrels in- The Independent Irish News

Hurricane Ophelia will be the most severe weather event to his this country since Hurricane Debbie hit in 1961 - resulting in 15 deaths - Met Eireann has warned. This evening Met Eireann confirmed that a red weather warning has been extended nationwide.

Speaking on this evening's weather forecast, meteorologist Joanna Donnelly told viewers "this is not the remnants of a hurricane - this is a hurricane".

Every school and college in the country will remain closed tomorrow as a result, the Department of Education has said. The public have been urged not to make unnecessary journeys. Employers have also been urged to give their employees guidance how working arrangements have been affected in light of the national red warning. (Read more)

- Lord, we pray for Ireland in the wake of this hurricane. They have not had one there in many years, so preparations have been minimal. We ask for Your Presence and help in this time of trouble.

- "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)

4. The Military Is Practicing Rapid Evacuations of Americans From South Korea - Time

The U.S. military will practice evacuating noncombatant Americans out of South Korea as tensions escalate over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. The annual drills, which will take place on Oct 23-27, aims to prepare "service members and their families to respond to a wide range of crisis management events such as noncombatant evacuation and natural or man-made disasters," the U.S. military said in a statement Monday. The U.S. military stressed in the statement that the exercise was a "routinely scheduled drill" and was not tied to current events.

"Although not directly tied to current geopolitical events, our forces must be ready in all areas," General Vincent K. Brooks, commander of United States Forces Korea, said. "This training is as important to readiness as our other routine events such as tank gunnery and fighter wing exercises." (Read more)

- Lord, we thank You that the US military and South Korea are cooperating on plans to protect their citizens in the event North Korea commits a horrifying nuclear act. Lord, large numbers of South Koreans are Christians, we ask for Your hedge of protections about them.

- "He shall call upon Me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble."
(Psalm 91:15)

5. Louisiana oil rig explodes, at least 7 injured - Fox News

At least seven people are injured and one person is missing after an oil rig exploded Sunday night in Louisiana. Kenner Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Kriss Fortunato said that at least seven people were injured and authorities were actively searching for one missing person, The Times-Picayunereported.

Officials from the St. Charles Parish wrote on Facebook that "The Emergency Operations Center is aware that an oil platform is currently on fire in Lake Pontchartrain and that it caused the loud sound earlier tonight.

Officials are responding." The U.S. Coast Guard is also responding, according to a Facebook post from the Jefferson Parish. Rescue boats are being dispatched from the Kenner Boat Launch and officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office are assisting with rescue efforts, The Times-Picayune reported.

Mike Guillot, director of East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services said that the two individuals brought in are in stable condition but the other five brought to the University Medical Center are in critical condition with "blast type injuries and burns," the Times-Picayune reported. (Read more)

- Father, we pray not only for those who have been affected by this explosion, but that You would move to protect America's oil industry from eco-terrorists and others who wish to destroy the American economy.

- "Let Your work appear to Your servants." (Psalm 90:16a)

6. California declares state of emergency over deadly hepatitis A outbreak - LA Times

California Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency Friday because of a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 18 people in the state.

The declaration allows state health officials to buy additional doses of the hepatitis A vaccine to try to halt the outbreak, which is already the nation's second largest in more than two decades.

"We have the capacity to use as much vaccine as we can get our hands on," said Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist with the California Department of Public Health. The outbreak began in San Diego's homeless community late last year, but has since spread outside the region. Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties are also now experiencing outbreaks. (Read more)

- Lord we stand in the gap for California, praying for Your mercy, asking for a move of Your Holy Spirit across the state. We lift up Your Bride in that state, whom You love; and we intercede for all who have not yet come to know you in salvation. In Your Name, amen.

- "Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous." Psalm 1:5

7. Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia's worst terrorist attack - Guardian

The death toll in the bombing that hit the centre of Mogadishu on Saturday continues to rise, with more than 300 people now believed to have been killed and hundreds more seriously injured. The scale of the loss makes the attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.

On Monday morning, Somalia's information minister announced that 276 people had died in the attack with at least 300 people injured. Within hours, however, Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin ambulances, said his service had confirmed that 300 people died in the blast. "The death toll will still be higher because some people are still missing," Abdirahman told Reuters.

(Read more)

- Father, Somalia has been under horrific destruction for decades, primarily because of the influence of a false religion. We pray that Your Holy Spirit would be released into the nation, bringing Your truth and light to all.

- "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

8. Sen. Cochran out sick, illness threatens tax-related vote - CNN Affiliate

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran remains ill and won't return to his Senate duties Monday as was expected, his office announced. The 79-year-old's absence raises doubts about the ability of GOP leaders to pass a key budget resolution -- a vote is planned later this week -- that is needed to advance tax reform, a top legislative priority for Republicans and President Donald Trump.

"Mrs. Cochran informed me late Saturday night that Senator Cochran has developed another urinary tract infection," said the statement from Cochran's chief of staff Brad White. "After a day of monitoring his condition, and on the advice of his physicians and other health care professionals, Senator Cochran has postponed his return to Washington. He will continue his recuperation at home in Mississippi." (Read more)

- Father, first we pray that You will grant Senator Cochran complete healing. Second, we ask that tax reform would pass, bringing much needed relief to Americans.

- "Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases." (Psalm 103:3)

9. North Korea rejects diplomacy with US for now, source says - CNN

A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal.

North Korea is not ruling out diplomacy, but "before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States," the official said. The comments offer a sobering challenge to the US and the Trump administration which has offered mixed messages regarding diplomatic efforts with North Korea.

White House chief of staff John Kelly said last week that Americans should be concerned about North Korea's ability to reach the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile, cryptically telling reporters that if the threat grows "beyond where it is today, well, let's hope that diplomacy works." (Read more)

- Lord, we ask that you protect all Western nations in the areas surrounding the Korean peninsula from any and all actions by the rogue North Korean Regime.

- "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him." (Isaiah 59:19)

10. North Korea suspected source of 'mad dog' Trump leaflets - Fox News

First, there was "little rocket man." Now, Kim Jong Un has returned fire in the nickname game with "mad dog Trump." Pro-North Korean propaganda posters likening the U.S. president to a raging dog have begun popping up across the South Korean capital, Reuters reported Monday, citing social media posts and people that found them.

"Let's behead mad dog Trump for the future of a peaceful and warless world and mankind!" one bizarre poster pleads, showing the body of a dog with Trump's head, being decapitated by an axe. "Death to old lunatic Trump!" read another, which showed a North Korean soldier stomping on a head that appears to be Trump's. (Read more)

- Lord as the war of words continues, we ask that You will bring wisdom and peace into this conflict before it grows any wider.

- "A scoffer does not listen to rebuke." (Proverbs 13:1b)


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Daily Brief: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Daily Brief: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (Short Form)

1. Inside the Left's Plans to Occupy Trump - Politico

One week after Charlottesville, "the Resistance" is planning its next move. Members of a group calling itself "Refuse Fascism" met in five cities around the country on Saturday with the intent to plan and organize nationwide demonstrations later this year. Their goal, according to Eva Sahana, a 22 year-old organizer, is simply to "drive out the Trump and Pence fascist regime."

The planning is still in its early stages, but the organizers have an idea in mind. On Saturday, November 4-approximately a year after President Donald Trump's election-members of the Resistance will descend on America's major cities. They'll march and demonstrate, as they have in the past, but this time, say organizers, they won't go home at the end of the day. Instead, the plan is to occupy city centers and parks and not leave until, and only until, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have fallen.

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- Father, we ask that You prevent any violence on November 4. Since "Occupy Wall Street" left a human waste disaster, we ask that You prevent that as well.

"He will redeem their life from oppression and violence." (Psalm 72:14a)

2. Corker Fires Back: WH 'Has Become An Adult Day Care Center' - Newsmax

Sen. Bob Corker is hitting back against President Donald Trump after a series of Trump tweets attacked the Tennessee Republican.

It's an extraordinary back-and-forth bashing on social media between a Republican president and a senator from his own party.

Here's what Corker is saying: "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning."

President Donald Trump on Sunday tore into Corker, taunting the Tennessee Republican - and critic of the president - over his decision to not seek re-election in 2018 with a tweet that charged he "didn't have the guts to run."

In a mini-tweet storm, Trump proclaimed that Corker decided against another run because he didn't get Trump to endorse him - and said he was standing in the way of the administration agenda.

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- Lord, we are saddened by these exchanges between elected officials and the president. We ask for peace and calm, wisdom for all of our leadership.

"Let Your work appear to Your servants and Your glory to their children." (Psalm 90:16)

3. EXCLUSIVE: Interior Secretary Zinke Vows to Stand Up to Leftist Activists, Preserve All National Monuments on Federal Land - Breitbart

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ruled out bowing to activist pressure to tear down historical monuments at the federal parks and lands he oversees in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House, Sunday.

Immediately after disembarking from a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission patrol boat aboard which he assessed damage and clean-up efforts from last month's Hurricane Irma, Secretary Zinke sat down with House for a live one-on-one interview. House asked Zinke to weigh in on the current state of the left's campaign against American historical monuments, particularly as that campaign, once largely confined to Confederate memorials, expands to calls to remove monuments to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and even Christopher Columbus.

"No monuments are going to be removed from federal land," Zinke assured viewers, reiterating the commitment he made in July when, long before the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, outside of which a women was killed by an apparent white nationalist, left-wing activists were already stepping up their calls to remove monuments to Robert E. Lee and other Confederate leaders.

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- Lord, we thank You that Secretary Zinke doesn't plan to removes the monuments set on public lands. We ask Your protection for him and especially for the history of the United States.

"Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set." (Proverbs 22:28)

4. EPA moves to repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan coal regs- Fox News

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature regulatory program to curb emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Pruitt made the announcement at an event in Hazard, Ky., casting the previous policy as unfair.

"That rule really was about picking winners and losers," Pruitt said. "The past administration was unapologetic, they were using every bit of power, authority to use the EPA to pick winners and losers on how we pick electricity in this country. That is wrong."

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Lord, we thank You that these regulations can now be taken up by Congress instead of the previous administration's Executive Orders. We ask for fair and balanced legislation that will protect jobs and also protect the environment.

"A just weight and balance are the Lord's." (Proverbs 16:11a)

5. Vice President Mike Pence leaves Colts-49ers game after players kneel during anthem- Fox News

Vice President Mike Pence walked out on his home-state Indianapolis Colts Sunday when members of the opposing team kneeled for the national anthem, but a report that Colin Kaepernick, the player who started it all, will stand if given another shot in the NFL was quickly dialed back.

"I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence tweeted.

Several San Francisco 49ers players kneeled for the anthem on Sunday in Indianapolis.

Pence later posted a statement which read, "I left today's Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us."

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- Father, the backlash from this action among the far left has pummeled our Vice President, leaving extreme disrespect in its wake. We pray for Mike Pence to be strong of Spirit and in heart to not allow any of their words to penetrate.

"Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor who seek after my life; let those be turned back and brought to confusion who plot my hurt." (Psalm 35:4)

6. Mattis Tells Military to 'Be Ready' Regarding North Korea- Free Beacon

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Monday urged the U.S. military to "be ready" regarding the nuclear threat posed by North Korea so President Donald Trump can employ military options if necessary.

"What can the U.S. military do to lessen the likelihood of conflict on the Korean peninsula?" a questioner asked at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting.

Mattis said the government is currently using a "diplomatically led, economic sanction-buttressed effort" to try to deter North Korea from its nuclear ambitions but said the future is unpredictable.

"Now what does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say, so there's one thing the U.S. Army can do, and that is you have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our president can employ if needed," Mattis said.

Mattis again said the effort to stop North Korea is diplomatically led, touting the United Nations Security Council's recent unanimous votes to impose further sanctions against the rogue country for its belligerent behavior.

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- Lord, we thank you that our leaders are ready for whatever comes. We ask that You station Your Angelic Host around our nation and all allies, to protect us all from harm. We pray that You will be with our Armed Forces in everything they must do.

"Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands." (1 Samuel 17:47)

7. CalFire chief: 1,500 structures destroyed in California fires- CNN Affiliate

Firefighters are facing difficulties battling three fast-moving wildfires north of Napa, California, totaling at least 44,000 acres as of early Monday, officials said.

The blazes have become a rapidly evolving crisis as Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday issued an emergency proclamation for three counties and local officials are working up a strategy to confront the fires, which show no sign of ending amid high winds and hot and dry weather.

More than 50 structures have burned due to the rapidly moving Atlas Fire in Napa, said Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann. Complicating firefighting efforts are low humidity and a lack of resources, he added.

"As of right now, with these conditions, we can't get in front of this fire and do anything about the forward progress," he said, adding that resources from across California were to begin arriving in the area later Monday.

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- Lord, we ask Your mercy over the land in California. We know that they have sinned against You in mighty ways, just as the rest of our nation has done. We plead for Your mercy and kindness to come into this situation, giving places for the Holy Spirit to move among the people..

"In wrath, remember mercy." (Habakkuk 3:2)

8. New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen- Fox News

California health care workers who "willfully and repeatedly" decline to use a senior transgender patient's "preferred name or pronouns" could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week.

The sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun.

"It's just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections," he said in a statement last month.

But the language seemingly allows for the possibility, however remote.

The bill itself is aimed at protecting transgender and other LGBT individuals in hospitals, retirement homes and assisted living facilities. The bill would ensure those facilities accommodate transgender people and their needs, including letting them decide which gender-specific bathroom they prefer to use.

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- Lord, we pray that this new law would be challenged in the courts quickly. We repent for the elected officials in California and their Governor who signed this bill. We also pray Your mighty protection over the privacy of women in restrooms across the state.

"But the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:8b)

9. The Latest: FEMA chief says storms have "strained" resources Associated Press- Yahoo News

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the hurricanes that have struck the U.S. and its territories this year - four so far - have "strained" resources.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long told ABC's "This Week" that some 85 percent of the agency's forces were deployed and still working on issues created by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and now Nate.

He said that "in regards to resources, of course we're strained" because "nearly 85 percent of my entire agency is deployed right now. We're still working massive issues in Harvey, Irma, as well as the issues in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and now this one."

Nate struck the U.S. as a Category 1 storm on Saturday but has since weakened substantially. The National Hurricane Center in Miami downgraded the storm to "tropical depression" strength and discontinued all hurricane and storm surge warnings and watches for the Gulf Coast.

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- Mighty Father, we pray that You will make resources stretch to all who need them. We also ask that Your people will be able to step up to the plate to help those in need. May we lean on You rather than the government, and hold our faith strong.

"Be doers of the words, and not hearers only." (James 1:22a)

10. Iran's IRGC: If Trump Imposes Sanctions, U.S. Military Bases Should Move Outside Our Missile Range- CNS News

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Sunday delivered a thinly-veiled threat to launch missile strikes on U.S. military bases in the region if the United States imposes new sanctions against the regime.

State media quoted IRGC commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying that if the U.S. introduces new punitive measures under legislation signed by President Trump last August, the U.S. had better "transfer its regional bases to 2,000 kilometers away - that is, as far as the range of Iranian missiles."

Both Jafari and other senior Iranian officials also warned against any additional move to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization. Unnamed U.S. officials cited in news reports suggest this may be on the cards.

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- Lord, we stand firmly upon Your truth in light of the latest threats from a nation which does not acknowledge You. We continue to ask that Your Holy Spirit visit the people of Iran, removing the false religion and bringing in Your love and mercy.

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Daily Brief: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Daily Brief: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 (short form)

1. Las Vegas shooting: At least 58 dead in massacre Trump calls 'act of pure evil' - Fox News

A gunman turned a Las Vegas concert into a killing field Sunday night from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, using at least 10 guns to rain down a steady stream of fire, murdering at least 58 people and injuring more than 500 others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

The suspect, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada. Police initially sought a woman believed to be Paddock's roommate, Marilou Danley, as a "person of interest." Detectives later made contact with her, and "do not believe she is involved with the shooting on The Strip." (Read more)

- Father, this horrifying massacre has brought grief and fear to hundreds of people across the country. Officials have found no connection to the military or a foreign terror organization, even though he used at least one automatic weapon. We ask that You reveal all truth in this situation and allow Your comfort, truth, and strength to flow among the people.

[We quote the same verse our President quoted in his address to the nation yesterday.]

- "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit." (Psalm 34:18)

2. 'Antifa' preps mass uprising to remove 'fascist' Trump - WND

The far-left group known as "antifa" has dramatically increased its presence in the American political scene since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Its violent tactics have been labeled "terrorism" by experts. But is the group now attempting to make the jump to revolution?

On Nov. 4, the group Refuse Fascism is calling for gatherings around America to demand "the Trump/Pence regime must go." The group claims the Trump administration is "fascist" and must be resisted, channeling the rhetoric of the antifa, or "anti-fascists," which have been active across the country.

Yet the group has a larger agenda than simply resisting "fascism."

Refuse Fascism is a front group for the Revolutionary Communist Party, a fiercely anti-American leftist group noted for its overt call to abolish the United States. WND reported in July the group protested the United States and burned American flags outside the Republican National Convention. (Read more)

- Lord, we bind the spirits of division and strife that are present within this Antifa group. In Jesus Mighty Name we call upon You to put them under Your feet and dissolve every one of their intentions.

- "He who loves transgression loves strife, and he who exalts his gate seeks destruction." (Proverbs 17:19)

3. U.S. cuts staff in Cuba over mysterious injuries, warns travelers - Reuters

The United States on Friday cut its diplomatic presence in Cuba by more than half and warned U.S. citizens not to visit because of mysterious "attacks" that have caused hearing loss, dizziness and fatigue in U.S. embassy personnel. The U.S. embassy in Havana will halt regular visa operations for Cubans seeking to visit the United States and offer only emergency services to U.S. citizens, steps that may further erode the U.S.-Cuban rapprochement begun by former President Barack Obama.

The partial evacuation, while depicted as a safety measure, sends a message of U.S. displeasure over Cuba's handling of the matter and delivers another blow to Obama's policies of engagement with Cold War foe Cuba. The Communist Party-run Cuban government was already dealing with several delicate matters - the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a steep decline in aid from important socialist ally Venezuela and political transition as President Raul Castro steps down next year.

Cuba's Foreign Ministry chief for U.S. Affairs Josefina Vidal said: "We consider the decision announced today by the U.S. government through the State Department is hasty and will affect bilateral relations." Vidal, in a briefing on state-run television, said Cuba was still keen to cooperate with U.S. authorities to clarify what happened.

Officials in President Donald Trump's administration stressed the United States was maintaining diplomatic ties with Cuba. (Read more)

- Thank You, Father, for this decisive action to protect our embassy staff and bring into focus an issue that needs to be exposed. We pray for a spirit of truth to be unleashed into this situation to show the true intentions of this communist dictatorship. Lord, please protect those of our staff still in Cuba and we pray for healing of those harmed by Cuba's actions. We pray for Your divine wisdom for our leaders and for the salvation of the Cuban people.

- "Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, and let his net that he has hidden catch himself; into that very destruction let him fall." (Psalms 35:8)

4. Tennessee Church Attack Revenge for Dylann Roof - WND

A note found in the car of a man charged with shooting up a mixed-race Tennessee church made reference to revenge for a white supremacist's massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two years earlier, according to the Associated Press.

Officials read the note to AP staffers who say it could provide the motive of Emanuel Kidega Samson's mindset at the time of Sunday's shooting and a possible motive for the rampage, which killed a woman and wounded six other people.

The note referenced revenge or retaliation for Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine black worshipers at a South Carolina church in 2015 and has since been sentenced to death. It wasn't clear what precisely Samson is alleged to have written about the Roof shooting, or whether his note contained other important details that might also speak to a motivation or state of mind. (Read more)

- Lord, only You have the right of vengeance. We pray that You will dispel this trend of revenge on every angle.

"Vengeance is Mine; I will repay." (Romans 12:19)

5. Spain riot police smash way into Catalan voting center, more than 800 injured - Fox News

Catalonia's defiant bid to hold a referendum on independence from Spain degenerated into ugly scenes of mayhem on Sunday, with more than 800 people injured as riot police attacked peaceful protesters and unarmed civilians gathered to cast their ballots in a vote the government had banned as unconstitutional. Thirty-three officers were also injured.

Hundreds of police armed with truncheons and rubber bullets were sent in from other regions to confiscate ballots and stop the voting, and amateur video showed some officers dragging people out of polling stations by the hair, throwing some down stairs, kicking them and pushing them to the ground. Anguished, frightened screams could be heard.

"What the police are doing is simply savage," said Jordi Turull, spokesman for the Catalan regional government, which backs independence. "It's an international scandal." He said Spain has become "the shame of Europe" with its iron-fist tactics.

Police were acting on a judge's orders to stop the referendum, which the Spanish government had declared illegal - and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said going forward with the vote only served to sow divisions. (Read more)

- Father, the answer of many governments to division and political issues appears to be crackdowns on the people. Catalan has been struggling for years to be separate from Spain. We ask for calm to prevail, and speak shalom peace over the people of this region of Spain.

- "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." (Isaiah 26:3)

6. DEVELOPING . . . This Country Will Ban Burqas Starting Tomorrow - AP

A law prohibiting any kind of full-face covering, known popularly as the "Burqa Ban," has taken effect Sunday in Austria, where the strong support for it portends potential political upheaval in the upcoming national election.

Parties campaigning on an anti-migrant message are poised to win on Oct. 15 and to form a coalition government. Such a rightward swing in a country that's had centrist governments almost consistently since World War II could have repercussions across Europe, emboldening politicians who take a hard line on Islam and immigration.

Last week, the right-wing, anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party won seats in Germany's national parliament for the first time after featuring posters with the slogan "Burqas? We prefer bikinis" in its campaign.

The Austrian law - called "Prohibition for the Covering of the Face" - forbids off-slope ski masks, surgical masks outside hospitals and party masks in public. Violations carry a possible fine of 150 euros (nearly $180) and police are authorized to use force with people who resist showing their faces. (Read more)

- Lord, this is common sense legislation. We ask that You place Your hand over Austria and keep them from upheavals as this law goes into effect, with wisdom and understanding of the truth.

- "Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding." (Proverbs 4:7)

7. Suspect in Canada terror attack is Somali refugee, police say - Fox News

The suspect accused of stabbing a police officer before crashing a speeding U-Haul van into a crowd of people in Edmonton, Canada, had come to the country from Somalia trying to claim refugee status, police revealed.

Officers took the 30-year-old suspect into custody and he apparently acted alone, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said. Officers said pending charges included terrorism and five counts of attempted murder, but they did not reveal his name.

An Islamic State flag was found in the car that hit the officer, according to Knecht. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for the 5 victims of this incident and ask that You touch them with Your healing and life. We also pray for the suspect, that You will show him the error of his ways, and that You are the one and only True God.

- "The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men." (Psalm 33:13)

8. ISIS claims responsibility for Marseille train station attack; 2 women killed - Fox News

The Islamic State terror network claimed Sunday it was behind a knife attack that ended with two women dead at the Marseille train station in southern France.

The claim was carried in a statement Sunday night by the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency. It said the attacker on Sunday was one of its "soldiers" who acted in response to the group's calls to target countries involved in the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. French security forces shot and killed the attacker.

Police sources told Sky News the attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he carried out the attack at Gare St. Charles. (Read more)

- Lord, as these kinds of attacks continue around the world, we ask on our knees for Your intervention and help. Only You know the hearts of men and the evil plans still waiting to be completed on the earth. We pray that You will touch the hearts of the people of France with strength and life, and protect all who go there from hidden evils.

- "For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You." (Psalm 86:5)

9. A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer - Washington Post

A U.N. investigation uncovered a complex arrangement in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars worth of North Korean rockets for the country's military while also taking pains to keep the transaction hidden, according to U.S. officials and Western diplomats familiar with the findings.

The incident, many details of which were never publicly revealed, prompted the latest in a series of intense, if private, U.S. complaints over Egyptian efforts to obtain banned military hardware from Pyongyang, the officials said.

It also shed light on a little-understood global arms trade that has become an increasingly vital financial lifeline for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the wake of unprecedented economic sanctions. (Read more)

- Father we pray that You will continue to reveal any and all actions that North Korea is trying to hide from the world. Wherever there is illicit arms trade, or any other back door methods of gaining money, we pray that You will cut it off.

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

10. Pelosi Tells Ryan: It's 'Moral Duty' to Create Special Congressional Committee on Gun Control - CNSNews.com

In the immediate wake of last night's mass shooting in Las Vegas--where at least 58 people were murdered and more than 500 were injured--House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) saying that Congress "has a moral duty" to address what she called an "epidemic of gun violence."

In addressing the issue, she said, the House should both enact legislation to "strengthen" the background checks conducted when people purchase guns and impanel a special committee on "gun violence" "The epidemic of gun violence in our country continues to challenge the conscience of our nation," Pelosi wrote in her letter to Ryan.

"I urge you to create a Select Committee on Gun Violence to study and report back common sense legislation to help end this crisis," Pelosi wrote. "The bipartisan committee would make recommendations to prevent unspeakable tragedies such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas and to restore confidence in the safety of our communities." (Read more)

- Father, we ask that You will preserve the Bill of Rights in America in spite of the fears of the people. Fear involves torment, and it always leads to oppression. each us to fear You and not the actions of man.

- "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18)


The Daily Brief: Tuesday, October 17, 2018

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