Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Daily Brief: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Daily Brief: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1. Hurricane Maria slams Caribbean as 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm - Fox News

Hurricane Maria slammed the Caribbean Monday night as a quickly intensifying Category 5 storm, which the National Hurricane Center warned was "potentially catastrophic." The eye wall of the storm was moving onshore over Dominica, packing 160-mph winds. Forecasters say the hurricane will likely travel over the Leeward Islands and the extreme northeast Caribbean through Monday night and Tuesday.

Maria had started the day as a Category 3 hurricane before growing in strength.

A hurricane warning has been issued for Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques, in addition to previous warnings in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, Martinique, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Maria's path is forecast to move northward for the next couple days. It's unclear if Hurricane Maria's path will directly hit the continental U.S. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico's governor has declared a state of emergency, and has activated the National Guard ahead of Maria's arrival.

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__Father, there are already thousands of people on Puerto Rico without basic necessities, and the Virgin Islands were totally decimated in Irma. We pray for Your mercy for these people and ask You to stay Your hand from wrath.

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

2. ObamaCare push may show Senate Republicans 'getting there' - Fox

Senate Republicans are trying again to repeal and replace ObamaCare, pushing a measure that would give states broader authority through block grants and which appears to have wide support among GOP members. But the deadline to pass such a measure ends in just days, with leaders of the GOP chamber skeptical about another failed and damaging attempt.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., says he's just one or two votes shy of the minimum 50-vote threshold, with 52 Republicans senators in the chamber. He said last week that Democrats and Republicans alike have said, "If we give states the flexibility to come up with their own solutions, they will find solutions that work better for their states than" ObamaCare.

"It looks like they are getting there," counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Monday told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

Conway, like Cassidy, says the plan also has support among governors, with 34 of the country's 50 being Republican. And she made clear again how important the GOP-controlled Congress passing such a measure is to President Trump, who made dismantling ObamaCare a key campaign promise.

"This president wants to deliver health care to the 29 million Americans who don't have it," she also said Monday. "He's ready."
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__Lord, we continue to ask for a fair and equitable healthcare plan that does not produce more costs and problems for the American people.

-"Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield." (Psalm 33:20)

3. Hillary considers challenging legitimacy of Trump win - WND

Hillary Clinton on Monday would not rule out the possibility of challenging the results of the 2016 presidential election, saying it's clear the Russians influenced the outcome and that the legitimacy of President Trump's victory could be called into question as congressional and independent probes into Russian involvement move forward.

In an interview with NPR, the former secretary of state - who will speak in Washington on Monday evening as part of her nationwide book tour - would not rule out formally contesting the results of the election.

"I wouldn't rule it out," she said, though she quickly admitted there's virtually no legal path forward, and that challenging election results at this point would be unprecedented.

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___Father, we pray that You will block this woman from destroying America by contesting the vote at this late date.

- "Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help. Also draw out the spear, and stop those who pursue me." (Psalm 35:2,3)

4. Wisconsin Church Vandalized With Anti-Christian, Sexually Explicit LGBT Graffiti- Christian Post

A Wisconsin church was vandalized with anti-Christian and sexually explicit graffiti during LGBT Pride last weekend.

Cornerstone Community Church and other businesses in La Crosse, Wisconsin, were attacked by vandals who spray-painted message on the buildings' walls and windows using red spray paint.

"Vandals spray painted an orange sun and circle, male anatomy, 'Love 4 NOT H8,' 'Love' and 'LGBTQ' in an umbrella and an upside down cross," the La Cross Tribune reported on Wednesday.
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__Lord, we pray Your comfort for this congregation, and ask that You lift up Your banner of protection over them.

- "For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways." (Psalm 91:11)


The second of two men arrested in connection with Friday morning's Parsons Green London tube network attack has been named as 21-Year-Old Syrian migrant Yahyah Farouk.

The Syrian migrant - who has been reported to have been fostered by the same British couple who also cared for a number of refugees including the 18-year-old male presently being held as the prime suspect - is thought to have lived in the UK for over four years.

Damascus-origin Yahyah Farouk was arrested outside a Halal fried chicken shop Aladdins in Hounslow, reports The Times.
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_Father, we pray Your Blood over the refugee system in the United States. We ask for Your power to keep out jihadists, and bring in only those with true needs.

-"The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations." (Psalm 33:11)

6. Christians in India Warn of 'Spiraling Hatred' in Letter to PM Modi With Photo of Hindus Burning Cross- Christian Post

Catholics bishops in India have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, warning him of an apparently organized campaign against the Christian minority in an eastern state which is governed by Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. The letter carries a picture showing Hindu nationalists burning an effigy of a cardinal with a large wooden cross.

The letter by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India expressed concerns over "spiraling hatred" being spread by Chief Minister Raghubar Das of Jharkhand state, where alleged members of a Hindu nationalist group, Hindu the Jagran Manch (Hindu Revival Group), recently burned an effigy of Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, according to La Croix.

Signed by CBCI Secretary General Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the letter said the state government sees the Catholic Church as its enemy because Christians are seeking to protect land rights of tribal, or aboriginal, people.
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__Lord, we pray once again for Protection for this church as well. Grant these people true faith in You to be able to stand in the time of trouble.

-"He shall call upon Me and I will answer him." (Psalm 91:15)

7. North Korea secretly building nuclear submarine to deploy within 3 years: Report - Washington Times

North Korea's military is clandestinely building a nuclear-powered submarine, according to a Japanese newspaper report, the latest provocation by Pyongyang in an escalating clash with the U.S. and its allies in a region already on edge.

The report by Japan's Sekai Nippo, citing an "informed" but unidentified "source familiar with the North Korean situation," said the size of the nuclear-powered submarine under construction is unclear but that the Kim Jong-un regime in Pyongyanghopes to have it deployed within three years.

The claim could not be independently verified by The Washington Times, and U.S. intelligence sources could not immediately be reached for comment. If true, however, the claim could indicate a dramatic step forward for North Korea's navy, which analysts estimate operates a fleet of 50 to 60 diesel-electric submarines that are louder and easier to detect than the nuclear-powered vessels.
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_Lord, if this report is true, we ask that You destroy this plan. We praise Your Holy Name that You will take care of this problem before it even comes to fruition.

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

8. Mattis hints at military options on North Korea but offers no details- Reuters

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted on Monday about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack but declined to say what kind of options he was talking about or whether they involved the use of lethal force.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday the U.N. Security Council had run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear program and that the United States might have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

Any conflict on the Korean peninsula could easily result in a degree of bloodshed unseen since the 1950-53 Korean War, which claimed the lives of more than 50,000 Americans and millions of Koreans and ended in an armed truce, not a peace treaty.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted on Monday about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack but declined to say what kind of options he was talking about or whether they involved the use of lethal force.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday the U.N. Security Council had run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear program and that the United States might have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

Any conflict on the Korean peninsula could easily result in a degree of bloodshed unseen since the 1950-53 Korean War, which claimed the lives of more than 50,000 Americans and millions of Koreans and ended in an armed truce, not a peace treaty.
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___Lord, we ask for great wisdom for our leadership. Let the wisdom of Heaven come to each of them, bringing light to their minds and hearts. The threat is real, so we ask that whatever they choose will be from Your heart.

- And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me." (Psalm 27:6)

9. Trump and Latin American leaders to discuss pressure on Venezuela - Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump and several Latin American leaders will discuss over dinner on Monday how to bring pressure to bear on the Venezuelan government to restore democracy in the oil-producing nation, officials said.

Trump has invited Presidents Michel Temer of Brazil, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Juan Carlos Varela of Panama and Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti to the dinner on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.

Differences over ethanol trade, open-skies aviation and illegal drug production, and even North Korea, could crop up during the discussion, but the top issue will be the Venezuelan crisis, Latin American and White House officials said.

"What we all want is for Venezuela to become a democracy again and we are exerting all the pressure we can for that to happen. Tonight we will talk to Trump about that," Santos said in an interview with Bloomberg News Agency.
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___Lord, the situation in Venezuela has become intolerable for its citizens. They have no food, they are being killed, they are unarmed and cannot fight back. We pray that You will have a solution that will help these people come to know You and be free from the oppression of their socialist government.

-"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be freed indeed." (John 8:36)

10. France defends Iran nuclear deal, Trump to decide soon - Reuters

The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers faces a stern test at the United Nations this week as Europeans try to persuade a skeptical Trump administration to keep it, while Israel lobbies to turn up the pressure on its regional rival.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who must make a decision by mid-October that could undermine the agreement, repeated on Thursday his long-held view that Iran was violating "the spirit" of the deal under which Tehran got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program.

The Republican president has called the agreement, struck under his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, "the worst deal ever negotiated."

The prospect of Washington reneging on the agreement has worried some of the key U.S. allies that helped negotiate it, especially as the world grapples with another nuclear crisis, North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development.

"We all share U.S. concerns about Iran's destabilizing role in the region, but by mixing everything up, we risk losing everything," said a senior European diplomat, who was part of the 18-month negotiation process that led to the accord.

Trump must decide in October whether to certify that Iran is complying with the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
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___Lord, we pray that You will grant President Trump the wisdom of Heaven for his decision. Grant him visions and understanding.

-"Wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness." (Ecclesiastes 2:13)

Monday, September 18, 2017

CHPP Daily Brief: Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Daily Brief: Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 (short form)

1. North Korea launches missile over Japan - CNN

In a major show of defiance to the international community, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday. The launch is the second to fly over Japan in less than a month, and the first since North Korea's sixth nuclear test and new United Nations sanctions on the country. North Korean state media has yet to reference the launch, but a commentary published in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper Friday said "no matter how strong the pressure is, it doesn't work on us."

Tokyo and Washington will be seeking to up that pressure at the United Nations Friday, with the two governments calling a snap meeting of the Security Council for Friday afternoon, ahead of the General Assembly next week.

Speaking after the launch, the first since North Korea's sixth nuclear test, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch was "totally unacceptable" and went against "the international community's strong, united will for a peaceful solution."

Friday's missile test follows the release of a statement Wednesday, in which the North Korean state news agency KCNA threatened the "four islands of the (Japanese) archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche," referring to the ruling ideology of North Korea. (Read more)

- Lord God, we pray for this intense evil spirit in the leadership of North Korea to be bound and broken under the Blood of Jesus. Father, Your will be done regarding the after effects of this launch of a missile over Japan. Hold back the arm of wickedness by Your power and stop this war-like spirit from inciting a war in this area of the world. In the Name of Jesus we pray.

- "For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed." (Isaiah 9:16)

2. Haley: Kim Jong Un 'begging for war' - The Hill

U.S. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, is "begging for war" with his "abusive use of missiles."

During an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Haley said "enough is enough," comments which come after North Korea said Sunday that it has successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can be placed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

"The time for half measures in the security council is over. The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it is too late. We must now adopt the strongest possible measures. Kim Jong Un's action cannot be seen as defensive," she said. (Read more)

- Lord God, we pray that You will dethrone the king demon in the air over North Korea by the mighty power of Jesus Christ and cast him down into a pit of destruction. Father, assign an angel of the Lord to take the rulership position over this nation and set up his holy kingdom by defeating every evil kingdom that has ruled North Korea for hundreds of years. Bring down all evil in the Name of Jesus and lift up righteous over this nation. In the Name of Jesus we pray.

- "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." (Isaiah 9:2)

3. As North Korea threat looms, Trump to address world leaders at U.N. - Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea's nuclear threat looms large this week over the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, where diplomats are eager to hear U.S. President Donald Trump address the 193-member body for the first time.

North Korean diplomats will have a front-row seat in the U.N. General Assembly for Trump's speech on Tuesday morning, which will touch on the escalating crisis that has seen Trump and Pyongyang trade threats of military action.

Despite his skepticism about the value of international organizations and the United Nations in particular, Trump will seek support for tough measures against North Korea, while pressing his "America First" message to the world body.

"This is not an issue between the United States and North Korea. This is an issue between the world and North Korea," Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said on Friday. (Read more)

-Father, give wisdom to world leaders on how to address the escalating North Korea crisis. We ask for a peaceful solution and full cooperation from North Korea. We ask that, as President Trump addresses the United Nations for the first time in his term of office, these leaders would listen closely to his remarks and honor the position of the United States regarding the threat that North Korea now poses to world peace. In Your Name, amen.

- These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

4. Trump to Jewish leaders: Hopes for 'significant progress' soon on Mideast peace - Times of Israel

During a pre-Rosh Hashanah conference call with American Jewish leaders on Friday, US President Donald Trump said he hoped there would be "significant progress" on the Middle East peace process by the end of the year.

"I am very hopeful that we will see significant progress before the end of the year. Ambassador David Friedman, Jared, Jason and the rest of my team are working very hard to achieve a peace agreement. I think it's something that actually could happen," Trump said, according to a transcript of the call released by the White House.

Trump was referring to his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, who introduced the call, and peace envoy Jason Greenblatt. (Read more)

- Lord God of Israel, we trust that You will bring peace to the Middle East by Your great power and Your intervention into the very essence of living in peace in Israel. Father, we pray that everyone recognize that the Land of Israel was promised to the Jewish people by God as a Land free and clear to the twelve tribes of Jacob. The Land belongs to them and we pray that the world community will believe the Word of God and acknowledge this fact. In the Name of Jesus we pray.

- "Therefore shall you keep all the commandments which I (God) command you this day, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the Land, whither you go to possess it; And that you may prolong your days in the Land, which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed (children), a Land flowing with milk and honey." (Deuteronomy 11:8-9)

5. London subway attack: Second suspect in custody, police say - Fox News

A second suspect was arrested on Saturday in connection with the subway attack at London's Parsons Green station that left 30 people injured as police investigate the bombing as a coordinated plot, officials said on Sunday.

A 21-year-old man was arrested late Saturday night in Hounslow in west London under the Terrorism Act, authorities said. Another 18-year-old man was arrested earlier in the day at the port of Dover, where ferries leave for France, and is also being held under the Terrorism Act. The suspects' names have not been released and no charges have been filed.

The arrests indicate police and security services believe Friday's attack involved several people.

"We are still pursing numerous lines of enquiry and at a great pace," counter-terrorism coordinator Neil Basu of the London police said late Saturday. (Read more)

- Father God, we lift up the people of London, asking for Your Mighty Hand to protect each one until this danger is passed. We lift up all who are searching for these terrorists, asking that they be found. In Your name, amen.

- "They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death.
But the Lord has been my stronghold, And my God the rock of my refuge."

(Psalm 94:21,22)

6. GOP Congress kills legislation banning taxpayer funding of Hamas - WND

Rack up a win for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and a network of other U.S. Islamist organizations controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. Not only has the Brotherhood thus far managed to avoid the Trump White House designating it a terrorist organization, but its U.S. affiliates still hold enormous sway over the Republican-dominated Congress.

The latest evidence of that fact played out on Capitol Hill last Thursday, in a stunning turn of events that received no coverage from the national media and elicited nary a peep out of the conservative media. Islamic Relief Worldwide, or IRW, a United Kingdom-based humanitarian relief agency with a U.S. chapter, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. federal grants in recent years, including $370,000 for the fiscal years 2015 and 2016. Quite naturally, IRW wants to keep the spigot of federal dollars flowing, despite the charity's links to the terrorist group Hamas.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., introduced an amendment to the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act that would have banned all federal funding of IRW and its affiliates. When they got wind of DeSantis' amendment, CAIR and other Islamist groups blitzed members of Congress with a last-minute lobbying effort to vote against the amendment. House leaders capitulated, withdrawing the amendment last Thursday before it was even brought up for a vote. As a result, Hamas terrorists will continue to have access to federal tax dollars. (Read more)

- Father, this is an outrage. We pray the people cry out against their tax dollars going to a terrorist organization. We need new members of Congress who will do what is right and not be bought with bribes, etc.

- "God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you." (2 Thess. 1:6)

7. Mueller Picks Another Clinton/Obama Donor For Russia Probe Team
- The Daily Caller

Yet another Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama donor has been picked to work on special counsel Robert Mueller's team of Russia investigators. The latest hire is Kyle Freeny, a Justice Department attorney working in the agency's international money laundering unit.

According to Politico, Freeny on Friday attended the grand jury testimony of Jason Maloni, the spokesman for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Politico notes that Freeny is the 17th attorney identified as a member of Mueller's investigative team.

Freeny, who joined DOJ in 2007, has something in common with at least eight of her Mueller team members. According to documents maintained by the Federal Election Commission, Freeny has donated in each of the past three presidential elections to Democratic nominees, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for a balanced Russia Probe team. We pray for a fair, non-biased team that can finish this investigation and bring this to an end.

- "Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness." (Exodus 23:1)

8. New push to oust Mueller as special counsel - WND

A former Justice Department prosecutor has filed an ethics complaint with the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility seeking the removal and prosecution of Special Counsel Robert Mueller over leaks resulting from his grand jury investigation into allegations Russia colluded with the Trump campaign in 2016. Larry Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch, explained in his complaint that the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility and the inspector general are "charged with investigating and remedying unethical and illegal behavior by the special counsel and other DOJ lawyers and staff." "

Special Counsel Mueller derives his office and powers from the DOJ, as he was appointed, strangely, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein." Klayman charged Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein have "failed and apparently refuse to properly police the illegal grand jury leaks and conflicts of interest of Special Counsel Mueller - putting their own personal, political and professional interests before all else - the job falls upon Freedom Watch and OPR and the IG to represent the interests of the American people for truth and justice."

"If OPR and the IG themselves fail to take action, Freedom Watch will file a court complaint to force them to take appropriate action," Klayman said. He said Mueller must be removed "along with his conflicted staff, and then referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for criminal prosecution." (Read more)

- Father, we pray Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in this matter. Reveal the source of the leaks. Reveal Mueller's intents and purposes. We pray for ethical behavior on behalf of Special Counsel Mueller.

- " . . . your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
(Matthew 6:10)

9. Jeff Sessions can't withhold grant money from sanctuary cities, judge rules - Fox News

A federal judge in Chicago has ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions can't withhold public grant money from so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to follow federal immigration policies. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber made the ruling Friday, in which he granted Chicago's request for a temporary "nationwide" injunction.

The ruling means the Justice Department cannot deny grant money requests until Chicago's lawsuit against the agency is concluded. Leinenweber wrote that Chicago has shown a "likelihood of success" in its arguments that Sessions overstepped his authority with the requirements.

The city of Chicago sued the Trump administration in August after it threatened to withhold funds from sanctuary cities, and refused to comply with the Justice Department's demand that it allow immigration agents access to local jails and notify agents when someone in the U.S. is about to be released from custody.

The ruling is another blow to Sessions, a longtime champion of tougher immigration laws. (Read more)

- Father God, we ask that all the actions of the past administration that is involved herein be cancelled and uprooted from reaching out to thwart what was God's will in the judgment passed down by this judge. Overrule this decision, Lord, and let there be a higher law passed that will be in support of God's purposes to further right justice in this matter. In the Name of Jesus we pray.

- "Because I will publish the Name of the Lord: ascribe you greatness unto your God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He." (Deuteronomy 32:3-4)

10. ALERT!!! Congress votes to call on Trump to denounce hate groups - Reuters

The U.S. Congress passed a resolution late on Tuesday calling on President Donald Trump to condemn hate groups after Trump was criticized for his response to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a month ago. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted the resolution, U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly, a Democrat from Virginia, said in a statement. The Senate approved the measure on Monday.

"Tonight, the House of Representatives spoke in one unified voice to unequivocally condemn the shameful and hate-filled acts of violence carried out by the KKK (Ku Klux Klan), white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville," Connolly said. The joint resolution, passed with the support of both Republicans and Democrats, will go to Trump for his signature. (Read more)

> > > SEE ALSO: This article, posted in Jihad Watch.
- Almighty God, we pray that the wording of this resolution is concise in making it clear that family-friendly Christian organizations are not hate groups. And Father God, we ask that You transmit this very direct statement in the wording in this resolution. Fight this battle for the Christian influence and values to be upheld and fought for by the Lord God Himself. In the Name of Jesus we pray and believe in our God to win this battle for us.

- "Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:7)


Thursday, September 14, 2017

CHPP Daily Brief: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Daily Brief: Thursday, Sept. 14 (Short Form)

1. Trump supports $75m. additional aid to Israel beyond Obama-era MOU - Jerusalem Post

The Trump administration will support Congress's effort to provide Israel with more aid than was guaranteed in a formal defense package negotiated by former US president Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The original agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Netanyahu and former US president Barack Obama provides Israel with $38 billion through 2028. That agreement - a memorandum of understanding meant to govern US defense assistance to Israel through the coming decade - provides Israel with $38 billion through 2028. During the 2016 negotiations, Israel's leadership signed a side letter promising to return any aid appropriated by Congress exceeding the $3.1 billion set aside for this fiscal year. But Congress ignored that provision, cutting Israel an additional $75 million in aid in its latest appropriations bill.

A report in the right-leaning Washington Free Beacon published over the weekend claimed that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wanted Israel to return the check, as promised in its letter to the Obama team. But a senior State Department official said that report was incorrect. (Read more)

- Father, we ask You to help our State Department and Congressional leaders come into agreement about this appropriation and provide clarity so that Israel will not be legally required to return these funds.

- A person who promises a gift but doesn't give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain. (Proverbs 25:14)

2. 20 state Attorneys General tell Supreme Court to release videos exposing Planned Parenthood - LifeSiteNews

Attorneys General in 20 states asked the U.S. Supreme Court release undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood's criminal activity. The top law enforcement officers in those states filed a "friend of the court" brief with the nation's highest court arguing that they should be privy to violations of law within their jurisdictions. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich authored the amicus brief, which argues for lifting an injunction by Judge William Orrick and upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stopping the release of the undercover videos made by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

Banning the videos "hampers law enforcement's ability to effectively receive information and investigate possible civil or criminal wrongdoing," Brnovich reasoned. Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are all part of the amicus brief. (Read more)

- Father, we pray the Supreme Court will take up this case, if for nothing else, affirming the First Amendment's freedom of the press. We pray these videos will be distributed and the practices of Planned Parenthood exposed.

- Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

3. Betsy DeVos Stands Up for Due Process Rights in Campus Sexual Assault Cases - The Daily Signal

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in a speech Thursday that she will roll back an Obama-era "guidance" document that drove colleges to implement Star Chamber-like tribunals to mishandle sexual assault cases. The guidance forced colleges to weaken already minimal due process protections for those accused of rape and sexual assault, and threatened schools that refused to do so with losing federal funding.

The Education Department will seek "public feedback and combine institutional knowledge, professional expertise, and the experiences of students to replace the current approach with a workable, effective, and fair system." DeVos highlighted a proposal by two former prosecutors for states to set up specialized centers with trained professionals for investigation and adjudication of sexual assaults. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for the young men and women on our college campuses. We pray they would fall in love with Jesus and avoid falling prey to the enemy's plan to destroy their lives through promiscuity.

- But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. (1 Corinthians 7:9)

4. White House: DOJ 'should certainly look at' prosecuting James Comey - Fox News

The Department of Justice should consider prosecuting James Comey for his "improper" actions while serving as FBI director, the White House said Tuesday. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, argued during the daily press briefing that Comey's actions as FBI director "were improper and likely could have been illegal." Asked if President Trump wants the Department of Justice to prosecute Comey, Sanders said that's "something they should certainly look at."

Sanders said the former FBI director "politicized an investigation by signaling he would exonerate Hillary Clinton before he ever interviewed her or other key witnesses." That's in reference to new allegations Comey drafted an "exoneration statement" for Clinton weeks before interviewing her during the investigation into her email server. (Read more)

- Father, we pray our "public servants" will be held accountable for breaking the law and using their positions for selfish political ends. We pray no one will be above the law, including former FBI Directors.

- It is time for the Lord to act, for they have broken Your law. (Psalm 119:126)

5. Budget Director Mulvaney: Tax Reform . . .That's What's Going to Save the Country' - CNS News

President Trump is launching an all-out effort to move tax reform through Congress, quickly. In two tweets on Wednesday morning, President Trump urged Congress to get going: "The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin. Move fast Congress!" the president wrote. And then: "With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before. Go Congress, go!"

The president wants the biggest corporate tax cut he can get, and it doesn't have to be revenue-neutral, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told Fox News Tuesday evening. Mulvaney said the goal of tax reform is to "unleash the American economy," getting it back to sustained 3 percent annual growth. "And we think that a revenue neutral, sort of a fiddling along the edges, on the margins of the tax bill is not the way to do that." (Read more)

- Father, we pray for the big, bold tax reform our nation needs. Help Congress draft a bill to unleash our economy while simplifying our tax code.

- This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord. (2 Kings 3:18a)

6. Dems Make 11th Hour Pitch to Kill Franchising - Washington Free Beacon

A secret memo circulating among Democrats on Capitol Hill attempts to portray legislation that would reverse an Obama-era regulation that threatened the franchise business model as bad for small business owners. Democratic staffers issued a memo on Monday intended to rally members of the House Committee on Education and Workforce against the Save Local Business Act, which would protect contractors and franchisors from being held liable for labor violations committed by subcontractors or franchisees that oversee labor practices.

The bill would overrule a 2015 decision by President Obama's National Labor Relations Board, which expanded the liability of parent companies in a decision critics said heavily favored labor unions. The bill has attracted bipartisan support since it was introduced in July. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D., Texas) announced his support after consulting with franchisees who said the new standard would limit opportunities for small businesses, as parent companies seek to shield themselves from liability.

The insider said Democratic staffers do not understand the nature of subcontracting or franchising. He said Democrats could end up handing a victory to big businesses and large franchisees and subcontractors who can afford expensive regulatory attorneys at the expense of entrepreneurial franchisees, subcontractors, and other small business owners. "The memo only proves how naïve they are about how these businesses actually work," the insider said. (Read more)

- Father, we pray Congress will pass the Save Local Business Act and help business owners continue to invest and prosper.

- "Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well." (Ecclesiastes 11:6)

7. Trashing Trump: Broadcast coverage of the president now 91% negative, say analysts - Washington Times

Much of the news media continues to offer coverage which is both hostile and biased against President Trump and his administration. Case in point: a wide-reaching new study from the Media Research Center finds that 91 percent of the recent coverage which aired on ABC, CBS and NBC has been negative. "Analyzing the networks' spin makes it clear that the goal of all of this heavy coverage is not to promote the President, but to punish him," the analysts said. "In June, July and August, broadcast evening news coverage of Trump was 91 percent negative - worse than the astounding 89 percent negative spin we calculated during the first three months of the administration, usually a traditional honeymoon period for new presidents." They based their judgment on the actual tone and content of evaluative statements from those who appeared on camera, including "experts" billed by the three networks as nonpartisan, along with voters, reporters and other correspondents.

"The networks' aggressive anti-Trump spin has been constant throughout 2017, as it was during the presidential campaign last year. The closest the evening newscasts came to achieving balanced coverage was in April, when a few reporters and analysts praised the President's use of cruise missiles to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack. Yet network coverage that month was still skewed against Trump by a greater than four-to-one ratio," the two analysts said, noting that all three of the networks treated Mr. Trump's election as if it was a "national crisis." (Read more)

- Father, we pray the American people will become more skeptical as they clearly see the media bias and find more accurate sources of information.

- God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
(Psalm 59:10b)

8. Smuggling operations at sea targeted in latest UN sanctions against North Korea - South China Morning Post

The UN has called on member states to use "new tools" to clamp down on smuggling activities at sea under the latest sanctions against North Korea following its nuclear test last week.

Traders along the border between China and North Korea said Chinese authorities had already cracked down on smuggling of products including seafood and coal after previous rounds of sanctions and now they expect the screws to be tightened further.

The United Nations Security Council resolution passed on Monday said North Korea had been smuggling coal and iron ore to other countries by sea using sophisticated evasion techniques.

"The resolution provides member states new tools to stop high seas smuggling of prohibited products," it said. Suspicious vessels would be stopped for inspection at sea or in a port and they could have their assets frozen, be denied port access, deregistered or hit with other penalties if they failed to cooperate. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for the necessary cooperation to isolate North Korea and remove the threat of their nuclear program.

- The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land. (Proverbs 10:30)

9. Top Russian Diplomat Urges US to Stop Destroying Russia-US Relations - VOA

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has urged the United States to start finding a way to resolve the problems between the two countries. "We called for a stop to the destruction of Russia-U.S. relations and to start finding solutions to resolve problems that are mounting through no fault of ours," said a Russian Foreign Ministry statement after Ryabkov met with U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon in Helsinki, Finland. Shannon arrived in Finland earlier Monday for the talks aimed at calming tensions, between Washington and Moscow, which have been mounting for months.

Shannon is the State Department's third-ranking official and met earlier this year with Ryabkov to discuss numerous obstacles in the bilateral relationship.

Tensions between the United States and Russia have been especially high since allegations emerged that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The U.S. Congress passed sanctions against Moscow in July for its alleged meddling and U.S. President Donald Trump, unwilling to risk having lawmakers override a veto, signed the legislation, but blamed Congress for creating new tensions with Moscow. (Read more)

- Father, I pray You would give President Trump and our State Department wisdom as they try to develop areas of agreement and cooperation with Russia.

- Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. (Proverbs 13:10)

10. Hundreds of thousands could be evacuated as 'giant' typhoon set to hit southeastern China this week - South China Morning Post

Typhoon Talim could be as powerful as Hurricane Irma that struck Florida last week, expert says. Authorities in southeastern China will begin evacuating up to half a million people from their homes on Tuesday as the region braces for a "giant" typhoon that is expected to make landfall later in the week. Typhoon Talim was forecast to strike several cities along central and northern sections of the Fujian coastline, including Fuzhou and Ningde, Liu Aiming, chief engineer at the province's meteorological bureau, said.

Evacuation notices could be issued to as many as 400,000 or 500,000 people, though the exact figure was subject to change as the situation was still evolving, Liu said. Talim formed east of the Philippines on Saturday and was on course to hit both Fujian and Taiwan, Liu said. It had been steadily gathering strength and by the time it made landfall would most likely have grown into a super typhoon, the highest level in China's rating system and comparable to a category 4 or 5 hurricane in the United States, she said.

"Talim is a giant. It will dwarf any of the others [typhoons] we've seen this year," she said. (Read more)

- Father, we pray this sudden movement of people will allow the hope of Your Gospel to be shared with many thousands of people. We pray for minimal damage and loss of life.

- Departing, they began going throughout the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (Luke 9:6)

11. Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels - ZeroHedge

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syria - mostly old Soviet weaponry - but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates, presumably in order to hide US involvement.

The OCCRP and BIRN published internal US defense procurement files after an extensive investigation which found that the Pentagon is running a massive weapons trafficking pipeline which originates in the Balkans and Caucuses, and ends in Syria and Iraq. But perhaps more shocking is the following admission that Pentagon suppliers have links with known criminal networks, also from FP: According to the report, many of the weapons suppliers - primarily in Eastern Europe but also in the former Soviet republics, including Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Ukraine - have both links to organized crime throughout Eastern Europe and spotty business records. (Read more)

- Father, we repent for giving and selling arms to wicked men. Help us bring an end to such practices and remove people who have made these decisions.

- Your roads are deserted; no one travels them anymore. The Assyrians have broken their peace treaty and care nothing for the promises they made before witnesses. They have no respect for anyone. (Isaiah 33:8)

12. Over 250 Protestant Leaders Sign 'Reforming Catholic Confession' on Essentials of Christian Faith - Christian Post

Over 250 prominent scholars, pastors, and church leaders from around the world released on Tuesday a theological statement affirming the essentials of the Reformation. And its Protestant authors contend that in this 500th anniversary year, the document is a "catholic" statement in its best sense.

The Reforming Catholic Confession is a document which outlines the main theological commitments held by a wide breadth of Protestant Christians, including evangelicals, since the Reformation. The purpose of such a statement is to demonstrate the remarkable togetherness that exists throughout the world among Protestants on the core elements of Christianity, said Jerry Walls, an author and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University. (Read more)

- Lord God, help us to remember that the only covenant we honor as Your Bride is the Covenant that was given to us on the Cross. Thank You, Father, for Your glorious gift of salvation, in Your name, amen.

- "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

The Daily Brief: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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