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04/14/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language is published.

 

1865 - John Wilkes Booth assassinates Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

 

1939 - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is published.

 

1956 - The first commercial videotape recorder is demonstrated simultaneously in Redwood City, California, and Chicago.

 

1981 - America’s first operational space shuttle, Columbia, completes its first flight.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

14-Year-Old Florida Boy Pulls Trapped Child Out of Overturned Car in Canal (Breitbart) A 14-year-old Florida boy and his father rescued a trapped child from an overturned car in a canal outside of their neighborhood Saturday afternoon. Yury Shapshal was driving home after lunch with his three children when they saw people crowding around a canal near their Boca Raton home. As they got closer, they saw a cloud of smoke rising from the canal. When Shapshal pulled over, he saw an overturned vehicle with someone on the canal’s bank shouting at a person in the vehicle. “It was almost entirely submerged in the water,” Shapshal told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It was obvious there was a child stuck in the car, and he was screaming his name. I had three in the car of my own, so that kind of hit me really hard, knowing there’s a child trapped in the car.” Shapshal and his 14-year-old son, Samuel, jumped into the canal when they saw the overturned vehicle. Shapshal pulled one of the doors open while Samuel hopped inside and dragged one of the boys to safety. A larger crowd had gathered at the canal’s shoreline, with many panicking and not knowing what to do. Others were on the phone with 911. It is unclear what caused the car to end up in the canal.

 

Freddie Freeman Surprises Young Phillies Fan After Act of Kindness Caught on Video (Sunny Skyz) Freddie Freeman of The Atlanta Braves surprised a young Phillies fan with a signed baseball after the fan's act of kindness was captured on camera during a game in Atlanta. Freddie Freeman of The Atlanta Braves surprised a young Phillies fan with a signed baseball after the fan's act of kindness was captured on camera during a game in Atlanta. But this heartwarming story does not end here. The act of kindness by the Phillies also captured the eye of the guy who hit the home run. A video shared by the Braves on Sunday shows the father and son once again in stands when up walks Freddie Freeman himself. Freeman spoke to the young man and shook his hand, saying that he saw the video of that moment. He then gave the young fan a ball autographed by Bryce Harper and himself.

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

1,000 Canadians Gather to Protest Govt's Closure of Church: 'It Is Time to End' the Lockdown (Christian Headlines) An estimated 1,000 people gathered outside a Canadian church Sunday to protest the government's closing of a congregation that has drawn worldwide attention. Last week, police in Stony Plain, Alberta, erected fencing around GraceLife Church, which had been gathering for worship in violation of provincial health restrictions. The police's controversial action took place nearly two months after its pastor, James Coates, was arrested for organizing and hosting worship services. His trial is scheduled to begin May 3. Alberta Health Services (AHS) said it "physically closed" the building and will be prohibiting access until the church "can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health's restrictions," according to CTV news.

 

Hillsong Church Shuts Down Dallas Campus Citing Moral Questions in Wake of Lead Pastors' Resignation (CBN) The Hillsong Church's leadership announced to the members of Hillsong Dallas on Saturday that it has decided to "pause all operations" at its Dallas, Texas church campus for the time being. The Daily Mail reports the announcement was made in an email sent to all Dallas church members from Brian and Bobbie Houston, the founders of the Australia-based global megachurch. "Many factors, all amplified by the pandemic have resulted in the difficult decision," the Houstons wrote in the email, which was obtained by the newspaper.

 

Christians Hiding in Myanmar Jungles After Army Attacks; Many Killed (Worthy News) – Tens of thousands of mainly Christian ethnic Karen people were hiding in the jungles of Myanmar on Sunday, after fresh attacks by the military that took power in a coup, aid workers told Worthy News. “There are estimated to be 20,000 newly displaced ethnic Karen people hiding in the jungles of Myanmar amongst whom are many Christians,” said Christian aid group Barnabas Fund. “Some are constantly on the move, shifting every day or two when they hear the Myanmar army approaching. Others have buried themselves so deep in the jungle that our partners have to search for them with drones,” the group told Worthy News. 40 Percent of Evangelicals Rarely or Never Go to Church (Christian Headlines) A new study found that some 40 percent of self-identifying evangelicals never, seldom or just attend church once a year.

 

In 2008, the Number of Evangelicals who said They Never or Seldom attend church was 16.1 percent according to a poll from Ryan Burge, a political science teacher at Eastern Illinois University. Those in 2008 who said they attend at least once a year was 13 percent, with a total of about 30 percent saying they never, seldom, or just attend church once a year.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

South African COVID Variant Affects Vaccinated People More Than Unvaccinated People (Worthy News) – The South Africa variant of the coronavirus might evade the Pfizer vaccine, according to a new study from Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider. The study, which was published Saturday and still requires peer review, looked at 400 individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus despite receiving at least one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and compared the prevalence of the South African variant, B.1.351, with the same number of people who have not yet received a vaccination.

 

China's Digital Yuan Poses Growing Threat to US Dollar (Newsmax) China is forging ahead with a plan to launch a digitalversion of their currency, the yuan, a high-tech gamble that some economists warn could pay off, threatening the U.S. dollar and expanding China’s global dominance. China experts predict the digital currency could debut worldwide as early as next year — just in time for the Winter Olympics, which is set to be held in Beijing. In an effort to get the new currency up and running, however, Chinese banks have already begun providing people in several cities with digital money, also known as CBDC, DCEP, or eCNY, to make payments using pilot programs.

 

Boris Urges Britons to ‘Behave Responsibly’ as Pubs Reopen for First Time in Months (Breitbart) (AP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to “behave responsibly” as shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopened after months of lockdown. Monday brought the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant first identified in the southeast of the country. Long lines formed outside some stores, including a branch of Nike Town in London´s busy Oxford Street, and pubs and restaurants with outdoor space reported a flood of bookings.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Netanyahu to Visiting US Defense Secretary: We Won’t let Iran Obtain Nukes (Worthy News) – Hosting US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at his office in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel and the US agree on never allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. “As you know, the US-Israel defense partnership has continually expanded over successive administrations and our cooperation is crucial in dealing with the many threats confronting both the United States and Israel,” Netanyahu said at a press conference alongside Austin. “In the Middle East, there is no threat more dangerous, serious and pressing than that posed by the fanatical regime in Iran,” said Netanyahu, citing Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, arming of terror groups, and calls for Israel’s annihilation.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

US Calls for J&J COVID-19 Vaccine 'Pause' Over Clot Reports (Newsmax) The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. All six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48.

 

Biden Calls for Calm after Police shooting Death in Minnesota (Worthy News) – Joe Biden is calling for calm after a night of unrest in Minnesota triggered by the police shooting death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man. Biden urged the community on Monday to “wait and see what the investigation shows,” repeating that there is “absolutely no justification for violence.” “The question is whether it was an accident or intentional. That remains to be determined,” he told reporters in the Oval Office. “Peaceful protest is understandable. And the fact is that we do know that the anger, pain, and trauma that exists in black community in that environment is real, serious, and consequential. But that does not justify violence.”

GOP Senators Ask FBI to Probe Biden's Pentagon Nominee Over Classified Info (Newsmax) A group of Republican senators reportedly have demanded the FBI investigate a top Pentagon nominee for disclosing or soliciting classified information on social media. According to an exclusive report in The Hill, Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., was joined by 17 GOP colleagues in writing FBI Director Christopher Wray to seek an investigation into Colin Kahl, nominated by President Joe Biden to be undersecretary of defense policy.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

200+ Male Inmates in CA Identifying as Female (CBN) Since January, hundreds of male prison inmates in California, who identify as female or nonbinary, have requested housing in a women's facility - a growing desire since Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill supporting the LGBTQ agenda. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says 261 male inmates have asked to be transferred to housing that matches their gender identity, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF). Deputy Press Secretary Terry Thornton told DCNF, "255 are from transgender women and non-binary incarcerated people who are requesting to be housed in a female institution and six are from transgender men and non-binary incarcerated people who are requesting to be housed in a male institution."

 

 

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Vaccine Outreach to White Conservatives Includes CMT and NASCAR (Breitbart) White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the administration would continue working to encourage white conservatives to get the coronavirus vaccine. “We’ve run PSAs on the Deadliest Catch, we’re engaged with NASCAR and Country Music TV, we’re looking for a range of creative ways to get directly connected to white conservative communities,” she said.

 

CA Teacher to Zoom Class: ‘Sick to My Stomach’ over Parents Telling Teachers ‘How to Do Their Job’ (Breitbart) A California high school teacher was caught on a Zoom video telling students to “dare” their parents “to come at” her in response to parents’ collective push to end remote learning and have their children return to in-person classes full time. The teacher added, “I am so sick to my stomach of parents trying to tell educators how to do their job.”

 

Nikki Haley for President 2024: Not If Trump Runs (Newsmax) Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador, said she will only consider a run for president in 2024 if former President Donald Trump declines to, adding she would support Trump if he did decide to run.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

04/13/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1743 - Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, is born in Albemarle County, Virginia.

 

1830 - In Washington, President Andrew Jackson gives a famous toast during a time of sectional strife: “Our Federal Union: It must be preserved.”

 

1861 - After 33 hours of bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, surrenders to Confederate forces.

 

1970 - The moon-bound Apollo 13 spacecraft is crippled when an oxygen tank explodes.

 

1997 - Tiger Woods, age twenty-one, becomes the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Jersey Mike’s Donated 100% of Sales From 1,900 Stores in Their Biggest ‘Day of Giving’ in 11 Years (Good News) With a company goal of raising $8 million, Jersey Mike’s Subs blew past that mark during their Annual Month of Giving to raise an incredible $15 million to help more than 200 charities nationwide. After they accepted donations from customers throughout March, the final day culminated in Jersey Mike’s locations across America donating 100 percent of sales—not just profits—to local charities. More than 1,900 restaurants that are known for their in-store freshly-baked bread—the same recipe they started within 1956—donated every penny of their sales on the 31st to hospitals, youth organizations, and food banks. The fundraising total is double the amount raised in 2019 when the New Jersey-based company gave away $7.3 million to their communities.

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns California’s Restrictions on ln-home Religious Activities Worthy News) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Friday that California’s COVID-19 restrictions on in-home religious gatherings, limiting worship to families from a maximum of three households, could not continue. In the 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court reversed a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling allowing California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s limits on people exercising their First Amendment rights to freely practice religion at home. In its written order, the court noted that it was the fifth time it has “rejected the Ninth Circuit’s analysis of California’s COVID restrictions on religious exercise.”

 

Clergy Kidnapped in Haiti As Abductions Rise (Worthy News) – Seven Catholic clergy, including two French citizens, were abducted Sunday in Haiti, where kidnappers increasingly target churches, officials said. The Bishop’s Conference for the island nation, which has been rocked by unrest, said the five priests and two nuns were abducted in the morning in Croix-des-Bouquets, a commune northeast of the capital Port-au-Prince.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

U.S. Carrier Strike Group, Amphibious Warships Massed in South China Sea as Regional Tensions Simmer (Worthy News) – A U.S. carrier strike group and amphibious ready group are in the South China Sea as tensions increase between Manila and Beijing over a Chinese maritime militia incursion into the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, the Navy announced on Friday. The Theodore Roosevelt CSG and the Makin Island ARG – with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked – are drilling in the South China Sea, according to U.S. 7th Fleet. “Combining the capabilities of the carrier strike group with those of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group sharpens our tactical skills and demonstrates our continued dedication to the security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific,” Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander of Carrier Strike Group Nine, said in a Friday statement. “The combined Navy and Marine Corps team has been a stabilizing force in this region for more than a century and will continue to support all who share in the collective vision of peace, stability, and freedom of the seas.”

 

Iran Vows Revenge Against Israel as Attack Inflicts 9 Months of Damage on Iran's Nuclear Program (CBN) – Iran said Sunday that a blackout at the country’s largest uranium enrichment facility was an act of “nuclear terrorism” amid rising tensions with Israel. Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said the attack came amid talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers on reviving a 2015 nuclear accord. He claimed that the disruption at the Natanz facility that’s home to thousands of gas centrifuges was to thwart Iran’s atomic progress and the ongoing diplomacy in Vienna, state TV reported. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif separately warned Natanz would be reconstructed with more advanced machines. “The Zionists wanted to take revenge on the Iranian people over their success on the path of lifting sanctions,” Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency quoted Zairf as saying. “But we do not allow, and we will take revenge on this action from the Zionists.” The alleged attack caused major damage to Natanz's centrifuges and will likely set back Iran’s nuclear program several months, according to unnamed intelligence officials cited by The New York Times. Iran characterized the blackout as “nuclear terrorism” but did not say what caused the power outage.

 

Russia Warns of Full-Scale War in Eastern Ukraine, Blames Kyiv (Worthy News) – The recent deployment of Russian troops along Ukraine’s border and Moscow’s indication that it could intervene in the event of a full-scale war in eastern Ukraine are dimming hopes for a peaceful resolution of the conflict that has festered for seven years and cost thousands of lives. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that Russia had the right to move its forces across its territory at its discretion and was simply taking precautions given the “dangerous, explosive region at its borders” with eastern Ukraine. Mr. Peskov warned that the situation on the contact line was extremely unstable and said, “the dynamics…create the danger of a resumption of full-scale hostilities.”

 

China Admits Its Covid Vaccines Aren't Any Good (Newsmax) China is considering the mixing of different Covid-19 vaccines to improve the relatively low efficacy of its existing options, a top health expert has told a conference. Authorities have to "consider ways to solve the issue that efficacy rates of existing vaccines are not high", Chinese media outlet The Paper reported, citing Gao Fu, the head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. His comments mark the first time a top Chinese expert has publicly alluded to the relatively low efficacy of the country's vaccines, as China forges ahead in its mass vaccination campaign and exports its jabs around the world.

 

More flee volcano on Caribbean island of St. Vincent (Worthy News) – More people fled their homes on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Sunday as La Soufrière volcano rumbled loudly for a third day and the heavy weight of its ashfall damaged some buildings. Residents reported widespread power failures early in the day, though authorities restored electricity to most of the island by late afternoon. The eruption Friday of La Soufrière prompted many people to evacuate their homes, and others who had remained in place sought shelter elsewhere Sunday. The volcano’s rumbles were heard in the capital of Kingstown, about 20 miles south.

 

Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala Agree to Tighten Border Security (Newsmax) Joe Biden's administration announced Monday it has secured agreements from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to increase security along their borders in an attempt to prevent human trafficking and smuggling. Tyler Moran, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council, told MSNBC on Monday that the 3 countries each had made an agreement as part of a two-pronged approach to address immigration.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Battle Against Iran is a Huge Mission, Netanyahu says, hinting Mossad ops (Worthy News) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that “The struggle against Iran and its proxies and the Iranian armament efforts is a huge mission.” In a possible hint to the reported Mossad operation taking the uranium enrichment machines offline within hours of their launch, Netanyahu said: “The situation that exists today will not necessarily be the situation that will exist tomorrow.” On Friday, the US and Iran continued indirect negotiations for their return to the Iran deal. Though some of the other parties to the Iran deal expressed optimism that an agreement can be reached, Iran maintained its stance that all post-2015 sanctions be removed before it takes any steps to return to compliance with the deal’s nuclear limitations.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Man Shot, Killed During Minnesota Traffic Stop Sparks Unrest (CBN) AP) — Crowds of mourners and protesters gathered in a Minnesota city where the family of a 20-year-old man say he was shot by police before getting back into his car and driving away, then crashing several blocks away. The family of Daunte Wright said he was later pronounced dead. The death sparked protests in Brooklyn Center into the early hours of Monday morning as Minneapolis was already on edge and midway through the trial of the first of four police officers in George Floyd’s death. Brooklyn Center is a city of about 30,000 people located on the northwest border of Minneapolis.

 

Nearly 40 Percent of Marines Declining to get COVID Vaccine (Worthy News) – Nearly 40% of Marines are declining to get a COVID vaccine, according to a news report. The finding was reported Friday by CNN, which it said is based on data the military service provided to the cable TV and digital news organization. CNN also said the Marine Corps is first military branch to disclose service-wide numbers on acceptance and declination for the vaccination.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Nestle, Mars Call Bans on Biological Boys in Girls' Sports 'Discriminatory' (Christian Headlines) Nestle, Mars and two other major food companies said in a USA Today opinion piece this week that they oppose state-level bills that prohibit biological boys from playing on girls' teams and will speak out against similar "draconian" legislation that impacts children. Representatives of Nestle, Mars, Unilever and Danone North America co-wrote the column, which criticizes not only bills related to sports but two other bills that have been closely watched by the Christian community: a Kentucky bill that would protect the conscience rights of religious medical personnel, and a new Arkansas law that bans gender reassignment surgery and hormones on children.

 

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

White House Targets GOP Leaders' Home States in Infrastructure Push (Newsmax) The White House is targeting the home states of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., first in its push to sell Joe Biden's $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan to show how the funding, if approved, will help their states.

 

Goldman Sachs Warns Biden's Tax Package Will Cut Earnings Growth (Newsmax) Joe Biden’s tax hike proposals will deal a severe blow to corporate earnings growth next year, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. strategists warned, highlighting a headwind for U.S. equities following a rally that has pushed prices to record highs. The U.S. president wants to raise corporate income tax to 28% and set a 21% minimum levy on global corporate earnings. The ambitious package is set to face resistance in Congress, before a potentially revised version goes into effect next year.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

04/12/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1811- Settlers sponsored by John Jacob Astor establish the first American outpost in the Pacific Northwest near present-day Astoria, Oregon.

 

1861 - The Civil War begins at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

1934 - The strongest wind gust on record, 231 miles per hour, hits Mount Washington, New Hampshire.

 

1945 - Franklin D. Roosevelt dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia.

 

1981 - The first manned space shuttle flight begins as Columbia blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

 

2009 - The U.S. Navy rescues Captain Richard Phillips after Somali pirates seize the cargo ship Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Fifth Grader Creates 'Kindness Closet' For Students in Need (Sunny Skyz) Anderson "Andi" Musser said a friend confided in her that she wished she had some girls' clothing to wear to school. "I went to my closet and got the clothes (and shoes) that I had outgrown," Andi told The Daily Record. "I gave them to her at school the next day. And she was really happy." After gifting her friend clothes, Andi couldn't stop thinking about how great it felt to help someone in need. "She realized what a difference that made for her friend," said Jessica Musser, Andi's mother. "That was so easy to do. She asked, 'Can we do this for more people?' She took the initiative at that point." So, Andi approached her principal with her idea to create a Kindness Closet, a place, students can visit during the school day to "shop" for a new or gently worn garments. "She came to me, and I said, 'Yup, let's do it,'" Principal Adam Stein said. Andi asked local stores for donations. Dick's Sporting Goods, Everything Rubbermaid, Goodwill, Kohl's, and Mission: Thrift all pitched in. "It's great for Andi to see her vision come true," Principal Stein said. "It's part of our culture here at Shreve and Triway. ... Proud is an understatement, for sure. It's what every principal and parent would want for their kid to do – to put others first."

 

9-Year-Old Girl's Small Act of Kindness Snowballs into Major Volunteer Project (Sunny Skyz) In March 2020, just two days before Ontario's first lockdown, Fatima and her father, Tariq Syed, were at the grocery store trying to stock up on toilet paper and other necessities. "I was panic shopping, to be honest," recalled Syed. "Naturally, I was focused on me and trying to get my list as quickly as possible." He remembers people having some difficulty, but it wasn't something he was paying attention to. That is, until Fatima noticed an elderly woman in the check-out line struggling with her groceries. "It made me think of my grandparents," Fatima recalled. So, she pointed the woman out to her father and the two offered to help carry her purchases to her car. It was a simple act of kindness, but the woman's reaction stayed with Fatima. "She got really happy," Fatima told CBC. When they got home, Fatima and her father decided they wanted help more seniors.  Together, they launched The Good Neighbor Project, a volunteer delivery network that connects available, able-bodied individuals with people in need. The way it works is simple: someone posts a callout looking for a volunteer to run an errand or make a delivery; group members who are willing to take on the task sign up in the comments; and presto: community-organized assistance for people in need. So far, more than 6,000 volunteers have contributed over 22,700 hours and helped over 8,600 isolated seniors, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable persons. "It's just a network of good-hearted Canadians who came together to help the community during unprecedented times," Syed said. "When I saw the elderly person, I thought that was my opportunity to go and help somebody," Fatima said. "Because whenever you get a chance to be helpful and kind, you just go and do without thinking about it. Everybody should do that."

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Christians Across the Country Are Leaving the SBC for Other Denominations (Christian Headlines) The largest Protestant denomination in America has experienced an exodus of members since 2020, including prominent women and African American pastors. According to the Baptist Press, the Council of Seminary Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention issued a statement on November 30, 2020, re-affirming the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 “as the doctrinal statement that unites and defines Southern Baptist cooperation and establishes the confessional unity of our Convention.” This declaration was recognition of the 20th anniversary of the BFM’s adoption by the SBC. Furthermore, the statement included the Convention’s position regarding racism and Critical Race Theory: “In light of current conversations in the Southern Baptist Convention, we stand together on historic Southern Baptist condemnations of racism in any form and we also declare that affirmation of Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and any version of Critical Theory is incompatible with the Baptist Faith & Message.” In response, some prominent Black pastors denounced this statement and left the SBC in December. The Convention made headlines again last month when Beth Moore, author and Bible teacher, announced she was leaving the SBC and ending her publishing partnership with Lifeway. According to Christianity Today, the SBC annual reports continue to show a swift decline in membership. The Convention reported a membership of 16.3 million in 2006, while 2020 reports indicate the total membership had dropped to 14.5 million, citing a two percent decline within 2019 and 2020.

 

Court Stops Calif. Home Worship Ban (Newsmax) The Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t enforce coronavirus-related restrictions that have limited home-based religious worship including Bible studies and prayer meetings. The order from the court late Friday is the latest in a recent string of cases in which the high court has barred officials from enforcing some coronavirus-related restrictions applying to religious gatherings. Five conservative justices agreed that California restrictions that apply to in-home religious gatherings should be lifted for now, while the court's three liberals and Chief Justice John Roberts would not have done so.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

'Suspicious' Blackout Strikes Iran's Natanz Nuclear Site (Newsmax) Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility lost power Sunday just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges capable of enriching uranium faster, the latest incident to strike the site amid negotiations over the tattered atomic accord with world powers. As Iranian officials investigated the outage, many Israeli media outlets offered the similar assessment that a cyberattack darkened Natanz and damaged a facility that is home to sensitive centrifuges. While the reports offered no sourcing for the evaluation, Israeli media maintains a close relationship with the country's military and intelligence agencies. If Israel caused the blackout, it further heightens the tensions between the two nations already engaged in a shadow conflict across the wider Middle East.

 

China Placed 700 Americans Who Passed Through Shanghai Airport on Watchlist (Newsmax) China has kept a watchlist of almost 700 Americans who traveled through the main airport in Shanghai, a list that includes government employees, business executives and even celebrities, the New York Post reports. The Australia-based cybersecurity company Internet 2.0 obtained access to a database that included a spreadsheet of 697 names of American citizens, including some children, who passed through Pudong International Airport between 2018 and 2020. The list, which the firm leaked to the Post, includes finance, technology and biomedical executives from companies like Apple, Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and Pfizer. It also lists Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, who traveled through the airport in August 2018. The list also includes a State Department worker based in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, a high-ranking administrator at New York University Shanghai and several other researchers and professors at American educational institutions. Internet 2.0 said that the database provides “an unprecedented view on how China is building its surveillance state with technology and how it leverages data as a means of control.” The firm’s co-chief executives, Robert Potter and David Robinson, added that “This system gives us insight into the ambitions of China to collect what it can, to impose its will within its jurisdiction and to violate norms of privacy and accountability.”

 

Iran Watches from the Wings as US, Iraq Reaffirm Plan to Withdraw Remaining Combat Troops (CNS) The word “Iran” does not appear once in a 1,230-word joint U.S.-Iraq statement confirming that “any remaining combat forces” will be removed from Iraq, although the announcement comes amid stepped up rhetoric and attacks by Iran-backed Shi’ite militias demanding their departure. The statement issued after virtual “strategic dialogue” talks on Wednesday says it was agreed that the combat troops deployed in Iraq to fight ISIS terrorists would leave, at a date yet to be determined.

 

Global Food Costs Keep Climbing in Threat to Consumer Wallets (Newsmax) The global food-price rally that's stoking inflation worries and hitting consumers around the world shows little sign of slowing. Even with grain prices taking a breather on good crop prospects, a United Nations gauge of global food costs rose for a 10th month in March to the highest since 2014. Last month's advance was driven by a surge in vegetable oils amid stronger demand and tight inventories, according to Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

 

North Korea says it Will Skip Tokyo Summer Olympic Games (UPI) -- North Korea will not take part in this year's Tokyo Summer Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns, a state-run media outlet reported Tuesday. At a meeting of North Korea's Olympic Committee on March 25, authorities "discussed the suggestions of its members and decided not to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games in order to protect players from the world public health crisis caused by COVID-19," website Sports in the DPR Korea reported.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Republicans Delay Biden Administration’s Funds to Palestinians (Newsmax) Congressional Republicans put a hold on $75 million of the newly reinstated US aid to the Palestinians, two sources in Washington confirmed on Thursday. On March 26, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) sent Congress a “program narrative” of about $75m. in Economic Support Funds (ESF) for programs in the West Bank and Gaza that would begin 15 days after the notification was received. Sen. Jim Risch, (R-Idaho) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), used their respective positions as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to stop the USAID’s notification about the reinstated funding from reaching the committees, which means the aid will not start on April 10 as planned.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

One in 4 U.S. Adults are Now Fully vaccinated ((Worthy News) – The U.S. reached a milestone in its vaccination efforts on Wednesday, with new data showing that close to 25 percent of adults in the country have been fully vaccinated. The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also show that 40 percent of adults and 75 percent of seniors have received at least one dose. The country’s Covid-19 vaccination efforts began in December after the emergency authorization of a vaccine by the U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech. That effort was greatly accelerated with the addition of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

 

This is the Beginning’: White House Signals More to Come on guns (Worthy News) – President Joe Biden expects to issue more executive actions on firearms, the White House said moments after he announced half a dozen orders aimed at curbing gun violence. “The president is not going to wait for Congress to act to take additional executive actions — this is the beginning,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “He will continue to have his team review, both from a policy and a legal standpoint, additional executive actions that are possible to take.” Spurred by recent mass shootings, Biden announced a slew of new orders targeting untraceable firearms; legislation to allow a court to remove a gun temporarily from someone’s possession; stabilizing braces enabling pistols to be converted into short-barreled rifles; and investments in community violence intervention programs.

 

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Anti-Gun Forces Push for Biden Order (Newsmax) Gun control advocates are calling on President Joe Biden to use executive orders to increase regulation of assault-style weapons in hopes of avoiding Republican opposition in Congress, The Hill reports. Although Biden and congressional Democrats have unveiled a wide-ranging funding package that includes about $5 billion for community programs to prevent violence, many gun control advocates are urging the White House to consider issuing executive orders to increase regulation following multiple deadly mass shootings in the past three weeks.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Romney Slams Dems (Newsmax) Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, tweeted Friday his concern with the Democrats ending the filibuster and expanding the Supreme Court. "My Democrat friends decry the last president for weakening our institutions with his words and behavior, but they now cheer the effort to pack the Supreme Court and end the Senate filibuster, which would forever diminish institutions at our Republic's foundation."

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

 

o remove a gun temporarily from someone’s possession; stabilizing braces enabling pistols to be converted into short-barreled rifles; and investments in community violence intervention programs.

 

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Anti-Gun Forces Push for Biden Order (Newsmax) Gun control advocates are calling on President Joe Biden to use executive orders to increase regulation of assault-style weapons in hopes of avoiding Republican opposition in Congress, The Hill reports. Although Biden and congressional Democrats have unveiled a wide-ranging funding package that includes about $5 billion for community programs to prevent violence, many gun control advocates are urging the White House to consider issuing executive orders to increase regulation following multiple deadly mass shootings in the past three weeks.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Romney Slams Dems (Newsmax) Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, tweeted Friday his concern with the Democrats ending the filibuster and expanding the Supreme Court. "My Democrat friends decry the last president for weakening our institutions with his words and behavior, but they now cheer the effort to pack the Supreme Court and end the Senate filibuster, which would forever diminish institutions at our Republic's foundation."

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

04/11/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1945 - American troops liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

 

1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes the first black baseball player in the major leagues when he plays an exhibition game as a Brooklyn Dodger.

 

1951 - President Truman relieves General Douglas MacArthur of command for publicly criticizing his Korean War policy.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Five-Year-Old Helps Rescue Elderly Neighbor Who Took Dangerous Fall (Breitbart) A little boy in Elkview, West Virginia, is being called a hero for his quick thinking when he realized his neighbor was hurt. Landon Haas is a preschool student who was playing on the swing in his backyard along Jakes Run Road on Tuesday when he heard someone call out, WSAZ reported. A neighbor in his 70s had fallen down an embankment next to his driveway and tumbled into a creek. “He sounded like he was almost dead,” Landon recalled, adding, “He was almost drowning in that water.” The boy rushed into his house and alerted his mom, Lesley, about the cries for help. “We walked out, and we heard it again, and he just kept screaming help,” his mom commented. “It had to be tough on a 5-year-old to hear that and witness that.” Because of her son’s alertness and quick thinking, Lesley was able to notify four family members who came to help the neighbor out of the creek bed just before an ambulance arrived to transport him to a hospital for medical attention. “I was crying so bad,” Landon told WSAZ. “I was crying for him.” However, he was overjoyed when he learned the elderly man was going to recover. “I was jumping everywhere, I was jumping on the couch,” Landon explained. As for his mom, she said she is “beyond proud” of her child’s actions, adding the neighbor sustained a broken ankle and a head injury but came home from the hospital Wednesday. WSAZ gave Landon the Hometown Hero Award and when reporter Andrew Colegrove asked if he felt like a hero for helping rescue his neighbor, Landon said, “Yep.” Facebook users applauded the preschooler and said he has a compassionate heart. “Landon, you are my hero! I am a former United States Marine, and young man, you are as brave as any one I have ever met! Yup!” one person commented. “Great young man so glad he heard him and got help,” another user wrote.

 

Arizona Seven-Year-Old Celebrates First Anniversary of His Toy Business (Breitbart) Seven-year-old Nicholas Bubeck of Scottsdale, Arizona has been running a successful toy business for a whole year. In early 2020, Nicholas Bubeck started a business that made headlines across the country. Bubeck, abruptly robbed of school attendance and the ability to travel, started “Creations by Nicholas” to comfort others feeling the same frustration. “Last year during this time he was in kindergarten, six years old, and all of a sudden he wasn’t going back to school and he’s the oldest of my three boys,” his mother, Nadine Bubeck told the Arizona Republic on Wednesday. “I really wanted to take advantage of the time being at home to teach my kids, particularly my oldest, something that they wouldn’t otherwise learn in the classroom,” she continued. “Entrepreneurial skills, innovation skills, and also public speaking skills has always been very important to me.” Bubeck’s “kits” have all of the necessary components for a popsicle stick airplane, and a link to a video in which Nicholas himself teaches customers how to put it together. “I love traveling. Some people can’t travel right now so we wanted them to imagine where they want to travel in that plane,” Bubeck, now seven, said. “So, my mom told me to start a business during the coronavirus and I made this cool craft plane and I wanted to turn it like into a kit. So, I thought of a business named Creations by Nicholas and they sell all kinds of kits.” Bubeck spent time in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as a child, and now his business donates a portion of its profits to the Triple Heart Foundation — a charity providing books to NICUs across the U.S. He also provides free kits to children of essential medical workers. “He’s really seeing what it’s like to pay it forward,” Nadine explained. “I teach him, you don’t monetize success it’s really how you feel. That’s really important for me as a mom to see my child really feeling more confident in himself. That is the most rewarding for me.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

China to Stamp Out 5 'Illegal Social Organizations,' Including House Churches (Christian Headlines) China is launching a new campaign to rid the country of "illegal social organizations," a category that includes millions of Christians who worship in illegal house churches. According to International Christian Concern, the new campaign targets organizations that are not registered with the government but have "carried out activities in the name of a social organization, private non-enterprise unit or foundation." House churches are one of the targeted groups, ICC reported. Churches in China are required to register with the government and join either the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (for Protestants) or the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. But because such churches face severe restrictions – including limits on what pastors can say and a ban on attendance by children – millions of Christians worship in underground "house" churches. Some meet in homes, others in buildings.

 

‘We Believe God Is More Powerful’: Burma People Stand Against Attacks with Faith (CBN) Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers issued a clarion call for people around the globe to help those captured, tortured, and fleeing the Burma army. “The ethnic people in the mountains, though chased from their homes, also refuse to give up and continue loving and helping each other,” Eubank wrote in an email update. “Our teams and other groups move amongst the ethnic people giving medical and food support and being with them in love. The Burma military is more powerful than anyone here, but we believe God is more powerful and is giving us ways to help.”

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

South Korea's Opposition Party Sweeps to Victory in Key Mayoral Races (UPI) -- South Korea's ruling Democratic Party was severely beaten at the polls as its mayoral candidates in the two largest cities, Seoul and Busan, lost by-elections widely seen as a bellwether for next year's presidential race. The Democratic Party's candidate in the capital city of Seoul, Park Young-sun, was defeated by her People Power Party opponent, Oh Se-hoon on Wednesday by a margin of 57.5% to 39%, according to final results released by the National Election Commission Oh was mayor of Seoul from 2006 until 2011, when he resigned over a failed effort to restrict the city's free school lunch program. In Busan, a city of 3.5 million people, the PPP candidate Park Heong-joon beat the Democratic Party's Kim Young-choon 63% to 34%.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Amid Iran Tensions, US Defense Chief to Visit Israel (Worthy News) – US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Israel, Germany, Britain and the NATO headquarters in Belgium in the coming week for talks with government and military leaders, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The highest-ranked official of the administration of President Joe Biden to visit Israel, Austin will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, where discussions will cover “shared priorities” and reaffirm Washington’s commitment to Israel maintaining military superiority over its neighbors, according to a Pentagon statement. The trip coincides with rising tensions between Israel and Iran just as the Biden administration tries to engage Tehran over returning to the nuclear pact effectively torn up by former president Donald Trump.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Joe Biden Releases $1.52 Trillion Budget Proposal with Partisan Pork Projects (Breitbart) President Joe Biden released his first budget request to Congress on Friday, asking for big spending increases for domestic spending programs and leftist causes. Biden’s budget requests a 16 percent increase in domestic spending from 2021, including a 41 percent increase for the Department of Education, a 28 percent increase for the Department of Commerce, and a 23.5 percent increase for the Department of Health and Human Services. “These are just a handful of the significant new public investments that would result in a healthier, safer, more prosperous, and more just future for all Americans,” Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda D. Young wrote in a letter to Congress. The 58-page discretionary request released Friday details some of Biden’s budgetary priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. The administration is expected to release a more detailed budget later in the year. The administration boasted an increase of more than $14 billion in spending requests to reduce climate change and “the largest direct investment in environmental justice in history.” That includes $1.7 billion for “energy-saving retrofits” of schools, homes, and federal buildings, and $600 million for electric vehicles and charging stations for federal agencies. It also requests more than $10 billion in “clean energy” innovation. The request also calls for $936 million in spending toward a new Accelerating Environmental and Economic Justice Initiative at the Environmental Protection Agency. Other spending priorities include $2.1 billion in funding to combat gun violence, as well as funding for states to incentivize “voluntary gun buyback pilot programs.” The budget proposal also includes a massive increase in government Pell grants, including funds available to illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

 

Florida Files Suit Against Biden Administration Over Cruise Ban (Newsmax) Florida is suing the Biden Administration in an effort to reopen the cruise industry. The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday morning, also named the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the suit at a news conference in Miami, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. The tens of thousands of Florida workers who depend on the industry have been unfairly harmed by the cruise ban, which has been in effect since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, DeSantis, a Republican, said. "Today Florida is fighting back," he said. "I don’t think the federal government has the right to mothball an industry for more than a year based on very little evidence and very little data," According to Florida Attorney General Ashley Mood, the suit challenges the government’s authority.

 

Joe Biden Signs Executive Order to Study Packing the Supreme Court (Breitbart) The White House announced Joe Biden would sign an executive order Friday creating a commission to study reform ideas for the U.S. Supreme Court. “The Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals,” the White House said in a statement. The panel includes experts on constitutional law, history, and political science, the White House added. The announcement partially addresses a presidential campaign promise from Biden as the left repeatedly pressured him to pack the court with additional justices to diminish its growing conservative majority, including three justices nominated by former President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate.

 

US to Keep Migrant Families in Hotels Amid Rush for Space (Newsmax) Migrant families will be held at hotels in the Phoenix area in response to a growing number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said Friday, another step in the Biden administration's rush to set up temporary space for them. U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was told that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will occupy “several hotels along the southwest border, including in Chandler and Phoenix,” her office said in a statement. Chandler is a Phoenix suburb that's more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) north of the border. ICE declined to identify specific hotels and locations, saying only that its $86.9 million contract announced last month with Endeavors Inc. will provide about 1,200 hotel beds in Texas and Arizona. Migrant families will generally stay less than 72 hours for processing.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Biden Proposes $715B for Pentagon in First Budget Outline (Newsmax) President Joe Biden plans to request $715 billion for his first Pentagon budget, a decrease from Trump-era spending trends, according to three people familiar with the plans. The White House plans to release an outline Friday of Biden’s spending priorities, including defense. The plan had been widely expected last week, but its release was delayed in part because of disagreements over defense spending. The three people asked not to be named because the budget isn’t yet public. The $715 billion Pentagon “topline” is likely to be presented as a compromise to Democrats pressing for cuts in defense spending, as some of the money would be slated for the Pentagon’s environmental initiatives, two of the people said.

 

Biden Spends $60M a Week on Child Migrants (Newsmax) The Biden administration is reportedly shelling out $60 million per week to care for the more than 16,000 illegal immigrant minors being housed in Department of Health and Human Services shelters. The dollar figure comes from an analysis of government data obtained by The Washington Post.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Trump Endorses Rubio (Newsmax) Former President Donald Trump, in an announcement made through the Save America PAC Friday, gave Sen. Marco Rubio his endorsement for the Florida Republican's 2022 Senate bid for reelection.

 

Trump Blasts Arkansas Gov. on Transgender Ban Veto: 'Bye-bye Asa' (Newsmax) Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's vetoing the state's ban on transgender treatments on minors will be the "end of him" and propel Sarah Sanders to the governor's mansion, according to former President Donald Trump.

 

Carville Says Cancel Culture Will Hurt Democrats (Newsmax) Democrats will lose future races if they continue to embrace identity politics, cancel culture and efforts to defund the police, says veteran Democrat strategist James Carville.

 

Mark Meadows Says Better Than '50-50' Odds Trump Runs in 2024 (Newsmax) Former President Donald Trump's final White House chief of staff says he'd "put the odds at better than 50-50" that Trump again runs for the highest office in the land. Mark Meadows, the former Republican congressman who served as Trump's chief of staff from March 2020 through the end of his term, made the prediction during a Wednesday radio interview with Sebastian Gorka, whose "The Gorka Reality Check" debuts Sunday on Newsmax TV.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

04/10/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1606 - King James I of England charters the London Company to establish settlements in North America.

 

1781 - In South Carolina, young Andrew Jackson is part of a Patriot militia band ambushed by the British.

 

1849 - Walter Hunt of New York City patents the safety pin.

 

1925 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published.

 

1942 - The Japanese begin the Bataan Death March, a brutal 90-mile forced march of Filipino and American soldiers on the Bataan Peninsula to POW camps.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Girl Raises over $2K to Buy K-9 a Bulletproof Vest: ‘A Really Nice Gift’ (Breitbart) An 11-year-old girl in Bellevue, Nebraska, has been working hard to raise money to buy a police K-9 vest. “He works patrol and narcotics. So, patrol being he’ll go out and find bad guys for us and narcotics he’ll sniff for drugs,” Bellevue police officer Jim Bartley told WOWT of his K-9 named Max. The department’s K-9 unit has four dogs but only two have the vests they need. “It’s not something we can budget for because the dog’s life, working life is anywhere from 5-7 years. So, typically it’s not something we’re able to buy,” Bartley explained. However, when Izzy Greenfelder learned of the need, she decided to help by selling dog treats through her mom’s company, Dogalicous Dog Treats. “When we went to their training, they said they wanted lightweight, bulletproof vests, so I wanted to help them,” she commented. In the course of the past year, Izzy raised more than $2,000 to purchase a custom vest for Max that will keep him safe while working with his partner. “I have a vest on that I always wear to work, and it makes me more confident when I go out and do my job,” Bartley said, adding, “So now knowing that Max has one as well, this is a really nice gift.” Although it is the first K-9 vest the company bought, it will not be the last. “Starting this year wear doing dog scarves and now dog seatbelts that we’re putting labels and just different crafts on to keep raising money,” said Izzy’s mom, Brandi Kawula. “So, whether it’s for another dog for Bellevue or maybe one of the other community areas,” she concluded.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Somaliland Christians Face Jail After Leaving Islam (Worthy News) – Authorities in Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland seek long prison terms for at least six people who converted from Islam to Christianity, Worthy News established Thursday.

 

2021 International Religious Freedom Summit Aims to Bring 'Freedom for Everyone, Everywhere, All the Time' (CBN) Former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback and USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin have announced the first 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit to be held this summer in Washington, D.C. The event is being described as a grass roots gathering of civil society and religious groups from all over the world. Its focus will be to eliminate persecution and establish "religious freedom for everyone, everywhere, all the time." Brownback and Manchin said the summit will be an annual event.

 

Christian Photographer Sues N.Y. over Law that Could Jail, Fine Her for Not Working Same-Sex Weddings (Christian Headlines) A Christian professional photographer filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the state of New York, seeking to overturn a law that could result in her being jailed for up to a year and fined $100,000 if she does not work same-sex weddings. The law in question prohibits "unlawful discriminatory practices" because of sexual orientation in "any place of public accommodation." The law does not limit the definition of public accommodation to a physical space and includes "retail … establishments dealing with goods or services of any kind," according to the lawsuit. Photographer Emilee Carpenter owns a photography business that offers several services and specializes in wedding photographs. She also is a Christian who believes in the biblical definition of marriage.

 

UK Labor Party Leader Apologizes for Visiting Church That Believes Marriage is Between a Man, a Woman (Christian Headlines) The U.K.’s Labour Party leader has issued an apology for visiting a church on Good Friday that believes marriage is between one man and one woman, The Christian Post reports. In a now-deleted video, Sir Keir Starmer praised Jesus House for All the Nations, a Pentecostal church in the Redeemed of Church denomination, for their service to the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The church has operated as a vaccination clinic and has run a food bank.

 

Target Sells Best-Selling Devotional That Includes a Prayer Asking God to 'Help Me to Hate White People' (Christian Headlines. A popular book that includes a prayer asking for God to “help me to hate White people” is receiving additional attention after a Virginia pastor posted excerpts from the book on Twitter and urged Christians to be cautious about such theology. The book, A Rhythm of Prayer, is the No. 1 book in Amazon’s Christian Meditation & Devotion Section and is also available in Walmart’s Christian Life/Prayer section and Target’s Religion/Beliefs section. It includes a collection of prayers and meditations, including one by Chanequa Walker-Barnes that has sparked a controversy.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Northern Ireland Leaders Call for Calm after Night of rioting (Worthy News) – Rioters set a hijacked bus on fire and hurled gasoline bombs at police in Belfast in at least the fourth night of serious violence in a week in Northern Ireland, where Brexit has unsettled an uneasy political balance. Youths threw projectiles and petrol bombs at police on Wednesday night in the Protestant Shankill Road area, while rioters lobbed bricks, fireworks and petrol bombs in both directions over the concrete “peace wall” separating the Shankill Road from a neighboring Irish nationalist area. Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Roberts said several hundred people gathered on both sides of a gate in the wall, where “crowds … were committing serious criminal offenses, both attacking police and attacking each other.” He said a total of 55 police officers have been injured over several nights of disorder.

 

Iran Frees South Korean Tanker (CUFI) Iran freed South Korea-flagged Hankuk Chemi oil tanker it seized in January, Seoul’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday. The ministry specified that the ship’s captain has been released, and that the tanker has been able to depart from the Iranian shores, with maritime tracking sites suggesting it is now en route to the Strait of Hormuz. The Hankuk Chemi was seized in January, and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps arrested its twenty crew members of different nationalities. The arrest came at a time when Iran was reaching out to South Korea in a bid to access $7 billion in assets frozen by Seoul in line with US sanctions on Iran and was largely seen as a quest for leverage.

 

Europe Court: ‘Children Can Be Forcefully Vaccinated’ (Worthy News) – Europe’s top human rights court on Thursday rebuffed worried parents, saying it supports the Czech Republic in its mandatory pre-school vaccinations. Though cases pre-date the pandemic, childhood vaccinations come under increasing scrutiny as the Coronavirus spreads across Europe. The landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) came after families were fined or had their children refused entry to pre-schools because they were not vaccinated.

 

After Restoring Aid to Palestinians, Biden Endorses Two-State Solution (Worthy News) –Joe Biden on Wednesday promised to press for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he restored aid to the Palestinians. In a call with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, a longstanding US ally who recently faced down dissent within the royal family, Biden “affirmed that the United States supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” a White House statement said. Biden has long vowed to return the two-state idea to the center of US policy following the dramatic shifts under former president Donald Trump.

 

China Admits to Major Coronavirus Outbreak in South, Fires Local Leadership (Breitbart) A week after news reports began surfacing of a growing Chinese coronavirus outbreak in southern Yunnan province, Chinese state media confirmed Thursday that the Communist Party chief in Ruili, the city where the outbreak began, lost his job for “serious negligence in epidemic control.” Dictator Xi Jinping declared an official end to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan, central Hubei province, in March 2020, visiting the city months after the worst of the outbreak had ended there. Beijing has repeatedly attempted to project an image of total control over the pandemic since then, evading complete counts of coronavirus cases while occasionally admitting to the reality that widespread infections were ongoing. China most dramatically attempted to claim a complete victory over the epidemic with a mass celebration in Wuhan for New Year’s Eve, covered extensively around the world with more fanfare than the subsequent outbreak that followed the super-spreader event.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Iran Testing Nuclear-Capable Missiles, Israeli Envoy Warns (CUFI) Israel warned the global community that Iran is testing nuclear-capable missiles amid the efforts to revitalize the 2015 nuclear accord, Israel Hayom reported on Friday. The newspaper cited a letter penned by Israel’s envoy to the US and the UN Gilad Erdan to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. In the letter, he warns of the missile tests conducted by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in recent months and calls for international condemnation of those, as such moves are banned under the 2015 accord. Iran’s military drills in January included launches of various missiles, the letter warned; among those were Sejjil and Qader ballistic missiles capable of delivering a 650-kilogram warhead to a target within a range of 2,000 kilometers. Such progress, Erdan warned, as cited by Israel Hayom, only points to a link between Iran’s space and missile programs.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Pence Launches Advocacy Group Combining MAGA, Traditional Conservatism (Newsmax) Former Vice President Mike Pence is re-emerging publicly with the launch of an advocacy group that combines traditional conservatism and the Make America Great Again movement. Pence, perhaps with an eye on a 2024 presidential run, is chairman of Advancing American Freedom, which will seek to promote the Trump-Pence administration's accomplishments while building a "winning formula for a broader coalition," aides told the Washington Examiner. Former President Donald Trump expressed support for Pence's venture in a statement to the Examiner. "It was the most successful first term in American history," Trump said. "Nice to see Mike highlighting some of our many achievements!" Although the relationship between Trump and Pence cooled when the then vice president refused to reverse the 2020 election result unilaterally during the Electoral College certification, it appears the two men have patched up their differences.

 

Two Migrant Children Abandoned by Smugglers Found in California Wilderness near Border (Breitbart) San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents found two small children after human smugglers abandoned them near Jacumba, California. The children were alone and crying when agents found them. Agents patrolling the border near Jacumba observed a man and woman walking along the Mexican side of the border. The agents continued watching the couple who also had two small children with them, according to information obtained from San Diego Sector Border Patrol officials.

 

Blue New York Identified as ‘Top Hot Spot’ of the Coronavirus (Breitbart) New York, which is embracing coronavirus-related restrictions and continuing to implement a statewide mask mandate, has been recognized as a “top hot spot” of the Chinee coronavirus in recent days, reporting roughly 53,000 new cases in the last week.

 

Census Bureau: Only 5% of American Workers Commute on Public Transit (CNS) Only 5 percent of the Americans who worked in 2019 got to work using public transportation, according to a newly released study from the U.S. Census Bureau. By contrast, 84.8 percent got to work in a car, truck or van that was not operated by the government; and 75.9 percent were driving alone when they did so. The use of public transit for commuting was heavily concentrated in the New York metropolitan area.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

California Colleges Required to Give Training on Gender identity and Sexuality (Worthy News) – In compliance with a recent state law, Christian colleges in California are now giving employer training on gender identity and sexuality that may not reflect the Biblical perspective on these issues, Just the News reports. Signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2018, Senate Bill 1343 requires employers with five or more employees to give “sexual harassment training” by Jan 1, 2020, and every two years after that. There is no exception for religious organizations. The training must include “harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.” It does not provide any religious accommodations.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Study: Biden Tax Hikes Will Cost 1 Million Jobs in First Two Years (Breitbart) The study, authored by Rice University economists John W. Diamond and George R. Zodrow, calculated the effects of increasing the corporate tax rate to 28%, increasing the top marginal tax rate, repealing the 20% pass-through deduction, eliminating certain expensing provisions, and taxing capital gains as ordinary income for individuals earning $1 million or more. They found that the U.S. would lose one million jobs in the first two years, GDP would be $117 billion lower by 2023, and ordinary capital, or investments in equipment and structures, would be $80 billion less in 2023.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Dies Aged 99 (AP) — Prince Philip, the irascible and tough-minded husband of Queen Elizabeth II who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife in a role that both defined and constricted his life, has died, Buckingham Palace said Friday. He was 99. His life spanned nearly a century of European history, starting with his birth as a member of the Greek royal family and ending as Britain’s longest serving consort during a turbulent reign in which the thousand-year-old monarchy was forced to reinvent itself for the 21st century.

 

Amazon Backs Biden Tax Hike Plan After Years of Avoiding Federal Income Taxes (Breitbart) Billionaire Jeff Bezos, CEO of multinational corporation Amazon, is endorsing President Joe Biden’s plan to hike the corporate tax rate after years of avoiding federal income taxes. This week, Biden released the details of his tax hike plan that includes raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent.

 

Twitter Blocks Trump (Newsmax) Twitter has done more than merely block former President Donald Trump. It now is blocking the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) from posting Trump's tweets on its platform.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

04/09/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

 

1682 - Sieur de La Salle claims the Mississippi River valley for France.

 

1865 - Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant.

 

1939 - Black singer Marian Anderson performs for 75,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after her concert at Constitution Hall is cancelled because of her race.

 

1942 - Seventy-five thousand starving American and Filipino defenders on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines are surrendered to the Japanese.

 

2003 - In Baghdad, Iraqis and U.S. soldiers celebrate the fall of Saddam Hussein by toppling a giant statue of the dictator.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

RV Donated to Oregon Couple Who Lost Home in Wildfire (Breitbart) The Becks were gifted a fully furnished mobile home on Sunday, after losing their former home during the September wildfires. Charles and Linda Beck struggled in the wake of the wildfires, living in various hotels after their home at the Detroit RV Park was destroyed in the wildfires that scoured Oregon last year. “We came out of it with the clothes on our back and that was it,” Charles remembered. In the months that followed, the Becks were denied FEMA assistance multiple times. Despite the mutual support of a 37-year marriage, hope was hard to hold onto. “So now here we sit. I don’t know how long the motel is going to hold out,” Charles said in March. “After that I guess we’re on God’s good graces because we have nothing.” As it happened, people working on behalf of God’s “good graces” were exactly\ who showed up. On Sunday, a brand-new mobile home rolled toward the Becks. “We got here early to make sure the spot was ready for them and when they come pulling in, we took one look at it and I was like, ‘Whoa look at that.’ I was jumping up and down [saying], ‘Over here! Over here!’” After what he said was “about a two-day conversation” between himself, the United Way, and Be Bold Street Ministries executive director Matthew Maceira, COO Josh Lair said they were finally able to “make this happen.” Not only did the Becks suddenly find themselves with a new home — it was furnished the same day. “Next thing you know, United Way opens up her vehicle and starts hauling stuff out. All brand-new pots and pans, dishes, glasses,” Beck said. “They literally don’t have to worry about a thing. They can move right in and have bedding, kitchen items, everything will be ready for them,” Elizabeth Schrader, chief development officer of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, told the station. She said their organization has provided about 20 fully stocked mobile homes to families in need. But there was still one more blessing in store: Partnered with Roberson Motors in Salem, Be Bold Street Ministries were also able to offer the couple a 2009 Ford Focus with all the necessary inspections taken care of. “We don’t have the red tape that sometimes comes along with different things, so we’re always trying to figure out how to better support our community, better support people in need,” Lair said. The Becks, along with their dog Brandy, thanked God for the unexpected blessing. “I’m just thrilled,” Linda Beck said. “The good Lord has blessed us good.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Franklin Graham Warns of Global Police State, Praises Pastor Who Threw COVID Cops Out of Church (CNS) “I don’t know who this pastor is, but I kinda like him!” Reverend Franklin Graham says, praising the Canadian minister who verbally ousted police trying to shut down his service on Saturday. “I appreciate his boldness and tenacity in standing up for the rights of his church when police showed up without a search warrant. Rev. Graham tweeted Monday, linking to a Fox News report describing how Calgary Street Church Pastor Artur Pawlowski took on police trying to use coronavirus guidelines to put an end to an in-progress religious service. “If we’re not careful, the coronavirus pandemic could turn the entire world into a police state. I'm not saying we should break the law, but I'm saying that we must be careful to defend our rights and our freedoms—or we will lose them. We have seen this happen throughout history.”

 

Catholic Commentator Brands London Police Raid on Church a ‘Chilling Attack on Freedom of Religion’ (Breitbart) British Catholic commentator Caroline Farrow has condemned London police for twice raiding a Polish church over Easter as a “chilling attack on freedom of religion”. In video that went viral on social media over the weekend, footage from inside the Christ the King Polish Roman Catholic Church showed Metropolitan Police Service officers shutting down a Good Friday service, threatening congregants with £200 fines if they did not leave. The church maintained that it was following government coronavirus guidance, but police turned up at the Balham, London, church again on Easter Sunday, only this time to leave without issuing fines or dispersal orders. Speaking to talkRADIO on Monday, Catholic commentator Caroline Farrow called the incidents “very, very chilling” and an “attack on freedom of religion”.

 

Vietnam Urged to Free Jailed Pastor and Rights Activists (Worthy News) – Christian rights activists and other advocates urged Vietnam Tuesday to release four prisoners of conscience in Vietnam, including pastors, amid concerns about their health. They spoke out around the third anniversary of the one-day trial of Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton and prominent activists Nguyen Bac Truyen, Pham Van Troi, and Truong Minh Duc. The four stood trial on April 5, 2018, on charges of ‘carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the government under Article 79 of the Vietnamese penal code. They were sentenced to between seven and 12 years in prison, trial observers said. Pro-democracy activist Nguyen Van Dai and his assistant Le Thu Ha were also tried and convicted on the same charge. But they were released into exile on June 7, 2018, but the other four remain in prison.

 

'Victory for Children': Arkansas Becomes 1st State to Ban Transgender Surgery, Hormones on Kids (Christian Headlines) Arkansas on Tuesday became the first state to ban gender transition procedures for children and teens when its legislature overrode a veto of a bill by the governor, who had rejected the bill one day earlier. The bill, known as the "Arkansas Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act," became law by passing the state House 71-24 and the Senate, 25-8. "Our children stand as pawns right now. They're minors and they're children and they need to be protected" from the medical profession, said state Rep. Robin Lundstrum, a bill sponsor. "Even medicine sometimes is wrong. We should never experiment on children. Ever." Opponents are expected to file suit to try and overturn the new law.

 

40 Percent of White Evangelical Protestants Say They Will Likely Not Get Vaccinated (Christian Headlines) In a poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 40 percent of White Evangelical Protestants said they will likely not get the vaccine. Among all Americans, that number is 25 percent. Also in comparison, 27 percent of nonwhite Protestants said the same, making white evangelical Protestants one of the largest groups divided over the shot. In response, The National Association of Evangelicals, representing about 45,000 churches, said it would be working with media outlets to host events and offer scientific information about the vaccine.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Crisis in the Taiwan Strait (CBN) Taiwan's foreign minister warned China on Wednesday that the island nation will defend itself "to the very last day" if attacked. China has ramped up military operations in the Taiwan Strait significantly and there are fresh fears of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Beijing views the island nation as a renegade province and could be tempted to make a move because according to some experts, Beijing sees the Biden Administration as weak.

 

Russian Forces Begin New Drills as Pentagon Calls for Clarity Over Troop Movements Near Ukraine (CNS) Russia has launched a new round of large-scale military exercises amid renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine and reports of a military buildup near the Ukrainian border. On Tuesday, the Pentagon called on Moscow “to make their intentions clear as to what they’re doing with this array of forces along the border.” Earlier, the U.S. European Command raised its watch level for Ukraine to potential imminent crisis, its highest level of alert. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday armed forces would conduct more than 4,000 exercises in April aimed at testing their “combat readiness.” He added that the drills would take place across Russia and involve all branches of the forces.

 

ISIS Terrorist Offshoot Grows More Brazen, Brutal (Worthy News) – An estimated 670,000 people displaced by the shadowy, brutal Islamist militant organization linked with the Islamic State group known as al-Shabab, or “The Youth.” The Mozambique force has no known link to a similarly named group affiliated with al Qaeda in Somalia but has quickly earned a reputation as a growing threat to stability in Mozambique and other parts of the region. If Islamic State leaders see themselves as a global brand for anti-Western jihadi terrorism, then Mozambique’s al-Shabab ranks as the brand’s hot new franchise. Because of the violence, about 1 million people are facing severe hunger, United Nations aid officials say.

 

US Boosts Aid to Palestinians as Some in Congress Cry Foul (CBN) (AP) — The Biden administration is moving again to increase U.S. assistance to the Palestinians as it fires up a new Mideast policy that is directly opposite of the one pursued by its predecessor. For the third time in two weeks, the administration has either publicly announced or quietly notified Congress of its intent to provide the Palestinians with tens of millions of dollars in aid. On Monday, the administration informed lawmakers that it would give the Palestinians $40 million for law enforcement and security costs in the West Bank and Gaza.  

 

Tech Investor Thiel: Bitcoin 'a Chinese Financial Weapon' (Newsmax) Peter Thiel is "pro-crypto" and "pro-Bitcoin maximalist," but he also thinks the cryptocurrency may be undermining America. Thiel, the venture capitalist and conservative political donor, urged the U.S. government to consider tighter regulations on cryptocurrencies in an appearance on Tuesday. The statements seemed to represent a change of heart for Thiel, who is a major investor in virtual currency ventures as well as in crypto currencies’ themselves. "I do wonder whether at this point, Bitcoin should also be thought [of] in part as a Chinese financial weapon against the U.S.," Thiel said during an appearance at a virtual event held for members of the Richard Nixon Foundation. "It threatens fiat money, but it especially threatens the U.S. dollar." He added: "[If] China’s long Bitcoin, perhaps from a geopolitical perspective, the U.S. should be asking some tougher questions about exactly how that works." Thiel was joined by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Israel Notifies US it Attacked Iranian Ship in Red Sea (Worthy News) – Israel notified the US that it is responsible for Tuesday’s attack on an Iranian cargo ship affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, an American official told The New York Times. A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the Saviz was lightly damaged in the Red Sea off the coast of Djibouti at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday due to an explosion, adding that the cause is under investigation. “The Saviz civilian ship was stationed in the Red Sea region and the Gulf of Aden to establish maritime security along the shipping lanes and to counter piracy,” said the spokesman. “This ship practically acted as a logistics station (technical support and logistics) of Iran in the Red Sea, and therefore the specifications and mission of this ship had previously been officially announced.”

 

Israel’s Next War with Hezbollah Will Be the Iranian Proxy’s Last (CBN) The border between Israel and Lebanon is deceptively quiet.  But on the other side of the fence lies Hezbollah with more than one hundred thousand rockets that can hit almost anywhere inside Israel. Retired Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Sarit Zehavi studies the danger of Hezbollah through her work at Alma Research and Education Center. “All of them were brought to Lebanon in order to be launched against Israel one day” Zehavi told CBN News.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Virginia Left 11,000 Vaccine Doses Unused to Promote Racial ‘Equity’ (CNS) The State of Vermont recently drew criticism for giving racial minorities priority in access to the COVID vaccine. Lawyers and law professors said that racial preference was unconstitutional. But at least Vermont didn't waste doses of the vaccine. The state of Virginia did. It kept at least 11,000 doses of the COVID vaccine unused due to its extreme push for racial "equity." That will result in increased transmission of COVID-19 among Virginians of all races, notes James Bacon, the former publisher of Virginia Business.

 

Democrats Differ on Taxes to Pay for Infrastructure Plan (Newsmax) Cracks have reportedly formed among the Congressional Democrats debating how to raise the taxes needed to finance President Joe Biden's $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan. Some Democrats are pushing back on aspects of the president's tax proposals, The Hill reported on Wednesday. Biden wants to pay for the plan over 15 years by raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% and increasing taxes on U.S. companies’ foreign earnings. With Republicans signaling united opposition to Biden's proposal, which was announced last week, Democrats need near-universal party support to pass infrastructure and jobs legislation. Reaching consensus on taxes will be among the top challenges.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Legalize Marijuana (Worthy News) – Adults in Virginia will be able to legally possess and cultivate small amounts of marijuana starting in July after the General Assembly on Wednesday accepted Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a legalization bill. With Wednesday’s vote, Virginia becomes the first Southern state to legalize marijuana. Northam sent the bill back to lawmakers substantially changed from the version they sent him in February. The amendments lawmakers agreed to Wednesday would accelerate the timeline of legalization by about three years, well before retail sales would begin, a move that’s been cheered by racial justice advocates.

 

Multiple States Taking Steps to Block Trans Athletes from Girls Sports and Ban Trans Treatments for Minors (CBN) The battle over transgender rights are heating up at the state level where lawmakers are taking steps to protect the rights of girls and women and to prevent irreversible damage to young boys and girls. Mississippi has passed a law banning transgender athletes from participating in women's sports, contending that athletes born with male DNA and a male physique have an unfair advantage over athletes born with female DNA. Mississippi becomes the first state this year to enact such a restriction. Senate Bill 2536 is set to become law July 1, although a legal challenge is possible. South Carolina and Texas have also been passing bills against gender treatment of minors, and there are more than a dozen other states considering such legislation. Alabama lawmakers recently made it a felony to perform transgender treatment on children, even with parental approval. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill banning transgender athletes who are biologically male from competing in women's sports.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

US Trade Deficit Hit All-Time High in Biden’s First Full Month in Office (Worthy News) – The U.S. trade deficit hit an all-time high in February as Americans bought more imported goods in President Joe Biden’s first month in office. The trade deficit jumped 4.8 percent to $71.1 billion in February, according to a report released Wednesday from the Commerce Department. The surge is a $3.3 billion increase from January’s deficit of $67.8 billion.

 

Biden to Unveil Actions on Guns, Including Naming New ATF Boss (Worthy News) – Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the plans, delivering his first major action on gun control since taking office. He’s also expected to nominate David Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Chipman’s nomination is expected to be announced Thursday. The people could not discuss the matter publicly ahead of an official announcement and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. If confirmed, Chipman would be the agency’s first permanent director

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Former Vice President Mike Pence Memoir Set for 2023 Release (Newsmax) Former Vice President Mike Pence has a book deal. His autobiography, currently untitled, is scheduled to come out in 2023. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to tell the story of my life in public service to the American people, from serving in Congress, to the Indiana Governor’s office and as Vice President of the United States,” Pence said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the outstanding team at Simon & Schuster to invite readers on a journey from a small town in Indiana to Washington, DC.”

 

Almost 750K in U.S. File New Unemployment Claims (UPI) -- Almost 750,000 U.S. workers have filed for new unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said in its weekly report Thursday. The report said about 744,000 workers filed new claims last week, an increase of 16,000 claims over the previous week. Thursday's report also revised up the previous week's figure by 9,000 claims.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

04/08/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1913 - The Seventeenth Amendment, which requires senators to be elected by direct popular vote, is ratified.

 

1952 - President Truman orders the seizure of the nation’s steel mills to avert a strike, an act later ruled illegal by the Supreme Court.

 

1974 - Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

 

1975 - Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians makes his debut as the first black manager of a major league baseball team.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Ohio Man Donates $4,000 to Pay for Dunkin’ Customers’ Orders (Breitbart) An anonymous Ohio man offered $4,000 in Dunkin’ gift cards to pay for hundreds of customers’ orders this week. Store manager Samantha Owens told WHIO an unnamed gentleman first tried purchasing $1,000 in Dunkin’ gift cards at the drive-thru window. After employees told him he would need to come inside for a purchase that large, he did just that — and upped the ante to $4,000. “I think I probably asked him about a million times, ‘are you positive, are you sure?’” Owens remembered, but the man was certain. “He had really just wanted to explain how rough the year was and how he wanted to do any way [sic] he could to pay it forward,” she said, “and this was his best way to pay it forward.” The rest of the morning was very different at the Beavercreek, Ohio, location. “Food, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, you name it. It was all free,” Owens said. All told, their anonymous benefactor covered 300 customers’ orders. The gesture inspired other customers to join in a cascade of generosity. “When customers heard that their orders were taken care of, they asked to pay it forward to the person behind them, but we had to explain that they were taken care of as well,” said Owens. “It was hilarious because all anyone wanted to do was pay it forward, again.”

 

Wounded Afghanistan Veteran Gets Donated Home (Breitbart) A wounded Afghanistan veteran from Minnesota received a donated home from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation on Thursday. Army Spc. John Mullen fought in the Afghanistan War and lost both of his legs. From then on, he lost much of his day-to-day independence until now. The Tunnels to Towers Foundation donated a custom-built home in Lake Elmo on Thursday that can suit Mullen’s needs. The foundation builds specially adapted smart homes for wounded veterans in need to help them regain their independence. “It kind of seems unreal,” Mullen told KTSP. “I don’t think I fully comprehend how much of a difference it’s going to make, and I think I’ll realize that over time, but just completely blown away and overwhelmed.” Before he got the chance to tour his custom-built home, Mullen raised an American flag in front of his house.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Canadian Police Barricade Church Entrance, Place High Security Fences to Keep Worshippers Out (CBN) Police have placed roadblocks and fencing around GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta in an effort to prevent worshippers from accessing the building. According to The Post Millennial, law enforcement officers descended upon the property early Wednesday morning. The exact reason for the blockade is unknown at this time. GraceLife made headlines earlier this year after the church's pastor, James Coates was jailed for holding in-person worship services amid ongoing pandemic restrictions. As CBN News has reported, after spending a month behind bars for violating the government's capacity mandates, Coates was released from jail on March 29. Pastor Coates's wife, Erin shared a message about the raid on Instagram Wednesday morning.

 

Increased Christian Persecution in Ethiopia (Worthy News) – While Christians in Ethiopia were already subject to persecution, they have seen intensified attacks against them amid the extreme violence of the current conflict between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), International Christian Concern reports. Notably, the rise in persecution against Christians in Ethiopia has been occurring even though Christianity is still the main religion in the country. Fifty-nine percent of Ethiopians are Christian (42 percent Orthodox and 27 percent evangelical). “Christianity has been the predominant religion in Ethiopia dating back to biblical times with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church originating in the first century,” Dr. Linda Burkle explains in a report for ICC. “Ethiopia, also known as Cush, was one of the first countries mentioned in the Bible.” Moreover, Burkle adds: “Judaism was practiced for centuries and continues to be today. Modern-day Ethiopian Jews, referred to as Beta Yisrael, live in the Tigray region, where most of the violence occurs. Along with Christians, they have experienced much persecution.” Nevertheless, Islam has risen in the country and now accounts for almost 40 percent of Ethiopia’s population, and it also accounts for most of the violent persecution against Orthodox and Evangelical Christians. Despite Ethiopia’s tolerant past, Burkle notes, the conditions for Christians have changed. “Recently, the central government has failed to condemn violence against the church and seems unable or unwilling to effectively intervene,” Burkle said. In addition, Burkle explains: “Because of the government’s special relationship with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, other denominations— especially evangelicals and Pentecostal Protestants—are persecuted by the state and by the Orthodox Church.” According to ICC, the recent increased persecution has caused Ethiopia to go up from 39th last year to 36th on the Open Doors Watch List of countries that persecute Christians.

 

Dave Ramsey's Company Dropped from 'Best Workplaces' List by Inc. Magazine (RNS) — The company owned by Christian financial guru and radio host Dave Ramsey is no longer one of the best places to work in America, according to Inc. magazine. The national business publication dropped Franklin, Tennessee-based Ramsey Solutions from its 2020 “Best Workplaces” list after the company was sued by a former employee, Caitlin O’Conner, for discrimination. O’Connor claims she was fired from Ramsey Solutions after applying for family leave because she was pregnant. Her lawsuit claims Ramsey Solutions “discriminates against employees who do not strictly adhere to Ramsey’s interpretation of ‘Judeo-Christian’ values for non-work-related behavior.” In court documents, Ramsey Solutions said O’Connor, who is not married, was fired for having premarital sex, which violated the company’s “righteous living” policy. “There is no dispute that Plaintiff was aware of this rule and terminated for violating it,” Ramsey’s lawyer said in a March filing. The company also said that, since 2016, it has disciplined eight other employees, both men and women, for having premarital sex. After learning of the lawsuit, Inc. dropped Ramsey Solutions from the “Best Workplaces” list.

 

California Megachurch Continues Legal Fight Against COVID-19 Restrictions (Worthy News) – John McArthur’s Grace Community Church in Los Angeles County, California filed new documents Friday in an ongoing legal fight over the freedom to hold indoor services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Just the News reports. Following a period of compliance with state COVID-19 restrictions at the beginning of the pandemic, in July Grace Community went back to holding indoor services in contravention of ongoing restrictions. The church argued the restrictions are not Biblical and are unconstitutional.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Iran Denies It Will Talk to U.S. After Biden Admin Invites Itself to Vienna Meeting (Breitbart) The government of Iran denied it would engage the United States in talks on Tuesday after the administration of President Joe Biden confirmed on Monday that it would send an envoy to Vienna, Austria, where the remaining signatories of the Iran nuclear deal are scheduled to discuss a path forward. “No negotiations will take place between the representatives of Iran and the United States,” Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters on Tuesday, according to Iran’s Mehr News Agency.

 

World Powers, Iran Hold ‘Constructive’ Talks on Reviving Nuclear Deal (Worthy News) – Iran and world powers held what they described as “constructive” talks on Tuesday and agreed to form working groups to discuss the sanctions Washington might lift and the nuclear curbs Tehran might observe as they try to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. European intermediaries have started shuttling between Iranian and U.S. officials in Vienna as they seek to bring both countries back into compliance with the accord, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return for curbs to its nuclear program. Tuesday’s talks included a meeting of the remaining parties to the original deal — Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — in a group called the Joint Commission, chaired by the European Union. The United States did not attend.  

 

Voters Turn Out for Seoul Mayoral Race with National Implications (UPI) -- Citizens in South Korea's capital, Seoul, and its second-largest city, Busan, went to the polls Wednesday to vote in mayoral by-elections that are widely viewed as a referendum on the ruling Democratic Party and bellwethers for next year's presidential race. At 7 p.m., an hour before polls closed, turnout was 54.4% of the 8.4 million eligible voters in Seoul, on course to fall short of the 59.9% seen in 2018 local elections.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

After Receiving Government Mandate, Netanyahu says Viable Coalition ‘Within Reach’ (Worthy News) – After receiving the mandate to form the next government from President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on fellow lawmakers Tuesday to end their boycotts of him and join his coalition in an effort to avoid unprecedented fifth elections in two years. “I will do everything to get Israel out of the cycle of elections. We will form a strong government — not a government of stagnation, but a government of action,” the premier said. “It’s time to stop the personal boycotts and disqualifications,” He added that the “task at hand was not simple but within reach.”

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

March Border Crossings Surge to 15-Year High (Newsmax) The number of illegal immigrants apprehended crossing into the United States at the southern border skyrocketed in March to more than 171,000, the highest levels in at least 15 years, according to preliminary data, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The official U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) figures contradict President Joe Biden’s claims that his administration is facing an influx no different from previous years, with border arrests and detentions more than doubling since January. Last month, CBP took in more than 18,800 unaccompanied minors, a 99% rise from February and a figure significantly more than the previous one-month high of 11,861 in May 2019. The jump in the number of migrants arriving as part of family groups was even greater last month, soaring to more than 53,000 from 19,246 in February and 7,294 in January.

 

White House Rejects U.S. Vaccine Passports, Skirting Uproar (Worthy News) – The U.S. government won’t issue so-called vaccine passports, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, after Texas sought to limit their development because of privacy concerns. “The government is not now, nor will we be, supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” Psaki told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.” The administration wants to protect Americans’ privacy and doesn’t want vaccine passports “used against people unfairly,” Psaki said.

 

Texas Governor Bans Vaccine Passports with Executive Order (Breitbart) Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday morning banning the creation or use of a “vaccine passport.” It prohibits state agencies or political subdivisions in Texas from creating a “vaccine passport” or conditioning services on a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status. “Every day Texans are returning to normal life as more people get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. But, as I’ve said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced,” Governor Abbott said in a video announcing the order. “Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.”

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Schools Are Breaking the Law by Not Allowing Boys on Girls' Teams, Says Biden Justice Dept. (Christian Headlines) The Biden Justice Department says in a new memo that federal law and Supreme Court precedent requires schools to allow biological boys who identify as girls to play on girls’ sports teams. The memo was issued March 26 and directed to “Federal Agency Civil Rights Directors and General Counsels.” It was written by Pamela S. Karlan of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. A federal law known as Title IX, the memo notes, provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The definition of “activity” encompasses sports. Historically, the definition of sex in Title IX meant “male” and “female.” The Biden administration wants to broaden the definition to include gender identity and sexual orientation.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Bezos Endorses Higher Corporate Taxes for Infrastructure (Newsmax) Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos endorsed President Joe Biden’s focus on building up the country’s infrastructure Tuesday and said the company even supports a corporate tax rate hike to help pay for it. Bezos’ statement, posted on the company’s website, was notable because it came after Biden singled out the company for criticism about how much it pays in federal taxes when he recently unveiled his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal.

 

Survey: 73% of Black Voters Say Voter ID Is Necessary to ‘a Fair and Secure Election Process’ (Breitbart) Nearly three-quarters of black voters believe voter ID is necessary to ensure a “fair and secure election process,” a Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday found. The survey, taken April 1 and 4 among 1,000 likely U.S. voters, asked respondents, “Are laws requiring voters to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote necessary to ‘a fair and secure election process’?”

 

‘It Can Be Confusing’: Fauci on Downward Trend in Texas with Relaxed Masking, Social Distancing (Breitbart) White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday sounded off on the Texas Rangers’ full-capacity crowd as coronavirus case numbers improve around the country. Fauci told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” the fact that case numbers are dropping despite a relaxing of restrictive measures “can be confusing” because there is normally a delay before you see the effects of a decision. He warned that “we’ve been fooled before.”

 

Don Jr. to Newsmax TV: All Star Game Move to Denver Is Corporate Localism (Newsmax) Over the weekend, Major League Baseball pulled its ‘All Star’ game from the city of Atlanta and moved it to Denver in another cancel culture round of backlash from the recent Republican sponsored passage of voter reform legislation in Georgia.“It's ridiculous, you know you hit some of the statistics and some of the things they were complaining about as it related to the new Georgia laws were frankly just lies pushed by the Biden administration,” Donald Trump, Jr. said Tuesday on "Stinchfield" on Newsmax TV.“Biden went out there and made all sorts of claims as to what it (the Georgia election law) was.”

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

04/07/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1862 - Union forces commanded by General Ulysses S. Grant defeat Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.

 

1927 - An audience in New York watches Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover read a speech in Washington, D.C., in the first demonstration of long-distance television transmission.

 

1959 - Scientists at Los Alamos, New Mexico, produce the first atomic-generated electricity.

 

1970 - John Wayne wins his only Oscar for his role in True Grit.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Meet the 18-year-old who Created Clothing Charity, Collected Thousands of Coats (MSN) After moving from a refugee camp in Nepal to Salt Lake City, Utah, 18-year-old Ashis Dhakal knew he wanted to give back to his community. He told TODAY's Hoda Kotb that while he was mocked for his Hinduism, it was that faith that inspired him to start Ashis Collects Clothes, a charity that organizes clothing drives and donations for people in need. "I got bullied in school ... they called me a terrorist and stuff like that," Dhakal said. "I practice Hinduism, and in Hinduism, service is very, very important, because, you know, we're taught to give, and even if you don't have anything, we try to give as much as we can." A few years ago, while working at a local KFC, he met a man who was homeless. While cleaning tables, Dhakal and the man connected, and the man shared his story about how he became homeless. "One of the necessities he needed was clothes, and so that's where I got the idea," Dhakal explained. Ashis Collects Clothes hosted its first clothing drive in 2019. Dhakal collected everything, including socks, hats, jackets, coats and shoes. "With that project, I was able to bring so many people together and change so many lives," Dhakal said. "My biggest 'why' in my life is that as a young child, going through poverty, I was in the same shoes as they were in right now. I have a house. I have a computer now. I have a phone. But think about it. Those kids are still suffering. What I can do is better others so that, you know, they can give back to their community."

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Remains in Mali Identified as Kidnapped Swiss Missionary (CBN) (AP) - The body of a Swiss woman who was held hostage for more than five years by an extremist Islamic group in Mali has been found and identified, the Malian foreign ministry said Wednesday. Members of the International Committee of the Red Cross delivered unidentified remains to Malian authorities Saturday. DNA taken from the remains revealed the body is that of Swiss national Beatrice Stoeckli, who was kidnapped in Timbuktu five years ago, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Stoeckli, a Christian missionary, was held by the al-Qaida-linked group Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam Muslimeen, also known as JNIM. After a brief abduction and release in 2012, Stoeckli was again kidnapped in January 2016 by militants who invaded her home in Timbuktu.

 

'Grateful': Franklin Graham Wins U.K. Discrimination Suit against Town That Banned Bus Ads A United Kingdom judge handed evangelist Franklin Graham and his team a major legal victory on Friday, ruling that the town of Blackpool, England, violated their religious liberty when it prohibited them from promoting a 2018 Christian event with bus ads.In a 35-page decision, Judge Claire Evans ruled that the Blackpool council and the Blackpool Transport Services – which the town owns – "discriminated on the ground of religion against" Graham "in relation to its article 10 rights," which protect freedom of expression. The controversy began in 2018 when Blackpool bowed to social media pressure and prohibited the "Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham" from placing ads on buses due to Graham's biblical views on same-sex marriage and homosexuality. The ads simply said: "Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham – Time for Hope." Evans said Blackpool's decision was the "antithesis of the manner in which a public authority should behave in a democratic society."

 

Sen. Warnock Deletes Easter Tweet Amid Cries of 'Heresy' (Newsmax) Sen. Raphael Warnock, an ordained minister, deleted an Easter Sunday tweet that drew accusations of heresy. Warnock, D-Ga., used his Twitter account to claim Easter transcended the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that both Christians and non-Christians can save themselves by doing good. "The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ," tweeted Warnock, who rose to national prominence as senior pastor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s former church in Atlanta. "Whether you are a Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves." Warnock deleted the tweet several hours later after being lambasted on Twitter as a "phony pastor" and "false teacher," and for promoting "false doctrine," "blasphemy," and "unbiblical theology," according to The Washington Times.

 

College Student Reinstated After Suspension for 'Man Cannot Become Woman' Post (Newsmax) A New York college has rescinded its suspension of a student who it barred from the teaching program for posting a video in which he declared ''a man is a man, a woman is a woman.'' State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo's Associate Provost for Academic Success Joseph Cope informed Owen Stevens last week that he had been reinstated to the school's required field education classes, The Daily Wire reported. The story did not say why the suspension was lifted and an email sent by Newsmax after hours to the SUNY-Geneseo communication department for comment was not immediately returned.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Russia Threatens US Interests in Arctic with Military Buildup (Worthy News) – As ice thaws in the Arctic, Russia is building up a military presence unseen since the end of the Cold War, as revealed by recent reports and confirmed by the Pentagon on Monday. Russia’s military buildup along its Arctic coastline is threatening a key strategic route that could be used by the United States to protect the homeland. In recent years, Russia has built 475 new military sites, including bases north of the Arctic Circle and 16 deep-water ports, according to the Arctic Institute. The use of new and old military bases, an expanded fleet of nuclear-powered ice breakers and submarines, and the presence of bombers and jets put Russian offensive platforms within striking distance of the U.S. “Nobody’s interested in seeing the Arctic become militarized,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told defense reporters in a briefing Monday.

 

Putin Signs Law that Paves the Way to Him Ruling Until 2036 (Worthy News) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a controversial bill that opens the door for him to potentially remain in power until 2036. The bill, which was recently approved by the lower and upper chambers of parliament, aligns the election laws with constitutional changes approved by voters last year. One of the constitutional changes, resets Putin’s term-limit clock to zero, allowing him to seek reelection when his current term expires in 2024, and again in 2030 if he wishes.

 

Yellen Says Global Minimum Tax Needed (Newsmax) U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Monday that she is working with G20 countries to agree on a global corporate minimum tax rate to end a "30-year race to the bottom on corporate tax rates." The global minimum tax is a key pillar of President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure spending plan, which calls for an increase in the U.S. corporate tax rate to 28%.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Israel’s President Tasks Netanyahu With Forming Government (CBN) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced on Tuesday that he has selected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government following last month’s inconclusive elections. “This was not an easy decision,” Rivlin said. Israel's presidency is largely a ceremonial office. But after national elections, the president is responsible for selecting the leader of the party with the best chance of forming a government to put together a majority coalition in Israel’s 120-seat parliament or “Knesset.” He makes his selection based on consultations with all 13 incoming political parties, during which each party tells him who they recommend as their preferred candidate. Netanyahu will now have 28 days to negotiate with the other parties to gain their loyalty and form a stable government coalition. If he fails, Rivlin may select another to do so.

 

Israel Signs Multimillion-Dollar Commerce Accord with Morocco (CUFI) Jerusalem and Rabat have signed a strategic accord worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Israel Hayom has learned. The heads of the Israel Manufacturers Association, the Israel Farmers Federation and the Israeli Federation of the Chambers of Commerce signed the unprecedented agreement with the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises, also known as CGEM, on March 27. According to Zeev Lavie, director of international trade at the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, “The leading fields of trade will be food and agriculture, spare parts and vehicles, chemicals and mechanical equipment. On the other hand, Morocco looks forward to various technologies in the renewable energy fields, water treatments, agriculture and health.”

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Gov. Abbott: Texas Will Move Its Election Day if H.R. 1 Passes (CNS) If Democrats’ sweeping changes to U.S. election law are enacted via their H.R. 1 legislation, it will institutionalize voter fraud and prompt states to move their election days, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) says. Gov. Abbott was asked about the prospects of H.R. 1. in a Fox News interview discussing how he and Texas are boycotting Major League Baseball (MLB) because the league is playing politics and moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia in objection to a new voter integrity law. “H.R. 1 would be a total disaster” because “it institutionalizes the avenues to perpetuate voter fraud in the United States of America,” Gov. Abbott warned. “Texas will have no part of it,” the governor declared. Instead, Texas and other states will move their state election dates so they don’t coincide with federal elections. That way, the states can concentrate on preventing voter fraud without being entangled with the federal election disaster, he said. “H.R. 1 would be a total disaster” because “it institutionalizes the avenues to perpetuate voter fraud in the United States of America,” Gov. Abbott warned. “Texas will have no part of it,” the governor declared. Instead, Texas and other states will move their state election dates so they don’t coincide with federal elections. That way, the states can concentrate on preventing voter fraud without being entangled with the federal election disaster, he said.

 

'Glaring Concern': Clarence Thomas Signals It's Time for Big Action Against Big Tech Censorship (CBN) Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is railing against the unchecked power of Big Tech, including social media giants like Twitter and booksellers like Amazon, to control speech in America. Thomas's comments came on the heels of a somewhat related Supreme Court case. It was about former President Donald Trump's efforts to block critics from his personal Twitter account. The Court declared that case moot since Twitter has banned Trump, but Thomas said the case raises a lot of very big issues that will need to be addressed soon. "Today's digital platforms provide avenues for historically unprecedented amounts of speech…also unprecedented, however, is the concentrated control of so much speech in the hands of a few private parties. We will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructures such as digital platforms," the justice wrote.

 

Two Yemenis on FBI Terrorism Watch List Apprehended at Border in California (Breitbart) El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two Yemeni nationals who illegally crossed the border into the U.S. in separate incidents during the past two months. Agents identified both men as being on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and the No-Fly list.

 

Senate Dems Get OK to Bypass Filibuster (Newsmax) The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Monday that Democrats may use the procedural tool known as reconciliation to pass more legislation this year, a spokesman for Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said. This could clear the way for passage of an infrastructure bill without Republican support. Spokesman Justin Goodman said that Democrats had not decided whether to use reconciliation, which they employed to pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill last month without Republican votes.

 

Joe Manchin Opposes Biden’s Infrastructure Plan; Says ‘6 or 7 Other Democrats’ Feel the Same (Breitbart) Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) came out in opposition of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, citing the bill’s raising of the corporate tax rate to 28 percent. Manchin, who holds a crucial swing vote in the Democrats’ slim Senate majority, revealed his position during a Monday interview with Metro News host Hoppy Kercheval. “As the bill exists today, it needs to be changed,” Manchin stated. “It’s more than just me, Hoppy,” the lawmaker added. “There’s six or seven other Democrats who feel very strongly about this. We have to be competitive, and we’re not going to throw caution to the wind.” Manchin said he could vote in favor of hiking the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, not 28 percent, arguing raising the rate any further would harm the U.S. economy. “If I don’t vote to get on it, it’s not going anywhere,” Manchin later warned in the interview. As Breitbart News previously reported, Biden infrastructure plan is chalked full of non-related spending with only roughly 25 percent of the proposal would fund basic infrastructure: Around $639 billion would be spent on traditional infrastructure, including $115 billion to revamp highways and roads, while just $25 billion would go toward fixing up airports. The bill sets aside $85 billion to modernize existing transit systems and $111 billion to replace lead pipes and service lines. Another $100 billion would be spent on building high-speed broadband systems and $100 billion for electric transmission infrastructure. Climate change projects, including development for electric vehicles and charging stations, would also receive billions in funding. The plan would see another $400 billion in spending on health care and $213 billion on affordable housing, along with research training, and development programs.

 

Nike Among Corporations Paying No Federal Income Taxes Since 2018 (Breitbart) Multinational sportswear corporation Nike is among at least 26 corporations that have paid zero dollars in federal income taxes since 2018 a new report detail. Analysis conducted by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reveals that in 2020, at least 55 of the nation’s biggest corporations paid nothing in federal income taxes. Of those 55 corporations, 26 have paid no federal income tax since 2018.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Abbott Boycotts MLB: Declines to Throw First Pitch After League Pulls All-Star Game from Atlanta (Breitbart) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has declined to throw the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opener and declined to participate in any Major League Baseball (MLB) events after the league announced plans to relocate their All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s newly passed election integrity law.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Poll: President Biden’s Disapproval Rises to 51% (Breitbart) President Biden’s disapproval is on the rise, hitting 51 percent Monday, according to Rasmussen Reports’ April 5 tracking poll. Monday’s numbers showed Biden’s approval under water, standing at 47 percent. Of those, 29 percent “strongly” approve. His disapproval, however, stood at 51 percent. Of those, 42 percent “strongly” disapprove. His 51 percent disapproval marks a two-point rise since March 31, although he hit 51 percent disapproval on March 25 and 26 as well.

 

Joe Biden ‘Infrastructure’ Bill Includes $20 Billion Fund to Destroy ‘Racist’ Highways (Breitbart) Joe Biden’s proposed $2.5 trillion infrastructure bill includes funds to actually destroy infrastructure, according to reports. The White House cited the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans and Interstate 81 in Syracuse, New York, as two problematic highways going through black neighborhoods, they would support destroying. Biden’s mention of the Claiborne Expressway thrilled New Orleans activist Amy Stelly who has worked to destroy the highway. “I’m floored,” she said to the Washington Post. “I’m thrilled to hear President Biden would call out the Claiborne Expressway as a racist highway.” The White House fact sheet plans $20 billion to “reconnect neighborhoods” suffering from current infrastructure and make sure all new projects “advance racial equity and environmental justice.”

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

MLB to Relocate All-Star Game to Denver From Atlanta (Newsmax) Coors Field in Denver is set to be named host of the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, according to multiple reports. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced last week the game would not be played in Atlanta as scheduled due to new voting laws approved in Georgia that critics consider restrictive.

 

Trump Rails at NY Times Report of Alleged 'Unwitting Donations' (Newsmax) Former President Donald Trump railed against The New York Times for a report about "unwitting donations," calling it a "one-sided attack piece" and ostensibly liberal activist reporting to support "their Radical Left allies." "In yet another highly partisan story, the failing New York Times wrote a completely misleading, one-sided attack piece this weekend that tried to disparage our record-setting grassroots fundraising operation during the 2020 campaign," Trump wrote in an emailed statement from his Save America PAC on Monday. "Except for massive voter fraud, this was a campaign that was easily won by your favorite Republican President, me!

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

04/06/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1841 - John Tyler is sworn in as the tenth U.S. president, becoming the first vice president to succeed a president who died in office (William Henry Harrison).

 

1862 - The Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee, one of the bloodiest of the Civil War, begins.

 

1889 - George Eastman begins selling the Kodak camera.

 

1909 - Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole.

 

1917 - The U.S. formally declares war on Germany and enters World War I.

 

1938 - Researcher Roy Plunkett accidentally discovers polytetrafluoroethylene, better known as Teflon.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Couple Adopts Seven Siblings; ‘A Forever Commitment’ (Bretbart) When Pamela Willis saw a Facebook post in 2019 about seven siblings who needed a home, she had no idea her and her husband’s lives were about to change. “I really felt at that moment that those were supposed to be my children,” Willis recalled, according to Fox 5. “It’s hard to explain, but I just have this really deep feeling like that.” The kids had been in foster care for over a year after they lost their parents in a car accident. Although Willis and her husband Gary had fostered children before and have five adult biological kids, the idea to adopt never entered their minds. Willis tagged her husband in the post and later asked if he read it. To her surprise, he told her they should adopt the children. “It was one of those moments where we were both really feeling that that was what we were being called to do,” she noted. A few months later, they met the siblings, 15-year-old Adelino, 13-year-old Ruby, Aleecia, 9; Anthony, 8; Aubriella, 7; Leo, 5; and Xander, 4. The couple learned the children had also experienced homelessness in addition to their late parents’ struggles regarding addiction. We were just kind of open to whatever knowing that these kids had been through extra trauma being in this huge car accident with their parents, because they were actually in the accident with their parents, so they all had been injured,” Willis said. “They all had been through hospitalizations… we knew they had been through a lot,” she continued. In August, the couple officially adopted the siblings and the family currently lives in Menifee, California. “From the day we met them, they were ours,” Willis told Fox. “This was a forever commitment.” She now uses her social media profiles to encourage others to reach out to people who need help.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Floods Hit Indonesia’s Christian-Majority Island; Dozens Killed (Worthy News) – Easter celebrations on Indonesia’s only Christian-majority island were overshadowed by flash floods that killed scores of people and displaced thousands, officials and Christians said. At least 41 people died in the flooding hitting Flores, in the east of Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago, and some 27 people were still missing, according to disaster authorities. Three more, including a two-year-old child, were reported killed in neighboring East Timor, where deputy prime minister José Reis called the accident the worst in the area in 40 years. Power supplies were cut, and the presidential palace was flooded as heavy rain and strong winds lashed East Timor’s capital Dili since late on Saturday, officials said. Back in Flores, about 49 families were hit by flash floods unleashed by torrential rains, said Raditya Jati, a spokesman of Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). The floods caused massive devastation. “Dozens of houses were buried in mud in Lamanele village… residents’ houses washed away by the flood,” the spokesman added, referring to the eastern part of Flores. “There are roads that have collapsed, trees have fallen, and made it difficult to access some areas.”

 

Pastor Chases Cops Out of Canadian Church 'Get Out You Nazis! And Don't Come Back!' (CBN) A Polish pastor at a church in Canada went viral after his blunt response to cops showing up at his church on Easter weekend. “Out!” Pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada could be heard yelling repeatedly at officers who entered the premises of the church. “Police came to disrupt Church gathering! Gestapo came again to intimidate the Church parishioners during the Passover Celebration!!! Unbelievable,” pastor Pawlowski said. Pawlowski became emotional, saying “Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don’t you dare come back here!” “Can you imagine those psychopaths? Passover. The holiest Christian festival of the year and they’re coming to intimidate Christians during the holiest festival? Unbelievable. What is wrong with those sick psychopaths. It’s beyond me. How dare they,” he continued. “Unbelievable, we’re living in a total takeover of the government with their thugs, goons, the brown shirts, the Gestapo wannabe dictators,” an incredulous Pawlowski said. “Coming to the church armed with guns and tasers and handcuffs to intimidate during Passover celebration? Well, I guess that’s what it is, they want to enslave us all like the Egyptians did. They want to be the Pharaohs of today, that’s what they’re doing. Unbelievable. People, if you don’t stand up, wake up, I don’t know what will happen tomorrow.”

 

Carrie Underwood Performs Songs from New Christian Album 'My Savior' (CBN) Carrie Underwood's new album, "My Savior," is a return to her roots with a collection of Christian hymns from her childhood. The album, which was released on Friday, features beloved renditions of classics like "How Great Thou Art," "Softly and Tenderly," and "Amazing Grace." Underwood performed songs from "My Savior" during a live-streamed event from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, on Easter Sunday that can be seen on her Facebook page.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Facebook Data on Millions of User Accounts Leaked Online in Latest Breach (Worthy News) – Data from hundreds of millions of Facebook users was leaked online on Saturday, including personal information such as phone numbers, full names, and email addresses. The leaked data from 533 million users in 106 countries was posted on an obscure hacking forum. The data is believed to be more than a year old, but security experts say the information could still be used by criminals to commit identity fraud. That data included records on 32 million users in the United States, 11 million users in the United Kingdom and six million users in India. “This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019,” Facebook spokesperson Liz Shepherd said in a tweet. “We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.”

 

U.S., Iran Head to Vienna for Indirect Nuclear Deal Talks (Worthy News) – Iran and the United States said on Friday they would hold indirect talks in Vienna from Tuesday as part of broader negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers. Tehran has ruled out face-to-face bilateral discussions, but the presence of both Iran and the United States in the Austrian capital – welcomed by Washington as a “healthy step forward” – will help to focus efforts to bring all sides back into compliance with the accord. The aim is to reach an agreement within two months, said a senior official with the European Union, the coordinator of the deal. Iran holds elections in June.

 

Two Rockets Land Nearby Baghdad Airbase Hosting US Soldiers (CUFI) Two rockets hit near an Iraqi airbase hosting US soldiers north of Baghdad on Sunday, three days ahead of a new “strategic dialogue” with Washington, a security source said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike, which caused no casualties or property damage, but the US routinely blames Iran-linked Iraqi factions for such attacks on its troops and diplomats. Sunday was the 14th attack against American interests — including troops, the Baghdad embassy or Iraqi supply convoys to foreign forces — since US President Joe Biden took office in January.

 

U.S. Rushes to Reassure Kyiv as Tensions with Russia Mount (Worthy News) – The U.S. is expressing growing alarm over reports that Russian military forces are deploying along their border with Ukraine, as a largely frozen conflict has heated up again in recent months between the Kyiv government and separatist forces in the east strongly back by Moscow. Top Biden administration officials, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley have all spoken this week with their Ukrainian counterparts to discuss the crisis and offer support, State Department spokesman Ned Price. “We are aware of Ukrainian military reports concerning Russian troop movements on Ukraine’s borders,” Mr. Price said Thursday. “We are discussing our concerns about that increase in tensions and cease-fire violations and regional tensions with NATO allies.”

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

IDF Receives New Spy Plane (Worthy News) – The Israel Defense Forces received the first of a series of new spy aircraft, dubbed the Oron, on Sunday that it said would improve its ability to gather intelligence and identify targets for attack in Iran, Iraq, Yemen and other far-flung areas in the Middle East. “The IDF and the air force already have a variety of intelligence collection capabilities, but the ‘Oron’ strengthens our superiority and our ability to operate in the second and third tiers and to move between fronts rapidly and over a long period of time,” said Israeli Air Force chief Amikam Norkin.

 

Like a Miracle’: Israel’s Vaccine Success Allows Easter Crowds in Jerusalem (CUFI) On Friday morning, in the Old City of Jerusalem, in the limestone alleys of the Christian quarter, it was as if the pandemic had never happened. The winding passageways that form the Via Dolorosa, along which Christians believe Jesus hauled his cross toward his crucifixion, were packed with over 1,000 worshipers. In the covered market, the air smelled of incense and echoed with Christian hymns. The Good Friday procession, where the faithful retrace the route Jesus is said to have taken, was back. “It is like a miracle,” said the Rev. Amjad Sabbara, a Roman Catholic priest who helped lead the procession. “We’re not doing this online. We’re seeing the people in front of us.” Pandemic restrictions forced the cancellation of last year’s ceremony and required priests to hold services without congregants’ present. Now, thanks to Israel’s world-leading vaccine rollout, religious life in Jerusalem is edging back to normal. And on Friday, that brought crowds once again to the city’s streets, and relief to even one of Christianity’s most solemn commemorations: The Good Friday procession.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Georgia GOP Legislators to Coca-Cola: We Want You Out (Newsmax) Certain Republican Georgia lawmakers want Coca Cola products removed from their offices after the corporation spoke out against the state's new election law, reports the Hill. In a letter to Kevin Perry, president of the Georgia Beverage Association, eight members of the Georgia House of Representatives —Victor Anderson, Clint Crowe, Matt Barton, Jason Ridley, Lauren McDonald III, Stan Gunter, Dewayne Hill and Marcus Wiedower —complained about Coca-Cola. “Given Coke’s choice to cave to the pressure of an out of control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately,” they stated. “Should Coke choose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in the dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship.”

 

Gov. Kemp 'Glad to Deal' With Backlash Over State's Election Law (Newsmax) Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is “glad to deal” with backlash over his state’s changes to voter rules. "I'm glad to deal with it," Kemp told CNBC when asked about backlash from business leaders in Georgia and the U.S. over a set of sweeping new voter restrictions he signed into law last week. "If they want to have a debate about the merits and the facts of the bill, then we should do that." Black CEOs have urged companies to oppose the measures, which they contend are too restrictive, particularly for people in poor and minority communities. Calls have grown for some sporting events to boycott Georgia. "Corporations have to stand up. There is no middle ground," ex-American Express CEO Ken Chenault told CNBC on Wednesday. Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian called the bill “unacceptable.” Coca-Cola’s James Quincey told the news outlet the new law is “wrong.” Merck CEO Ken Frazier, who is helping lead the effort among Black business executives to push corporate America to be more vocal in favor of voting rights, said Georgia was the “leading edge of a movement all around this country to restrict voting access. "These kinds of bills have to be stopped in their tracks because you have to actually spend time reading this bill to understand what it does, and I think corporations ought to take a very strong stand in Georgia and every place else." Kemp in response told CNBC: "I would encourage these CEOs to look at other states that they're doing business in and compare what the real facts are to Georgia.” He also said it makes voting more secure in the state. "There were counties last year that didn't even have a drop box because it's never appeared in the law before," Kemp said.

 

Dick Morris Slams Infrastructure Bill as Ploy to Collectivize US (Newsmax) Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal is meant to collectivize the nation, political strategist Dick Morris said Sunday in a harsh criticism of the bill. Speaking on “The Cats Roundtable” radio show hosted by John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM, Morris, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, said Biden’s infrastructure package is "designed to collectivize the United States, to regiment us, to unionize us, and to make us controllable and tractable as an economy.” Stressing that “the metaphor that comes to mind is when Stalin insisted that all the farmers go to collective farms,” Morris cautioned that the main feature of the infrastructure legislation is that “you cannot get those funds unless you unionize. Davis-Bacon will control all of that spending. You have to have a union for your company to qualify. That’s going to force the entire construction industry and huge numbers of other industries into unionization.” He also emphasized that Biden intends to make the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act part of the legislation bill, which he said would “be the greatest disaster we’ve ever had.”

 

US Forges Ahead on $1B Tariff Plan Over Digital Taxes (Newsmax) The U.S. is pressing ahead with plans to hit six nations that tax Internet-based companies with retaliatory tariffs that could total almost $1 billion annually. Goods entering the U.S. — ranging from Austrian grand pianos, and British merry-go-rounds to Turkish Kilim rugs and Italian anchovies — could face tariffs of as much as 25% annually, documents published by the U.S. Trade Representative show. The duties are in response to countries that are imposing taxes on technology firms that operate internationally such as Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Pentagon Issues New Policies Allowing Transgender People to Openly Serve in the Military (Christian Headlines) On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that Trump-era restrictions on transgender people serving in the U.S. military have been lifted. According to NBC News, the announcement comes following a two-month review aimed at helping Pentagon officials develop new military guidelines after President Joe Biden reversed Trump’s policy in his first week in office. The Pentagon press secretary told reports that the new policy allows transgender people to serve openly in the military according to their chosen gender identity. Access to medical treatments for gender transitions will also be made available. Kirby also noted that the new Pentagon transgender policy goes back to before Trump banned transgender people from serving in the military in 2017.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Soros Boosts Biden with $20M (Newsmax) The George Soros-founded Open Society Foundations are pledging $20 million for a campaign to rally progressives to support President Joe Biden's infrastructure proposal, Axios reported on Monday.

 

Border Crisis Tanks Biden Approval (Newsmax) More Americans disapprove than approve of how President Joe Biden is handling waves of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and approval of his efforts on larger immigration policy falls short of other top issues — suggesting it could be a weak point for the new administration. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also shows that solving the problem of young people at the border is among Americans' highest immigration priorities: 59% say providing safe treatment of unaccompanied children when they are apprehended should be a high priority, and 65% say the same about reuniting families separated at the border.

 

Abortion Rights Are as Important as Religious Liberty, Biden State Department Says (Christian Headlines) The Biden administration said Wednesday it will consider a country’s restrictions on abortion a violation of human rights in a reversal from the Trump administration, which had removed a section on “reproductive health” from an annual human rights report.

 

Progressives Want Biden's Infrastructure Plan to Include $10T for Climate (Newsmax) Progressive lawmakers and environmentalists have reportedly urged President Joe Biden to use the coming infrastructure package to finance parts of their radical Green New Deal. The Green New Deal Network – a group of 15 national climate organizations – is pressuring Biden to "incorporate the entirety of the THRIVE Agenda" into his infrastructure package, The Washington Free Beacon reported on Wednesday. THRIVE was introduced in February by Sen. Ed Markey, D.-Mass., who called on Biden to include the proposal in any future economic plan. THRIVE contains idealistic climate goals, including a carbon-free electric grid by 2035.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Trump Puts Off Presidential Library (Newsmax) Donald Trump is spending his first months as an ex-president trying to ensure that he’s remembered the way he wants — but he’s holding off on plans to establish a library that would enshrine his version of his presidency. Planning for a library would suggest he’s done being president and that’s not something he’s ready to concede, say people familiar with his thinking. Trump has publicly dangled the possibility that he will seek the Republican nomination in 2024.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

04/05/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1614 - Indian princess Pocahontas and Jamestown, Virginia, colonist John Rolfe are married.

 

1621 - The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to return to England.

 

1792 - George Washington casts the first presidential veto, rejecting a bill to apportion representatives among the states.

 

1933 - Dr. Evarts A. Graham performs the first operation to remove a lung in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

1984 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the highest-scoring NBA player, with 31,421 career points (later retiring with 38,387 points).

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

California Community Rallies Around Single Father of Four After House Fire (Breitbart) A single father of four had the misfortune of losing his home to a fire on March 19, but he and his family have been able to get through these difficult times thanks to their Vallejo, California, community. Troy Gaskin and his four kids have been staying in a motel since a fire ravaged their rental home, and the single father said he has been looking for a place to live that is suitable for his four boys, all ranging in age from seven to thirteen. Gaskin said he was taking a nap and was recuperating from a heart attack he had the week before when the fire broke out. “I grabbed the kids, got them outside, called 911, and just waited. I was in a daze,” Gaskin told KTVU. The home is now boarded up and deemed unlivable. Gaskin lost his job installing home theater systems at the beginning of the pandemic, adding that he did not have renters’ insurance to cover the items lost in the fire, including the laptops his sons used for distance learning. Allison Hill heard about the Gaskin family’s situation and started a GoFundMe page to help them. As of Monday afternoon, the page has raised more than $25,000. “They need a home. They need somebody who’s going to understand their situation and help them out,” Hill said. Gaskin said he is grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. He added that everything he and his sons have had been donated. Gaskin eventually hopes to move out of the motel and find a stable home for his boys. “I’ve got to be here for these boys. I’m all they have,” Gaskin said. “I want to show them this is the right path. If you have a child, you need to take care of that child. That’s what I’m trying to instill in these kids.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Court Bans Pastor’s Good Friday Prayer at U.S. Capitol (Worthy News) – A U.S. court has prevented a prominent pastor and rights activist from praying at the U.S. Capitol on Good Friday. Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney had sued U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and others for the right to pray at the same spot he prayed in 2020.

 

Singing Hymns Through Masks, Christians Mark Pandemic Easter (Newsmax) Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with faithful sitting far apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday conditioned by pandemic precautions. From Protestant churches in South Korea to St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, worshippers followed national or local regulations aimed at preventing the transmission of the coronavirus.

 

 Bishop Who Refused to Permit Same-Sex Marriage Blessings Leaves U.S. Episcopal Church (Christian Headlines) Bishop William Love, who was disciplined by the U.S. Episcopal Church for refusing to bless same-sex marriages, has left the denomination. Last year, Love, who served as the Bishop of Albany, was brought before a disciplinary panel after he told the clergy in his diocese in a 2018 letter to stop blessing same-sex marriages, Christian Today reports. In the letter, Love told the clergy that Christ was "calling the Church to have the courage to speak His Truth in love about homosexual behavior — even though it isn't politically correct." The bishop contended that same-sex relations "was never part of God's plan and is a distortion of His design in creation" and should be avoided. The panel would conclude that Love was guilty of violating Resolution B012, a measure that the denomination passed in 2018 requiring all Episcopal dioceses to bless same-sex marriages. Love announced his resignation as bishop after the trial. But the resignation did not become effective until February 1, 2021.

 

Abraham Accords may Benefit Christians in Middle East (Worthy News) – The 2020 Abraham Accords, which normalized relations between Israel and the Muslim countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, may benefit not only Jewish communities in traditionally hostile Middle Eastern nations, but also other faith minorities in the region, including Christians, International Christian Concern reports. In its report about the impact of the Abraham Accords, ICC notes in the first instance that the decisions by Bahrain and UAE to normalize relations with Israel reflect the extraordinary lengths Sunni Arab states are willing to go to in standing against Iran’s expansionist efforts in the region. At the same time, ICC says, the accords are having a positive impact on minority Jewish communities in the region, enabling them to exercise greater freedom of their faith-based lifestyle. “Essentially, the normalization of relations with the State of Israel indicates that the governments of Bahrain and the UAE understand that by signing the Accords, they are making a public statement that they are showing no hostility or distrust for their local Jewish populations as well,” ICC said. According to ICC, this expression of religious tolerance has increased the confidence of Christians in the region to live out their faith more freely as well. Moreover, ICC said the expression of tolerance “increases the confidence of countries such as the United States and Canada to look at Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates as beacons of liberal values in a region often hostile to religious freedoms. Nevertheless, ICC points out, other countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Iran, still actively persecute Christians among other minority faith groups. Asserting there is work for the West to do in the alleviation of persecution, ICC said in its report: “The West has an important role to play if it chooses to do so, in spreading awareness of the ongoing persecution of religious minorities, and by allocating more resources to fighting religious persecution and promoting freedom of religion worldwide.”

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Scores Die in Taiwan Train Disaster (Worthy News) – Scores of people died Friday in Taiwan’s worst rail disaster in four decades as a passenger train smashed into a truck on its tracks and partially derailed. Police said at least 36 people were killed and 72 injured in the crash occurring near the island’s Toroko Gorge scenic area around 9 a.m. on a public holiday.Media reported 350 passengers were on board. The crash came after a truck reportedly fell from a cliff above and landed on the tracks where the train emerging from a tunnel hit it.

 

Northern Ireland Police Appeal for Calm After Violent Unrest (Newsmax) Police in Northern Ireland have appealed for calm after officers were attacked with petrol bombs and cars were set on fire during a second night of unrest. Three cars were hijacked and set on fire Saturday night in Newtownabbey, an area on the outskirts of Belfast, police said. North Area Commander Chief Superintendent Davy Beck said 30 petrol bombs were thrown at officers in an “orchestrated attack on police.” A 47-year-old man was arrested and remained in police custody. On Friday night, 27 police officers were injured, and eight people were arrested during riots in Belfast and Londonderry. Police said they came under “sustained attack” from a large group of young people throwing stones, bottles and fireworks. The Police Federation for Northern Ireland called for an end to the violence and said people destroying their own communities was “not the way to protest or vent.”

 

Populist Leaders Hungary, Poland, Italy Seek Nationalist Alliance (Worthy News) – Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán says he and populist leaders from Poland and Italy have agreed to work on a new nationalist political force in Europe. Orban spoke in Budapest, where he met Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Italy’s former interior minister, Matteo Salvini. “We came together to plan and talk about the future of Europe” he explained. “As Mr. Salvini put it, and we all agreed, we want a European renaissance … Many millions of European citizens have been left without adequate and effective representation.”

 

Jordan Ex-Crown Prince Detained Amid Coup Attempt Against King (Worthy News) – Jordanian authorities have reportedly detained Jordan’s former crown prince and arrested nearly 20 other people Saturday amid an ongoing investigation into an alleged plot to unseat the king. Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the oldest son of the late King Hussein and his American-born wife Queen Noor, was placed under restriction at his Amman palace, The Washington Post newspaper reported. There was concern that the former crown prince wanted to unseat his half-brother, King Abdullah II, a Middle East intelligence official briefed on the events was quoted as saying.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Tesla Opens its First ‘Supercharging’ Station in Tel Aviv (CUFI) Tesla first fast-charging station for electric vehicles opened at the Azrieli shopping center in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, business website Globes reported. The company plans to open three more so-called "Supercharger" stations in 2021, for the exclusive use of Tesla customers, in Haifa, Beersheva, and Eilat. The auto giant has also unveiled its prices for recharging its cars and, like the cars themselves, the prices are lower than expected. Charging stations will cost only one shekel per kilowatt-hour. This means to fully recharge a Tesla 3 car will cost around $ 15-20, which is roughly half the cost of recharging electric cars at regular charging stations.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Capitol Police Officer Killed as Car Rams into U.S. Capitol; Driver Shot Dead (Worthy News) – A car rammed a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol, fatally injuring one Capitol Police officers and leading to the driver being shot and killed, officials said. Another police officer was also injured in the Good Friday near the massive building housing the U.S. Congress, investigators explained. Police said earlier that two officers were taken to the hospital; one of them apparently passed away. The attack on America’s heart of democracy came despite thousands of National Guard troops and police in the area. Joe Biden had asked for additional forces after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in January, citing fears of more attacks.

 

Baltimore City Will No Longer Prosecute Prostitution and Drug Possession (Worthy News) – Following a year-long experiment that aimed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in prisons, Baltimore City’s State Attorney has announced the city will no longer prosecute low-level offenses, including drug possession, prostitution, and minor traffic violations, the Christian Post reports. While some have warned against the decision by State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City’s Police Commissioner and its Mayor are in favor of the move.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

UK High Court Rules Parents of Transgender Children Can Consent to Puberty Blockers (Worthy News) – Britain’s High Court ruled on Friday that parents will be allowed to give consent for their children to take puberty-delaying drugs during gender identity treatment without having to gain a judge’s approval. Late last year, the same court ruled that under-16s were unlikely to be able to give informed consent to such medication, and doctors must now get a so-called “best interests order” from a judge to prescribe the drugs to adolescent patients. Medical experts have warned, however, that the medication could lead to lower bone density and might hamper bone growth, and the drugs used are controversial.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Biden 'Infrastructure' Plan Includes $$$ to 'Improve Our School Kitchens' to 'Prepare Nutritious Meals' (Breitbart) Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan includes an effort to “improve our school kitchens” to “prepare nutritious meals.” “Funds also will be provided to improve our school kitchens, so they can be used to better prepare nutritious meals for our students and go green by reducing or eliminating the use of paper plates and other disposable materials,” according to the proposal.

 

Biden Infrastructure Plan Erodes ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws; Includes ‘Card Check’ (Breitbart) A provision of Joe Biden’s proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan, would erode “right-to-work” laws in states that do not force workers to join a union, and would include a controversial “card check” system. As described by the White House, the plan will “promote union organizing and collective bargaining,” in part through the “Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act,” a Democrat bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this year.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

New Migrant Caravan Begins Trek to U.S. from Honduras (Breitbart) A new caravan has formed in Central America and is traveling north with the goal of reaching the U.S.-Mexico Border. The caravan formed earlier this week as several hundred migrants left San Pedro Sula in Honduras, Telesur TV reported. The group is preparing to cross into Guatemala despite claims by that country’s government that irregular migration will not be allowed. The Guatemalan government issued an order this week allowing the use of force to contain the caravan, the TV station reported.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

 

 

 

04/04/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1841 - President William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia one month after his inauguration.

 

1850 - The city of Los Angeles is incorporated.

 

1887 - Susanna M. Salter of Argonia, Kansas, becomes the first woman elected mayor of an American town.

 

1949 - The United States and eleven other Western nations sign a treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

 

1968 - The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., age 39, is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Goodwill Employee Finds $42,000 Hidden in Donated Sweaters, Returns Money to Owner (MSN) While thrift shops are a good place to discover forgotten treasures, one Goodwill employee stumbled across the find of a lifetime. Andrea Lessing of Oklahoma recently found mounds of cash hidden away in a pair of sweaters that were donated to her store, according to NBC affiliate KFOR. Lessing was going through the articles of clothing as routine inspection before putting them up for sale. "Just from working here a month and a half, I've realized that there are a lot of things that have been donated," she told the news station. "You want to make sure there's good product, there's no stains, there's no holes, there's no tears, there's no rips." While Lessing initially thought the sweaters were holding books, she quickly discovered stacks of envelopes filled with $100 bills inside them. In total, Lessing had stumbled upon $42,000 worth of cash, the outlet reported. Fortunately, the envelopes also had paperwork that identified who owned the cash, and the store was able to return the money, according to KFOR.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Thousands of Christians Attend Rallies for Asian Americans amid Surge of Hate Crimes (Christian Headlines) Christians across the nation are standing up on behalf of Asian Americans in light of a recent increase in hate crimes. As reported by Religion News Service, on Sunday, an estimated 5,000 people gathered for The National Rally for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Lives and Dignity. Rallies, organized by the Asian American Christian Collaborative (AACC), were held in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Ellicott City, Maryland, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, a virtual event was hosted in Seattle. In 2020, the AACC was created as a response to the rise in anti-Asian attacks. As Christian Headlines previously reported, anti-Asian hate crimes jumped by almost 150 percent last year, in large part because the novel coronavirus came from Wuhan, China.

 

Christian Actress Who Was Fired for Biblical Beliefs on Sexuality Now Ordered to Pay $414,000 in Legal Fees (CBN) A Christian actress who was fired from the lead role in the stage version of The Color Purple because of a Facebook post she made in 2014 about homosexuality, found out Wednesday she may have to pay the U.S. equivalent of more than $414,000 in legal fees. The BBC reports the judges with the Employment Tribunal London who heard Seyi Omooba's case said her claims for discrimination, breach of contract, and harassment would not go forward. They ordered her to pay the legal fees to her former agency and Curve in Leicester, where she was due to perform, even though the tribunal is supposed to be a cost-free forum.

 

Illuminations Alliance: By 2033, The Scriptures Will Be Available in Every Language (CBN) The world's leading Bible translation organizations are teaming up to accomplish a huge goal. They want the scriptures to be available to every single person on earth by the year 2033. One billion people around the world have never heard God's word in the language they understand best. "Most people don't realize there's 6,000 unique languages on planet earth today, and of those, 2,000 have adequate scripture, 2,000 somebody's working on and 2,000 nobody's started," said Mart Green, ministry investment officer for Hobby Lobby.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Russia Threatens Ukraine (Newsmax) Joe Biden pledged to stand with Ukraine against Russian “aggression” in his first official phone call with his counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who raised concerns of troop movement near the border. Biden “affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea,” the White House said Friday in a readout of the call. Ukraine has asked for international support as Russian builds up troops along their shared border, raising concerns of an escalation in the seven-year conflict. Four soldiers were killed in the eastern zone on March 26, marking the deadliest day since at least the summer of 2020.

 

Russia Fines Twitter for Not Taking Down Calls to Protest (Newsmax) A court in Moscow on Friday fined Twitter for not taking down calls encouraging minors to take part in unauthorized rallies, the latest in a series of moves against the social media giant that has been used to amplify dissent in Russia. The court found Twitter guilty on three counts of violating regulations on restricting unlawful content, ordering the company to pay three fines adding up to 8.9 million rubles (about $117,000). The ruling comes two weeks after Russia's state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor threatened to block Twitter within 30 days if it doesn't take steps to remove banned content.

 

Lebanon on Brink of Hunger Crisis; Meat is a 'Luxury' (UPI) -- Lebanon's deteriorating economy, an expected reduction of subsidies and political inertia have left the population at risk of acute hunger within months, experts told UPI, warning of a potential humanitarian crisis requiring immediate international intervention. Food insecurity has become a major source of concern in Lebanon, which has been added to a list of the worlds’ 20 worst hunger hot spots in need of urgent assistance.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

‘Israel has the Ability to Completely Destroy Iran’s Nuclear Program’ (Worthy News) – The past year was very good security-wise. The low number of attacks and victims gave Israelis a relatively high feeling of security, and the intensive focus on coronavirus (and elections) pushed aside other issues that in normal times would have made headlines. But the security challenges are here to stay. The new government, when it is formed, will not be able to avoid them, and top of the list is Iran. Behind the scenes, preparations are already underway for these marathon discussions, which take place mainly within the IDF, and specifically in the new unit formed last year to deal with Iran and strategic issues – the Strategy and Third-Circle Directorate. The man heading this unit, Tal Kalman, is one of the most-cautious generals in the General Staff, and his statements here, in his first and exclusive interview, portray exactly the threats and possible responses – including military – but also hold a warning: to avoid dealing with these problems could pose a strategic threat for Israel.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Car Rams into Police at Capitol Barricade; Officer Killed, Driver Shot Dead (CBN) (AP) - A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife, law enforcement officials said. The suspect died at a hospital, officials said. Both officers were hospitalized, and one of them “succumbed to his injuries,” Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

 

Crime Soaring in Cities with Defunded Police Departments (Newsmax) Crime is soaring in cities where police departments have been defunded, reports Fox News. Movements to defund the police have grown since George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. Defunding means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality. More than 20 major cities have reduced their police budgets in some form, though the scale and circumstances vary. The results have not fared well in Los Angeles, Oakland, New York City, Portland, and Austin. Homicides in Oakland, California, have risen 314 percent compared with the same time last year and law enforcement has seen a 113 percent increase in firearms assaults. Violent crime surged in 2020 in Minneapolis following Floyd’s death, and murders have risen by 46 percent between Dec. 11, 2020 through March 28 of this year, compared to the same period last year.

 

Poll: American Jews Report Increasing Incidents of Anti-Semitism, Mostly Online (RNS) — More than half of American Jews continue to experience or witness anti-Semitic incidents in the form of comments, slurs or threats, according to a new poll released by the Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday (March 31). The poll, conducted in January by YouGov, also reveals that 9% of American Jews reported being physically attacked in the last five years. The poll is the second in a row conducted by YouGov for the ADL and it shows a slight uptick in anti-Semitic incidents, with 63% of respondents saying they had experienced or heard anti-Semitic comments, slurs or threats targeting others, up from 54% a year earlier.

 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Use of Vaccine Passports (Breitbart) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed an executive order Friday prohibiting the use of vaccine passports — a concept embraced by Democrats such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) — and said the state legislature is working to make the protections “permanent.” DeSantis, who has described vaccine passports as a “terrible” and “unacceptable” idea, announced his executive order Friday, which prohibits the use of what he described as “so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports” in the Sunshine State.

 

Hunter Biden Admits on Laptop (Newsmax) Hunter Biden admitted the laptop at the center of last year's controversy involving President Joe Biden and a Ukraine energy company "absolutely" could be his. The president's son was asked "yes or no" if the MacBook Pro dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019 was his, during an interview with CBS's "Sunday Morning." "I really don't know what the answer is, that's the truthful answer," Hunter Biden said in an excerpt of the interview released Friday, before adding, "I have no idea." Asked if the laptop could have belonged to him, he replied, "Absolutely." "Certainly, there could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me," Biden added. "It could be that I was hacked, it could be that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me." Hunter Biden sat for a rare media appearance while promoting his new memoir, "Beautiful Things," out April 6, the New York Post reported.

 

Trump Urges MLB Boycott After All-Star Game; Draft Pulled (Newsmax) Former President Donald Trump is urging baseball fans to boycott Major League Baseball over its decision to pull this year's All-Star Game and 2021 Draft out of Georgia over its recently passed election law. "Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans," Trump said in a statement Friday night, reports Fox News. "Now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections. He also called for a boycott of "all of the woke companies that are "interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!"

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Arkansas Governor Signs Transgender Sports Ban into Law (Newsmax) Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday signed a law banning transgender women and girls from competing in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity, making the state the second to approve such a restriction so far this year. The Republican governor approved the measure despite objections from medical and child-welfare groups that it would have devastating impacts on transgender youth. Hundreds of college athletes have also urged the NCAA to refuse to hold championships in states that enact such bans. “This law simply says that female athletes should not have to compete in a sport against a student of the male sex when the sport is designed for women’s competition,” Hutchinson said in a statement released by his office. “As I have stated previously, I agree with the intention of this law. This will help promote and maintain fairness in women’s sporting events.” Republicans in at least 20 state legislatures have been pushing for similar bans this year.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Biden Ignores Cybersecurity (Newsmax) Lawmakers and security experts have expressed disappointment that President Joe Biden's $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan did not include funding to protect vital facilities against the growing threat of cyberattacks. The president's infrastructure package failed to provide money to defend critical systems, such as the U.S. power grid, against hackers, according to The Hill on Friday.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Woke Gestapo Oppose Naming School After Barack Obama (Breitbart) “The country’s first Black President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, is one of the top three choices for the school’s new name but is drawing opposition in the area with a large Latinx population,” local media reported.

 

Girls Scouts Announce $500,000 Campaign for ‘Anti-Racist’ Programming (Breitbart) Girls Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are jumping into the “anti-racist” movement with a $500,000 programming effort. The funding comes from the left-wing Ford Foundation, which touts on its website its history of fighting for social justice and that the organization is led by a “diverse” board of directors.

 

Oscar Catastrophe Looms as Poll Shows No One’s Seen the Nominees (Breitbart) A poll of 1,500 “active entertainment consumers” shows that not a single one of this year’s Best Picture nominees has received any widespread public awareness.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

04/03/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1860 - The Pony Express begins service between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

 

1865 - Union forces capture the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.

 

1882 - The outlaw Jesse James is shot and killed in St. Joseph, Missouri, by Robert Ford, a member of his own gang.

 

1948 - President Truman signs legislation establishing the Marshall Plan.

 

1973 - In New York City, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper makes the first call on a portable, handheld cell phone, which he’d just invented.

 

1974 - One of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history strikes, with 148 twisters hitting thirteen states, killing 330 people.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Volunteers Pick Up 15,700 Pounds of Trash from The Tennessee River In 2 Days (Sunny Skyz) In January, we shared a good news story about a small group of volunteers removing nearly 10,000 pounds of trash from the Tennessee River in three days. Last weekend, volunteers removed nearly 16,000 pounds of trash in just two days. Volunteers with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful, a nonprofit whose mission is to keep the Tennessee River clean and healthy, picked up around 15,700 pounds of trash from two cleanup events in East Tennessee. On Saturday, March 20, a total of 41 volunteers in Roane County removed 9,426 lbs of trash from Watts Bar Lake. They ended up filling 248 bags of trash. Then, on March 21, 17 volunteers removed 6,286 pounds of trash in the Knoxville and Louisville areas. They filled 154 bags of trash. "We are blown away by the ever-increasing enthusiasm and momentum around river cleanup efforts in diverse communities in the Tennessee River watershed," said Kathleen Gibi, Executive Director for Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful. "The energy is seen in the numbers, like the phenomenal achievements our volunteers made this weekend."

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Court Bans Pastor’s Good Friday Prayer at U.S. Capitol (Worthy News) – A U.S. court has prevented a prominent pastor and rights activist from praying at the U.S. Capitol on Good Friday. Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney had sued U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and others for the right to pray at the same spot he prayed in 2020. Mahoney said he launched the court case after the U.S. Capitol Police refused his application because the Capitol is still locked down. Thousands of National Guard units surround the area since January 6, when rioters stormed the complex housing Congress. Mahoney confirmed that Federal District Judge, James E. Boasberg, denied his request for “injunction relief” to hold a Good Friday prayer service on the Capitol’s lower western terrace. “Tragically, while business goes on at the United States Capitol Building without interruption, public and peaceful First Amendment activities are being prohibited,” he said in a statement. “The federal court and government have in essence created a ‘No Speech Zone’ at the Capitol,” often seen as the heart of the nation’s democracy.

 

LGBT Students Ask Court to Overturn the Government's 'Religious Exemption' for Christian Schools (Christian Headlines) A coalition of 33 current and former LGBT students from Christian and religious colleges filed a federal lawsuit on Monday that could dramatically impact how faith-based schools operate by declaring a government religious exemption received by such schools unconstitutional. Under current federal rules, religious institutions are exempt from Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities. Although the Trump administration argued that Title IX does not apply to sexual orientation and gender identity, the Biden administration has claimed it does. If successful, the suit could significantly impact how Christian and religious colleges and universities operate. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are current and former students at such well-known Christian institutions as Union University, Liberty University, Baylor University, Cedarville University, Oklahoma Baptist University and Moody Bible Institute. All total, more than 200 religious colleges are impacted. Christian colleges and universities often prohibit LGBTQ content in student handbooks, based on scriptural teaching. The lawsuit claims there are more than 100,000 LGBT students attending religious institutions in the U.S. The lawsuit, filed by the Religious Exemption Accountability Project, asks the federal court to declare the Title IX religious exemption clause unconstitutional. It also asks the court to require the federal government to “enforce the protections of Title IX at all taxpayer-funded educational institutions, including at those institutions that discriminate and cause harm on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs.” If successful, the suit could significantly impact how Christian and religious colleges and universities operate. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are current and former students at such well-known Christian institutions as Union University, Liberty University, Baylor University, Cedarville University, Oklahoma Baptist University and Moody Bible Institute. All total, more than 200 religious colleges are impacted. Christian colleges and universities often prohibit LGBTQ content in student handbooks, based on scriptural teaching. The lawsuit claims there are more than 100,000 LGBT students attending religious institutions in the U.S.

 

Nigeria Bandits Kidnap Evangelists (Worthy News) – Bandits have reportedly abducted eight Christian evangelists in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State amid an Islamic campaign of targeted kidnappings. The Christians were kidnapped after their minibus was stopped on the way from Kaduna city to Kafanchan on March 26, Christians and Nigerian media said. The minibus – with on its side “Redeemed Christian Church of God” – was reportedly held up at around 7 p.m. local time, about 39 miles (63 kilometers) from Kaduna city. The Christians, all adults, were traveling to Kafanchan on an evangelistic mission, the media said. Alao Joseph, a spokesman of the church in Kaduna, said in published generous that the incident was reported to the police. He said there was “hope that they will help secure the immediate rescue of the church members.”

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

US and NATO Meet to Discuss ‘Russia’s Recent Large-Scale Military Activities’ near Ukraine (Worthy News) – The United States and European allies are “discussing concerns” about Russia’s reported military buildup on the border of Ukraine, a senior State Department official said in a warning to Moscow. “We’re absolutely concerned by recent escalations of Russian aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine, including violations of the July 2020 ceasefire,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Thursday. “Additionally, we are aware of Ukrainian military reports concerning Russian troop movements on Ukraine’s borders. We are discussing our concerns about that increase in tensions and ceasefire violations and regional tensions with NATO allies.” Price blamed Russia for the deaths of four Ukrainian soldiers last week, whereas Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov raised the specter of “new war” in eastern Ukraine due to ceasefire violations that Moscow attributes to Ukrainian forces. Russian officials deny invading Ukraine, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s previous admission that he had ordered such an operation and maintain that Ukrainian officials need not fear the movement of Russian troops to the Ukrainian border.

 

Iran Adds Advanced Machines Enriching Underground at Natanz (CUFI) Iran has started enriching uranium with a fourth cascade, or cluster, of advanced IR-2m machines at its underground Natanz plant, a report by the U.N. atomic watchdog obtained by Reuters on Thursday showed, in a further breach of Iran’s nuclear deal. “On 31 March 2021, the Agency verified at FEP that: Iran had begun feeding natural UF6 into a fourth cascade of 174 IR-2m centrifuges,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in the report dated Wednesday, referring to the underground Fuel Enrichment Plant and to uranium hexafluoride, the form in which uranium is fed into centrifuges for enrichment.

 

'Ruthless': Traffickers Dump 2 Little Girls Over 14-Foot Border Wall (CBN) New video from U.S. Border Patrol reveals the horrific scene of two immigrant children – a toddler and her five-year-old sister – dropped by smugglers over a 14-foot-high border wall in the middle of the New Mexico desert in the middle of the night. Agents spotted the two girls from Ecuador on a remote camera and were able to locate them in an area just west of El Paso. They took them to a local hospital to be checked and cleared before transporting them to a temporary holding facility. The smugglers who dropped the sisters can be seen fleeing into the Mexican desert, but Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez in the El Paso sector said they're partnering with Mexican authorities to find them.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Ancient Temple-Tax Coin found in Jerusalem (Worthy News) – Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem have unearthed a rare Tyre shekel coin that is believed to have been used by Jewish pilgrims to pay the Passover Temple tax during the Second Temple era, All Israel News reports. The discovery was made in the course of extensive conservation work on an ancient citadel known as the Tower of David in the Old City of Jerusalem. In its report, AIN said the coin was accidentally found in a box of artifacts during excavation at the iconic citadel just inside the Jaffa Gate. Shekel coins of this type come from the ancient town of Tyre in present-day Lebanon. They were minted from around 125 BC until the Jewish Revolt against the Romans in 66 AD.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Record 4.7M FBI Gun Background Checks in March (Worthy News) – A month which saw multiple mass shootings — including high-profile murders in Georgia and Colorado — also featured a record number of FBI-conducted background checks for firearm purchases, complicating the narrative at a time Democrats are trying to push new gun control legislation. Background checks in March were up 36% from February, as around 4.7 million were initiated, FBI data shows, according to CNN. The number of checks does not equal the number of guns purchased, but they do tend to correlate with the volume of sales. Gun sales have historically trended higher as safety fears gripped America or when citizens anticipated upcoming gun control measures.   

 

Cold Blast Takes Aim at South (CBN) A shift in the weather pattern is expected to bring an abrupt pause to spring in the southeastern United States. AccuWeather meteorologists warn that a wave of cold air is forecast to send temperatures plummeting across the region, jeopardizing records that date back more than 100 years in some areas while also threatening sensitive vegetation with a frost or freeze. Winterlike weather brought the North Central states a midweek reality check and is now doing the same in the East. Actual temperatures dipped into the single digits and lower teens Fahrenheit over the northern Plains on Wednesday morning. Low temperatures in the Southeast are expected to fall well short of frigid levels in the North Central states, but some areas in the South are likely to be hit with a hard freeze on Thursday and Friday nights, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

 

Atlanta Mayor to Hire 250 Police Officers After Homicides Surge 58% (Breitbart) Democrat Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms plans to hire 250 new police officers amid a reelection campaign after homicides surged 58 percent in 2020. The mayor blamed the increase in Atlanta homicides in 2020 on the court system, which “effectively shut down, people lost jobs, loved ones died, and our crime began to spike.” According to a report, “90 police recruits are currently in the pipeline, and that she is working with the City Council to enact a retention bonus for officers.” The department currently employs 400 officers under Bottoms’ authorized level.

 

New York Governor Sought Book Deal as Aides Hid COVID Deaths (Worthy News) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly sought a $4 million book deal on his “hero” image during the coronavirus pandemic while aides hid a damaging death toll in nursing homes. The New York Times (NYT) newspaper said emails and an early draft of Cuomo’s book it obtained indicate that the governor was writing it as early as mid-June. He relied on trusted aides and junior staffers for everything from full-scale edits to minor clerical work, potentially violating state laws prohibiting the use of public resources for personal gain, The NYT reported.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Anti-Religion Group Fights to Remove Eagle Scout's Veterans Memorial: 'Jesus Christ and the American Soldier' (CBN) The town of Monument, Colorado, apparently won't be bullied by anti-religious activists who say a memorial to veterans in a public cemetery violates the First Amendment because it contains a Christian message. The memorial was a project by 16-year-old Eagle Scout Michael Carlson and was presented to the town in a gifting ceremony last October. Carlson designed the memorial and raised some $46,000 in private donations to make the project a reality, according to The Christian Post. At the ceremony on Oct. 3, Monument Mayor Don Wilson praised the young Eagle Scout for his project. "Michael saw veterans were underrepresented here. He didn't go to the government and say, 'Fix this.' He decided to fix it himself and asked the government to help. … His leadership and patriotism have bettered our community," Wilson said. The Town of Monument aided the project by removing the grass around the flagpole and digging up the land for the memorial, according to The Tribune. The memorial includes a plaque that reads, "Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American soldier. One died for your soul, the other died for your freedom. We honor those who made freedom a reality."

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Biden Scolds Texas Rangers (Newsmax) Joe Biden told ESPN on Wednesday it was a mistake for the Texas Rangers to allow full capacity at their ballpark for their first game. Speaking on the eve of opening day, Biden also said he supports discussions between Major League Baseball and the players' union on moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta over concern about legislation adopted in Georgia restricting voting rights.

 

Biden: 'I'm a Union Guy. Its’ about Time They Start to Get a Piece of the Action' (CNS) "I'm a union guy," President Joe Biden told a gathering in Pittsburgh on Wednesday as he prepared to announce phase one of his $2.5-trillion infrastructure plan, part of which would weaken right-to-work laws in 27 states. Those laws bar compulsory membership in labor unions. "I support unions. Unions built the middle class. It's about time they start to get a piece of the action," Biden said.

 

Biden Aims to 'Eliminate' State and Local Zoning Laws That Exclude Affordable Housing (CNS) "There is a severe shortage of affordable housing options in America," says a White House fact sheet explaining what's in Joe Biden's $2.5 trillion jobs/infrastructure plan -- part one of a two-part plan. Biden wants to spend $213 billion to "produce, preserve and retrofit more than two million affordable and sustainable places to live." And he aims to place some of those affordable places to live in suburbs deemed "exclusionary." Biden's plan calls for an "innovative new approach to eliminate state and local exclusionary zoning laws, which...keep families from moving to neighborhoods with more opportunities for them and their kids."

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Lara Trump: Facebook's Block on Ex-President's Interview Outrageous (Newsmax) Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump, said Thursday that "every American should be outraged" by Facebook's decision to remove her interview with the ex-president from its platform. "It is so crazy," Trump, now a contributor for Fox News, said on "Fox and Friends." "I know people who dislike Donald Trump might celebrate this and think this is great, (say) 'we don't want to hear from him anyway, but every American should be outraged by this because today it's Donald Trump, tomorrow it could be you."

 

Trump: Biden Is Trying to ‘Build Back Better’ – in China (CNS) President Joe Biden has repeatedly said he wants to “Build back better” – but the place he plans to do so is China, not the U.S., former President Donald Trump says. Trump issued the warning in a statement Wednesday after Pres. Biden revealed details of his $2.5 trillion “infrastructure” plan. “Biden’s ludicrous multi-trillion-dollar tax hike is a strategy for total economic surrender,” which would cost Americans well-paying jobs, Trump says.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

04/02/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León lands in Florida.

 

1865 - Confederate president Jefferson Davis and most of his cabinet flee Richmond, Virginia, as Union troops draw near the capital.

 

1902 - The Electric Theater, the first American theater devoted to showing motion pictures, opens in Los Angeles.

 

1917 - Woodrow Wilson calls for a declaration of war against Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.”

 

1953 - The journal Nature publishes a paper by British scientist Francis Crick and American scientist James Watson, describing a double helix structure for DNA.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Veteran Receives over 150 Cards to Celebrate His 90th Birthday (Breitbart) Edward Grassel got more birthday wishes than he bargained for when his family came up with a unique way to celebrate his 90th birthday last week. Since the coronavirus pandemic kept many people from having large gatherings, Grassel’s loved ones decided to try and get him 90 birthday cards, one for each year of his life, according to KDKA. Once the World War II and Korean War veteran’s family reached out on social media, Pittsburgh residents came through in a huge way. Grassel, also known as “Big Ed,” has since received over 150 cards from people all over the community. “To go along with the cards, two members of the Pittsburgh Symphony surprised him with an impromptu ‘Happy Birthday’ concert in his yard,” the KDKA article read. The outlet shared photos from inside the veteran’s home where he had displayed the colorful cards on the walls and lined them up on a shelf. His family expressed their gratitude to the community for joining them in making his day special.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Pastor John MacArthur: It's 'Too Late' for America; We're under Judgment (Christian Headlines) Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, recently preached a sobering message suggesting that it may be too late for America to be saved because the nation is already under God's judgment. The popular preacher and author delivered the sermon, "Too Late for Grace: When a Nation Rejects God," to his congregation on Palm Sunday. MacArthur's primary text was from the Parable of the Vineyard Owner (Mark 12:1-12), where a vineyard owner allowed tenants to oversee his vineyard when he went to another country. The vineyard owner sent slaves to the tents to collect the vineyard's fruit throughout their stay, but the tenants would beat them or kill them. The vineyard owner even sent his son, saying, "They will respect my son." The tenants, however, would kill the owner's son as well. In response to their heinous actions, the vineyard owner "will come to destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others." (v9) The text continues: "Have you not read this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?" (v10-11) In his message, MacArthur explained that the parable was about judgment, saying that "with this parable," Jesus "pledges the destruction of Jerusalem and the nation." "Vengeance will come, and it must come, and it did," MacArthur said, referring to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman Empire in 70 AD. "The temple was never rebuilt, the priesthood was never recovered," he continued. "No sacrifices, no ceremonies, no Sadducees, no Pharisees, no priests, no chief priests to this day. The whole system ended." MacArthur also referred to other biblical figures, such as the prophet Isaiah and the apostle Paul who delivered messages of judgment and that it was "too late" for some to be saved, respectively.

 

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Appeal from Chicago Church (Worthy News) – The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Chicago church that says it continues to face the threat of COVID-19 related closure, the Christian Post reports. The state of Illinois argued the case filed by Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church is moot because pandemic-related restrictions ordered by Gov. J.B. Pritzker have been eased and churches can now gather again.

 

China Persecution: 30 Officials Raid House Church; Remove Property Without Warrants (Worthy News) – Amid continuing raids on house churches, more than 30 officials conducted a warrantless raid on the Mt. Olive house church in China’s Chongqing municipality last Wednesday, Christian Post reports. The officials arrived at the house church with trucks in which they removed all property from the home. According to rights group China Aid, the same group of officials from the District Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau had raided Mt. Olive during its worship service last Sunday. At that time the authorities told congregants to leave, and they sealed the church; they had no warrant or other legal documentation with them. Pastor Zhu Dong and several other leaders are understood to have been taken to the police station. On Sunday, February 28, officials raided the Chongqing Living Fountain Church during a service and arrested two Christians, one of whom had been preaching. Authorities reportedly removed a computer belonging to the church and told congregants not to gather there again because the church is not registered and “there’s the potential risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.” In January, police officers, education bureau officials, national security officers and urban management officers raided a house in which children from the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu were homeschooled. China Aid has said it believes the recent crackdown on house churches, especially reformed churches, maybe a “gift” for the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, the Christian Post reports. China ranks 17 on the Open Doors USA’s 2021 World Watch List of countries in which Christians are persecuted.

 

'Deceptions Are Sneaking into the Church': Dr. Michael Youssef Warns of 'False Gospel' of Wokeness (CBN) From the debate over transgender rights to expressing faith in any segment of society, the cancel culture wants Americans to go "woke." However, Pastor Michael Youssef, host of the popular program Leading the Way, warns that following the current culture is deadly to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Youssef joined CBN's The Prayer Link program with a strong message to pastors, warning them about spewing far-left ideology from the pulpit. He is urging them to refocus their message to be centered on Jesus Christ. "It's not of the color of skin, of the ethnic background, or social status...it is on Jesus," he explained. "When you take your eyes off Jesus and you focus on the circumstances that surrounds us... this whole idea that we're woke. We realize this world is made of two kinds of people - the oppressed and the oppressors - we begin to see people with those kinds of prisms. That is a total false Gospel, and we ought not to fall for that trap." He is pleading with evangelical pastors to be alert and awake to the lies that are linked to the ultimate deceiver.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

France’s Macron Orders Third Lockdown, Closes Schools (Worthy News) – President Emmanuel Macron ordered France into its third national lockdown Wednesday in an effort to slow a third wave of COVID-19 infecting his country. Among the lockdown measures, Macron closed all schools for three weeks beginning next Monday. Macron had hoped to avoid a lockdown and the effect it would have on the economy. However, the country’s death toll is nearing 100,000 and it has struggled with a vaccine rollout that has been slower than hoped for. A rise in cases is crippling intensive care units in areas hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

7 Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Convicted Over 2019 Protests (AP) — Seven Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates were convicted Thursday on charges of organizing and participating in an unlawful assembly during massive anti-government protests in 2019 that triggered a crackdown on dissent. The seven include media tycoon and founder of the Apple Daily tabloid Jimmy Lai, as well as 82-year-old Martin Lee, a veteran of the city’s democracy movement. Lai had already been held without bail on other charges related to his pro-democracy activities. They were convicted for their involvement in a protest held on Aug. 18, 2019. Organizers said that 1.7 million people marched that day in opposition to a proposed bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial. The activists, apart from those who have been remanded in custody on other charges, were granted bail on condition they do not leave Hong Kong and must hand in all their travel documents. They will next appear in court on April 16, where mitigation pleas will be heard before sentences are handed down. Taking part in an unlawful assembly or a riot in Hong Kong can result in a maximum sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment for serious offenses.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Israel Approves Bahrain’s First Ambassador to Israel (Worthy News) – Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi approved Bahrain’s very first ambassador to Israel on Tuesday, the Jerusalem Post reports. Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani had appointed Khaled Yousif al-Jalahama, the Director of Operations at Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry, to the position of Ambassador to Israel on Sunday. Mr. Jalahama’s appointment follows last year’s Abraham Accords which established full diplomatic relations between Israel and the traditionally hostile Arab country of Bahrain. The Accords also heralded the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Israel expects a Bahraini delegation to arrive in the next few weeks, to set up an embassy in the Tel Aviv area, the Jerusalem Post said.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Texas Rangers, Border Patrol Rescue 6-Month-Old Baby Girl Tossed into Rio Grande by Smugglers (CBN) A six-month-old baby girl was rescued by a special operations team of Texas Rangers from the Rio Grande River after a smuggler threw the little girl out of a raft, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced on social media Tuesday.  In a Facebook post, the Texas DPS said the South Texas Special Operations Group, Texas Rangers Division assisted the U.S. Border Patrol in Roma, Texas, with the rescue of a 6-month-old female child who had been thrown out of a raft and into the river by human traffickers.

 

Human Smugglers Drop Small Children from Border Wall in New Mexico (Breitbart) A U.S. Border Patrol surveillance video leaked to Breitbart Texas shows a human smuggler dropping two small children from a border wall near Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The children, ages 3 and 5, were transported to a local hospital for evaluation, according to a law enforcement source. A law enforcement source told Breitbart Texas the incident occurred at about 7 p.m. Tuesday night approximately four miles west of El Paso, Texas, in the Santa Teresa Area of Operations. The source is a veteran law enforcement official with knowledge of the incident but who is not authorized to speak to the matter.

 

US Plant Ruins 15M J&J Coronavirus Vaccine Doses: Report (Newsmax) About 15 million doses of the single-shot coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson were ruined in a factory error in the United States, The New York Times reported -- a blow to the company's efforts to quickly boost production. When contacted by AFP, the pharmaceutical giant said it had identified a batch of doses at a plant in Baltimore run by Emergent BioSolutions "that did not meet quality standards" but did not confirm the specific number affected. The company also said the batch "was never advanced to the filling and finishing stages of our manufacturing process." "Quality and safety continue to be our top priority," it said. The Times report however signaled that issues with quality control could affect future output, with the Food and Drug Administration expected to investigate.

 

Facebook, Instagram Censor Trump Interview Video Off Platforms (Worthy News) – The “canceling” of former President Donald Trump continued on Tuesday night as Facebook and Instagram each took down a video of his new on-camera interview with daughter-in-law Lara Trump for her online conservative talk show “The Right View.” The social media platforms removed the video because it “featured Trump speaking” and the “voice of Donald Trump,” a site moderator warned Lara Trump in an email sent at 9:51 p.m. ET on Tuesday: “We are reaching out to let you know that we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook Page that featured President Trump speaking. In line with the block that we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook  

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Gov. Kristi Noem Signs Two Executive Orders Banning Trans Athletes from Female Sports (Christian Headlines) On Monday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued two executive orders that will prohibit trans athletes from competing in female K-12 and collegiate sports. As Christian Headlines previously reported, earlier this month, Noem called for a "style and form" revision of a transgender sports bill – the Women’s in Fairness Sports Bill – fearing that the legislation would lead to future litigation from the NCAA. According to The Blaze, the House of Representatives, however, rejected her proposal. The Republican governor announced on Monday that she had issued two new executive orders in place of the vetoed legislation. “Only girls should play girls’ sports,” Noem tweeted. “Given the legislature’s failure to accept my proposed revisions to HB 1217, I am immediately signing two executive orders to address this issue: one to protect fairness in K-12 athletics, and another to do so in college athletics.” She added that she will be working with lawmakers “to schedule a special legislative session in late May or early June.”

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Biden Singles Out Amazon for Not Paying Federal Taxes (Newsmax) Joe Biden on Wednesday singled out Amazon.com Inc for not paying federal taxes during his address in Pittsburgh, as he spoke about raising the burden of taxes on multinational companies and hiking the corporate tax rate. Biden's infrastructure plan unveiled earlier in the day increases the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21% and changes the tax code to close loopholes that allow companies to move profits overseas, according to a 25-page briefing paper released by the White House. Biden said Amazon was one of 91 Fortune 500 companies that "use various loopholes where they pay not a single solitary penny in federal income tax," in sharp contrast to middle class families paying over 20% tax rates.

 

Joe Biden Displays Transgender Flags at the White House to Celebrate ‘Day of Visibility’ (Breitbart) Joe Biden is displaying transgender flags at the White House to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility, according to an official. White House Director of Political Strategy and Outreach Emmy Ruiz announced Biden would display the pastel pink and blue and transgender flag at the White House.  Biden also released a statement Wednesday to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility. “Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world,” Biden’s statement read.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

G. Gordon Liddy Dies At 90 (Worthy News) – G. Gordon Liddy, who orchestrated the 1972 Watergate break-in that led to the resignation of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, has died. He passed away Tuesday at his daughter’s American home in Fairfax County, Va., at the age of 90.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

04/01/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1789 - In New York City, the U.S. House of Representatives holds its first full meeting and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first Speaker.

 

1865 - Union troops win a victory at the Battle of Five Forks, Virginia, causing Robert E. Lee to tell Jefferson Davis that Petersburg and Richmond must be evacuated.

 

1945 - American troops begin landing on the island of Okinawa in the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific during World War II.

 

1954 - The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is established.

 

1960 - Tiros I, the world’s first weather satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral.

 

1996 - Fast-food chain Taco Bell announces it has bought the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell, and thousands believe the April Fool’s Day prank.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Community Helps Texas Couple Raise Funds to Adopt a Child (Breitbart) A Texas couple, Quentin “Q” and Courtney Alexander, were ready to welcome an adopted child into their home. The only problem: they needed a little financial help before the adoption process could move forward. Their local church community sensed those needs and immediately went to work to help the couple. Solid Rock Fellowship Out West by The Misfits in Christ held a fish fry and bike rodeo on Saturday to help raise money for the adoption, KWES reported. Q said he was very grateful for the support. “You have people that support, you have people that love you, but when you ask hey can you help us and you have multitudes of people come to help out no questions asked, no hesitation, it’s always heartwarming to be reminded not of just families love and friends love but God’s love through them,” said Q.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Wife, Lover Arrested in Connection with the Murder of Oklahoma Pastor (Christian Headlines) Pastor Charles Evans, whose last public words were about how the devil will attack you for being vocal for God, was reportedly killed by his wife and their mutual lover. According to The Christian Post, the pastor’s wife, Kristie Dawnell Evans, claimed that the three were in a relationship with each other. The threesome reportedly met in a hotel where she would ultimately pass her personal phone number to the shooter, Kahlil Square. The wife admitted to police that she asked the alleged murderer to kill her husband because he was verbally abusive and controlling. The alleged murderer was already involved in other previous incidences in Cleveland county, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) told News on 6. Captain Beth Green with the OSBI said the Dawnell Evans confessed to planning the murder. She also confessed to asking Square, 26, to murder her husband. Both Dawnell Evans and Square have been charged with the murder.

 

Gunmen Kidnap 8 Christians from Nigerian Church Bus, Demand Ransom (CBN) A Nigerian church is asking for prayers for eight of its members who were abducted at gunpoint Friday while traveling to an Easter program in Kafanchan. The Punch reports the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Kaduna is asking for prayers for the eight people who were on their way to attend an evangelism program called Let's Go Fishing. The church's bus was attacked by gunmen. The church members were reportedly transferred to another vehicle and left the church's vehicle on the road. State Police Public Relations Officer Mohammed Jalige said the abandoned church bus had been recovered and a search for the church members was underway by the police and the military.

 

Judge Lifts Restrictions for DC Churches Before Easter (CBN) A federal judge ruled Thursday that houses of worship in Washington, D.C. can gather for religious services without being limited to 25 percent capacity and 250-person restrictions. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden awarded a preliminary injunction to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington which had filed a complaint (link) against D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for the constraints placed on churches, arguing they're unconstitutional in comparison to other "essential" businesses. McFadden pointed out in a 40-page opinion that the "Mayor's restrictions carved out a class of 'Essential Businesses,' which were 'strongly encouraged to remain open' with no capacity limitations."

 

Christian Camp Musical A Week Away Soars into Netflix's Top 5 Worldwide (Christian Headlines) A new faith-based musical debuted in the Netflix Top 5 over the weekend and even reached No. 3 on the worldwide most-popular list. A Week Away, a faith-based movie featuring popular Christian songs, reached No. 8 on Netflix’s list for most popular titles in the U.S. over the weekend and No. 4 on Netflix’s list for most-popular movies.  “This is incredible, thank you guys for all the support, it means so much!” tweeted co-writer and co-producer Alan Powell (Like Arrows, The Song). Even more impressive, A Week Away ranked as No. 3 in the global list of most popular movies and TV series, according to the website Whats-On-Netflix.com. It ranked No. 3 in Brazil, No. 4 in India, No. 4 in Spain, and No. 6 in Germany and the Netherlands.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Leaders Call for New World Order After Pandemic (Worthy News) – More than 20 world leaders want all nations to unite under a new global settlement saying it is the only way to prevent future pandemics and stamp out nationalism. They made the appeal Tuesday in an open letter published in Britain’s the Daily Telegraph and publications such as Le Monde in France and El Pais in Spain. The 24 leaders, including France’s Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Boris Johnson, and Germany’s Angela Merkel, want a cross-border treaty similar to that reached after World War Two. “At that time, following the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system.”

 

US Announces more than $596 Million in New Humanitarian Aid for Syria (Worthy News) – The United States will provide more than $596 million in new humanitarian aid to respond to the Syrian crisis, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. The assistance is designed to help many of the estimated 13.4 million Syrians inside Syria, as well as 5.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt, Blinken said in a statement.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Suspended Again in Berlin, Munich for Under-60s Amid Blood Clot Reports (Breitbart) (AP) – Authorities in Berlin and Munich are again suspending the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for residents under age 60 due to new reports of unusual blood clots in people who recently received the shots, officials said Tuesday. The action was taken as a precaution ahead of a meeting later Tuesday of representatives from Germany’s 16 states and further recommendations expected from national medical regulators, said Berlin’s top health official, Dilek Kalayci.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

US Report Reaffirms Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital; Speaks of Occupation (Worthy News) – The annual United States report on global human rights practices affirmed that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, but reintroduced language that spoke of Israeli occupation of territory, two-states and gave a nod in the direction of Palestinian Authority rights to sections of Jerusalem. The annual County Reports on Human Rights Practices, the first one authored by the Biden administration, looked at human rights issues in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, as part of its global analysis on almost 200 nations. With respect to Israel and the Palestinians the new report followed for the most part language used by the former Trump administration. Both the Biden and Trump administrations clarified that the United States has recognized that Jerusalem is Israel capital since 2017 and neither report clarifies the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. Both reports explain that such boundaries are subject to negotiations.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

COVID 19 Cases Plummet in Texas After Ending Mask Mandate (Worthy News) – Coronavirus cases dropped to a record low in Texas after the U.S. state lifted its mask mandate, reopened businesses, and despite an influx of COVID-19 suffering migrants entering illegally, statistics show. “Today, the 7-day Covid positivity rate dropped to a new record low: 4.95%. Hospitalizations dropped to a 6-month low,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote on social networking site Twitter. The decline came a full three weeks after the state lifted the mask mandate and further reopened its economy, despite pressure from the White House to maintain restrictions. The governor added that Texas will also have coronavirus vaccines for those who want them. “This week, we have 1 million 1st vaccines available,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote. “Everyone now qualifies for a shot. They are highly recommended to prevent getting COVID but always voluntary,” he added. Despite a surge of thousands of migrants, including minors and others infected with COVID-19 on the Mexico border crossing illegally into Texas, often without wearing masks, overall cases keep plummeting. Graphics obtained by Worthy News showed that on March 2, 2021, there were 6,600 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Texas. That changed by March 21, 2021, where there were three times fewer, just 1,677 new coronavirus cases, reported.

 

Alaska Governor Tells Biden to ‘Keep Your Mask Mandate,’ We’ll Let Citizens ‘Live Their Lives’ (CNS) “No thanks,” Alaska’s governor responded to President Joe Biden after the commander-in-chief called on every governor in the U.S. to either institute or maintain a coronavirus mask mandate. “I'm reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate,” Pres. Biden said Monday in a speech addressing his administration’s coronavirus policies. “Reinstate the mandate if you let it down. And businesses should require masks, as well,” Biden said. That evening, Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R-Alaska) replied to Pres. Biden in a Twitter post, saying that that he won’t instate a mask mandate, but instead will continue to trust citizens and give them the freedom to live their lives as they see fit.

 

Twice as Many Children are in Border Patrol Custody under Biden than Trump Peak in 2019 (Worthy News) – The number of migrant children being held in Border Patrol facilities is more than double the record that was set in June 2019 during the Trump administration, the Washington Examiner has learned. As of Sunday, 5,767 unaccompanied minors were being detained inside cells at Border Patrol facilities near the U.S.-Mexico border. In comparison, only 2,600 children were documented in custody at the height of the 2019 border crisis, according to federal data exclusively obtained Monday evening.

 

Top Democrat Senators Ask Joe Biden for Recurring Stimulus Checks in $2.25 Trillion Transportation Bill (Breitbart) Top Democrat senators asked President Joe Biden Tuesday to include direct payment stimulus checks in the forthcoming $2.25 trillion transportation legislation that the president will announce Wednesday. Finance Committee Chair Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote a letter, cosigned by 21 Democrat senators, urging President Joe Biden to “include recurring direct payments and enhanced jobless benefits as part of his recovery plan,” due to “a coronavirus-fueled economic drubbing,” according to a report.

 

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Make Hillary Clinton Testify About Private Email Server (Worthy News) – The Supreme Court rejected a case Monday seeking to have Hillary Clinton testify about her use of a private email for official business as secretary of state in the Obama administration. Without comment, the justices declined to hear the challenge by the conservative activist group Judicial Watch. It would have taken four justices to vote to grant review on the matter.

 

DeSantis to Take Executive Action to Prevent Implementation of ‘Vaccine Passports’ (Worthy News) – Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) of FL said on Monday that he is planning to enact an executive order preventing local governments and businesses from requiring any time of “vaccine passports”. DeSantis said, ‘We are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life.'” These announcements come right behind his signing of a bill (Bill SB-72) designed to shield business owners from ever being liable for someone else getting infected with COVID in the state.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Nebraska Gov. Warns Parents that Proposed Sex Ed. Curriculum Will Teach LGBT Ideology to K-12 Students (Christian Headlines) Nebraska’s governor is calling on parents to speak out against the proposed education curriculum featuring LGBTQ+ ideology for children by the state’s department of education. According to The Christian Post, a draft curriculum framework, titled Nebraska Health Education Standards, was revealed earlier this month and offers various topics divided into eight categories for K-12 students. The one category that has received criticism from Nebraska Gov. Peter Ricketts among other conservatives is the category “Human Growth & Development,” which teaches children LGBTQ ideology such as sexual orientation and gender identity. “Students will recognize characteristics relating to identity, sexuality and healthy relationships and identify the fundamental components of sexual health,” the curriculum states. “It is recommended that comprehensive human growth and development education begins in kindergarten and occurs sequentially for all students, grades K-12.”

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Washington Post: Biden Told Two ‘Whoppers’ About Georgia’s New Election Law (CNS) A Washington Post fact-check concludes that President Joe Biden twice told Americans a “whopper” of a falsehood last week when he claimed that Georgia’s new voting reform law ends voting hours early, preventing people from voting after they get off work. The fact-check examined two Biden claims: one made in his first press conference as president and a similar one he made the next day in a written statement.

 

Wash Post: Only $650B of $2.25T Biden Infrastructure Bill for Roads, Bridges (Newsmax) Joe Biden's $2.25 trillion infrastructure bill, set to be unveiled Wednesday, will have allocations for much more than, well, for infrastructure projects, according to details of the plan cited in The Washington Post on Tuesday. The plan -- according to sources familiar with the details who spoke to the Post -- provides only $650 billion for roads, bridges, highways, and ports. Also, in the plan, the sources said: $400 billion for home care for the elderly and the disabled, $300 billion for housing, $300 billion to revive U.S. manufacturing, and $400 billion in clean-energy credits. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been set aside to boost America's electric grid and nationwide high-speed broadband, and to work on water systems to make sure people have clean drinking water, the sources said.

 

Biden to Let Trump's H1-B Visa Ban Expire in Win for Big Tech (Newsmax) Joe Biden plans to allow a pandemic-related ban on visas for certain temporary workers, enacted by former President Donald Trump, to expire Wednesday, according to people familiar with the matter. The moratorium, which affected H-1B visas used by technology companies to hire foreign coders and engineers, was imposed last June. Biden is opting not to renew it, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the decision hasn’t been announced. The White House declined to comment.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Teen Border Crossers to Get In-Person Schooling Before American Students (Breitbart) Hundreds of migrant teens will soon get in-person schooling in San Diego, California, after having recently arrived at the United States-Mexico border even as American schoolchildren in the state are still shut out of the classroom. President Joe Biden’s administration has sent nearly 700 migrant teenage girls to the San Diego Convention Center to house them and where about 13 San Diego public school teachers will provide them with in-person learning.

 

Bernie Sanders: Minimum Wage Would Be $44/Hour if It Had Risen at Same Rate as Wall St. Bonuses (CNS) Arguing for an increase in the federal minimum wage, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) claimed that, if its increases had kept pace with Wall Street bonuses, it would be $44 an hour today. Over the past 35 years, Wall Street bonuses have increased by 1,217%, while the minimum wage has been stagnant for the past 12 years, Sanders tweeted Monday evening.

 

Rep. Rashida Tlaib Calls on Government to Give U.S. Residents $2,000 ‘Survival Checks’ ‘Every Month’ (CNS) Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D.-Mich.) is criticizing the COVID-19 relief measure which is providing $1,400 per resident of the United States with incomes under $75,000. The $1,400 payment begins phasing out for people whose incomes exceed $75,000. Instead, Tlaib wants the government to give people monthly payments of $2,000 “every month.”

 

WH Dog 'Major' Bites Again! (Breitbart) One of the Biden family dogs — a three-year-old German shepherd named Major — was involved in a second biting incident at the White House, according to a Tuesday afternoon report. On March 8, Major first found himself in the doghouse after biting a Secret Service employee at the White House. The employee’s injury was concerning enough to require treatment from members of the White House medical team.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/31/21

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1854 - In Tokyo, Commodore Matthew Perry signs a treaty opening Japanese ports to American trade.

 

1880 - Wabash, Indiana, becomes the first U.S. town with a totally electric streetlight system (four lights powered by a steam engine).

 

1896 - Chicago inventor Whitcomb Judson patents a “hookless fastener,” an early zipper.

 

1933 - Congress establishes the Civilian Conservation Corps to help put men to work during the Depression.

 

1970 - Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite, reenters the atmosphere after twelve years in orbit.

 

1973 - President Nixon awards John Ford the Medal of Freedom.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Community Installs Park Swing for Boy with Special Needs: ‘We’re Blown Away’ (Breitbart) Five-year-old Blake Pera adores going to the park and swinging at the playground, according to his mother, Jessica, and his babysitter, Rebecca Rowe. His family moved to Key Largo in September, but Jessica later noticed there were no swings for children with special needs at Key Largo Park, Keys Weekly reported on Thursday. However, thanks to help from the community and Monroe County, the little boy with cerebral palsy is having fun again. “Blake has outgrown the infant swings and needs a supportive swing that accommodates children with disabilities,” Jessica explained. “This adventurous, active and fun boy has all the energy of a typical 5-year-old, but a body that just doesn’t cooperate.” According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person’s movement, muscle tone, or posture. “In general, cerebral palsy causes impaired movement associated with abnormal reflexes, floppiness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteady walking, or some combination of these,” the site read. An idea for a special needs swing at the park gained traction after Rowe posted about it on a local Facebook community page along with Blake’s story. “On March 14, Monroe County and Robert Glassmer, administrator of buildings, parks and beaches, had installed a swing Blake wanted at Key Largo Park. Above the swing is a name plate with Blake’s name,” the Weekly reported. Jessica expressed her thanks to neighbors for giving her son the opportunity to enjoy the park. “Everybody from this community came in to help. We’re blown away and grateful to be part of this community,” she stated, adding that Blake has a great sense of humor and loves spending time with his two brothers. Residents have been very welcoming to their family since they arrived, and Jessica said people like to say “hi” to her son. “We just want to say thanks to the community for such a warm welcome to Key Largo. We’re excited to call this home and appreciate the community and all the love they have given to Blake and the boys,” she concluded.

 

North Carolina Animal Control Officer Buys Toy for Stray Canine Thief (Breitbart) Duplin County Animal Services posted a series of heartwarming images of “Sisu” with his plush companion on Monday. One-year-old Labrador mix “Sisu” was found at the scene of the crime by Duplin County Animal Services on Monday. The homeless pup had repeatedly tried to steal a stuffed purple unicorn from the Kenansville Dollar General before he was apprehended. “He went straight for the unicorn, the same one every time,” said Duplin County Animal Services supervisor Joe Newburn. “It was so strange, one of the strangest calls I’ve ever dealt with.” Fortunately for the wayward mutt, the responding officer decided to purchase the toy, letting Sisu take it with him to the shelter. The official Facebook page later posted pictures of their would-be felon and his prize. The post read: This is what happens when you break into the dollar general consistently to steal the purple unicorn that you laid claim to, but then get animal control called to lock you up for your B & E and larceny but the officer purchases your item for you and brings it in with you. Over the next several days, calls poured in from individuals interested in giving Sisu and his much quieter friend a home. On Friday, the Animal Services team announced Sisu was headed for a new life. What’s more, the folks from the Dollar General sent over a few spare unicorns, just in case Sisu needed them in his bright new future.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

California Megachurch Fires Worship Director for 'Inappropriate Behavior Online' (Christian Headlines) Menlo Church in California is cleaning up its staff after allegations that the head pastor, who resigned, allowed his son to work with minors while knowing his son was attracted to them. Pastor John Ortberg was the pastor in charge at the time. But the church still wasn't done and, after learning of more improper leadership behavior, they have now terminated another employee for inappropriate actions online. The employee, Michael, who was the worship director of the church, was terminated for inappropriate online behavior and is currently under investigation by law enforcement, The Christian Post reports.

 

American Church Membership Hits Record Lows (Worthy News) – The number of Americans who are members of a house of worship dropped below 50% for the first time since the question was polled in 1937.

Only 47% of Americans are members of a house of worship, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The poll had a margin of error of 2% and surveyed 6,117 Americans between 2018 and 2020 about their religious attendance.

 

Museum of the Bible Honors Easter with New Documentary, Exhibits, Family-Friendly Activities (CBN) The Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. is gearing up to celebrate the Easter holiday with an array of special activities, displays, and a new documentary. Harry Hargrave, the museum's CEO, explained that the commemoration of Easter incites a sense of hope, which everyone needs now more than ever. "While we face another Easter amidst the pandemic, we hold onto the hope of better times to come," Hargrave said. "For many, Easter provides the greatest hope to humanity across time and place. We wish to share this sense of hopefulness with our guests."

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

WHO Chief Hits COVID Report, Urges 'Investigation' of Possible China Lab Leak (Newsmax) The World Health Organization’s chief said a mission to study the origins of the coronavirus in China didn’t adequately analyze the possibility of a lab leak before it concluded that the pathogen probably spread from bats to humans via another animal, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said even though the international team of scientists determined that a leak is the least likely hypothesis for the origin of the pandemic, it requires further investigation. He said he’s ready to deploy additional missions involving specialist experts as he doesn’t believe the assessment was extensive enough. He made the comments in a briefing to WHO member countries Tuesday.

 

 

 

Hundreds Detained in Belarus Crackdown on Dissent (Worthy News) – Security forces in Belarus have launched a new crackdown on people protesting against the country’s long-time president Alexander Lukashenko who has refused to step down after a disputed election. Police in Belarus’s capital detained more than 100 people who assembled for a protest march Saturday after detaining hundreds since Thursday. The demonstrators in Minsk demanded President Lukashenko’s resignation as he ruled this nation for 26 years. Critics have described the president as Europe’s last dictator. They claim he strongly repressed opposition and independent news media. Protests began in August after the controversial vote gave President Lukashenko a sixth term in office. Presidential candidate Svetlana Thikhanovskaya was forced to flee to Lithuania after she claimed to have won the ballot.

 

Biden Team Preparing New Proposal to Spark Nuclear Talks with Iran (CBN) The next few weeks will be critical for the Biden administration as it tries to break through a deadlock with Iran over its nuclear program. Washington is planning to offer some sanctions relief to Iran if the Islamic Republic agrees to stop working on advanced centrifuges and enriching uranium to 20% purity, Politico reports. The new proposal is an effort by the US to get Iran to the negotiating table and jump-start talks as early as this week, the report said. One unnamed official stressed the details of the proposal are still being worked out.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Right-Wing Vetoes on Arabs Set to Give Netanyahu First Mandate (Worthy News) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chances of receiving the first mandate to form a coalition from President Reuven Rivlin received a boost on Monday, when New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar and Yamina head Naftali Bennett ruled out a government-backed by Arab parties. Without the support of New Hope and Yamina, Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid would be left with the recommendations he has now from his Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beytenu, Labor and Meretz, and those he is expected to receive from Blue and White and five of the six MKs in the Joint List, for a total of 50 MKs. Netanyahu has the endorsements of his Likud, Shas, and the Religious Zionist Party, and United Torah Judaism is expected to join, giving him 52.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

‘Heavily Armed’ Antifa Rioters Descend on Oregon Capitol Targeting Vehicles with Projectiles and Lasers (Worthy News) – “Heavily armed” protesters wearing riot gear and waving antifa flags descended on Oregon’s Capitol Sunday, resulting in at least three arrests. “A rioting #antifa militant was nearly run over by a truck at the Oregon state capitol in Salem. #Antifa have gathered there today with weapons. They’re throwing rocks at vehicles passing by. Police are not getting involved,” journalist Andy Ngo tweeted, accompanied by video of the scene. As many as 200 armed rioters gathered outside of the Salem Capitol building on Sunday, reportedly in response to the conservative “Oregon Freedom Rally” that was planned to take place.

 

U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX): 2K Migrants Released in Texas on ‘Honor System’ (Breitbart) U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said thousands of migrants are being released into Texas on the “honor system” without court information or notices to appear. Rep. Cuellar told Border Report on Sunday that more than 2,000 migrants had been released into South Texas without any court papers. The releases came as Border Patrol agents became overwhelmed by the massively growing numbers of migrant families and children crossing the border.

 

Cuomo's 10th Accuser (Newsmax) Sherry Vill, a married, 55-year-old mother of three, on Monday accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of grabbing and kissing her inappropriately while he toured her flood-damaged home in 2017. Vill joins nine other women in accusing the governor, 63, of inappropriate conduct. Most accusers are current or former staffers. Vill was accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred on Monday. She said she has not spoken out before because of fear of reprisals from the governor or his office.

 

 Texas Manufacturing Smashes Expectations with Record-Breaking March Surge (Breitbart) Manufacturing activity in Texas rocketed in March as the state ended its pandemic restrictions, according to business executives responding to the Dallas Fed’s Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. Governor Greg Abbott announced on March 3 an executive order that ended the statewide mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at 100 percent capacity on March 10. Business activity took off with explosive growth. The Dallas Fed said manufacturing expanded at “a markedly faster pace.” The survey’s production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, jumped 28 points to 48.0, the highest reading in its 17-year history.

 

Heritage Foundation Refuses Big Tech Donations (Breitbart) Conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation has reportedly turned down multiple six-figure donations from tech giants Google and Facebook in the last year due to the Masters of the Universe censoring conservative voices. Axios reports that last year the Heritage Foundation turned down six-figure contributions from tech giants Google and Facebook. Outgoing Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James reportedly wrote letters to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai in late October refusing the donations. The letter refused a $225,000 contribution from Google and stated that it would be returning a $150,000 donation from Facebook. The letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated: “We cannot in good conscience take money from a company that repeatedly, and blatantly, suppresses conservative speech on your platforms.” The Heritage Foundation accused Facebook of blocking referral traffic to the foundation’s news and opinion website, and Google of censoring its YouTube videos. This included Google’s decision to append a disclaimer to one pre-election video “meant to cast doubt on the credibility of our well-sourced claims about the risks of voting by mail,” according to the Foundation.

 

Sanders Proposes Bigger Tax Hikes Than WH Is Planning (Newsmax) Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders is proposing tax increases that are even bigger than the ones President Joe Biden is considering. Sanders, in an interview with NPR, said that he is planning to introduce legislation Thursday that would raise the corporate tax rate to 35%, higher than the 28% that Biden has proposed. The corporate rate is currently 21%, which was cut from 35% in President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax overhaul.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Most Americans View 'Cancel Culture' as Threat to Freedom (Newsmax) Most Americans view the current "cancel culture" pressure as a threat to their freedom, a new survey released Monday shows. In the Harvard CAPS-Harris poll conducted for The Hill, 64% of respondents said there’s "a growing cancel culture" that threatens their freedom; 36% disagreed. The survey found 36% of Americans said cancel culture is a "big problem," 32% called it a "moderate problem," 20% said it’s a "small problem" and 13% said it’s "not a problem." The idea of shutting down someone’s career with negative criticism online because of something they said or did has mostly pitted progressives against conservatives in the public arena, Vox reported in an explainer of the debate.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

White House: Biden Health Report Forthcoming, but No 'Timeline' (Newsmax) White House press secretary Jen Psaki committed Monday to release a "comprehensive" report on President Joe Biden's health in the "near future" amid growing public concern. "Absolutely," Psaki said in response to a reporter's question at the White House daily press briefing. "I don't have a timeline but absolutely we will do that, and I'll check and see when he is due to go back to the doctor." The White House has also been quick to deny Biden, 78, suffers from any serious health challenges.

 

Congress Seeks to Limit Biden's War Powers (Newsmax) Congress appears ready to tackle presidential war powers after years of yielding to the executive branch. Lawmakers on both sides have said it's time to examine the extent of the president's power and three previous authorizations for the use of military force, according to The Hill. The issue is a messy one for some members in both major parties. Hawkish Republicans who disagree with President Joe Biden's policies are leery of restricting presidential authority in terms of military use. Other members want Congress to reassert itself on foreign policy.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Donald J. Trump: Fauci, Birx 'Bad, Faulty, Self-Promoters' (Newsmax) “Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned. They had bad policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine—putting millions of lives at risk.”

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/30/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1842 - Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Georgia, becomes the first U.S. physician to perform surgery using anesthesia induced by ether to kill pain.

 

1858 - Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia patents a pencil with an attached eraser.

 

1867 - Secretary of State William H. Seward signs an agreement to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, about two cents an acre.

 

1891 - Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming, the country’s first national forest, is established.

 

1981 - President Reagan is shot and seriously wounded by John W. Hinckley Jr. outside a Washington, D.C., hotel.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Anonymous Donor Gifts Kentucky Grandpa a New Smile (Breitbart) Jim Penick was surprised when an anonymous donor paid the entire cost of a major dental procedure he could not afford. An unidentified woman offered thousands to 77-year-old Jim Penick, who was discouraged by the price tag on a major tooth replacement procedure. Even with insurance, the dental surgery to be performed by Independence Family Dentistry would require another $8,000. The practice suggested Penick could have the teeth extracted but delay the rest of the procedure until he could pay. “Well, they said, ‘You could get the extractions done and go without teeth for three months,’” Penick recalled. “Well, I thought, for $1,000 a month, I could go without teeth. I could eat a lot of soup.” Penick left the office discouraged. “When I left here, I thought, ‘How can I cut this back where I could afford it?’” he said. “I’m 77 years old. I still work. I drive a truck. I’ve been laid off since December.” But less than an hour after he walked out the door, they called him back. A long-time patient at their office had offered to cover his procedure in full. “They called me back and said there was some lady willing to pay for everything my insurance wouldn’t pay for,” Penick remembered. “It blew me away. I didn’t know what to do or what to say. But she’s got to be such a loving kind and giving person.” He expressed his gratitude for the life-changing money, and said he plans to do the same for someone else, someday.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Dutch Churchgoers Attack Journalists (Worthy News) – Dutch legislators on Sunday condemned Christian worshipers who attacked journalists reporting on churches’ reopening in two towns despite coronavirus restrictions. In the western town of Krimpen aan den IJssel, a reporter from regional broadcaster Rijnmond was kicked and beaten outside the Mieras Church, video footage showed. The suspect, a 43-year-old man from Krimpen, was briefly detained during the church service before being released again, police said. The man “will have to answer for the abuse at a later time,” police added in a statement. Police were also looking for three suspects in Urk, the picturesque fishermen town known for its many churches and aversion towards authorities. A reporter of public broadcaster PowNed was attacked and hit in Urk near the Reformed Sion Church. A spokesman for the Central Netherlands police unit told Dutch media they had identified a BMW vehicle owner who drove into the reporter. Police said they were looking “for this driver and the two other suspects” who attacked PowNed’s reporter. “Violence against journalists is unacceptable,” said a spokesman. “We are giving this matter a high priority.” The journalists were slightly injured and planned to file charges. Both churches where the attacks occurred announced last week, they would ignore COVID-19 restrictions and allow hundreds of churchgoers to enter their places of worship without coronavirus restrictions. The Dutch churches say they have the right to gather under the constitutional protection of freedom of religion.

 

Christian Refugees Among Those Suffering as Bangladesh Camp Fire Kills 15 (Worthy News) – Persecuted Christian families “lost everything” when a fire raged through a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar city in southeastern Bangladesh, killing at least 15 people, Christian aid workers said Sunday. The devastating March 22 blaze affected five sections of the world’s biggest refugee settlement, forcing 45,000 people from their bamboo and plastic homes, Worthy News learned. Besides those killed, at least hundreds of people were reportedly injured, and tens of thousands are homeless, Christian aid workers explained. Bangladeshi authorities said they were investigating the cause of the blaze. About 1 million Rohingya refugees live in camps in Cox’s Bazar with little hope of returning to their homes in Buddhist-majority Myanmar from where they fled a military crackdown. Many have been refused citizenship and face persecution.

 

Indonesia Suicide Church Bombing Injures 14 Worshipers (Worthy News) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged to break up a terror network Sunday after two suspected suicide bombers attacked a Catholic Church in the city of Makassar, injuring 14 worshipers. “I strongly condemn this act of terrorism,” he said. “And I have ordered the police chief to thoroughly investigate the perpetrators’ networks and tear down the networks to their roots,” President Widodo added in an online message. Police said the congregation was concluding their Palm Sunday Mass ahead of Easter on the island of Sulawesi when attackers detonated at least one device outside. The two suspects were the only fatalities, officials said.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Ship Blocking Suez Canal Almost Freed (Worthy News) – A huge container ship that blocked the crucial Suez Canal for nearly a week was almost completely freed early Monday, officials confirmed. Salvage teams partially refloated the Ever Given after the giant vessel ran aground in one of the world’s most crucial trade paths. Egypt’s Suez Canal located 75 miles east of Cairo, the capital, links the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, allowing for direct shipping from Europe to Asia. Roughly 12 percent of the world’s shipping traffic and a chunk of its oil supply go through the human-made canal. The waterway had become particularly vital following coronavirus pandemic-related disruptions to shipping. Maritime services provider Inchcape said the ship is being secured. Ten tugboats participated in the refloating operation, the Suez Canal Authority said in a statement.

 

China, Iran Sign Landmark 25-Year Deal with Big Implications for the Middle East (CBN) Iran and China signed a 25-year strategic deal on Saturday that could threaten the United States’ influence in the Middle East. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his counterpart, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, met in Tehran for the signing. The deal, dubbed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, acts as a roadmap for China and Iran’s deep relations for the next 25 years, including their economic, defense, security, trade, and cultural partnerships. Neither country provided details about the agreement, but The New York Times reported China has agreed to invest $400 billion into Iran in exchange for oil. The paper said it obtained an 18-page draft of the agreement last year.

 

Czech Billionaire among 5 Killed in Chopper Crash in Alaska Wilderness (UPI) -- A billionaire Czech businessman was among five people killed over the weekend in a helicopter crash in the Alaska mountains, officials say. Authorities said the chopper crashed Saturday in the area of Knik Glacier, killing five of the six people on board. Knik Glacier is located in the far southeast Alaskan wilderness. Officials identified the victims as Petr Kellner, 56, of the Czech Republic; Gregory Harms, 52, of Colorado; Benjamin Larochaix, 50, of the Czech Republic; Sean McManamy, 38, of Girdwood, Alaska; and pilot Zachary Russell, 33, of Anchorage. Kellner was a billionaire businessman from the eastern European nation. Forbes lists Kellner as the wealthiest man in the Czech Republic, worth more than $17 billion as the majority shareholder of the PPF investment group.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Lapid, Likud Meet Kingmaker Abbas in Effort to Draft Coalition (Worthy News) – Ra’am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas, who holds the key to the formation of the next government, met on Saturday with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Likud MK Ayoub Kara, as both sides attempted to woo him in order to build a coalition. Kara told The Jerusalem Post after the meeting that he was now sure that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would form the next government. But Netanyahu’s associates said the prime minister neither sent Kara to Abbas, nor used him to relay any messages. “The pragmatic camp in the Arab sector led by Mansour must be embraced and not shunned with harmful statements,” Kara said, referring to those in Likud and its allies in the Religious Zionist Party who have vetoed a coalition backed by Ra’am.

 

Thousands Attend Priestly Blessing at Western Wall for First Time Since Pandemic (CBN) For the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of worshippers participated in the traditional Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday morning. Last year, the Birkat Kohenim was given virtually but this time people were allowed to come to the Western Wall itself. Israel’s chief rabbis attended the event as well as the Minister of Religious Affairs, Rabbi Yaakov Avitan, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon and Deputy Interior Minister MK Yoav Ben Zur. “Birkat Kohanim written in the Torah contains a promise to protect from harm and for peace on Israel,” said Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites. “In these difficult times, we need this blessing more than ever – a prayer for peace in the Jewish nation and for health for everyone in the world,” said Rabinowitz. “We have been privileged now to be blessed with many people in attendance, as it says, ‘The King's glory is in a multitude of people,’” said a press release from the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Antifa ‘Armed’ Rioters Descend on Oregon State Capitol (Worthy News) – The Salem Police Department has issued an advisory Sunday evening urging residents to stay away from Oregon’s State Capitol building. “Due to activities expected at the @OregonCapitol today be aware there may be pedestrian congestion in the area,” authorities said in a Twitter thread. “If poss[ible], avoid traveling thru streets around the capitol mall. Anyone observing criminal behavior should immediately move to a safe location & call 9-1-1.” Police warned that the protest included approximately 150-200 participants who are “heavily armed.”

 

At least Four People Dead, 130 Rescued after Nashville Floods (Worthy News) – At least four people died, and 130 others have been rescued after 7 inches of rain flooded Nashville, Tennessee, this weekend, authorities said. Metro Nashville police discovered a man dead in a sedan that was submerged in creek overflow. Another person was found dead on a golf course. Police believe he was “swept away by high water after getting out of a car that ran off the road,” according to a statement. The city of almost 700,000 remained under a flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service as of Sunday.

 

New York Launches First COVID 'Passport' (Newsmax) People who want to enter a business or attend an event in New York in the near future may need to have an application called the “Excelsior Pass” installed on their smartphones, the New York Post reports. The soon-to-be deployed software application was designed to allow citizens to prove their vaccination status, or recent history of a negative COVID-19 test.

 

Homeschooling Numbers Soar (Worthy News) – Parents in the U.S. are continuing to show elevated interest in homeschooling, signaling a potential surge as the future of institutional in-person schooling throughout the country remains unclear in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning just over a year ago, schools throughout the country began to close down for fears that schoolchildren might contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Most school districts switched to “virtual” learning models in which students studied lessons via Zoom-based instruction, with many of them required to sit in front of computer screens for long hours every day. Interest in homeschooling shot up late last year, particularly as teachers nationwide were refusing to return to classrooms and in-person education in the winter and spring of 2021 appeared less likely.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Tenn. Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Textbooks, Materials Containing LGBTQ+ Content from Public Schools (Christian Headlines) A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee is pushing for legislation that seeks to prohibit the use of textbooks and instructional materials containing LGBTQ+ content from public schools. According to NBC-affiliate KSDK, Representative Bruce Griffey (R – District 75) introduced House Bill 0800 last month and will be considered by the Education Instruction Subcommittee on March 30. The legislation states that public schools should stay focused on teaching subjects like reading, science and mathematics. The bill also deems materials featuring LGBTQ+ content as inappropriate in the classroom, noting that it could be offensive to school communities who hold Christian values. The bill also suggests that LGBTQ+ and religious teachings must be treated with the same restrictions in public schools.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Biden Threatens to Change Senate Rules (Worthy News) –Joe Biden used his first news conference to threaten fundamental changes to Senate rules to battle Republican opponents and defend his controversial migration and China policies. The 78-year-old leader, who last week stumbled and fell while climbing the stairs to board Air Force One, tried to stay on course during the roughly hour-long press briefing. Biden, calling himself a “gaffe machine” in the past, rambled at times and cut himself off at one point, suddenly asking, “Am I giving too long an answer?”

 

Biden to Start Vaccine Passports (Newsmax) The White House is working on a COVID-19 vaccine passport initiative that could be required for travel, sporting events and even eating out, reports The Washington Post. The report comes as major U.S. airlines and nearly 30 travel and labor groups are pushing President Joe Biden to develop a standardized, government-backed credential to "accelerate safe economic activity and recovery."

 

Biden: I've Passed Gun Control Before and Can Do It Again (Newsmax) President Joe Biden on Sunday told reporters he has gotten gun legislation passed before, and he can do it again. "I'm the only one who's ever gotten it passed, man," Biden said at New Castle Air National Guard Base in Delaware. "Everyone keeps wondering whether I care about dealing with rational gun control — the only gun control legislation ever passed is mine," he said, adding, "It's gonna happen again." Biden was speaking of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban which expired in 2004.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Trump Takes Wedding Mic to Slam Biden (Newsmax) Former President Donald Trump crashed a wedding at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, on Saturday, where he gave a speech ripping his successor, President Joe Biden, over China, Iran, and the Southwest border. Trump made an unexpected appearance at the wedding of John and Megan Arrigo on Saturday, according to a video obtained by TMZ that shows him wearing a tuxedo and standing in front of the wedding band while making his speech. "Now, a lot of things happening right now. I just wanted to say, it’s an honor to be here, it’s an honor to have you at Mar-a-Lago, you are a great and beautiful couple … have fun."

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/29/21

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1790 - John Tyler, the tenth U.S. president, is born in Charles City County, Virginia.

 

1848 - An ice jam at the source of the Niagara River causes Niagara Falls to stop flowing for the first time in recorded history.

 

1927 - Major Henry O’Neil de Hane Segrave becomes the first man to drive faster than 200 miles per hour, on a course at Daytona Beach, Florida.

 

1951 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of spying for the Soviet Union.

 

1973 - The last U.S. troops depart South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.

 

1974 - Mariner 10 becomes the first space probe to visit the planet Mercury and send back close-up images.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Drone Shows Man Saving Houseboats from Being Crushed by a Shipping Container (Sunny Skyz) A man protected dozens of houseboats from a large shipping container that was floating down the Hawkesbury River in the Australian floods. Drone footage shows the blue shipping container on a destructive path towards the houseboats before a small aluminum boat about half its size drives towards it and guides it away. The destruction was narrowly averted after Hawkesbury Houseboats received a phone call from John Clarke, a resident of Wisemans Ferry, about the out-of-control container. Clarke launched his drone to monitor the container's movements and captured footage of the fast-acting skipper bump into the container, then divert it away from a line of houseboats. Clarke said if the container had collided with the houseboats the damage would have been severe.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Only 52 Percent of Evangelicals Plan to Attend Easter Services this Year, Pew Says (Christian Headlines) American churchgoers are more comfortable now than they were last year with attending services during the pandemic, but many still plan on staying home this Easter, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Nearly three-quarters (76 percent) of U.S. adults who regularly attend church services say they are confident they can attend without catching or spreading Covid-19 – a 12-point increase from last July, when 64 percent answered that way. Forty-two percent of regular churchgoers say they attended a service within the past month – an increase from the 33 percent who answered that way last summer. “As coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths decline and vaccination rates rise across the United States, life in religious congregations is showing signs of slowly returning to normal,” a Pew analysis of the data said. “... Americans are increasingly confident they can safely go to services at a church, temple, mosque or other house of worship.” Still, many Christians say they don’t feel comfortable attending in-person services for Easter this year. Although 62 percent of all self-identifying Christians say they normally attend an Easter service, only 39 percent plan to do so this year. Among evangelicals, 52 percent plan to attend an Easter service, compared to the 70 percent of evangelicals who say they normally attend. Among black Protestants, the gap is even wider: 68 percent normally attend Easter services, but 31 percent will attend this year.

 

Christian Persecution in China: Home Bible Study Raided, at least a Dozen People Detained (Worthy News) – Authorities from the civil affairs bureau and police force in China’s Guizhou province raided a Protestant home Bible study Tuesday morning, reportedly detaining at least 12 people for questioning, Radio Free Asia reports. The Bible study was being attended by members of the Ren’ai Reformed Church, whose pastor Zhang Chulei was one of the first church leaders to sign the declaration of Christian faith initiated by jailed pastor Wang Yi. “More than a dozen of our brothers and sisters were taken away [by police],” an RFA source named Huang said. Pastor Chulei was himself arrested after attending the police station on Tuesday afternoon to inquire after his congregation members, RFA added.

 

'Always, Always Together': After 67-Years of Global Ministry, Christian Husband and Wife Die Minutes Apart (CBN) A Florida couple, who were married for nearly 67 years, passed away from COVID-19 within minutes of each other on March 1. Bill and Esther Ilnisky worked hand in hand as Christian ministers and missionaries in the Caribbean and the Middle East, then preached in Florida for 40 years. The couple's only child, Sarah Milewski, said it was difficult to lose both of them on the same day but the idea of one without the other was inconceivable. "It is so precious, so wonderful, such a heartwarming feeling to know they went together," she said, adding, "I miss them."

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Lawmakers Investigate State Department Over $1 Billion Ransom Payment to Iran (CUFI) Republican foreign policy leaders in Congress are pressing Secretary of State Antony Blinken to fully disclose the contents of secret talks with South Korea that are believed to have paved the way for that country to hand Iran $1 billion as part of a ransom payment. Reps. Bryan Steil (R., Wis.), Jim Banks (R., Ind.), and Greg Steube (R., Fla.) say the State Department is withholding from Congress key details about the Biden administration’s reported efforts to help South Korea skirt economic sanctions and pay Iran the billion-dollar ransom, which came after Tehran seized a South Korean tanker and its crew in January. Blinken dodged several questions on the matter when testifying earlier this month before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, prompting the lawmakers to launch a formal probe seeking answers.

 

China and Iran Expected to Sign 25-Year Accord (Worthy News) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Iran on Friday for a visit that Iranian state media said would see the signing of a 25-year cooperation agreement between the two countries, which are both under U.S sanctions. The accord, final details of which are yet to be announced, is expected to include Chinese investments in Iran’s energy and infrastructure sectors. In 2016, China, Iran’s largest trading partner and long-time ally, agreed to boost bilateral trade by more than 10 times to $600 billion in the next decade.

 

Iran-backed Houthis Launch New Attacks on Saudi Arabia while “Exchanging Ideas” with U.S. (Worthy News) – Saudi Arabia said on Friday that its air defense systems had intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Najran. It was the latest in a series of escalating attacks by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who have consistently targeted Saudi infrastructure in retaliation for the Saudi-led war against their insurgency in neighboring Yemen. Another missile struck an Aramco petroleum distribution terminal in the city of Jizan overnight, leading to a fire at one of the terminal’s tanks, the Saudi Energy Ministry said in a statement. The Houthis were quick to claim the attacks, along with attempted kamikaze drone strikes.

 

Bipartisan Group of more than 40 Senators Sound Alarm on Iran’s Nuclear Program (CUFI) A bipartisan group of more than 40 senators is sounding the alarm on Iran’s nuclear program, urging President Biden to use a mix of “diplomatic and economic tools.” The letter to Biden — led by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — comes as Biden seeks to have the U.S. rejoin the Iran nuclear deal that former President Trump withdrew from in 2018, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “While we may have differing views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of 2015 and the overall approach of the Trump Administration’s maximum pressure campaign, we must confront the reality that Iran has accelerated its nuclear activity in alarming ways including increasing its centrifuge research and production and enriching uranium up to 20 percent,” the 41 senators wrote.

 

EU, Britain Battle Over Vaccine Supplies (Worthy News) – European Union leaders agreed to toughen export controls of coronavirus vaccines amid a row with Britain over deliveries. At an online summit attended by Joe Biden, they also stressed the importance of a reliable global supply chain of COVID-19 jabs. Their agreements came despite concerns among critical scientists and doctors about reports of people suffering side effects of vaccines, such as blood clotting and even death in some cases. The EU representatives met virtually to avoid coronavirus infections as they tried to figure out how to vaccinate most of the EU’s nearly 450 million people against COVID-19.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Biden Admin Restores US Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians (CUFI) US President Joe Biden’s administration will restore aid to the Palestinians that was cut by his predecessor Donald Trump, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Thursday. “President Biden is restoring US assistance programs that support economic development and humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people,” the official said. “Specifically, the United States is pleased to announce today $15 million in humanitarian assistance to support the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank and Gaza.” None of the aid, however, is earmarked for the Palestinian Authority; rather, it is to be channeled through a private charity.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

White House says Biden is prepared to Issue Executive Orders on Guns (Worthy News) – In the wake of two mass shootings in the U.S. in a single week, the White House said Friday that President Biden is prepared to issue executive orders to enact gun reform, circumventing the need for a divided Congress to pass legislation. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing that she couldn’t offer an “exact time frame” on when those orders would move off Biden’s desk, but said they were “one of the levers that we can use … to help address the prevalence of gun violence and address community safety around the country.” Biden, however, made clear during his Thursday afternoon press conference that infrastructure rather than gun reform would be his next legislative priority, which led to complaints from gun control activists and progressive Democrats.

 

At least 5 Dead as Multiple Tornadoes Pummel Alabama; 7 Southern States in Path of Severe Weather (Worthy News) – At least five people died last week as multiple tornadoes touched down in Alabama, the second line of severe storms to slam the state in two weeks. The tornadoes moved across Alabama and neighboring Georgia, the National Weather Service said, and there were reports of homes destroyed, trees knocked over, and people injured and trapped. More than 50,000 customers were without power in the two states, according to poweroutage.us. “Isolated strong to severe storms developed Friday across parts of the Northeast, central Plains, and from the eastern Carolinas into southern Georgia,” the service forecasted. “Late Friday night a few strong storms with hail may develop across parts of the lower Mississippi Valley.”

 

New York’s Leaders Agree to Legalize Pot Use (Newsmax) Lawmakers reached an agreement late Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana sales in New York. At least 14 other states already allow residents to buy marijuana for recreational and not just medical use, and New York’s past efforts to pass marijuana have failed in recent years. Democrats who now wield a veto-proof majority in the state Legislature have made passing it a priority this year, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has estimated legalization could eventually bring the state about $350 million annually.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Minnesota Theater Cancels ‘Cinderella’ Because Cast Was ’98 Percent White’ (Breitbart) A dinner theater company in Minnesota has cancelled its upcoming production of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Cinderella over concerns that the cast was too white. The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres cited its commitment to “equity and inclusivity” and to becoming an “anti-racist” theater in announcing the cancellation. “We did not cancel Cinderella because of content,” the company said in a statement on its official site. “We are looking forward to bringing it to our stage in the future. But we as a company decided our original casting didn’t go far enough in our commitment, and instead of waiting another full year to implement these important changes, we chose now.” In an interview with the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the theater’s artistic director said the musical’s casting fell far short of the company’s diversity goals. “It was 98 percent white,” artistic director Michael Brindisi told the newspaper. “That doesn’t work with what we’re saying we’re going to do.”

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Joe Biden Takes 6th Weekend Away from White House in First 9 Weeks as President (Breitbart) President Joe Biden left Friday afternoon for a weekend trip to Delaware, his fifth trip home since he became president and his sixth weekend away from the White House. White House staff bumped up Biden’s scheduled departure from the building by four hours on Friday so he could leave early for his trip. The president also returned to Delaware on the weekends of March 13, February 27, and February 6 and in the middle of the week on March 16. In addition, Biden and his family spent two weekends away at Camp David since he became president — the weekend of February 13 and March 20. After this weekend, Biden will have spent six weekends and more than two dozen resting days out of the White House since he took office nine weeks ago on January 20.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

GM Cuts Production (Newsmax) General Motors Co. extended production cuts in North America on Wednesday due to a worldwide semiconductor chip shortage that has impacted the auto sector. The U.S. automaker said its Wentzville, Missouri, assembly plant would be idled during the weeks beginning March 29 and April 5. It will extend down time at its plant in Lansing, Michigan, which has been idled since March 15, by two weeks.

 

 

Lara Trump: Senate Decision Coming 'Very Soon' (Newsmax) A decision on a long-anticipated run for Senate in her home state of North Carolina is coming "very soon," Lara Trump tells Newsmax TV.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

03/28/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1776 - Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site where the Presidio of San Francisco is later built.

 

1797 - Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents an early washing machine.

 

1920 - Some 380 people are killed by 38 storms in the Midwest and South in the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920.

 

1979 - America gets a scare when the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania malfunctions; thousands flee, but no one is injured.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Contestant Wins $145,000 On Wheel of Fortune, Donates It All to the Less Fortunate (Sunny Skyz) Scott Kolbrenner of Encino, California, was a contestant on Thursday night's Wheel of Fortune. Kolbrenner had won $45,000 in cash and prizes during the regular rounds of play before correctly guessing the bonus puzzle and collecting the $100,000 Grand Prize. He donated his $145,000 in prize money to be split between Uplift Family Services and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. "While I hoped I would do okay on the show, I never thought that anything like this could happen," Kolbrenner said, reacting to his big win. "I got lucky that day and knew right away that I wanted to share my good fortune. So, I decided to contribute all of my winnings to Uplift Family Services and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, whose services support thousands of families. The fun and memories from the day will stay with me forever, but the urgent need in our community cannot wait."

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

California Bill Could Ban Christians Who Oppose Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage from Serving as Police (Christian Headlines) The bill, AB 655, was introduced in February by Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra as the “California Law Enforcement Accountability Reform Act.” The text of the bill would require that background investigations be conducted to determine if police officer candidates have “engaged in membership in a hate group,” participated in hate group activities, or made public expressions of hate. Yet the California Family Council and the Pacific Justice Institute each say the bill’s language is so broad that it would exclude members of non-hate groups, including police officer candidates affiliated with pro-life groups and conservative Christian churches. That’s because the bill defines “hate group” as an organization that “advocates for or practices the denial of constitutional rights” of any group of persons “based upon race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.” By that definition, groups that oppose abortion and same-sex marriage could be labeled as “hate groups,” according to the California Family Council and the Pacific Justice Institute. Both abortion and same-sex marriage are constitutionally protected under Supreme Court precedent. By that definition, groups that oppose abortion and same-sex marriage could be labeled as “hate groups,” according to the California Family Council and the Pacific Justice Institute. Both abortion and same-sex marriage are constitutionally protected under Supreme Court precedent. “Under the guise of addressing police gangs, the bill at the same time launches an inexplicable, unwarranted, and unprecedented attack on peaceable, conscientious officers who happen to hold conservative political and religious views,” said Pacific Justice Institute senior staff attorney Matthew McReynolds. “Indeed, this is one of the most undisguised and appalling attempts we have ever seen, in more than 20 years of monitoring such legislation, on the freedom of association and freedom to choose minority viewpoints.” McReynolds asked: “Is the Catholic Church a ‘hate group’ because it advocates for the sanctity of life and thereby rejects the constitutional rights of women to obtain abortion? Are the thousands of churches in California [that] voiced support for Proposition 8, the traditional definition of marriage, ‘hate groups’ because they opposed LGBTQ constitutional rights to marry?” The bill is scheduled to be heard by the Assembly Public Safety Committee on April 6, according to the California Family Council.

 

Catholic Charity Steps Up to Help Families in Crisis at the Border (CBN) The journey to the U.S. is difficult for any migrant hoping to come into the country, but it's especially hard for those under the age of six.  A CBN News team on the southern border saw that firsthand this week when they visited the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley's Humanitarian Crisis Respite Center. "Any kid under the age of six is not allowed back into Mexico and so therefore we are seeing this high number of families in the United States because they're released so they can continue their legal proceedings here," Sister Norma Pimentel told CBN News. "We take them from the border patrol so we can make sure they're safe because they're moms and children and families that are exposed to great dangers and traffickers and others that want to take advantage of them." Pimentel said she's most concerned for the young babies making the trip. "Children – that's what concerns me are the babies," continued Pimentel. "They need milk, they need things and so being able to provide them enough water, enough food, enough things mom will need." Families are given a COVID-19 test when they first arrive at the center. Those who pass come in for respite until they figure out where they are going. "They get a chance to eat, to take a shower, to change clothing to get what a family needs that has been traveling for a while," explained Pimentel. Pimentel said the families who test positive for COVID-19 are taken to a hotel that allows COVID-19 cases and they are cared for by the Catholic Charities until they recover.

 

'Resurrection': Roma Downey's New Film Out Just in Time for Easter; Focusing on the Resurrected Christ (CBN) Just in time for Easter, Emmy-nominated actress and producer Roma Downey is rolling out a new movie she produced with her husband Mark Burnett called Resurrection, telling the story of what happened after Jesus's crucifixion. During a recent interview with CBN's 700 Club, Downey said she is overjoyed that the film will make its debut ahead of Easter, the holiest day of the year for Christians, also known as Resurrection Day. Downey explained that the time frame for the film takes the audience through the gospel and into the book of Acts, by focusing on the death and resurrection of Christ.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Taiwan Reports Largest-Ever Incursion by Chinese Air Force (Newsmax) Twenty Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone on Friday, in the largest incursion yet reported by the island's defense ministry and marking a dramatic escalation of tension across the Taiwan Strait. The island's defense ministry said the air force deployed missiles to "monitor" the incursion into the southwestern part of its air defense identification zone. It also said its planes warned the Chinese aircraft, including by radio. It marked the largest incursion to date by the Chinese air force since Taiwan's defense ministry began disclosing almost daily Chinese military flights over the waters between the southern part of Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea last year. Some of the Chinese aircraft flew in the airspace to the south of Taiwan and passed through the Bashi Channel which separates the island from the Philippines, Taiwan's defense ministry said in a statement. A person familiar with Taiwan's security planning told Reuters the Chinese military was conducting exercises that would simulate an operation against U.S. warships that sail through the Bashi Channel. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has stepped up military activities near the democratic island in recent months, a move Taiwan says jeopardizes regional stability.

 

N Korea Accuses Biden of 'Provocation' After Missile Test (Newsmax) Joe Biden's condemnation of this week's North Korean missile launches risked provoking further weapons tests, a top regime official said on Saturday after Pyongyang's first substantive provocation since the US president took office. The nuclear-armed North has a long history of using weapons tests to ramp up tensions, in a carefully calibrated process to try to forward its objectives. Pyongyang had been biding its time since the new administration took office in Washington, not even officially acknowledging its existence until last week. But on Thursday it launched two weapons from its east coast into the Sea of Japan, known as the East Sea in Korea. Following the launch, Biden labelled the test a violation of UN resolutions and advised the isolated state against ramping up military testing, warning that "there will be responses if they choose to escalate." Ri Pyong Chol, a leading official in North Korea's missile program who supervised the test, said the president's comments had revealed his "deep-seated hostility" to the regime. "Such remarks from the US president are an undisguised encroachment on our state's right to self-defense and provocation to it," Ri said in a statement published by state media outlet KCNA.

 

Trump Is Still a Hero in These Countries (Newsmax) While many world leaders were turned off by Donald Trump’s unorthodox personality and non-traditional leadership style, others greatly respected the policy positions he took — especially when it came to boosting security, confronting enemies, and increasing opportunities in the business sector. Even though he is no longer president, Trump is still extremely highly regarded in several regions of the world including Asia, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe and Latin America. Foreign relations experts say countries facing threats from adversaries like China, Iran, or Russia lauded Trump for taking a strong, clear position against dangerous regimes. His no-nonsense approach to security and creating opportunities through strength have contributed to his enduring popularity.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

With New Tech, Israel Prepares for Hezbollah War (CUFI) Defending the border from Hezbollah infiltration, destroying anti-tank missile infrastructures and maneuvering inside enemy territory are just some of the skills that were exercised in the 188th Armored Brigade drill that was completed on Thursday. The brigade’s drill was the culmination of a 17-week training session. The 53rd, 71st and 74th Armored Corps battalions and the 605th Engineering Corps battalion all held battalion-level drills beforehand. The 188th Armored Brigade drill included different exercises in which it was joined by other forces, including infantry, artillery and IAF helicopters, and practiced different scenarios in the Golan Heights. “There’s no way that tanks or infantry will fight on their own,” OC 53rd Armored Corps battalion Dori Sa’ar told The Jerusalem Post at the drill’s venue. “They always fight in the joint-combat formations. In this brigade drill, we see all sorts of exercises, including all these components of a joint-combat formation. “For instance, we exercised evacuation of wounded troops by heavy-lift helicopters or assistance with firepower from artillery batteries and attack helicopters.” This comes as part of the combat doctrine that IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi is implementing in the military, including multi-domain battle.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Sen. Mike Lee: Senators Taunted Across Rio Grande by 'Smugglers, Cartel' (Newsmax) Sen. Mike Lee said Friday that people he described as "drug smugglers, cartel members" stood across the Rio Grande River Thursday night and taunted him and other members of a congressional team visiting the nation's southern border to observe conditions there. "(They were) yelling at us, taunting us, shining high candlepower flashlights across the river at us, basically saying, 'we are coming,'" the Utah Republican, one of 18 GOP members of Congress at the McAllen, Texas, border, said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." He said there were "drug smugglers, cartel members, people making $14 million every single week while this crisis lasts, bringing people across the border, illegally subjecting them to untold privatizations, sexual abuse, and other horrible things," involved in the verbal barrage. 

 

18 U.S. Senators Visit Border (CBN) A group of 18 U.S. senators is touring the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the migrant crisis there. During a night border tour with border patrol agents, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) offered a firsthand account from the Anzalduas International Bridge of watching people cross the border illegally and then be released into the U.S. without a background check, COVID-19 test, or information on where they are going. Lankford posted a video on Twitter on Friday writing, "I was out with Border Patrol last night in McAllen, TX. There's no question the border is OPEN. America welcomes legal immigrants from all over the world, but this is out-of-control illegal immigration. This has to stop now."

 

Southern US to Face More Severe Weather Risks (CBN) Parts of the South that endured severe weather outbreaks in consecutive weeks won't be able to catch a break in the near future. AccuWeather forecasters say more volatile weather during the weekend, and stormy weather could be unrelenting even into next week. Communities were once again picking up the pieces on Friday after a destructive day of weather. At least six people were killed after long-lived tornadoes touched down and caused devastation across parts of Alabama and western Georgia on Thursday and Thursday night. In total, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center reported a total of 23 tornadoes with one in Mississippi, five in Georgia, and 17 in Alabama. Just a week earlier, a tornado outbreak spawned dozens of twisters, again with Alabama placed squarely in the crosshairs. Parts of Louisiana and Mississippi also faced heavy damage from violent storms. Despite widespread damage, no fatalities were reported. Officials and forecasters credited communities for being prepared and hunkering down during storm and tornado warnings for the miraculous outcome.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Oakland Officials Tagged 'Racist' After Announcing $500 Monthly Checks Will Only Go to Families of Color (CBN) Oakland, California city officials have been denounced as "racist" after announcing a program to give families of color $500 monthly checks, while excluding some 10,000 white residents also facing poverty. The Daily Mail reports the program is being funded by wealthy private donors under a lottery system which will give $500 no-strings-attached checks to households earning less than $59,000 if the family has at least one child.  The other half of the checks will go to other families of color earning under $30,000. The reason: White households in Oakland on average make about three times as much annually compared with black households, according to the Oakland Equity Index cited by city officials. It's also a nod to the legacy of the Black Panther Party, the political movement that was founded in Oakland in the 1960s.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Biden Refers to Written Directions When Calling on Reporter: ‘Uh…Okay…Um…Where Am I Here…Let Me See’ (CNS) President Joe Biden during his first presidential press conference referred to written notes when calling on—and trying to name--reporters to ask him questions. At one point, while looking down at his notes as he prepared to call on a reporter, he verbally stumbled around for about seven seconds, while saying: “Uh…Okay…Um…Where Am I Here…Let Me See.”

 

Joe Biden Looks Ahead to 2024: ‘I Have No Idea Whether There Will be a Republican Party’ (CNS) President Joe Biden told CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins at his first presidential press conference on Thursday that he has “no idea whether there will be a Republican Party” in 2024. Biden was responding to her question about whether he would be running for reelection that year. “You also just made some news by saying that you are going to run for reelection,” Collins said to Biden. “I said that is my expectation,” said Biden. A few moments later, Collins asked Biden: “And do you believe you will be running against former President Trump?” “Oh, come on. I don’t even think about it. I don’t—I have no idea,” said Biden. “I have no idea whether there will be a Republican Party. Do you?” he said.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Mitt Romney Wins John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for Impeachment Vote (Breitbart) Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was named to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Friday for being the only Republican who voted to convict former President Donald Trump in his first impeachment trial.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/27/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León sights Florida.

 

1794 - The government authorizes the creation of a permanent U.S. Navy and the construction of six frigates, including the USS Constitution.

 

1917 - The Seattle Metropolitans defeat the Montreal Canadiens to become the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.

 

1939 - Oregon defeats Ohio State 46–33 to win the first NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

 

1964 - The Good Friday Earthquake, the strongest known earthquake in American history, measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale, hits Alaska, killing some 130 people.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Anonymous Couple Pays One Year of Medical School Tuition for Entire Class (Breitbart) An anonymous couple paid for one year of medical school tuition for all 60 members of the Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Sciences Center School of Medicine Class of 2024. The school, which is in Fort Worth, Texas, said the anonymous couple gave the gift to students who began their medical training last July. The donation will fully cover their second year. TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. told KDFW the gift was “life-changing” because, on average, medical school students graduate with more than $250,000 in debt. “Medical school is challenging enough. This gift will alleviate some of the burden of debt as our students focus on learning and leading in providing capable and compassionate patient care. I am so grateful for this extraordinary gift to these future physicians,” he said. When the members of the Class of 2024 received the good news, they were incredibly grateful. “The first year of medical school is hard and with the pandemic, this has been even harder,” said Lauren Moore, a TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine student. “This gift means so much. I’m so grateful.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

If USA Today Is ‘Coming for Oral Roberts,’ It’s Coming for all Christians, Mohler Warns (Christian Headlines) Seminary president Albert Mohler says a new USA Today column labeling Oral Roberts University as “bigoted” should serve as a warning to Christians and faith-based institutions everywhere of the direction society is heading. The column by USA Today writer Hemal Jhaveri criticized Oral Roberts’ Bible-based policies, including its handbook that says students should avoid “sexual promiscuity,” such as “adultery, any homosexual behavior [and] premarital sex.” Jhaveri said the “university’s deeply bigoted anti-LGBTQ+ policies can’t and shouldn’t be ignored” even if its men’s basketball team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. Oral Roberts and schools like it, she argued, should not be allowed in the NCAA Tournament and should be booted from the NCAA itself. “Any and all anti-LGBTQ+ language in any school’s policies should ban them from NCAA competition,” she wrote. Mohler, speaking Thursday on his The Briefing podcast, said the column represents a “huge development” in framing the issue. “Just imagine the language that was used in this article … and recognize if it's said about Oral Roberts University today, it will be said about you, your school, your church, your organization, your Christian congregation, tomorrow. Count on it,” Mohler said. 

 

Christian Middle East Broadcaster Awarded (Worthy News) – A Christian broadcaster that claims to reach 25 million people in the Middle East and North Africa — has received a prestigious award from National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the world’s largest association of Christian communicators. SAT-7 (www.sat7usa.org) confirmed Wednesday it had got the NRB’s International Media Award for 2021. It is part of the annual Media and Special Service Awards presented to Christian organizations that the NRB claims excel in their field and spread the Gospel with the most significant effect. “This is God’s season for the Middle East and North Africa,” said SAT-7 CEO Rita El-Mounayer, a native of Lebanon, in a statement obtained by Worthy News. The official heads the network’s programming, with up to 80% produced in the Middle East. SAT-7 uses local presenters speaking Arabic, Turkish and Farsi, the region’s three main languages.

 

Vice President Mike Pence Tours Samaritan's Purse Facilities with Franklin Graham (CBN) In his first visit to North Carolina since leaving office, former Vice President Mike Pence and former Second Lady Karen Pence traveled to North Wilkesboro on Wednesday to learn more about Samaritan's Purse, and how the ministry responds to disasters across the U.S. and around the world. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the international Christian relief organization, walked Pence and his wife through the 202,000-square-foot warehouse facility where Samaritan's Purse pre-positions emergency relief supplies to quickly respond to crises.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

American Fighter Aircraft Supported Strikes Against ISIS in Iraq (Worthy News) – American aircraft supported strikes targeting ISIS in Iraq that left more than two dozen terrorists dead. “Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of Iraq, and CINC approved the use of Coalition air power to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh in the Makhmour Mountains,” spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve Army Col. Wayne Marotto noted in a statement to Military Times. “This is some tough terrain and Daesh was hiding out in caves and tunnels. In support of the ISF, the US Air Force F-15E and F-16 were part of the Coalition air power used against Daesh to eliminate Daesh remnants.” While the outlet reported that an Iraqi Ministry of Defense spokesperson Yehia Rasool wrote that the operation began March 9, it also reported that “Marotto said he did not have details about when the U.S. airstrikes took place, but that the F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons conducted multiple airstrikes.”

 

Ever Given Crisis: It may take “Weeks” to Unblock Suez Canal; Daily Cargo Losses $9.6 billion (Worthy News) – Experts have said it may take weeks to move the enormous Ever Given container ship which ran aground in the Suez Canal on Tuesday, blocking all shipping through the vital waterway, and causing some $9.6 billion per day in lost cargo traffic worldwide, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday. Now wedged horizontally across the man-made Egyptian canal, the massive 220,000-ton, 1,300 foot Ever Given is fully loaded with cargo it was taking from China to Holland, the Examiner said. Droves of tugboats have been dispatched to pull the ship free, so far to no avail. In a statement, Peter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch Company Boskalis that is helping to try and move the Ever Given, said: “We can’t exclude it might take weeks, depending on the situation.” There are currently some 185 ships waiting to pass through the canal: around 50 ships pass through it a day. Apologizing to the public Wednesday, Shoei Kisen, the Japanese company which owns the Ever Given, said in a statement: “We sincerely apologize for causing a great deal of concern.” The company blamed “stormy weather” for the crisis. All 25 crew members on the Ever Given are safe and uninjured.

 

Blinken’s European Trip: Shows of Unity, But Differences Over Russia Pipeline Unresolved (CNS) European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken the two had reaffirmed commitments on various matters, although he avoided any mention of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Borrell said the two sides agreed to coordinating on matters such as developments in Iran, re-launching bilateral dialogue on China, and coordinating on an approach to Russia. “I am happy to see that our meeting confirms that a strong E.U.– U.S. partnership is crucial to support democratic values, as well as global and regional stability, prosperity and conflict resolution,” he said.

 

Mexican Cops Report Record-Breaking Child Smuggling Busts near Texas (Breitbart) Authorities in the border states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon are stopping human smuggling attempts in unprecedented volumes with particular focus on teens and children being moved. The apprehensions occur as U.S. authorities report substantial overcrowding in their detention facilities. The smuggling attempts take place along the highways connecting the border cities in Tamaulipas with central Mexico. Since the beginning of 2021, officials started seeing a spike in larger groups of Central American migrants in tractor-trailers or other cargo vehicles headed north.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Iran Blamed as Israeli-Owned ship said Hit by Missile near Oman (Worthy News) – As the shadow war between Iran and Israel appears to be heating up at sea, another Israeli-owned vessel reportedly came under missile fire in the Gulf of Oman early Thursday morning, possibly by Iranian forces. According to media reports, the Liberian-flagged container ship Lori departed from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on March 21, heading for the port of Mundra on the west coast of India, when it was struck. Channel 12 news said Iran was suspected of being behind the attack.

 

With 99% of Votes counted, Israel Still Trapped in Political Deadlock (Worthy News) – With 99% of the votes in Israel’s March 23 elections counted Thursday, the country seemed on course to remain in the grip of political deadlock with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightwing, religious camp nor the bloc determined to end his 12-year premiership gaining the upper hand. The Central Elections Committee (CEC) said it had concluded tallying all 428,000 double envelope ballots cast Tuesday and that the final results would be published by Friday morning. The body said the results would not be published until all precautions were taken to make sure that no one had voted twice.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Bill Passed by House Requires States to Let People Without ID Vote by Mail (CNS) The ‘For the People Act’ that the House of Representatives passed on March 3--with only one dissenting Democrat--would allow people to vote in U.S. federal elections without going to a polling place or presenting an identification to prove who they are.

 

'We've Already Paid for It': GOP Rips Biden Admin for Halting Wall Construction Amid Border Crisis (CBN) With record numbers of people coming across the southern border, Republicans are criticizing the Biden administration for halting President Trump's border wall construction, sending a clear message the border is open. "We have a tremendous flood of people coming towards our border now because that signals been put out," Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) told CBN News Wednesday. Lankford took a trip to the southern border last week where he said he saw miles of the finished border wall left with incomplete gates. "All the steel is there, so all it would take is a few days to be able to finish it, and President Biden stopped that," explained Lankford. "He also stopped the installation of the technology, cameras, lights, ground sensing technology, all of those things he stopped and said we don't want to install those things anymore. Literally, we've already paid for it. All the materials are there ready to go."

 

Report: Secret Service Tried to Hide Hunter Biden Gun Purchase (Newsmax) The Secret Service reportedly interceded two years ago on behalf of Joe Biden's son, Hunter, in an alleged attempt to quash evidence of a gun purchase after the revolver vanished. Agents tried to obtain the paperwork for the gun's sale to Hunter Biden from the store where he bought it, however, the owner refused to hand over the documents, according to two sources who spoke to Politico. The report surfaced on the day President Biden was scheduled to hold his first solo press conference since taking office in January.

 

Pelosi Calls for Gov't-Run Health Care that 'Goes Beyond the Doctor's Office' (CNS) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says that she wants to pass a law instituting government-run health care, the so-called "public option," that "goes beyond the doctor's office," reaching into "all the other aspects" of Americans' well-being. At an event celebrating the 11th anniversary of the passage of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Pelosi said that the government’s role in health care goes beyond that of “the doctor’s office,” reaching into issues like housing and “other aspects of the well-being” of Americans.

 

Gov. Cuomo's Family Received Special Access to Then-Scarce COVID Virus Tests (CBN) The relatives of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others with close ties to him received special access to coronavirus tests a year ago when testing was scarce, according to several published reports in newspapers. The governor's family members including his brother, CNN journalist Chris Cuomo, his mother, and at least one of his sisters were tested by top health department officials, some of them several times, according to the Times Union of Albany. The testing of Cuomo's family and people closely associated with him was carried out by high-ranking state health officials, The New York Times reported. The testing was done in the early days of the pandemic in March 2020.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Transgender Doctor Rachel Levine Confirmed by Senate as HHS Assistant Secretary (Christian Headlines) On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Rachel Levine as the assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, making Levine the first openly transgender federal official to be appointed by the Senate. Levine, who had served as Pennsylvania's top official since 2017, was first nominated by President Joe Biden in January. At the time, Biden cited Levine’s experience as the reason for the nomination. Levine “will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability,” Biden said. The final vote during Wednesday’s Senate confirmation was 52-48, with Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine voting for Levine alongside all Democratic Senators.

 

 

BIDEN NEWS

 

Biden Used Cheat Sheets at Press Conference (Newsmax) Joe Biden used several cheat sheets during his press conference — including one with photos and names of reporters he was planning to call on. The New York Post said the printed note cards are clearly visible in photos taken Thursday. He also used the cards to assist with facts concerning the U.S. infrastructure.

 

Biden: When Kamala Speaks, 'She Speaks for Me. Doesn't Have to Check with Me' (CNS) On the eve of his long-awaited first news conference as president, Joe Biden put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of border security, adding to the "multiple other things I have her leading." He also said Harris speaks for him and “doesn’t have to check with me. She knows what she's doing…”

 

Biden, About to Begin Cabinet Meeting, Asks His Chief of Staff: 'Who Am I Turning This Over To?' (CNS) Joe Biden sometimes appears at a loss during his on-camera appearances, not sure what to do or where to go next. It's happened at least twice this week, most recently on Wednesday, as Biden gave remarks before a Cabinet meeting at the White House. After naming Vice President Kamala Harris as his point person on border security, Biden thanked her -- then, apparently at a loss, asked what was happening next: "Well, thank you for (being) willing to do it," Biden said. "Now we're going to get down to business here. And ah-- and ah, Ron, who am I turning this over to?" the president of the United States asked Chief of Staff Ron Klain.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Dominion Voting Files $1.6B Suit Against Fox News (Newsmax) Fox News was hit with a $1.6 billion defamation suit filed by Dominion Voting Systems on Friday. Dominion alleges in the lawsuit that the news network falsely claimed, in an effort to boost its faltering ratings, that the company had rigged the election, The Associated Press reported. The court filing marks the first defamation suit filed against a news outlet by the voting company, AP reported.

 

Trump's Facebook Ban Likely to Be Overturned by Oversight Board (Newsmax) Facebook’s new oversight board "seems poised" to end the social media network's ban preventing former President Donald Trump from posting on Facebook or Instagram, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/26/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1885 - The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company of Rochester, New York, begins commercial production of flexible photographic film.

 

1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully tested a vaccine against polio.

 

1979 - At the White House, Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat sign the Camp David peace treaty, brokered by President Carter, ending decades of hostilities between the two countries.

 

1982 - Ground-breaking ceremonies are held for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Police Chief Issues Kindness Challenge After Officer Mows Woman’s Lawn (Breitbart) A police chief in Hutchinson, Kansas, is challenging every officer to do a random act of kindness after an officer was discovered mowing a lady’s lawn. Officer Wells received a lot of praise since he mowed the woman’s lawn over the weekend. The woman has health issues and was struggling to complete the task on her own. The Hutchinson Police Department caught Officer Wells in the act and decided to post the photo of him on Facebook on Monday as an example of how other officers in the department should act. “We received this photograph over the weekend and had to open an investigation. We found that a lady, who had some health issues, was struggling to mow her lawn and Ofc. Wells finished up mowing the lawn for her. Our Chief has issued a challenge to every officer: What positive impact did you make in your community today. Ofc. Wells was caught in the act meeting the Chief's challenge. Great job Officer Wells! Police officers across the country have done random acts of kindness above and beyond their duties. In December 2020, Breitbart News reported that an Arizona police officer adopted a toddler he found during a welfare check. In June 2020, the Florida State Highway Patrol helped a mother deliver her baby on the side of the road. And in February 2019, a New Jersey police officer left a $100 tip and a kind note for a pregnant waitress.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

USA Today Columnist: ‘NCAA Should Boot Oral Roberts Due to Biblical Beliefs on LGBT Issues’ (Christian Headlines) Oral Roberts University is the Cinderella team of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but a columnist for USA Today says the school should never have been allowed in the tournament due to its biblical position on sexuality. Hemal Jhaveri, a writer for USA Today’s "For the Win" sports section, argued in a Tuesday column that the “university’s deeply bigoted anti-LGBTQ+ policies can’t and shouldn’t be ignored.” Oral Roberts is a Christian university in Tulsa, Okla., that was founded by the late preacher Oral Roberts, with a mission to “develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world.” Its handbook says students should avoid “sexual promiscuity,” including “adultery, any homosexual behavior, premarital sex.” “Certain behaviors are expressly prohibited in Scripture and therefore should be avoided by members of the University community,” the handbook says.

 

Maine Church Files Petition at Supreme Court Against Governor's 'Draconian' Worship Restrictions (CBN) A church in Bangor, Maine has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court against the governor's restrictions on in-person worship services. Acting on the behalf of Calvary Chapel of Bangor, Liberty Counsel filed a petition for cert on Monday asking the high court to review the church's federal lawsuit against Gov. Janet Mills' unconstitutional orders against churches. The governor allows churches to hold secular gatherings to feed, shelter, and to provide social services and counsel to an unlimited number of people. However, religious gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people despite the size of the building.

 

Minnesota Finally Lifts Restrictions on Worship Services, Attorney Vows Justice for All Churches (CBN) Churches across the state of Minnesota are celebrating after Gov. Tim Walz (D) lifted all occupancy restrictions that were implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The governor had canceled the 250-person limitation in January, then revoked the 50 percent capacity limit on March 15, according to the nonprofit religious rights law firm, Liberty Counsel. Pastors with Cornerstone Church of Alexandria, Life Spring Church, and Calvary Chapel filed a lawsuit last August against Gov. Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison over the restrictions. That complaint, which was filed by the Thomas More Society, indicated that Walz's Executive Order 21-11 "criminalizes conduct of church attendees, suppresses plaintiffs' ability to worship and practice their religion in houses of worship, and restricts the ability of the plaintiffs to associate with other members of the faith."

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Mexican President Says Biden to Blame for Border Crisis (Newsmax) President Joe Biden is to blame for the border crisis, Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday. "Expectations were created that with the Government of President Biden there would be a better treatment of migrants. And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so," Obrador told reporters during a Tuesday press conference. “People don’t go to the United States for fun, they go out of necessity,” he added. The Biden administration is receiving pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to address the surge of migrants crossing the border. As of March 21, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents were holding more than 16,000 unaccompanied children in custody, according to media reports. Nearly 9,500 unaccompanied minors entered U.S border custody last month, a record-high for February. That number is expected to be eclipsed in March. About 530 unaccompanied minors are crossing the border daily.

 

Massive Ship Runs Aground in Suez Canal, Blocks the Waterway (Worthy News) – A gigantic, fully loaded container ship has run aground and become wedged across Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking all other vessels from passing through, and threatening the viability of a pandemic-beleaguered global shipping system, the Associated Press reports. The MV Ever Given, a Panama-flagged ship that transports cargo between Asia and Europe, ran aground Tuesday for reasons that were still not clear on Wednesday. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, which operates the Ever Given, said in a statement that all 20 crew members are safe and there are “no reports of injuries or pollution.” Although there has been a report of some kind of blackout on the ship, Bernhard said there had been no loss of power. Photos of the situation show that the bow of the Ever Given is touching the canal’s eastern wall and its stern is wedged against the western wall: experts said this is an extraordinary event which has never happened in the 150 years the man-made canal has been in use. Tugboats have been trying to shift the sky-scraper-sized vessel, as ships needing to pass through the canal remain waiting in the Mediterranean and Red Seas, AP said. Officials have said it may take two days to move the Ever Given: warnings have also been issued about waiting ships being targeted for attacks. “The Suez Canal will not spare any efforts to ensure the restoration of navigation and to serve the movement of global trade,” Lt. Gen. Ossama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a statement.

 

‘Done Deal’: Turkey Defies U.S., Won’t Give Up Russian-made S-400 Missile Defense System (Worthy News) – Turkeys’ purchase and installation of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system is a “done deal” despite vehement U.S. objections, top Turkish officials said Wednesday, once again openly defying Washington and deepening a rift between the NATO allies. At a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reportedly told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in no uncertain terms that Ankara will not change its mind. “On the S-400s, we reminded them once again why Turkey had to buy them, and repeated that Turkey had bought them and this is a done deal,” he said, according to the al Jazeera news network.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Israel Election: Political Deadlock Continues, but an Arab Islamist Party Could Choose Next PM (CBN) With most of the votes tallied Thursday, it appears Israel’s election has resulted in yet another political deadlock, raising the possibility of a fifth consecutive election later this year. Officials are still counting absentee ballots and expect a final result on Friday. In Israel, people do not vote for individuals, but for parties to fill Israel’s 120-seat parliament. Sixty-one is the magic number of seats each party is aiming for to seize control of the government. But since no party has ever won a 61-seat majority on its own, parties must partner together to form government coalitions. In this election, most parties either support Netanyahu or oppose him. Currently, neither Netanyahu’s right-wing religious bloc, nor the bloc of parties who oppose him have enough seats to clinch a majority and end the country’s years-long political stalemate. Interestingly enough, it appears that a small Arab Islamist party could choose Israel’s next prime minister. Both sides may need the United Arab List, known in Hebrew as the Ra’am party, to sway this election. Unless another party decides to switch sides, the pro and anti-Netanyahu blocs will likely need Ra’am’s support to push them over the 61-seat threshold and avoid a fifth election. Ra’am’s leader, Mansour Abbas, has not ruled out joining forces with Netanyahu’s Likud party or other right-wing parties if it means he can secure gains for Israel’s Arab population, which faces poverty, high crime, and poor infrastructure. If Ra’am joined a government coalition it would be the first time an Arab party has ever served in an Israeli government.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

House Democrats Rip Biden Admin. for Delayed Checks (Newsmax) After the Trump administration and then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin put together what was hailed as the fastest delivery of stimulus payments in history, the Biden administration is receiving criticism for a slow delivery from its $1.9 trillion spending package passed earlier this month. And the criticism is coming from House Democrats, The Hill reported, which is pinning blame on the IRS and Social Security Administration (SSA) holdovers from the Trump administration. The payments most delayed are individuals already on government assistance, The Hill reported. "The SSA has to get the damn files to the IRS," Reps. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., told The Hill. "They should have had it there [Wednesday] so we can get these payments out. They should have got it last week. These are some of our most vulnerable neighbors. "They're the ones that are getting shafted because government agencies are not doing what they're supposed to do." Two weeks before the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was passed, the IRS requested the payment files for Americans who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement Board, or Veterans Affairs benefits, and do not file tax returns. "We demand that you immediately provide the IRS with this information by [Thursday]," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., Pascrell and Reps. John Larson, D-Conn., and Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., wrote in a letter to SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul, a Trump administration appointee. An SSA spokesperson told The Hill the request for the information came before the stimulus bill was passed, when it was not authorized to send the beneficiary files.

 

In Long-Delayed Press Conference, Biden Blames Trump for Border Crisis, Pushes to Rewrite Filibuster Rules (CBN) Joe Biden lobbied Thursday for new action to bypass Republican input and advance the Democrats' left-wing agenda in Congress. It was his first official press conference, 64 days in the making, and it's the latest presidential press event in modern history. Reporters questioned him about a variety of issues from the Senate filibuster to China to immigration. Biden appeared to offer a special policy for migrant children, saying, "The idea that I'm going to say which I will never do that if an unaccompanied child ends up at the border, we're just going to let them starve to death on the other side.  No previous administration did that either except Trump." The President said the problems at the southern border aren't new.  And he argued that migrants aren't coming just because they think he's such a nice guy. "What he did was he dismantled all the elements that exist to deal with what had been a problem and continues to be a problem for a long time, he shut down the number of beds available," Biden said. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) vehemently disagreed, saying the border crisis has been caused by Biden, not Trump. He said Biden made the problem even worse today by publicly offering more beds that will draw more migrants to the border. On the practice known as the filibuster in the Senate, the President said he's for reforming it, but not necessarily abolishing it.

 

Gallup: 42 Million People in Latin America Want to Migrate to the United States (CNS) In a March 24 blog, Gallup CEO and Chairman Jim Clifton reported that 42 million adults in Latin America and the Caribbean said they would like to immigrate to the United States. "There are 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Roughly 450 million adults live in the region. Gallup asked them if they would like to move to another country permanently if they could," wrote Clifton. Twenty-seven percent of those adults said "yes." That equals roughly 120 million who want to migrate somewhere. From that group, Gallup asked them "where they would like to move." "Of those who want to leave their country permanently, 35% -- or 42 million -- said they want to go to the United States," reported Clifton.

 

Lindsey Graham Threatens to Shut Down Senate if Denied Access at Border (Newsmax) Sen. Lindsey Graham has threatened to shut down the U.S. Senate if he or any of his fellow 18 senators planning a trip to the southern border on Friday are denied access to any facility or location. Graham issued the warning on Fox News Channel on Tuesday night, ridiculing and condemning Democrats – particularly Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Vice President Kamala Harris, who criticized the Trump administration for its detention of immigrants. “I am going down with 18 senators Friday, and if I’m denied the ability to look into any place I want to go, we’re going to shut the Senate down,” he said. “Where are all the liberal hypocrites? Where is AOC? Where is Elizabeth Warren? Where is Vice President Harris, who basically protested outside of a facility — in Homestead, Florida, during the Trump years — holding migrant children?”  “All I can say is, I’m going down with 18 senators, if they deny me the ability to go where I want to go and see what I want to see, we’re going to shut the Senate down.”

 

Joe Biden’s DHS Frees 23.4K Border Crossers into U.S. in Two Months (Breitbart) Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released at least more than 23,400 border crossers into the United States interior since February, data Breitbart News has reviewed reveals. Between February 1 and March 22, Biden’s DHS released nearly 23,430 border crossers into the U.S. interior after apprehending them at the United States-Mexico border, the data shows. For context, the totals indicate the Biden administration has released a foreign population into the U.S. via the southern border that is more than double the population of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Likely hundreds, potentially thousands, more border crossers have been released by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the figures for which Breitbart News has not received at the time of this publication.

 

Poll: No to Citizenship (Newsmax) Support among Americans is "declining" for providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants — even among Democrats — according to a new poll. The Politico/Morning Consult poll, released Wednesday, shows that 43% of voters overall think illegal immigrants now in the United States should be able to become legal citizens, a 14-percentage-point decline since January. With Democrats, support plunged from 72% to 57% during that time period. Meanwhile, only 1 in 4 Republicans backs the idea, a number that dropped by 10 percentage points.

 

Back-to-Back Storms to Unleash Deluge Over South (CBN) A week after an outbreak of severe weather and tornadoes sent Americans seeking shelter across the South, back-to-back storm systems are expected to unleash excessive rainfall over the south-central United States. AccuWeather forecasters say rainfall could total more than a foot over the course of a few days and trigger the threat of flooding. Communities still picking up the pieces after last week's destructive weather could face flood concerns and the return of severe weather. "It will be the second of the two storms expected to swing through the South starting at the middle of this week that appears like it will be the most potent and may cause the most trouble in terms of flooding and perhaps severe thunderstorms," AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. Over much of the Plains and Midwest, aside from typical issues with urban flooding, rain will be spread out enough over a few days and should prevent widespread flooding problems. As the first storm system encountered Gulf of Mexico moisture into Tuesday night, gusty and locally drenching thunderstorms led to incidents of flash and urban flooding along the northern part of the Gulf coast. National Weather Service hydrological data indicated that the Contraband Bayou near Lake Charles, Louisiana, rose rapidly to a major flood stage on Tuesday morning in response to heavy rainfall. The flood stage for the site is 8 feet, but the level had reached 12 feet at the start of the day on Tuesday. Major flooding begins at 10 feet. More incidents such as this are anticipated in the coming days from the Mississippi River Delta region through the Tennessee Valley. Rainfall from the second of the two storms will arrive a day or two later in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee. The new surge of wet weather is forecast to be intense and persistent enough to raise the risk of small stream flooding and rises on the rivers, in addition to the likelihood of urban flooding. "In the Interstate 10, 20, and 40 corridors in the Mississippi Delta and lower Mississippi Valley region, a general 4-8 inches of rain is anticipated during the middle days of this week, with the bulk of that rain expected to fall from Wednesday to Thursday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said. Where the heaviest rain pours down and repeats, an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 15 inches is anticipated.

 

Wis. Probes 2020 Election (Newsmax) The Republican-controlled Wisconsin state Assembly has authorized an investigation into the 2020 presidential election that President Joe Biden narrowly won in the state. The resolution, opposed by Democrats, was approved Tuesday. It is needed to give the investigating committee authorization if it decides to issue subpoenas to compel testimony and gather documents, said Rep. Joe Sanfelippo. He is vice-chairman of the Assembly elections and campaign committee that would conduct the probe. Donald Trump lost to Biden by fewer than 21,000 votes in Wisconsin. The election outcome was affirmed by a partial recount and several lawsuits brought by Trump and his allies alleging wrongdoing were rejected by state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

‘Sesame Street’ Studio Debuts ‘ABCs of Racial Literacy’ to Teach Kids About Racism (Breitbart) First Netflix said it is developing kids programming around racial justice. Now the people behind Sesame Street are following suit, with race-based content aimed at children of all ages, including infants. Sesame Workshop, the studio behind Sesame Street, has released a new set of instructional resources for children and their parents titled “ABC’s of Racial Literacy,” which the company said represents part of its commitment to “racial justice.” “ABC’s of Racial Literacy” provides activities for kids as well as tutorials for parents to teach children as young as infants about the dangers of racism.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Joe Biden Under Investigation for Order to Block Wall Construction (Breitbart) President Joe Biden may have illegally ordered the government to stop funds for construction on the wall on the southern border, as the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigates the decision.

 

Washington Football Team Could Become Permanent Name (Breitbart) What began as an emergency place holder name may actually become the permanent nickname of one of the NFL’s oldest franchises. According to team President Jason Wright, the Washington Football Team may opt to make their temporary name, permanent.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/25/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1634 - The colony of Maryland is founded by Catholic and Protestant settlers sent by Lord Baltimore.

 

1865 - Robert E. Lee orders his last attack of the Civil War against Fort Steadman, near Petersburg, Virginia.

 

1911 - A fire kills 146 garment workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City, leading the public to call for safety reforms.

 

1965 - Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. end their historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, at the steps of the state capitol.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

3-Year-Old Buys Pizza for Two Georgia Law Enforcement Agencies (Breitbart) A three-year-old boy saved his money to buy pizza for two separate Georgia law enforcement agencies. Alex Bond saved his birthday money, Christmas money, and his allowance since October 2020 so he could buy enough pizzas to feed first responders in Georgia, WGXA reported. He first visited the City of Griffin’s police department to deliver the special treat. But Alex did not stop there. He also stopped by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to give them pizza as well. “Alex-when you are old enough, we look forward to pinning the badge of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on your uniform!” the sheriff’s office said in response: “Recently, three-year old Alex Bond visited the Sheriff's Office. We love visitors, but this visitor had a special surprise that he wanted to give to the deputies and staff. Alex had saved his money and purchased pizzas to feed the personnel of the Sheriff's Office. According to Alex's mom, (Brittany Bond), this is something that Alex wanted to do. Alex-when you are old enough, we look forward to pinning the badge of the Spalding County Sheriff's Office on your uniform!” Alex is not the only one to give away pizza to those on the frontlines. A Connecticut pizza shop pitched in to help feed the doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus pandemic last year. There was even one instance where the police returned the favor to the community. A team of three police organizations in New Jersey purchased 300 pizzas for their community during the state’s statewide stay-at-home order last year.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

'Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow': Oral Roberts Coach Says after Team Makes Sweet 16 (Christian Headlines) Oral Roberts University head coach Paul Mills was elated after his team’s historic win Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16, but basketball wasn’t his only topic in the postgame news conference. His Christian faith was a major theme, too. “Well, there’s a hymn, a gospel hymn that says, ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow,’” he said. “And it's a blessing to coach those guys in that locker room. It's a blessing to win.” Oral Roberts, a Christian university based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a No. 15 seed heading into the NCAA Tournament but upset second-seed Ohio State and seventh-seed Florida to advance to the school’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 1974. Oral Roberts had not even won an NCAA tournament game since that ‘74 appearance. It has now won two.

 

Big Tech Cracks Down on Conservatives and Christians (CBN) Today we hear a lot of talk about censorship and being de-platformed. It's happening across the country as Big Tech tries to silence and even cancel messages and views from conservatives and Christians. It's causing some real and serious harm. For decades LifeSiteNews has covered family, abortion, and culture with no issues on the Web and social media, piling up millions of clicks and views. "We've been operating normally forever and forever," said John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews.com. "Our YouTube channel has 315,000 subscribers. We had millions of video views a week every week." That's now falling to pieces as Big Tech cracks down on LifeSiteNews. After giving it three clear warnings, YouTube completely banned it in February for a COVID-related video featuring a Catholic bishop. Westen pointed out, "All he said was that he wasn't going to take this COVID vaccine because it was abortion-tainted." YouTube guidelines state, "YouTube doesn't allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts local health authorities or the World Health Organization's medical information about COVID-19."

 

German Pastor Facing Deportation from Turkey (Worthy News) – A German pastor who faces expulsion from Turkey urged prayers Tuesday as he awaits the outcome of a trial that could effectively ban him from the country, supporters said. Michael Feulner came to Turkey as a relief worker after the 1999 earthquake in Izmit about 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Istanbul. He and his family settled in Yalova, where he has been pastor of the evangelical Yalova Lighthouse Church since 2003.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

China, Russia Huddle After Tense Talks in Alaska and Biden’s Slam on Putin (CNS) The Chinese government insisted Monday that talks now underway between the Chinese and Russian foreign ministers did “not target any specific country,” but also drew a clear distinction between the strategic partnership between Beijing and Moscow and what China calls the “hegemony and bullying” of the United States. Two days of discussions in the southern Chinese city of Guilin between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, come after Wang and the top Chinese Communist Party’s top foreign affairs official, Yang Jiechi, met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Alaska for the first face-to-face U.S.-China interaction of the Biden administration. The opening public segment of the meeting in Anchorage was marked by strong rhetoric and posturing, although both sides said later the behind-closed-doors talks were “substantive.” Last week also saw an uptick in U.S.-Russia tensions, after President Biden portrayed his Russian counterpart as a “killer,” attracting sharp criticism from the Kremlin, and prompting President Vladimir Putin to challenge Biden to take part in an urgent livestreamed discussion. The administration did not take up the invitation, and Russia’s foreign ministry in a statement Monday expressed regret, saying “one more opportunity has been missed to find a way out of the deadlock in Russian-U.S. relations created through the fault of Washington.” Lavrov in an interview with Chinese media outlets on Monday accused the U.S. and Western allies of standing in the way of the “rise of a truly multipolar democratic world.”

 

Beijing Parrots Kamala Harris’s Comments About Racism in America (CNS) Kamala Harris’ recent words about racism in America received a fresh airing at a press conference at the Chinese foreign ministry on Monday, with a ministry spokeswoman declaring that Harris “was telling the truth about the United States.” A reporter with Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party paper, quoted some of Harris’ words at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday, when the vice president said, “Racism is real in America, and it has always been. Xenophobia is real in America, and always has been. Sexism, too.” The reporter also pointed to another comment by Harris at Emory – an apparent dig at former President Trump: “For the last year, we’ve had people in positions of incredible power scapegoat – scapegoating Asian Americans,” she said. “People with the biggest pulpits spreading this kind of hate.”

 

EU and U.S. Sanctions Step Up Pressure on Myanmar Military Over Coup (Worthy News) – The European Union and the United States on Monday imposed sanctions on individuals and groups linked to last month’s military coup in Myanmar as the repression of pro-democracy protesters by security forces reached what Germany’s foreign minister called “an unbearable” level. The EU sanctions marked the 27-nation bloc’s most significant response since the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government on Feb. 1. The 11 individuals targeted included General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar military and head of the junta that has taken power. Washington had already sanctioned Min Aung Hlaing and the measures announced on Monday expanded the list of targets.

 

Biden on North Korea Missile Launches: 'Nothing Much Has Changed' (Newsmax) President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that North Korea's move to test-fire two short-range missiles over the weekend shows that little has changed about the government in Pyongyang. "We have learned that nothing much has changed," Biden told reporters in response to a question about the missile test. North Korea fired several short-range ballistic missiles over the weekend following complaints about the United States carrying out joint military exercises with South Korea, The Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with what is happening in the country.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Exit Polls Indicate No Clear Winner in Israeli Elections (Newsmax) Exit polls indicate there is no clear winner in Tuesday’s Israeli election, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fate uncertain and signaling continued political deadlock. The polls on Israel’s three main TV stations showed Netanyahu and his religious and nationalist allies, as well as diverse array of opponents, both falling short of a parliamentary majority. That could set the stage for weeks of paralysis and even an unprecedented fifth consecutive election. Exit polls are often imprecise and the official results may not be known for days.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Biden: 'We Can Ban Assault Weapons' (Newsmax) President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for a ban on assault weapons and tighter gun control measures as he stepped into the familiar role of grief counselor for a traumatized nation after a mass shooting left 10 people dead in Colorado. "I don't need to wait another minute, let alone another hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future," Biden said, adding that "we can ban assault weapons." "This is not and should not be a partisan issue," Biden said at the White House. "It's an American issue that will save lives, American lives. We must act." "We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country, once again." Biden spoke before leaving Washington for Columbus, Ohio, a visit where he will mark the 11th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

 

Black Lives Matter Protesters March to Popular Grocery Store and Trap Customers Inside (Worthy News) – Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched to a Wegmans grocery store in Rochester, New York, trapping customers inside on the anniversary of Daniel Prude’s arrest. “We have a long walk today. We’re shutting s— down,” protesters shouted as they marched to the popular Northeast grocery store. About 200 protesters marched to the store, prompting it to lock down with an estimated 100 customers still inside the building.

 

Biden Turns Back Just 13% of Illegals (Newsmax) The Biden administration turned back an average of just 13% of nearly 13,000 migrant family members attempting to cross at the U.S. southern border this past week. Axios attributed the information to new data leaked by the Department of Homeland Security. The information covers the week of March 14. The family members were all returned to Mexico. The action came despite the administration keeping a Trump-era policy called "Title 42," Axios noted. Title 42 can be used to quickly turn back adults and family who illegally cross into the U.S from Mexico. Axios noted the figures do not mean the remaining 87% will be able to stay in the U.S. indefinitely. However, they will be permitted to remain and go through immigration proceedings, which can take years.

 

Psaki: Biden Administration Giving Migrant Children Access to Health, Education, and Legal Resources (CNS) The Biden administration's plan to deal with the illegal immigration crisis at the Southwest border is not to stop the trafficking of unaccompanied children. Instead, the administration plans to open new holding facilities for them and for the thousands who are making the journey north, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told CNN's Jake Tapper on Monday.

 

Sen. Rand Paul: New COVID Study Is ‘Good News for Everyone but Bureaucrats and Petty Tyrants!’ (CNS) “Sorry Dr. Fauci and other fearmongers,” physician and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says, touting newly released findings of a study on the effectiveness of vaccines and naturally acquired immunity against COVID-19 variants. “Sorry Dr Fauci and other fearmongers, new study shows vaccines and naturally acquired immunity DO effectively neutralize COVID variants,” Sen. Paul tweeted Sunday. “Good news for everyone but bureaucrats and petty tyrants!” Sen. Paul added, linking to a research letter, “Neutralizing Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 Variants After Infection and Vaccination,” published March 19, 2021 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

 

Indiana Governor Lifting Statewide Mask Mandate in 2 Weeks (CBN) (AP) - Indiana’s governor announced Tuesday he would lift the statewide mask mandate and remaining COVID-19 business restrictions in two weeks. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a speech from his Statehouse office that the state’s steep declines in coronavirus hospitalization and death rates along with the growing number of people fully vaccinated justify the steps starting April 6.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Pepe Le Pew Scene Cut from Warner Bros’ ‘Space Jam’ Sequel (Breitbart) Iconic Looney Tunes cartoon character Pepe Le Pew has been axed from the upcoming Warner Bros. theatrical sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James, according to reports. A scene in which the cartoon character Pepe Le Pew hits on a woman, gets a drink thrown on him, and has a restraining order filed against him, has been cut from the Space Jam sequel, according to a report by Deadline. Pepe was set to appear in a black-and-white Casablanca-like Rick’s Cafe sequence. Pepe, playing a bartender, starts hitting on a woman at the bar played by [Greice Santo]. He begins kissing her arm, which she pulls back, then slamming Pepe into the chair next to hers. She then pours her drink on Pepe, and slaps him hard, sending him spinning in a stool, which is then stopped by LeBron James’ hand. James and Bugs Bunny are looking for Lola, and Pepe knows her whereabouts. Pepe then tells the guys that Penelope Cat has filed a restraining order against him. James makes a remark in the script that Pepe can’t grab other Tunes without their consent. Upon learning her scene with Pepe Le Pew was cut from the Space Jam sequel, actress Greice Santo was upset. Santo says she’s a victim of sexual harassment herself and reportedly “took joy” in shooting the scene with Pepe because the skunk gets his comeuppance.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Lara Trump May Not Run (Newsmax) Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s last Republican governor, is now very likely to run for the U.S. Senate in 2022 and Lara Trump is not, Republican sources in the Tarheel State told Newsmax. McCrory is “leaning” toward a candidacy for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr, according to sources close to the former mayor of Charlotte and state governor from 2012-16.

 

Donald Trump: Biden Agenda 'Bernie Sanders on Steroids' (Newsmax) Joe Biden's first two months in office has wound up being worse than what a Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., progressive agenda would have been, according to former President Donald Trump on Newsmax TV. "You wonder whether or not all of the things he's signing, whether or not he understands what he's signing, because this is worse than Bernie Sanders at its worst point," Trump told Monday's "Greg Kelly Reports." "We never thought this could happen. "Bernie Sanders on steroids wouldn't be signing what this guy is signing."

 

Rush Limbaugh Show to Continue 'Long Term,' Syndicator Says (Newsmax) The Rush Limbaugh Show will continue airing for the "long term" with rotating guest hosts that, from time-to-time, also air audio clips of the revered conservative broadcaster, its syndicator has announced.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/24/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1765 - The British Parliament enacts the hated Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing for British soldiers.

 

1900 - Andrew Carnegie incorporates his giant Carnegie Steel Company.

 

1934 - Franklin D. Roosevelt signs legislation providing for independence for the Philippine Islands.

 

1958 - Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army for two years.

 

1989 - The tanker Exxon Valdez strikes a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, spilling an estimated 11 million gallons of oil.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Airline Worker Reunites Boy with Lost Buzz Lightyear Toy: ‘Means the World to Us’ (Breitbart) A Southwest Airlines employee recently returned a child’s Buzz Lightyear toy he accidentally left behind on a plane, along with an incredible surprise. “Hagen Davis has since been reunited with his beloved action figure all thanks to a ramp agent named Jason at Little Rock Airport in Arkansas,” People reported Friday. In a Facebook post on March 10, Southwest said Jason knew the child would miss their toy, so he began working to identify its owner. “Soon, a name written on the bottom of the boot caught Jason’s eye: ‘Hagen.’ With the help of Beth, his Coheart, Jason learned there was only one ‘Hagen’ who had traveled on that aircraft that day,” the airline said, adding he came up with a plan: Hagen and his family got a huge surprise in the mail a few days later. “Not only was his buddy returned, but he arrived in a hand-decorated box, complete with a letter describing his mission at Southwest Airlines, and pictures to boot,” the airline said. The letter detailed Buzz’s time away: To Commander Hagen: I am very excited to return to you upon completing my mission. I was able to explore the airport and spaceport in Little Rock, Arkansas while I was away, and I have included photos of my adventure. My journey has taught me a lot, but I am so thankful to return to my buddy. To infinity and beyond! Your Buddy, Buzz Lightyear – Space Ranger. Hagen’s mom, Ashley Davis, explained in a Facebook post the story began when their family was traveling to Dallas. “A week or so after returning home, we received an email from Jason out of the Little Rock SWA airport that he had found Buzz and wanted to return him to our Buckaroo!” she wrote, along with sharing a video of Hagen unwrapping the toy: “There’s definitely not enough good in this world, and for someone to take the time out of their day to do that for strangers means the world to us,” she told the airline.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Federal Court Takes Univ. of Iowa to School for Canceling Christian Club (CBN) A federal appeals court ruled Monday that University of Iowa officials who kicked a Christian student club off campus because of its faith can be held personally accountable for their actions. Business Leaders in Christ, or BLinC, a student group at the school, said the university targeted them for requiring student leaders to affirm the Christian faith. The university claimed this was a violation of its nondiscrimination policy, even though it allowed other religious groups to select faith-compliant leaders and openly encouraged other groups—like fraternities and sororities—to select leaders based on certain characteristics covered by the nondiscrimination policy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled in favor of the BLinC, recognizing the selective enforcement of the school's policy violated the First Amendment. "The law is clear: state organizations may not target religious groups for differential treatment or withhold an otherwise available benefit solely because they are religious. That is what happened here. The individual defendants may pick their poison: they are either plainly incompetent or they knowingly violated the Constitution. Either way, they should not get qualified immunity," Judge Jonathan A. Kobes wrote.

 

Transgender Activist Refuses to Give Up Quest to Destroy Christian Baker Jack Phillips (CBN) Christian baker Jack Phillips endured years of legal battles and finally won his First Amendment case against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the US Supreme Court back in 2018. One would have thought after all that his legal troubles were over. However, as CBN News reported, the same Colorado government agency decided to pursue Phillips a second time because he declined to design a custom cake celebrating a gender transition just a few weeks after the court's decision. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Phillips against the state and in 2019, the state dismissed most of the charges against him. Now, he's just been sued in state court because Autumn Scardina, who requested the gender-transition cake (and who also happens to be an attorney), wasn't satisfied. Many of the claims are similar to those raised in the case against the baker that Colorado has already dismissed. Scardina opted not to appeal the Commission's dismissal, instead filing a lawsuit that seeks more than $100,000 in damages, fines, and attorney's fees. Scardina's request for a custom cake was made on the same day that the US Supreme Court announced that it would hear Phillips' first case. The shop declined the request because the message of the cake contradicts Phillips' religious belief that God creates us either male or female. Then a few months later, Scardina also made another request of the cakeshop. This request was for a custom cake featuring Satan smoking marijuana. Maureen Collins, web writer for the ADF, says no American should be punished and threatened with financial ruin for living and working in a way that is consistent with their beliefs.

 

Miracles and Salvations Come to Texas: 'The POWER OF GOD Is Breaking Out!' (CBN) Thousands witnessed God perform miracles this weekend in Texas during Sean Feucht's "Let Us Worship" revival event. Feucht and his team, including Dr. Charles Karuku with International Outreach Church, set their stage up in a dirt field in Lubbock on Saturday where people were set free from sin and healed from disabilities. "5 people set free from same-sex attraction (most of them came to me backstage) They came to Lubbock Texas crying out for revival," Dr. Karuku wrote on Facebook. "Altars were full of people giving their lives to Jesus. We prayed for the sick. A 61yr old woman born deaf who had $8000.00 worth of hearing aids was healed by God. A 27 yr old born deaf with multiple surgeries that did not fix it got his hearing back." Hundreds of hungry souls seeking salvation ran to the stage during one altar call. "The PRESENCE OF GOD is filling this dirt field and the POWER OF GOD is breaking out!!! It is UNDENIABLE to everyone here!!!" The revival moved to Fort Worth on Sunday where thousands of worshippers came out to Mercury Culture Church. Feucht urged those attending to pray for the Holy Spirit to send strength and courage to the churches of America. "Let us ask the Lord right now for the baptism of the Holy Spirit to enable us to be filled with boldness... let it rise up in Jesus’ name," Feucht declared. The second part of Sunday's worship event took place in a Toys R Us parking lot in Fort Worth where countless others came out to hear more about God's truth. Feucht read from Psalms 2:2 while explaining to the audience why "the armies of the earth are coming against the armies of the Living God.  "The issue we have right now in culture... it's not that they're coming against gender, it's that they're coming against the image of God," Feucht said. "He made men and women different. They're trying to bring division between white and black. They're trying to shut the church down and shut us up." The praise leader added that he believes change is coming to the church and America. "The political spirit in America is meant to get you fired up and angry, but the King will have His way. I believe there is a new way of leadership coming to the church and the political realm. It's one that's full of optimism, hope, and joy where we look at the problems in our nation, the problems in our cities from a place of hope because we know who's on the throne and who's in control." Feucht is pushing ahead during this difficult season, saying the church must continue to rise up and become the solution in an effort to bring restoration to the dispirited and heavyhearted. The Let Us Worship revival is headed to the Carolinas next weekend.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Anarchy in the UK – Leftist Mob Torches Police Vans, Attacks Officers in Chaotic Bristol Protest (Breitbart) Bristol was plunged into anarchy on Sunday night, as far-left rioters set fires, vandalized buildings and attacked police officers, as a protest against Home Secretary Priti Patel’s policing bill turned violent. A so-called #KillTheBill protest on Sunday in Bristol saw at least two police officers hospitalized as the leftist protest turned into a riot, with one officer suffering from a broken arm and another from broken ribs. Local news outlet Bristol Live reported that around 5,000 protesters initially gathered in College Green at around 2 p.m., but by 6 p.m. several thousand radical agitators began to surround the Bridwell Police Station. Riot police squared off with the leftist mob, which began hurling makeshift missiles at officers. The leftists burnt police vans, smashed the windows of the station, and scrawled graffiti on the building including the phrase “Fuck the Police”. The chairman of the Avon and Somerset Police Federation, Andy Roebuck said: “This is the worst violence in Bristol for many, many years. “It’s really unprecedented violence. Between four and six or possibly more officers are seriously injured, and some have broken bones,” he said, although it is now known that at least 20 officers were injured, and 12 police vans destroyed.

 

U.S. Condemns Attacks Against Saudi Territory From ‘Iranian-Aligned’ Groups (Worthy News) – The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State Antony Blinken has “strongly condemned” recent attacks against Saudi territory from “Iranian-aligned groups” in the region and discussed cooperation to end the war in Yemen in a call with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister. During his March 22 conversation with Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Blinken also “reiterated our commitment to supporting the defense” of U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, the department said in a statement. It said the two discussed “their close cooperation to support the efforts of UN Special Envoy Griffiths and U.S. Special Envoy Lenderking to end the conflict in Yemen, starting with the need for all parties to commit to a cease-fire and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.”

 

Amman announces defense deal allowing US troops to enter Jordan (Worthy News) – Jordan has finalized a defense agreement with the United States that allows US forces, aircraft and vehicles to freely enter the kingdom, French news agency AFP reported Sunday. The report cited Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi as telling parliament that the defense deal was the result of “long negotiations.” Arab media said that the agreement was signed in January and the Jordanian government approved it last month in an unusual move that bypassed parliament.

 

Migrants Fly ‘Biden for President 2020’ Flag in Mexico While Awaiting U.S. Entry (Breitbart) Hundreds of migrants are waiting in an encampment in Tijuana, Mexico, until they can be processed and potentially released into the United States interior by President Joe Biden’s administration. Photos captured of the encampment show a “Biden for President 2020” flag waving as migrants stay huddled in tents. The photos show the scale to which migrants are sitting in close range to the U.S.-Mexico border in the hopes of being released into the U.S. interior.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Israel Votes for Fourth Time in Two Years, but Final Results Will Likely Take Days (CBN) Israelis are heading to the polls for the fourth time in just two years intending to finally bring political stability to the country. Israel has been plagued by a political stalemate that began in December 2018. Weary from the coronavirus pandemic and political chaos, Israelis hope this is the last time they are forced to the ballot boxes in a long time. Opinion polls forecast an extremely tight race, raising the potential for a continued political deadlock and unprecedented fifth consecutive election. However, if the polls are accurate, they give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party a clearer path to form a government than his rivals on the left and right. Israelis are heading to the polls for the fourth time in just two years today intending to finally bring political stability to the country. Israel has been plagued by a political stalemate that began in December 2018. Weary from the coronavirus pandemic and political chaos, Israelis hope this is the last time they are forced to the ballot boxes in a long time. Opinion polls forecast an extremely tight race, raising the potential for a continued political deadlock and unprecedented fifth consecutive election. However, if the polls are accurate, they give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party a clearer path to form a government than his rivals on the left and right. results will likely take days, largely because of Israel’s so-called double envelope ballots. Double envelope ballots, which are absentee ballots cast anywhere outside of one’s assigned voting stations, are not counted at voting sites. Instead, they are taken to Israel’s Knesset to be counted after the regular ballots are tallied.

 

Israel, Bahrain Enter Their First Medical Cooperation Initiative (CUFI) Israel and Bahrain will be entering their first medical cooperation initiative, Sheba Medical Center and Salmaniya Medical Complex announced on Monday. After a formal meeting was held Monday between Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, Director-General of Sheba Medical Center, and Dr. Ahmed Al Ansari, Director of Salmaniya Medical Complex, the representatives agreed to a series of exchange programs and collaborations in the fields of medical training, innovation and research. To facilitate and formally sign the agreement, Dr. Absari will be visiting Israel and Sheba in the near future. Sheba Medical Center was chosen by Bahrain’s Supreme Health Council to lead cooperation between Israel and the Gulf state. Its counterpart Salmaniya are the largest medical centers in their respective countries. The agreement brought about by the Israeli Foreign Ministry and its Chargé d’Affairs in Bahrain, Itai Tagner, comes in the wake of the ground-breaking Abraham Accords signed between Israel and Bahrain. The Abraham Accords were a normalization agreement between Israel and Bahrain, UAE, Morocco and Sudan, and facilitated by the Trump administration. Since the adoption of the accords, the members have explored multiple investment and collaborative endeavors with Israel.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Colorado Shooting: Police Name Suspect, ID Victims in Grocery Store Attack (UPI) -- Colorado authorities on Tuesday identified the suspected gunman and 10 victims who they say he killed in a premeditated attack Monday at a grocery store in Boulder. In an update Tuesday morning, officials gave new details of the mass shooting. Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold read the names of the 10 victims who were killed inside the King Soopers market. Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, an 11-year member of the force, was among the dead. The victims were identified as Denny Strong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Teri Leiker, 51; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jodi Waters, 65. Herold said the suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Alissa, has been charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree. Officials said Alissa was wounded during the attack and is still in the hospital, in stable condition. Herold described his injury as a through-and through leg wound. Authorities have not yet released any information about a possible motive for the attack. Local and federal authorities are working on the investigation.

 

Leaked Photos Reveal Biden’s Detention Cells for Migrant Children on Border (Breitbart) U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) released a series of leaked photos to Axios showing the deplorable, overcrowded conditions of migrant children being held in South Texas. A short time later, James O’Keefe released additional disturbing photos depicting children having to sleep on floor mats in overcrowded facilities which were rapidly opened amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. Congressman Cuellar, who lives along the Texas border with Mexico, told Axios these unaccompanied migrant children are living in eight “pods” designed to hold up to 260 people. However, Border Patrol officials are actually holding more than 400 unaccompanied male minors in the spaces, the Texas congressman said. The Biden Administration has not allowed news media or Members of Congress to photograph the conditions under which these migrant children are being held. Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe released additional photographs and video leaked from inside Border Patrol facilities where up to 3,000 unaccompanied migrant minors are being held — often well beyond the 72-hour legal holding limit for minors.

 

Biden Spending Millions per Day to Halt Border Wall Construction (Breitbart) The pause on construction of the border wall costs taxpayers about six million dollars per day while construction sites sit idle, Breitbart Texas learned from a senior Department of Homeland Security official. On Sunday, March 21, the 60-day pause in construction of the border wall is scheduled to end. According to the source, the expenditures are required for materials orders placed before the pause and expenses for the cost of equipment sitting idle. When the issuance of a stop work order causes a contractor to idle equipment, they are entitled to be compensated for rental expenses or costs of ownership.

 

Surge in US firearms imports in 2020 (Worthy News) – A new report estimates that the US in 2020 saw a 60% increase in personal firearm imports, compared to the same category of imports in 2019. Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) reported an estimated 6.4 million handgun, and long-gun units were imported in 2020, a surge from 4.0 million in 2019. SAAF said its import estimates are based on raw data obtained from the International Trade Commission. According to the SAAF report, the increase in imports is consistent with the estimated 22.8 million guns sold last year. “Imports thus supplied 28% of U.S. firearms demand,” SAAF said in its report. SAAF lists the top-10 countries of origin for firearms as: Turkey, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, China, and the Philippines. These countries together account for 92% of firearms imports last year, SAAF said.

 

Biden Eyes $3T Package for Infrastructure, Schools, Families (AP) — Fresh off passage of the COVID-19 relief bill, President Joe Biden is assembling the next big White House priority, a sweeping $3 trillion package of investments on infrastructure and domestic needs.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Marvel Comics to Introduce First LGBTQ-Identifying Captain America During Pride Month (CBN) Marvel Comics will introduce its first gay Captain America during the LBGTQ Pride Month this June. The new character, Aaron Fischer, represents the first LGBTQ character to hold the Captain's shield in the comic's 80-year history, according to Hollywood Reporter. The United States of Captain America is the latest attempt by the entertainment industry to normalize and glorify gay characters in comic books and cartoons.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Children’s Book Celebrates How Dr. Fauci ‘Became America’s Doctor’ (Breitbart) Simon & Schuster is publishing a new children’s book that will celebrate the life of Dr. Anthony Fauci by chronicling his Brooklyn upbringing and tracing his medical career to become “America’s doctor.” Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor is set to hit bookshelves June 29. Author Kate Messner unveiled the cover art for the book on Sunday.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/23/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1775 - Patrick Henry delivers his “Liberty or Death” speech in Richmond, Virginia.

 

1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition departs the Pacific coast and begins its return journey east.

 

1857 - Elisha Otis installs the world’s first modern passenger elevator in New York City.

 

1965 - America’s first two-man space flight begins as Gemini 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral with astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young aboard.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

96-Year-old WWII Veteran Knits 400 Hats for People in Need: I’m Working for the Lord (Breitbart) A 96-year-old World War II veteran is still serving his country by knitting and donating hats to the Salvation Army. Tom Cornish is a resident at the Champlin Shores senior living community in Minnesota who began knitting hats amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to CNN. In 2020, he donated 400 of them to the Salvation Army and still knits every day, planning to donate all of his creations to people in need. “Well, they need a lot of hats and you got to have donors for that,” he told reporters of the inspiration for his project. The Navy veteran volunteered to serve in the Pacific during World War II. Upon his return home, he kept volunteering while raising five children with his wife, Lorraine. After she passed away, he married Marvel and they also worked together as volunteers before her passing. “This is how he got to be 96 years old, because he’s helping everybody else,” said his son, Jerry Cornish. “Everybody’s more important than he is, in his mind.” The veteran has also trained other residents in the senior living community to weave and said one person made over 35 hats. Many times, throughout his day, Cornish stops to read from the Bible which rests on a table by his chair. “I feel like I’m working for the Lord and that’s a good feeling,” he explained. In October, the Salvation Army USA Central Territory shared a photo of Cornish with a few of his knitted creations and said he averages about one per day. When asked what he enjoyed most about his project, Cornish said, “other people are getting something out of my labor. It’s better than playing cards or looking out the window.” Now, the veteran is getting ready to make baby hats which he will also give to the Salvation Army, telling reporters he wants to keep knitting “until I take my last breath.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Family, Friends ‘Celebrate Life’ Of Late Evangelist Luis Palau (Worthy News) – An emotionally charged private memorial service was held Saturday, March 20, in honor of world-renowned evangelist Luis Palau. He passed away this month at age 86, leaving behind an evangelism legacy that impacted millions of lives.

 

India Christian Couple Attacked Over Rituals Refusal (Worthy News) – A Christian couple and their three children are reportedly homeless in India’s western Jharkhand state for refusing to abandon their in Christ and accept tribal rituals.

 

Syrian Christians Confront Growing Hostilities (Worthy News) – At least hundreds of thousands of Syrian Christians face growing anti-Christian hostilities in war-ravaged Syria and neighboring Lebanon, aid workers said Friday.

 

China’s Jailed Poetic Pastor Denied Visit by Elderly Mother (Worthy News) – Chinese Pastor John Cao Sanqiang spent the fourth anniversary of his imprisonment alone after China’s authorities prevented his elderly mother from meeting him, supporters said.

 

‘Dominoes are Falling:’ Religious liberty advocates hail end to Minnesota church restrictions (Worthy News) – Minnesota's decision to lift capacity restrictions on church services, while maintaining social distancing, is emboldening religious liberty advocates, who want more states to follow suit.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Iceland Volcano Erupts for the First Time in 800 Years While 7.0 Earthquake Hits Japan (Worthy News) – A long-dormant volcano erupted and sent streams of lava flowing down southwestern Iceland for the first time in 800 years Friday. Meanwhile, a strong earthquake hit Northern Japan Saturday, shaking buildings in Tokyo and triggering a tsunami warning in part of the area. The magnitude 7.0 quake struck off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. This area was heavily damaged during an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that left more than 18,000 people dead.

 

Anti-Lock Down Protests Take Place World-Wide (Worthy News) – Demonstrators took to the streets in several European cities on Saturday to protest Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, with clashes between demonstrators and police erupting in the German city of Kassel while in London, police arrested dozens of people for breaching pandemic restrictions. Protests also erupted in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Croatia, Finland, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland as European authorities confront a third coronavirus wave. More than 20,000 people participated in the protest in the central German city of Kassel, where there also were confrontations between the demonstrators and counter-protesters.

 

US-Russia Ties Nosedive After Biden-Putin Tit-for-Tat (Worthy News) – The Kremlin on Thursday denounced U.S. President Joe Biden’s remarks about Russian President Vladimir Putin, warning it would rethink its approach to relations with Washington. Russia on Wednesday announced it’s recalling its ambassador in Washington for consultations after Biden was asked in an interview whether he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer and said, “I do.” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said it was a “very bad statement by the U.S. president” that made it clear that “he doesn’t want to normalize relations.”

 

Iran, Russia and Turkey Signal Growing Alliance (Worthy News) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was very content during a trip to Turkey on Friday. He said it was productive and smiled alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. He said it was a “wonderful” trip where he spoke with his “brother Cavusoglu.” The trip signals the growing alliance that Turkey and Iran have in the region. Zarif said: “As before, constructive engagement on bilateral and regional issues. Ultimate aim: Apply Iran and Turkey’s experience of 400 years of peace to our region. Together, anything is possible.”

 

Iran Threatens Washington Army Base, Top US General — (Worthy News) – Iran has made threats against Fort McNair, an Army base in the nation’s capital, and against the Army’s vice chief of staff, two senior US intelligence officials said. They said communications intercepted by the National Security Agency in January showed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard discussed mounting “USS Cole-style attacks” against the base, referring to the October 2000 suicide attack in which a small boat pulled up alongside the Navy destroyer in the Yemeni port of Aden and exploded, killing 17 sailors. The intelligence also revealed threats to kill Gen. Joseph M. Martin and plans to infiltrate and surveil the base, according to the officials, who were not authorized to publicly discuss national security matters and spoke on condition of anonymity. The base, one of the oldest in the country, is Martin’s official residence.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Poll: Pro-Netanyahu bloc has 51 seats without Yamina (Worthy News) – A final election poll published on Channel 12 News on Friday evening finds that the right and the Likud continue to gain strength, but Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu still does not have the required 61 seats which will allow him to form a government.

 

Knesset Approves Electronic Bracelet for Citizens Returning from Abroad (Worthy News) – The Knesset on Wednesday approved a COVID-19 bill that requires Israelis returning from abroad to choose either to wear an electronic bracelet that ensures they isolate at home or be quarantined in a hotel, the Jerusalem Post reports. According to the government, such measures are necessary to reopen Israel’s borders, at least to citizens.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Illegals Released Without Court Date (Newsmax) Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have started releasing illegal immigrants into the U.S. without a court date because there is no space to hold them due to a surge in crossings. Fox News, citing multiple border patrol agents, first reported on the releases. A senior source with Customs and Border Protection told the news outlet that immigrants were being registered into the system with biometrical data at a temporary outdoor processing site, forgoing the hours-long paperwork process to issue a Notice to Appear in court because the crisis has "become so dire that [Border Patrol] has no choice but to release people nearly immediately after apprehension" due to space restrictions. Former President Donald Trump in a statement released Sunday slammed the Biden administration and called for an investigation into the "huge cover-up." "We proudly handed the Biden Administration the most secure border in history," Trump said. "All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot. Instead, in the span of just a few weeks, the Biden administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast." Trump also called the performance of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday TV shows, "a national disgrace" and said his gag order on border agents and ICE officers should be "the subject of an immediate congressional investigation."

 

Stephen Moore: Tax Hikes 'Wet Blanket' (Newsmax) The economy is in a "strong recovery" from the pandemic shutdown, but the Biden administration wants to throw a "wet blanket" on a hot economy with proposed tax hikes, says former Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore. "You have to go back to the '70s to remember when tax rates would be as high as they'd be under the Biden plan," Moore said Sunday during an appearance on "The Cats Roundtable" on WABC 770 AM-N.Y. "We're talking about higher taxes on capital gains income. We’re talking about higher small business taxes. We're talking about our corporate rate going up to one of the highest rates in the world. There is also an increase in the death tax. There is talk of a wealth tax. "I think this is throwing a wet blanket on a hot economy."

 

Border Crisis 'a Disaster' - Biden Will Visit but Is in No Hurry (CBN) Joe Biden said Sunday that he intends to travel to the southern border "at some point," but said he's in no rush because he said he knows what's going on there. One migrant from Honduras traveling through Mexico to the US border said he wanted to thank Joe Biden "from the bottom of our hearts" for opening the border. When another migrant who crossed the border was asked if he would have tried it when Donald Trump was president, responded: "Definitely not."

 

Trump Endorses Rep. Jody Hice Against Georgia's Raffensperger (Newsmax) Former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Jody Hice Monday in a bid to unseat Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the 2022 Republican primary. In a statement issued shortly after the Georgia Republican announced his candidacy, Trump said: "Unlike the current Georgia Secretary of State, Jody leads out front with integrity,"’ adding that "Jody will stop the Fraud and get honesty into our Elections!" Hice, a frequent guest on Newsmax TV, also is one of the state's best-known conservative members of Congress. He has represented Georgia's 10th District, located in the northeastern part of the state, since 2015.

 

Trump Launching New Social Media Platform (Newsmax) Former U.S. President Donald Trump plans to launch his own platform in two to three months, one of his senior advisers told Fox News on Sunday. Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump's 2020 campaign, told the network that Trump would re-enter the social media space with a new platform of his own that would "completely redefine the game." Miller provided no further details, and no comment was immediately available from officials with the Trump Organization.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Washington University Scientist Calls for 'Tracking and Reporting' of College Students Who Take Creationist Courses (CBN) A Washington University computational biologist is calling for creationist courses and degrees to be labeled on a student's transcript to maintain "national norms". Dr. Joshua Swamidass claims this "constructive solution" would hold Christian institutions to a higher academic standard. "Credit from courses that include creation science should not be used toward science degrees," he wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. "Nor should they be eligible for transfer to secular institutions." "But deviations from national norms in a science curriculum need to be prominently disclosed, tracked and reported," he added.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Before Tripping 3 Times on Stairs of Air Force One, Biden Declared Kamala Harris: ‘President Harris’ (CNS) When President Joe Biden gave his nationally televised address on Thursday announcing that on Friday his administration would achieve his goal of delivering 100 million COVID-19 vaccination shots in his first 100 days in office, he called Vice President Kamala Harris “President Harris.” The next day, Biden would trip three times while climbing the stairs of Air Force One.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

3/22/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1622 - Algonquian Indians attack and kill some 350 English colonists near Jamestown, Virginia.

 

1638 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony banishes Anne Hutchinson.

 

1765 - The British Parliament enacts the Stamp Act, a tax that meets with colonial indignation.

 

1946 - The first U.S. rocket to leave the earth’s atmosphere, launched from White Sands, New Mexico, reaches an altitude of 50 miles.

 

1973 - Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification; it later fails to get enough states’ approval to become law.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Alabama High School Janitor Gifted Vehicle for Daily Commute (Breitbart) High school custodian Samuel James was surprised on Monday with a new car, after the loss of his own forced him to walk to work. James, Citronelle High School’s (CHS) custodian of 13 years, was surprised with a replacement for his car in a video posted to the Citronelle High School Facebook page Monday. After the engine died in his sole vehicle, James walked to work every day. After sustaining an unspecified injury, that daily journey grew even more difficult. When CHS English teacher Deborah Pippin and her husband decided to give away their 10-year-old Toyota Highlander, Principal Randy Campbell pointed them toward James. “Was in a conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Pippin was talking about some recent purchase,” Principal Campbell recalled to FOX10 News. “They bought a couple new vehicles, and they had this Highlander that they indicated they wanted to give to somebody and asked if I knew anybody. Sam was the first one in mind.” In the video, a visibly emotional James offered the Pippins several consecutive hugs, while a teary Campbell looked on. “We at Citronelle High wanted to help him out and get him back on his feet,” the school wrote. “Thank you, Sam for all your years of service and for keeping our athletic facilities and our grounds in great shape!” “I just can’t think of somebody better, to be able to give it to and it’s going to be very special to see him have it,” said Pippin. James reiterated his gratitude, crediting both the Pippin family and God for compassion and help when he needed it most. “I’ve been knowing this family for the good eight, nine years that I’ve been here, and they’ve always been good to me,” he said. “I’m just thankful that the Lord sent them my way to let me get this right here. And I’m blessed to have this and blessed to have them as real good friends, the Pippins.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Franklin Graham Hits Biden for 'Offending' Putin, Backing Abortion (Newsmax) (CNS) Franklin Graham has hit back at President Joe Biden for agreeing that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer, particularly at a time when Biden supports abortion. "President Biden's words have offended the Russian people and have set our relations with this country back considerably," Graham said Friday in a Facebook post. "The Russian Foreign Ministry has recalled their ambassador to the United States." At the same time, Graham said, "President Biden should consider that, in God’s eyes, abortion is murder. It is the killing of the innocent, not the guilty." "I pray that President Biden’s eyes and heart would be opened to this tragedy and that our country would change its course on abortion," said Graham. "We will be held accountable by God."

 

Growing Numbers of Pro-Life Bills Being Filed Around Nation (Newsmax) At an intense pace, lawmakers in Republican-governed states are considering an array of tough anti-abortion restrictions they hope might reach the Supreme Court and win approval from its conservative majority, overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a nationwide right to abortion. A sweeping ban already has been signed into law in South Carolina, only to be swiftly blocked by a lawsuit from abortion-rights groups. Arkansas' governor signed another ban this past week. A batch of other near-total bans also were blocked in the courts after their passage in 2019. It's not clear if or when the Supreme Court might consider any of them or take some other path. The court could weaken Roe with approval of less drastic restrictions or even leave the core of the 1973 ruling in place.

 

Pope Takes on Mafia (Newsmax) Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to fight organized crime groups such as the mafia around the world, warning that the criminals were using the COVID-19 pandemic to further enrich themselves. In December, the Paris-based Interpol police co-ordination issued a global alert warning that organized criminal networks were targeting COVID-19 vaccines. In March, South African police seized hundreds of fake vaccines and arrested four suspects. "Mafias are present in various part of the world and, taking advantage of the pandemic, they are enriching themselves through corruption," Francis said, speaking at his Sunday noon address on the day Italy remembers victims of organized crime. Italian police say crime clans are using the pandemic to buy favor with poor families facing financial ruin, offering loans and food. Mob loan sharks demanding exorbitant interest rates are bailing out businesses hit by the pandemic, police say. "These structures of sin, mafia structures, are against the gospel and mistake idolatry for faith," the pope added.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

U.S. Waking Up to Fact of China Cold War (Newsmax) The Chinese have been "in a cold war" with the United States for decades, but after the heated meetings in Anchorage between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi, and their delegations, "we're now finally waking up to the fact," former Trump administration deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland told Newsmax TV Saturday.  "The Chinese came to that meeting, and they laid down the law," said McFarland on Newsmax TV's "The Count." "They told them this is what we expect. This is what we want you to do, America ... this is not open for negotiation, and we'll talk to your negotiators about the other things."

 

Eruption of Iceland Volcano Easing, Not Affecting Flights (Newsmax) The eruption of a long-dormant volcano that sent streams of lava flowing across a small valley in southwestern Iceland is easing and shouldn’t interfere with air travel, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said Saturday. The fissure eruption began at around 8:45 p.m. Friday in the Geldinga Valley, about 20 miles southwest of the capital, Reykjavik, the Met Office said. The eruption is “minor” and there were no signs of ash or dust that could disrupt aviation, the agency said. “The more we see, the smaller this eruption gets,” geophysicist Pall Einarsson told The Associated Press on Saturday after monitoring the volcano throughout the night. This southwestern corner of Iceland is the most heavily populated part of the country. The Department of Emergency Management said it doesn’t anticipate evacuations, unless levels of volcanic gases rise significantly. Keflavik Airport, Iceland’s international air traffic hub, said flights have remained on schedule since the eruption began. “There is no indication of production of ash and tephra, and there is no imminent hazard for aviation,” the Met Office said on its website. In 2010, an eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland sent clouds of ash and dust into the atmosphere, interrupting air travel between Europe and North America because of concerns the material could damage jet engines. More than 100,000 flights were grounded, stranding millions of passengers.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Israel Among World’s Biggest Arms Exporters; Counts up to 90 Nuclear Weapons (CUFI) Israel is ranked among the world’s top ten arms exporters during the past five years and has an estimated 90 operational nuclear weapons, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published Monday. The report said Israel was the eighth largest arms exporter during the 2016–2020 period. Its arms exports, which accounted for 3% of the global total, jumped by 59% from the prior five-year period. Meanwhile, data showed that international arms sales leveled off during the reported period after years of sharp growth. At the same time, the biggest increase of 25% in arms imports was registered in Middle Eastern countries.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Biden Locks Out Media, Welcomes Illegals (Newsmax) How bad is the southern border immigration crisis for the Biden administration? Apparently bad enough for Biden's border forces to shut out photojournalists and force them to take pictures of the U.S. border from Mexico. Meanwhile, the administration is allowing migrants to stream in, out of view of media. Getty Images photojournalist John Moore tweeted with photos of the U.S. border from Mexico: "I respectfully ask US Customs and Border Protection to stop blocking media access to their border operations. I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama and Trump but now – zero access is granted to media." "There's no modern precedent for a full physical ban on media access to CBP border operations. To those who might say, cut them some slack – they are dealing with a situation, I'd say that showing the US response to the current immigrant surge is exactly the media’s role." Multiple outlets have reported on the contrast between the Trump administration – which wanted to highlight the mass migration crisis at the border – and the Biden administration's downplaying it as a mere challenge and refusing to use the term "crisis," while locking out photographers and cameras.

 

Lawmakers Describe 'Dire' Escalating Border Situation (Newsmax) Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are warning that the growing numbers of migrant children and their families who are filling holding facilities on the nation's border with Mexico are facing a dire situation, while record numbers of people are being apprehended while trying to enter the country. Department of Homeland Security officials, along with Democrat and Republican lawmakers, toured the El Paso, Texas, sector at the border Friday, where they said they saw hundreds of children who were packed into open rooms while even more families kept coming across the border at night, reports The Washington Post. Meanwhile, conditions are said to be worse in the Rio Grande Valley, court-appointed monitor Paul Wise told U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles on Friday, when he spoke on the conditions migrant children are facing. He said he saw "significant overcrowding" in the facilities in Donna, Texas, and at Border Patrol stations, and that he also had visited emergency intake centers in Midland, Texas, and Dallas on Friday. Friday, CBP requested airplanes to take migrants to states near the Canadian border, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and an email The Post reviewed.

 

Biden Spends $86 Million in Hotel Rooms for Illegal Aliens (Newsmax) Some migrant families arriving in the United States will be housed in hotels under a new program managed by nonprofit organizations, according to two people familiar with the plans, a move away from for-profit detention centers that have been criticized by Democrats and health experts. Endeavors, a San Antonio-based organization, will oversee what it calls "family reception sites" at hotels in Texas and Arizona, the two sources said. The organization, in partnership with other nonprofits, will initially provide beds in seven different brand-name hotels for families deemed vulnerable when caught at the border. Tae Johnson, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said the agency had signed a short-term, $86.9 million contract with Endeavors to provide temporary shelter and processing services for migrant families. The contract provides 1,239 beds and other necessary services, he said in a statement.

 

Newt Gingrich: Pelosi's 'Machine-Like House' Votes as 'Robots' (Newsmax) With little margin of error, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is forcing the leftist agenda through without taking her own Democrats into consideration, according to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "They have a five-vote margin, and basically they're saying to their members, 'You don't have to read anything; you don't have to know what's in it; you don't have to have any hearings; you can't offer any amendments; all you need know is to show up and vote yes,'" Gingrich told Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on WABC 770 AM-N.Y. "It is the most machine-like House I can remember going back to Joe Cannon in around 1905." Gingrich denounced the "total collapse of the legislative process," adding Pelosi Democrats are serving as voting "robots."

 

Miami Sets Earlier Curfew After Spring Break Crowds, Fights (Newsmax) Officials are imposing an emergency 8 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew for Miami Beach, effective immediately after hard-partying spring break crowds trashed restaurants, brawled in the streets and gathered by the thousands without masks or social distancing, according to authorities. At a news conference, officials blamed overwhelming and out-of-control spring break crowds for the curfew, which was taking effect Saturday night in South Beach, one of the nation's top party spots. Tourists and hotel guests are being told to stay indoors during curfew hours. It's unclear how long the curfew will remain in effect, but Interim City Manager Raul Aguila told the Miami Herald that he recommends keeping the rules in place through at least April 12. A countywide midnight curfew was already in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “These crowds are in the thousands,” Aguila said. “We’re at capacity.” No pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed to enter the restricted area after 8 p.m. and all businesses in the vicinity must close, Aguila said, reading from a statement released by the city.

 

Federal Judge Accuses New York Times, Washington Post of ‘Shocking’ Bias Against Republicans (Newsmax) Judge Laurence Silberman accused the New York Times and Washington Post of being “Democratic Party broadsheets” in a dissenting opinion on Friday. Washington, DC, federal appellate judge Laurence Silberman accused the New York Times and Washington Post, and to some extent the Wall Street Journal, of being mouthpieces for “rather shocking” bias against the Republican Party in a written opinion on Friday. “The orientation of these three papers is followed by The Associated Press and most large papers across the country (such as the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and Boston Globe),” he said in the opinion. “Nearly all television—network and cable—is a Democratic Party trumpet. Even the government-supported National Public Radio follows along.” Further, Judge Silberman wrote that Silicon Valley “also has an enormous influence over the distribution of news,” which “similarly filters news delivery in ways favorable to the Democratic Party.”

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

South Carolina Democrat Introduces Bill Preventing Minors from Receiving Gender Reassignment Surgery (Christian Headlines) Democratic Rep. Cezar McKnight of South Carolina recently introduced legislation that would forbid minors from undergoing gender reassignment surgery. The bill, titled the South Carolina Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, states that minors, persons under the age of 18, are banned from getting transgender surgeries and from receiving puberty blockers and hormone treatments. Violations of the proposed law, such as doctors performing surgery on a minor, can face up to 20 years in prison. According to the Washington Examiner, 23 Republicans joined McKnight on the legislation. Meanwhile, the South Carolina Democratic Party opposed the bill and approved a resolution stating that they condemn “this outrageous bill — and its Democratic supporters — in the strongest possible terms.” In a recent interview, McKnight explained his introduction of the bill was due to parents who agree that minors should not be receiving those kinds of surgeries, The Daily Wire reports.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/21/21

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1617 - Pocahontas, who died just before she was to begin her return voyage to Virginia, is buried in Gravesend, England.

 

1788 - A fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans, ruining most of the city.

 

1790 - Thomas Jefferson takes office as America’s first secretary of state.

 

1963 - Alcatraz, the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, closes.

 

1980 - President Jimmy Carter announces the United States will boycott the Moscow Olympics in response to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Missouri Police Officer Hailed as Hero After Saving Elderly Couple from Fire (Breitbart) A Missouri police officer is being praised for his heroic actions after he saved an elderly couple from a house fire. St. Charles County Officer Scott Ronald, who has been serving as an officer for 11 years, received a call from the dispatcher saying two elderly, disabled people were trapped in a home that was on fire. “I was literally a block away, and it was just one of those calls where you’re preparing yourself mentally, immediately,” Ronald told KTVI. When Ronald arrived, the residents’ granddaughter was outside the burning home and told him her two grandparents were trapped inside. “Everything inside was covered in smoke. There were flames everywhere inside,” Ronald said. “I found an elderly female lying on a bed. She couldn’t walk, she couldn’t move, she had no idea why I was in there; and I also found an elderly male in the back room. I carried her and I also guided her through.” Ronald fought his way through the smoke to bring the woman to safety. Another officer rescued the man. No injuries were reported. Ronald said he never thought about waiting for firefighters and knew he needed to act immediately to save the lives of the couple in the house. After the rescue, the Cottleville Fire Protection District arrived to put out the fire. The fire department later honored Ronald’s actions in a Facebook post. “To Officer Ronald, Officer Wilson, and all those that responded to this fire, THANK YOU for your dedication to our community,” Cottleville Fire Protection District wrote. Ronald was not the only hero who went out of his way to save someone from a fire this week. A 70-year-old U.S. Marine Corps. veteran in Pennsylvania rushed into a burning building on Monday morning to save his neighbor.

 

‘Hero’ Farm Dog Sounded Alarm on Fire at Historic Natick Barn (CBS) — A farm dog is being called a hero for alerting humans to a fire at a barn built more than 200 years ago in Natick. Crews responded to the Natick Community Organic Farm on Eliot Street just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. In a Facebook post, the farm said, “our beloved barn has burned to the ground,” and three sows and 13 piglets died. But no people were hurt, and the farm is thanking Eddy the dog for taking quick action. “She was so scared when she got here. But she loves the farm and clearly wants to take care of it,” said Abby Biser of the Natick Organic Farm. “Now she’s not only my love, but my hero.” The farm also thanked Natick firefighters for coming to the rescue, and farm workers who were able to move vehicles out of the fire’s reach. The farm will be closed until Monday while the cause of the fire is investigated.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

High School Coach Who Was Fired for Praying Loses in Court (CBN) A high school football coach who was fired for praying with his players has suffered another courtroom loss. In a unanimous panel opinion, three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Coach Joe Kennedy's 50-yard-line post-game prayers were a violation of the Constitution's establishment clause. Judge Milan Smith writes, "Kennedy's attempts to draw nationwide attention to his challenge to the district showed that he was not engaging in private prayer. Instead, he was engaging in public speech of an overtly religious nature while performing his job duties." In 2019, the former Bremerton, Washington high school coach told CBN News why he was fighting the district. "Praying, I can do anywhere. The Christian side of me is like you don’t take away my faith. Prayer makes no difference where you do it. But the Marine in me? It was like, yeah, I will fight for the Constitution and everybody’s rights. It means something to me. I got blood in that game," Coach Kennedy said. Kennedy's lawyers say they plan to appeal, calling the decision "wrong" and contradictory to the Constitution. "Banning coaches from praying just because they can be seen is wrong and contradicts the Constitution," said Mike Berry, First Liberty Institute's General Counsel. "Today's opinion threatens the rights of millions of Americans who simply want to be able to freely exercise their faith without fear of losing their job.  We plan to appeal, and we hope the Supreme Court will right this wrong. This fight is far from over."

 

Only 77 Percent of Protestant Pastors Believe it's 'Morally Wrong' to Change Genders (Christian Headlines) An overwhelming majority of evangelical pastors believe it is morally wrong for an individual to change genders, according to a new Lifeway Research survey that revealed a divide on the issue among various Protestant traditions. The poll of 1,007 Protestant pastors found that evangelical pastors are more than twice as likely to agree that it is “morally wrong to change the gender you were born with through surgery or taking hormones.” A full 90 percent of evangelical pastors but only 37 percent of mainline pastors agreed with the statement. Among all Protestant pastors, 77 percent believe it is morally wrong to change genders through surgery or taking hormones.

 

 

Mike Pompeo to Be 2021 Commencement Speaker at Regent University (CBN) Regent University has announced former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as the keynote speaker for its 41st commencement ceremony on May 8, 2021. Secretary Pompeo served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and as the 70th United States Secretary of State. "We are thrilled to welcome Secretary Mike Pompeo to Regent University," said Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, founder, chancellor and CEO of Regent. "It is indeed a distinct honor that our graduates will receive a keynote address from such an exemplary American leader, diplomat, businessman, and attorney." Secretary Pompeo is a highly distinguished and respected leader who has championed military, national security, and foreign policy throughout his career. He is also a man of deep and abiding faith.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

China Humiliates Biden Diplomats at Alaska Meeting (Breitbart) The Biden administration faced its first China test this week and flunked it. Secretary of State Antony Blinken began the meeting by lecturing China that its action in Xinjiang and Hong Kong were “threatening the rules-based order that maintains global stability.” China responded by immediately breaking the rules of the very meeting—in which opening remarks were supposed to be limited to two minutes—to launch into a lengthy harangue about America's "human rights violations" and racism. Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi engaged in an 18-minute tirade against the U.S. moral standing in the world. "China has made steady progress in human rights, and the fact is that there are many problems within the United States regarding human rights, which is admitted by the U.S. itself as well," Yang said. All this would be humiliating enough, but team Biden made it even worse by not standing up for the United States against China's outrageous accusations. In fact, Blinken's people agreed to the premise that America is a deeply flawed country that needs to be made "more perfect" through progressive policy.

 

Laos Gives Chinese Firm 25-Year Concession to Manage Power Grid (Breitbart) China will control Laos’s electricity grid for the next quarter-century according to a concession agreement the Laotian government signed with a majority Chinese-owned power company revealed this week. The company, Électricité du Laos Transmission Company Ltd. (EDLT), formed on September 1 after Électricité du Laos and China Southern Power Grid Company signed a shareholding agreement giving China Southern a majority of shares in the new corporate entity. Laos said at the time that handing China a majority of shares in EDLT was necessary while Électricité du Laos grappled with immense debt.

 

Lebanon's Economic Meltdown, Fear of Chaos Push Army to the Edge (UPI) -- The Lebanese Army, which has been playing a critical role in maintaining stability since the country's worst crisis broke out 18 months ago, is facing the growing challenge of surviving a rapidly deteriorating economy, resisting political pressures, containing a looming security chaos and avoiding collapse. The 80,000-member army is suffering like the rest of the population, but its commander, Gen. Joseph Aoun, has his own concerns and fears. In unusually blunt comments March 8, he criticized the ruling political leaders for doing practically nothing to rescue the country, which has resulted in discontent and growing malaise within the military institution.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

‘Iron Sting’: Israel Completes Testing of ‘Groundbreaking’ Laser-Guided Mortar (Worthy News) – A new laser-guided mortar completed trials and will bring greater firepower to smaller units while reducing collateral damage to noncombatants due to its high levels of accuracy, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Sunday. The Iron Sting 120mm mortar was developed by the ministry along with the Israel Defense Forces and Elbit Systems and, following the successful completion of the tests in the south of the country, is set to be delivered to the army. Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in the statement that Israeli industry provides the IDF with technology “that changes the combat arena and gives us more lethal, accurate, and effective means.”

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Biden Stumbles Several Times Going Up Air Force One Stairs (Newsmax) Joe Biden stumbled several times while walking quickly up the stairs of Air Force One as the plane idled at Joint Base Andrews on Friday. Video shows Biden, 78, stumbled twice halfway up the stairs before tripping and dropping to one knee. The president stood and appeared to dust off his knee before reaching the top of the stairs. He then gave a quick salute and entered the plane. Biden, following his fall, was "doing fine. He is doing just great," deputy press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters about Biden's stumbles, reports Reuters. She said he was "100 percent."

 

8th Woman Accuses Gov. Cuomo of Harassment (Newsmax) An eighth woman has come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, reports The New York Times. Alyssa McGrath, 33, a current aide who works for Cuomo, said the governor once looked down her shirt and told her she was “beautiful” in Italian. She said he also engaged in flirtatious behavior. McGrath is the first current aide to speak in public about the allegations. Another current female aide, McGrath’s co-worker, says Cuomo groped her in the governor’s residence. The Times Union of Albany reported that the woman, who it did not name, was alone with Cuomo late last year when he closed the door, reached under her shirt and fondled her.

 

States Sue Biden Over Keystone XL Order: Thousands of Jobs 'Out the Window' (CBN) Despite being on the tail end of a year-long pandemic that wreaked havoc on businesses around the nation, one of President Biden’s first moves after taking office was an executive order revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, Biden faces a lawsuit from multiple states and led by Montana and Texas, primarily. The other 19 states joining in include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The lawsuit alleges Biden’s order, which came on the first day of his presidency, exceeded his Constitutional authority under the Administrative Procedures Act. The move was met with plenty of criticism at the time of the order, including from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose office released a statement saying “The prime minister raised Canada’s disappointment with the United States’ decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. The prime minister underscored the important economic and energy security benefits of our bilateral energy relationship as well as his support for energy workers.”

 

Capitol Outer Fencing to Be Removed This Weekend (Newsmax) De-escalation of the security perimeter around the Capitol will continue this weekend with the removal of the outer fence surrounding the complex. Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy P. Blodgett emailed Congressional members and staff to say Independence and Constitution avenues will be open for traffic by Monday, per Roll Call. The inner layer of fencing will remain around the Capitol Square area while the Architect of the Capitol makes security repairs to the building. Capitol Police reported "there does not exist a known, credible threat against Congress or the Capitol Complex that warrants the temporary security fencing," Blodgett said in his email. Police and the AOC began scaling back the fencing earlier in the week. As of late Friday, razor wire had been removed from both outer and inner fences, and the latter was moved closer to the Capitol.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Biden to Spend Billions on Sex Changes for Transgender Troops (Newsmax) President Biden is directing the Pentagon to pay for sex-change surgery for transgender troops. That will likely cost billions of dollars at a time when federal spending is already out of control and our country's national debt is already far bigger than our economy. Biden is doing so even though sex changes often fail to make transgender people happy, as some admit. The suicide rate of transgender people actually rises after they get sex changes, notes the Heritage Foundation.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Americans Ignore CDC Guidelines to Check into Hotels and Fly on Airplanes (Breitbart) Americans are not waiting for permission to travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still advise against travel but data from March shows Americans are springing ahead with travel plans.

 

U.S. Box Office Cratered 80 Percent in 2020 (Breitbart) Thanks to the nationwide coronavirus closures and lockdowns in major movie markets from New York City to Los Angeles, the U.S. movie box office take crashed 80 percent last year, according to a new report by the Motion Picture Association. The research found that the box office earnings fell to $2.2 billion in 2020, down 80 percent from 2019’s $11.4 billion.

 

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/20/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1816 - The U.S. Supreme Court affirms its right to review the decisions of state courts.

 

1922 - The USS Langley, converted from the collier USS Jupiter, is commissioned as the first U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

 

1942 - In Australia, General Douglas MacArthur pledges to fight his way back to the Japanese-controlled Philippines, declaring “I shall return.”

 

2003 - One day after an air attack, a coalition of troops comprised mainly of U.S. and British forces invades Iraq, quickly overwhelming Saddam Hussein’s army.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Town Surprises UPS Driver With $1,000 to Thank Him for Being Essential During Pandemic (Good News) Every Christmas season, delivery drivers can count on being slammed, but with the pandemic causing huge spikes in online ordering, it seems the holiday season never ends. A brown-uniformed UPS driver in Dauphin, Pennsylvania, has been meeting this challenge every day with good cheer and a sense of determination, often going out of his way to make sure the packages in his care arrived on time. To reward Chad Turns for his extraordinary work ethic, citizens all along his route in the tight-knit community pitched-in to produce a special delivery of their own. “The whole town has had personal experience with Chad,” Dauphin resident Adam Shickley told CNN. “He once thought a package was a gift and there was a picture on the front. My kids were playing outside so he waited until his shift was done and came back to make sure they didn’t see it.” Shickley’s wife, Jenny, echoed her husband’s sentiments. “On Facebook, another friend mentioned there was a package that needed signing and they weren’t home,” she told TODAY. “Chad was nervous that it was important, so he went to their parents’ house to get it signed for them.” To honor his unflagging dedication, Jenny, organized a ‘Thank you, Chad’ fundraiser. Her original goal of $500 quickly required a bigger package when more than $1,000 flowed in. She also drafted one of his UPS coworkers in a secret plan involving a fictional end-of-day pickup at a municipal building. When Chad arrived, instead of a package, he found a group of people waving thank-you signs, a big handmade autographed card, and probably a lot of smiles beneath the face masks. Together, they presented him with $1,000.

 

Elderly, Disabled SAHA Residents Reward Worker for Help During Winter Freeze (MSN) When Sandra Longoria previously checked in on residents at the Pin Oak Apartments on the Northwest Side there were about 5 inches of snow and ice on the ground. Power and water had been knocked out citywide, including at the San Antonio Housing Authority complex. “Hello?” Longoria said to a tenant after she knocked at the door during a post storm check-up. “How are you doing? I'm just checking in on you to make sure everything is alright." Longoria was nominated for her selflessness during the winter freeze. The SAHA worker went door-to-door to check in on tenants at the apartment complex, many whom had no ability to leave their home. (SBG San Antonio) SAHA’s client service specialist went door-to-door in the frigid weather last month and brought bottled water to people in 72 units. She spent hours on her feet and fought back frostbite from snow-soaked socks. It was all in an effort to ensure the sick, elderly and disabled who live here had the help they needed. “I was just shocked to see her there to be honest with you," Darlene, an elderly resident explained. Tiffany Stone said she “felt her good heart” when Longoria stopped by to check on her well-being. She felt like someone cared during one of the scariest times of her life. That's why she nominated her for the CASH FOR KINDNESS award. “What would we do if we had nobody like her?” Stone asked.  “Some of us be messed up." The surprise unfolded at the apartment complex's event room. Longoria had no idea Fox San Antonio’s Ryan Wolf was there. “Hello there!” Wolf said when she entered the room. “I'm Ryan from Fox San Antonio. Do you have any idea why we're here? “She played me!” Longoria jokingly said as she stared at Stone. “She did.” “It's not a St. Patrick's Day party,” Stone said with a big smile. “It's a Sandra party." And everyone here was ready to celebrate -- her kindness. “On top of what you did for us during the winter storm, and came out of your way for us, we really appreciate you," Stone told her with tears in her eyes. Longoria shared how her own family suffered during the freeze. She explained how the temperature inside her home her was bone-chilling 20 degrees. Despite the personal hardship, she knew in her heart, Longoria said, that her extended family at the complex needed her to be there.  People who live at the complex said her actions likely saved lives. “It really didn't matter what I was feeling at the time, cold or anything, it was about them,” Longoria shared. “And, that we want them to know that we're here for them no matter what. You know, and that's why, you know, all my residents, to me, it's like, it's like a family." That selfless attitude earned her a reward in the form of cash. Wolf handed her a stack of $100 bills on behalf of Fox San Antonio. “$100, $200, $300, $400, $500,” she counted. Longoria wiped tears from her eyes and said “thank you” to Stone before she walked over to her gave her a hug. “Oh, she, she got me,” Longoria laughed while they embraced. “She got me good. I love you.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

57 Black Christian Leaders Send Open Letter to Senate Committee Warning against the Equality Act (Christian Headlines) About 57 pastors of color across the U.S. have signed an open letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary urging them to oppose the Equality Act. The letter was issued on behalf of the AND Campaign, a Christian coalition that educates and organizes Christians for civic and cultural engagement. We are writing to express our support and appreciation for the efforts to more fully provide the LGBT community with civil and human rights protections,” the letter began. “For far too long, this community has endured mistreatment in American society, including within parts of the church. We regret and lament our collective misdeeds and omissions in that regard. “While we maintain the historic Christian sexual ethic, we want to clearly state our support for federal protections for LGBT persons in employment, housing and the like. We’re committed to embracing and advocating for those safeguards.” However, regarding the Equality Act, the leaders contended that the legislation falls short of “the standard necessary to cultivate a healthy pluralistic society.” While “certain provisions” are upheld, they do not believe that the Equality Act, as a whole, provides “thoughtful and civic dialogue or a transparent policy-making process.” The pastors also noted that the legislation was “not discussed in detail” with a variety of faith leaders who will “bear the brunt of its excesses”, including people of Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist, and Muslim faiths. “We can defend the rights of the LGBT community without threatening religious communities,” they asserted.

 

Government Drops Charges Against Jailed Canadian Pastor (CBN) The Canadian pastor imprisoned for violating COVID-19 mandates put in place by the government will likely be released from jail this week, his attorneys announced Wednesday. GraceLife Church Pastor James Coates has been behind bars since Feb. 16, when he was arrested by officers with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for holding in-person worship services in violation of Edmonton, Alberta, health orders demanding he limit attendance to just 15% of the facility’s total capacity. Attorneys with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Rights, which is representing Coates, announced prosecutors “have agreed to withdraw all but one of the Public Health Act offenses that Pastor James Coates has been charged with.” The organization noted Coates will be released from jail “without any conditions,” a change from mid-February when the minister refused to sign a bail condition that required him to stop preaching unless he came into compliance with all government edicts. At the time Coates’ bail was denied, Alberta Court of Queens, Bench Justice Peter Michalyshyn said the decision was “necessary” and “justified” because the pastor is “bound by the rule of law” and his “refusal to the condition of release and multiple noncompliance with the stated intent to continue concerns public safety.” The Justice Centre will defend Coates on the one remaining charge against him, arguing the public health order violates his constitutional rights. The charge centers on the 15% capacity limit.

 

Pope Francis Calls for ‘New World Order’ After the Pandemic (Breitbart) Pope Francis insists in a new book that things will never be the same in a post-pandemic world, calling instead for the establishment of a “new world order.” In a book-length interview with journalist Domenico Agasso titled God and the World to Come, scheduled for release in Italian on Tuesday, the pontiff reiterates his case for the Great Reset with a shift away from financial speculation, fossil fuels, and military build-up toward a green economy based on inclusiveness.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Putin Challenges Biden to Live Public Discussion; Medvedev Questions His Age and State of Health (CNS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has challenged President Biden to take part in an urgent livestreamed dialogue amid a diplomatic chill following Biden’s portrayal of the Russian president as a “killer.” Putin says he’s available on Friday or Monday, although the White House gave no indication it was interested in taking up the invitation. Meanwhile Dmitry Medvedev, who as Russian president had dealings with then-Vice President Biden during the Obama administration, suggested that the remark which sparked the spat could be attributed to Biden’s age and state of health. Asked during an ABC News interview aired on Wednesday if he thought Putin was a killer, Biden replied, “I do.”

 

Pompeo Hits Biden Over ‘Childish’ Exchange with Putin (Newsmax) The back and forth between Russia and the United States after President Joe Biden said in an interview this week that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin to be a "killer" "all seemed a bit childish," former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. But if Biden and his administration would "put America first" and back up "language with real deeds and not just rhetoric and name-calling, you are seemingly far more likely to be successful," said Pompeo on Fox News' "America Reports."

 

Report: WHO Granted China Authority to Veto Scientists on Wuhan Mission (Worthy News) – The Chinese government maintained tight control of a World Health Organization investigation in Wuhan into the origins of the coronavirus, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, which said that Beijing was granted veto power over which scientists were allowed to take part in the mission. According to the Journal, the constraints placed on the WHO team rendered the scientists unable to conduct a thorough investigation into the virus’ origins. A team of more than a dozen scientists, including one American, visited Wuhan last month, where they met with Chinese authorities and scientists to figure out how the coronavirus first infected humans.

 

Dutch Prime Minister Rutte Wins Election (Worthy News) – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was heading towards a fourth term in office as one of Europe’s longest-serving leaders in elections overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. First official results and exit polls suggested his liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, or VVD, would win 36 seats, up from 33 in the last election, of the 150 seats in the lower house of parliament.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Syria says Israel Targeted Damascus Area in Airstrikes (Worthy News) – Syria’s official SANA news agency said Tuesday evening that Israel carried out airstrikes on targets in the Damascus area and southern Syria, Israel National News (INN) reports. In its report, SANA said Syria’s air defense systems had been activated due to “Israeli aggression,” and that several missiles had been intercepted. Tuesday’s report follows a similar report last month, in which Syrian media said Israeli fighter jets had attacked Iranian targets near Damascus, INN said. This attack appeared to be retaliation for the shelling of an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman, which had been attributed to Iran. In late January, too, Syrian media outlets reported an Israeli airstrike in Hama, INN reports. According to a Syrian military source, this attack had come from the direction of Tripoli in Lebanon; the source said most of the missiles were intercepted. Although Israel rarely confirms or denies the attacks, it has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked targets in Syria, including facilities connected to Iran, and weapons convoys directed to Lebanon’s Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah. The Israeli government considers the entrenchment in Syria of Iran-backed militia close to Israel’s northern border to be a major threat to Israel’s security: the Iranian regime has repeatedly and publicly called for the destruction of Israel.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Sen. Ted Cruz: HR-1 Is 'Single Most Dangerous Piece of Legislation Before Congress' (CNS) HR-1, the "For the People Act," should be called "The Corrupt Politicians Act," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday. The bill is a cherished part of the Democrats' leftist agenda because it would allow greater federal control of elections and make COVID-induced changes -- such as universal mail-in ballots -- a permanent feature of the electoral landscape. "It is the single most dangerous piece of legislation before Congress -- what I call HR-1 is the corrupt politicians act," Sen. Cruz told Fox News: “HR-1 was the very first bill the Pelosi Democrats took up at the House. It's the number one bill. It's not about COVID, it's not about vaccinations. It's not about getting people back to work. It's not about getting kids back to school. It’s about ensuring that Democrats remain in power and control for the next 100 years. It is a radical bill. What does it do? It federalizes all elections; it strikes down every election reform protection at the state level. So, photo ID laws -- right now in a lot of states, you’ve got to use photo ID to vote. The corrupt politicians act strikes that down. It sets up automatic voter registration, which would result in millions of illegal immigrants and criminals and felons being able to vote. The Democrats believe if illegal immigrants and felons are voting that that benefits the Democrats and keeps them in power. It not only has that, it mandates universal mail-in balloting. It mandates ballot harvesting. This is all designed to facilitate fraud. It is also welfare for politicians. For every dollar they raise, they get $6 of taxpayer money. It is all about keeping Democrats in power. And the threat is to take away your right to vote by allowing millions of illegal immigrants and felons to vote I think it is a profound threat to our democracy and to our republic.”

 

McConnell: Dem’s H.R. 1 Bans Voter I.D., But Makes Ballot Harvesting Mandatory (CNS) “Democrats are pitching a massive takeover of all 50 states’ election laws” that would put local elections in the hands of Democrat D.C. lawyers, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Thursday.  “You don’t often see hypocrisy this blatant, this shameless, so quickly,” McConnell said in a Senate floor speech denouncing Democrats’ efforts to both enact radical election overhaul via H.R. 1 – while at the same time attempting to overturn the certified results of a Republican congressional win in Iowa.

 

House Passes 'Dreamers' Bill (Newsmax) The House voted Thursday to unlatch a gateway to citizenship for young Dreamers and immigrants who have fled war or natural disasters abroad, giving Democrats a win in the year’s first vote on an issue that once again faces a steep uphill climb in Congress. On a near party-line 228-197 vote, lawmakers approved one bill offering legal status to around 2 million Dreamers, brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and hundreds of thousands of other migrants from a dozen troubled countries.

 

Ford to Offshore $900M Plant Investment from Ohio to Mexico (Breitbart) The Ford Motor Company, a multinational automaker, is reportedly planning to move a $900 million investment originally intended for an Avon Lake, Ohio plant to a site in Mexico, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union alleges. In a letter to Ohio Assembly Plant (OHAP) employees in Avon Lake, where Ford employs about 1,740 workers manufacturing its F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks, UAW official Gerald Kariem said Ford had committed to investing $900 million in the project in 2019. The massive investment, Kariem wrote to workers, included a Ford commitment to bring a “next-generation product” to the Ohio Assembly Plant for production by 2023 and an “exciting vision for the complete revitalization” of the plant to secure “employment well into the foreseeable future.” “These contractual commitments were an enormous win for the UAW, for the great state of Ohio, the community of Avon Lake, and most importantly the members of Local 2000,” Kariem wrote. Now, though, the UAW official says Ford executives are backing out of the deal and plan to move the investment to Mexico. Despite Ford’s deep-rooted history in the United States, founded by Henry Ford in 1903, the automaker now has more plants abroad than it does in the U.S. For instance, of Ford’s 36 assembly plants, just eight of them are in the U.S.

 

Rand Paul Slams Fauci: ‘You’ve Been Vaccinated and You Parade Around in Two Masks for Show’ (CNS) “You’re making policy based on conjecture,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a physician, told President Joe Biden’s science advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Thursday at a Senate hearing on COVID-19 response. Sen. Paul repeatedly asked Dr. Fauci to cite any evidence that people who have been vaccinated against the virus still need to wear a mask because they’re still at risk of contracting the virus again. Dr. Fauci did not respond, other than to say that the threat of presumed “variants” of the virus might still possibly be able to infect the vaccinated. Sen. Paul said Fauci, who has been vaccinated, was going out in public wearing two masks simply “for show”

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Canadian Man Jailed After ‘Misgendering’ His Daughter (Breitbart) A Canadian father has been arrested for “misgendering” his own 14-year-old child by calling her his “daughter,” and referring to her with the pronouns “she” and “her.” Robert Hoogland — the father of a 14-year-old biological female who identifies as transgender and prefers male pronouns — was found in contempt of court and jailed on Tuesday after repeatedly calling his child his “daughter,” despite the court forbidding it, according to a report by the Post Millennial.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Biden Loaning AstraZeneca Vaccine to Mexico (CNS) The Biden administration is planning to “loan” millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 - which has yet to be approved by the FDA in the United States but has been approved for use overseas – to Mexico. Out of the 7 million “releasable doses” that the U.S. has on hand, 2.5 million will go to Mexico, and 1.5 million to Canada. At the same time, President Joe Biden is in talks with Mexico about helping with the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Solar Power Saw Record Year in 2020 (Newsmax) U.S. solar generating capacity saw record growth in 2020 even though the COVID-19 pandemic stalled many projects, according to industry data released Tuesday. Installations rose 43% last year to 19.2 gigawatt (GW), an annual record for the industry.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/19/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1831 - Edward Smith steals $245,000 from the City Bank in downtown New York, the first recorded bank robbery in American history.

 

1916 - The first U.S. air combat mission begins as the First Aero Squadron takes off from Columbus, New Mexico, in an expedition to catch Pancho Villa.

 

1952 - The one millionth Jeep, originally produced as a “general purpose” vehicle for the U.S. Army, is manufactured.

 

1979 - The U.S. House begins televising its day-to-day business on C-SPAN.

 

2003 - An American-led coalition launches a war against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, with air strikes on Baghdad.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Anonymous Donor Gives Red Cross of South Carolina $1 Million Donation: ‘It’s Not About Me’ (Breitbart) An anonymous benefactor in Charleston recently gave $1 million to the Red Cross of South Carolina, according to a spokesman for the organization. The woman presented the gift during American Red Cross Month that is commemorated every March, spokesman Ben Williamson told WCSC. “I feel a commitment to the Red Cross and feel a level of ownership toward our lifesaving mission. It’s part of my volunteer responsibility to engage and educate people about the work that we do,” the donor explained. “It’s not about me. It’s about them, the people we serve.” The organization made the announcement on its Facebook page Tuesday: “We are thrilled to accept this gift and excited to save even more lives across the Lowcountry and beyond,” Executive Director of Lowcountry South Carolina, Ashley Henyan commented. “On behalf of the communities, families and individuals we serve, I can only say ‘thank you.'” During the month of March, the Red Cross honors those who make its mission possible, which is people across the country helping others in times of crisis, according to its website. “Our Red Cross Month celebration has been an annual tradition since 1943, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation,” the site continued. In 2020, the South Carolina branch and its volunteers responded to over 1,800 home fires and helped more than 5,100 individuals have a safe place to stay, meals, and emotional support. Last week, Gov. Henry McMaster proclaimed March Red Cross month in South Carolina during an event at the State Capitol, the organization said in a press release. “The past year, as we have all faced unprecedented challenges, the Red Cross was there to help those in need every time. Whether it was responding to home fires, opening shelters after storms, or lending a hand to our military,” he stated. “I’m honored to designate the month of March as Red Cross Month, and our state is grateful for its commitment to the people of South Carolina,” the governor concluded.

 

Police Officer Buys, Delivers Birthday Gifts for 7-Year-Old Boy (MSN) A local police officer's kindness and generosity helped a boy to mark his seventh birthday. Carver St. Pierre was unable to celebrate his last two birthdays because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Hopkinton Police said Officer Rob Ekross wanted to make this year special. "Ekross, on his own, purchased a couple of gifts for this ‘future police officer’ and delivered them on his birthday," the department wrote in a Facebook post. The whole department wished Carver a happy birthday and said they look forward to serving with him as an officer in 2035.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

Senate Confirms 'Fanatical' Abortion Supporter Becerra for HHS, 'Radical Activist' Who Sued Nuns (CBN) One of President Biden's most controversial nominees was confirmed today as the new Health and Human Services secretary. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, most well-known for his legal attacks on various pro-life organizations and activists, was confirmed to the HHS post on a straight party-line vote in the Senate: 50 Democrats for, 49 Republicans opposed. Reaction was swift and uniformly negative from the pro-life community. March for Life President Jeanne Mancini charged, "The confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services is alarming given the fact that he has spent his career expanding pro-abortion policies and persecuting pro-life groups and individuals. He has utilized his power as Attorney General of California to punish groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor for their faith as well as the journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood's trafficking in baby body parts." Pro-life activist Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director, said of Becerra, "This man has made it his mission to be a radical activist during his time in office, suing the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are nuns who have taken the vow of chastity, for not providing birth control. He also sued pregnancy centers in California to advertise for abortion, which is directly contrary to their mission. It's not enough for Xavier Becerra to disagree with groups of people - he has demonstrated he wants to obliterate them."

 

'This Is Not a Communist Country': CA Pastor Pleads with Gov. Newsom (CBN) A California pastor's plea with Gov. Gavin Newsom is getting national attention after he recorded a video message asking the governor to reopen churches ahead of Easter Sunday. In a video, Pastor Jack Trieber of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara tells Newsom that congregants have obeyed the state mandates for over a year, but "enough is enough." "Governor Newsom, I implore you to open up our churches Easter Sunday, April 4," Trieber said. "This is Sunday, early in the morning, and we're freezing out here. We're cold. We've been obeying for 366 days, one year and one day. We've shut our church down. We're meeting in the parking lot. We're meeting in open-air meetings and we have tents everywhere." "We need our church open," Trieber added, explaining that the weather has forced church members to sit in their vehicles during the sermon. "We're out here literally freezing in the winter. Through hail this past week, as people sat here, and through rain. And we are very hot in the summer. Yet we have a 3,000-seat auditorium that sits empty." CBN News has previously reported that North Valley Baptist Church is facing financial penalties exceeding $100,000 for initially holding indoor worship services. As the number of fines continued to climb, Pastor Trieber submitted to the state requirements and began holding worship services outdoors. Trieber tells Newsom in the video that congregants have sacrificed many holidays and observances over the past year out of respect to the government and its guidelines. "In addition to Easter, we gave you Mother's Day and Father's Day. We gave you July 4th. We gave you Labor Day. We gave you all the summer, we gave you all the spring, we gave you all of the fall. Enough is enough, sir." Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, a religious liberty law firm, called Newsom's COVID restrictions on churches "unconstitutional." He said the church is incurring "horrendous fees for simply exercising its First Amendment right to worship." In his conclusion, Pastor Trieber asked the governor to permit the church's reopening on Easter Sunday and for attendees to forgo the mask. "Let us worship God. Let us have a choir," he said. "It's hard to believe there's a pastor asking the government if we can open up. This is not a communist country. We have been closed 52 Sundays and we need to get back."   

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

Putin Explodes After Biden ‘Killer’ Claim (Newsmax) Russia called its U.S. ambassador back to Moscow for consultations on Wednesday after Joe Biden described Vladimir Putin as a "killer" who would "pay a price" for election meddling, prompting the first major diplomatic crisis for the new American president. In an interview with ABC News, Biden was asked about a U.S. intelligence report that the Russian leader tried to harm his candidacy in the November 2020 election and promote that of Donald Trump. "He will pay a price," the 78-year-old Biden said. "You'll see shortly." Asked if he thought Putin, who has been accused of ordering the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and other rivals, is a "killer," Biden said: "I do." The comments were aired as the U.S. Commerce Department announced it was toughening export restrictions imposed on Russia earlier this month as punishment for Navalny's poisoning. Russia responded by summoning its envoy home.

 

Putin to Biden on Killer Insult: 'It Takes One to Know One'  (Newsmax) Russian President Vladimir Putin fired back at American counterpart Joe Biden’s accusation that he’s a killer, saying “it takes one to know one” as he insisted the U.S. will have to take Russia’s interests into account despite insults. “I would say to him: I wish you good health,” Putin said Thursday, asked for his response during a televised videoconference celebrating the anniversary of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. He said Moscow would continue to work with Washington in areas of common interest, even as he claimed there were sharp, even biological, differences between Russians and Americans. “Although they think we are the same as them, we are different people, we have a different genetic and cultural-moral code,” Putin said, citing slavery and the U.S. use of nuclear weapons in World War II. “But we know how to defend our own interests, and we will work with them but in those areas in which we are interested and on terms we consider favorable for us. And they will have to reckon with that.” Other Russian officials talked tougher, but there was no immediate indication the Kremlin planned to go beyond its initial response of recalling its ambassador from Washington.

 

N. Korea Nixes Talks (Newsmax) North Korea said Thursday it will ignore a U.S. offer for talks unless it withdraws its hostile policy, days after Washington reached out to Pyongyang in a bid to resume nuclear negotiations. The statement by Choe Son Hui, the first foreign minister, came hours before the U.S. and South Korean foreign and defense chiefs met in Seoul for their first joint talks in five years to discuss North Korea's nuclear program. "What has been heard from the U.S. since the emergence of the new regime is only a lunatic theory of 'threat from North Korea' and groundless rhetoric about 'complete denuclearization,'" Choe said, calling the offer for talks a "time-delaying trick." He reiterated North Korea's position that no "dialogue of any kind" can be possible unless the U.S. rolls back its hostility. "Therefore, we will disregard such an attempt of the U.S. in the future, too," Choe said.

 

Administration Plays Down Warning by Kim Jong Un’s Sister for US Not to Cause a ‘Stink’ (CNS) White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday declined to respond to a warning by the sister of North Korea’s Stalinist dictator for the Biden administration not to cause a “stink” on the Korean peninsula “if it wants to sleep in peace for [the] coming four years.” “We don’t have a direct comment or response to the comments made from North Korea,” Psaki told reporters on Air Force One in Pennsylvania. She added that the security of the region will be on the agenda as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin engage with counterparts in Japan and South Korea, and again when Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan meet in Alaska later this week with senior Chinese officials.

 

Sweden is Latest Country to Stop Using AstraZeneca Vaccine (CBN) Sweden on Tuesday became the latest country to pause use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as European regulators review safety data following reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients. Germany, France, Italy, and Spain were among countries that suspended use of the vaccine on Monday.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

UAE Reportedly Postpones Israel-US Diplomatic Summit (CBN) The United Arab Emirates halted preparations for a diplomatic summit in Abu Dhabi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a top Biden official, according to a Thursday report from the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. The summit was set to take place in April, but it was postponed after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was reportedly angered by Netanyahu’s alleged attempt to use the Gulf State to score political points ahead of Israel’s national election on Tuesday. The report came a day after an Emirati minister rebuffed reports of an attempt by Netanyahu to visit the UAE before the election.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Atlanta Suspect Tells Investigators He Went on Shooting Spree to Eliminate Temptation (CBN) Authorities have charged 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long with eight counts of murder for his alleged role in an Atlanta-area shooting rampage that killed eight people, mostly Asian women, at three separate massage parlors yesterday. Police said Long told them he targeted the businesses because he has a "sex addiction" and wanted to "eliminate" temptation. Investigators said it's too early to determine if the shootings were a hate crime.

 

Border Patrol President: We Are on Pace to Arrest More People in 1 Year Than We Ever Have in CBP History (CNS) The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is on track to arrest more people at the border than they have arrested in the history of the Border Patrol, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said Tuesday. In February, more than 100,000 people were intercepted at the U.S.-Mexico border, including 19,000 family units, 9,500 unaccompanied minors, and 72,000 single adults.

 

COVID-Related Funeral Assistance Program Starts in Early April (CNS) The Democrats recently passed $1.9 trillion stimulus bill provides $50 billion, to remain available into 2025, for FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, which covers costs associated with major disasters, including reimbursement for COVID victims' funeral expenses. Acting FEMA Director Bob Fenton told a House Homeland Security subcommittee on Wednesday he expects funeral assistance to start flowing in April.

 

PRO Act Boosts Unions, Not Workers (Newsmax) Democrats tout the union backed Protecting the Right to Organize or PRO Act as a bill that will protect employees and hold employers accountable if workers' rights are violated. But labor experts warn that the proposal strips away state's "right to work" laws, forces workers to pony up money to unions, and threatens the ability for a person to work as an independent contractor or freelancer. The Democrat-controlled House passed the sweeping labor overhaul 225 to 206, with five Republicans backing the bill and one Democrat opposed. The bill now faces an unlikely path to President Joe Biden's desk as it makes its way to the narrowly divided Senate. Biden has signaled support for its passage both on the campaign trail and since taking the Oval Office.

 

'I'm Opposing Tyranny': CA Restaurant Refuses to Shut Down Even After City Cuts Its Power, Padlocks Its Doors (CBN) A California judge gave the okay for the City of Burbank to disconnect power at a restaurant after the owners chose to remain open despite a court order for their closure. The Los Angeles Superior Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order to Tinhorn Flats on March 8, forcing the restaurant to close until the proper permits were obtained, according to a city news release. However, the restaurant remained opened, and officials arrived last week to cut off their electricity. Tinhorn Flats wrote on Instagram, "This is what it looks like when the government decides you are NOT an essential business. Power has been turned off. WE WILL NOT COMPLY. WE WILL BE OPEN AT 12 NOON. Cash only folks." Now the restaurant is operating with the use of generators and urging locals to support their efforts. A preliminary injunction is scheduled for March 26, where the judge could decide to keep the closure order in place and possibly add further orders while the litigation is pending. And if the restaurant insists on staying open, the city could return to court for additional orders and enforcement. The City of Burbank claims that Tinhorn Flats violated the state and local in-person dining ban last December, leading the city officials to take civil action against them.

 

Newsom Recall Campaign Turns in Signatures to Oust Governor (Newsmax) The leaders of the effort to remove California Governor Gavin Newsom said they have more than enough signatures at the deadline of their campaign, moving the most-populous state closer to its first recall election in almost two decades. Recall backers said Wednesday they have collected at least 2,117,730 signatures as of the 5 p.m. deadline. They need 1.5 million to be valid for the measure to qualify for the ballot. County officials have until April 29 to certify the results of their verification of the names. As of March 8, the Secretary of State had verified 668,168 signatures out of 1.1 million.

 

John Kerry Flies First Class Without Mask (Newsmax) Biden administration "Special Presidential Envoy for Climate" John Kerry was photographed Wednesday without a mask on his flight from Boston to Washington in violation of federal mandates to wear one, the Tennessee Star reported. The photograph, taken by a fellow passenger on the American Airlines flight, shows the 77-year-old Kerry in first class reading a book without a mask, neither eating nor drinking, according to the Star. Fox News confirmed the passenger who provided the photograph was on the flight. They did not disclose his name.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Columbia University Hosting 6 Different ‘Identity’ Graduation Ceremonies Based on Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Etc. (CNS) New York’s Columbia University will hold six different graduation ceremonies for students segregated by sexual identity, race, ethnicity, and income. Non-heterosexual (LGBTQIA+) students may choose to attend a “Lavender” ceremony. Low-income and “first generation” students may attend a separate graduation ceremony. Another ceremony is dedicated to Black students, while three others cater to specific ethnicities. Columbia’s website lists six distinct, virtual “Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies” for: 1. Native, 2. Asian, 3. "Latinx," 4. "First generation and/or low-income community" (“FLI”) 5. Black students at Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, General Studies and Barnard College, and

6. "LGBTQIA+ community" (“Lavender”) graduation.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Rep. Jim Jordan: Biden Rolled Out 'Red Carpet,' Now Says 'Don't Come' (Newsmax) Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio ridiculed President Joe Biden for his “don’t come over” plea to those seeking to cross the southern border illegally on Newsmax TV on Wednesday, mocking him saying he rolled “out the red carpet” and now is expecting them to turn around.

 

IRS Will Delay Tax Filing Due Date until May 17 (CBN) Americans will be getting extra time to prepare their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service says it's delaying the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17. The IRS announced the decision Wednesday and said it would provide further guidance in the coming days. The move provides more breathing room for taxpayers and the IRS alike to cope with changes brought on by the pandemic.

 

Dan Bongino to Take Over Rush Limbaugh Time Slot (Newsmax) Dan Bongino’s new radio show will fill the late Rush Limbaugh time slot. "The Dan Bongino Show" was announced by Cumulus Media’s Westwood One on Wednesday. The news and opinion show is set to launch May 24, and will air 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Monday-Friday. The show will broadcast nationwide.

 

Trump: Gas Prices Going Up ‘Bigger Than a Tax Increase’ (CNS) Gas prices are going up “at a far more rapid rate than anyone’s seen in a long time,” former President Donald Trump said Tuesday, predicting a $1 to $3 increase, which he said is bigger than a tax increase.

 

Trump: 'Supreme Court Should Be Ashamed of Itself' for Rejecting Election Challenges (Newsmax) Former President Donald Trump slammed the Supreme Court for refusing to hear a series of challenges to the 2020 presidential election results, saying the high court "should be ashamed of itself." Trump blamed mail-in voting changes, that he contends were likely illegal, for his loss to President Joe Biden, during a Tuesday interview on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

03/18/21

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

1766 - After months of protests by American colonists, Britain repeals the Stamp Act.

 

1834 - The first railroad tunnel in the United States opens for business, the Staple Bend Tunnel in western Pennsylvania.

 

1837 - Grover Cleveland, the only U.S. president to serve two nonconcurrent terms, is born in Caldwell, New Jersey.

 

1925 - The Tri-State Tornado, the deadliest tornado in U.S. history, kills some seven hundred people in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.

 

 

THE GOOD NEWS FIRST

 

Veteran’s Volunteer-Built Wheelchair Ramp Enables Him to Leave Home for First Time in 2 Years (Breitbart) A disabled Coast Guard veteran can finally experience a taste of freedom outside of his home after two years after volunteers for a California-based nonprofit built him a wheelchair ramp. Chuck Wood, 83, is a Coast Guard veteran who served during the Cold War between 1956 and 1960, but for the past two years, he has been homebound in his Sacramento residence because leaving his home meant going down a set of stairs. “It’s great to go out, get some sun, go check my mail,” Wood told Fox News of how his life has changed since Veterans of All Wars Riders (VAW Riders) volunteers built the ramp outside his home. “It’s been kind of hard because I couldn’t get out of here for two years.” VAW Riders President Richard Randall, 51, who had a father who served in Vietnam, said many organizations turned down Wood’s request for a ramp because the permitting process was complicated and there were other construction issues. “He was not too excited when we showed up,” Randall said of Wood, adding that the 83-year-old veteran was skeptical of those who promised help and failed to deliver on their promises. “I said, ‘Look, Chuck, we’re here. We’re not going nowhere. And if we say we’re going to build you a ramp, we’re going to build you a ramp,’” Randall continued. Wood, who lost one of his legs because of a blood clot, does not belong to any veterans’ associations and expressed disdain at the government’s lack of support for disabled veterans. VAW Riders, which was founded in 2018, helps veterans with grocery delivery, rides back and forth from doctor’s appointments, and wheelchair donations. The group also gave Wood an electric wheelchair as an upgrade from his old wheelchair before the ramp project was completed on February 28. Home Depot donated the necessary materials for the project, which took about a year to complete.

 

Cop Hugs Scared Woman Fleeing from Domestic Dispute After KY Car Chase (Breitbart) A police chase that spanned two counties in Kentucky ended as a terrified woman ended up hugging a police officer leading the pursuit and surrendering to law enforcement peacefully. “A great example of keeping your emotions in check at the end of a pursuit,” the Hodgenville Police Department wrote, praising Chief James Richardson. The pursuit began when the woman, identified as Latrice Curry, was disturbed by a domestic altercation with her husband and fled the residence before the police arrived, the New York Daily News reported. When a deputy followed her, she sped away, sparking a chase Wednesday involving multiple officers. The chase came to an end when the 41-year-old woman pulled over in a Hodgenville parking lot to avoid a potential roadblock. Officers then approach the vehicle with guns drawn, yelling at the woman to get out of her car. But as Richardson moved closer to the vehicle with his gun drawn, his mood suddenly changed. “I got to the driver’s side door and told her to unlock the door. She had her hands up; she was shaking like a leaf. I mean the poor girl, when I opened the door it was like a look of sheer terror. She was scared to death,” Richardson told the New York Post. Richardson then placed his gun back in his holster and told Curry to “calm down.” The police chief had to help her take her seatbelt off because she was shaking so badly. “I didn’t perceive her as a threat, she didn’t have any weapons. I took control of her hands, she started crying. She reached out and hugged me, and I just kind of hugged her back,” the police chief said. Curry was arrested without incident and charged with fleeing police, traffic violations, and endangerment.

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS

 

 Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Faith-Based Foster Care Providers from Discrimination (Christian Headlines) On Wednesday, Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act which aims to ensure protections for faith-based child welfare providers from discrimination over their religious beliefs. According to CBN News, Senator Lankford explained that faith-based child welfare organizations “are an integral part of the larger system that helps kids find a safe and permanent home.” Therefore, he argued, the organizations “should not be compelled to set aside their deeply held religious beliefs to serve children and families alongside government.” Lankford argued that there is “no reason” that the nation cannot have both “faith-based options and non-faith-based options to help children in a crisis.” "We can help place children in good homes while not discriminating against those who choose to live their faith,” he asserted. “Unfortunately, the Biden administration and some in Congress have taken the position that you have to check your faith at the door if you want to help children in need of a forever home." He continued, “we need all the help we can get serving our most vulnerable kids." Meanwhile, Sen. Scott contended that the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act is a “necessary protection” for people of faith. “In South Carolina and across the country, faith-based foster care providers support the 400,000 children in our foster care system who—through no fault of their own—have nowhere else to go," he said. Both Republican Senators were joined in introducing the bill by 21 Republican Senators, including Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

 

VA Gov. Northam Signs Controversial Bill Requiring Taxpayers to Fund Abortions (CBN) Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) has signed a controversial bill ending a ban on abortion coverage for insurance plans offered through the state's health benefits exchange. This measure means that by law, Virginia taxpayers will be funding abortions, Catholic News Agency reports. Northam signed House Bill 1896 and Senate Bill 1276, overriding abortion coverage restrictions established in 2011 during Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell's administration.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

US Sanctions 24 China and Hong Kong Officials Ahead of Talks (Newsmax) The U.S. sanctioned an additional 24 Chinese and Hong Kong officials over Beijing’s ongoing crackdown on political freedoms in the semi-autonomous city, just ahead of the Biden administration's first face-to-face talks with China. The step reflects Washington’s “deep concern” about the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy following changes to its election system endorsed by China’s ceremonial legislature last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Wednesday. Foreign financial institutions that deal with the 24 officials would be subject to U.S. sanctions, the State Department said.

 

U.S. Intelligence Says Iran, Russia Carried Out Influence Operations During 2020 Election (Worthy News) – Russia and Iran both conducted misinformation operations to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, according to a U.S. intelligence report. The unclassified 15-page report, published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on March 16, says there were no indications foreign actors attempted to influence technical aspects of the U.S. election, such as meddling with ballots or voter tabulation. But it assesses that Russian President Vladimir Putin “authorized, and a range of Russian government organizations conducted, influence operations aimed at denigrating President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting former President Trump, undermining public confidence in the electoral process and exacerbating sociopolitical divisions in the United States.” Meanwhile, Iran also carried out "a multi-pronged covert influence campaign" to damage Trump's reelection campaign but did not actively promote Biden. The goal of Iran's actions was to undermine confidence in the U.S. election and institutions and foster divisions within society, the report said.

 

U.S. Pummeled by Covert Disinformation War Waged by Russia, China (Worthy News) – China and Russia are engaged in sophisticated information warfare against the United States, spreading false narratives to undermine social cohesion and sow division, senior Pentagon intelligence officials disclosed Tuesday. James Sullivan, a Defense Intelligence Agency cybersecurity expert, told a hearing of the House Armed Services subcommittee on intelligence and special operations that both adversaries are engaged in covert warfare using disinformation — deliberately deceptive information — targeting the U.S. public and government. China’s People’s Liberation Army is aggressively using global media outlets in what intelligence officials call “Three War Fares” — public opinion, legal, and psychological warfare.

 

North Korea: Kim Jong-un’s Sister Warns Biden Not to “Cause a Stink” (Breitbart) Kim Yo-jong, a prominent North Korean politician and sister of communist dictator Kim Jong-un, published a “media statement” Monday warning President Joe Biden not to “cause a stink” unless he wished to suffer through sleepless nights. Kim did not name Biden in her statement, which consisted mostly of threats towards South Korea, but did acknowledge that America is now governed by a “new U.S. administration,” the first time a high-level official has done so since Biden’s inauguration in January. North Korean state media mentioned Biden in its coverage of the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. A Reuters report form this weekend revealed the Biden administration has attempted to reach out to North Korean diplomats on multiple occasions but has been met with silence. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is currently on a tour of Japan and South Korea prior to a meeting with Chinese officials in Alaska. Observers expect Blinken to discuss tensions with North Korea with all three countries. “We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land,” Kim wrote in her press statement Monday, published in multiple North Korean government media outlets. “If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.”

 

Asked About Moscow Hosting Hezbollah, State Department Doesn’t Mention Russia or the Terrorists (CNS) The State Department on Monday sidestepped a question about Russia’s foreign minister hosting senior Hezbollah leaders, choosing not to criticize Moscow’s fraternizing with the Iranian regime’s Lebanese proxy, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization sworn to Israel’s destruction.

 

Biden: 'I Do' Think Putin's a Killer (Newsmax) Joe Biden says he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer.In an interview with ABC News aired Wednesday, the interviewer George Stephanopoulos asked Biden "So you know Vladimir Putin. You think he's a killer?" "Mmm hmm, I do," Biden replied. Biden's response came in the context of his administrations release of an unclassified intelligence report on foreign meddling in the 2020 election that concluded Putin oversaw sweeping efforts aimed at "denigrating" Biden’s candidacy.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

Israel Pursuing Four More Peace Deals; Bibi Says (Worthy News) – Israel is pursuing four more peace deals with countries in the region and elsewhere, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. “I brought four peace agreements, and there are another four on the way,” Netanyahu said. “I talked about one of them yesterday.” He added that one such regional leader spoke with him by phone Monday night. The prime minister did not dispel rumors of other peace agreements in the works with nations such as Niger, Mauritania, and Indonesia. The longtime Israeli leader also touted the four other agreements he forged last year with Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa—Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan—which thawed decades of cold relations.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

100 million Americans in Path of Dangerous Severe Weather, Tornado Outbreak (CBN) Accuweather forecasters warn that a dangerous severe weather outbreak could put at least 17 states and more than 100 million Americans at risk across the United States this week. Severe thunderstorms will erupt each day through Thursday across parts of the southern U.S., with the greatest threat and potential for tornadoes Wednesday, lasting well into the nighttime hours, and Thursday. All facets of severe weather ranging from large hail and flash flooding to damaging straight-line wind gusts and tornadoes can occur from Wednesday through Thursday evening in what is likely to evolve into a significant severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak. The first tornado watches on Wednesday stretched across central Arkansas, northern Mississippi, and southwestern Tennessee. States at risk for severe weather, including at least isolated tornadoes, are Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The threat may expand to portions of West Virginia and Ohio as well. Even outside of tornadoes, AccuWeather Local StormMax™ wind gusts of 70 mph can occur in the strongest storms on Thursday.

 

Georgia Massage Parlor Shootings Leave 8 Dead; Man Captured (CBN) (AP) — Shootings at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs Tuesday evening left eight people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, authorities said. A 21-year-old man suspected in the shootings was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a manhunt, police said. The attacks began around 5 p.m., when five people were shot at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in a strip mall near a rural area in Acworth, about 30 miles north of Atlanta, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said. Two people died at the scene and three were transported to a hospital where two of them also died, Baker said. No one was arrested at the scene. Around 5:50 p.m., police in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, responding to a call of a robbery in progress, found three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds at Gold Spa. While they were at that scene, they learned of a call-reporting-shots fired at another spa across the street, Aromatherapy Spa, and found a woman who appeared to have been shot dead inside the business. “It appears that they may be Asian,” Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in statement Wednesday that its diplomats in Atlanta have confirmed from police that four of the victims who died were women of Korean descent. The ministry said the office of its Consulate General in Atlanta is trying to confirm the nationality of the women. The killings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.

 

People on the Terror Watch List Caught Coming Across the Border in Last Few Days (CNS) A delegation of Republican lawmakers toured an immigration detention facility in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, and they found that people who were on the terrorist watch list were being housed at the facility. “People they've caught in the last few days over there in sector three or monument three have been on the terror watch list. Individuals that they have on the watch list for terrorism are now starting to exploit the southern border," said Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), who serves on the Homeland Security Committee.

 

Joe Biden: No Plans to Visit the Southern Border as Migration Crisis Grows (Breitbart) Joe Biden said Tuesday that he did not have any plans to visit the Southern border, despite a record number of migrants trying to cross into the country.

 

Biden Tells Migrants 'Don't Come' as Criticism Grows (Newsmax) Joe Biden urged migrants not to come to the United States on Tuesday, as criticism mounted over a surge in people arriving at the southern border with Mexico -- including thousands of unaccompanied children. "Yes, I can say quite clearly don't come over ... Don't leave your town or city or community," he said in an interview with ABC News, addressing the migrants.

 

Striking Back at Big Tech Censoring & De-Platforming State by State (CBN) Some 50 groups, angered by Big Tech's censoring and de-platforming of conservative voices nationwide, want the states to step up and fight the social media giants. In a letter, these activist groups ask the attorney general in each state to go after Big Tech for basically lying. The letter mentions how Twitter, Facebook, and Google/YouTube each claim objectivity, yet clearly choose sides. Dan Gainor at the Media Research Center told CBN News, "If a company tells you – as all these Big Tech companies have done – that they are neutral, and then act in an opposite manner, that may be a violation of local laws." Gainor suggested not waiting around for the White House to make any sort of move to stop Big Tech's censoring and de-platforming. "The Biden administration is closely tied to Big Tech," Gainor pointed out. "Big Tech was enormously supportive of Biden's candidacy. I don't think there's a snowball's chance in a very warm place that they're going to do anything."

 

MI Court: Michigan Secretary of State’s Absentee Ballot Order Broke Law, Vindicating Trump Claim (Breitbart) A Michigan judge ruled last week Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) broke state law when she unilaterally issued rules related to absentee balloting, legitimizing a key claim made by the Trump campaign in its legal challenges to the 2020 election. Benson issued several unilateral orders during the 2020 election including sending absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. She also issued “guidance” on how to evaluate absentee ballots, a move Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray held violated the state’s Administrative Procedures Act.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Natalie Portman Rewrites Classic Fairytales to Make Them ‘Gender Neutral’ So Children Can ‘Defy Gender Stereotypes’ (Breitbart) Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder star Natalie Portman has rewritten several classic fairy tales, including The Three Little Pigs, to make them “gender-neutral” so children can “defy gender stereotypes.” Portman, who will star as a female Thor in an upcoming Marvel superhero movie, has debuted her gender-corrected book of fairytales entitled, Natalie Portman’s Fables. The three tales the Black Swan star remade include The Tortoise and the Hare, and Country Mouse and City Mouse. According to the Hello! magazine, Portman felt the ages-old fairytales “did not reflect the world.” And she wanted to have stories to read to her own children that edited away the focus on male characters.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Biden’s COVID Law Spends $20 Million for ‘Preservation and Maintenance of Native American Languages’ (CNS) The $1.9-trillion COVID-19 spending law that President Joe Biden signed on Thursday includes $20 million for the “preservation and maintenance of native American languages.” According to Table 11 in the fiscal analysis of the law that was published by the Congressional Budget Office, it will spend $1 million for that purpose in fiscal 2021, which ends on Sept. 30; then it will spend $15 million for that purpose in fiscal 2022; and then it will spend another $4 million for that purpose in fiscal 2023.

 

Donald Trump Says '24 Run Hinges on GOP Winning in '22 (Newsmax) Former President Donald Trump said Tuesday his decision to make another run at the White House will hinge on Republicans regaining the majority in the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.

 

‘Everything Will Be Okay in the End … If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End.’

 

 

 

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