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Tishrei 01, 5778 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 09/21/17

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

Hurricane Maria Slams U.S. Island with 155 MPH Winds; Entire Island Without Power (CBN) Hurricane Maria is now a Category 2 storm, weakening after battering Puerto Rico today as a powerful Category 4 with sustained winds of 155 MPH. However, forecasters say it's believed the storm will strengthen and could become a major hurricane again by Thursday. Officials say the entire island of Puerto Rico is without power just hours after the huge storm made landfall. Puerto Rico Office of Emergency Management Agency says anyone who has electricity is using a generator. Residents there had been preparing for the worst after Maria battered the Caribbean Tuesday as a Category 5 storm, killing at least 7 people on the island of Dominica. As Maria approached, U.S. President Donald Trump offered his support via Twitter: “Puerto Rico being hit hard by new monster Hurricane. Be careful, our hearts are with you- will be there to help!”

 

Powerful Mexico Quake Kills 225 (CBN) For the second time this month, Mexico has been struck by a powerful earthquake - the country's deadliest quake since 1985. Police, firefighters and ordinary citizens are searching through collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings looking for survivors after the 7.1 quake hit that the region around Mexico City Tuesday. Rescuers have been searching desperately for dozens of missing children at a school that was partially flattened by the quake. And mid-morning they located a little girl who is still alive, trapped under the rubble. Rescuers spotted the child and shouted to her to move her hand if she could hear them, and she did. "People are very agitated, some crying and screaming, I have seen people lying here probably because of nerves and they collapsed," said local resident Antwyn Vazquez. The Mexican Civil Defense Agency said early Wednesday that 225 people had died, but that death toll could climb. Pope Francis led tens of thousands of people in prayer for the victims after the quake. A magnitude 8.1 quake struck the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca on September 8.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Christians With Muslim or Buddhist Backgrounds Most Heavily Persecuted in China; Leader Pleads for Bibles (Worthy News) - Believers with Muslim and Buddhist backgrounds are the most persecuted Christian groups in China, according to a watchdog organization. And those Christians are in urgent need of Bibles in their own languages. "We need as many Bibles in our own languages as possible," said Patrick, an MBB (Muslim-background believer) church leader. "We don't know where to find them, so please bring as many as you can. Many brothers and sisters need them!" Open Doors USA said on Friday that Muslim- and Buddhist- background believers, who are heavily monitored by the Communist government, are in "burning need" of Bibles in minority languages such as Uyghur, Kazakh, and Tibetan.

 

 

WORLD

 

Putin Displays Massive Firepower in Russian War Games on Border with Europe (Worthy News) - Russia's big Zapad 2017 military exercises, believed to be the largest since the end of the Cold War, entered the news again on Tuesday after a video emerged appearing to show a Russian attack helicopter firing its rockets into a group of bystanders during drills. Russia is conducting the week-long Zapad exercises with its Eastern European ally, Belarus. The exercises have elicited criticism from NATO and the U.S., who say Russia has concealed the true number of troops taking part, and troubled some observers in Eastern Europe, where the Kremlin’s 2014 invasion of Crimea remains fresh. Russia has said no more than 13,000 troops are taking part in Zapad, which means West, just below the threshold that would require it to invite international observers. But NATO officials have repeatedly suggested that the real number is likely far higher, potentially between 70,000 and 100,000.

 

Iran, Venezuela Fire Back After Trump’s Strong Criticism at UN (CNS) President Trump’s debut U.N. General Assembly speech Tuesday drew strong reactions from two of the three regimes he criticized most sharply, although the response from Kim Jong-un – whom Trump derisively labeled “rocket man” and said he was on a “suicide mission” – is yet to be seen. The Iranian and Venezuelan reactions came from their respective foreign ministers. “Trump’s ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times – not the 21st century UN,” “unworthy of a reply.” Venezuela saved their reaction to the American president’s speech for the U.N.’s media stakeout microphones. “The country that violates human rights all over the world seems to have the moral authority to come and speak to the rest of the countries as [if] they were his employees.”

 

Netanyahu Slams Iran Deal in Fiery UN Speech, Urges World to ‘Fix it or Nix it’ (Worthy News) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly condemned the Iran nuclear deal in a speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, warning that the accord will pave the way for Iran to obtain nuclear weapons if it is not scrapped or altered. After praising Donald Trump’s address earlier in the day from the same podium, in which the US president called the Islamic Republic a “murderous” regime and the nuclear deal an “embarrassment,” Netanyahu said the 2015 accord strengthened Iran’s nuclear program and posed a grave threat to the entire world. “Imagine the danger of hundreds of nuclear weapons in the hands of a vast Iranian Islamist empire, with the missiles to deliver them anywhere on earth,” he said.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Corker: Senate GOP Agrees to $1.5T Plan on Tax Cuts (NewsMax) Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Tuesday said he thinks Senate Republicans have agreed to a deal on a tax outline that would add about $1.5 trillion to the government's $20 trillion debt over 10 years, justifying the spurt of red ink with promises of surging economic growth and a burst of new revenues. "I think there is" a deal, Corker told reporters, according to the Washington Examiner while not denying reports of a minimum $1.5 trillion tax cut provision. "There is just one number."  Corker, a member of the chamber's dwindling band of deficit hawks, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., one of the chamber's more ardent believers that tax cuts can pay for themselves, said they sealed an agreement on Tuesday.

 

Sen. Lamar Alexander: No Bipartisan Deal on Obamacare Repair (NewsMax) Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on Tuesday that he had failed to reach an agreement with Democrats on a bipartisan effort to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets. In a statement, Alexander said he and Democratic Senator Patty Murray "have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats to put a bill in the Senate leaders' hands that could be enacted."

 

Sen. Rand Paul Expects Trump, Acting Alone, to Allow Insurance Sales Across State Lines (CNS) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday dismissed the latest Republican health care bill as “just another big-government boondoggle.” The Graham-Cassidy legislation introduced last week would basically send the taxpayer money now spent on Obamacare to the states as block grants, so the states could decide what health care systems work best for them. Paul said the latest Senate bill is not repeal or replace.  He said it keeps most of the Obamacare taxes and regulations in place. What I would do, and what I’ve been talking to President Trump about, is I think what we should do is allow people to buy across state lines through health care associations, and actually I think the president’s going to do this on his own within the next week or two, and I think this could help millions and millions of people get affordable insurance, and guess what -- it’s not a government program and it doesn’t cost any money. This is what Republicans ought to get behind instead of a big government boondoggle of a trillion dollars in spending.

 

FBI's Probe into Manafort Reaches Back a Decade-Plus (NewsMax) Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller is looking back more than a decade in his team's probe of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, CNN reported. The FBI's warrant for a July search of Manafort's Alexandria, Virginia, home said the probe centered on possible crimes committed as far back as January 2006, an unnamed source told the outlet. The period covers much of the decade Manafort worked as a consultant for Ukraine's former ruling party, CNN noted. In addition, Mueller's team has warned Manafort they are working to charge him with possible tax and financial crimes, CNN reported. A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment.

 

Paul Manafort Spokesman: Wiretap Report Leaks are a 'Felony' (Worthy News) - Paul Manafort's spokesman condemned recent reports that his client had been surveilled by federal officials while serving in the Trump campaign and after the 2016 presidential election as well. "If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged," Jason Maloni said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. "The U.S Department of Justice's Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administration's effort to surveil a political opponent. Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ -- there is nothing there."

 

New Jersey Fails to Enforce Anti-BDS Law (JP) The State of New Jersey has come under fire for allegedly not punishing a giant Danish bank that engages in anti-Israel economic activity. Danske Bank, the largest bank in the Scandinavian country, is blacklisted by New York State for violating its anti-BDS law shielding Israel from economic warfare. An intense row over whether Danske – a financial institution that seeks to aid its clients in Iran – is in violation of New Jersey’s 2016 anti-BDS law unfolded in August. Marc Greendorfer, an attorney and founder of the Zachor Legal Institute, told The Jerusalem Post by email this week that New Jersey “has investments in Danske Bank, but the state refuses to divest from Danske even though under the New Jersey law, there is no question that Danske qualifies as a company that is boycotting Israel (and is thus subject to divestiture by the state).” The Zachor Legal Institute is a legal think tank and advocacy organization that combats BDS. Danske, with a customer base of over 3.5 million, blacklisted two Israeli defense companies – Aryt Industries and Elbit Systems – from its customers’ investments.

 

Trump Golf Courses in NY, NJ Vandalized (CNS) A new wave of vandalism targeting golf courses owned by President Donald Trump hit four courses in New York and New Jersey, resulting in the arrest of one suspect. Bloomberg reports that the courses were defaced with disparaging comments: “Four Trump Organization golf courses, including one at President Donald Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey, residence, were vandalized with slogans critical of the administration etched into putting greens. Police have a suspect in custody.” “Nine greens at Trump courses in Ferry Point, Hudson Valley, and Westchester -- all in New York -- and Bedminster were damaged in similar acts of vandalism, according to a person familiar with the incident. The Trump Organization said a suspect has been identified.” This isn’t the first time one of Trump’s golf courses has been vandalized. Back in March, his Rancho Palos Verdes, California course sustained $20,000 of damage as vandals destroyed the greens.

 

Poll: 77% of CFOs Say Trump Deserves Credit for Stock Market Highs (NewsMax) President Donald Trump deserves at least some of the credit for the stock market rising to record highs, according to 77 percent of respondents to this quarter's CNBC Global CFO Council poll released on Monday.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump: Rand Paul 'Negative Force' on Health Care (CNS) In two tweets on Wednesday morning, President Trump plugged the latest Republican health care bill making its way through the Senate; and he slammed Sen. Rand Paul, the conservative from Kentucky, who says the latest Republican bill keeps much of the Obamacare taxes and structure, just rearranging the furniture a little bit. "Rand Paul is a friend of mine but he is such a negative force when it comes to fixing healthcare. Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT! Ends Ocare!" Trump tweeted shortly after 8 a.m. Moments later, another tweet: "I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare. Money direct to States!"  As CNSNews.com reported on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul has dismissed the Graham-Cassidy health care bill as “just another big-government boondoggle.”

 

Trump: We've Achieved More Gains Against ISIS in Last 8 Months Than in ‘Many Years Combined’ (CNS) President Donald Trump told the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday that the United States has made more ground in the fight against ISIS during his administration than it has during the entire Obama administration. “I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups. In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS.  In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined,” he said, referring to the Obama administration.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Charlotte Voters Oust Left-Wing Mayor (1NewsNow) Voters in Charlotte, North Carolina, have taken one step to send the message that they don’t want men in women's private facilities, but there's one more major step to go. In February 2016, Mayor Jennifer Roberts ramrodded a city ordinance giving transgendered individuals the right to use either restroom in city businesses, which prompted state lawmakers to respond by passing a bill to overturn it. In last week's primary election, Roberts was defeated in her bid for re-election. Tammy Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition is pleased with the election outcome. “We think it sends a clear message to the Human Rights Campaign and other groups,” she explains, “that would target big cities like Charlotte to bring in radical ordinances [to] protect sexual orientation and gender identity – and elevate those categories above everyone else.” Council member Kenny Smith, who is pro-life and voted twice against the Charlotte transgender ordinance, won the Republican primary.

 

Senators Push for Churches to Get Disaster Relief Grants (Worthy News) - Four Republican senators introduced a bill Monday that would allow churches to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program grants, putting the houses of worship on the same playing field as non-religious nonprofits. Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, say churches should be eligible for disaster relief money, because houses of worship often serve as shelters in communities plagued by natural disasters. FEMA allows nonprofits that serve the public benefit to apply for disaster relief funds, but the agency explicitly excludes facilities primarily used for religious activities. The senators’ Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act comes after three Texas churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey asked a federal court earlier this month to rule FEMA’s policy unconstitutional.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Billy Graham on the Gift of Speaking in Tongues (Christian Headlines) In his book The Holy Spirit, Rev. Billy Graham affirms that the gift of speaking in other tongues may be for some believers. “In my judgment, the Bible says that any believer can enjoy the filling of the Holy Spirit and know His power even though he or she has not had any sign such as speaking in tongues. On the occasion of a particular infilling, tongues may be a sign God gives some, but I do not find that it is a sign for all. I do think it is important, though, for each of us to hold our opinion without rancor and without breaking our bonds of fellowship in Jesus Christ. We worship the same Lord, and for this we are grateful.”

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

Franklin Graham on President Trump's UN Speech: 'It Made You Proud to be an American' (CBN) “Thank God we have a president who stands for truth and is not afraid to speak truth to the whole world. President Donald J. Trump’s address today to the United Nations General Assembly may have been one of the best speeches ever given to that body. It made you proud to be an American. I hope you will join me in praying for this man, that God will guide and direct him. He reminded the world, “If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.”

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Tractor Trailer Makes Wrong Turn (ABC) A tractor trailer apparently made a wrong turn and got stuck on a boardwalk at the New Jersey shore. Workers in Ventnor spent Wednesday morning removing benches and railings to help the truck get off. It wasn't immediately known if the driver was facing any charges.

 

Compiled and Edited by Pete Pontolillo News Service for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International and Box 2 Radio Network

 

 

Elul 29, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 09/20/17

 

  

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

Trump at UN: US May Have to 'Totally Destroy' North Korea (NewsMax) President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the United States will be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission. Loud murmurs filled the green-marbled U.N. General Assembly hall when Trump issued his sternest warning yet to North Korea, whose ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests have rattled the globe. Unless North Korea backs down, he said, "We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea." "Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime," he said. North Korea's mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's remarks. A junior North Korean diplomat remained in the delegation's front-row seat for Trump's speech, the North Korean U.N. mission said.

 

Celebrating the First US Army Base in Israel (JP) For the first time, the US Army has opened a permanent base on Israeli soil, flying the Stars and Stripes inside an IDF base. “Due to the close cooperation between us and the American forces in the field of air defense, as well as the extensive experience accumulated by the Aerial Defense Division, it was decided that the first permanent base of the American army would be established at the School of Air Defense,” Brig.-Gen. Zvika Haimovich, head of the Aerial Defense Division, said on Monday. “This is the first time that we have an American flag flying in an IDF base,” Haimovich said, following the “historic and exciting” inauguration of the base attended by the US defense attaché other senior military officials.

 

7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills at least 94 in Mexico (Fox) A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least 94 people and leaving multiple people reportedly trapped in collapsed buildings. The death toll from the earthquake has risen to 94 nationwide, after the Mexico City government reported 30 people killed in the capital. Mexico State Gov. Alfredo del Mazo said the quake has killed at least nine people in his state, which borders Mexico City. Del Mazo said a quarry worker was killed from a rock slide due to the quake, and another died after being hit by a falling lamppost. At least another 42 were killed in the central Mexican state of Morelos, Gov. Graco Ramirez said. Of those who died, 12 were in the city of Jojutla, and four were in the state capital of Cuernavaca.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Christian Father of Two in Pakistan Sentenced to Death for ‘Blaspheming’ Prophet of Islam (Morning Star News) – A Christian father of two in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blaspheming Islam’s prophet in a phone text even though he is illiterate, sources said. Nadeem James, 27, was charged in July 2016 in Gujrat District after a friend, Yasir Bashir, complained to police that he received a poem via WhatsApp instant messaging that was derogatory towards Muhammad and other revered Islamic figures. James’ attorney, Riaz Anjum, told Morning Star News that the court sentenced James to death on Thursday (Sept. 14).

 

 

WORLD

 

Trump on Iran: ‘Oppressive Regimes Cannot Endure Forever’ (CNS) In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Trump lumped Iran with North Korea, saying both countries are led by “reckless” regimes. Iran, he said, “speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.” The president said it’s time for Iran to stop funding terrorism and start using its resources to improve the lives of ordinary Iranians. “Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed and terror, or will the Iranian people return to the nation's proud roots as a center of civilization, culture and wealth, where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?”

 

Israeli PM Praises Trump's Speech (1NewsNow) Israel's prime minister is praising President Donald Trump's address to the U.N. that condemned Iran. Benjamin Netanyahu said, "In over 30 years in my experience with the U.N., I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech." He said Trump "spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity."

 

Israel Fires Defensive Patriot Missile at Unmanned Syrian Drone (JP) Israel intercepted an Iranian-built unmanned aerial vehicle that penetrated into Israel skies from Syria Tuesday, firing one Patriot anti-ballistic missile stationed near the northern city of Safed. According to IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis, the Hezbollah-operated drone took off from Damascus International Airport. It was followed in real time by the Israel army before it crossed into the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria and was intercepted by one Patriot missile.

 

Trump says U.S. Prepared for ‘Further Action’ Against Venezuelan Government (Worthy News) - President Trump told leaders of Latin American nations Monday night that the U.S. is ready to take “further action” against the Venezuelan government if President Nicolas Maduro persists in repression. “The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable,” Mr. Trump said at a dinner meeting in New York City. “We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on the path to imposing authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.”

 

Highlights from the Netanyahu-Trump Meeting in NY (JP) In a briefing with reporters, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the Iranian issue was dealt with in depth, and that both Jerusalem and Washington see the issue from a similar vantage point. This, he said, was in contrast to the situation under US President Barack Obama, which Netanyahu said saw Iran as a solution to the problems in the Middle East. Trump, he said, sees Iran as the problem. Netanyahu said that he senses a change in the American system regarding Iran, and that this is also influencing the international community. “The Americans have a desire to fix the agreement, and I offered a plan on how to do it,” he said, without going into detail. Netanyahu said he expressed his position as “clearly as possible,” that if the agreement is not changed, “it will lead to the nuclearization of Iran.”

 

Category 5 Hurricane Maria to Lash Irma-Battered Caribbean islands with Flooding, Damaging Winds (Worthy News) - Major Hurricane Maria poses a significant threat to Irma-devastated areas in the northern Caribbean into midweek. Power outages and structural damage are likely. Small craft should remain in port and cruise and cargo ships should avoid the area.

 

Puerto Rico Imposes Rationing as Hurricane Maria Approaches (Worthy News) - Puerto Rico has imposed a rationing of basic supplies including water and baby formula as Hurricane Maria approaches as a Category 5 storm.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Feds were Wiretapping Head of Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign (Worthy News) - U.S. government investigators were wiretapping the head of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, both before and after the election, CNN reported Monday night. Citing “three sources familiar with the investigation,” CNN Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had his phones tapped under secret orders from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. “The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump,” CNN reported. Mr. Manafort has owned a home in Trump Tower since 2006.

 

St. Louis Protesters Return to Streets after 120 Arrested (Worthy News) - A large crowd gathered outside the prison in St. Louis, Missouri, overnight to call for the release of protesters still in police custody. Earlier, several hundred people also marched peacefully through the city's downtown, while high school students in at least two districts also joined a demonstration. Police said there were no arrests or incidents, following a weekend in which peaceful protests turned violent three nights in a row. Some 123 people were arrested on Sunday for failing to disperse, officers said. Some of them have been released, but protesters chanting "free our people" outside the jail Monday night said many were still behind bars 24 hours later.

 

Illegal Aliens Scream 'Liar' at Nancy Pelosi (CNS) Immigration activists shouted down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as she tried to speak at a news conference in San Francisco on Monday. “Liar,” yelled people holding signs that read: “Democrats are Deporters,” “Undocumented, Unafraid” and “Fight 4 all 11 Million.” Pelosi called the news conference to urge passage of a bill that would allow hundreds of thousands of “dreamers” to gain permanent legal status in this country. But these protesters were not dreamers. They called themselves "undocumented youth" as they thronged the podium where Pelosi was trying to speak. They demanded amnesty for all illegal aliens in this country, an estimated 11 million of them.

 

Hollywood Skewers Trump but Nobody Tuned In (1NewsNow) (TheBlaze) The anti-Trump screeds that aired Sunday night at the 69th annual Emmy Awards delivered everything Trump Haters demanded – except an audience.  Ratings for the Emmy Awards hit an all-time low Sunday. Only 11.38 million people watched the show, which was hosted by late-night host Stephen Colbert. According to the Los Angeles Times, the ratings were down 5 percent from 2016, which was the previous all-time low. This year marked the fourth consecutive year the ratings dropped since they topped nearly 18 million viewers in 2013 — the last year the ratings increased from the previous year. The show also garnered only a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is down 10 percent from last year.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

President Trump Invokes 'the Almighty God Who Made Us All' in UN Push for Freedom (CBN) President Trump took the America First message that carried him through the election to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. In his first address at the UN, the president reminded fellow leaders that as president, the interests of Americans would supersede all else. "I was elected, not to take power, but to give power to the American people…our first duty is our people. As president of the United States I will always put Americans first," Trump stated. The president ended his speech offering a renewed hope and mission for the United Nations. "We will fight together, sacrifice together and stand together for peace, freedom, justice, family, humanity and for the almighty God who made us all," said Trump.

 

President Trump's Message to Jews ahead of Rosh Hashana (JP) -- US President Donald Trump released a videotaped message to Jewish families on Monday, wishing them "many blessings" and a happy new year as they enter the holiday season. "The High Holy Days are a time of both reflection on the past year and hope for renewal in the year to come," Trump said. Rosh Hashana begins on Wednesday night, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, is marked the following week. "Jewish communities across the country, and around the world, enter into a time of prayer, repentance, and rededication to the sacred values and traditions that guide the incredible character, and spirit, of the Jewish people." "We reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, and we ask God to deliver justice, dignity, and peace on Earth," he added. "Melania and I wish everyone a sweet, healthy, and peaceful year, which we hope will bring many blessings to all."

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Texas School District Seeks Input on New Name for Robert E. Lee High School — with Key Condition (TheBlaze) Northeast Independent School District in San Antonio decided last month to rename Robert E. Lee High School following the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests that spurred a national debate about symbols of the Confederacy. The board of trustees met Monday night to set criteria for the school’s new name. The school will not be named after a person, but rather an idea. “We truly believe that the idea of naming it after a particular person is volatile at this particular stage,” Superintendent Brian Gottardy said. “In our school district, right now, we do have a couple of examples that are schools that are not named after people,” NEISD spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor added. “We have the Academy of Creative Education and we also have the International School of the Americas. So at this point we are really looking for an idea, not really a person’s name.”

 

After-School Satan Club Fails in Tacoma District (CBN) A so-called After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma, Washington is shutting down after only one child joined. The Seattle Satanic Temple first offered the club in December 2016. Similar clubs have been popping up in schools across the nation as a direct effort to counter Good News Clubs sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Anne Graham Lotz: God is Using Hurricanes to Speak to Us (Worthy News) - Is God trying to send people a message with all of the catastrophic natural disasters taking place all over the world? As far as Anne Graham Lotz of AnGel Ministries is concerned, the answer is yes. Lotz, the daughter of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, wrote in an op-ed piece for Fox News that America has experienced "record-breaking fires in the northwest, record-breaking hurricanes in Texas and Florida, and a record-breaking earthquake in Mexico" within weeks. But instead of dismissing these as random disasters or freaks of nature, Lotz said Christians should focus on its significance, which may be found in the book of 1 Kings 19. "The Lord God passed by as the prophet Elijah stood in the mouth of a cave. The description is eerily similar to ours, because first there was a great and powerful wind, but the Lord was not in the wind," she wrote. "After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a still, small voice - the gentle voice of Father God speaking to His frightened, weary child."

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

Paul Manafort Wiretapped — and Suddenly, Trump’s Not So Crazy (Washington Times) Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, was being wiretapped by feds -- not just once, but twice -- as part of an FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and Russia. The secret surveillance took place at a time when Manafort was in contact with Trump, all the way into 2017. And with that, Trump, who claimed that his Trump Tower had been wiretapped by Barack Obama in the lead-up to the election, is suddenly no longer the crazy dude the left made him to appear. Suddenly, it seems — hey now, maybe feds working under the Obama administration did catch Trump in some secret hot mic-type moments with Manafort. That’s not exactly the same as saying this, from Trump in March: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” But it does cast some shadows. And now, CNN’s Sept. 5 headline — “Donald Trump just flat-out lied about Trump Tower wiretapping” — gives way to this prototype one: Trump wiretapping claim worthy of revisiting, post-Manafort surveillance revelations.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Gas Station Robbery Suspect's Getaway Car Runs Out of Fuel (ABC) Authorities say an Indiana man who robbed a gas station made off with food, drinks and cigarettes. What he didn't steal was gas. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that a state trooper arrested 33-year-old Sean Harris last week after finding him stranded by the side of a two-lane highway with his vehicle out of fuel. Records show Harris is being held in LaPorte County jail. Attorney information for Harris was not available Saturday.

 

Compiled and Edited by Pete Pontolillo News Service for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International and Box 2 Radio Network

 

 

Elul 28, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 09/19/17

 

  

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

Trump, in UN Debut, Urges the World Body to Reform (1NewsNow) President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations on Monday, using his first moments at the world body to urge the 193-nation organization to reduce bureaucracy and costs while more clearly defining its mission around the world. But while Trump chastised the United Nations — an organization he sharply criticized as a candidate for president for its spiraling costs — he said the United States would "pledge to be partners in your work" in order to make the U.N. "a more effective force" for peace across the globe. "In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential due to bureaucracy and mismanagement," said Trump, who rebuked the United Nations for a ballooning budget. "We are not seeing the results in line with this investment."

 

McCain Co-Sponsors Bill to Stop Military from Banning Transgenders (CNS) Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R.-Ariz.) is co-sponsoring legislation with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D.-N.Y.), Sen. Susan Collins (R.-Maine) and Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.) to prevent the U.S. military from removing transgenders from the service or preventing them from re-enlisting.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

China Tightens its 'Choke-Hold' on Churches, Enforces Ban on Children Worshipping (Worthy News) - China has tightened its 'choke-hold' on churches across the country in recent weeks, according to the rights and religious freedom group China Aid. Recent bans on unregistered church worship and on teaching Christianity to children 'as if intending to eliminate all house churches at once,' have alarmed Christians in the country, a China Aid source was quoted as saying by Morning Star News. In the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, a source told China Aid that in the past week police visited members of unregistered church members at their homes to warn them not to attend Christian worship services, and officers also summoned many of them for questioning. One Christian who wished to remain unnamed, said: 'The police called me again today and ordered me to stay away from church gatherings, which irritated me. I don't know what to do with these people.'

 

 

WORLD

 

Iran: We Will Turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into Dust 'in Lightning Speed' (JP) Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi, an Iranian military officer currently acting as the Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, issued a menacing statement against the Jewish state hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to bring up the ever-imminent threat posed on Israel by Tehran in his encounter with US President Donald Trump. The two are slated to meet at the UN for the General Assembly's 72nd session held at the NY headquarters. "We will destroy the Zionist entity at lightning speed, and thus shorten the 25 years it still has left," Iranian media quoted Mousavi as saying in reference to a recurring threat by Iran and its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to take down the State of Israel in the next quarter century.

 

Nikki Haley: Trump’s ‘Fire and Fury’ Remark ‘Not an Empty Threat’ (CNS) “It was not an empty threat,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said about President Trump’s remark last month that North Korea would face “fire and fury” if it makes any more threats to the United States. But since then, North Korea has threatened Guam, fired two long-range missiles over Japan, and tested a hydrogen bomb. “You have to ask the president what fire and fury meant,” Haley told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “But I think we all know that, basically, if North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed. And we all know that. And none of us want that. None of us want war.” “But we also have to look at the fact that you are dealing with someone who is being reckless, irresponsible and is continuing to give threats not only to the United States, but to all of their allies. So something is going to have to be done.” “We're trying every other possibility that we have, but there's a whole lot of military options on the table.” On the diplomacy front, Haley said the United States has “pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council.” She said if diplomacy doesn’t work, “General Mattis will take care of it.”

 

POLL: Support for Military Action Against North Korea Soars (Gallup) As North Korea continues to launch test missiles and issue provocative threats against the U.S. and its allies in the region, a majority of Americans appear ready to support military action against that country, at least as a last resort. More specifically, 58% say they would favor taking military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail to achieve the United States’ goals. This is significantly higher than the 47% in favor the last time Gallup asked this, in 2003.

 

Suicide Bombing in Iraq Kills 60 (JP) - Three suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least 60 people in southern Iraq on Thursday, a health official and police sources said, suggesting a shift in the ultra-hardline group's tactics since it lost control of its stronghold in Mosul. Iraqi and Kurdish security officials say the Sunni militants are likely to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq after their self-proclaimed caliphate in Mosul collapsed. Islamic State is also under siege in the Syrian city of Raqqa, its operational base for attacks in the Middle East and the West.

 

London Bomb Suspects Fostered by British Couple (1NewsNow) A local official and media reports in Britain say the two suspects arrested over last week's London subway bombing are an 18-year-old refugee from Iraq and a 21-year old believed to be from Syria, both of whom were fostered by a British couple. The 18-year-old was detained Saturday at the port of Dover. The 21-year-old was held later the same day in Hounslow, west London. Police are searching three addresses, including the suburban home of Penelope and Ronald Jones, who have served as foster parents for more than 200 children. Local council chief Ian Harvey says he believes the 18-year-old is an Iraqi orphan who moved to the U.K. when he was 15. He says the 21-year-old was also a former foster child of the Joneses.

 

Putin Staying Away from Trump’s UN Reform Summit (CNS) On the day President Trump hosts a high-level summit in New York City on reforming the United Nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be more than 4,000 miles away, having chosen to spend Monday observing Russia-Belarus wargames south of St. Petersburg. “The supreme commander-in-chief will inspect actions of the armed forces of the Union State of Russia and Belarus at the main stage of the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2017 on the Luzhsky range,” the Kremlin said in a statement. Earlier this month the pro-Kremlin RT television network under the headline “Not on guest list” reported that Putin had “not been invited” to Trump’s summit, which comes one day before the U.S. president addresses the U.N. General Assembly for the first time. In fact, no country was “invited” to participate in the reform gathering, but the U.S. mission to the U.N. instead asked countries to put their names to a package of proposed reform measures.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

2 Powerful Hurricanes Churning Toward U.S. East Coast and Puerto Rico (CBN) More hurricanes are churning through the Atlantic Ocean on a possible collision course with U.S. territory. Hurricane Maria is bearing down on the Caribbean. It's on course to pass close to several islands that were devastated by Hurricane Irma, including Barbuda and St. Martin's. Then it's expected to target Puerto Rico with a devastating direct hit on Wednesday, followed by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Maria strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 storm Monday. "This storm promises to be catastrophic for our island," Ernesto Morales with the U.S. National Weather Service in San Juan said. "All of Puerto Rico will experience hurricane force winds." And Hurricane Jose is a Category 1 storm that could hit the U.S. East Coast, somewhere from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast, with heavy winds and rain.

 

Six Small Earthquakes Shake East San Jose (Worthy News) - Six minor earthquakes rattled parts of the South Bay on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Society, and three of them were strong enough to be felt across the region. The first two larger quakes occurred within a two-hour span in the morning and a third about 6:20 p.m. The third temblor, a magnitude 3.3, was cenetered about 2 miles north of the East San Jose foothills, the USGS said.

 

President Trump Heads to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (WH) President Donald J. Trump will lead the United States’ delegation to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York City this week, where he will participate in approximately 20 meetings with world leaders and other events. In addition to the President’s engagement, Administration staff and State Department officials will attend dozens of bilateral and multilateral meetings. The U.S. organized its participation in this year’s General Assembly around three themes: Promote Peace; Promote Prosperity; and, Uphold Sovereignty and Accountability. In Promoting Peace, the President and his team will address common challenges, such as terrorism and nuclear proliferation, and underline the fact that peace depends on the contributions of all nations and respect for state sovereignty and the rule of law.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump: ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism--It Will Be Eradicated. Believe Me’ (CNS) President Donald Trump said at Joint Base Andrews on Friday that people should believe him when he says that “radical Islamic terrorism” will be “eradicated.” “Before we begin, I want to say that our hearts and prayers go out the people of London who suffered a vicious terrorist attack today,” Trump said, as he began a speech on the 70th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. “I spoke with a wonderful woman, British Prime Minister Theresa May, this morning and relayed America’s deepest sympathy, as well as our absolute commitment to eradicating the terrorists from our planet,” he said. “Radical Islamic terrorism--it will be eradicated.  Believe me,” said Trump. “America and our allies will never be intimidated,” he said. “We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life.  This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community.”

 

'I Think it Can Happen': Trump Speculates on Peace between Israelis and Palestinians (CBN) President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations General Assembly and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Under your leadership the alliance between America and Israel has never been stronger," Netanyahu said. The two world leaders discussed "Iran's destabilizing behavior" along with peace in the Middle East, specifically between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. "I think Israel would like to see it and the Palestinians would like to see it," said President Trump. "I think there is a good chance it could happen." Netanyahu mirrored that sentiment during Monday's meeting. "We will discuss, we can seize the opportunity to peace between Israel and the Palestinians," said Netanyahu.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Poll: Only 36% of Americans Confident in U.S. Public Schools (CNS) A new survey by Gallup shows that only 36% of Americans are confident in public schools. "The 36% of U.S. adults who express 'a great deal' or 'quite a lot' of confidence in public schools, reported Gallup on Sept. 14. Gallup started this survey back in 1986 and the highest percentage of confidence was in 1987, at 50%. For the poll, Gallup asked, "Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one [institution] -- a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little." For 2017, the "confidence" response was 36%.

 

Churchgoers, College Grads, Conservatives, Higher Paid Less Likely to Send Children to Public School (CNS) Parents who attend church weekly, have a college degree or higher, earn $75,000 per year or more, are a Republican or conservative are among the parents least likely to send their child to a public school, according to an analysis by Gallup. By contrast, those who seldom or never attend church, have no religious preference, or have a household income of $30,000 or less are most likely to send their child to a public school, according to Gallup. “Eighty-five percent of U.S. parents of school-aged children have a child in public school, while 9% send their child to private school, 3% send theirs to parochial school and 3% home-school,” said Gallup in its analysis. “Regular churchgoers, those with postgraduate education and upper-income adults are the least likely subgroups of parents to send their child to public school, while lower-income and nonreligious parents are the most likely.”

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Billy Graham on the Charismatic Movement (Christian Headlines) On September 16, 1983, near the end of a weeklong crusade at Cal Expo in Sacramento, Ca., Billy Graham preached a message titled “The Contemporary Christ”—also known as “The Holy Spirit and You.” Currently available on YouTube, with his original notes online via the Billy Graham Center archives in Wheaton, Il., the sermon opens with these words. “In the last few years, we’ve had something called the charismatic movement. It hasn’t been limited just to certain denominations—it’s been in all denominations, whether it’s Episcopal or Roman Catholic or wherever,” Graham preached. “For example, down in Poland where the Pope [John Paul II] comes from, we held a crusade down there in a great cathedral and there was a great charismatic movement in southern Poland and across the border into Germany. We sensed that God was working in those people in a new way. Now, some people interpret it in one way, and some interpret in another way. Some people mean that we’re having a renewal or revival in our churches or among our people and they call that ‘charismatic.’ Others may have certain gifts that they call evidences of the charismatic movement…But it’s impossible to understand the Bible, Christian living, or the structure of the Christian church without understanding something of the Person of the Holy Spirit.”

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

Franklin Graham to Hillary: 'The Election is OVER,' You Lost, 'Let's Move On' (CNS) "Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has written a new book about what went wrong with the election and her campaign, and she was on the NBC Today Show yesterday talking with Matt Lauer about it." "I found it a little disheartening that after all this time she would still be complaining about the election.”  "Do people really care?" "With all the suffering we have seen in south Texas and Florida, there’s so much that needs to be done." "The election is OVER." "She lost and President Donald J. Trump won. Let’s move on and work together to rebuild."

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Dirty Money? (ABC) Talk about flush with cash. A Geneva official has confirmed a newspaper report that said wads of cut-up 500-euro notes (about $600 each and tens of thousands in total) mysteriously turned up jammed into the toilets of three neighborhood restaurants and a bank in separate episodes in recent months. At one pizzeria, police were informed after the clogged toilet had overflowed. The origins of the cash were unknown.

 

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TOP OF THE NEWS

 

North Korea’s Longest Missile Flight Ever Shows Guam Is in Range (CNS) The ballistic missile fired over Japan traveled further than any previously launched by the North Korean regime – about 2,300 miles – before splashing down in the northern Pacific. That’s roughly 620 miles further than the Hwasong-12 medium-range missile Pyongyang fired over Japan 17 days ago. If the missile fired last week was, as suspected, also a Hwasong-12, it carried a little short of the missile’s estimated maximum range of 2,484 miles. If confirmed, the 2,300 miles that it did travel demonstrates that the missile is capable of striking the U.S. territory of Guam, which lies roughly 2,110 miles south-east of Pyongyang. Guam is the location of two strategic military bases, the Andersen Air Force base and Naval Base Guam. The island is also home to 163,000 people and there are about 6,000 military personnel stationed there.

 

ISIS Urging 'Lone Wolf' Attacks in Cities Hit by Harvey, Irma (NewsMax) Islamic State terrorists are calling for "lone wolf" attacks in Miami, Houston and other cities affected by recent hurricanes via social media, according to news reports Friday. The Department of Homeland Security outlined the warning in an unclassified "situation awareness" document that was obtained by CNBC. The document is from the DHS Southeast Florida Fusion Center, which is the agency's Miami-Dade Police Department's Homeland Security Bureau. The caution was sent to law enforcement and "homeland security communities," CNBC reports. "Officers should continue to maintain situational awareness of their surroundings," the document states.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Malaysia Foils Islamic State Terror Plot to Attack Places of Worship (Worthy News) - Malaysian police have arrested a 21-year-old Islamic State (IS)-linked suspect who received orders from Syria to launch attacks on non-Muslims and their places of worship. The man was nabbed during a sting operation conducted in Perak, Selangor and Melaka on Sep 8-10. He "received instructions from a Malaysian Daesh (or IS) member in Syria to buy a pistol, a M-16 rifle, an AK-47 rifle and hand grenades from a neighboring country with the aim of launching attacks on non-Muslims and their places of worship”, said Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun in a statement.

 

 

WORLD

 

McMaster: US Must Move with Urgency Against North Korea (NewsMax) The United States needs to move “with a great deal of urgency” in response to North Korea’s increasingly aggressive nuclear missile buildup, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” McMaster said all options are on the table to thwart any nuclear strike threat to the United States from Pyongyang. “We really have to move with a great deal of urgency, on sanctions, on diplomacy and on preparing if necessary, a military option," McMaster said. In a separate interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” he also defended President Donald Trump’s derisive nickname for North Korea leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man.”

 

Russia Kicks Off Huge War Games on Europe's Borders (Worthy News) - Military officials in Belarus sought to calm Western fears about major war games taking place with Russia, hours before they got underway. Russia and Belarus have said that the exercises, which will last until Sept. 20, will involve 5,500 Russian and 7,200 Belarusian troops, but U.S. military and NATO officials have said Russia could mass as many as 100,000 troops along the borders shared with Eastern European countries.

 

Improvised Bomb Injures 22 on London Subway Train (1NewsNow) — A homemade bomb exploded on a packed London subway train during rush hour on Friday, leaving 22 people injured, police and health officials said. None of the injured is thought to be seriously hurt.

 

Trump to Pitch 'America First' Agenda in U.N. Debut, Press on North Korea (Worthy News) - President Donald Trump will take his “America First” message to the United Nations this week and seek support for tough measures against North Korea despite his skepticism about the value of international groups like the 193-member body. Nearly eight months in office, Trump will stress his belief in the importance of national sovereignty and the limits of global organizations during his debut as U.S. president at the U.N. General Assembly, an administration official said.

 

Iran Pays over $800 Million to Hezbollah (JP) Two years after the nuclear deal was signed by Iran and world powers, the Islamic Republic is reported to have boosted its financial support to Hezbollah to $800 million a year, a dramatic increase from the $200m. it was said to be giving its proxy when sanctions were in place. Hezbollah, one of the most prominent terrorist organizations in the world, has become bogged down fighting in Syria for Bashar Assad. Of its approximately 22,000 fighters, about 7,000 are fighting for the Assad regime, and some 2,000 have been killed in the four years the group has spent in Syria.

 

Trump Administration Backs Bill to Halt Aid to Palestinians (Worthy News) - The Trump administration is backing legislation that would suspend US financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends what critics say is a long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis. In comments Thursday, the State Department says the administration "strongly supports" the bill. The State Department said President Donald Trump raised the issue with President Mahmoud Abbas during meetings in May. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded," Trump reportedly told Abbas at the time.

 

Trump Won't Talk to Venezuela's Maduro at UN (NewsMax) President Trump will not be meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro when both are in New York next week for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. That’s what national security advisor H.R. McMaster told Newsmax Friday. McMaster and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley briefed reporters at the White House on the president’s trip to the UN General Assembly Monday.

 

4 American Tourists Attacked (Fox) Four female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid in Marseille's main train station on Sunday, a prosecutor said. A woman was arrested.

 

WH Denies Claims It's Staying in Climate Deal (NewsMax) "There has been no change in the United States' position on the Paris agreement," the White House said in a statement Saturday following a report in The Wall Street Journal claiming otherwise. "As the president has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country."

 

Netanyahu Arrives in NYC (JP) – The threat posed by Iran is expected to be a major focus of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, as well as a top priority in his talks Monday with US President Donald Trump. Netanyahu advised reporters accompanying him on his trip to wait until after his meeting with the president before drawing conclusions regarding the US policy toward the Islamic Republic.

 

Tillerson: Closing US Embassy in Cuba 'Under Review' (NewsMax) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Trump administration is considering closing down the U.S. Embassy in Havana following unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats. Tillerson says "we have it under evaluation" and that shuttering the embassy is "under review." He says the issue is "very serious" regarding the harm some individuals have suffered. Tillerson notes that the State Department has brought home some of the people affected. At least 21 Americans have been medically confirmed to have suffered harm in Havana. Tillerson previously called it "health attacks" but the State Department now prefers to call them "incidents." The cause and culprit haven't been determined.

 

Maria Strengthens into Hurricane (Fox) Less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction in the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Maria strengthened into a hurricane Sunday on its way toward the Leeward Islands. The storm became a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday afternoon. It was 140 miles east-northeast of Barbados with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. advisory. A hurricane warning – meaning hurricane conditions could affect the area within 36 hours – was issued for St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat Guadeloupe and Dominica.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

St. Louis Protests Turn Violent (Fox) Protests in St. Louis turned violent as darkness set in Friday, with at least four cops assaulted and numerous demonstrators maced following the acquittal of a white officer in the shooting death of an African-American drug suspect. The St. Louis Police Department tweeted Friday evening that the protests are "no longer considered peaceful," as protesters threw bottles at officers, smashed police vehicle windshields, largely ignored officers' requests to clear a roadway – ultimately leaving at least four cops with minor injuries.

 

9 Arrested in Berkeley Protests Over Shapiro Speech (1NewsNow) — A phalanx of police and a campus on virtual lockdown Thursday accomplished the University of California, Berkeley administration's goal of allowing a conservative to speak at the famously liberal university which has become known more recently for its violent demonstrations between those with opposing viewpoints.

 

Judge: Jeff Sessions Can't Withhold Grant Money from Sanctuary Cities (Fox) A federal judge in Chicago has ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions can't withhold public grant money from so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to follow federal immigration policies. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber made the ruling Friday, in which he granted Chicago's request for a temporary "nationwide" injunction. The ruling means the Justice Department cannot deny grant money requests until Chicago's lawsuit against the agency is concluded. Leinenweber wrote that Chicago has shown a "likelihood of success" in its arguments that Sessions overstepped his authority with the requirements.

 

Nearly Unanimous Congress Thwarts Attorney General (Reason) The Republican-led House of Representatives approved three amendments to a large spending bill last week that would attempt to block Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ civil asset forfeiture directive. In July, Sessions announced he was ending restrictions put in place by former attorney general Eric Holder on when federal law enforcement could “adopt” asset forfeiture cases from state and local police.

 

Sen. Cotton: 'No Deal' on DACA Without Helping Americans (NewsMax) There is "no deal" on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite the Democratic leadership's instance on one this week after meeting with President Donald Trump, according to Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. "I think the president has said publicly there's not a deal, but he wants to see a deal," Cotton told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "In fact, he called me a couple of nights ago so say 'there is no deal.' He wants to make sure we protect the interest of American workers."

 

Power Returning to Florida (1NewsNow) — More than 80 percent of Floridians have gotten their power restored after Hurricane Irma roared through the state.

 

Schumer Caught on Mic: 'Trump Likes Me' (NewsMax) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was caught on a hot mic Thursday discussing the much talked-about meeting he had with President Donald Trump regarding immigration. "He likes us – he likes me, anyway," Schumer said of Trump. The Washington Examiner posted a clip of the video from the Senate floor. "Look, what we said was exactly accurate," Schumer said regarding Democrats' version of events at Wednesday's working dinner at the White House. "Here's what I told him. I said, 'Mr. President, you're much better off if you can sometimes step right and sometimes step left. If you have to step in one direction, you're boxed.' He gets that."

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump: 'Another Attack in London By a Loser Terrorist’ (CNS) (Fox) An improvised explosive device -- a crude bomb in a white bucket -- exploded on a London Tube train as it pulled into the Parsons Green station during the Friday morning rush hour, injuring 22 people, some of them in the stampede to escape the train car and others with burns, press reports said. British Prime Minister Teresa May is calling it terrorism: "My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident,” she tweeted on Friday. President Donald Trump also tweeted his disgust early Friday morning: "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive! Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!" A source told Fox News that ISIS has claimed responsibility for Thursday morning’s attack.

 

11-Year-old Virginia Boy Volunteers to Mow White House Lawn, Meets President Trump (TheBlaze) An 11-year-old Virginia boy recently wrote a letter to President Donald Trump asking if he could mow the White House lawn, and on Friday, he got his wish. White House officials tweeted photos of Frank Giaccio of Falls Church, Virginia, as he was “hard at work” mowing the lawn Friday morning. President Trump came out to greet Frank while he worked. “Wow, great job, Frank,” Trump said. Frank kept working but eventually stopped to shake hands with the president. Trump asked Frank what he would like to do when he grows up. He replied that he wants to be a Navy SEAL. “Well, he’ll make it, there’s no doubt about it,” Trump said. “That’s a good choice.” Addressing onlookers, Trump said, “future of the country right there.” “We’re lucky, that’s the real future of the country,” he added. Trump went on to say that Frank “will be very famous, he’s going to be a Navy SEAL someday, he’s going to do great things for our country.” Trump called Frank’s work “perfect” and offered to bring him into the Oval Office. “Maybe he’ll be president,” Trump said.

 

Trump Ignites Controversy (TheBlaze) President Donald Trump ignited controversy on social media Sunday after he retweeted a short gif video of him hitting a golf ball that knocks down Hillary Clinton.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

LGBT Organization Singles out Colleges Whose Athletic Programs are Not LGBT Inclusive (NewsMax) LGBT organization Athlete Ally has released what they are calling the “Athletic Equality Index.” This document looks at the athletic programs of the colleges in the NCAA’s five power conferences to determine how LGBT-inclusive they are. According to the Athlete Ally website, “The Athletic Equality Index was developed as a way to measure LGBTQ inclusion policies and practices in athletic spaces. This first-of-its-kind inaugural report provides a comprehensive look at how member programs of the NCAA Power Five conferences are supporting their LGBTQ student-athletes, coaches, administrators, staff, and fans.” USA Today reports that Athlete Ally rated all the universities based on their LGBT inclusion policies. If a school was found to have what was deemed an anti-LGBT policy, points were deducted. Some of the criteria Athlete Ally looked at were: School-wide nondiscrimination policies; Openly LGBT staff members or vocal allies; LGBT specific resources to which student-athletes can access; Student-athlete led groups or recurring initiatives that discuss LGBTQ inclusion, diversity and equality. The Pac-12 conference schools came out on top, according to Athlete Ally’s measurement. The SEC came in last.

 

Kids Can Now Get Sex Change Hormones ((TheBlaze) Children who haven’t even hit puberty yet can now receive gender-altering hormone treatments because some doctors say it will help them “blend in” more easily as they transition away from their birth gender, under recently updated medical guidelines. The Endocrine Society says there “may be compelling reasons to initiate sex hormone treatment prior to age 16 years,” even while the group acknowledges that the treatments are not recommended for children who have not gone through puberty. Previously, 16 was the minimum age for receiving these treatments.

 

Former CIA Acting Director Mike Morrell Resigns from Harvard over Hiring of Chelsea Manning (Fox) Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell on Thursday announced his resignation as a senior fellow at Harvard after the university named U.S. Army soldier-turned-convicted felon Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. Manning to take on the role at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the school said on its website.

 

Harvard Withdraws Offer to Manning After Morrell Resigns (1NewsNow) Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government has withdrawn its invitation to convicted WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

What Happened in Tampa Bay as Hurricane Irma Roared Through (Worthy News) - Hurricane Irma caused massive flooding as it ripped its way through Florida and the Caribbean last week -- but not for everyone. Tampa Bay residents experienced a bizarre phenomenon that some believe comes straight out of the Bible. Instead of pummeling Tampa Bay with massive waves, Hurricane Irma's powerful winds sucked the water away from the shoreline. "Huge parcels of the Bay became dry enough to walk on," Tampa Bay resident Aly Yohn told CBN News. "People were stunned! Manatees got beached because the water receded so fast, and people had to walk out into the bay, put them onto tarps and pull them further out to water," she said.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Merkel Suggests Plan to End North Korea Crisis (JP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a newspaper she would be prepared to become involved in a diplomatic initiative to end the North Korean nuclear and missiles program, and suggested the Iran nuclear talks could be a model. "If our participation in talks is desired, I will immediately say yes," Merkel said in an interview published on Sunday.

 

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TOP OF THE NEWS

 

North Korea Fires Missile from Pyongyang (Fox) North Korea has reportedly fired a missile eastward from Pyongyang, Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday. The Japanese government said a ballistic missile launched from North Korea has flown over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean, according to NHK. Residents of Japan are being asked to avoid anything that could possibly be missile debris. The reported missile launch comes three days after the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea. Ahead of the vote, North Korea vowed that the United States would face "pain and suffering" if any new sanctions were approved by the U.N. Earlier this month, North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb, which possibly triggered an artificial earthquake.

 

Trump Sends Warning to Gridlocked Republicans by Meeting with Democrats (Worthy News) - President Trump's decision to hold White House meetings with Democrats on key agenda items has sent a clear message to the GOP that it needs to get moving or he'll make deals with the minority party. "I think the failure on repeal and replace of Obamacare in the Senate certainly wasn't a presidential failure, it was a congressional failure," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. told the Washington Examiner. "Reminding Republicans that there is more than one party to negotiate with around here, in case you can't come to an agreement, is a good thing, not a bad thing." Trump sent a signal on how far he might be willing to go to bring Democrats in on tax reform, the next big agenda item on the GOP's list. He met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, mostly Democrats, to begin discussing tax reform and seemed to agree with a demand made by Schumer in August that new tax cuts won't benefit the wealthy.

 

Trump says He's 'Fairly Close' to Deal on Young Immigrants (1NewsNow) President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was "fairly close" to a deal with congressional leaders to preserve protections for young immigrants living illegally in America, and is insisting on "massive border security" as part of any agreement. Trump, speaking to reporters before surveying hurricane damage in Florida, pushed back against Democratic leaders who claimed there was a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. He also said his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would "come later." "We're working on a plan subject to getting massive border controls. We're working on a plan for DACA. People want to see that happen," Trump said. He added: "'I think we're fairly close but we have to get massive border security."

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

'Attacks on Religious Liberty' in US Increased 133 Percent in Last 5 Years (Worthy News) - A new report released by a prominent religious liberty advocacy organization claims that there has been a 133 percent increase in domestic "attacks on religious liberty" in the last five years and about a 15 percent increase in attacks on religious liberty in the last year. The First Liberty Institute, a conservative legal group dedicated to defending people and organizations whose First Amendment rights have been violated, released its annual report, "Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America," on Tuesday. The report highlights cases reported in the last few years in which Americans have had their religious liberty rights infringed or "attacked" in one way or another — either in the public arena, in the military, in schools or even within church walls. "In this edition, the total number of documented incidents in this report increased by over 15 percent over the past year and now includes more than 1,400 religious liberty incidents," the report states. Compared to 2011, when there were 600 reported cases, the number of religious liberty incidents has increased by 133 percent.

 

 

WORLD

 

Fearing Russia, Sweden Holds Biggest War Games in 20 years (Worthy News) - Neutral Sweden has launched its biggest war games in two decades with support from NATO countries, drilling 19,000 troops after years of spending cuts that have left the country fearful of Russia’s growing military strength. On the eve of Russia’s biggest manoeuvres since 2013, which NATO says will be greater than the 13,000 troops Moscow says are involved, Sweden will simulate an attack from the east on the Baltic island of Gotland, near the Swedish mainland. “The security situation has taken a turn for the worse,” Micael Byden, the commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, said during a presentation of the three-week-long exercise.

 

U.S.-Led Coalition Dropped Record Number of Bombs on ISIS in August (Worthy News) - The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State dropped 5,075 bombs during operations in August, the highest total of any month since the three-year campaign against the terrorist group began. U.S. Air Force Central Command released data detailing military action that the coalition took against ISIS last month, noting that it used a record number of weapons during close-air-support, escort, or interdiction operations, Business Insider reported Wednesday. The previous highest month was June, when the coalition dropped 4,848 bombs. Already in 2017, the coalition has "released" 32,801 weapons on ISIS, while in all of 2016, it only dropped 30,743 bombs. These numbers do not include the number of bombs dropped by aircraft not under Air Force Central Command's control in Iraq and Syria. The major uptick in strikes occurred after President Donald Trump took office. Trump had promised on the campaign trail to "bomb the hell out of ISIS," criticizing the Obama administration for not doing more to fight the jihadist group. Trump's secretary of defense, James Mattis, earlier this year requested $3.5 billion more for "preferred munitions" to bomb ISIS.

 

ISIS Fighters Have Thousands of Blank Syrian Passports (Worthy News) - The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has some 11,000 blank Syrian passports that could be used to provide fake identities for jihadists, German authorities believe. The threat of jihadists creating a fake identity and using it to travel is one that concerns European security services, who are already anxious about foreign fighters returning to their native countries. German authorities have created a list of the passport serial numbers that could be used by the group, German weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday. It cited German federal police and interior ministry documents.

 

Russia Urges Syria Not to Respond to Israel's Attack (Worthy News) - Russia has urged Syrian President Bashar Assad not to retaliate against Israel after an airstrike on the country's Scientific Studies and Research Center, which the Syrian regime attributes to Israel, a senior Russia official dealing with Middle East affairs told Yedioth Ahronoth in a conversation in Moscow over the weekend. The official said Moscow advised Syria and Hezbollah "not to respond and concentrate on the big picture." The official also noted Russia is aware of Israel's concerns of Iranian entrenchment in Syria, reassuring Moscow will make sure to prevent Tehran from establishing a foothold in the Golan Heights significant enough to pose a threat to Israel.

 

Two More Advanced F-35s in Route to Israel from US (Worthy News) - Two additional F-35 stealth fighter jets lifted off from the US on Wednesday morning on their way to Israel, the sixth and seventh planes to be delivered out of the 50 Israel has purchased from the US to upgrade the capabilities of its air force. The planes, called “Adir” in Hebrew, are expected to land in Israel on Thursday.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Several Soldiers Injured in Explosion at Fort Bragg (Fox) At least 15 soldiers were injured in an explosion at a during a training exercise on Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Thursday, officials said. The soldiers are part of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command and were training on a range at the Army base. Authorities said at least 15 soldiers were transported by medical helicopter to Womack Army Medical Center after an explosion on one of the training fields, WRAL reported. "There are injuries but we don't know extent," Special Ops Command Lt Col Rob Bockholt told Fox News. It was also not clear what caused the explosion. The incident at Fort Bragg comes just a day after a vehicle fire at Camp Pendleton in California left 15 Marines injured — eight of them in the burn unit — following a training exercise accident. So far this year, more U.S. troops have been killed in training than in combat in Afghanistan.

 

Sessions Considers Drastic Measures to Find Leakers (NewsMax) Attorney General Jeff Sessions is floating the idea of putting the entire National Security Council staff through a lie detector test to ferret out leakers, Axios reported. According to the online news outlet, Sessions talked about the idea to multiple people — and as recently as last month. The attorney general’s idea is to do a one-time, one-issue, polygraph test of the more than 100 people on the NSC staff, and ask them, individually, what they know about the leaks of transcripts of President Donald Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders, Axios reported. He has told associates he prefers the idea of targeting the foreign leader phone calls because there is a small enough universe of people who would have had access to these transcripts, the outlet reported.

 

House Backs $1.2T Spending Bill (1NewsNow) The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump. The vote was 211-198 for the massive measure that wrapped the 12 annual spending bills into one in advance of the end of the budget year on Sept. 30. Even though the Senate still must act, the government will keep operating through Dec. 8, thanks to legislation Congress passed last week and sent to Trump.

 

Graham Threatens to Subpoena Comey (NewsMax) Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday he would subpoena former FBI director James Comey to come in front of a Capitol Hill committee to face a variety of questions about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the 2016 election. "He's coming one way or the other, if I have anything to do about it," Graham said, adding that he would use a subpoena if he has to. "We now know that he had made up his mind to exonerate [Clinton] before he even interviewed her, which is a bit odd."

 

Judge Orders Maryland Bar to Investigate Lawyers Who Helped Clinton Delete Emails (Worthy News) - A Maryland judge ordered the state bar to open an investigation into the three lawyers who helped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delete her private emails. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were egregious and the state bar couldn’t dismiss them as frivolous. “There are allegations of destroying evidence,” Judge Harris said at a hearing.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

"Trump Meets with Hurricane Irma Responders and Victims in Florida" (WH) Veronica Stracqualursi and Jordyn Phelps of ABC News report about President Trump’s visit to Florida where he surveyed the damage done by Hurricane Irma and met with first responders and residents. This is the third trip in less than three weeks that President Trump has made to the hurricane-battered South. Along with praising FEMA and the Coast Guard for their hard work, the President told Hurricane Irma victims “we are there for you 100 percent” and promised he would be back to Florida “numerous times.” It is also a possibility that President Trump will be visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands, but it wouldn’t happen until next week at the earliest.

 

Ivanka Trump on Criticism: 'I Will Not Be Distracted' (NewsMax) Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, said she is not concerned about criticism of her work in her father's administration. "Whether my contribution ultimately lives up to the expectations of some of the harshest critics? Only time will tell. But I will not be distracted by the noise," she said in a Financial Times interview posted Thursday. She said she does not publicly disagree with her father's administration because she values teamwork. "To voice dissent publicly would mean I'm not part of the team. When you're part of a team, you're part of a team. That doesn't mean everyone in the White House has homogenous views — we don't, and I think that's good and healthy — but that doesn't mean we're publicly undermining (each other) and this administration," the first daughter said in the interview.

 

Trump Tweets: 'No Deal Was Made Last Night on DACA'; He Calls It a 'Plan' (CNS) Update: President Trump tweeted Thursday morning that "no deal" was made on DACA when he met with Democrats last night. But -- "we're working on a plan," Trump told reporters as he walked out of the White House Thursday on his way to Florida. "We'll see how it works out," he said. "But we're going to get massive border security as part of that." Trump also said he's spoken to House and Senate Republican leaders, and they're on board with the DACA-border security plan. "Mitch is on board, Paul Ryan's on board," he said.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Satanists Emerge as Advocate as Planned Parenthood Restores Missouri Abortion Services (Worthy News) - Satanists. Abortion. Planned Parenthood. Where in the world would those three things have anything to do with one another? In Missouri, apparently, where Planned Parenthood appears to have an unexpected ally in its quest to fight what it considers to be restrictive abortion laws. On Tuesday, Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci connected the rise of abortion services in Missouri to recent court challenges to the state’s abortion laws by the Satanic Temple, a political activist organization and religion based in Massachusetts. Earlier this week the Temple began arguing — for a second time — in Missouri courts that the state’s abortion laws violate their members’ rights to free religious practice.

 

Calif. School Officials Warn ‘USA!’ Chant could be ‘Intolerant’ or ‘Offensive’ (TheBlaze) School district officials at a high school in Folsom, California, have advised students against chanting “USA!” in school and during school-related events. District officials said that students’ chants of “USA!” could be construed as “offensive” or “intolerant,” and have requested the students refrain from doing so, warning them that the chant could send an “unintended message.” The school’s principal on Wednesday sent an email to parents advising them about the “unintended message” that could be sent by the chant, and noted that chanting “USA!” might better serve for “appropriate” times, such as after the national anthem or Pledge of Allegiance.

 

UN Moves to Kill Rights for All Unborn Babies with 'International Roe v. Wade' (CBN) Pro-life legal analysts are really concerned about what the United Nations is up to these days. They say a new draft legal commentary on Article 6 of an influential international treaty on the right to life will encourage the killing of unborn babies around the globe. The big problem? The UN Human Rights Committee's right to life commentary excludes any mention of children in the womb. Stefano Gennarini is the director of legal studies at the Center for Family and Human Rights in New York. He told CBN News, "Nothing is said in the entire comment about the right to life of the child in the womb. That speaks volumes about what the committee is trying to do."

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Christians Step in After Israeli Honey Farm Vandalized (Jerusalem Post) Following her dream of making the prophecy of "a Land Flowing with Milk and Honey" come to life, she established a bee farm in her West Bank hometown six years ago. But her dream became a nightmare last month when Arab vandals entered her Dvash Kedumim honey factory, stole equipment and caused extensive damage.  The thieves also ran off with every jar of her family’s award-winning honey, which was an entire season’s worth of labor. The vandals also plugged up the beehives in the fields, leaving the bees to die in the summer heat. In an unprecedented response, several hundred Christian Zionists from around the world donated more than $15,000 to help rebuild Farbstein’s bee farm. The money, raised through two email solicitations sent by Israel365 and an article published by Breaking Israel News, is being used to replace the company’s beehives, to purchase improved security equipment and to support Farbstein and her family of nine children. “The efforts by these Christians send a powerful message: The Bible, and its message about a land flowing with milk and honey, is stronger than terrorism and can beat BDS,” said Rabbi Tuly Weisz, founder of Israel365.

  

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Illegal Immigrants Get OK to Vote in Maryland City's Elections (Worthy News) - A city council in Maryland has voted in favor of allowing resident non-citizens such as illegal immigrants to participate in local elections. The city council in College Park, home to the University of Maryland campus, has joined six other towns that allow green-card holders, illegal immigrants, and other non-citizens to vote in local elections. The decision was reached following a 4-3 council vote. 

 

Compiled and Edited by Pete Pontolillo News Service for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International and Box 2 Radio Network

 

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