Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: Government & Politics

PIVOTAL IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL: “Federal officials will consider an immigrant’s use of welfare benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid as a negative factor in deciding on the eligibility of the immigrant’s permanent legal residency or on a temporary visa. ‘It will also help promote immigrant success in the United States as they seek opportunity here,‘ Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told reporters Monday at the White House. ‘Throughout our history, self-reliance has been a core principle in America.’ The Department of Homeland Security placed the regulation in the Federal Register on Monday, and it goes into effect Oct. 14.” (The Daily Signal)

MCCABE SEEKS REVENGE: “Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sued the Justice Department and FBI on Thursday for his firing last year, which he says was politically-motivated retribution for failing to support President Donald Trump. In the complaint, McCabe accuses the Justice Department and FBI of ‘unlawful retaliation for his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man,’ a reference to Trump.” (The Daily Caller)

GUN-CONTROL NONSTARTER? “Sens. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, are lead sponsors of a bill to expand background checks to include gun show and internet sales. … But there are significant differences in what the two parties would be willing to accept in a gun control measure, and that wide gap is not bridged by the Toomey-Manchin bill. House Democrats, for starters, say the Toomey-Manchin background check bill doesn’t go far enough.” (Washington Examiner)

NRA FALLOUT: “Julie Golob, a professional sport shooter and a strong public advocate for gun rights, announced Monday she was resigning from the National Rifle Association board before the end of her three-year term. She is the fourth member in the past two weeks to leave the board of the NRA in a sign of further upheaval within the nation’s most powerful gun rights group.** (The Washington Post)

ESA ADJUSTMENTS: “The Trump administration announced on Monday it would change how it implements the Endangered Species Act. … The revisions announced in the new rule were a culmination of more than a year of efforts to loosen restrictions written to protect hundreds of species judged to be under pressure. The Interior Department has argued that a streamlining is necessary to update how it enforces the 1973 law, including allowing the federal government to begin to measure the economic costs of protecting some species.” (Politico)

Around the Nation

EPSTEIN UPDATE: “Jeffrey Epstein was found hanging in his lower Manhattan jail cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed,” according to the New York Post. The New York Times adds, “One of the two people guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he apparently hanged himself in a federal jail cell was not a full-fledged correctional officer, and neither guard had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was discovered.” Meanwhile, NBC News reports that “FBI agents raided Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean on Monday in a vivid display that the probe into his alleged sex trafficking ring is continuing despite his death.”

ASSAILANT’S FRIEND CHARGED: “Federal prosecutors announced charges Monday against Ethan Kollie and accused him of buying weaponry used by [the assailant] in last week’s mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. … Benjamin C. Glassman, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Ohio, said Mr. Kollie bought the body armor, large-capacity drum magazine and a part of the AR-15-style weapon Betts used in the Aug. 4 attack.” (The Washington Times)

RECIPE FOR VOTER FRAUD: “California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes, according to an audit released Friday by state officials.” (Los Angeles Times)

VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: “The Land of Lincoln will require public schools to incorporate LGBTQ figures into history lessons. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed House Bill 246, which mandates the following: ‘In public schools only, the teaching of history shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.’” (The Washington Times)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: “Red flag” laws are the wrong solution to mass shootings (National Review)

POLICY: Universal background checks are constitutionally suspect (National Review)

HUMOR: Buttigieg: Trump “mirrors Hitler’s rhetoric” by using “a very similar alphabet” (IMAO)

~The Patriot Post



Contract Awarded for New 11-Mile Border Wall in South Texas


{ breitbart.com } ~ U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials awarded an $80 million contract last week for the construction of 11 miles of new border wall… The project, scheduled to start in September 2019, will build new barriers and security roads in the Rio Grande Valley Sector where none exists today. CBP officials, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), awarded a contract to Southwest Valley Constructors Co. to build 11 miles of new border wall, security access roads, and surveillance technology. Officials estimated the August 7 contract’s base value to be $80,869,000. With options, the contract’s value could climb to $304,600,000. The wall will be built along the levee system similar to existing structures built in 2008 elsewhere in the RGV Sector, officials reported. The contract calls for 18-foot bollard fencing on top of a concrete wall. The contract also includes funds for all-weather roads to give Border Patrol agents quick access to the border area, lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related technology equipment to create a “complete enforcement zone.” Funds for the contract come from the CBP’s FY19 appropriations. Officials noted the funds are not part of President Donald Trump’s National Emergency Declaration and also do not come from any diverted funds appropriated to the Department of Defense or the Department of the Treasury. The wall is not being built, per requirements in the appropriations act, in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, La Lomita Historical Park, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, within or east of the Vista del Par Ranch tract of the Lower Rio Grace Valley National Wildlife Refuge, or the National Butterfly Center. This award follows previously announced construction projects to build 25 gates and associated equipment along existing border barriers. “Once installed, the gates will serve as a persistent impediment to smuggling organizations while still allowing access for property owners…  https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/08/12/contract-awarded-for-new-11-mile-border-wall-in-south-texas/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily&utm_campaign=20190812&utm_content=Final


UN Report Urges People Eat Less Meat to Protect the Climate

by James Murphy

{ thenewamerican.com } ~ And then they came for my hamburgers … The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a new report that, among other things, urges humanity to eat far less meat… The report claims that a less meaty diet will free up valuable land — especially in Amazonia — to soak up more carbon from the air. The report contends with “high confidence” that diets that are more plant and grain based will not only help mitigate carbon dioxide emissions and lessen global temperature increase — but will also be healthier for mankind. A switch away from meat-based diets will “present major opportunities for adaptation and mitigation while generating significant co-benefits in terms of human health.” The report is concerned with land use and agricultural practices, which the authors claim is responsible for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. “Agriculture, forestry and other types of land use account for 28% of human greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jim Skea, the co-chair of IPCC Working Group 3. “At the same time natural land processes absorb carbon dioxide equivalent to almost a third of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and industry.” The report is full of information about how managing land resources in a more sustainable there’s the UN’s favorite word agai way will be a big part of keeping the predicted rise in global temperature to 1.5C or less. And not only will the Earth remain cooler, the report contends that we can also wipe out global hunger. “Land already in use could feed the world in a changing climate and provide biomass for renewable energy, but early, far reaching action across several areas is required,” said Hans-Otto Pӧrtner, the co-chair of IPCC Working Group 2. So, we can feed everyone in the world using only the land now in use, but we need to do it quickly and in exactly the way the IPCC lays out for us, huh? Color me unconvinced… The hell with the UN I will continue to eat meat.  https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/33096-u-n-report-urges-people-eat-less-meat-to-protect-the-climate?vsmaid=5571&vcid=3421


U.S. eager to help Britain post-Brexit with new trade deal

by Thomson Reuters

{ cbc.ca } ~ The United States would “enthusiastically” support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government decided to do… U.S. national security adviser John Bolton told reporters on Monday. Bolton also said Britain and the United States could make trade deals on a sector-by-sector basis, leaving more difficult areas in the trading relationship until later. He said the ultimate aim was a comprehensive trade deal. As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, its biggest geopolitical shift since the Second World War, many diplomats expect London to become increasingly reliant on the United States. “If that’s the decision of the British government we will support it enthusiastically, and that’s what I’m trying to convey. We’re with you, we’re with you,” said Bolton, in London for two days of talks with British officials. The U.S. administration is seeking an improved U.S.-British relationship with Prime Minister Boris Johnson after sometimes tense ties between Donald Trump and Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May. Bolton said the ultimate aim was a comprehensive trade deal, but highlighted that financial services could be one of the more difficult industries to reach an agreement on. A central message Bolton was making is that the United States will help cushion Britain’s exit from the EU with a free trade agreement that is being negotiated by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his British counterpart, Liz Truss. A senior Trump administration official, describing Bolton’s message to British officials, said Trump “wants to see a successful British exit from the European Union” and that a trade deal would help Britain. Trump had wanted to work with the May government on a trade deal but her government “didn’t want to do it. This government does. We’re very happy about it,” the official told reporters traveling with Bolton. Trump believes that “when it comes to trade negotiations the EU is worse than China, only smaller,” the official said…  https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/us-britain-brexit-trade-1.5243903


Two Tiered System Of Justice: Top FBI Officials Escape Prosecution, While Others Pay Heavy Price

By Sara Carter

{ saraacarter.com } ~ All we need is what we already know. And what we know is that top senior officials at the FBI, thus far, have escaped any prosecution for lying and leaking… It wasn’t the same for others. Just look at Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is still fighting for justice against a bureaucracy that didn’t want him snooping around to discover how those in senior positions of power in the intelligence community and law enforcement were breaking the law and the spine of the U.S. constitution with unwarranted unmaskings, spying and weaponization of the intelligence apparatus. Flynn was targeted by former scumbag/liar-nObama Administration officials from the very beginning. Remember how former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey laughed publicly about how he set up the former National Security Advisor. He also contends it wouldn’t have happened to another administration: scumbag-Comey admitted he didn’t go through the White House counsel’s office, but arranged the meeting with FBI Special Agents Joe Pientka and Peter Strzok directly with Flynn. He said it was not standard practice. He said it was “something I probably wouldn’t have done or maybe gotten away with in a more … organized administration.” Let’s not forget that both Strzok and Pientka did not believe Flynn was lying when he spoke to them about the conversation he had with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In fact, they had the record of the conversation but didn’t tell Flynn they had it when asking him to recall the conversation. scumbag-Comey even admitted to the fact that the agents didn’t believe Flynn was lying but it didn’t matter. The power of the special counsel prosecutors, the threat against dragging his son into the mess and their deep purse was enough to push Flynn to plead guilty. scumbag-Comey, however, didn’t need to be pushed. He openly admitted to leaking his confidential memos, of which some contained classified information, to the media. He admitted he did it through a close friend with the intention of getting his other friend former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to call for a Special Counsel against President Trump. scumbag-Comey knew full well the information regarding conspiracy with Russia was unverified garbage and he knew Trump had every right to fire him under Article 2 of the constitution. It didn’t matter…  https://saraacarter.com/two-tiered-system-of-justice-top-fbi-officials-escape-prosecution-while-others-pay-heavy-price/?utm_source=Darkwire+Inc&utm_campaign=0bb23b6409-Aug+12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f3d745e4f-0bb23b6409-283256057


Congressman calls for action to combat exploitation in senior residential care industry

By Jennifer Gollan

{ revealnews.org } ~ Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Va., has called on the nation’s top labor regulator to crack down on the rampant exploitation of caregivers in senior residential care homes…many of whom earn as little as $2 an hour to work around the clock with no days off, while some industry operators rake in millions. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor, Scott asked the agency to provide a full accounting of its efforts to combat the “troubling trend of wage and hour violations” in senior board-and-care homes across the U.S. It marks the federal government’s first steps to tackle the systematic abuse of mostly poor, immigrant workers in the industry. Scott’s action was spurred by a recent two-part investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, which found that care-home operators across the nation broke minimum wage, overtime or record-keeping laws in at least 1,400 cases over the last decade. Reveal found shocking cases of human trafficking. Some workers have reported sleeping on the floor, on living room couches or in garages. Caregivers routinely are harassed and fired if they complain. Some feared for their lives. Reveal also found that companies caught stealing from workers continue to operate illegally despite outstanding wage theft judgments, leaving scores of workers unpaid. For example, after California regulators two years ago imposed fines against one care home totaling nearly $1 million for unpaid wages and penalties, the company and its owner filed for bankruptcy. But the facility continues to operate under the same name, and five caregivers previously employed there still haven’t received any of the back wages they are owed. There are many similar cases. California regulators have the power to strip these companies of their licenses, according to legal experts contacted by Reveal. But Reveal found they’ve failed to act. The investigation also sparked responses at the state level. Some California lawmakers said they are researching new legislation aimed at strengthening regulations. In addition, the California Fair Employment and Housing Department, the largest state civil rights agency in the country, is launching a new education and outreach campaign aimed at thwarting employment discrimination in the industry…  https://www.revealnews.org/article/congressman-calls-for-action-to-combat-exploitation-in-senior-residential-care-industry/


When Culture Wins Hearts and Minds

Robin Smith: What makes a man, specifically a pastor, leave his wife of over 20 years, his three teenage children, his ministry, and his entire faith — and publicly apologize for not supporting homosexual relationships and unions?

Joshua Harris, former lead pastor of Covenant Life Church, a megachurch in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was best known for his monstrously popular book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, which he wrote at 21 years of age. He served as pastor from 2004 to 2015 until departing for British Columbia for graduate studies at Regent College.

In recent weeks, Harris announced to the world that he had not only decided to abandon his pulpit but also his family and even his faith. The accounts, posted via Instagram, show that he and his wife have made a mutual decision to separate. Perfectly fitting for today’s informal, less-than-committed culture, the post featured a photo of Harris and his wife announcing their plans to “continue our life together as friends” while alluding to “significant changes” faced by the couple during passing years.

A side note: Life is forever changing, but that does not equate with marital separation nor with the need to abandon one’s beliefs. Yet, what a dramatic conflict in the heart, mind, and body of one who preached covenant relationships and their importance to God, even as an author who taught the call to purity in teen lives was clearly moved from what had been a very legalistic view to the polar opposite, appearing to skip that middle ground by lurching headlong into the ideology of secularism. This is apparently the story of Joshua Harris.

Not only did the young man, rooted in the theology of Calvinism, separate from his wife and kids and leave the pulpit, he also declared: “I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away.’ By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.”

Harris continued, “But I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LGBTQ+ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality. I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming you and your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry.”

Harris referenced his apparent “repenting of my self-righteousness,” in what would be assumed to be his past writings and teachings from his doctrinal view that dating in the teen years could lead to a focus of self and sex. But he didn’t stop there. The former shepherd of a very large flock, whose influence impacted many, went further by indicating his new support of homosexual relations and unions.

“Deconstruction,” “failing away” — this former pastor has chosen culture over Christ.

The “True Love Waits” movement, launched in 1993 by Southern Baptists, taught commitment and sexual abstinence. The movement intersected Harris’s book release in 1997. His book suggested abandoning dating completely. The “True Love Waits” effort was aimed to equip teens with teachings to avoid sexual intercourse outside of marriage as they dated. Harris’s book taught that abstinence from dating was best in a more extreme approach based on his upbringing and denomination.

Harris is just one example of many who are confronted with such a choice. His, however, takes on more celebrity in light of his story.

A few observations.

At least Joshua Harris walked away from a post of leadership in his congregation as he clearly struggles with his own beliefs. He now lives in Canada and owns his own firm providing marketing and public-relations work. He struggles, as many do. Prayers are lifted for those in this fight to reconcile beliefs, truths, and our culture.

But it’s critical to differentiate that which is denominational versus that which is Christian.

Denominations — are man-made rules that are incorporated into teachings to upload traditions within church organizations. The Christian faith is a miraculous faith that takes the Bible — comprised of the Old and New Testaments, recorded in 66 books, written over about 1,500 years by 35-40 different individuals — and brings teachings to life. These truths are not necessarily the most accepted nor the most popular, but they are the best for believers, inspired by a holy, righteous God who loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place to pay the penalty required of all for our sins. Denominations don’t save, perform miracles, or change lives. Christ does.

Yet, when Harris apologizes that his lack of inclusion and support of the homosexual lifestyle has contributed to a culture of bigotry, it’s pretty clear he’s abandoned not only a denominational teaching but also a Biblical truth. Joshua Harris is not deconstructing his faith. He’s arguing with God.

And so it is with us all. We are created in the image of God, yet have free will. God’s Word teaches us the best way, but our free will allows us to choose. Harris, as each of us, make choices daily.

Harris battles his own beliefs from a public platform. But every single individual walks a similar path with a choice to either believe and say the same thing about love, sin, mercy, forgiveness, righteousness, peace, etc. that God does — homologeo (Gr), which means to confess — or reject what God says and make our own way.

Sometimes, culture wins hearts and minds, as it appears to have done in the case of Joshua Harris and countless others. But many times, Christ prevails with lives lived in liberty, not license, and freedom found in faith, not in the Secular Trinity — Me, Myself and I. ~The Patriot Post



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