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Av 04, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 07/27/17

 

 

UPDATE

Ohio State Fair Accident: 1 Dead, Several Hurt After Ride Malfunctions (Fox) A man was killed and at least seven other people were hurt after a ride at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus malfunctioned, sending riders flying into the air Wednesday. Three of the seven injured were in critical condition, investigators said. The man who was killed was one of several thrown from the Fire Ball ride when it malfunctioned, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said. The victims range in age from 13 to 41 years old, Fox 28 reported. Crews shut down other rides at the fair.

 

 

WEATHER

 

Weather Report for our Box 2 Radio Listening Area: Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Highs around 88°F. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely. Lows around 72°F. Tomorrow: Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Highs around 82°F. Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy. Lows around 63°F.

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

Trump: Transgenders Will NOT Be Allowed to Serve in the Military in 'Any Capacity' (CBN) President Donald Trump has made the decisive call that transgender Americans will not be allowed to serve in the military. Taking to Twitter Wednesday morning, the president said, "After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military." "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you," he concluded. There has been an ongoing debate over whether or not the military would pay for gender reassignment surgery. However, the president took it a step further, declaring transgender people would not be allowed to serve at all. This puts a stop to Obama-era initiatives aimed at ending all forms of discrimination in the military.

 

ObamaCare 'Straight Repeal' Fails on Senate Vote (Fox) A conservative-backed plan to repeal the bulk of ObamaCare and give lawmakers a two-year window to replace the struggling health law failed on a Senate vote Wednesday, in the latest setback for the repeal push. The vote was 55-45 against the amendment, with seven Republicans opposing. The chamber’s 46 Democrats and two independent senators all voted against the measure. The so-called “straight repeal” amendment would have given senators two years to come up with a replacement. The measure failed on the heels of another sweeping ObamaCare overhaul amendment stalling overnight.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Pastor Forced to Move After Being Targeted by LGBT Activists (Worthy News) - A pastor who openly criticizes the LGBT movement is being forced to move after receiving an onslaught of violent threats from gay rights activists. Pastor Rich Penkoski of West Virginia leads the ministry "Warriors for Christ" and announced earlier this year that he will block anyone who uses the rainbow flag emoji on his organization's Facebook page. That sparked an onslaught of harassing telephone calls, texts, and messages by people who oppose his stand. The threats got so bad, police advised Penkoski to move his family because of safety concerns. Last Tuesday, Penkoski received a disturbing message from a Facebook user. "I know somebody waiting right now to out a bullet through your skull," the message, which was shared with The Christian Post, reads. Penkoski also received messages encouraging him to kill himself. The activists even sent excrement to the pastor's house.

 

 

WORLD

 

Trump Warns 'Emboldened' Iran to Comply with Nuclear Deal (Worthy News) - U.S. President Donald Trump issued a veiled threat against Iran on Tuesday, warning Tehran to adhere to the terms of a nuclear deal with world powers or else face "big, big problems." A week after certifying Iran as complying with the 2015 agreement negotiated by Democratic President Barack Obama, Trump made clear to thousands of raucous supporters that he remains extremely wary of Tehran. Trump administration officials, briefing reporters last week, said new economic sanctions against Iran were being prepared over its ballistic missile program and for contributing to regional tensions.

 

N Korea Warns US of 'Nuclear Hammer' After Pompeo Hits at Regime Change (NewsMax) A North Korean official on Tuesday warned the country might just strike the United States with a "nuclear hammer" after CIA Director Mike Pompeo hinted the U.S. might support "regime change" in the isolated nation.

 

US and China Report Progress on New North Korea Sanctions (Worthy News) - The United States and China said Tuesday they are making progress on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea following its test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The U.S. gave China a proposed resolution several weeks ago, and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters that China has been negotiating with its close ally Russia on possible new sanctions. “The true test will be what they’ve worked out with Russia,” she said.

 

Iran Poised to Launch Rocket into Space, as North Korea Readies Another Missile Test (Fox) Two enemies of America are poised for upcoming rocket launches, two senior U.S. officials told Fox News, with another North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile launch expected as soon as Wednesday night and Iran on the verge of sending its own vehicle into space.

 

Trump: Hezbollah Threatening 'Another Conflict with Israel' (Worthy News) - US President Donald Trump called the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah a threat to the entire Middle East on Tuesday, accusing it and Iran of fueling a humanitarian disaster in Syria. “Hezbollah is a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people and the entire region,” Trump said at a joint press conference alongside Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House. “The group continues to increase its military arsenal which threatens to start yet another conflict with Israel… With the support of Iran, the organization is also fueling humanitarian catastrophe in Syria,” he told reporters.

 

Trump Pledges US Aid to Help Lebanon Against Islamic State (JP) President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Lebanon's efforts to guard its borders to prevent Islamic State and other militant groups from gaining a foothold inside their country and promised continued American help. "America's assistance can help ensure that the Lebanese army is the only defender Lebanon needs," Trump said at a White House news conference after talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. Trump did not specify what level of support Lebanon would receive from the United States, but both Trump and Hariri expressed optimism about future military cooperation.

 

House Approves Sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Russia (Worthy News) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to toughen sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia in legislation expected also to be backed by the Senate. The House voted 419-3 to pass the bill, a version of which had previously been approved by the Senate. The Senate bill -- which only sanctioned Russia -- was nullified under the constitutional provision that legislation raising revenue must originate in the House. When House leadership took up the bill, they added additional sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

 

NATIONAL

 

SCALISE RELEASED (Fox) Rep. Steve Scalise was discharged on Tuesday from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he was recovering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.

 

Democratic IT Aide Imran Awan Arrested at Dulles while Trying to Flee the US (TheBlaze) Pakistani-born Imran Awan, who was a longtime IT aide to former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was reportedly arrested at Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport Monday night while trying to flee the country. According to Fox News’ Chad Pergram, federal agents and the U.S. Capitol Police arrested Awan and charged him with “multiple counts of bank fraud” stemming from the investigation of an information technology procurement scandal in the U.S. House. Pergram said that the authorities nabbed Awan at Dulles as he was “trying to leave the country.” Awan, Pergram said, has been arraigned and has surrendered his passport.

 

Wasserman-Schultz Fires IT Staffer Following Fraud Arrest (1NewsNow) Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has fired an information technology staffer following his arrest on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan. Wasserman Schultz spokesman David Damron says Irman Awan was fired by the Florida Democrat Tuesday.

 

Acting ICE Director Calls Out the Four ‘Worst,’ ‘un-American’ Sanctuary Cities (TheBlaze) Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, blasted sanctuary cities as “un-American” in an interview with the Washington Examiner published Monday. Cities and jurisdictions with so-called sanctuary cities policies don’t enforce federal immigration law. Homan cited Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia as the worst examples of the practice.

 

Attorney General Sessions Issues New Financial Warning to Sanctuary Cities (Worthy News) - The Justice Department issued a new warning to sanctuary cities Tuesday, saying they must prove they fully cooperate with immigration agents in order to claim federal law enforcement grant money. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said jurisdictions that don’t allow federal agents into their prisons and jails, and that refuse to give at least 48 hours’ notice before releasing illegal immigrants, will lose money. “This is what the American people should be able to expect from their cities and states, and these long overdue requirements will help us take down MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs, and make our country safer,” he said.

 

21 States Reveal 8,471 Double Votes (1NewsNow) The week following President Donald Trump’s first voter-fraud meeting, a new study has revealed that 8,471 cases of double voting were discovered across 21 states – fraudulent ballots that were cast during the 2016 presidential election. The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) – a nonpartisan watchdog group cofounded by former Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-large Peter Schweizer – uncovered that 7,271 ballots were cast in more than one state by voters with the same first and last name, middle initial, birthdate and partial Social Security number – while another 1,200 double votes with identical criteria were found in the same state. Voter fraud … 100 percent. The likeliness of voter fraud in these instances is practically a definite.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Conservative Evangelicals Revel in Their ‘Unprecedented’ Access to the President (Christian Headlines) Squeezed among two dozen other evangelical supporters of the president, Southern Baptist Richard Land added his hand to the others reaching to pray for President Trump. The July 10 Oval Office prayer session, which has been panned and praised, is just one example of the access Trump and his key aides have given to conservative Christian leaders — from an hours-long May dinner in the Blue Room to an all-day meeting earlier this month in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door. “This is unlike anything we’ve experienced in our career or ministry — unprecedented access, unprecedented solicitation of opinions and viewpoints,” said Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., and a veteran at the intersection of religion and politics. But while religious conservatives are getting such intimate contact with the chief executive that they can literally “lay hands” on him, other faith leaders are being kept at arm’s length.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

No More Abortions: Indiana Planned Parenthood Closes Doors (Christian Headlines) An Indiana Planned Parenthood abortion clinic has been forced to close its doors after it lost its admitting privileges to nearby hospitals. According to LifeNews.com, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Merrillville, Indiana lost its only doctor who held admitting privileges with local hospitals. Indiana law requires that abortion clinics maintain connections with local hospitals in case of a patient emergency. After the doctor resigned from the Planned Parenthood clinic, the Indiana Department of Health sent a letter to the facility notifying them that, until they are able to find a new doctor who has hospital admittance privileges, they are prohibited from performing abortions. It is not known why the doctor quit working at the clinic.

 

Big Pro-Life Win: Federal Court Protects Christian Doctors from Promoting Abortion (CBN) A federal judge in Illinois has blocked enforcement of a law that would have forced doctors to promote abortions, no matter their religious beliefs. "The government is out of line when it attempts to force Americans to communicate a message that is contrary to their most deeply held beliefs," said Elissa Graves, Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois stated that the law clearly targets the free speech of people with a specific viewpoint.

 

Top Evangelicals Rush to Defend Kushner (NewsMax) Leading social conservatives fired off a thunderous broadside Monday in defense of senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, who assured the Senate Intelligence Committee staffers he did not collude with Russian operatives to influence the 2016 election. Before Kushner's voluntary interview with investigators behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, he released a statement categorically insisting he did not "collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government." Kushner added he had "no improper contacts" with any representative of a foreign country, and said he did not use Russian funds to finance his private business endeavors. Among the chorus of leading evangelical figures coming to Kushner’s defense Monday: Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.; author and pastor David Jeremiah; Trump spiritual mentor and pastor Paula White; early Trump supporter and First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress; Assemblies of God general superintendent George Wood; the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; High Impact Leadership Coalition founder and Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr.; author Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention; Dr. Jack Graham, the Texas pastor and two-term president of the Southern Baptist Convention; and author and global religious-freedom advocate Johnnie Moore.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

'We Have Church Service Right at the Gates of Hell': Pro-Lifers Rally Against Kentucky's Last Abortion Clinic (CBN) Louisville Kentucky is ground zero in the abortion debate. Police are on standby outside the EMW Women's Surgical Center, where the Texas based pro-life Group Operation Save America, has been holding peaceful demonstrations. "We have never been under siege like this, claims Dr. Ernest Marshall, Director of the abortion facility. "We have never had any question as to whether we would exist, so this is the most we've been under siege."  A pro-lifer taking part in the protests explained, "This is a holocaust that is occurring in our land, 4,000 children every year and so we come out to oppose that." OSA has been holding vigils outside the clinic, the only one left in the state.  The group's long-term goal is to make Kentucky a national model in its push to end abortion in America. Across the country a growing number of abortion facilities have been forced to close for failing to meet new health and safety guidelines. Pastor Joseph Spurgeon, an organizer with OSA explained, "Two of the abortion mills were shut down, and we have one left, and we feel like Kentucky stands ready to be the first state without an abortion center." Last week a federal judge issued an order forcing protesters to stay away from a buffer zone outside the clinic. Protesters were threatened with arrest if they cross the boundaries of the temporary zone. Pro-choice leaders said the order is needed to give women privacy while entering the facility but pro-lifers say the order tramples on their rights. "They want to create a safety zone to keep Christians away from trying to save their lives through the ministry of the gospel," said OSA National Director Rusty Thomas in an interview with CBN News. Thomas described the atmosphere outside the clinic. "We have a church service right at the gates of hell. We don't do anything differently than what we do in church. The only difference is we're coming out of the building. We're attempting to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world," he explained. Meanwhile, it's clear where Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) stands on the issue. "It is a state where the vast majority of Kentuckians value the sanctity of human life and want to protect it to the absolute degree possible," Bevin once said.

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

The #1 Place You Absolutely Should Not Go Back-to-School Shopping (Charisma) Pencils, notebooks and backpacks are already lining the shelves of America's most popular stores—and it's not even August yet. Families of students everywhere are starting their back-to-school shopping, but the American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) is urging them to steer clear of Target and, instead, pick up school supplies and dorm décor somewhere else. For more than a year, AFA has been educating Americans about its 1.5 million-signature-strong and highly successful #BoycottTarget initiative. This summer, AFA is reminding shoppers not to spend their money during the back-to-school shopping season at Target—neither in-store nor online—as a way to voice their displeasure over the store's dangerous and misguided restroom and fitting room policy. Shopping at Target just isn't worth the risk, AFA says.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Indiana Couple One Stop Away from Visiting Every Cracker Barrel Location (UPI) A couple from Indiana is one stop away from visiting every Cracker Barrel Old Country Store location. Ray and Wilma Yoder have visited all but one of Cracker Barrel's 645 locations and plan to visit the final remaining location in Portland, Oregon later this year. "I've not had a bad experience anytime," Ray Yoder, 80, told ABC News of his hundreds of visits to Cracker Barrels across the country. "I've always walked away feeling refreshed."

 

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

 

Av 03, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 07/26/17

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

China Preps for Crisis Along Border with North Korea (Worthy News) - The Chinese military has reportedly been building up defenses along its border with North Korea that coincide with warnings by President Trump that he is considering military action over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons push. The Wall Street Journal, citing a review of official military and government websites and interviews with experts, reported that Beijing has built bunkers to protect against nuclear blasts, established a new border brigade and a 24-hour surveillance of the mountainous frontier. The preparations are intended to respond to worst-case scenarios, like an economic collapse, nuclear contamination or a conflict, the experts told the paper.

 

Senate Health Bill Clears Test Vote, aided by McCain (Fox) Senate Republicans on Tuesday resuscitated their health care legislation for now, narrowly clearing it past a key hurdle with the help of Sen. John McCain’s dramatic return to the chamber for the first time since his brain cancer diagnosis. The Senate voted 51-50 to start debate, with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaker. The procedural vote once again brings the ObamaCare overhaul legislation back from the brink of collapse, after intense pressure from President Trump who had demanded senators skip recess until they act on health care. The bill still faces a tough road ahead. But it was a heavy lift just to get to this point. No Democrats supported the motion, leaving Republicans to corral the necessary 50 votes. They got exactly that, requiring Pence to break the tie, for the fifth time under the Trump administration. The airtight vote made McCain’s return all the more significant, as the measure could not have advanced without him. The result was kept in suspense for a while. Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, voted no from the start. Several other Republican senators then delayed casting their vote, with no wiggle room left for additional defections on the GOP side. Applause then broke out as McCain entered the chamber, pointing at his colleagues and shaking hands. As he joined, the last GOP holdout, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., voted with the Arizona senator to start debate. Trump applauded the development in a statement, urging the Senate to follow through.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Pastor Murdered in The World's Largest Democracy (CBN) Members of a Hindu militant group in India have struck again, gunning down a Christian pastor outside his church. On Saturday night, members of the radical RSS (Rashtriya Swayamseval Sangh) telephoned Pastor Sultan Masih to lure him outside his Temple of God Church in the Ludhiana District of Punjab. Shortly afterwards, the pastor was shot down by two young men passing by on a motorcycle.

 

 

WORLD

 

WARNING SHOTS (Fox) A U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship fired warning shots from a .50-caliber machine gun at an Iranian patrol boat in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News.

 

Twin Suicide Bombings in Afghanistan, Pakistan Kill at Least 36 (Christian Headlines) A suicide bomber killed 24 people and injured 42 others on Monday after ramming his car loaded with explosives into a bus in the Afghan capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports. “The bomber attacked at one of the busiest times of the day,” said Basir Mujahed, Kabul’s police chief spokesman. “There were traffic jams with people going to work and to the university and schools. Many of the shops had just opened.” The Interior Ministry called the attack “a criminal act against humanity.” The bus was destroyed, along with three other cars and several stores. Children were among the injured, Mujahed said.

 

Israel to Replace Metal Detectors with High Resolution Cameras on Temple Mount (Worthy News) - Israel's security cabinet has decided to remove metal detectors set up at the entrance to a Jerusalem holy site which had angered Muslims. It announced early Tuesday that "sophisticated technology" will be used instead of the devices. It did not elaborate on when the metal detectors would be removed or what would replace them. Israeli media earlier reported high resolution cameras capable of detecting hidden objects would be the alternative. It said Israel would boost forces in the area until the plan is implemented.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

California Imam calls on Allah to annihilate Jews (JP) n a July 21 lecture posted on the Davis Masjid YouTube channel, Muslim preacher Ammar Shahin spoke in English and Arabic about how all Muslims, not only Palestinians or Syrians, will be called upon to kill all the Jews on "the last day."  In a video translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Shahin also stressed that the Hadith (oral tradition of sayings attributed to the prophet of Islam) does not say where the final battle will take place. "If it is in Palestine," for example, "or another place," hinting at the possibility that such a battle could happen in the United States or Europe as well. He also prayed that al-Aksa mosque be liberated from "the filth of the Jews." 

 

U.S. Judge Halts Deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi Nationals (Worthy News) - A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by American Civil Liberties Union lawyers, who argued the immigrants would face persecution in Iraq because they are considered ethnic and religious minorities there. Goldsmith said the injunction provides detainees time to challenge their removal in federal courts. He said many of them faced "a feverish search for legal assistance" after their deportation orders were unexpectedly resurrected by the U.S. government after several years.

 

Former DNC Chair Under FBI Investigation (Daily Caller) FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation. Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, an individual whom FBI investigators interviewed in the case told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Capitol Police have also seized computer equipment tied to the Florida lawmaker.

 

Texas Lt. Gov. Slams Sanctuary city policies for causing Walmart trailer deaths (TheBlaze) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas slammed the sanctuary city policies of San Antonio for the horrific heatstroke deaths of illegal immigrants discovered Sunday at a Walmart parking lot. He explained why he was blaming those policies to KVUE-TV, saying that people were drawn to illegally crossing in the U.S., believing there was an “oasis” waiting for them in sanctuary cities. “It’s a humanitarian crisis and in my view, murder when you stuff people,” he said, “when it’s a hundred degrees or more in the back of a truck, and who knows how long they were in the back of that truck. I’ve always said, I’ve said this for years, no one should have to die to come to America.” Eight migrants were found dead in the sweltering trailer Sunday, while another two died after being found. The San Antonio fire chief said that dozens more were injured with some suffering “irreversible brain damage.”

 

US Appeals Court Blocks DC Law Restricting Gun Rights (1NewsNow) A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday blocked a gun regulation in Washington, D.C., that limited the right to carry a handgun in public to those with a special need for self-defense, handing a victory to gun rights advocates. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's 2-1 ruling struck down the local government's third major attempt in 40 years to limit handgun rights, citing what it said was scant but clear guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court on the right to bear arms.

 

Trump Speaks to Advisers About Firing Sessions (NewsMax) President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation. The president's anger again bubbled into public view Monday as he referred to Sessions in a tweet as "beleaguered," and continued Tuesday by describing the attorney general as "weak" on "Hillary Clinton crimes."

 

US Consumer Confidence Rebounds (1NewsNow) U.S. consumers gained confidence this month, with more Americans pleased by current conditions and more hopeful about the future. The Conference Board, a New York-based business research group, says its consumer confidence index in July rose to 121.1, up from a revised reading of 117.3 in June. Consumers' views on current conditions hit the highest level since July 2001, while expectations for the future rebounded after a slight dip in June. Economists say the strong readings on consumer confidence are being bolstered by a healthy job market, with unemployment at a low 4.4 percent in June.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump: 'Next Up' in 'Witch Hunt'? 11-Year-Old Barron Trump (CNS) In the hour between 6 and 7 a.m. Tuesday, President Trump issued seven tweets, some criticizing his attorney general; one praising his son-in-law; and others urging senators to either "repeal or repeal and replace." And in the 8 o'clock hour, he sent out three more tweets, for a total of ten so far today. Here's they are, most recent first: -- Will be traveling to the Great State of Ohio tonight. Big crowd expected. See you there! -- This will be a very interesting day for HealthCare. The Dems are obstructionists but the Republicans can have a great victory for the people! -- Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The E.U. is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP! -- Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11-year-old Barron Trump! -- So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave - American hero! Thank you John. -- ObamaCare is torturing the American People.The Democrats have fooled the people long enough. Repeal or Repeal & Replace! I have pen in hand. -- Big day for HealthCare. After 7 years of talking, we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate! -- Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife! -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers! -- Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign - "quietly working to boost Clinton." So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Police Ask Ex-Muslims to Pull ‘Allah Is Gay’ Sign, But Allow ‘Jesus Is Gay’ to Stay (CNS) During London’s Pride parade last week, members of Britain’s Council of Ex-Muslims (CEMB) were asked by police to lower their banners that read “Allah is Gay,” while other signs saying, “Jesus is Gay” attracted no such concern. “Pride is full of placards saying, ‘God is Gay,’ ‘Jesus had two fathers,’ as well as those mocking the church and priests and pope, yet CEMB members hold signs saying, ‘Allah is Gay’ – as we did – and the police converge to attempt to remove them for causing ‘offence,’” a statement on the CEMB’s website says.

 

Transgender Students Can Now Use Restroom of Their Choice in New Jersey (Christian Headlines) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill directing public schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and other facilities which correspond to their gender identity. The Christian Post reports that the new bill requires the commissioner of education to develop guidelines providing for the inclusion of transgender students, including allowing them to use restrooms and locker rooms which correspond to their gender identity rather than their biological sex, as well as requiring teachers to address transgender students with the students’ gender-preferred pronouns.

 

UC-Berkeley Health Plan Adds Laser Hair Removal to Transgender Coverage (CNS) The University of California in Berkeley is adding laser hair removal and fertility preservation to its available “transgenders health services” covered under the university’s student health insurance plan (SHIP). According to The Daily Californian, starting on August 1, transgender students will have facial and neck laser hair treatment and fertility preservation (usually involving cryopreservation of sperm or eggs) covered under their SHIP in addition to seven other services already covered.

 

Chipping Employees: Wisconsin Company Is First in US to Give it a Go (CBN) A Wisconsin company is set to become the first in America to give its employees the opportunity to have microchip implants. Three Square Market is a developer of software used in vending machines and will pay for their employees to get chipped. The plan is voluntary. The chips will be implanted in employee hand to buy things in the break room, log into computers, open doors, and so on. The chip will be implanted between the thumb and forefinger. According to the Washington Post the procedure is painless, and the company will pick up the $300 fee.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Radical Muslim Embraces Jesus After Christians Show Him Kindness in ISIS-torn Syria (Worthy News) - A persecution watchdog group has shared the story of a Muslim extremist who upon witnessing a church service led by Christians in war-torn Syria decided to abandon his radical lifestyle and turn to Jesus Christ. Open Doors USA's Emily Fuentes shared in an article for Mission Network News on Monday the story of a pastor in Syria who witnessed the conversion. "And as he's preparing to do it, he and the other pastor saw a Muslim extremist man with a beard without a mustache, which is an indication of a more fundamental, extremist Muslim, so they were concerned," she added. "They prayed about it, but invited the man in and just kept an eye on him, fed him, and he heard the sermon and he gave his life to Christ."

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Men Arrested Trying to Buy Drugs at Police Station (ABC) Police say two men have been arrested after they tried to buy drugs from an officer at a Connecticut police station. Hartford Police say an officer had finished his shift and was walking to his vehicle Sunday when two men approached and asked if he would sell them cocaine. The two men said they needed to find an ATM to get cash, so the officer directed them to a machine inside the lobby of the police department. Police said that while the men went inside to get $60 for drugs, the officer called for help and the men were arrested. Hartford Police did not release their names. The $60 was taken as evidence.

 

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

 

 

Av 02, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 07/25/17

 

  

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

2 Chinese Fighter Jets Buzz US Navy Spy Plane in East China Sea (Fox) A pair of armed Chinese fighter jets flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane flying in the East China Sea on Sunday afternoon, with the hazardous Chinese behavior nearly causing a "collision," two U.S. officials told Fox News. One of the Chinese J-10 jets flew under the American EP-3 jet and maneuvered suddenly, popping up 300 feet in front of the U.S. plane and causing "the [US] EP-3 to take evasive action to avoid collision,” one official said. Both Chinese fighter jets were armed with air-to-air missiles, according to the officials. The incident occurred roughly 90 miles south of the Chinese port city of Qingdao in the East China Sea.

 

Americans Have Been Told to 'Leave North Korea Immediately' (Charisma) All Americans who are currently in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, have been ordered to leave the country as two of the leading companies that host tours of the country say they have been told to expect a complete travel ban announcement as soon as this week. The ban will also include Christian missionaries and Americans who are working on humanitarian aid projects.

 

Border Protection Chief Recruiting Ex-Military to Serve on 'Frontline' (CNS) The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is recruiting retired military to help protect the nation’s border. In his “Help Wanted: CBP Wants You” post on the agency’s website, Acting Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan urges former military personnel to enlist in the “frontline,” uniformed workforce to keep the U.S. borders safe. McAleenan says the CBP is looking to hire 5,000 additional border agents and 500 more Air and Marine agents and also “close existing staffing gaps across all three frontline uniformed components.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Calling Worship ‘Unlawful Assembly,’ Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, Arrest Six Christians (Morning Star News) – Berating and slapping a pastor for reading the Bible instead of Hindu texts, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India last month detained six Christians under “unlawful assembly” laws for worshiping together, sources said. After traveling from Etah village to a church in nearby Pujaripurvah, the six Christians were detained for nine days before they were granted bail by Bahriach District’s Second Class Judicial Magistrate Court on July 5.

 

 

WORLD

 

Hungary’s PM: E.U. is ‘in Alliance’ With Soros to Flood Europe With Refugees (CNS) European Union bureaucrats are “in alliance” with billionaire financier George Soros in an attempt to flood Europe with refugees and migrants, Hungary’s outspoken prime minister charged at the weekend, saying each E.U. member-state should be empowered to control its own borders. “We can never be loyal to ideas, people or groups that aim to change European culture,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a speech at a cultural festival in Romania. Hungarian state news agency MTI quoted him as saying the culture of migrants coming into the continent “is in sharp contrast to European culture,” pointing as an example to gender equality norms in Europe compared to Islamic societies in which women have a subordinate role. Orban said Hungary’s border fences would stymie the campaign by the E.U. “bureaucratic elite” and Soros to expand Muslim migration into Europe. The E.U., he said, must regain its independence from Soros’ “empire.”

 

'Campaign for Jerusalem' has Begun, Palestinian Authority Claims (Worthy News) - The Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah party called Saturday for a continued struggle “to take control of the Al-Aqsa mosque.” In a statement sent to supporters, the movement of PA President Mahmoud Abbas said the “campaign for Jerusalem has effectively begun, and will not stop until a Palestinian victory and the release of the holy sites from Israeli occupation,” the Walla news site reported.

 

Second Gaza Rocket in 24 hours Hits Southern Israel (Worthy News) - A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip late on Sunday night landed in open territory near Israel's security fence in the Eshkol Regional Council. In response to the rocket attack, Hebrew media reported that an IDF tank struck a Hamas position in the southern Gaza Strip. This is the second rocked launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel in the past two days.

 

Hezbollah Seizes Strategic Valley from Militants at Syria-Lebanon border (Worthy News) - Hezbollah said its forces seized a strategic valley from Sunni Muslim militants on Monday, the latest advance in an offensive to oust jihadists from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border. The Shi'ite Muslim Hezbollah said it had advanced from several directions in the Wadi al-Kheil valley in Juroud Arsal, a barren mountainous border zone that has served as a base for militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State. The advance gave Hezbollah control over what had been "the most important base for Nusra Front" in the area, Hezbollah's military media unit said in a statement.

 

Protesters Burn Israeli Flag in London Demonstration (JP) Anti-Israeli protesters purportedly stole, burned and trampled on an Israeli flag belonging to a counter-protester while demonstrating against new security measures at the entrance to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, at an event held outside the Israeli Embassy in London on Saturday. Embassy staff were not present since the protest was held on Shabbat, but embassy spokesman Yiftach Curiel told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the protest was “a sickening display of support for terror.”

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Eleven States have Counties with More Registered Voters than Voting-Age Citizens (Worthy News) - Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a new election integrity lawsuit against the Maryland State Board of Elections and Montgomery County for denying the group access to voter registration files requested under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. Maryland was one of 11 states Judicial Watch sent notice letters to in April explaining how there were more registered voters in some counties than there were citizens over the age of 18. “Maryland doesn’t want us to expose its voter roll mess, and we hope the courts move quickly so we can begin the process of cleaning up the rolls,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “This is a national problem, and Maryland is the scene of one of many legal battles we must be prepared to fight for clean elections.”

 

WH Spokesperson: ‘Over 60 Leaks in the First Six Months’ (CNS) Incoming White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that there have been more than 60 leaks in the first six months of the Trump administration from the intelligence community – far more than other administrations.

 

California Judge Challenges Trump Sanctuary City Ban (Breitbart) U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco issued a decision last week rejecting a request by the Department of Justice to reconsider his April decision to block President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening to cut funding from sanctuary cities.

 

Kushner Gives Details, Rebuts Collusion Claim (NewsMax) Jared Kushner confirmed four contacts with Russians during his father-in-law's presidential campaign or after the election, he said, but he described the encounters as unmemorable and denied colluding with the Russian government to help Donald Trump win. In the most consequential meeting, Kushner said he agreed to meet with a Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, on Dec. 13 at the request of the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. "I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," Kushner said in a statement prepared for an interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday. "I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector."

 

Report: Trump Eyeing Rudy Giuliani for Attorney General (NewsMax) President Donald Trump is considering former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Axios reported on Monday. Trump is "so unhappy" with Sessions that he has raised that possibility in "internal conversations," the political news website said, citing White House confidants. Giuliani, known as New York City's tough-talking, law-and-order mayor, was one of Trump's most vocal supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign.

 

Republican Health Bill Still a Mystery Before Planned Vote (Fox) The Senate will move forward with a key vote this week on a Republican health bill but it's a mystery what exactly they will be voting on. It is not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace President Obama's health care law or simply repeal it. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will make a decision soon on which bill to bring up for a vote, depending on ongoing discussions with GOP senators. Thune sought to cast this week's initial vote as important but mostly procedural, allowing senators to begin debate and propose amendments.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump Presses GOP: Keep Promise, End ‘Obamacare Nightmare’ (NewsMax) President Donald Trump called on Senate Republicans to start the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, warning that anyone who votes not to take up the bill Tuesday is saying they are "fine with the Obamacare nightmare." "For Senate Republicans, this is their chance to keep their promise," Trump said at the White House on Monday. "There has been enough talk and no action. Now is the time for action."

 

Trump Axes 860 Obama Regulations, 179 from 'Secret' List (Worthy News) - White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney accused the Obama administration Thursday of keeping a “secret list” of proposed regulations during Mr. Obama’s eight-year regulatory onslaught against businesses, and touted President Trump’s rollback of more than 800 Obama-era rules and proposals. Of the 860 rules or proposed rules that the Trump administration has killed, 179 came from what he called Mr. Obama’s “secret” list. As Trump aides combed through the books, they found pending proposals that included rules on hardwood plywood research and new requirements for contamination control in cattle slaughter operations. “They had a bunch of things that they wanted to regulate,” Mr. Mulvaney said of the Obama administration’s first term. “They just didn’t want to tell you about it. They thought it would be bad for their re-election prospects in 2012, so they created a secret list of regs that were not disclosed to you folks. We are disclosing it.”

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Transgender Candidate Takes on Culture Warrior in Virginia (1NewsNow) He's a man who has now declared himself a woman. And Democrat Dan Roem, who now calls himself Danica, has won the Democrat primary in Virginia and will take on one of the most conservative voices in the Virginia legislature. Republican Bob Marshall has sponsored some of the most socially conservative legislation in Virginia in the past 25 years, including a measure this year that would have restricted the bathrooms transgender people can use. With such stark differences between the candidates, the race is expected to draw in big money and is being seen by some as a referendum on rights for gay and transgender people.

 

A Baker and a Florist Walk into the Supreme Court (Christian Headlines) Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist sued for declining to create custom floral arrangements for a gay wedding, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case. In their July 14 appeal, Stutzman’s attorneys asked the court to consolidate her case with that of Colorado baker Jack Phillips,’ which the court agreed to hear this fall. Stutzman will have to wait until the justices return from their recess in October to find out if they will take up Arlene’s Flowers v. the State of Washington and Arlene’s Flowers v. Ingersoll. Stutzman’s attorneys with ADF also represent Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Both petitions question whether the government can compel the baker or the florist to “create expression that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage.”

 

Charlie Gard's Parents End Their Fight After Legal Delays Destroyed His Chances (CBN) The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for experimental treatment after new medical tests showed it could no longer help. Lawyer Grant Armstrong said Chris Gard and Connie Yates were withdrawing their appeal at a London High Court hearing.  As the couple wept, Armstrong said recent medical tests on Charlie showed the baby has irreversible muscular damage. "It's too late for Charlie," Armstrong said. "The damage has been done" Judge Nicholas Francis had scheduled a two-day hearing to consider fresh evidence after Dr. Michio Hirano, an American neurology expert from Columbia Medical Center in New York, came to London to examine the child. But Armstrong said nothing further could be done. "Due to the delay in treatment that window of opportunity has been lost," Armstrong said.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Radical Revival Falls on China's State-Controlled Churches (CBN) Unprecedented Christian revival is happening in parts of China. What is unique about this story is how God is moving among communist-controlled government churches. CBN News traveled to southern China and obtained exclusive, never-before-seen images, from inside these churches. In Fujian Province, southeast China. Scores of men and women are dancing, waving flags, blowing shofars, singing and worshipping God. You might think these images come from a charismatic service in the United States. But they're not. This is communist, and officially still atheist China. Two main types of churches exist in China: registered and unregistered. Registered congregations, also known as Three-Self Churches, are government-approved. Unregistered, sometimes called underground or house churches, operate outside government control, and for decades faced intense persecution. And with that persecution came tremendous growth. Three-Self Churches on the other hand never experienced that kind of explosive growth. Until now. "Now there's big revivals happening in the Three-Self Churches," Dr. Zhao Xiao told CBN News from his offices on the outskirts of China's capital city. "The number of Christians in China is growing rapidly. It means Christ is starting to play an active role in China's society and that's good in many ways," Zhao said.

 

  

OVER THE EDGE

 

That Stinks! (ABC) A man looking for a dropped cellphone ended up in a stinky situation, tumbling into a building's trash chute where he had to be rescued. Washington, D.C., Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo says the man was throwing out trash at an apartment building when he thought he dropped the cellphone in the chute. Maggiolo says the man leaned in to check and fell inside. Maggiolo says the man was able to call 911 from inside the trash chute around 3 a.m. Sunday.

 

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Av 01, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 07/24/17

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions (Worthy News) - The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe. FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said. The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

 

Trump-Mueller Tensions Come to Boil Over Following the Money (NewsMax) Simmering tensions over a federal probe of Russia's influence in the 2016 campaign are coming to a full boil for President Donald Trump. It was reported Thursday a wide-ranging, follow-the-money probe by special counsel Robert Mueller was expanding to include business dealings of Trump and his campaign associates – a red line the president had warned should not be crossed.

 

Mueller’s Investigation Now Leaking Information About Trump (Breitbart) The team charged with investigating whether there was any collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia now appears to be leaking details of the probe to damage him. “A person familiar with the probe” told Bloomberg that the special counsel is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump and his associates’ businesses. The leak comes the day after Trump told the New York Times in an interview that delving into his business matters would be outside the bounds of the Russia investigation. “The Special Counsel’s Office has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures that deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct,” Joshua Stueve, spokesman for the Special Counsel’s Office told Breitbart News in an email response.

 

Rand Paul Joins Trump in Condemning Sessions (Daily Caller) Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted out Thursday morning criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “I agree with @realDonaldTrump, his Attorney General should not have recused himself over reported incidental contacts with Russian officials.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Christian Student Killed in Boko Haram Attacks in Northeast Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Among several Boko Haram bombings that have put northeastern Nigeria on edge this year was a suicide attack on Christian student organization quarters that killed a Christian student, sources said. Ambore Gideon Todi, a 21-year-old student at the University of Maiduguri in Borno state, was staying in the Evangelical Church Winning All’s student ministry tent when Boko Haram suicide bombers detonated explosives in mid-May, according to leaders of the school chapter of the student ministry.

 

 

WORLD

 

1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Attack at Israeli Embassy in Jordan (Fox) A Jordanian man was shot to death and another Israeli citizen was wounded Sunday evening at the Israeli Embassy in Jordan, news agencies including Sky News reported. The Jordanian man died after suffering gunshot wounds at the embassy in the upscale Rabiyeh neighborhood in Amman, a security official confirmed to The Associated Press. The Israeli man was said to be in an "unstable" condition. No further details were provided. Israel's Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment.

 

Abbas: Palestinians to Halt Contacts with Israel (CBN) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinian leadership will "freeze contacts" with Israel "on all levels." Abbas made the announcement during a meeting late Friday with senior Palestinian officials to discuss the growing escalation over a major Jerusalem shrine. It was not immediately clear if this means the Palestinians are halting their long-standing security coordination with Israel. Three Palestinians were killed and dozens hospitalized in clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank earlier Friday. The protests were triggered by Israel's installation of metal detectors at the shrine, revered by Muslims and Jews.

 

U.S. General Says Allies Worry Russian War Game may be 'Trojan Horse' (Worthy News) - U.S. allies in eastern Europe and Ukraine are worried that Russia's planned war games in September could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at leaving behind military equipment brought into Belarus, the U.S. Army's top general in Europe said on Thursday. Russia has sought to reassure NATO that the military exercises will respect international limits on size, but NATO and U.S. official remain wary about their scale and scope. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, who heads U.S. Army forces in Europe, told Reuters in an interview that allied officials would keep a close eye on military equipment brought in to Belarus for the Zapad 2017 exercise, and whether it was removed later. "People are worried, this is a Trojan horse. They say, 'We're just doing an exercise,' and then all of a sudden they've moved all these people and capabilities somewhere," he said.

 

French General Resigns in the Face of Macron’s Cowardly Defense Budget Cuts (NY Post) France’s military chief quit Wednesday in a dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts, in a new challenge to Macron’s administration and his economic reforms. The office of Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of staff of the armed forces, said he submitted his resignation to Macron at a security council meeting Wednesday and the president accepted. Macron’s office did not immediately comment. De Villiers lashed out at new spending curbs during a closed-door parliamentary commission meeting last week, according to leaked reports. Macron then publicly upbraided him, saying, “it is not dignified to air certain debates in the public sphere. I made commitments (to budget cuts). I am your boss.”

 

Hawaii Tells Residents to Prepare for N Korea Nuke Attack Scenarios (NewsMax) Hawaii has begun planning for a potential North Korean nuclear attack through educating the public and dusting off Cold War-era training manuals. Hawaii News Now reports that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is urging residents of the island state in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to be prepared if the rogue nation decides to attack the U.S. According to the news outlet, an ICBM loaded with a nuclear warhead would take about 20 minutes to reach Hawaii. Residents there would have anywhere between eight and 12 minutes notice of the incoming strike.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Police Find Multiple Bodies Inside Trailer in San Antonio (Fox) Eight people were found dead Sunday morning inside an 18-wheeler parked outside of a San Antonio Walmart in what police called a horrific human trafficking case. A total of 38 people had been inside the tractor-trailer, including two school-age children, authorities said. Twenty people were taken to area hospitals in critical condition, and another eight had “less critical” injuries. "We’re looking at human trafficking crime here this evening,” Police Chief William McManus said, adding that it was "a horrific tragedy." The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is also looking into the incident. The driver of the vehicle, who was not identified, has been taken into custody, according to Fox 29. The vehicle did not have a working air conditioning system when it was found, authorities said. The National Weather Service said the temperature in San Antonio hit 101 degrees just before 5 p.m. Saturday and didn't dip below 90 degrees until after 10 p.m. Authorities were first alerted by a store employee who called the police after being approached by someone from the truck who was asking for water.

 

Social Security Fraud Revealed (Free Beacon) The Social Security Administration issued nearly $200 million in improper payments by paying people twice for their benefits. The inspector general for the agency found that individuals with more than one Social Security Number received $171 million, according to a new audit. In many cases, the payments were issued to SSNs held by deceased individuals. “We identified more than 5,000 instances where, contrary to Agency policy, SSA appeared to simultaneously issue monthly [Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance] OASDI benefits and/or SSI payments to individuals under both of their cross-referred SSNs,” the inspector general said. “We also identified over 13,000 instances where SSA continued paying beneficiaries after it recorded death information on their cross-referred SSNs,” the inspector general said.

 

Scaramucci: 'I Will Take Dramatic Action to Stop Those Leaks' (NewsMax) Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, vowed Sunday to take "dramatic action" top stop leaks within his department. "I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks," Scaramucci told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "If the leaks don't stop, I'm going to pare down the staff, because it's just not right. I think it's not fair to the president; it's actually not fair to America or the people in the government. "I'm not going to be able to stop the leaks in the intergovernmental agencies and all that other stuff — that's a whole different ball of wax — but something is going on in the White House that the president does not like, and we're going to fix it." Scaramucci, who was himself involved in a controversy of a CNN report, was appointed Friday by President Donald Trump, leading former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to resign. Scaramucci's department might undergo more turnover.

 

KY Ethics Panel Unanimously Dismisses Complaints Against Matt Bevin (1NewsNow) A Kentucky ethics commission has unanimously dismissed a pair of complaints filed against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin over his purchase of a home from a friend and campaign donor. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission says Bevin didn't do anything wrong when he bought a house from Neil Ramsey, a friend that Bevin has appointed to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees. However, the commission told Bevin he should let Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton decide whether to reappoint Ramsey to the board when his term expires to avoid a conflict of interest. The five-member commission includes three people appointed by Bevin and two people appointed by former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. A spokesman for Bevin declined to comment, saying he would "let the dismissals speak for themselves."

 

Boom: Mining +21.6% in Q1; Construction +5.6%; Manufacturing +4.7%; Bust: Finance and Insurance -2.1% (CNS) The real value added to the U.S economy by the mining, construction and manufacturing sectors boomed in the first quarter of 2017, while the real value added by the financial and insurance sector dropped, according to data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Overall, the U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of only 1.4 percent in the first quarter. But the value added by mining grew by a booming annual rate of 21.6 percent, while construction grew 5.6 percent and manufacturing grew 4.7%.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump: Merck, Pfizer, Corning Team Up to Bring Pharmaceutical Glass Manufacturing to US (CNS) President Donald Trump announced Thursday that three pharmaceutical companies have teamed up to bring pharmaceutical glass packing manufacturing to the U.S. - a decision that will create thousands of manufacturing jobs and an investment of at least $4 billion. As part of the White House's Made in America week, the president said that Merck, Pfizer, and Corning are creating advanced pharmaceutical glass packing operations, a technology that will be used to store and deliver injectable drugs, vials, and cartridges. "These three companies are announcing that pharmaceutical glass packaging will now be made in America. That’s a big step. That’s a big statement. We’re very proud of that. Thank you very much, by the way, and I know they wouldn’t have done it under another administration. I feel confident," Trump said.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Judge Issues Order for Buffer Zone Outside KY Abortion Clinic (1NewsNow) Pro-life activists were ordered by a judge on Friday to stay away from a "buffer zone" outside Kentucky's only abortion clinic, which is bracing for protests from a national group. U.S. District Judge David J. Hale issued a temporary restraining order sought by federal prosecutors as a pre-emptive move ahead of vigils organized by Operation Save America, a Texas-based Christian fundamentalist group. The judge's order is aimed at preventing abortion opponents from impeding access to EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville. The order was aimed specifically at nearly a dozen pro-life activists who were arrested at a May demonstration when police said they blocked access to the downtown Louisville clinic. The judge's action also applies to anyone else "acting in concert or participation" with them.

 

State of Kentucky Ordered to Pay Legal Fees in Kim Davis Case (CBN) A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in attorneys' fees in the case of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. Davis sparked national controversy when she was jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered the payments Friday, saying Davis was acting on behalf of the state government when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the basis of her personal religious beliefs. He ordered the state to pay $222,695 in attorneys' fees and another $2,008 in costs. He said the county government and Davis herself are not liable.

 

Texas Showdown: LGBT Activists v. Gov. Abbott (CBN) A prominent national LGBT organization is threatening to oust Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over his support for a bill that would require Texans to use public bathrooms that match their birth-certificate gender. The Human Rights Campaign tweeted Friday to Abbott, "ask ousted @PatMcCroryNC how a similar anti-LGBTQ bill worked out for his career and state's economy. Texans deserve better!" It's a tactic that gay activists believe is working. McCrory lost his re-election bid in 2016 and LGBT organizers have taken the credit, citing his support for North Carolina's controversial HB2 bathroom law that lawmakers later repealed.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Thousands Attend Largest UK Evangelism Event Since Billy Graham (CBN) The UK's largest evangelism event, since Billy Graham's crusade decades ago, reached into the heart of Britain over the weekend as thousands responded to the Gospel message, putting their faith in Jesus Christ. "Literally, thousands of people have just come forward to give their lives to Jesus," said Peter Wooding, London Bureau Chief of the Global News Alliance. The event should encourage Christians across the United Kingdom to pick up the banner of evangelism and begin sharing the Gospel, one national prayer leader said. "I believe that God has already released a grace over the United Kingdom and it's going to be very easy to get saved in Britain and this is just a foretaste," Jonathan Oloyede told Wooding. Evangelist J. John has traveled the world telling others about Christ, and he brought the Gospel to the U.K. for a one-day event called JustOne.

 

Modern Day 'Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego': Man Survives Car Bomb Without a Scratch, Lives to Preach (CBN) The tables are quickly turning in areas like Iraq and Syria as US-backed coalition forces gain ground in defeating ISIS. Despite the turmoil and war, many Muslims are coming to Christ. One Baghdadi pastor has served in the midst of it all and says he is called to be a light for those converting from Islam. "We have new blood, born again new believers. That is a challenge because it brings a new culture to the church," the pastor, who goes by the name of Joseph, said. "Recently, a man converted. He is married to three wives and has children with all of them," he added. "He asked me what to do. I told him to keep them, what else could I say? This is only one of the problems we are facing because of the new converts." It's a small problem for Pastor John who said a brush with death in 2010 proves that God is with him every moment of the way. Pastor Joseph said he sensed something was different that morning as he headed to church. He started his vehicle as he normally did, but seconds later an explosion ripped through the car and engulfed it in flames. "I was totally confused, and I couldn't see anymore," the pastor recalled. He could, however, hear a woman screaming hysterically "This man is dying!" "This is it." Pastor Joseph said to himself at the time. "I am dying." However, it wasn't the end for the young pastor. Miraculously, he was able to remove himself from the vehicle. "Each part of my car was destroyed and damaged, except for my seat." Pastor Joseph described. "I had no scratches. The car was in flames, but I wasn't burned. I found pieces of glass in my hair and four parts of the bomb in the scarf I had around my neck. As if a scarf could stop a bomb. Nothing touched me, I lost not even a drop of blood." He credits his survival to God. He told Open Doors USA that his life was spared so he could minister to Muslims turning to Christianity.

 

Thousands Baptized After Recognizing Iran's Role in Biblical Prophecy (Charisma) Thousands of Iranian asylum-seekers across Europe are turning to Christianity. Iranian-born church leader Masoud Mohammad Amin, who founded Cyrus Church, one of largest Iranian churches in Europe, said he had baptized thousands of Iranians, from the streets of Paris to Turkey. "We didn't have an Iranian church; we didn't have Iranian hymns; we didn't have anyone to tell us about Iran's role in the Bible... We needed a church with Persian culture," he said. He said the church, in the Dutch city of Harderwijk, has been so successful that "Eight thousand people in the Netherlands and 8,000 people outside the country have been baptized".

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

Todd Starnes: Ministry Takes Back 'God's Rainbow,' Despite LGBT Threats (Charisma) The man behind the world-famous Ark Encounter has decided to reclaim "God's rainbow"—announcing the massive ark exhibit will be permanently bathed in rainbow lights. "We now have new permanent rainbow lights at the Ark Encounter so all can see that it is God's rainbow, and He determines its meaning in Genesis 6," Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham announced on Facebook. "The rainbow is a reminder God will never again judge the wickedness of man with a global flood—next time the world will be judged by fire," he said. The 500-foot-long ark is the centerpiece of the biblical theme park based in Williamstown, Kentucky. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have toured the replica of Noah's ark. "The ark is lit permanently at night with a rainbow to remind the world that God owns it and He decreed it's a sign of His covenant with man after the Flood—Christians need to take back the rainbow as we do at the Ark Encounter," Ham said. Critics denounced the decision—accusing him of stealing the rainbow colors from the LGBT community. "This is Ken Ham's sad attempt to take back the rainbow symbol from the LGBTQ community," read a headline in the Orlando Weekly. "It makes the ark look incredibly gay," Kentucky Fairness Campaign's Chris Hartman told USA Today. In 2016 Ham urged Christians to reclaim the rainbow and teach young people its true meaning. "The rainbow itself wasn't designed to be a symbol of freedom, love, pride or the LGBTQ movement. God created this beautiful, colorful phenomenon and designated it as a sign of His covenant with Noah and his descendants forever." "Sadly, people ignore what God intended the rainbow to represent and proudly wave rainbow-colored flags in defiance of God's command and design for marriage. Because of this, many Christians shy away from using the rainbow colors. But the rainbow was a symbol of God's promises before the LGBTQ movement—and will continue to be after that movement has ended. As Christians, we need to take the rainbow back and teach our young people its true meaning."

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

5-Year-Old British Girl Fined for Running Lemonade Stand (UPI) A father in England said his daughter was left in tears after being fined for setting up a lemonade stand. Andre Spicer was initially excited at his 5-year-old daughter's request to sell lemonade outside their home, but said he "would have thought twice" if he were aware about the 150-pound ($194) fine that would eventually come their way. "The lemonade quickly disappeared and her little money tin filled up. A happy scene," he wrote in the Telegraph. "And then, after about 30 minutes, four local council enforcement officers stormed up to her little table." The officers read Spicer a legal statement explaining he would be fined for operating the lemonade stand without a trading permit. His daughter quickly burst into tears and asked, "have I done a bad thing?"

 

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Tammuz 27, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 07/21/17

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

 A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT (WH) Yesterday, I met with Republican Senators at the White House and told them that now is the time for action. Obamacare was a big lie. “You can keep your doctor”—lie. “You can keep your plan”—lie. Now, people are hurting, and inaction is not an option. We must repeal and replace this disaster. The Senate should not leave for summer recess until it has passed a plan to give our people great healthcare. I’m ready to act; I have pen in hand. I’ll sign the legislation into law, and then we can celebrate for the American people. - President Donald J. Trump

  

Turkey Leaks Secret Locations of U.S. Troops in Syria (Worthy News) - In the latest display of Turkish anger at U.S. policy in Syria, the state news agency has divulged the locations of 10 U.S. military bases and outposts in northern Syria where the U.S. is leading an operation to destroy the so-called Islamic State in its self-styled capital of Raqqa. The list published by the Anadolu news agency points to a U.S. presence from one end to the other of the Kurdish self-administration region—a distance of more than 200 miles. The Anadolu news agency even listed the number of U.S. troops in several locations and in two instances stipulated the presence of French special forces. Turkey has openly criticized the Trump administration—and the Obama administration before it—for relying in the battle against ISIS on a militia led by Kurds affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK. A separatist movement now at war with Turkey, the PKK has been listed by the U.S., EU, and Turkey as a terror organization.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

 

Credible Terrorist Threats Have Pastors Cancelling Summer Services (Charisma) The churches of Egypt are temporarily shutting down their summer activities. "I asked all our churches and conference centers to cancel their trips and events for the next three weeks," Dr. Andrea Zaki, president of the Protestant Churches of Egypt, told World Watch Monitor. "There is news they could be targeted by radicals." The announcement comes six weeks after an Ascension Day church trip to the St. Samuel Monastery in Minya was ambushed by the Islamic State group on May 26. Thirty Copts were killed in the attack, including women and children. A recent uptick in targeted violence has left five Copts murdered mysteriously in the past six weeks, as reported by World Watch Monitor. Hundreds of Copts fled their homes in Sinai in March, warned by IS via flyers amid individual killings.

 

 

WORLD

 

Trump Ends CIA Arms Support for Anti-Assad Syria Rebels (Worthy News) - The Trump administration has decided to halt the CIA's covert program to equip and train certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two U.S. officials said, a move sought by Assad ally Russia. The U.S. decision, said one of the officials, is part of an effort by the administration to improve relations with Russia, which along with Iranian-supported groups has largely succeeded in preserving Assad's government in the six-year-civil war. The CIA program began in 2013 as part of efforts by the administration of then-President Barack Obama to overthrow Assad, but produced little success, said the officials, both of whom are familiar with the program and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

 

Israel Working with Jordan and Palestinians to Calm Temple Mount Crisis (JP) Amid unconfirmed reports that Saudi Arabia and Israel have exchanged messages over tension on the Temple Mount following Friday’s attack there, government sources said Wednesday that Israel’s main interlocutors in trying to calm the situation are the Jordanians and the Palestinian Authority. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke soon after the attack with both Jordan’s King Hussein and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to keep the situation from spiraling out of control.

 

Palestinian Authority’s 2017 Budget Shows ‘Huge Increase’ in Funding for Terror Payments (Worthy News) - The Palestinian Authority’s 2017 budget shows a “huge increase” in the funding of salaries for imprisoned terrorists and the families of “martyrs,” an Israeli research institute revealed on Wednesday. According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the amount of money allocated by the PA for payments to terrorists jailed in Israel rose 13% this year to $158 million — compared to $135 million in 2016. During the same time frame, disbursements for family members of dead terrorists increased by 4% — to $197 million from $183 million. Overall, PMW said, the PA is spending $355 million this year on the direct funding of terrorism.

 

Beijing is On Board with Advancing the Peace Process, says Abbas (JP) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he believes China is prepared to contribute to advancing the peace process. “I was honored to meet the Chinese President [Xi Jinping] yesterday... I noticed his great interest in what is happening in the region and his preparedness to play a positive role to push the peace process forward,” Abbas said in a speech at the Chinese Academy of Governance in Beijing. Abbas arrived in China on Tuesday for a four-day state visit, at the invitation of Xi. Abbas praised China’s fourpoint plan to resolve the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, and said the Palestinians are ready to coordinate with Beijing to implement it.

 

Major US Aid Recipients Pakistan, Lebanon Among ‘Terrorist Safe Havens’ in State Dep’t Report (CNS) Countries identified as “terrorist safe havens” in the annual State Department terrorism report released Wednesday include major recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, including military aid. Pakistan and Lebanon stand out, since in both cases the report indicates that their governments’ approaches towards terrorism are part of the problem. Although several other key U.S. aid recipients, notably Iraq, Egypt and Afghanistan, are also listed as “safe havens,” in those cases government efforts battling terrorists are noted. Other “safe havens” include countries where large areas are ungoverned, such as Libya and Yemen.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

O.J. GRANTED PAROLE (Fox) O.J. Simpson was granted parole at a hearing in Carson City, Nev. He could be released on or after Oct. 1, 2017.

 

Trump Blasts Attorney General Sessions (NewsMax) President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions attorney general if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, telling The New York Times that the decision was "very unfair to the president." "Sessions should have never recused himself – and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump told the Times in an Oval Office interview. The attorney general, the former six-term Republican senator from Alabama, was one of Trump's earliest supporters on Capitol Hill. He recused himself from the Justice Department's Russia probe in March, though he beat back accusations that he had misled Congress in not disclosing two meetings with a Russian ambassador last year. "Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president," President Trump said. "How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.' "It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president." Regarding the Moscow probe itself, President Trump said that, as far as he knew, he was not under investigation himself.

 

SESSIONS STAYS (Fox) Attorney General Jeff Sessions tells reporters he has the ‘honor’ of serving and will continue to do so ‘as long as that is appropriate,’ after President Trump criticized his decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe.

 

Sen. McCain Diagnosed with Brain Tumor (NewsMax) Sen. John McCain has an aggressive brain cancer — the same type that felled former Sen. Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden's eldest son, CNN reported Wednesday night CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta revealed the shocking news, saying he had the permission of the Arizona Republican to speak with his doctors and reveal publicly he had “an aggressive type of brain cancer," Gupta reported. "That was what was causing his problems" that prompted an operation above his left eye, he explained, referring to fatigue, apparent confusion, and blurry vision McCain experienced recently.

 

Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort to Testify before Senate Judiciary Committee Next Week (Fox) Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are scheduled to testify next Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russia’s attempted meddling in the presidential race. Jared Kushner is set to appear before the Senate Intel Committee on Monday.

  

Snopes Examines Lies and Misleading Claims made by Media Against Trump (Worthy News) - Snopes.com is sometimes derided by conservatives as a liberal news operation disguised as a fact-checking site.  But this month, Snopes put out a report favorable to President Trump, concluding that, yes, he is the victim of lies in the news and in social media. In a way, the report bolsters Mr. Trump’s Twitter rants against “fake news.” Snopes writes about a “major strand of falsehood about the president that feeds into his persona as a bumbling fool, prone to accidents and devoid of any cultural sophistication.” The Snopes report generally shies away from criticizing the established news media — the liberal New York Times-CNN-Washington Post-led anti-Trump reporting that the president castigates the most.

 

Senate Holdouts 'Optimistic' After Late Meetings to Revive Obamacare Replacement Bill (Worthy News) - Senate Republicans late Wednesday moved to revive legislation to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare, offering changes to the bill in a two-hour meeting with moderate and conservative holdouts that lawmakers said brought them closer to consensus. "We had some great discussions," Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told the Washington Examiner. "I'm entirely optimistic." Lee is among the Republican lawmakers who refused to support a motion to proceed to a debate on the repeal and replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Lee wants language to ensure lower premiums by allowing health insurers to offer plans outside of the Obamacare mandates and in a separate pool from high-risk consumers.

 

McConnell: We Will Vote Next Week on Motion to Proceed on Health Care Bill (CNS) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters at the White House Wednesday that the Senate will vote next week on a motion to proceed, saying Republican senators wouldn't be able to honor their commitment to the voters to repeal or replace Obamacare "unless we get on the bill." McConnell and other Republican senators had lunch with the president to discuss the health care bill.

 

Under Obamacare, Federal Health Spending Will Double Defense in FY19 (CNS) Under current law--which, of course, includes Obamacare and its insurance-premium subsidies and expansion of Medicaid--total federal spending on major health-care programs will double federal spending on defense in fiscal 2019, according to the latest budget projections published by the Congressional Budget Office. In fiscal 2018, according to the CBO’s estimates published June 29, total federal spending on major health care programs will be approximately $1.194 trillion and federal spending on defense will be approximately $603 billion. That would make health care spending 1.98 times as great as defense spending. But then in fiscal 2019, according to CBO, total federal spending on major health-care programs will rise to approximately $1,292,000,000,000 while defense spending will rise to approximately $626,000,000,000.

 

FOX NEWS POLL (Fox) 68 percent of voters are concerned about war with North Korea, according to a new Fox News poll. A majority of American voters thinks military force will be required to stop the country from continuing work on nuclear weapons and half favor the U.S. using such force.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

 

Trump Warns Mueller Against Probing Family Finances (NewsMax) President Donald Trump on Wednesday cautioned Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller from delving into his family's finances, saying he would consider the move as crossing a red line. "I would say yes," Trump told The New York Times in an interview in the Oval Office. "I think that’s a violation. "Look, this is about Russia," he said. The president did not say what he would do should that occur, and he did not say whether he would direct the Justice Department to fire Mueller. In addition, Trump would not tell the Times under what circumstances he might order Mueller's termination – though he left open the possibility. Trump did, however, accuse Mueller of hiring many lawyers for the Moscow investigation who have contributed to Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign.

 

President Issues Statement Calling McCain 'Fighter' (Fox) President Trump says, 'Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,' after the senator was diagnosed with a brain tumor. 'Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family.  Get well soon.'

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Marine Warned: Lose Your Guns or Lose Your Kid (1NewsNow) A retired Marine was warned by a Michigan judge that if he did not get rid of his guns that he keeps for protection, he and his wife would not be allowed to be the foster parents of their grandson. William and Jill Johnson were asked by the state of Michigan to be foster parents of their grandson to keep him from not going into foster care with parents outside his family, and the couple happily agreed. However, one stipulation was given. “But during the course of the necessary paperwork for the placement, a local judge stunned them with the warning that they no longer would have all of their constitutional rights,” WND reported. The judge in the case – filed with the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan – candidly admitted that the court was denying the veteran’s rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution … if he wanted to keep his grandson. “We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home,” complaint the judge stated, according to the complaint.

 

California Proposes Jail Time for Using the Wrong Pronoun for Transgenders (CBN) California is on its way to passing a new law that makes it illegal to call transgender senior citizens a pronoun they don't like. For example, if an elderly person who was born male and lives in a long-term care facility wishes to be called "her" or "she," the workers there had better do it or face the consequences.  The proposed law would even apply to Christian facilities.  SB 219, titled the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident's Bill of Rights," states, "It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to....  willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident's preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns."  It imposes fines and jail time on any long-term care employee who refuses to use transgender pronouns.  Fines for repeat offenders could be as high as $1,000 and a jail term of up to a year.

 

UFC Hall of Famer Offers Sharp Warning to Christians Wary of Sharing their Faith (TheBlaze) Former mixed martial arts fighter Ken Shamrock is urging Christians to “not sit on your Bible” in a time when many believers feel their faith is marginalized by society. “Don’t sit on your Bible,” Shamrock urged Sunday while delivering the sermon at Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, California. “Don’t hug it to your chest and keep it to yourself. God created you a certain way. Just because you’ve become a Christian doesn’t mean you become passive.” Many within the Christian community have long heard the adage that faith is personal but not private. Shamrock emphasized that lesson over the weekend, urging the Golden State congregation to openly share their beliefs with those around them, The Christian Post reported. The retired wrestler and UFC Hall of Fame inductee encouraged listeners to never “pass up an opportunity to spread God’s gospel or his word because it is eternal life or eternal damnation.”

 

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Police: Taxi Cab Thief Posed as Driver; Picked Up Fares (UPI) Philadelphia police said a woman who stole a taxi picked up fares and pretended to be a cab driver before she was arrested by officers. The Philadelphia Police Department said the 65-year-old suspect hailed a cab about midnight Thursday and she asked the driver to pull over while in route to the Sugarhouse Casino. The woman told the driver she wanted to get something to drink, and the man got out to help the woman because she seemed to be having difficulty walking, police said. Police said the woman jumped into the driver's seat and drove away, leaving the cab driver stranded in the road. "After stealing the cab, she actually drove several blocks and picked up a fare," Chief Inspector Scott Small told KYW-TV. "I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before," Small told Philly.com of the "bizarre" crime. The suspect will be charged with auto theft and receiving stolen property, police said.

 

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