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Nissan 01, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 03/28/17

 

 

UPDATE

 

'UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE US' (Fox) The father of an 18-year-old Rockville High School student charged with the rape of a fellow classmate has been arrested for being in the country illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE spokesperson Sarah Rodriguez said 43-year-old Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes was arrested last Friday “after a review of his immigration history revealed he was unlawfully present in the United States” from Guatemala. Sanchez-Reyes has been issued a notice to appear in immigration court and is currently being detained at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup. Sanchez-Reyes is the father of 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian, one of two teenage students charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offenses of a 14-year-old girl inside a bathroom at the Montgomery County high school.

 

 

WEATHER

 

Weather Update for our Box 2 Radio Listening Area: Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs around 66°F. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows around 50°F. Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Highs around 68°F. Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows around 52°F.

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

China Building 100,000-Strong Marine Corps (NewsMax) China plans to increase the size of its marine corps five-fold, from 20,000 personnel to 100,000, the South China Morning Post reports. The move is intended to protect China's territorial waters as well as its interests throughout the world, the news site said. China has come under criticism from its Asian neighbors and from the United States for the construction of man-made islands in disputed waters that it claims as its own. Satellite images have shown what experts believe to be military activity on the islands. "The PLA marines will be increased to 100,000, consisting of six brigades in the coming future to fulfil new missions of our country," the SCMP quoted one source.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Christians Fleeing Islamic Terror Denied Food in Nigerian Refugee Camps (CBN) Nigerian Christians fleeing persecution by the Islamic terror group known as Boko Haram are reportedly being denied access to food and other essential supplies because of their faith. According to Open Doors USA, the discrimination is primarily happening in the Muslim-majority area of northeastern Nigeria.

 

 

WORLD

 

Israelis Warned of Increased ISIS Threat Abroad Ahead of Passover Holiday (Jerusalem Post) Leading into the Passover and summer travel seasons, Israel has raised travel warnings to the highest level, cautioning Israelis against traveling to Egypt's Sinai region, Prime Minister’s Office Counter-Terrorism Bureau Chief Eitan Ben David said at a special media briefing on Monday. Ben David said that “the threat has grown, including to Israelis in the coming period and is the gravest level of threat.” “Attacks on the Egyptian military, on Coptic Christians…ISIS rockets fired at Eilat and videos from ISIS against Israelis show the high motivation and power of terror groups there [to attack Israelis]," said Ben David. “We don’t expect them [ISIS] to respect red-lines.”

 

Le Pen: I Will Quit Office if French Reject Euro-Zone Exit (SRN) right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says that if her plan to pull France from the euro currency is rejected by the French she will resign. Le Pen, speaking Monday on Europe 1 radio, reiterated her plan to hold a referendum on the euro issue if elected president, and “If it’s no, I will go.” She said that a show of support for the eurozone means the French “choose a model of governance imposed by the European Union” — which Le Pen also wants to exit. It also means, she said, that “70 percent of my project cannot be put in place.” Le Pen is at the top of polls ahead of the April 23 and May 7 voting, along with independent centrist Emmanuel Macron.

 

FBI Technology Led to Breakthrough in Final Weeks of JCC Investigation (Jerusalem Post) The FBI’s top attaché to Israel, Cary Gleicher, met with FBI Director James Comey in Washington on March 6 to discuss an ongoing investigation into a series of bomb threats that shook Jewish community centers across the United States. Comey, who was having a busy week, made time to speak with Gleicher about the bomb threats investigation. Eight days later, 14 FBI agents and technical experts arrived in Israel and held a series of meetings at the Lod headquarters of Lahav 433, Israel’s elite police investigative unit, where they discussed the gaps in locating the suspect. Moreover, the FBI brought sophisticated technology to the investigation that the Israel Police did not have access to previously, which turned out to be essential in locating the suspect. It was a successful “collaboration between subject matters experts,” said Gleicher, who did not divulge specifics of the collaboration that resulted in the apprehension of the suspect in Ashkelon.

 

Netanyahu to AIPAC: Israel Has No Greater Friend than America (CBN) The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) kicked off the second day of its annual conference with a speech from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Speaking to the crowds via satellite from Jerusalem on Monday, Netanyahu began his address with praise for U.S. policy makers. "Thank you to the bipartisan leadership of Congress and to the many members of the House and Senate who have come to show support for the great Israel-U.S. alliance," Netanyahu. "I have said this before and I will say it again, Israel has no greater friend than America and America has no greater friend than Israel," he continued. "I am confident our alliance will grow even stronger in the years ahead," he predicted. "As you know, I had an exceptionally warm meeting with President Trump last month. I want to thank the president for his strong support for Israel." Netanyahu also took the time to congratulate the newly appointed U.S ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, on his role and invited him to visit Jerusalem.

 

Peru: Torrential Rains Causing Devastating Floods; 78 People Dead (Christian Headlines) Torrential rains have been causing devastating floods in Peru which have gotten even worse in the last couple weeks. According to the Christian Telegraph, 78 people have lost their lives in the floods and 100,000 have been made homeless. Houses, schools, crops, and livelihoods have been devastated indiscriminately and there seems to be no end in sight to the floods.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

OKLAHOMA OFFICER KILLED (Fox) A 22-year-old police officer in central Oklahoma died Monday after a shootout with a man trying to escape a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police announced. Officer Justin Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said. The suspect was also shot and was in intensive care Monday morning, Kidney added. Terney pulled over a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Tecumseh, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, police said. The suspect, -- who was apparently a passenger -- bolted as Terney checked with dispatchers to see if he had any outstanding warrants, according to Kidney. Terney used a stun gun on the man but it was ineffective, Kidney said. The man then shot at Terney, who returned fire. Both men were wounded and paramedics rushed them to OU Medical Center. Kidney said Terney, who graduated from police academy last summer, was shot in the "lower extremities." He was hit three times, Fox 25 reported. He said authorities are still working to confirm the identity of the suspect, who was also shot multiple times.

 

SANCTUARY CRACKDOWN (Fox) Attorney General Jeff Sessions took aim at so-called sanctuary cities, telling reporters that local policies of not working with federal immigration authorities to ensure illegal immigrants detained by law enforcement are deported 'cannot continue.' Sessions said federal funding will be withheld from communities that do not cooperate.

 

EPA Chief: Trump to Undo Obama Plan to Curb Global Warming (NewsMax) President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor's sweeping plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday. EPA chief Scott Pruitt said the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The 2015 rule has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals court considers a challenge by coal-friendly Republican-led states and more than 100 companies.

 

Kushner to Head New Office Tasked with Fixing Government Inefficiency (Jerusalem Post) President Donald Trump will appoint his son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, to head a newly created office tasked with organizing the government's vast bureaucracy, The Washington Post reported Monday. The White House Office of American Innovation, designed to restructure complicated state institutions to resemble an efficient company, will look to giant tech firms and CEOs in order to adopt ideas to the new commission. Described in the paper as the administration's "SWAT team," the project will benefit from the assistance of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. “We should have excellence in government,” Kushner told the Post. “The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”

 

Freedom Caucus Had Secret Pact, Led to AHCA's Failure (NewsMax) Members of the House Freedom Caucus pledged to stick together on opposing the GOP healthcare replacement bill, leading to the legislation's implosion. Politico reports that the group’s vice chairman, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, set forth the commitment that no member would commit his vote on the American Health Care Act without consulting the rest, ensuring that not even a personal appeal by President Donald Trump could “peel them off one by one.”

 

Not over Yet: GOP Optimistic After Health Care Defeat (CBN) GOP House members are going back to the drawing board to come up with a new health care plan after failing last week to take the first steps towards dismantling Obamacare. Despite the failure, House Republicans say they're not giving up, and even the Freedom Caucus is vowing to help get the job done.

 

In 24 States, 50% or More of Babies Born on Medicaid; New Mexico Leads Nation With 72% (CNS) In 24 of the nation’s 50 states at least half of the babies born during the latest year on record had their births paid for by Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. New Mexico led all states with 72 percent of the babies born there in 2015 having their births covered by Medicaid. Arkansas ranked second with 67 percent; Louisiana ranked third with 65 percent; and three states—Mississippi, Nevada and Wisconsin—tied for fourth place with 64 percent of babies born there covered by Medicaid. New Hampshire earned the distinction of having the smallest percentage of babies born on Medicaid. In that state, Medicaid paid for the births of only 27 percent of the babies born in 2015.

 

A 94-year-old Indiana woman is celebrating 44 years of working at McDonald’s (SRN) The Evansville Courier & Press reports friends and co-workers threw a party for Loraine Maurer, of Evansville, last week. Maurer started working at McDonald’s in 1973 and has been a fixture behind the counter at several locations in the area ever since. Maurer works the breakfast shift on Friday and Saturday mornings. Franchise owner Katie Kenworthy tells the newspaper that people “come from all over town to see her and make sure they get their coffee or oatmeal made the Loraine way.” Maurer tells ABC News that she has thought about retirement, but “would miss it too much.”

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Ivanka Trump to Attend Women’s Economic Summit in Berlin (SRN) Ivanka Trump is planning a trip to Germany to attend a summit on the economic empowerment of women, a senior administration official says. The first daughter was invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during Merkel’s recent White House visit, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss details of the trip by name and requested anonymity. The W20 summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, will be in Berlin in late April. Ivanka Trump’s plans are still being worked out, but she hopes to study successful apprenticeship programs during her visit. Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday night: “Looking forward to promoting the role of women in the economy and the future of our workforce globally.” President Donald Trump spoke about the plans during a roundtable meeting with women small business owners Monday. He praised his daughter’s efforts on economic policies for women, saying “She’ll be working on similar issues with Chancellor Merkel.  That will be very exciting for you.” Merkel and Ivanka Trump spent time together when Merkel visited the White House to meet with President Donald Trump. At the request of German officials, the first daughter helped arrange a meeting between American and German business leaders to discuss vocational training.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

NYC: Bus with Anti-Transgender Message is Vandalized (Christian Headlines) A bus with an anti-transgender message has been vandalized by pro-transgender activists in New York City. USA Today reports that the bus is called the “Free Speech Bus” and was carrying a group of people touring the East Coast as part of an event organized by the National Organization for Marriage and Citizen Go. The tour group was inside the United Nations building in NYC when the bus was scratched with a key, had its windows smashed, and was spray painted with phrases such as “Trans Liberation.” The driver of the bus was present at the time of the attack. He was reportedly knocked down when he tried to stop the vandalism, but was unhurt. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said that the vandalism would not prevent them from getting their message out. The New York City Police Department said the vandalism is being investigated.

 

High School Student Threatened for Using Anti-Feminist Hashtag (Fox) Kerby Martin, a high school junior from Cypress, Texas, had been working on a school essay about several myths pushed by feminists about gender inequality, specifically focusing on how third-wave feminism only divides people. So, she tweeted out a picture of herself in an anti-feminist shirt that read “#Meninist” to prove that third-wave feminists were only tolerant towards liberals. Within hours, she was proven right. Within minutes she received more than 200 negative responses. Martin told Red Alert Politics that liberals started threatening to egg her car, wishing she’d learn her lesson by getting raped, or telling her to die.

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

CNN’s Stelter Approves of Media Covering Up Rape by Illegals (MRC) CNN host Brian Stelter doesn’t think the Rockville Rape case deserves media attention. He’s supposed to be a media analyst, but he’s more like a MEDIA APOLOGIST! As the Media Research Center has reported extensively, there has been a virtual media blackout of the horrifying events in Rockville, Maryland, where an illegal immigrant and his accomplice are accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a high school bathroom. This took place in Montgomery County, which is essentially a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. While Fox News has provided detailed coverage of the case, every other news network – ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC – has all but ignored it. On Sunday’s episode of CNN’s Reliable Sources, Stelter complained that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson called out CNN and others for ignoring the Rockville Rape story. Stelter defended CNN’s non-coverage of the Rockville horror, and claimed that Fox only covered it because it fits "the political agenda of those pro-Trump hosts on Fox.” Part of the Media Research Center’s mission is to expose biased reporting and attempts to censor stories by the liberal media when the stories don’t fit their left-wing agenda. This is a perfect example of the latter.

 

Judge Jeanine Pirro: Paul Ryan Must Go. Now (Fox) Paul Ryan needs to step down as Speaker of the House. The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill. The one trumpeted to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The one that he had seven years to work on. The one he hid under lock and key in the basement of Congress. The one that had to be pulled to prevent the embarrassment of not having enough votes to pass. But this bill didn't just fail -- it failed when Republicans had the House, the Senate, the White House. And the timing? It failed within the first 70 days of President Donald Trump's administration. A president who made replacement of ObamaCare the hallmark of his campaign. And then used valuable political capital to accomplish it. Americans elected the one man they believed could do it. A complete outsider. Someone beholden to no one -- but them. And Speaker Ryan, you come in, with all your swagger and experience, and you sell him a bill of goods which ends up a complete and total failure. And you allow our president, in his first one hundred days, to come out of the box like that? Based on what?  Your legislative expertise? Your knowledge of the arcane ins and outs of the bill writing process? Your relationships? What? Your drinks at the Hay-Adams with your pals? Folks, I want to be clear: this is NOT on President Trump. No one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know which individuals upon whom he would be able to rely? Many of them, friends and establishment colleagues of Speaker Ryan.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Pregnant Cow Chases Down Kentucky Police Officer (UPI) -- A police officer in Kentucky had a close encounter with a pregnant cow when the protective bovine charged him on a local road. Hazard Police Department shared video of the large Texas longhorn as it chased Officer Elvin Hendrix down the road Monday night. "There's never a dull moment around here," police said. "Yes, that's a cow. Yes, it was chasing one of our officers." The cow's owner, Scott Williams, responded to the Facebook video and informed officers the cow's name is Daisy and said he hoped to have her captured within a few days.

 

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

 

 

Adar 29, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 03/27/17

 

 

UPDATE

 

MORE TROOPS TO MIDEAST (Fox) Two companies are leaving their base in Ft. Bragg, N.C. and deploying to the Middle East at the request of the top American commander in Baghdad, a U.S. defense official tells Fox News.

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

NSA Whistleblower: Trump, Supreme Court, Congress Likely Spied On (TheBlaze) A former National Security Agency employee claimed in a shocking interview Friday night the NSA likely did spy on President Donald Trump’s phone calls and emails, as well as those belonging to justices on the Supreme Court, members of Congress, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” hosted by longtime journalist Tucker Carlson, former NSA employee Bill Binney revealed he believes the NSA likely did spy on Trump and may even be spying on him now. “Inside NSA … they’re targeting and looking at all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress—both House and Senate—as well as the White House,” Binney said. “And all of this data is there inside NSA at this small group, where they’re looking at it. And the idea is to see what people with power over you, what they think, what they think you should be doing, what they’re planning to do to you, your budget or whatever, so you can try to counteract it before it actually happens.” Binney’s claim comes just days after Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, announced he had seen evidence showing information on Donald Trump’s presidential transition team had been “incidentally” collected by U.S. intelligence officers while investigating others. Nunes says the collection occurred after the Presidential Election had ended.

 

Ex-FBI Kallstrom: Trump Faces ‘Fifth Column’ (NewsMax) A former assistant FBI director during the President Bill Clinton administration lashed out on the felonious intelligence community leaks, saying it is "disgusting" and "disgraceful" a "fifth column" is embedded working against President Donald Trump. "From time to time there's been leaks, but nothing like today," James Kallstrom told Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y. "We have a fifth column that's marching strong against our president, marching strong against our culture and the American way. "And it is just disgusting."

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

107 Congressmen Urge India to Stop Discriminating Against Christian Charities (CBN) One hundred and seven members of Congress wrote a letter to India's Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh asking him to allow Compassion International to continue its work in India. While they are "long-time supporters of U.S. - India partnership" the Indian government's targeting of Compassion International has "caused serious concern within the U.S. Congress," the lawmakers wrote. The Christian charity spent decades providing care to thousands of India's poorest children. However, it recently closed its doors in the country after the government accused the charity of converting the children to Christianity. A Ministry of External Affairs official told the New York Times that the charity's "partners were violating Indian law by engaging in religious activities."

 

 

WORLD

 

TERRORIST LEADER KILLED (Fox) US Department of Defense confirms that Qari Yasin, a well-known al Qaeda terrorist leader responsible for the deaths of two American service members and dozens of other innocent people, was killed in a March 19 airstrike.

 

Aggressive New U.S. Approach Paying Off in War on ISIS (CBN) A more aggressive approach to fighting ISIS seems to be paying off. The United States airlifted Arab Syrian rebels and Kurds into the terrorist group's stronghold city Raqqa, which is their headquarters or "capital." It signals a move by the Trump administration to become more involved in the conflict, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it's working. "Hard-fought victories in Iraq and Syria have swung the momentum in our coalition's favor," Tillerson says. Tillerson met with that 68-nation coalition Wednesday in Washington. He says it carried out more than 19,000 targeted strikes, freeing cities in Iraq and Syria. The latest report by the State Department shows 62 percent of the territory once controlled by ISIS in Iraq is now free, and 30 percent in Syria.

 

Tillerson Enacts Trump's 'Extreme Vetting' of Travel Visas (NewsMax) The Trump administration is adding new security checks on non-U.S. citizen tourists, business travelers, and relatives of American residents requesting visas. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent cables last week to all American embassies ordering the increased scrutiny on visa applicants – the first evidence of the "extreme vetting" President Donald Trump has promised. "Consular officers should not hesitate to refuse any case presenting security concerns," Tillerson wrote in the cable dated March 15, "All visa decisions are national security decisions."

 

Mosul: 400,000 People Still Trapped in City by ISIS (Christian Headlines) Some 400,000 Iraqis are facing food shortages while they are trapped in the Islamic State-controlled part of west Mosul amidst fighting, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said this week. Most civilians have avoided leaving for fear of Islamic State snipers and landmines, but an estimated 157,000 have reached a reception and transit center in the past month. Fighting has been centered around the Old City this past week, but Islamic State militants still control some 40 percent of western Mosul. It’s estimated that the fighting to recapture Mosul could take weeks, according to SRNNews.com. For now, civilians trapped in the Old City are facing shortages of food, fuel and electricity.

 

Iran Sanctions 15 US Firms (Jerusalem Post) Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 US companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. The agency quoted Iran's foreign ministry as saying the companies had "flagrantly violated human rights" and cooperated with Israel against the Palestinians. It was not immediately clear if any of the companies, which included defense technology firm Raytheon, had any dealings with Iran or whether they would be affected in any way by Tehran's action, which IRNA said would include seizure of their assets and a ban on contacts with them. The Iranian move came two days after the United States imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program, or for violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria.

 

David's Sling Air Defense Shield to be Fully Operation in Israel in Early April (Worthy News) - As tensions mount between Israel and its neighbors, the country’s David's Sling missile defense system will be operationally ready in the next two weeks. “In the next few weeks we will finish a long process of testing a new weapons system that will join the air force,” said Lt.-Col. Kobi Regev, the David’s Sling battalion commander. “The new and more advanced system, which is connected with our two older systems, the Iron Dome and Arrow Missile Defense System, is more relevant to the threats posed to Israeli citizens.” Along with the Iron Dome, which is designed to intercept short-range rockets, and the Arrow, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, David’s Sling intercepts tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets, as well as cruise missiles fired at ranges between 40 km.-300 km.

 

Russians Work to Eradicate 'Christian Cult' From Their Borders (Charisma) Russia's Supreme Court is to consider whether Jehovah's Witnesses is an "extremist" organization after the justice ministry applied for an order to shut down the group's national headquarters near St. Petersburg. The U.S.-founded Jehovah's Witnesses says it numbers about 8 million people worldwide. The religious organization is known for its foreign ministries as well as its door-to-door campaigns but has had problems for years with Russian authorities, who view it as a pernicious cult, an allegation it denies.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

OHIO SHOOTING (Fox) Fifteen people were shot and one person was killed at a Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday morning, officials said. Cincinnati police say there were "at least a couple of shooters" who opened fire inside of Cameo nightclub. The shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m., WLWT reported. “We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims,” Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate told WLWT. The victims were taken to four area hospitals. Some drove themselves and others were taken by ambulance. WLWT reports that at least one of the wounded is in critical condition at a hospital. Capt. Kim Williams says authorities are not sure what prompted the shooting. Neudigate‏ tweeted that "there are no indications this incident is terrorism related." Several officers were working security detail at the club and performed first aid and tried to revive the person that died, Williams said. Williams added that the scene was chaotic when the gunfire erupted, prompting a lot of people leaving the scene. "The biggest problem when you have a large crowd like this and the shots ring out, a lot of the witnesses disappear," Williams said. Police are interviewing witnesses and asking anyone with information to come forward. Police do not have any suspects at the moment, and the investigation is ongoing.

 

Report: GOP Expects 'Smoking Gun' on Obama Surveillance (NewsMax) Republicans in Congress are expecting a "smoking gun" showing the Obama administration intentionally spied on Trump associates, and possibly President Donald Trump himself, Fox News reported. According to Fox News, classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, supposedly seen by House Intelligence Committee chair, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., came from multiple sources. Citing its own unnamed sources, Fox News said the intelligence backed up information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes even before President Donald Trump accused his predecessor of having bugged him. "The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump," Fox News reported.

 

Spicer: ‘More Evidence That CNN Colluded with the Clinton Campaign’ Than Any Kind of Trump Campaign Collusion (CNS) White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer criticized CNN Thursday for reporting that U.S. officials are investigating that associates of the president communicated with suspected Russian operatives to coordinate the release of information that damaged the Hillary Clinton campaign. “I think there’s probably more evidence that CNN colluded with the Clinton campaign to give her debate questions than the Trump campaign gave any kind of collusion. So I think when it comes down to that reporting, it is filled with a bunch of subjective terms about this person may have done this, possibly could have done that,” Spicer said.

 

Maryland Governor Vows to Veto Sanctuary Bill (CNS) In the wake of two teens, one of whom is a confirmed illegal immigrant, being charged with the brutal rape of a 14-year old girl in Maryland, the governor of that state is vowing to veto a bill which would make the state a sanctuary for illegals. Protesters on both sides of the debate converged on a nearby elementary school earlier Thursday during a visit by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And the White House has weighed in, saying President Donald Trump has made a crackdown on illegal immigration a priority "because of tragedies like this." The latest flashpoint in the immigration debate started out as a sexual assault case. Last Friday, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.

 

KEYSTONE XL APPROVED (Fox) Trump administration issues presidential permit to TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump Voters Spare Him Blame (NewsMax) The day after the flaming out of U.S. President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative, his supporters across America were lashing out - at conservatives, at Democrats, at leaders of his Republican Party in Congress. Only Trump himself was spared their wrath. Many voters who elected him appeared largely willing to give him a pass on the collapse of his campaign promise to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, stressing his short time in office. "Being a businessman, he'll not take 'no' for an answer," said Tony Nappi, a 71-year-old from Trinity, Florida, one of the many disappointed Republicans on his weekend softball team. "He'll get the job done." Support for Trump appeared unflagging, from the playing fields of a Republican stronghold in central Florida to the small-town diners of North Carolina, the suburbs of Arkansas and the streets of working-class Staten Island in New York City.

 

Trump Gave Germany's Merkel 'Invoice' for NATO Expenses (NewsMax) President Donald Trump reportedly mocked up a £300 billion NATO invoice for Germany's Angela Merkel, handing it to her during their meeting, according to the U.K.'s Independent, but Merkel "ignored the provocation" and "outrageous" move. "The concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations," a German source told the U.K.'s "The Sunday Times." The £300 billion total was reportedly estimated by Trump administration officials at his behest to be how much Germany has underspent on defense for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, including interest of £50 billion over the past 12 years.

 

‘ObamaCare Will Explode’ (Twitter) “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!”

 

20,000 New American Jobs (Twitter) “Today, I was thrilled to announce a commitment of $25 BILLION & 20K AMERICAN JOBS over the next 4 years. THANK YOU Charter Communications!”

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Blue Lives Matter Flag Deemed 'Racist,' Ordered to Come Down (Fox) A Florida woman is being told to take down her Blue Lives Matter flag that's been flying for several years now by her home owners’ association. Jeff Gaddie told Action News Jacksonville that his daughter in St. Johns County has been flying the flag to honor him and many other family members who are law enforcement. "She called to ask why," Gaddie said. "They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-Black Lives Matter,” he said. The association asked the woman, who did not want to be identified for fear of backlash, to submit a request for permission to fly the flag, which has since been denied.

 

Chaplains Allowed to Pray at Air Force Base Despite Atheist Complaints (Christian Headlines) Chaplains will continue to be allowed to pray at the New Hampshire Air National Guard base although an atheist organization tried to put an end to the prayers. OneNewsNow.com reports that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to the New Hampshire Air National Guard demanding that they disallow prayer during military ceremonies. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL) invoked the help of the Christian legal group, First Liberty Institute, which sent a letter to the Air Force base, explaining that it is perfectly legal to allow prayer during military ceremonies and that they don’t need to give in to the scare tactics of the FFRF. CARL Executive Director Ron Crews praised the Air Base’s decision to continue to allow chaplains to pray.

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

Mark Levin: One Short Paragraph (TheBlaze) “Mr. Ryan, you continue with your mantra, that the GOP is now a governing party not an opposition party.  These are words that apply to you.  You failed to develop a plan that embraced market capitalism and you did not involve the GOP conservatives in the early phases of drafting your plan.  You tried to force this plan through, adopted a few changes, but mostly continued with big-government ideas and much of Obamacare's essential elements.  The failure to govern is on the GOP leadership.  And the failure to uphold the repeal promise with an actual repeal of most of Obamacare is also on the GOP leadership.  These troubling circumstances could have been avoided.”

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Police: Robber Breaks Leg, Calls for Help, Gets Arrested (ABC) A robber in Virginia ruined his own getaway — first by breaking his leg in a jump off a balcony, and then by calling an ambulance to help him. Police say 21-year-old Leoul Yosef will be charged with burglary for robbing an Alexandria apartment on Wednesday and then jumping off the second-story balcony after the owner returned home. Fairfax County Police Officer Don Gatthardt says Yosef left tracks in the snow when he jumped.

 

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

 

 

Adar 26, 5777 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 03/24/17

 

 

UPDATE

 

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT (Fox) White House officials said late Thursday President Trump wants the House to vote Friday on the legislation to begin dismantling ObamaCare, and if it fails, he is “done with health care,” and ready to move on to tax reform, a source told Fox News. "My understanding is he’s going to get it," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on "The O'Reilly Factor." Earlier Thursday, Republican leaders canceled a vote after leadership's attempts to lobby enough votes apparently failed.

 

 

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Terrorist Stopped in the Act in Belgium, Carrying Out London-Style Strike (CBN) Belgian authorities have raised security in the port of Antwerp after a car with French license plates drove at high speed through a busy shopping street, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way. The federal prosecutor's office said the car was intercepted late Thursday morning at the port docks and a Frenchman living in France was arrested. Authorities then raised security in the center of town, in places where people normally gather. In the car, authorities said they found knives, a shotgun and a gas can with an unknown liquid. The office said "because of these elements, and the events in London yesterday, the case is being taken on by the federal prosecutor's office," which usually deals with extremist attacks. Prime Minister Charles Michel said "we remain vigilant. Our security services have done excellent work."

 

 

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Vicar of Baghdad Says Christianity is 'Over' in Iraq (CBN) Fourteen years after U.S. and coalition forces invaded Iraq and removed former president Saddam Hussein, a prominent priest is warning that Christianity is all but dead in the war-torn nation. Canon Andrew White, known as the "Vicar of Baghdad", says the "time has come" where Christianity "is over" in Iraq. White says years of persecution by radical Muslims has taken a toll on the country's Christian community. Christians have lived in Iraq for centuries. Once known as the cradle of Christianity, today their history, along with their churches, manuscripts and antiquities, are being wiped out by ISIS and other Islamic terror groups. "The Christians coming out of Iraq and ISIS areas in the Middle East all say the same thing, there is no way they are ever going back. They have had enough."

 

 

WORLD

 

London Terror Attack: ISIS Claims Responsibility (Fox) The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terror attack that left four people dead, including a police officer, and the assailant who was identified by police as Khalid Masoodand, outside of London’s Parliament building on Wednesday, according to the Amaq media agency. "The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British Parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition," the Amaq statement said. The claim of responsibility comes fewer than 24 hours after a man driving an SUV plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near the Parliament building. People from 11 countries were among the wounded victims, including one American from Utah. Others included: 12 Britons, 3 French, 2 Romanians, 4 South Koreans, 1 German, 1 Pole, 1 Irish, 1 Chinese, 1 Italian, and two Greeks required hospital treatment. In pre-dawn raids on Thursday, British police searched six addresses with possible links to Wednesday’s terror attack near Parliament. Police made eight arrests.

 

ANOTHER UK VICTIM DIES (Fox) A 75-year-old London attack victim was taken off life support, making him the fourth person to die at the hands of the attacker.

 

Utah Man Killed, Wife Injured in London Attack (1NewsNow) A statement from the Mormon church issued on behalf of relatives says a Utah man was among those killed in a London attack and his wife was seriously injured. Kurt W. Cochran and his wife, Melissa, were on the last day of a special European trip celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary when the deadly attack played out in the heart of London. The woman remains hospitalized. The church says the Utah couple were also visiting the woman's parents, who are serving as Mormon missionaries in London.

 

British MP: Iran is trying to Threaten Israel by Establishing a Second Front in Syria (Jerusalem Post) Labor MP Joan Ryan said that Iran is attempting to pose a new threat on Israel by funding Hezbollah terrorists and creating a "second front in southern Syria with which to threaten Israel." The British parliament member made the comment about Iran's on-going aggression against Israel as part of a parliamentary debate on Iran's influence in the Middle East that took place earlier this week. According to the Jewish Chronicle, Ryan went on to add that Iran's position on Israel is "utterly malign." She explained that Iranian threats on Israel are not just limited to its nuclear activity but that have now received a new form, with Tehran's funding of Hezbollah's military wing serving as an attempt to undermine Israel's security "through support for terrorism." While most of her speech was related to Iran's affiliation to terror groups in the Middle East and the indirect threat it tries to pose on Israel through these ties, she also mentioned that Iran has a history of calling for the destruction of the Jewish state.

 

Iran says it’s ‘Completely Ready’ to Restart Nuclear Program (Worthy News) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Monday that Tehran is “completely ready” to restart its nuclear program if the US fails to live up to its commitments under the July 2015 nuclear deal. “If [the] US creates a situation that continuation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action would damage Tehran’s national interest, then Iran is completely ready to come back to the situation it had prior to the JCPOA even more powerfully than before,” Zarif was quoted by Iranian state media as saying.

 

'Dual US-Israeli Citizen Behind Most JCC Bomb Threat Calls' (Jerusalem Post) A 19-year-old dual US-Israeli citizen from Ashkelon has been arrested on suspicion of standing behind most of a series of bomb and other threats to Jewish communities ranging from the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand over the past six months, The Jerusalem Post has learned. As of Thursday, with a gag order on the probe lifted by the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court, which extended his detention, sources indicate that most of the cases of threats against Jewish communities and organizations, though not all, led investigators back to Israel. The first threat, which stood out and was picked up on by Israeli investigators, occurred in New Zealand around six months ago and led to the opening of the investigation. Israel has been the lead coordinator, along with a number of other involved countries, throughout the course of the probe. The suspect used complex methods to shield himself from identification, and law enforcement had to use a variety of their own complex methods to find him.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

House Cancels Vote on GOP Health Bill (NewsMax) House Republican leaders have postponed a vote on their healthcare bill in a setback for Speaker Paul Ryan. Prospects for the GOP's showcase Obamacare replacement had looked grimmer by the minute Thursday despite President Trump’s personal effort to get a consensus.

 

MS-13 Gang Member Deported 4 times Stabbed 2 Women, Abused Child (Fox) A member of the MS-13 street gang who had been deported from the U.S. four times stabbed two women and sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl in a New York City suburb, according to local police. Tommy Vladim Alvarado-Ventura, 31, attacked the child Tuesday in the Long Island town of Hempstead while the girl's mother was at work and he was babysitting, Nassau County Police said in a news release. Prosecutors said he later attacked a woman outside a bar early Wednesday after getting into an argument over buying marijuana, punching and stabbing her in the back, thigh and mouth before running away, according to police. The woman was hospitalized with a collapsed lung. When he returned to the apartment, he then got into a confrontation with his girlfriend when she noticed her 2-year-old daughter had “suffered severe injuries that were inflicted by him,” according to police. He then allegedly punched and stabbed his girlfriend "multiple times," according to police, before he was able to grab her children and contact authorities. “This is, in 28 years, probably the most heinous criminal act I’ve ever seen,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told CBS New York. “It really is nauseating.” Police said Alvarado-Ventura was deported to El Salvador four times between 2006 and 2011, and that it is not known when he returned to the United States. The 31-year-old pleaded not guilty Thursday and was ordered held without bail. He faces life in prison.

 

'Catch and Release' in HS Rape Case (1NewsNow) An immigration enforcement think tank says one of the illegal immigrants accused in the brutal rape of a 14-year-girl was apparently in the country because of Barack Obama's "catch and release" policy. Marguerite Telford, director of communications at the Center for Immigration Studies, talked with OneNewsNow about this rape case and Obama's policy of catch and release. "We don't about the minor, a 17-year-old male, but we certainly know the other one was someone who was stopped at the border," she notes. Milian, a Guatemalan national, crossed the U.S. border last August. "[The border authorities] did what was done under the Obama administration, which is hand them a piece of paper saying please show up at court," she continues. "And we do know that the overwhelming majority of those people do not show up at court – and that's the case with this person."

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

'So, That Means I'm Right' (Fox) The announcement by a top lawmaker Wednesday that intelligence agencies disseminated surveillance on the Trump transition team is fueling President Trump’s push to root out those who allegedly spread the classified information throughout government and to news organizations. “Wow … so that means I’m right,” Trump told Time magazine while reading another outlet’s article about the Nunes news conference. While the intelligence appeared to have been legally collected and, Nunes said, based on a FISA warrant, Trump appeared particularly upset that members of his team had been identified in the intelligence reports -- something which is rarely supposed to happen. “The real story here is, who released General Flynn’s name? Who released, who released my conversations with Australia, and who released my conversation with Mexico?” Trump told Time during an interview that occurred Wednesday. “…That’s the story. These leakers, they are disgusting. These are horrible people.” He added: “And these people were here in the Obama years, because he had plenty of leakers, also.” “And a lot of information has just been learned, and a lot of information may be learned over the next coming period of time. We will see what happens,” Trump said. “Look, I predicted a lot of things that took a little bit of time.”

 

President Donald J. Trump signs NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (WH) President Donald J. Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017, the first comprehensive NASA authorization passed by Congress in more than six years. The bill demonstrates strong bipartisan support for our Nation’s space program and helps ensure that NASA remains at the forefront of exploration and discovery. “With this legislation, we support NASA’s scientists, engineers, astronauts and their pursuit of discovery,” said President Trump during a signing ceremony at the White House. “America’s space program has been a blessing to our people and to the entire world. Almost half a century ago, our brave astronauts first planted the American flag on the moon. That was a big moment in our history.  Now this nation is ready to be the first in space once again. Today we’re taking the initial steps toward a bold and brave new future for American space flight.” The Act, passed unanimously by Congress, authorizes the development and execution of a long-range plan for deep space human exploration; invests in robust science, technology and aeronautics portfolios; and endorses the Agency’s successful efforts to nurture a new commercial market that will boost our economy and create more jobs. Additionally, it guarantees vastly improved health care for the heroes who risk their lives in the exploration of space.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

School Orders Boy to 'Tolerate' Undressing with Girl and Make it 'Natural' (Charisma) A teenage boy was told by his principal that he had to "tolerate" undressing in front of a female student and to make it as "natural" as possible, according to a blockbuster lawsuit filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center, alleges the Boyertown Area School District shamed the teenage boy and violated his personal privacy. They are also alleging sexual harassment. "No school should rob any student of this legally protected personal privacy," ILC attorney Randall Wenger said. "We trust that our children won't be forced into emotionally vulnerable situations like this when they are in the care of our schools because it's a school's duty to protect and respect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students." In the case of "Joel Doe"—they clearly ignored that duty. Last fall, the teen boy was preparing to change for a physical education class at Boyertown Area High School. "He suddenly realized there was a member of the opposite sex changing with him in the locker room," the lawsuit states. The boy, along with several of his classmates reported the incident to the assistant principal, named as a defendant. "Dr. Foley indicated that the legality was up in the air but that students who mentally identify themselves with the opposite sex could choose the locker room and bathroom to use, and physical sex did not matter," the lawsuit states. The teenage boy asked the assistant principal if there was anything that could be done to protect him from the situation. "Dr. Foley told Joel Doe to 'tolerate' it and to make it as 'natural' as he possibly can," the lawsuit states. As the boy got up to leave the office, the assistant principal allegedly told the youngster to again "be as natural as possible." Even more disturbing, parents were not told of the school district's decision to let students of one sex use the locker rooms and bathrooms of students of the opposite sex. The school district has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

 

Kentucky's New Abortion Law Faces First Legal Test (1NewsNow) Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound exam before an abortion faces its first legal challenge in a federal courtroom. A judge will hear arguments on whether to order a temporary halt to the law passed by the state's Republican-led Legislature and signed by Gov. Matt Bevin in January. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky claims the law violates privacy and First Amendment rights. Bevin calls it "sound legislation" and predicts it will hold up in court. The ultrasound law took effect immediately after Gov. Bevin signed it.

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

President Trump: 'By Putting Our Trust in God, We Will Rise to This Occasion' (CNS) President Donald Trump said Tuesday at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner: “If we stand for these things -- safety, prosperity and peace -- then there is no limit to what we can achieve:  A future where millions are lifted from welfare to work. “And they’re going to love it.  They’re going to love it.  They’re going to love waking up in the morning, going to work.  Communities thriving with jobs and surging with commerce.  Inner cities filled with new hope and new opportunity.  Schools where our children can learn free from violence and free from fear.  And new frontiers in science, technology and space that inspire the next generation of American youth. “All of this, and so much more, is possible.  Our country is great.  A new national pride is stirring our souls.  A new optimism is sweeping our land.  A new era of American greatness is just beginning. Somewhere in America tonight, a child is born in poverty, looking up into the sky, and filling their heart with dreams -- big, beautiful, bold dreams.  And if we make the right choices together, then no one will ever have to tell that child that their dreams will have to wait for another day, another year, or another decade.  Because the waiting now is over.  The time for action is now.  This is the moment when great deeds are done -- and we will do those great deeds.  By putting our faith in the people, and by putting our trust in God, we will rise to this occasion like no one has ever risen before.”

 

 

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Wildlife Officers Escort Deer Out of Kentucky Walmart (UPI) -- Kentucky wildlife officials were summoned to a Walmart to help an adult deer find its way out of the store. Witnesses said the fully-grown doe walked into the Lexington store Sunday night and was seen running in the pharmacy section of the store before ending up in a back aisle. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers were able to safely release the uninjured deer back into the woods.

 

 

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UK PARLIAMENT ATTACK (Fox) Five people, including a London police officer who was stabbed and the alleged assailant, were killed in terror attack that saw more 40 people injured outside the Parliament building on Wednesday in an act described as "sick and depraved" by British Prime Minister Theresa May. Acting Metropolian Police Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley said there was only one attacker who authorities believe was "inspired by international terrorism." "One of those who died was a police officer from our Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command who had 15 years-service," he said. Rowley said it was "too early" to publiclly release the name of the suspect in the attack, but that officials "think we know who the attacker is and are working to establish who his associates are." Armed and unarmed patrols have been stepped up as a precaution across the country, according to Rowley. A full counter-terrorism investigation is underway. Police said a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, leaving more than a dozen with injuries described as catastrophic. Rowley said the car then crashed near to Parliament, and one man - armed with a knife - continued the attack and tried to enter Parliament. The knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain's Parliament, sending the compound into lockdown for hours. Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed to safety after the attack. "The thoughts of the PM and the government are with those killed and injured in this appalling incident, and with their families," May's office said in a statement. In a prime-time address to the nation outside 10 Downing Street, May praised the "exceptional bravery" of police, and thanked them and other emergency services "on behalf of the whole country." May said it was "no accident" the attacker chose Parliament, which stands for democracy, freedom and rule of law. The White House condemned the attacks, adding that President Trump is continuing to monitor developments out of London.

 

SURVEILLANCE CONFIRMED (Fox) Members of the intelligence community collected "incidental" communications of the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said this produced "dozens" of reports which eventually unmasked several individuals’ identities and were "widely disseminated." He said none of the reports he had read mentioned Russia or Russians and he was unsure whether the surveillance occurred at Trump Tower -- as President Trump has suggested. Nunes also was unsure if then President-elect Trump was captured by the surveillance, which occurred in November, December and January. “I recently confirmed on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected intelligence,” Nunes said. The revelations could at least partially back up some allegations made by Trump earlier this month, in which he tweeted that former President Barack Obama had "wiretapped" him, though top lawmakers have sharply disputed those claims. Nunes said he told House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier Wednesday and was set to tell Trump and the White House later in the afternoon.

 

 

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SCOTUS Judge Warns of Impending Attacks on Christians (Charisma) Freedom of religion has been under increasing pressure since the legalization of same-sex marriage, a U.S. Supreme Court judge has said. In 2015, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito warned that the ruling could lead to people who do not support same-sex marriage being treated as "bigots" by governments, schools and employers. "We are seeing this is coming to pass," he said last week. Alito, speaking to a group of Roman Catholic lawyers, called for an increased awareness of threats to freedom of religion. "A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs," he said.

 

 

WORLD

 

CHINA SENDS A MESSAGE (Fox) The Chinese military issued a warning to a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber flying in the East China Sea Wednesday morning amid escalating tensions in the region, two U.S. officials told Fox News. The Chinese said the U.S. bomber was flying in Chinese airspace. Both American officials said the bomber was flying in international airspace and continued on its mission. The Chinese warning came over the emergency radio frequency known as “guard,” according to one official. The incident occurred when the American bomber was flying 70 miles southwest of the South Korean island of Jeju. The episode occurred amidst rising tensions with North Korea, which tried to launch another ballistic missile Wednesday, but failed.

 

Iran Accuses Russia of Giving Israel Codes for Syrian Air Defenses (Jerusalem Post) Iran has accused Russia of giving the codes for Syria's anti-aircraft missiles to Israel, a senior official in the engineering department of Iran's Defense Department told the Kuwaiti daily Al-Jarida on Monday. According to the report, much remains unknown about Israel's attack on a Hezbollah weapons convoy and the Syrian response to the Israeli fighter jets early Friday morning. Israel has reportedly attacked dozens of times in Syrian territory since Hezbollah joined the Syrian civil war in 2012, but Friday marked the first time that an anti-aircraft missile had been fired at an IAF jet. Al-Jarida's Tehran correspondent, Farzad Qassemi, cited a source in the Iranian Defense Ministry as saying that Iranian experts had changed the operation codes for the Syrian air defense system, which is what enabled the anti-aircraft missiles to be used against the Israeli Air Force on Friday morning. According to the source, Damascus and Tehran "were shocked" every time the Russian-made air defense system did not work to defend Syria's airspace, or even give notification that the air space had been penetrated in order to evacuate outposts prior to the airstrike. The systems are supposed to identify the takeoff of Israeli Air Force jets from their bases because of the small distance between the countries and is even supposed to attempt to target the planes and any missiles that are fired from them. According to the source, the Iranians and the Syrians suspected that Russia gave the codes for the air defense system to Israel and even refused the requests of Tehran and Damascus to check the codes. "Iran has the ability today to change the Russian security codes since it received the advanced Russian S-300," the source added. "This came after it received reports that Israel got the operation codes for the missile system. In Iran, they even expanded their knowledge when they built the Bavar-373 air defense system - which is a domestic copy of the Russian S-300 - in order that the systems would work together during an attack." According to the source, three weeks ago, during Iranian military maneuvers, Iranian engineers hacked into the codes of the S-300, but when the Bavar-373 was not working in conjunction with the Russian air defense system the experiment was suspended. The source said further that the Iranian Defense Ministry sent several engineers to Syria to change the codes of the air defense system that was under the control of the Syrian army, without Moscow's knowledge. "They succeeded in changing some of the codes last month and therefore when the Israel fighter jets took off from their bases - the air defense system succeeded in identifying them and firing interceptor missiles at them and at the missiles they had launched." The source added that "the Syrian radar treated Israeli fighter jets as friendly planes in the past and not as enemy planes, which proves that Israel knew the codes of the missile system."

 

Turkey Bristles at Being Included in Airline Laptop Ban (CNS) As Britain followed the United States’ lead in banning the carrying of electronic devices onboard inbound flights from selected airports in Islamic nations, Turkey is demanding that it not be lumped together with the other affected countries. Turkish Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said the U.S. ban should be reversed, stressing that the international airport in Istanbul should not be “mixed” with the other hubs affected – Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Amman, Cairo, Kuwait City, Doha and Casablanca. “Annually, 80 million flights take off from Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport and in my opinion, people should not confuse it” with the other airports, Arslan said. Although Istanbul’s airport was the 14th busiest in the world last year, one of the others affected by the U.S. ban, Dubai’s international airport, was third-busiest.

 

Kuwait trying to Oust Knesset from Inter-Parliamentary Union (Jerusalem Post) Kuwait has decided to forge ahead with a move that would attempt to expel Israel from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Arab country, situated along the Persian Gulf, officially decided to pursue this step during a gathering of the Arab Parliamentary Union, which ended yesterday in Morocco. Israel's "loud and blatant violations of international resolutions," and not anti-Israeli or racist motives, are the inspiration for the move, claims Kuwaiti parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

ICE: 3,083 Immigration Detainer Requests Ignored by Local Law Enforcement from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 (CNS) The White House announced Tuesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released its first weekly list of immigration detainer requests that local law enforcement has not complied with as requested in an executive order that the president signed on Jan. 25. The list, which contains information during the period of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2017, reveals that 3,083 immigration detainer requests were ignored by local law enforcement authorities. “Yesterday, pursuant to the President’s executive order on interior enforcement that he signed on January 25th, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, ICE, released its first weekly list of detainee requests, which local law enforcement agencies have failed to comply with,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday. “These examples where criminal illegals who have been arrested or convicted, in many cases, of serious and violent crimes threaten public safety,” he said. “In each instance, local law enforcement is refusing to cooperate with ICE in its efforts to remove illegal immigrants who have committed a crime. It is part of the president’s continued efforts to keep our communities safe. “A copy of this report is available on the ICE website that details all of the municipalities where there has been an issue and the crime that has been committed, and the person -- not necessarily the person’s name, but the offense in which they were convicted for,” Spicer added.

 

White House: Obama's 'Deep State' Working to Stop Trump (NewsMax) The White House acknowledged Tuesday there are people working in the government who are likely part of what has been called the "deep state" – an inner core of Obama loyalists seeking to stop the Trump presidency. During Tuesday's White House press briefing, Newsmax's John Gizzi asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer about David Horowitz's new book "Big Agenda" and claims Horowitz has made that a "deep state" has been seeking to undermine President Trump. "This has been widely repeated on social media: Does the president himself believe in this deep state?" Gizzi asked. Spicer replied: "I've been asked this question before, and I'll give you the same answer I've given before. This has been going on since the country came to be, where people burrow in after an administration into a civil servant job." He added, ominously, "But, sure, there are people after eight years of Obama that found their way into government, so it should be no huge secret."

 

Feds Arrest 50 Illegal Aliens in Cockfighting Ring (CNS) Several local and federal agencies raided a building in southwest Detroit as part of an investigation into cockfighting and illegal gambling, arresting 50 of the 86 people inside for violations of immigration law, the Detroit Free Press reported on March 19. “We made approximately 50 administrative arrests for individuals who were in violation of immigration law, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman Khaalid Walls said. “And those individuals will be detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.”

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Backs Republican Healthcare Bill (Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday that it supported the Republican healthcare bill that could come up for a vote in the House of Representatives as early as Thursday. The chamber said it would consider how lawmakers vote on the bill in its annual "How They Voted Scorecard," which could put pressure on members of Congress to support the legislation.

 

Pepsi Pulling its Products from Philly Stores (TheBlaze) Regulating health, it turns out, comes with a cost. PepsiCo is halting sales of its six-packs and two-liter bottles in Philadelphia, citing the city’s controversial “soda tax.” In January, the city implemented its new soda tax, which added 1.5 cents per ounce. It should be noted, too, that the tax is imposed on all “sugary drinks,” and to include those that are artificially sweetened. Naturally, that cost is being passed to the consumers, though Democrats are accusing beverage companies of “gouging” their customers in hopes of frustrating them about the cost. But the reality is, without increasing the sticker price, the company would have to swallow the cost. So instead of dealing with all this mess, Pepsi has just decided to cut its losses.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

President Trump Will Be Commencement Speaker at Liberty University (CBN) The Brody File has learned that President Donald Trump will deliver the upcoming commencement address at Liberty University on Saturday, May 13th. The influential college bills itself as the “largest Christian university in the world.” “I look forward to speaking to this amazing group of students on such a momentous occasion,” President Trump exclusively tells CBN News. Calling it an honor, the president also said, “Our children truly are the future and I look forward to celebrating the success of this graduating class as well as sharing lessons as they embark on their next chapter full of hope, faith, optimism, and a passion for life.”

 

President Trump Names a New Nominee for Key National Security Position (Charisma) President Donald Trump announced Monday afternoon he has nominated Assistant Commissioner for Intelligence David J. Glawe of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to be the new undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. Glawe served in this position in an acting capacity following the presidential transition. He is a career civil servant, beginning his career as a police officer with the Houston Police Department before becoming a postal inspection service agent, a counter-terrorism special agent with the FBI and as deputy National Intelligence manager for threat finance and transnational organized crime at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence over the course of 24 years.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

North Carolina Economy Booming Despite Bathroom Boycotts (CBN) North Carolina's economy is booming despite liberal backlash over its controversial bathroom bill. The state did miss out on a Bruce Springsteen concert, the NCAA championships and the NBA All-Star game due to liberal boycotts. But according to Site Selection Magazine, North Carolina has set some new records when it comes to tourism, and business is strong overall. Hotel businesses across the state have set records for 2016, according to the year-end hotel lodging report, issued by VisitNC. The state also ranked fourth in the nation for attracting and expanding business. It's also number one in its region for drawing corporate facilities in the eight-state South Atlantic region. Forbes and Site Selection Magazine even ranked North Carolina the No. 2 state for business climate.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

83-year-old Man Checks Out of Hospital, Steals Ambulance (ABC) Authorities on Long Island say an 83-year-old man has been arrested after checking himself out of a hospital and stealing an ambulance. Police say Donald Winkler, of Merrick, was upset with the quality of care he was receiving and checked himself out of Nassau University Medical Center around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators say Winkler then stole an ambulance from the hospital parking lot that had the keys in the ignition. Police say they later found the man at a nearby 7-Eleven. Investigators say he admitted to taking the ambulance. Winkler was arrested, taken back to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Bail was set at $3,000 at a bedside arraignment. Winkler is charged with second-degree grand larceny. He is represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on pending cases.

 

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Syrian UN Envoy: Putin Sent Message to Israel That Its Freedom to Act in Syria Is Over (Worthy News) - Russia has sent a clear message to Israel that the rules of the game have changed in Syria and its freedom to act in Syrian skies is over, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Sunday night. “Putin sent a clear message,” said Bashar Jaafari, speaking on Syrian television. “The fact is that the Israeli ambassador [to Russia] was summoned for a conversation only a day after he submitted his credentials [to the Russian Foreign Ministry last Thursday], and was told categorically that this game is over.” Syria’s use of anti-aircraft fire against Israel last Thursday night has changed the rules of the game, too, Jaafari said, adding that Syria will not stand idly by in the face of an Israeli threat.  

 

'David's Sling' Joins Israel's Anti-Missile Defense Batteries (CBN) Just days after Syria launched a missile at Israel, Israel launched David's Sling, its middle tier anti-missile defense battery. David's Sling takes its place between the Arrow 3 missile batteries and the Iron Dome, designed to intercept short-range rockets, such as those launched from the Gaza Strip. David's Sling can take out rockets, aircraft and cruise missiles with ranges between 65 and 125 miles.

 

 

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Thousands of Christians Flee Myanmar's Conflict Zones to Escape Religious Persecution (CP) With an escalation of fighting between ethnic rebel groups and government troops in Myanmar's conflict areas that are spread along the country's borders, civilians from ethnic and religious minorities are being forced to flee for safety. Tens of thousands of Christians have taken refuge in Malaysia, according to reports. More than 100,000 Christians from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, now live in Malaysia as refugees after recently fled their homes because of religious persecution, according to a report by TRT World, Turkey's national public broadcaster.

 

 

WORLD

 

Syrian Missile Intercepted by Israel on Friday had 200 kg Warhead (Jerusalem Post) The Missile fired by Syria last week posed a direct threat to Israel and its citizens, Brig.-Gen. Zvika Haimovich, commander of the IAF’s Air Defense Division, said on Monday. “Last week on Friday morning the Air Defense Command understood that Israel faced a ballistic- missile threat,” he said. “In this situation there is no room or time for question marks or dilemmas. Our operational rules are very clear in this regard: to neutralize any threat that poses a risk to Israel and her citizens. And that is what we did, and that is what we will do in the future.” The missile was launched at Israel during an IAF operation to strike a Hezbollah arms convoy in Syria. Syrian air-defense systems fired three surface-to-air missiles at IAF jets. The army made the rare confirmation that one missile was intercepted by Israel’s Arrow missile-defense system, with fragments of the SAM landing in Jordan. It was the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war erupted six years ago. Haimovich told reporters the reason the Syrian missile was intercepted specifically by the Arrow was that it was the best available option at the time of the incident. “Our job is to protect Israel,” he said. “The Syrian missile had a 200-kg. warhead that threatened the security of the State of Israel and its citizens. Our job is to neutralize the threat, and we did.”

 

IN-FLIGHT CRACKDOWN (Fox) The ban on all electronic devices larger than a cell phone being brought into the cabin of passenger aircraft coming from several Middle Eastern and African countries are indefinite and applies to nine airlines and 10 airports in eight countries, a source told Fox News Tuesday. Senior administration officials are calling the measure an active-emergency amendment based on “evaluated intelligence” that terrorist groups continue to target aviation and consumer items for use in an attack. The eight countries affected by the ban are all Muslim-majority nations. They include Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Morocco.

 

Britain Bans Laptops on Flights from Six Countries (NewsMax) Britain's government has banned electronic devices in the carry-on bags of passengers traveling to the U.K. from six countries, following closely on a similar ban imposed by the United States. The government says in a statement that Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting on aviation security earlier Tuesday in which it was agreed that new aviation security measures on all inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The statement says that Britain has been in touch with the United States to fully understand their position.

 

Tillerson Plans to Skip NATO Meeting (NewsMax) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday. Tillerson intends to miss what would be his first meeting in Brussels with the 28 NATO members to attend President Donald Trump's expected April 6-7 talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, four current and former U.S. officials said. Two U.S. officials said Tillerson planned to visit Moscow on April 12.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Gorsuch Said He's Made No Promises for Future Rulings (Fox) Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, peppered with questions for hours from senators trying to pry loose his views on a host of hot-button cases, responded Tuesday with a consistent answer: His job is to follow the law, and set aside his personal beliefs. Similar to past confirmation hearings dating back decades, President Trump’s nominee was loath to reveal his opinion on seminal court rulings during his turn before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But, in a disarming and amicable manner that rarely wavered, the appeals court judge repeatedly stressed what matters is his independence, respect for precedent and willingness to hear the facts and keep an open mind on the cases before him. “I’m a fair judge,” he vowed, under questioning from the committee’s top Democrat, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Put another way, he told Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, “A good judge doesn’t give a whit about politics, or the political implications of his or her decision.”

 

'Student' on 'Alien Removal' List Charged with Raping 14-Year-Old Girl in High School Bathroom (CNS) Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, a Guatemalan citizen who is on an "alien removal case" list, and Jose Montano, 17, who came to America from El Salvador eight months ago, were charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offense on Friday for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, on Thursday, at the Rockville High School in Maryland. According to the Montgomery County Police report, the young girl allegedly was brutally raped and sodomized by both of the suspects. Both Montano and Sanchez were students assigned to the freshman class. However, the school's spokeswoman, Gboyinde Onijala, would not comment on why these older teens were assigned to the 9th grade.

 

Dakota Access Pipeline on Track, Despite Threats (1NewsNow) The company building the Dakota Access pipeline said Monday that the project remains on track to start moving oil this week despite recent "coordinated physical attacks" along the line. The brief court filing late Monday from Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn't detail the attacks, but said they "pose threats to life, physical safety and the environment." "These coordinated attacks will not stop line-fill operations. With that in mind, the company now believes that oil may flow sometime this week."

 

Fox News Pulls Judge Napolitano After England-Trump Wiretap Claim (NewsMax) Fox News has reportedly taken Judge Andrew Napolitano off the air after he reported that England may have spied on Trump Tower for the Obama administration. According to the Los Angeles Times, it's not clear when Napolitano — the network's senior judicial analyst — will return to the air. After President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter earlier this month that he believed the Obama administration spied on Trump Tower, Napolitano appeared on Fox News shows and said England might be the missing link. He reiterated his idea in a column last Thursday, saying England's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has access to NSA computers and "most likely provided [former President Barack] Obama with transcripts of Trump's calls." On Friday, Fox News reported that it could not verify Napolitano's claim. Immediately after that report, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said, "Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way."

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump in KY: Vicious Killers Being 'Thrown the H*ll Out of Our Country and We Will Not Let Them Back In' (CNS) Chants of “U.S.A.!” broke out on Monday when President Donald Trump said that criminal illegal aliens were being “thrown the h*ll out of the country” and would not be let back in. Americans viciously killed by illegal aliens are being “ignored by the media,” Trump repeatedly warned the audience at a Louisville, Kentucky rally. Even the victims’ grieving families are being shunned by media who simply “don’t want to talk about it,” Trump said: “During the campaign, as I've traveled all across this great country, I met with many American families whose loved ones, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, were viciously killed by illegal immigrants. Incredible. Incredible. These amazing American lives were stolen because our government refused to enforce our already existing laws. “These American victims and their families were ignored by the media. The media doesn't want to talk about it. They don't want to talk about it. Daughters, husbands and wives, were viciously killed by illegal immigrants. Incredible. Incredible. “These amazing American lives were stolen because our government refused to enforce our already existing laws. These American victims and their families were ignored by the media. The media doesn't want to talk about it. They don't want to talk about it.” Trump assured the crowd that the victims of illegal alien violence will never again be ignored: “They were ignored by the consultants. They were ignored by Washington, but these Americans were not ignored by me. They were not ignored by you. You showed that on November 8th. They were not ignored by you, and they will never be ignored by any of us.” Trump said that, at that very moment, criminal illegal aliens “praying on our citizens” were being arrested and deported. And, when he promised that they would not be allowed back into the country, the crowd spontaneously broke out in a chant of “U.S.A.!” “As we speak tonight, we are finding the drug dealers, robbers, thieves, gang members, predators, killers, and criminals of all types praying on our citizens. You've been seeing it. You've been reading about it, and you've been seeing it. One by one, they are being tracked down and thrown the h*ll out of our country and we will not let them back in.”

 

First Daughter Ivanka Trump Gets West Wing Office (NewsMax) Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter. Since President Donald Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been a visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as a senior adviser. On Friday, she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

Trump Was Being a Gentleman, UK's May Says on Holding Hands (NewsMax) Donald Trump was being a gentleman, British Prime Minister Theresa May said, describing when the U.S. president held her hand during her visit to Washington earlier this year. In an interview with U.S. magazine Vogue, May played down the importance of the two leaders holding hands. "I think he was actually being a gentleman," she said. "We were about to walk down a ramp, and he said it might be a bit awkward." May was the first foreign leader to meet Trump after his inauguration as president, and her visit was hailed by her aides as a resounding success in cementing the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Transgender Weightlifter Wins Women's Competition (CBN) Competitors who are born female now face the reality of losing to those who "identify" as a female, but were born male. New Zealander Laurel Hubbard, formerly known as Gavin, is a 39-year-old transgender woman who won the international women's weightlifting title in Australia on Sunday. Hubbard broke four national records, and beat the competition by 19 kilograms.

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

Lance Wallnau: Liberals' Hatred for Russia is More Spiritual Than You Think (Charisma) What is it about Russia that obsesses Washington? North Korea and Iran want to nuke us. Why is Putin the focus? It may be more spiritual than you think. Remember this—the modern angry activist liberal embraces an anti-Christian bias and hence an anti-Christ spirit. I know this offends some folks but all you have to do is look at the endless stream of assaults and protests and organizing and anger to see this is no longer the party of Hubert Humphrey and JFK. It's gotten weird. It's a spirit of rebellion—and rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and witchcraft operates through manipulation, intimidation, and control. Otherwise known as Alinsky's training on community organizing. The liberal east and west coastal elites are incensed that Putin rejects homosexuality and embraces the Russian Orthodox Christian faith. This spirit is a global power that even Donald Trump tries to accommodate (though he gets nothing back from this.) I even understand Republicans like McCain and his buddy Lindsey Graham. This Batman and Robin duo have a lot of ego wrapped up in their role on the Senate Armed Services Committee. They need Russia to be an enemy. They have a lot of billion-dollar military contracts riding on their ability to justify the threat they think Russia imposes. Never underestimate the corporate profits and military contract aspect behind foreign policy. Trump and McCain/Graham are competing for control of foreign policy. That's why McCain and Graham are trying to set up the President to look like a fool for saying he has been under surveillance with private calls that have been leaked to the press by Obama loyalists. They want this President impeached. McCain and Graham are part of the elite beltway Democratic/Republican alliance against Trump. I am calling them out and alerting you to pray that they fall into alignment or fall into the ditch they have dug for Trump.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

You're nabbed! French Gendarmes Find Thief Stuck in Window (ABC) Arrests can't come any easier than this. French gendarmes called to a robbery found the suspected thief stuck in a hole he'd made with a hammer in a shop window. "Drunk, he robbed a shop but got stuck ... in the window before being arrested," the gendarmerie tweeted, with the hashtag "ThugLife." The 46-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning in the Pyrenees town of Mauleon-Licharre in southwest France, a duty officer for the regional gendarmerie told The Associated Press.

 

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