4 May 2017

Trump to relax rules on political activity for religious institutions
Trump will sign the order, which promises to “protect and vigorously promote religious liberty.” He will also direct federal agencies to exempt some religious organizations, such as churches, charities and universities, from mandates under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act that require employers to provide employees with health coverage for contraception.

North Korea and USA: News updates as Trump and Kim Jong-un stand on brink of nuclear war
North Korea continues to ramp up tensions with the US, with Kim Jong-un threatening to conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test. Donald Trump has warned that military action is a possibility, and has agreed to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to solve the “very dangerous” situation.

As Kabbalist Identifies Kim Jong-Un as Gog and Magog, Rabbi Cautions Against Prophetic Speculation
As the conflict surrounding North Korea heats up and all eyes turn towards the armies amassing in Asia, a prominent kabbalist identified Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, as the leader of the prophesied War of Gog u’Magog. Another respected rabbi agreed, but noted that such claims, rooted in the esoteric, needed to be understood in depth when considering current events. “He based his opinion on a prophecy in Isaiah, which referred to the war of Gog u’Magog beginning in the east, which the kabbalist interpreted to be Asia.”

Netanyahu: I hope Trump-Abbas meeting will bring about a change
‘I’m always ready for genuine peace,’ prime minister says in meeting with Romanian counterpart Sorin Grindeanu a day after the US president met with the Palestinian leader; ‘I heard President Abbas say that Palestinians teach their children peace. That’s unfortunately not true,’ Netanyahu adds.

Judge Roy Moore on SPLC: ‘They Hate God and They Hate Anything About God and Christianity’
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is now running for U.S. Senate, said the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which protrays itself as an educational and legal advocacy group that fights “hate and bigotry,” is “probably the biggest hate group” in America and it particularly hates “God and Christianity.”

Greek Orthodox Bishop Calls on Turkey’s Erdogan to Convert or Face ‘Unending Hell’ With Muhammed
The Greek Orthodox bishop, Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus, sent a lengthy letter to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he detailed some of the differences between Christianity and Islam and called on Erdogan to convert to Orthodoxy or face “eternal and unending” suffering in Hell, along with Muhammed and his followers.

Netanyahu Slashes UN Funding: “Israel Will Not Sit By While UN Denies Our Sovereignty”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning told his weekly cabinet meeting that Israel has retaliated for the unjust and hostile UNESCO vote on the status of Jerusalem by cutting $1 million from its annual contribution to the UN.

North Korea turns its hostility on Beijing
Tensions on the Korean peninsula are reaching an unprecedented boiling point, as North Korea’s leader threatens war with China, its strongest and most important ally, over its “nuclear betrayal.” China’s People’s Liberation Army is on its second-highest alert level – indicating it thinks a direct military threat is imminent.

‘Clinton Cash’ Author Sounds The Alarm Over Jared Kushner’s Partnership With George Soros
“Clinton Cash” author and Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer said in a radio interview that Kushner’s ties to Soros — who funds a network of left-wing activists — as well as his billion-dollar loans, both of which he failed to include in his financial disclosure forms, present a “massive, massive problem” for the White House.

A CME that left the sun on April 30th has still not reached Earth. Forecasters raised the possibility of a glancing blow on May 3rd, but so far there is no sign of the advancing solar storm cloud. Either the CME missed or it might make a late arrival on May the 4th, sparking minor geomagnetic activity.

Donald Trump’s arm-twisting means healthcare legislation ‘will be passed’
Donald Trump could secure a major victory on Thursday after House Republican leaders claimed to have enough votes to pass a bill to roll back Obamacare. A vote will be held on Thursday in the House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation.

UK parliament panel: Israel’s politics diminish possibilities of peace
A new report penned by the British Parliament’s International Relations Committee harshly criticized Israel’s policies, apparently portraying the country and its leadership as those to blame for the current grim state of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. According to the Jewish Chronicle, the House of Lords report released Tuesday slammed certain Israeli actions, saying that the country’s settlements policy was illegal and that it made a two-state solution “increasingly impossible.”

Trump says he will launch new Middle East peace process
The US is launching a new diplomatic effort to reach a comprehensive peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday…Reminding Abbas that he signed the 1993 Oslo Accords in Washington – the first diplomatic framework for Israeli- Palestinian peace – Trump said he was impressed by the ability of Israeli and Palestinian security forces to work together, and that such cooperation gave him hope that he could finally broker the toughest deal of them all.

Dust storm chokes Beijing and northern China
A dust storm is choking a large swathe of northern China including the capital, Beijing, in yet another air quality crisis to affect the country. Official air quality readings have soared well above the recommended World Health Organization (WHO) limit. Authorities are advising residents to avoid outdoor activity and for children and elderly people to remain indoors.

Crucial House vote to be held on Obamacare repeal bill
The US House of Representatives will hold a vote on Thursday on a revised healthcare bill that Republicans hope will replace Obamacare. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the leadership in the party was confident it had secured enough votes for the bill to pass. It would then go to the Senate where it could face a more tricky passage.

President Obama’s team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election
During his final year in office, President Barack Obama’s team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports…with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the…2016 presidential election. The data, made available this week…provides the clearest evidence to date of how information accidentally collected by the NSA…was searched and disseminated after President Obama loosened privacy protections…

US opioid crisis at epidemic proportions
Many US communities are facing an epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse that is straining resources from police, to jails, to emergency medical personnel and treatment centers. West Virginia, a mountainous state of less than two million people, is among the hardest hit, given the economic hardship in an area once dominated by coal mining, but it shares much in common with other communities impacted by the crisis.

Israel officially in drought year
Israel Meteorological Service data indicate that the country has entered a drought year, showing that the annual rainfall stands at only about 71 percent of the cross-year average. Due to the worrying situation, the Water Authority is mulling over a plan to pump tens of millions of cubic meters of desalinated water into the Kinneret in order to prevent it from drying up.

Trump order to ease ban on political activity by churches
President Donald Trump will take executive action on Thursday to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions as part of an order on religious liberties, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. Trump’s executive order to mark the National Day of Prayer will also mandate regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception, such as Little Sisters of the Poor, the official said in a briefing.

North Korea Threatens China With “Grave Consequences” Over “Betrayal”
“A string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China every day only to render the present bad situation tenser… China had better ponder over the grave consequences…”

Is The World’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange Headed For A Mt. Gox-Style Collapse
Could Bitfinex, the Hong Kong-based second-largest in the world cryptocurrency exchange, be headed for a Mt. Gox-style collapse? It’s starting to look that way.

Chinese Commodities Crash Limit-Down As Wealth Management Product Issuance Collapses
It seems Kyle Bass’ warning was extremely timely. The deleveraging of China’s $4 trillion shadow banking system just accelerated massively as Bank Wealth Product Issuance crashes 15% month-over-month. With stocks and bonds already plunging, commodities joined the ugliness tonight with Dalian Iron Ore limit down (8%) at the open (not helped by tumbling auto demand).

US Commandos Set to Counter North Korean Nuclear Sites
U.S. special operations forces are set to conduct operations against North Korean nuclear, missile, and other weapons of mass destruction sites in any future conflict, the commander of Special Operations Command told Congress Tuesday.

Franklin Graham: Christians in America Are ‘Persecuted’ by LGBT Agenda
Evangelist Franklin Graham said Tuesday that Christians in America who oppose the LGBT agenda are being “persecuted” and singled out “over and over and over again” for acting in accordance with their biblical convictions on sexuality.

Trump Cabinet Members Attend Weekly Bible Study for ‘Maturity in Christ’
Capitol Ministries, a Washington D.C. based ministry seeking to “make disciples of Jesus Christ in the political arena throughout the world” seeks to help members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and other politicians in the nation’s capital become more mature Christians through weekly Bible studies.