2 Nov 2019

Grassley Received Classified Briefing on Acquisition By Chinese Firm Tied to Hunter Biden
“The appearance of potential conflicts in this case is particularly troubling given Mr. Biden’s and Mr. Heinz’s history of investing in and collaborating with Chinese companies, including at least one posing significant national security concerns. This history with China pre and post-dates the 2015 Henniges transaction.”

Newsom names ‘energy czar’ amid California blackouts, suggests state could take over PG&E
California Gov. Gavin Newsom designated a top aide as his “energy czar” in the wake of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s prolonged power outages and on Friday suggested the state could take charge of the bankrupt utility.“The entire system needs to be reimagined,” Newsom said at a press conference.

DHS set to reverse Obama’s pro-LGBT adoption policy
The Trump administration is set to announce plans to protect faith-based adoption agencies and foster care providers from Obama-era rules that sided with homosexual activists over religious beliefs.

Global Anxieties Soar As China’s Military Might Roars, Japan Says
Defense Minister Taro Kono sat down with FT in an exclusive interview this week to discuss the geopolitical shifts in the East/South China Sea, Sea of Japan, and across the broader Pacific region. Kono warned China has developed and deployed advanced weapons, something that has sparked fear with surrounding countries. He made it clear that Tokyo won’t permit Washington to install intermediate-range missiles across Japan, a move that would be too dangerous and risk the island country into a period of worsening ties with China.

Trump: We know exactly who ISIS’ new leader is
“ISIS has a new leader. We know exactly who he is!” he tweeted, without providing further details. The jihadist group on Thursday named the replacement for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated during an American commando raid on his compound in northern Syria over the weekend. In a recording, published on the group’s media wing al-Furqan, ISIS announced its new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.

FREE SPEECH VICTORY: Kentucky Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Print Shop Owner
“Today’s decision makes clear that this case never should have happened. For more than seven years, government officials used this case to turn Blaine’s life upside down … The First Amendment protects Blaine’s right to continue serving all people while declining to print messages that violate his faith. Justice David Buckingham recognized this in his concurring opinion, and no member of the court disagreed with that.”

Midshipmen get Satanic Temple study group at the Naval Academy
An internal email was sent to all midshipmen on Oct. 8 announcing the start of “satanic services,” but Garas said that the email was not approved by the academy’s m_source=AM_Email&utm_medium=emailCommand Chaplain and did not represent the U.S. Naval Academy’s Command Religious Program. Instead, the midshipmen who wanted to hold the services were given a study group to talk about The Satanic Temple, an atheist political group recognized as a church for tax purposes by the IRS.

IDF attacks terror targets following rocket barrage from Gaza Strip
The Israeli Air Force struck several Hamas terror targets across the Gaza Strip overnight on Friday after a residential home in the southern Israeli city of Sderot sustained a direct hit by a rocket launched during a barrage. The targets struck by IAF jets included a military compound belonging to the group’s naval forces, a military compound belonging to the organization’s air defense system, a missile simulator, training facilities, an arms manufacturing site, a military compound used as a weapons storehouse and “underground infrastructure” belonging to Hamas.

One killed in Gaza, Hamas says ‘Israel will bear the consequences’
After a barrage of rockets were shot from Gaza at Israel were shot down, the IDF struck terror targets in the Strip. One of the rockets hit a home in Sderot. Gaza health officials claim that a 27-year-old was killed in the airstrike and two others were injured. According to Reuters, the man was initially taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Fears of more heavy rain in flood-hit East Africa
Meteorologists expect more heavy rain to hit Somalia on Saturday exacerbating the problems caused by flooding in the country. It has already been called the worst flooding in a lifetime by Action Against Hunger regional director Hajir Maalim. Some 273,000 Somalis have had to leave their homes, according to the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Dresden: The German city that declared a ‘Nazi emergency’
A city in eastern Germany has declared a “Nazi emergency”, saying it has a serious problem with the far right. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, has long been viewed as a bastion of the far-right and is the birthplace of the anti-Islam Pegida movement. Councillors in the city – a contender for the 2025 European Capital of Culture – have now approved a resolution saying more needs to be done to tackle the issue.

Vatican training more priests while exorcism requests are on the rise
…Father Lambert said he is seeing an increase in people wanting to get exorcisms, as well as seeing an increase in priests being trained by the Vatican. “As faith is in decline, there may be more people who open themselves up to the reality of evil,” Father Lambert said. In order to know if an exorcism needs to be performed, Catholic priests must follow certain protocols and need to ask a series of questions.

Pig Plague Starts Rippling Through American Meat Markets
U.S. meat markets had so far been shielded from the effects of a deadly pig disease wiping out Asian herds. That’s starting to change. As pork supplies plummet in China, the world’s top consumer is desperate for meat and is ramping up imports. As a result, it’s becoming harder to set longer-term protein contracts amid concerns over market volatility and changing trade flows…

US debt surpasses $23 trillion for first time
The federal government’s outstanding public debt has surpassed $23 trillion for the first time in history, according to data from the Treasury Department released on Friday. Growing budget deficits have added to the nation’s debt at a speedy rate… The debt has grown some 16 percent since Trump’s inauguration, when it stood at $19.9 trillion. It passed $22 trillion for the first time just 10 months ago.

Gaggle Knows Everything About Teens And Kids In School
For the 1,300 students of Santa Fe High School, participating in school life means producing a digital trail — homework assignments, essays, emails, pictures, creative writing, songs they’ve written, and chats with friends and classmates. All of it is monitored by student surveillance service Gaggle, which promises to keep Santa Fe High School kids free from harm.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas in feverish start to 22nd weekend of protests
Hong Kong police fired volley after volley of tear gas to break up thousands of anti-government protesters, most dressed in black and wearing face masks, in Victoria Park… It was an early, feverish response to nip in the bud a rally billed as an “emergency call” for autonomy for the former British colony that was promised its freedoms when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Nasrallah on bid to down IDF drone: We will purge Lebanon’s skies of Israeli violations
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah vowed Friday to keep striking unauthorized aircraft over Lebanon, a day after an anti-aircraft missile failed to topple an IDF unmanned aerial vehicle in the south of the country. “Bringing down UAVs is a natural matter,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech from his hiding place in honor of a Shiite event in southern Lebanon.

Northern Syria power gap: Russia looks to fill void in region
After the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria last month, Russia filled the void and firmed up its position as a powerbroker in the region. Moscow is running joint patrols to separate warring factions and is working in tandem with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But, analysts stress, Russia may not know what their end game is in the Middle East.

2020 Dems Stand With J Street, Hamas and ISIS Against Israel
Not a single 2020 Democrat candidate from the massive field spoke at AIPAC’s pro-Israel summit in the spring. But 5 of the 2020 Dems, Sanders, Buttigieg, Castro, Klobuchar, and Bennett, were featured at the J Street conference alongside anti-Israel activists, BDS supporters, and terrorists.

Pastor Robert Jeffress Says Trump Is Christian ‘Warrior’ and Democrats Worship Pagan God Moloch ‘Who Allowed for Child Sacrifice’
Pastor Robert Jeffress has warned that Christians in the U.S. would be under siege if the Democrats got into power in 2020. Jeffress heads the 13,000-member First Baptist Dallas church and is a vehement loyalist of President Donald Trump.

The Lebanese “Canary In The Mine” Is Signalling Mid-East Trouble Ahead
…are protests a local manifestation, reflecting only the well-attested Lebanese problems of corruption, widening disparities in wealth, nepotism and failing state structures, or do they signal something much deeper?

96-year-old snowfall record smashed in Chicago as Halloween storm sweeps across US
An intensifying winterlike storm dumped disruptive snowfall across parts of the Midwest on Halloween — and many cities smashed record snowfall amounts for the holiday. The late-month storm pushed October totals to rank among the top five snowiest on record in many locations.

People feared dead after boat capsizes as flooding in Somalia forces 182,000 people from their homes
Numerous people are feared dead after flooding caused a boat to capsize and thousands to flee their homes in Somalia.

Severe thunderstorms slam Eastern United States, over 800 000 customers without power
Severe thunderstorms pushed through the Eastern United States on Thursday, October 31, 2019, knocking down trees and power lines that affected over 800 000 customers. As of Friday morning, November 1, more than 300 preliminary reports of severe weather were received by the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center – the most in a 24-hour period in the U.S. since June 30.

South Africa facing worst drought in 1 000 years
In an interview with news agency eNCA on October 28, 2019, hydrology expert Dr. Gideon Groenewald said South Africa is now experiencing the worst drought in a thousand years. He added that the majority of small towns have already run out of water.

Sham impeachment vote proves all but two Democrats are complicit in treason against America, attempted political coup against a duly elected president
Since the 2016 election, Democrats, the deep state and the CIA-run fake news media have fabricated hoax after hoax to try to remove President Trump from office and overrule the votes of the people. They’ve fabricated fake “anonymous sources,” ginned up fake “dossier” documents, made false accusations, fabricated fake whistleblowers and have even publicized completely fabricated “transcripts” of President Trump’s conversation with the President of Ukraine, all in a malicious, coordinated attempt to achieve what they could not achieve through fair elections: The seizing of the White House and the nullification of the 2016 election.

The Fed’s Liquidity Response Is Too Little Too Late – But That Was Always The Plan…
The globalists and banking elites have been running the “order out of chaos” scam for a long time, centuries in fact… [they] have had lots of time to tune and refine their methods for manipulating the collective psyche of the masses…