Latest on POTUS on President’s Day: Trump Open to Improving Federal Gun Background Checks

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
US President Donald Trump is pictured during a bilateral meeting with Israel's Prime Minister on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, eastern Switzerland, on January 25, 2018. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 9:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is spending President’s Day at his private golf club in West Palm Beach. Trump has been in Florida for the weekend. He spent his time largely at his Mar-a-Lago estate as White House aides advised him against golfing too soon after a deadly school shooting in a nearby community. The White House did not immediately answer questions about whether the president was playing golf Monday. The president also visited the golf club Sunday evening. An avid golfer, Trump heads to one of his courses almost every weekend. President Barack Obama took heavy criticism in 2014 when he went golfing during a vacation just minutes after denouncing the militants who had...

Latest on Olympics: Norway Wins 2 Gold, Germany 1

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
The United States players celebrate after the semifinal round of the women's hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. the United States won 5-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Canada set up yet another gold medal game against the United States in women’s hockey, and had to share an Olympic title with Germany after a tie in the two-man bobsled.Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke their own record for a short program and finished in first heading into the free dance. Day 10 was a big day for the Canadians, but Norway picked up two-thirds of the medals -- 2 of the 3 -- awarded with speedskater Havard Lorentzen setting an Olympic record to win the 500-meters and Robert Johansson leading the Norwegians to victory in the large hill team ski jumping final. At the end of the day, Norway...

17 Killed in Garbage Dump Collapse in Mozambique

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
Rescuers search for survivors at the collapse of a garbage mound in Maputo, Mozambique, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Mozambican media say at least 17 people died when heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of the mound garbage. JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique’s capital on Monday, killing as many as 17 people who were buried by debris. Authorities believe more bodies could be buried at the Hulene garbage dump on the outskirts of Maputo, and a search was underway. The garbage in the poor, densely populated area where the disaster happened rose to the height of a three-story building, according to the Portuguese news agency Lusa. Twelve people died, Lusa reported. Radio Mocambique put the death toll at 17. Half a dozen homes were destroyed and some residents in the area fled for fear of another collapse. Help us champion truth, freedom, limited government and human dignity....

US Secret Service Tackled a Chinese Security Guard to the Ground in Scuffle Over Nuclear Football

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, China's President Xi Jinping, China's first lady Peng Liyuan, U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania attend a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. President Donald Trump's trip to China appears to have involved a rather intense showdown between American and Chinese security forces, according to Axios. Wherever the president goes, so does the nuclear football. China apparently did not get the memo, as Chinese security officials attempted to block the military aide carrying the briefcase from entering the Great Hall of the People with the president when he visited last November, Axios reports, citing five sources familiar with the incident. Chief of Staff John Kelly rushed back to address the situation, instructing the man and his accompanying officials to keep moving. A Chinese security officer grabbed Kelly, who pushed the Chinese man's hand away. A U.S. secret service agent then tackled the security guard to the ground. Help us champion...

Happy President’s Day!

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
Trump stands with Japan Here’s to ya, Millard Fillmore. Every year, we set aside a day to honor the 44 men who have served as President of the United States. But isn’t Trump #45? Grover Cleveland counts twice. Not for his ample girth, but because he was our nation’s 20th and 22nd presidents. Cleveland also ranks as among our most tabloid-y of Presidents. He could even give Trump a run for his money. Cleveland not only admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock, he ended up getting hitched while in the White House. And to not just anyone. He married his former ward, Francis Folsom, the daughter of his former law partner. Cleveland had been entrusted to look after young Francis upon her father’s death. The bachelor President was asked why he had waited so long to get married. He reportedly replied, “I was waiting for my wife to grow up.” Cleveland was our second heaviest president. Topping the scale was...

DACA v. Dreamers: Not Quite the Same Thing

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
Dreamers vs DACA two different things - 900 The Democrats and the major media are blurring two issues in a way that advances liberal policies. They’re calling every immigrant illegally brought into this country a “Dreamer.” Who wants to drive away a Dreamer? Only the heartless Republicans. Congress is debating encoding Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals into law. President Obama imposed it by executive order because he couldn’t get Congress to approve it. (After telling people repeatedly it’d be unconstitutional to do it.) President Trump and many Republicans in Congress have agreed to pass DACA into law. But with conditions: Trump has said he will not agree to DACA unless Congress includes funding for a border wall and limits chain migration. Congressional Republicans want to include a provision that defunds sanctuary cities. DACA, Not Dream “Dreamers” refers to the illegal immigrants the proposed DREAM Act - the Development,...

Anti-Gun Students Hold ‘Lie-In’ Outside White House

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
Protesters lie on the ground during a 'lie-in' demonstration supporting gun control reform near the White House on Feb. 19, 2018, in Washington, D.C. According to a statement from the White House, 'the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system', in the wake of last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Anti-gun students in the Washington, D.C., area held a "lie-in" Monday for three minutes to represent the time it took for Florida massacre suspect Nikolas Cruz to murder 17 students and teachers. The students, from a group named Teens for Gun Reform, held signs displaying messages like "we call B.S." and "military-style weapons have no place on our streets," reported Patch. DC-area students are holding a "lie-in" in front of the White House for three minutes to symbolize the time it took for 17 students and teachers to be gunned down last week at a high school in Florida https://t.co/0RgceTw0Yd https://t.co/v87Y0yKX3q — CNN (@...

Parents Just Lost Custody of Teenage Daughter Who Wants to ‘Transition’ to a Boy: What You Need to Know

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
Girls Boys School Bathrooms Chalk Transgender - 900 Parents in Ohio lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter Friday because a judge ruled that she should be allowed to receive therapy, including testosterone therapy, to identify as a boy. Without commenting on the specifics of this case just outside Cincinnati, Americans can expect to see more cases like it as government officials side with transgender activists to promote a radical view of the human person and endorse entirely experimental medical procedures. At stake are not only parental rights, but the wellbeing of children who suffer from gender dysphoria. Here's what you need to know. Transgender activists maintain that when a child identifies as the opposite sex in a manner that is "consistent, persistent, and insistent," the appropriate response is to support that identification. This requires a four-part protocol, as I painstakingly detail...

Parents Think It’s Unfair Transgender Testosterone-Pumped Wrestler Can Compete With Girls

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
In this Feb. 24, 2017, file photo, Euless Trinty Highschool then-junior Mack Beggs, in black, a transgender wrestler competing in the girls state championship tournament, wrestles against Taylor Latham, in blue, of League City Clear Spings High School, during a tournament in Cypress, Texas. Beggs is transitioning her gender to a boy, but has to wrestle in the girls divison because of UIL rules. A Trinity High School wrestler caused a hullabaloo among her fellow students' parents in Euless, Texas, after she began taking testosterone, prompting many parents to assert unfairness in her competing against other female athletes not taking hormones. Trinity senior Mack Beggs is biologically female but started on hormones when she was 15 years old, according to Fox6Now. Public criticism of Beggs began when a female wrestler's father filed a lawsuit in 2017 in an attempt to prevent Beggs from competing against other girls, alleging her artificially elevated testosterone levels are not fair. Beggs has been injecting herself with testosterone shots for roughly...

Fifteen-Year-Old Took Bullets to Save 20 Classmates During Parkland Shooting

Feb 19 2018 - 10:46pm
Anthony Borges Fifteen-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School soccer player Anthony Borges is still recovering in the hospital after heroically saving his 20 classmates by using his body as a shield during the Parkland shooting Feb. 14. Borges is getting care after enduring five gunshots while bravely protecting his fellow classmates during Nikolas Cruz's shooting rampage that killed 17 people on Valentines Day, the Daily Mail reported. Borges got a visit from Broward County Sherriff Scott Israel to show appreciation for the teen's heroic act Sunday. Help us champion truth, freedom, limited government and human dignity. Support The Stream >> "Fortunately, he is recovering but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed. Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others," the sheriff's office tweeted, alongside an image of Israel holding hands with Borges, who is recovering in a hospital bed. The Sheriff was...

Promise of the Priesthood, Part 3: You’re a Worship Leader

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
Worshiping Stained Glass Sky Promise of the Priesthood 3 - 900 Note: This is part three of an exclusive four-part series by Randy Robison, adapted from his brand new book The Age of Promise: Escape the Shadows of the Law to Live in the Light of Christ. Read parts one and two. “You shall be to Me a kingdom of priests,” God declared long ago (Exodus 19:6). Originally, promised to the Israelites and eventually fulfilled in Christ, the honor then opened up to all Christ followers. Peter wrote to believers “you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9). Today, we look at the excitement of leading worship. When we think of leading worship, the modern connotation is that of someone standing on a stage in church and singing hymns or worship songs. Certainly, this is one aspect, but it just scratches the surface. As one who frequently stands...

5 Dead in Russia Church Shooting, Police Kill Suspect

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
Northern Caucus Region Russia Dagestan 900 MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) -- A gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in Russia’s Dagestan region, killing five people and wounding four others, then was shot and killed by police, authorities say. The shootings took place Sunday evening in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000 people on the border with Chechnya. Four people died at the scene and a fifth died at a hospital, regional Interior Ministry spokesman Ruslan Gadzhiibragimov said. The gunman was a local resident, and his wife has been detained for questioning, he said. The motive for the attack was not immediately known. Dagestan is a predominantly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea. Following two separatist wars in neighboring Chechnya, an Islamist insurgency spread to Dagestan. Help us champion truth, freedom, limited government and human dignity...

Who Will Banish the Madmen in Education?

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
Student Debt Young people get blamed for a lot of things. They’re called snowflakes for withering and melting at the least criticism or politically incorrect commentary. They are deemed irresponsible and accused of merely "adulting" when they manage to handle the life decisions typical of adults. And now the Department of Education’s latest financial report finds them failing to pay for their college expenses. Of course, not all young people fit into these categories. Many are not snowflakes. Others have learned to carry responsibilities and forego the "adulting" pitfall. The report from the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Education, however, does present damning evidence of young people's dependence on government. A Damning Report The modern mantra is that all students need to attend university. Thus, young people continue to enter colleges in droves. As a result, they pile up massive amounts of debt, which they owe mainly to the federal government. Such student debt now stands at an astounding $1.4 trillion and growing. The...

The Tyranny of ‘Inclusivity’: Banning Father-Daughter Dances

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
Young happy father enjoying with his small girl in the park while dancing together. I can’t help but be astonished at the short-sightedness, the foolishness, the sheer upside-downness of an argument that says, “Since it may upset the fatherless, we cannot celebrate fatherhood. We cannot celebrate the unique importance of fathers in a daughter’s life.” Our society has gaping, bleeding wounds all over the place precisely from the injury of fatherlessness and just plain bad fathers. If ever it has been vital to elevate and celebrate the irreplaceable value of fathers, it is now. If ever young girls have needed good men, good fathers in their lives to model how a good man behaves, it is now. We won’t solve the lack by forbidding the plenty. What’s even worse, though, is the argument that says, “Since it may upset the confused boy who thinks he is a girl, we cannot celebrate fathers and daughters anymore.” Of course, those making that argument wouldn’t say it that way, but...

South Korean Man Threatened to Blow up the Japanese Embassy in Seoul After Reckless NBC Remarks

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
NBC NBC's Olympic coverage apparently infuriated one man so much that he threatened to bomb an embassy. A middle-aged South Korean man was detained for threatening to blow up the Japanese embassy in Seoul with dynamite after an NBC commentator insensitively praised Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday, citing local police. The man confessed to the charges, admitting he made the call to the embassy in a fit of rage while drunk. Help us champion truth, freedom, limited government and human dignity. Support The Stream >> Japanese colonial rule in Korea was defined by severe human rights atrocities, from forced labor to systematic rape, and the Korean people have not forgotten. But, NBC has. "Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, that has been so important to their own transformation," former NBC Asia Analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo said during a live broadcast at the opening ceremony of the...

The Church, The Christ, and Jordan Peterson

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
Jordan Peterson - shackles of marriage 900 Like many people, I had no idea who Jordan Peterson was until last month. Most of you likely saw the interview with Channel 4's Cathy Newman that turned him into the stuff of viral memes. It's unheard of for a 20-odd-minute video to generate 7 million views, but this one did, and people have been trying to figure out why for weeks, including Peterson himself. My sophisticated hypothesis? It was cool. It was cool because Peterson kept his cool, and because he looked cool doing it. But apparently, we're late to the party. Dr. Peterson has been stirring things up since the fall of 2016, when he spoke out against a Canadian bill that mandated preferred pronoun usage for transgender citizens. The bill passed, but people took notice. By 2018, he had already attracted a large YouTube following by uploading his lectures on life, the universe and everything for free, topics including but not limited to...

FACT CHECK: Have There Been Over 1,600 Mass Shootings Since Sandy Hook?

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
800px-AR15  The New York Times editorial board said that there have been more than 1,600 mass shootings in the U.S. since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. Verdict: Unsubstantiated There is no universally accepted definition of "mass shooting," but the one used by NYT is extremely broad. The liberal news outlet Mother Jones, for example, has only identified 35 mass shootings since Sandy Hook using a narrower set of criteria. Fact Check: The NYT stated the number of mass shootings in an editorial that chronicled congressional action (or inaction) on gun control legislation since the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. "More than five years have passed since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed," the editorial said. "In that time, dozens of gun control proposals have been introduced in Congress attempting to fix glaring issues with gun safety and regulation. More than 1,600 mass shootings have taken...

The Latest: Shooting Survivors to Press for Gun Control

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
A man bows his head in prayer before the start of a service at the First United Methodist Church in Coral Springs, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The service was dedicated to the victims of Wednesday's mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Nikolas Cruz, a former student was charged with 17 counts of murder. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Nineteen-year-old senior Chris Grady was hiding at Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting days go. He says he’s angry and will be pressing with other students for gun control measures. He and some fellow students organized a rally Sunday near the Parkland, Florida, high school, set to press for greater gun control measures from lawmakers. The students plan to visit the state capital, Tallahassee, and visit the nation’s capital in March. Grady says pupils targeted by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, in 2012 were “too young to understand.” But he...

CBS Host to Podesta: How Did Russians Know to Focus on Purple States, but Hillary Didn’t?

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
Podesta Former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta had a brutal exchange on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday when asked about the campaign's failure to focus on so-called "purple states" in 2016. Host Nancy Cordes noted that an indictment handed down by special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday showed that Russian operatives who meddled in the election appeared to realize the importance of focusing on those battleground contests. "How is it that these Russian operatives knew to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin and your campaign didn't?" Nancy Cordes, the host of Face the Nation, asked Podesta. "Of course we spent a lot of time and energy and effort in all those states," Podesta insisted. "Hillary Clinton did not spend much time," Cordes interjected. "We had [Vice Presidential nominee] Tim Kaine was there, Barack Obama, and she spent enormous time in Pennsylvania and Michigan," said Podesta. "We spent a lot of effort, we had staff in Wisconsin that even President Obama had in 2012." Help us champion truth, freedom, limited...

Austin Dillon Takes No. 3 Back to Victory Lane at Daytona

Feb 18 2018 - 10:45pm
Austin Dillon celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The No. 3 is No. 1 again at Daytona, on a day, in a race and at a place forever linked with the great Dale Earnhardt. Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet that Earnhardt piloted for most of his career. Earnhardt was behind the wheel of No. 3 when he won his only Daytona 500 in 1998, and when he was killed in an accident on the final lap of the race three years later. Dillon’s victory, in the 60th running of “The Great American Race ,” came 17 years to the day of Earnhardt’s fatal crash . “I don’t know what it is about storylines and Daytona, this place just creates history and I’m proud to be part of it tonight,” Dillon said. “I put the 3 back in victory lane at Daytona.”...

Staying Strong After Tragedy: Virginia Tech Victim’s Dad Shares His Story

Feb 17 2018 - 10:44pm
David McCain Virginia Tech Victim's Father Tragedy - 900 The  Parkland, Florida shooting forces the hard question upon us again: Is it possible even to think about staying strong after tragedy? I was living in Virginia in April, 2007, at the time of the Virginia Tech mass shooting. My wife and I had a connection to one of the victims, Lauren McCain, through a close mutual friend, so we went to offer our prayers and sympathy during the viewing at her church on the night before her funeral. Her body lay in a casket at the front of the sanctuary. And her dad was in a side room with an old friend, telling him the good news of Jesus Christ.  Good news? Yes. He understood the reality that overcomes evil. So did Lauren. She had journaled messages before her death showing she was ready to face anything that might happen. What do we do with mass shootings? What do we do with violence in general...

‘Is This a Kind of Mistake?’ Snowboarder Wins Alpine Skiing Gold

Feb 17 2018 - 10:44pm
Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka competes in the women's super-G at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) -- This made no sense to Ester Ledecka. Just simply couldn’t be. Could. Not. Be. Which is why the part-time ski racer, part-time snowboarder from the Czech Republic stood so still, absolutely motionless and expressionless, for several moments after crossing the finish line in the Olympic super-G and seeing the numbers on a video board that appeared to show she was fast enough to be the gold medalist. Not merely any gold medalist, but one of the most unconventional and out-of-nowhere gold medalists in Alpine history. This, the 22-year-old Ledecka would explain later, was what went through her mind at that moment: “Is this a kind of mistake?” Then came this: “OK, they’re going to change the time. I’m going to wait for a little bit, and you’re going to switch and (add) some more seconds.” That never happened. This was no mistake. This was real. Her posted time of 1 minute, 21.11 seconds was, indeed,...

Romney, Favored in Senate Bid, Could Take on Outsized Role

Feb 17 2018 - 10:44pm
Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney leaves after speaking at the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah, on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney’s extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role, if he’s elected Utah’s next senator, often filled by John McCain as an elder statesman and counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified. Romney, the 2012 White House nominee, is among the best-known names in U.S. politics. He’s been a successful businessman, governor of heavily Democratic Massachusetts, Olympics rescuer and, more recently, one of his party’s fiercest critics of President Donald Trump. McCain was quick to praise Romney, his rival for the 2008 nomination. In a tweet Friday shortly after Romney announced his Senate bid, McCain said Romney “has shown the country what it means to lead with honor, integrity and civility. The people of #Utah and the nation need his strong voice, resolve and service now...

Can Man Live Without Sex?

Feb 17 2018 - 10:44pm
Friends having fun Laughing Photoshoot Men and Women happy - 900 It's no secret that our culture is hypersexualized. Music. Commercials. Movies. Internet. News. Sex is simply everywhere in our culture. As a result, it is deeply tempting to buy the narrative that sexual experience is the surest route to happiness and fulfillment. To deny yourself sexual activity, on this view, is to undercut your own humanity. As popular and appealing as this view may be, it is deeply mistaken.  Jesus was Single, and Fully Content In my recent dialogue with Matthew Vines about the Bible and Homosexuality, I began my opening speech by focusing on the life and teachings of Jesus. I noted that even though Jesus was single, he was fully content. He never married, and he did not engage in a single sex act. And yet, in contrast to the sex-crazed narrative of our culture, he...

Call Me to Holiness or Don’t Call Me at All

Feb 17 2018 - 10:44pm
Bible Reading Cross Holy - 900 There’s something in the Church air these days. A refrain I keep hearing, like creepy background music. A subliminal suggestion, something only hinted at, never explicitly spoken. It’s in between the lines when some princes of the Church lecture us against rigid adherence to the law, speaking of a more loving “accompaniment”: Don't worry about being holy. Just be good. Be kind and accepting. Holiness is an ideal so few can ever reach. It’s very difficult, and the circumstances of your life really won’t allow it. That’s okay. Just be good and kind and don’t judge. That’s really all God asks, and it’s enough. An Impossible “Ideal”? The word “ideal” is invoked frequently, but in a way that seems designed to discourage rather than encourage our striving for it.  Fidelity in marriage is an “ideal.” Unbroken vows are an “ideal.” An intact family is an “ideal.” Sexual purity is an “ideal.” And the complicated circumstances of modern life make such ideals a...

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