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Trump White House shuts out certain media from briefings
DEBKAfile February 25, 2017, 11:49 AM (IDT)
Shortly after President Donald Trump told the Republican Convention Friday, “The fake news doesn’t tell the truth… and we’re going to do something about it,” reporters of the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, the Los Angels Times, Politico, the BBC and the Huffington Post were shut out of the regular White House briefing. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that only a pool of news organizations that represents and shares reporting with the larger press corps were invited. The pool included Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS, Hearst Newspapers and CBS Radio.
Others present at the briefing were Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times. Journalists from ABC, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Fox News also attended.
Reporters from The Associated Press and Time magazine, who were set to be allowed in, chose not to attend the briefing in protest of the White House’s actions. The Washington Post did not send a reporter to the session.
John Roberts, Fox’s chief White House correspondent, said that Fox supports complaints being filed by the White House Correspondents Association and pool TV networks. [Full Source]
Full out war between Democrats and the White House broke out today when Senate Democrats on Tuesday refused to attend a committee vote on two President Trump’s more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration. Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance Tom Price, Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Mnuchin, his selection to head the Treasury Department.
Since at least one democrat must be on present for the vote to be held, the move will effectively delay and potentially prevent the confirmation votes on Mnuchin and Price. The duo is among some of the more contentious selections to join Trump’s Cabinet…. [read more]
“I can’t understand why senators, who know we’re going to have these two people go through, can’t support the committee,” said Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). “I’m very disappointed in this kind of crap. … Some of this is because they just don’t like the president.”
“This is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen in my whole time in the United States Senate,” Hatch said, adding he would try to hold a vote on the nominees later today.”
Satan knows he will be ultimately defeated. However, as every Christian is experientially aware, this knowledge has not deterred him from his malicious endeavors.
This powerful, disgruntled entity is still fervently engaged in warfare against God and his blood-bought Bride. He is utilizing every second of his remaining time to hinder the spread of God’s glory in the earth. And we — as carriers of the message that magnifies God and transforms sinners into bearers of divine glory — are his primary targets.
Do we realize that Satan’s opposition against us is more about God than it is about us? I don’t know that we do.
The way I often hear people talk about spiritual warfare seems to indicate that they believe Satan’s end-all goal is merely to make their lives difficult. Does he want to make our lives difficult? Absolutely. Does he glean some perverted kind of joy from our misery? Undoubtedly. But he doesn’t oppose us simply for the sake of opposing us….. [read more]
“Well, let me clarify that statement: he wants to silence us as regards our proclamation of the gospel. He’s not at all concerned about us voicing our conservative political positions. Our “We need a President who will put God back in the White House!” social media shouting doesn’t bother him. I’m sure he sits back and laughs at those who equate the Great Commission with “making America great again.” The proclamation of the sin-canceling, soul-ransoming power of God in Christ is the speech against which Satan snarls.”
Jesus Christ was crucified to stop Him. What a shock it must have been when He arose on the third day.
The Middle East has few bright spots these days, but one is the budding rapprochement between Israel and its Sunni Arab neighbors, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, thanks to shared threats from Iran and Islamic State. Now the Obama Administration may have plans to wreck even that.
Israeli diplomats gird for the possibility that President Obama may try to force a diplomatic resolution for Israel and the Palestinians at the United Nations. The White House has been unusually tight-lipped about what, if anything, it might have in mind. But our sources say the White House has asked the State Department to develop an options menu for the President’s final weeks.
One possibility would be to sponsor, or at least allow, a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction, perhaps alongside new IRS regulations revoking the tax-exempt status of people or entities involved in settlement building. The Administration vetoed such a resolution in 2011 on grounds that it “risks hardening the position of both sides,” which remains true….. [read more]
In a sign that European countries may be increasing their support for Israel’s battle against UNESCO’s Jerusalem resolutions, Italy announced on Friday that it would vote against such texts in the future.
These resolutions are “incomprehensible, unacceptable and wrong,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told an Italian Radio station during a visit to Brussels. Earlier this week he was in Washington, where he was honored with a state dinner at the White House.
Renzi’s decision increases to seven the small bloc of six-countries that have opposed these resolutions.
Ultimately, if Israel plans to defeat such resolutions it will need countries to follow Italy’s lead, rather than Mexico’s, which made headlines earlier this week when it withdrew its support from the Jerusalem text….. [read more]