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  1. (Worthy News) - The highly anticipated Museum of the Bible opens this week and along with it, co-founders Steve and Jackie Green have released a new book. This Dangerous Book: How the Bible Shaped Our World and Why it Still Matters Today explores the influence of the Bible throughout history and the Greens, who own the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts store chain, also share some of their own personal faith stories. [ Source (Read More...) ] View the full article
  2. (Worthy News) - A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially granted a Trump administration request to block at least temporarily a judge’s ruling that had put the new ban on hold. Trump’s ban was announced on Sept. 24 and replaced two previous versions that had been impeded by federal courts. The action means the ban will apply to people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad who do not have connections to the United States. [ Source: Reuters (Read More...) ] View the full article
  3. (Worthy News) - Donald Trump Jr. confirmed Monday night that he communicated with the WikiLeaks Twitter account during the 2016 election. Trump Jr. responded to a report from the Atlantic that he was in contact with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election by posting screenshots of the communications on his Twitter page. “Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak,” he tweeted Monday night. “How ironic!” [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More...) ] Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/3 pic.twitter.com/SiwTqWtykA — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 14, 2017 View the full article
  4. (Worthy News) - The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a challenge to California’s law requiring pro-life pregnancy counselling centers to also tell women about options for abortion, in a move opponents said amounts to a violation of free speech rights. California’s Reproductive FACT Act requires pregnancy clinics to post a message directing their patrons to government offices for taxpayer-subsidized abortions. Two clinics, A Woman’s Friend Pregnancy Resource Clinic and Alternative Women’s Center, said they are pro-life, and requiring them to tell women about abortion options violates the First Amendment. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] View the full article
  5. (Worthy News) - The number of hate crimes reported to U.S. law enforcement in 2016 rose by 4.6 percent over the prior year, driven in part by upticks in race-motivated incidents against whites and Hispanics, and religion-motivated incidents targeting Muslims and Jews, according to FBI data released Monday. About 57 percent of the 6,121 incidents reported to law enforcement were motivated by race or ethnicity, with the half of race-related crimes motivated by anti-black bias. Religion-motivated crimes accounted for 21.0 percent of incidents and crimes motivated by sexual orientation accounted for 17 percent of incidents. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] View the full article
  6. (Worthy News) - European Union foreign ministers approved economic sanctions, including an arms embargo, on Venezuela on Monday, saying regional elections last month marred by reported irregularities had deepened the country’s crisis. Anxious not to push Caracas any closer to economic and political collapse as debt restructuring talks begin, EU governments held back from targeting any individuals. The bloc instead left names for a later stage to try to persuade President Nicholas Maduro to calm the situation. [ Source: Reuters (Read More...) ] View the full article
  7. (Worthy News) - A huge rescue effort is under way after a powerful earthquake struck Iran's mountainous border with Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000. Teams are looking for survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. The quake is the deadliest in the world this year. [ Source: BBC (Read More...) ] View the full article
  8. (Worthy News) - A number of Iron Dome missile defense batteries were deployed in central Israel on Monday, the military said, amid heightened tensions with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad since the army demolished the terrorist group’s border-crossing attack tunnel last month. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the anti-missile systems had been installed in central Israel, but would not elaborate on their exact location, citing army policy. The Iron Dome system, which is designed to shoot down short-range rockets and, in some cases, mortars was deployed to counter the threats made by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which has vowed to avenge its members killed in the tunnel blast and its aftermath. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] View the full article
  9. (Worthy News) - President Donald Trump penned a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently, thanking him for his support following Trump’s United Nations address in September, and pledging to work together with Israel to confront Iran over its nuclear program. According to a report by Channel 10, Prime Minister Netanyahu first revealed the letter at a meeting with senior Likud officials on Sunday. In the letter, President Trump singles out Israel as “one of the few countries in the world” which expressed support for the president’s September address at the United Nations, in which he warned the US may be forced to go to war against the North Korean regime, and urged world leaders to confront Iran over its nuclear program and human rights abuses. [ Source: Arutz Sheva (Read More...) ] View the full article
  10. (Worthy News) - Two years after nearly every nation on earth signed the landmark Paris climate accord, researchers say the deal is failing to live up to its mission as China drives a spike in global carbon emissions, reversing years of steady decline. The sobering news comes as world leaders gather in Germany for a high-level climate summit designed to marshal support for the Paris agreement and to encourage countries to make even more ambitious commitments to cut their own pollution. Other nations have been critical of President Trump for announcing over the summer that the U.S. would pull out of the deal, but data released Monday show that American emissions are still dropping while those of China and other countries are back on the rise. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] View the full article
  11. (Worthy News) - The vast majority of EU states have agreed to create what some have called the nucleus of a joint army. Twenty three out of 28 EU states signed the declaration in Brussels on Monday (13 November), prior to making a legally binding pledge at an EU summit next month. Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Malta, and Portugal stayed out. But some of them, such as Ireland, indicated they might join in time for the summit. Britain, which is leaving the EU, could also take part under special conditions. [ Source: EU Observer (Read More...) ] EU launches new era in defense cooperation European Union countries on Monday officially launched a new era in defense cooperation with a program of joint military investment and project development aimed at helping the EU confront its security challenges. Twenty-three of the EU’s 28 member nations signed up to the process, known as permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO. Britain, which is leaving the EU in 2019, and Denmark with a defense opt-out were among those not taking part. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described it as a “historic moment in European defense,” and added that “23 member states engaging booth on capabilities and on operational steps is something big.” Those who didn’t sign up can join later. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] View the full article
  12. (Worthy News) - Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello unveiled a $94 billion disaster relief request to Congress on Monday to help the U.S. territory recover from Hurricane Maria. Island officials said the $94.4 billion request came after independent damage assessments to determine the funds necessary to restore and rebuild housing on the island as well as its infrastructure. "We aren't just asking for money. We are asking for what is needed. This disaster has been unprecedented," Puerto Rico's representative in Congress, Jenniffer Gonzalez, said.[ Source: UPI (Read More...) ] View the full article
  13. (Worthy News) - Congress is heading toward a budget showdown next month after the two chambers agreed to a defense authorization plan for fiscal year 2018 that exceeds federal spending caps by roughly $85 billion. Lawmakers in coming weeks will have to reconcile the cost of the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act with current spending limits, but members have yet to come to an understanding on how to deal with the issue. The spending compromise, unveiled last week by the House and Senate Armed Services committees, still needs final approval by the full House and Senate, but the caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act must be lifted before the legislation can be passed into law. [ Source: Washington Free Beacon (Read More...) ] View the full article
  14. (Worthy News) - Iran is building a new military facility in Syria, the BBC has reported based on a Western intelligence source. Located at Al-Kiswah, south of Damascus, the facility is one of many alleged Iranian bases in Syria and illustrates how Iran is establishing a permanent presence in the country. Israel has repeatedly warned against Iran’s plans to put down roots close to its northern border. “We will not allow it [Syria] to be used as a forward operating base of a Shi’a axis,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s office said on Saturday after Israel shot down a drone near the Golan Heights. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ] View the full article
  15. (Worthy News) - House and Senate Republicans will take up separate tax reform proposals next week as they race to complete legislation by the end of the year. The Senate kicks off its tax reform effort on Monday when it begins marking up the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would provide $1.5 trillion in tax savings by cutting individual, small business and corporate tax rates. Senate Republicans unveiled their proposal on Thursday to generally positive reviews from GOP lawmakers, although many complained that the plan delayed the corporate tax rate until 2019. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, suggested the legislation may change in his committee next week as lawmaker mark up the bill. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More...) ] View the full article