Things you should know today – September 19, 2015

GOP lawmaker will boycott Pope Francis’ speech to congress next week
Three-term Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona said that as a Roman Catholic he was exited pope’s visit to Washington DC. But he decided not to attend pope’s congress speech, mainly because pontiff will discuss his support for policies to fight climate change during the speech. AP news

Obama nominates openly gay man to be secretary of the Army
President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Eric K. Fanning to be secretary of the Army, which could make him the first openly gay secretary of a U.S. military branch. The U.S. Senate must confirm Fanning before he can lead the Army. CNN

Russia sends fighter jets to Syria after talks with US
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke with his Russian counterpart Friday as Russian military moves inside Syria continued to escalate with the arrival of fighter jets. CNN

China warns Japan over the security bills that will change Japan’s military role abroad
China has said Japan is endangering peace in the region after it passed controversial laws expanding the role of its military abroad. A Chinese expert say China should be on guard against Japanese militarism. BBC, One News Page

Defund Planned Parenthood Bill Passes House
A bill stripping Planned Parenthood Federation of America of federal taxpayer dollars for a period of at least one year passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Lawmakers in the House voted largely on party lines on Friday to pass HR 3134, 241 to 187, which would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The Christian Post