Top News Stories For Today – Dec 2, 2017
US will recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Trump is expected to announce as early as Tuesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a goal long sought by Israel, according to CNN. Sources believe that Trump will attempt to soften the announcement for Palestinians, possibly by specifying only West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as opposed to the eastern part of the city, which Palestinians want to claim as their own seat of government.
The announcement would put the US the only country among its allies. While Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital city, no foreign embassies are located there. The international community sees it as an issue to be settled as part of a broader peace agreement. CNN
Pope Francis warns about terrorism of gossip
Pope Francis talked to a group of Bangladeshi priests and nuns about the “terrorism of gossip” and how it can destroy religious communities on Saturday, before returning to the Vatican. He abandoned the speech he had prepared and instead gave a spontaneous 15-minute address about the highs and lows of living in a religious community.
Francis said he was speaking from personal experience and urged the nuns and priests to “Please, bite your tongue” which means to consider your words carefully before speaking. VOA
Senate passes sweeping revision of US tax code
The Senate passed sweeping revisions to the US tax code past midnight Saturday after Republicans navigated a thicket of internal divisions over deficits and other issues to place their imprint on the economy.
The bill, which included about $1.4 trillion in tax cuts, would lower the corporate rate to 20% from 35%, reshape international business tax rules and temporarily lower individual taxes. It also touched other Republican goals, including opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and repealing the mandate that individuals purchase health insurance, which would punch a sizable hole in the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The bill passed 51-49, with all but one Republican voting for it and all Democrats voting against. The sole Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, stated his opposition before the vote, citing worries it would expand budget deficits. MSN news
Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to making “willfully” false statements to the FBI about his contact with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn resigned as national security adviser less than a month after President Trump’s inauguration for lying about his contacts with Russian officials. Congressional Democrats have also told ABC News that Flynn hid information about overseas trips and contacts with foreign officials when applying for his security clearance, and The Wall Street Journal reported that Flynn and his son had considered kidnapping exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gullen — who the Turkish government blames for 2016’s failed coup — on behalf of the Turkish government for $15 million. CNN, ABC News, The Week
Michael Flynn to cooperating with special counsel
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn confirmed Friday that he has agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. “After over 33 years of military service to our country … it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts,” Flynn said in a statement.
He added: “I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right.” He called his decision to cooperate with Mueller “in the best interests of my family and of our country.” Yahoo News
White evangelical support for Trump Is harming minority outreach
White evangelical support for the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump has hindered their racial reconciliation efforts, according to influential evangelical John Piper. The chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary stated in a message livestreamed on YouTube Thursday evening that over the past few years, America has experienced a “constellation of sorrows” on the issue of race relations in America.
Piper listed 6 things in the “constellation of sorrows” category, which he called 6 crises. The first mention was the Michael Brown shooting of 2014, and the second crises is “the emergence of Trump, first as candidate and now as president.” The Christian Post
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