President Obama Directed Routine Spying on American Citizens

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More than one in 20 searches by the Obama NSA (National Security Agency) violated laws protecting Americans from illegal search and seizure. The illegal surveillance went on for years, even after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rebuked the Obama administration.  In 2011, the NSA, which promised to make changes, but instead continued to commit systemic violations of American citizens’ rights.

According to one legal expert, the government violated the Fourth Amendment by gathering an excessive amount of data and distributing it, then “unmasking” the identities of the Americans whose emails, texts, and phone calls were surveilled. Then they pretended to comply with the FISA court ruling, but did not put a system in place to prevent this from happening. According to the report, the CIA was responsible for most of the violations, and possibly spied on the President’s political opponents.

Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s Attorney General, has certified that new preventive procedures have been put into place.

Praise God that little by little, the facts are coming out, just as we’ve been praying. Continue reminding the Lord to expose what has been hidden.

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President Proposes a Balanced Budget for 2018

Mick Mulvaney, director for the Office of Management and Budget, announced on Tuesday the President’s budget proposal that would balance the federal budget in ten years. The current budget is $4.062 trillion, and the new budget reflects an increase of $32 billion to $4.094 trillion, but also makes cuts in some areas.

The plan proposes two percent cuts in non-defense discretionary spending over the next ten years, with a balanced budget by 2027. It assumes a three percent growth in the economy, nearly two times the 1.6 percent growth during 2016.

Certain departments will have some programs cut or scaled back, such especially in the EPA. Mulvaney says the President is not anti-science, but gets away from the “crazy stuff” put in place by President Obama, such as money for an EPA climate change musical. The EPA budget will be cut by 30 percent overall.

The Department of Education will have an overall reduction of 13 percent. Other substantial cuts will affect food stamps, children’s health insurance, and disability insurance, but it will give states more flexibility to include work requirements. Illegal immigrants will no longer be able to benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. It does not touch Social Security or Medicare. Currently, the U.S. spends $700 billion on entitlement programs.

Mulvaney explained the cuts in social programs by saying, “We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs, we’re going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off of those programs.”

Why this Matters: Congress writes the budget, so this proposal is a message from President Trump to lawmakers that outlines his priorities. According to Mulvaney, this is an effort to get sustained robust growth in the American economy.

It is vital for Congress to pass the budget so that Republicans can work on tax reform, which they hope to finish by the end of the year.

How to Pray: That conservative lawmakers will use the President’s proposal as a starting point, and form a responsible plan that balances the budget. Pray they will hear and follow God’s counsel. Pray that the votes will be there to pass it.

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Islamic Terrorist Responsible for Manchester Bomb

British authorities have identified the suicide bomber responsible for the deaths of 22 people in Manchester, England, as Salman Abedi, 22 years old. He detonated an explosive device at about 10:30 p.m. Monday at a concert, wounding 100 people. At least 12 of those were children under the age of 16. Officials believe the device was filled with shrapnel in order to inflict the more damage.

Abedi was born in Britain to conservative Muslim parents who emigrated from Libya. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but it has not been confirmed that they are behind the attack. Abedi recently spent three weeks in Libya and returned to England just last week. Manchester police have raided several homes looking for persons involved in the terror network. Two of Abed’s brothers have been arrested, as well as his father.

President Trump called the perpetrators “evil losers,” and called on all civilized nations to “obliterate this evil ideology.”

Why this Matters: For the most part, Muslim culture is not compatible with Western societies. Muslims do not desire to assimilate into other cultures, but to take them over. European countries like Germany, Sweden, and France are struggling with young Muslim men who believe that women not properly covered head-to-toe are whores and may be assaulted at will. The British Prime Minister, the Queen, and the authorities are now looking for ways post-bombing to increase security, rather than addressing the problem of Islam.

Although we should pray for Muslims to be saved, we must not call evil “good” in the name of love. (Is. 5:20-21)

Pray for the wounded to be healed and for comfort for the families of those who were killed. Pray for Americans to understand the threat, yet look for opportunities to share the Lord with Muslims.

Pray for the President as he finishes his first foreign tour.

Ps. 28:7-9 – The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

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