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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Facebook has gone on the attack as one scandal after another — Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech — has led to a congressional and consumer backlash. Credit: Tom Brenner for The New York Times

By Sheera Frenkel, Nicholas Confessore, Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Jack Nicas | Nov. 14, 2018

Sheryl Sandberg was seething.

Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. It was September 2017, more than a year after Facebook engineers discovered suspicious Russia-linked activity on its site, an early warning of the Kremlin campaign to disrupt the 2016 American election. Congressional and federal investigators were closing in on evidence that would implicate the company.

But it wasn’t the looming disaster at Facebook that angered Ms. Sandberg. It was the social network’s security chief, Alex Stamos, who had informed company board members the day before that Facebook had yet to contain the Russian infestation. Mr. Stamos’s briefing had prompted a humiliating boardroom interrogation of Ms. Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and her billionaire boss. She appeared to regard the admission as a betrayal.

You threw us under the bus!” she yelled at Mr. Stamos, according to people who were present.

The clash that day would set off a reckoning — for Mr. Zuckerberg, for Ms. Sandberg and for the business they had built together. In just over a decade, Facebook has connected more than 2.2 billion people, a global nation unto itself that reshaped political campaigns, the advertising business and daily life around the world. Along the way, Facebook accumulated one of the largest-ever repositories of personal data, a treasure trove of photos, messages and likes that propelled the company into the Fortune 500.

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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, has overseen an aggressive campaign to fight critics and ward off regulation. Credit Joshua Roberts/Reuters

But as evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled. Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view. At critical moments over the last three years, they were distracted by personal projects, and passed off security and policy decisions to subordinates, according to current and former executives.

When Facebook users learned last spring that the company had compromised their privacy in its rush to expand, allowing access to the personal information of tens of millions of people to a political data firm linked to President Trump, Facebook sought to deflect blame and mask the extent of the problem.

And when that failed — as the company’s stock price plummeted and it faced a consumer backlash — Facebook went on the attack.

While Mr. Zuckerberg has conducted a public apology tour in the last year, Ms. Sandberg has overseen an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat Facebook’s critics, shift public anger toward rival companies and ward off damaging regulation. Facebook employed a Republican opposition-research firm to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to the liberal financier George Soros. It also tapped its business relationships, lobbying a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic.

In Washington, allies of Facebook, including Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate leader, intervened on its behalf. And Ms. Sandberg wooed or cajoled hostile lawmakers, while trying to dispel Facebook’s reputation as a bastion of Bay Area liberalism.

This account of how Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg navigated Facebook’s cascading crises, much of which has not been previously reported, is based on interviews with more than 50 people. They include current and former Facebook executives and other employees, lawmakers and government officials, lobbyists and congressional staff members. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity because they had signed confidentiality agreements, were not authorized to speak to reporters or feared retaliation.

Facebook declined to make Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg available for comment.

In a statement, a spokesman acknowledged that Facebook had been slow to address its challenges but had since made progress fixing the platform.

“This has been a tough time at Facebook and our entire management team has been focused on tackling the issues we face,” the statement said. “While these are hard problems we are working hard to ensure that people find our products useful and that we protect our community from bad actors.”

Even so, trust in the social network has sunk, while its pell-mell growth has slowed. Regulators and law enforcement officials in the United States and Europe are investigating Facebook’s conduct with Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that worked with Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, opening up the company to fines and other liability. Both the Trump administration and lawmakers have begun crafting proposals for a national privacy law, setting up a years long struggle over the future of Facebook’s data-hungry business model.

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“We failed to look and try to imagine what was hiding behind corners,” Elliot Schrage, former vice president for global communications, marketing and public policy at Facebook, said in an interview

Mr. Zuckerberg, 34, and Ms. Sandberg, 49, remain at the company’s helm, while Mr. Stamos and other high-profile executives have left after disputes over Facebook’s priorities. Mr. Zuckerberg, who controls the social network with 60 percent of the voting shares and who approved many of its directors, has been asked repeatedly in the last year whether he should step down as chief executive.

His answer each time: a resounding “No.”

‘Don’t Poke the Bear’

Joel Kaplan, right, Facebook’s vice president for corporate public policy, attended an April Senate hearing where a coached Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, largely eluded tough questions. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Three years ago, Mr. Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in 2004 while attending Harvard, was celebrated for the company’s extraordinary success. Ms. Sandberg, a former Clinton administration official and Google veteran, had become a feminist icon with the publication of her empowerment manifesto, “Lean In,” in 2013.

Like other technology executives, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg cast their company as a force for social good.

 Facebook’s lofty aims were emblazoned even on securities filings: “Our mission is to make the world more open and connected.

But as Facebook grew, so did the hate speech, bullying and other toxic content on the platform. When researchers and activists in Myanmar, India, Germany and elsewhere warned that Facebook had become an instrument of government propaganda and ethnic cleansing, the company largely ignored them. Facebook had positioned itself as a platform, not a publisher. Taking responsibility for what users posted, or acting to censor it, was expensive and complicated. Many Facebook executives worried that any such efforts would backfire.

Then Donald J. Trump ran for president. He described Muslim immigrants and refugees as a danger to America, and in December 2015 posted a statement on Facebook calling for a “total and complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the United States. Mr. Trump’s call to arms — widely condemned by Democrats and some prominent Republicans — was shared more than 15,000 times on Facebook, an illustration of the site’s power to spread racist sentiment.

Mr. Zuckerberg, who had helped found a nonprofit dedicated to immigration reform, was appalled, said employees who spoke to him or were familiar with the conversation. He asked Ms. Sandberg and other executives if Mr. Trump had violated Facebook’s terms of service.

The question was unusual. Mr. Zuckerberg typically focused on broader technology issues; politics was Ms. Sandberg’s domain. In 2010, Ms. Sandberg, a Democrat, had recruited a friend and fellow Clinton alum, Marne Levine, as Facebook’s chief Washington representative. A year later, after Republicans seized control of the House, Ms. Sandberg installed another friend, a well-connected Republican: Joel Kaplan, who had attended Harvard with Ms. Sandberg and later served in the George W. Bush administration.

Some at Facebook viewed Mr. Trump’s 2015 attack on Muslims as an opportunity to finally take a stand against the hate speech coursing through its platform. But Ms. Sandberg, who was edging back to work after the death of her husband several months earlier, delegated the matter to Mr. Schrage and Monika Bickert, a former prosecutor whom Ms. Sandberg had recruited as the company’s head of global policy management. Ms. Sandberg also turned to the Washington office — particularly to Mr. Kaplan, said people who participated in or were briefed on the discussions.

In video conference calls between the Silicon Valley headquarters and Washington, the three officials construed their task narrowly. They parsed the company’s terms of service to see if the post, or Mr. Trump’s account, violated Facebook’s rules.

Mr. Kaplan argued that Mr. Trump was an important public figure and that shutting down his account or removing the statement could be seen as obstructing free speech, said three employees who knew of the discussions. He said it could also stoke a conservative backlash.

“Don’t poke the bear,” Mr. Kaplan warned.

Mr. Zuckerberg did not participate in the debate. Ms. Sandberg attended some of the video meetings but rarely spoke.

Mr. Schrage concluded that Mr. Trump’s language had not violated Facebook’s rules and that the candidate’s views had public value. “We were trying to make a decision based on all the legal and technical evidence before us,” he said in an interview.

In the end, Mr. Trump’s statement and account remained on the site. When Mr. Trump won election the next fall, giving Republicans control of the White House as well as Congress, Mr. Kaplan was empowered to plan accordingly. The company hired a former aide to Mr. Trump’s new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, along with lobbying firms linked to Republican lawmakers who had jurisdiction over internet companies.

But inside Facebook, new troubles were brewing.

Minimizing Russia’s Role

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in November 2017, Facebook and other tech giants were asked about Russia’s election meddling. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

In the final months of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, Russian agents escalated a yearlong effort to hack and harass his Democratic opponents, culminating in the release of thousands of emails stolen from prominent Democrats and party officials.

Facebook had said nothing publicly about any problems on its own platform. But in the spring of 2016, a company expert on Russian cyber warfare spotted something worrisome. He reached out to his boss, Mr. Stamos.

Mr. Stamos’s team discovered that Russian hackers appeared to be probing Facebook accounts for people connected to the presidential campaigns, said two employees. Months later, as Mr. Trump battled Hillary Clinton in the general election, the team also found Facebook accounts linked to Russian hackers who were messaging journalists to share information from the stolen emails.

Mr. Stamos, 39, told Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, about the findings, said two people involved in the conversations. At the time, Facebook had no policy on disinformation or any resources dedicated to searching for it.

Mr. Stamos, acting on his own, then directed a team to scrutinize the extent of Russian activity on Facebook. In December 2016, after Mr. Zuckerberg publicly scoffed at the idea that fake news on Facebook had helped elect Mr. Trump, Mr. Stamos — alarmed that the company’s chief executive seemed unaware of his team’s findings — met with Mr. Zuckerberg, Ms. Sandberg and other top Facebook leaders.

Ms. Sandberg was angry. Looking into the Russian activity without approval, she said, had left the company exposed legally. Other executives asked Mr. Stamos why they had not been told sooner.

Still, Ms. Sandberg and Mr. Zuckerberg decided to expand on Mr. Stamos’s work, creating a group called Project P, for “propaganda,” to study false news on the site, according to people involved in the discussions. By January 2017, the group knew that Mr. Stamos’s original team had only scratched the surface of Russian activity on Facebook, and pressed to issue a public paper about their findings.

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former security chief, met with criticism as he investigated Russian activity on the platform. Credit Steve Marcus/Reuters

But Mr. Kaplan and other Facebook executives objected. Washington was already reeling from an official finding by American intelligence agencies that Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, had personally ordered an influence campaign aimed at helping elect Mr. Trump.

If Facebook implicated Russia further, Mr. Kaplan said, Republicans would accuse the company of siding with Democrats. And if Facebook pulled down the Russians’ fake pages, regular Facebook users might also react with outrage at having been deceived: His own mother-in-law, Mr. Kaplan said, had followed a Facebook page created by Russian trolls.

Ms. Sandberg sided with Mr. Kaplan, recalled four people involved. Mr. Zuckerberg — who spent much of 2017 on a national “listening tour,” feeding cows in Wisconsin and eating dinner with Somali refugees in Minnesota — did not participate in the conversations about the public paper. When it was published that April, the word “Russia” never appeared.

Ms. Sandberg’s subordinates took a similar approach in Washington, where the Senate had begun pursuing its own investigation, led by Richard Burr, the North Carolina Republican, and Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat. Throughout the spring and summer of 2017, Facebook officials repeatedly played down Senate investigators’ concerns about the company, while publicly claiming there had been no Russian effort of any significance on Facebook.

But inside the company, employees were tracing more ads, pages and groups back to Russia. That June, a Times reporter provided Facebook a list of accounts with suspected ties to Russia, seeking more information on their provenance. By August 2017, Facebook executives concluded that the situation had become what one called a “five-alarm fire,” said a person familiar with the discussions.

Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg agreed to go public with some findings, and laid plans to release a blog post on Sept. 6, 2017, the day of the company’s quarterly board meeting.

After Mr. Stamos and his team drafted the post, however, Ms. Sandberg and her deputies insisted it be less specific. She and Mr. Zuckerberg also asked Mr. Stamos and Mr. Stretch to brief the board’s audit committee, chaired by Erskine Bowles, the patrician investor and White House veteran.

Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, learned in 2016 that suspicious Russian activity on the social network had been detected internally. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

Mr. Stretch and Mr. Stamos went into more detail with the audit committee than planned, warning that Facebook was likely to find even more evidence of Russian interference.

The disclosures set off Mr. Bowles, who after years in Washington could anticipate how lawmakers might react. He grilled the two men, occasionally cursing, on how Facebook had allowed itself to become a tool for Russian interference.

He demanded to know why it had taken so long to uncover the activity, and why Facebook directors were only now being told.

When the full board gathered later that day at a room at the company’s headquarters reserved for sensitive meetings, Mr. Bowles pelted questions at Facebook’s founder and second-in-command. Ms. Sandberg, visibly unsettled, apologized. Mr. Zuckerberg, stone-faced, whirred through technical fixes, said three people who attended or were briefed on the proceedings.

Later that day, the company’s abbreviated blog post went up. It said little about fake accounts or the organic posts created by Russian trolls that had gone viral on Facebook, disclosing only that Russian agents had spent roughly $100,000 — a relatively tiny sum — on approximately 3,000 ads.

Just one day after the company’s carefully sculpted admission, The Times published an investigation of further Russian activity on Facebook, showing how Russian intelligence had used fake accounts to promote emails stolen from the Democratic Party and prominent Washington figures.

A Political Playbook

Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner introduced legislation last fall to force Facebook and other tech companies to disclose who bought political ads on their sites. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times Times

The combined revelations infuriated Democrats, finally fracturing the political consensus that had protected Facebook and other big tech companies from Beltway interference.

Republicans, already concerned that the platform was censoring conservative views, accused Facebook of fuelling what they claimed were meritless conspiracy charges against Mr. Trump and Russia. Democrats, long allied with Silicon Valley on issues including immigration and gay rights, now blamed Mr. Trump’s win partly on Facebook’s tolerance for fraud and disinformation.

After stalling for weeks, Facebook eventually agreed to hand over the Russian posts to Congress. Twice in October 2017, Facebook was forced to revise its public statements, finally acknowledging that close to 126 million people had seen the Russian posts.

The same month, Mr. Warner and Senator Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota Democrat, introduced legislation to compel Facebook and other internet firms to disclose who bought political ads on their sites — a significant expansion of federal regulation over tech companies.

“It’s time for Facebook to let all of us see the ads bought by Russians *and paid for in Rubles* during the last election,” Ms. Klobuchar wrote on her own Facebook page.

Facebook girded for battle. Days after the bill was unveiled, Facebook hired Mr. Warner’s former chief of staff, Luke Albee, to lobby on it. Mr. Kaplan’s team took a larger role in managing the company’s Washington response, routinely reviewing Facebook news releases for words or phrases that might rile conservatives.

Ms. Sandberg also reached out to Ms. Klobuchar. She had been friendly with the senator, who is featured on the website for Lean In, Ms. Sandberg’s empowerment initiative. Ms. Sandberg had contributed a blurb to Ms. Klobuchar’s 2015 memoir, and the senator’s chief of staff had previously worked at Ms. Sandberg’s charitable foundation.

But in a tense conversation shortly after the ad legislation was introduced, Ms. Sandberg complained about Ms. Klobuchar’s attacks on the company, said a person who was briefed on the call. Ms. Klobuchar did not back down on her legislation. But she dialed down her criticism in at least one venue important to the company: After blasting Facebook repeatedly that fall on her own Facebook page, Ms. Klobuchar hardly mentioned the company in posts between November and February.

A spokesman for Ms. Klobuchar said in a statement that Facebook’s lobbying had not lessened her commitment to holding the company accountable. “Facebook was pushing to exclude issue ads from the Honest Ads Act, and Senator Klobuchar strenuously disagreed and refused to change the bill,” he said.

In October 2017, Facebook also expanded its work with a Washington-based consultant, Definers Public Affairs, that had originally been hired to monitor press coverage of the company. Founded by veterans of Republican presidential politics, Definers specialized in applying political campaign tactics to corporate public relations — an approach long employed in Washington by big telecommunications firms and activist hedge fund managers, but less common in tech.

Definers had established a Silicon Valley outpost earlier that year, led by Tim Miller, a former spokesman for Jeb Bush who preached the virtues of campaign-style opposition research. For tech firms, he argued in one interview, a goal should be to “have positive content pushed out about your company and negative content that’s being pushed out about your competitor.”

Facebook quickly adopted that strategy. In November 2017, the social network came out in favor of a bill called the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which made internet companies responsible for sex trafficking ads on their sites.

Google and others had fought the bill for months, worrying it would set a cumbersome precedent. But the sex trafficking bill was championed by Senator John Thune, a Republican of South Dakota who had pummeled Facebook over accusations that it censored conservative content, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat and senior commerce committee member who was a frequent critic of Facebook.

Facebook broke ranks with other tech companies, hoping the move would help repair relations on both sides of the aisle, said two congressional staffers and three tech industry officials.

When the bill came to a vote in the House in February, Ms. Sandberg offered public support online, urging Congress to “make sure we pass meaningful and strong legislation to stop sex trafficking.”

Opposition Research

Cutouts of Mr. Zuckerberg during a protest outside the United States Capitol in April. Credit Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

In March, The Times, The Observer of London and The Guardian prepared to publish a joint investigation into how Facebook user data had been appropriated by Cambridge Analytica to profile American voters. A few days before publication, The Times presented Facebook with evidence that copies of improperly acquired Facebook data still existed, despite earlier promises by Cambridge executives and others to delete it.

Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg met with their lieutenants to determine a response. They decided to pre-empt the stories, saying in a statement published late on a Friday night that Facebook had suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform. The executives figured that getting ahead of the news would soften its blow, according to people in the discussions.

They were wrong.

The story drew worldwide outrage, prompting lawsuits and official investigations in Washington, London and Brussels. For days, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg remained out of sight, mulling how to respond. While the Russia investigation had devolved into an increasingly partisan battle, the Cambridge scandal set off Democrats and Republicans alike. And in Silicon Valley, other tech firms began exploiting the outcry to burnish their own brands.

Alexander Nix, former chief executive of the Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook came under fire after revelations that it had allowed the firm access to the personal information of tens of millions of people.  Credit Tolga Akmen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“We’re not going to traffic in your personal life,” Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said in an MSNBC interview.

“Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty.”

(Mr. Cook’s criticisms infuriated Mr. Zuckerberg, who later ordered his management team to use only Android phones — arguing that the operating system had far more users than Apple’s.)

Facebook scrambled anew. Executives quietly shelved an internal communications campaign, called “We Get It,” meant to assure employees that the company was committed to getting back on track in 2018.

Then Facebook went on the offensive. Mr. Kaplan prevailed on Ms. Sandberg to promote Kevin Martin, a former Federal Communications Commission chairman and fellow Bush administration veteran, to lead the company’s American lobbying efforts. Facebook also expanded its work with Definers.

On a conservative news site called the NTK Network, dozens of articles blasted Google and Apple for unsavory business practices. One story called Mr. Cook hypocritical for chiding Facebook over privacy, noting that Apple also collects reams of data from users. Another played down the impact of the Russians’ use of Facebook.

The rash of news coverage was no accident: NTK is an affiliate of Definers, sharing offices and staff with the public relations firm in Arlington, Va. Many NTK Network stories are written by staff members at Definers or America Rising, the company’s political opposition-research arm, to attack their clients’ enemies. While the NTK Network does not have a large audience of its own, its content is frequently picked up by popular conservative outlets, including Breitbart.

Mr. Miller acknowledged that Facebook and Apple do not directly compete. Definers’ work on Apple is funded by a third technology company, he said, but Facebook has pushed back against Apple because Mr. Cook’s criticism upset Facebook.

If the privacy issue comes up, Facebook is happy to “muddy the waters,” Mr. Miller said over drinks at an Oakland, Calif., bar last month.

On Thursday, after this article was published, Facebook said that it had ended its relationship with Definers, without citing a reason.

In public, Facebook was more conciliatory. Mr. Zuckerberg agreed to testify on Capitol Hill. The company unveiled a gauzy advertising campaign, titled “Here Together,” to apologize to its users. Days before Mr. Zuckerberg’s appearance in Congress in April, Facebook announced that it was endorsing Ms. Klobuchar’s Honest Ads bill and would pre-emptively begin disclosing political ad buyers. It also informed users whose data had been improperly harvested by Cambridge Analytica.

But Mr. Zuckerberg’s good-will tour was bumpy. Thanks to intensive coaching and preparation, the company’s communications team believed, he had effectively parried tough questions at the April hearing. But they worried he had come off as robotic — a suspicion confirmed by Facebook’s pollsters.

Mr. Zuckerberg spoke with Representative Greg Walden during a break in an April hearing, telling him he was surprised at the tough line of questioning. Credit Michael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock

Mr. Zuckerberg’s political instincts were no more well-tuned.

During a break in one hearing, he buttonholed Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican who leads the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to express his surprise at how tough on Facebook Democrats had been.

Mr. Walden was taken aback, said people who knew of the remark. Facebook’s leader, Mr. Walden realized, did not understand the breadth of the anger now aimed at his creation.

Personal Appeals in Washington

Ms. Sandberg, center left, has wooed or cajoled lawmakers in Washington. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Ms. Sandberg had said little publicly about the company’s problems. But inside Facebook, her approach had begun to draw criticism.

Some colleagues believed that Ms. Sandberg — whose ambitions to return to public life were much discussed at the company — was protecting her own brand at Facebook’s expense. At one company gathering, said two people who knew of the event, friends told Ms. Sandberg that if Facebook did not address the scandals effectively, its role in spreading hate and fear would define her legacy, too.

So Ms. Sandberg began taking a more personal role in the company’s Washington campaign, drawing on all the polish that Mr. Zuckerberg sometimes lacked. She not only relied on her old Democratic ties, but also sought to assuage skeptical Republicans, who grumbled that Facebook was more sensitive to the political opinions of its work force than to those of powerful committee leaders. Trailing an entourage of as many as 10 people on trips to the capital, Ms. Sandberg made a point of sending personal thank-you notes to lawmakers and others she met.

Her top Republican target was Mr. Burr, whose Senate committee’s Russia investigation had chugged along. The two spoke by phone, according to a congressional staff member and a Facebook executive, and met in person this fall. While critics cast Facebook as a serial offender that had ignored repeated warning signs about the dangers posed by its product, Ms. Sandberg argued that the company was grappling earnestly with the consequences of its extraordinary growth.

She made the same case in June at a conference of the National Association of Attorneys General in Portland, Ore. At the time, several attorneys general had opened or joined investigations into the company. Facebook was eager to head off further trouble.

The company organized several private receptions, including what was billed as a conversation with Ms. Sandberg about “corporate citizenship in the digital age” and a briefing on Cambridge Analytica.

While Facebook had publicly declared itself ready for new federal regulations, Ms. Sandberg privately contended that the social network was already adopting the best reforms and policies available. Heavy-handed regulation, she warned, would only disadvantage smaller competitors.

Some of the officials were skeptical. But Ms. Sandberg’s presence — companies typically send lower-ranking executives to such gatherings — persuaded others that Facebook was serious about addressing its problems, according to two who attended the conference.

Facebook also continued to look for ways to deflect criticism to rivals. In June, after The Times reported on Facebook’s previously undisclosed deals to share user data with device makers — partnerships Facebook had failed to disclose to lawmakers — executives ordered up focus groups in Washington.

In separate sessions with liberals and conservatives, about a dozen at a time, Facebook previewed messages to lawmakers. Among the approaches it tested was bringing YouTube and other social media platforms into the controversy, while arguing that Google struck similar data-sharing deals.

Deflecting Criticism

Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, testifying before Congress in July. Demonstrators held up signs with octopus imagery that a company official flagged as anti-Semitic.  Credit Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

By then, some of the harshest criticism of Facebook was coming from the political left, where activists and policy experts had begun calling for the company to be broken up.

In July, organizers with a coalition called Freedom from Facebook crashed a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, where a company executive was testifying about its policies. As the executive spoke, the organizers held aloft signs depicting Ms. Sandberg and Mr. Zuckerberg, who are both Jewish, as two heads of an octopus stretching around the globe.

Eddie Vale, a Democratic public relations strategist who led the protest, later said the image was meant to evoke old cartoons of Standard Oil, the Gilded Age monopoly. But a Facebook official quickly called the Anti-Defamation League, a leading Jewish civil rights organization, to flag the sign. Facebook and other tech companies had partnered with the civil rights group since late 2017 on an initiative to combat anti-Semitism and hate speech online.

That afternoon, the A.D.L. issued a warning from its Twitter account.

“Depicting Jews as an octopus encircling the globe is a classic anti-Semitic trope,” the organization wrote. “Protest Facebook — or anyone — all you want, but pick a different image.” The criticism was soon echoed in conservative outlets including The Washington Free Beacon, which has sought to tie Freedom from Facebook to what the publication calls “extreme anti-Israel groups.”

An A.D.L. spokeswoman, Betsaida Alcantara, said the group routinely fielded reports of anti-Semitic slurs from journalists, synagogues and others. “Our experts evaluate each one based on our years of experience, and we respond appropriately,” Ms. Alcantara said. (The group has at times sharply criticized Facebook, including when Mr. Zuckerberg suggested that his company should not censor Holocaust deniers.)

Facebook also used Definers to take on bigger opponents, such as Mr. Soros, a longtime boogeyman to mainstream conservatives and the target of intense anti-Semitic smears on the far right. A research document circulated by Definers to reporters this summer, just a month after the House hearing, cast Mr. Soros as the unacknowledged force behind what appeared to be a broad anti-Facebook movement.

He was a natural target. In a speech at the World Economic Forum in January, he had attacked Facebook and Google, describing them as a monopolist “menace” with “neither the will nor the inclination to protect society against the consequences of their actions.”

Definers pressed reporters to explore the financial connections between Mr. Soros’s family or philanthropies and groups that were members of Freedom from Facebook, such as Colour of Change, an online racial justice organization, as well as a progressive group founded by Mr. Soros’s son. (An official at Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundations said the philanthropy had supported both member groups, but not Freedom from Facebook, and had made no grants to support campaigns against Facebook.)

Definers also circulated research about other critics of Facebook, such as Diamond and Silk, the pro-Trump social media stars who had claimed they were treated unfairly by Facebook.

In at least one instance, the company also relied on Mr. Schumer, the New York senator and Senate Democratic leader. He has long worked to advance Silicon Valley’s interests on issues such as commercial drone regulations and patent reform. During the 2016 election cycle, he raised more money from Facebook employees than any other member of Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Mr. Zuckerberg speaking with Senator Chuck Schumer in July. The lawmaker, whose daughter works at Facebook, has intervened on the company’s behalf. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Mr. Schumer also has a personal connection to Facebook: His daughter Alison joined the firm out of college and is now a marketing manager in Facebook’s New York office, according to her LinkedIn profile.

In July, as Facebook’s troubles threatened to cost the company billions of dollars in market value, Mr. Schumer confronted Mr. Warner, by then Facebook’s most insistent inquisitor in Congress.

Back off, he told Mr. Warner, according to a Facebook employee briefed on Mr. Schumer’s intervention. Mr. Warner should be looking for ways to work with Facebook, Mr. Schumer advised, not harm it.

Facebook lobbyists were kept abreast of Mr. Schumer’s efforts to protect the company, according to the employee.

A Senate aide briefed on the exchange said that Mr. Schumer had not wanted Mr. Warner to lose sight of the need for Facebook to tackle problems with right-wing disinformation and election interference, as well as consumer privacy and other issues.

The War Room

Ms. Sandberg with Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee in September. Credit Tom Brenner for The New York Times

One morning in late summer, workers layered opaque contact paper onto the windows of a conference room in Facebook’s Washington office. Not long after, a security guard was posted outside the door. It was an unusual sight: Facebook prided itself on open office plans and transparent, glass-walled conference rooms.

But Ms. Sandberg was set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee — a pivotal encounter for her embattled company — and her aides were taking no chances.

Inside the room, they labored to prepare her for the hearing. They had assembled a binder-size briefing book, covering virtually every issue she might be questioned about, and had hired a former White House lawyer who specialized in training corporate executives.

Facebook lobbyists had already worked the Intelligence Committee hard, asking that lawmakers refrain from questioning Ms. Sandberg about privacy issues, Cambridge Analytica and censorship. The argument was persuasive with Mr. Burr, who was determined to avoid a circus like atmosphere. A day before the hearing, he issued a stern warning to all committee members to stick to the topic of election interference.

In the committee room the next day was an empty chair behind a placard labeled “Google.” Facebook had lobbied for the hearing to include a Google emissary of similar rank to Ms. Sandberg. The company won a partial victory when Mr. Burr announced that Larry Page, a Google co-founder, had been invited, along with Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive.

Mr. Dorsey showed up. Mr. Page did not.

As the hearing unfolded, senators excoriated Google for its absence, earning a wave of negative news coverage for Facebook’s rival.

Ms. Sandberg’s notes from the September hearing. Facebook lobbyists had worked hard to limit the range of questions Ms. Sandberg would face.CreditTom Brenner for The New York Times

Ms. Sandberg spread neatly handwritten notes on the table before her: the names of each senator on the committee, their pet questions and concerns, a reminder to say thank you.

In large letters were her stage directions: “Slow, Pause, Determined.”

Original Source: Date-stamped: 2018 NOV 14 | Author: By Sheera Frenkel, Nicholas Confessore, Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Jack Nicas | Article Title: Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis | Article Link: nytimes.com | Notes: A version of this article appears in print on Nov. 15, 2018, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Delay, Deny, Deflect: How Facebook Leaders Leaned Out in Crisis.
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CNN Lawsuit’s Version of Jim Acosta Incident Is Fake News

by Ronn Blitzer | 12:08 pm, November 13th, 2018

CNN and reporter Jim Acosta filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming that the White House violated his constitutional rights by suspending his press access following an incident where Acosta would not relinquish the microphone during a press conference. The White House’s characterization of the events of last Wednesday have been ripped apart as an exaggeration complete with altered video footage, but the account put forth in CNN’s complaint is even more detached from reality.

Let’s break this down as it happened. And for the record, I’m going by video of the incident that CNN themselves broadcast.

First, Trump called on Acosta. That much, CNN agrees with, but that seems to be about it.

FROM THE COMPLAINT:

Acosta asked a question about one of President Trump’s statements during the midterm campaign—namely, whether a caravan making its way to the United States from Central America constitutes “an invasion” of the country, a significant feature of the President’s messaging during the just-ended campaign.

THIS IS FALSE.

Acosta did not simply ask a question. He made a statement, saying, “I want to challenge you on one of the statements you made in the tail end of the campaign, in the midterms.” He then cited Trump’s characterization of a migrant caravan as an invasion. He proceeded to lecture the president by saying, “As you know, Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion, it’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S.” Finally, Acosta asked, “Why did you characterize it as such?” and “Do you think that you demonized immigrants in this election?”

According to CNN’s lawsuit, “The President declined to respond, instead remarking: ‘You know what? I think you should . . . I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.’” It then says, “When Acosta attempted to ask a follow-up question, President Trump refused to take it.”

THIS IS NONSENSE.

Trump did respond to Acosta. Regarding the characterization of the caravan as an invasion, Trump simply said, “Because I consider it an invasion, you and I have a difference of opinion.” Regarding demonizing immigrants, Trump said, “Not at all. No, not at all. I want them to come into the country, but they have to come in legally. You know they have to come in, Jim, through a process. I want it to be a process. And I want people to come in and we need the people.”

Acosta then tried to interject, but Trump cut him off because he wasn’t done responding.

“Wait, wait, wait,” Trump said. “You know why we need the people, don’t you? Because we have hundreds of companies moving in. We need the people.”

The back and forth continued for a bit, with Trump responding to Acosta regarding a campaign ad. It wasn’t until Acosta again brought up Trump’s characterization of the caravan as an invasion–which Trump had already addressed–that Trump cut him off and made comments about CNN. Trump then said, “That’s enough.”

Then the lawsuit gets to the part where a female White House staffer went over to take the microphone away from Acosta, who wouldn’t comply with the president’s instructions.

Here’s what CNN’s lawsuit says happened:

A White House staffer then approached Acosta and attempted to grab the microphone. The staffer reached all the way across Acosta’s body, successfully latched onto the microphone, and physically attempted to remove it from Acosta’s right hand. Acosta held onto the microphone, stated “Pardon me, ma’am,” and continued to ask his question.

First off, the staffer did not reach all the way across Acosta’s body until after she had repeatedly attempted to take it from his left side. When Acosta twice jerked his right arm away, keeping the microphone out of her reach, she then went across to try and take it. Again, this is after the president of the United States told Acosta to stop and he kept talking anyway.

THE LAWSUIT ALSO CONVENIENTLY OMITS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.

When the woman finally did manage to grasp the microphone–or as CNN disgustingly said, “latched onto” it–Acosta did not merely hold onto the microphone. He brought his arm down, making contact with the woman as he continued to try and maintain control of the microphone. When she did not let go, he then looked straight at her before saying, “Pardon me, ma’am.”

Now, Acosta did not place his hands on her, as the White House alleged, and he certainly did not assault her, as some have claimed. He did, however, actively try to keep a White House staffer from taking away the microphone as he continued talking, even after the president told him his time was up.

WITH ALL THIS, CNN HAS THE NERVE TO CLAIM:

“The content and viewpoint of CNN’s and Acosta’s reporting on the Trump administration—not his interaction with the staffer at the November 7 press conference—were the real reason the White House indefinitely revoked his press credentials.”

THIS IS ABSURD! 

If CNN and Acosta’s reporting were the real reasons, Trump wouldn’t have called on him to ask a question in the first place. CNN can make legal arguments that the White House acted improperly in how they went about suspending Acosta’s access, but let’s not be ridiculous when it comes to why. Certainly, the White House did not do themselves any favours by focusing solely on Acosta’s interaction with the female staffer instead of the incident as a whole, but facts are facts.

JIM ACOSTA ACTED INAPPROPRIATELY: I don’t blame CNN for standing by their reporter, but this version of the story only supports Trump’s claims that they’re “fake news.” END.

CNN are | “fake news.”

Article Title: CNN Lawsuit’s Version of Jim Acosta Incident Is Fake News
Article Link: lawandcrime.com
Date-stamped: 13 Nov 2018
Time-stamped: 12:08 PM
Author: Ronn Blitzer
Article Lead In: 
CNN and reporter Jim Acosta filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming that the White House violated his constitutional rights by suspending his press access following an incident where Acosta would not relinquish the microphone during a press conference. The White House’s characterization of the events of last Wednesday have been ripped apart as an exaggeration complete with altered video footage, but the account put forth in CNN’s complaint is even more detached from reality.

 

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The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise-keeping.

Why 01 (Word)

Would any sane person vote “Democrats” When the Only Policy they Have is “Calling for Violence  and Pack Animal Behaviour!” “Get Ugly” against those who are achieving fantastic results which benefit “ALL LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZENS”

Are Mainstream Media still  the House of “HATE TRUMP”

In the Washington Post Friday, former Bush speechwriter and columnist Marc Thiessen agreed and said that Trump has proven to be successful at keeping his campaign promises. Marc Thiessen wrote, 

“The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise-keeping.”

Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history.

Question: AS  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is the GOOD GUY! and the MAINSTREAM MEDIA Hate Him and the DEMOCRATS are Going Insane Over-Him In Being In Office it makes sense to say they are the BAD GUYS right?

THE GOOD GUYS LIST:  The BAD HATE The GOOD

ECONOMIC GROWTH

4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.

For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.

JOBS

4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.

More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.

Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.

The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.

Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.

Unemployment claims at 50 year low

African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.

ο African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.

ο Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.

ο Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.

Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.

ο Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.

Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.

ο July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.

Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.

ο July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.

Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.

Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.

Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.

Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”

ο 68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.

Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.

ο Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.

Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.

ο Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.

100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

AMERICAN INCOME

Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.

Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.

Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.

Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.

Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.

Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in
….history.

ο Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.

Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

AMERICAN OPTIMISM

Small business optimism has hit historic highs.

NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August.

SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.

Manufacturers are more confident than ever.

ο 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.

Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.

12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on
….record.

Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

AMERICAN BUSINESS

Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.

ο Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first
……quarter of 2018.

Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent
….in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.

ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.

Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.

Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.

ο Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.

DEREGULATION

Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action
….during his first year in office.

Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and
….community and regional banks.

Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.

Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.

Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.

TAX CUTS

Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law

ο Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.

ο Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.

ο Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.

ο Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the
……standard deduction.

ο Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.

ο Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to
……compete and win.

ο Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.

ο Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.

9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the
….Treasury Department.

More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to
….tax cuts.

Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax
….cuts.

Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.

WORKER DEVELOPMENT

Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining
….America’s workers for high-demand industries.

Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2
….million workers and students.

Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to
….fund vocational and career education programs.

Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.

DOMESTIC INFRASTRUCTURE

Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in
….infrastructure investment across the country.

Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.

Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the
….federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.

Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.

HEALTH CARE

Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to
….improve the National Suicide Hotline.

Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer
….research and improve treatments.

Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.

Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018
….alone.

FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.

Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to
….announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.

Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.

Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and
….affordably provide health insurance to their employees.

Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.

Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death
….panels.”

USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million
….people in rural communities across 41 states

Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.

Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.

HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.

Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion
….facilities.

Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their
….religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.

COMBATING OPIOIDS

Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with
….international leaders.

Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep
….dangerous drugs out of our communities.

$6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for
….prescribing too many opioids.

Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness
….about the human toll of the opioid crisis.

Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.

Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.

Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of
….pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.

Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and
…. unneeded prescription drugs each time.

$485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.

Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our
….communities.

DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.

Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.

Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.

LAW and ORDER

More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.

Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.

Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution

ο Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute
….people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.

Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law
….enforcement officers.

Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive
….order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.

Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations
….such as drug cartels.

Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.

$137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community
….policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.

Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighbourhoods to help reduce violent crime.

Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for
….people who promote or facilitate prostitution.

Created an inter-agency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and
….prevent human trafficking.

Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120
….human traffickers.

Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of
….deadly drugs.

New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.

BORDER SECURITY and IMMIGRATION

Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.

Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.

Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.

ο ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83
……percent increase from the prior year.

ο Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.

ο Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.

Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.

ο ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and
……6,967 pounds of heroin.

ο ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.

ο ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.

ο Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out
……the United States.

ο Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.

ο DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.

ο DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online
……illicit opioid sales.

Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal
….loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.

Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.

Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to
….ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.

ο These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.

ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.

ο ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017
……alone.

In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal
….convictions or charges, responsible for

ο Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses.

ο More than 48,000 with assault offenses.

ο More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.

ο More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.

ο More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.

ο Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.

Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and
….families affected by illegal alien crime.

More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain
….criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.

TRADE

Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.

ο Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides.

ο Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.

ο Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade
……laws.

ο Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American
……automobile exports.

ο Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.

ο Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.

ο Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.

ο Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-
……Brexit trade.

Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our
….national security.

Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.

Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.

ο 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on
……$200 billion of Chinese goods.

ο Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual
……property theft.

ο Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by
……China’s trade policies

Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.

ο Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.

ο Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.

ο Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.

ο Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO

ο Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century

ο American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade

OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.

ENERGY

Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating
….the process to complete construction.

Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.

Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.

Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.

Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.

Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led
…. to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.

U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history

United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.

U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.

Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and
….economic prosperity.

Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.

Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.

Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy

ο Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.

Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.

Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

FOREIGN POLICY

Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or
….waived.

ο Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary
……Guard Corps-Qods Force

ο Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and
……international companies have pulled out of the country.

ο All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.

Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization
….to the Korean Peninsula.

ο The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous
……progress.

ο North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.

ο Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.

Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.

Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime,
….including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.

Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

ο Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.

ο Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.

ο Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.

New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political
….oppression and human rights abuses.

ο Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the
……military.

Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.

ο ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump.

ο ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.

ο All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.

More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.

Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States
….elections.

ο Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian
……consulate in Seattle, WA.

ο Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian
……intelligence.

ο Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and
……intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.

ο Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s
……destabilizing activities.

ο Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

ο Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.

Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

DEFENSE

Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.

$700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.

Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.

Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible
….deterrent.

Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.

New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.

Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and
….servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

Released an America first National Security Strategy.

Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space
….Council.

Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon
….levels.

ο In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies.

ο Every member state has increased defense spending.

ο Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by
……2024.

ο NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.

Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.

VETERANS AFFAIRS

Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent
….primary and mental health care.

Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.

Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.

Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest
….dollar amount in history for the VA.

VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:

ο Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs.

ο Funding for the Veterans Choice program.

ο Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.

ο Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.

ο Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.

ο Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.

Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for
….the Veterans Choice Program.

Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a
….decades old priority.

Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to
….submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.

Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing
….veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.

Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.

Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans,
….service members, and their family members.

ο Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.

Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family
….members of veterans.

VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed,
….demoted, and suspended so far.

Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist
….justice-involved veterans.

Original Source:: Dated: 2018 October 12 | Time-stamped: 08:43 AM | by: Paul Bedard | Article Tittle: Trump’s list: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months, ‘relentless’ promise-keeping | Article Link: washingtonexaminer.com

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and why god’s people need to pray now; ‘America’s destiny and the cause of Christ is at stake!’

Dutch Sheets : Sep 24, 2018 : DutchSheets.org

I (Dutch Sheets) believe [Kavanaugh] is an Honorable man and a competent judge. More importantly, I am 1000% certain that neither guilt nor innocence can ever be proven in this case. I am also certain that, in such a situation, it is completely inappropriate for a person’s reputation, family, and career to be destroyed.

This unacceptable treatment of him contradicts every tenet of law and justice America was built on. And the manner in which this accusation has been handled by the left makes clear that their actions are nothing but a Democrat smear campaign.

Please pray against these attacks and for evil to be exposed; pray also for Judge Kavanaugh’s family and for his confirmation. The vote for whether or not to confirm him will probably take place the middle of this week.

Prophetic intercessor, author and speaker, Dutch Sheets sent the following call to prayer after sitting-in on the hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh:

A CALL TO PRAYER

“But you need to be aware that in the final days the culture of society will become extremely fierce and difficult for the people of God. People will be self-centered lovers of themselves and obsessed with money. They will boast of great things as they strut around in their arrogant pride and mock all that is right.

They will ignore their own families. They will be ungrateful and ungodly. They will become addicted to hateful and malicious slander.

Slaves to their desires, they will be ferocious, belligerent haters of what is good and right. With brutal treachery, they will act without restraint, bigoted and wrapped in clouds of their conceit.

They will find their delight in the pleasures of this world more than the pleasures of the loving God.

They may pretend to have a respect for God, but in reality they want nothing to do with God’s power. Stay away from people like these!” 

(2 Timothy 3:1-5, The Passion Translation)

The Kavanaugh Hearings

WELCOME TO MUCH OF TODAY’S AMERICA:

A generation of Americans has given itself to erroneous and destructive beliefs: anti-biblical thinking; humanism (humans are their own god); secularism (the view that education and civil policy should be conducted without a religious element); and death (abortion).

As a result, we are now ruled by the spirit that produced these beliefs.

The reality of this was on full display at the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. I was there, along with 50-60 other intercessors, to pray for God’s will to be accomplished.

The level of deceit, lies, slander, and arrogant pride was shocking, displayed not only by the protesters, but also by opposing Senators.

I left DC with several significant thoughts, which I believe are worth sharing.

First, the level of spiritual warfare was extraordinary.

Never have I been more convinced that a war of historical proportions is underway for the soul of our nation, a war that will have worldwide implications. Like Israel, America’s role on the earth is extremely significant. Israel was chosen to bring forth the Messiah, the Savior of the world; America was chosen to be the foremost messenger of this “good news.” Understanding this, there is little wonder that such an intense spiritual war for our destiny is occurring.

At the Kavanaugh hearings, I was also amazed by the level of viciousness coming from “the left.”

Some of them seem to have lost all decency—their liberal agenda is all that matters. This segment of America’s leaders is determined to maintain control over our nation—truth, honor, integrity, civility, morality, and the lives of babies be damned.

As our opening passage states, they have “become addicted to hateful and malicious slander … ferocious, belligerent haters of what is good and right … with brutal treachery…” Do not be deceived, they despise what we stand for and will not relent in their opposition.

To these elitists, we really are “deplorables.” And I assure you, this war is winner take all.

Thirdly, the emphasis on abortion coming from those on the left was enlightening.

I expected the subject to come up, but it became obvious early on that this issue was their paramount concern. Overwhelmingly so. The right to abort babies was mentioned or alluded to by the Democrats ten to one over any other subject.

It is unfathomable to me that we have come to a point in America’s history where the number one goal and concern of half her leadership—and perhaps half of her population—is the right to abort babies. Sadly, however, it has come to this. Clearly, this is demonic. The resulting bloodshed of 60 million innocent babies has caused our land to become defiled.

This, in turn, has allowed a spirit of violence and death to rule over us (refer to Psalm 106:38; Isaiah 59:7).

Though this is America’s true condition, it does not have to be the final word.

A turnaround has begun and if the praying Church continues its appeal to Heaven, the Lord, who delights in mercy, will save us (Micah 7:18-19). I believe America is about to experience the greatest revival and restoration in her history … again, if we continue to pray.

One of the keys to this restoration, however, is the transformation of our judicial branch of government.

The left knows this, which is why their vicious and unprincipled attack of Justice Kavanaugh is unrelenting. These efforts are an attempt to delay the confirmation vote until after the mid-terms, in hopes that through these elections, they will regain control of Congress.

This would allow them to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination indefinitely, as well as any other pro-life, constitutionalist nominee President Trump would appoint.

If this scenario occurs, they have threatened to continue this delay for as long as two years, in hopes that in 2020 a pro-choice president could be elected, allowing them to maintain control of the Supreme Court.

Regarding the recent allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.

No compassionate person would ever belittle the pain and trauma of a person who has suffered a sexual assault.

But whatever occurred to his accuser, I don’t believe it was perpetuated by Judge Kavanaugh.

I believe he is an Honorable man and a competent judge.

More importantly, I am 1000% certain that neither guilt nor innocence can ever be proven in this case. I am also certain that, in such a situation, it is completely inappropriate for a person’s reputation, family, and career to be destroyed.

This unacceptable treatment of him contradicts every tenet of law and justice America was built on. And the manner in which this accusation has been handled by the left makes clear that their actions are nothing but a Democrat smear campaign.

Please pray against these attacks and for evil to be exposed; pray also for Judge Kavanaugh’s family and for his confirmation.

We should be offensive in our prayers, not just defensive and reactionary.

The vote for whether or not to confirm him will probably take place the middle of this week.

Also, ask God to give us the breakthrough in the Supreme Court we have been requesting for decades—a majority of Justices who are Constitutionalists, literalists (meaning they believe the Constitution is to be taken literally, exactly as it is written) and who are pro-life. Let’s also boldly ask Him for another vacancy on the Court soon—I feel strongly in my spirit another is coming quickly. We should be offensive in our prayers, not just defensive and reactionary.

THE MID-TERMS

Please pray regarding the midterm elections occurring on November 6.

I have never allowed myself to be overtaken by a political spirit; for me, elections are never about Republican or Democrat. They should, at least in part, be decided based on: God’s will and destiny for America; righteousness; life for the babies; morality; and the eternal souls of human beings.

Having said that, however, the Democratic party has strayed far from these ideals. And they actually booed a motion to include God in their platform at the Democratic National convention in 2012.

I pray for their salvation, but I cannot support their current policies.

The great turnaround I mentioned above has truly begun in this nation.

But if the far-left regains control of Congress this will be interrupted. We simply cannot allow this to occur.

Pray for a supernatural, powerful and merciful intervention by God in these elections. I don’t pretend to know what that looks like or how He might do it.

But I know God can do something that would turn the tide. Let’s ask Him to do just that.

Ask Holy Spirit for His mercy to our nation

Pray fervently… faithfully… daily… boldly.

Ask Holy Spirit for His mercy to our nation. Appeal to Him for His assistance to us in our attempt to turn America. Petition Him for the assistance of angels.

Pray that evil will not prevail. Ask Holy Spirit to confuse and thwart the plans of those who oppose Him. Pray for President Trump and other leaders in our nation who are standing for life and for America’s God-given destiny.

President Trump, though imperfect, is doing a good job.

Make no mistake about it, the vile hatred of him by the left is not because of his immoral past. Hollywood—the heroes and partners of those on the left—glorifies immoral lifestyles on a daily basis.

They hate President Trump because he is helping turn around the antichrist agenda they love, and because he is halting their transformation of America into something other than what was intended by God and our Founders.

John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams and America’s 6th president stated, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” So much for our Founders not wanting God involved in our nation and its government! Contend with me for this reality to be restored and continue into our future.

In our war for America’s recovery, we have come to our Saratoga, our Omaha Beach.

We will either persevere in this battle and, with God’s help, win; or we will grow weary and lose. There is no middle ground. I am convinced that we, the praying Church, will continue to fight and will win.

America’s destiny and the cause of Christ is at stake!
-Dutch Sheets

original source: Dutch Sheets : Sep 24, 2018 breakingchristiannews.com

 

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Massive Institutional Pedophile Ring Busted

CENSORED EMERGENCY REPORT: ALEX JONES VINDICATED AFTER MASSIVE INSTITUTIONAL PEDOPHILE RING BUSTED

President Trump behind the rise in pedophile arrests

The Alex Jones Show – AUGUST 16, 2018

301 catholic priests are accused of sex crimes with boys and girls.

Sex crimes are the glue that holds secret societies together by compromising people to control the community.

This is coming out because Trump has green lighted going after these criminals.


The Globalist Elites Are Fight A War To Control Your Mind:

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT!

4CM SUGGEST YOU SUPPORT “INFOWARS” FINANCIALLY!

THEY ARE ON THE FRONT-LINE TAKING THE HEAT FOR YOU!

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John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. “Record Number of Troops Come to Christ in Missouri”

2,000 soldiers since March 11 coming to faith in Christ Jesus

John 12:32 King James Version (KJV)
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

A US army chaplain has described what he believes to be somewhat of a “revival” occurring on a military base in Missouri. The number are staggering: over the past six months, nearly 2,000 troops have reportedly come to the Lord.

CHAPLAIN ‘Jose M Rondon’, who is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, has been posting about the astonishing spiritual awakening on Facebook over the past few weeks, detailing personal testimony and uploading video footage of soldiers worshiping God.

SITREP

“Today, 380 soldiers came to salvation in Christ once and for all,” Rondon wrote in one post.

“Thanks CH Tony Cech for the excellent, clear, and powerful messages during the 3 services.  

Since March 11, 2018, we have seen 1,839 soldiers coming to Christ.

God’s doing an unbelievable work through our military at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

May God bring the same powerful conviction of sin and love for Him that we are experiencing at Main Post Chapel all throughout our Nation and His world.”

Rondon told the Baptist Press that the key to such astonishing results is being direct and intentional in sharing the gospel.

“To be intentional is to be faithful to Christ and obedient to His Great Commission,” Rondon said. “But we will not succeed in making disciples until the lost make the first step to follow Christ as their Savior. To be intentional not only means to preach Christ’s Word in the chapel, but to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to share His message of reconciliation if, and when, the time fits.”

Rondon also posted a video showing hundreds of soldiers singing a heart-warming rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

“I’m excited about the future of our military for millions of our Warriors who will sing GOD’s Amazing Grace. Glory to Christ, the only God, Savior, and Lord in this life and the one to come,” he added.

Thank you for your prayers for our Chapel services. 44 Soldiers gave their lives to Christ during the 1100 Chapel Service at Main Post Chapel in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. All glory to Christ, the only Savior and Lord of the World. The total of salvations I have counted since 11 March 2018 is 1,459 Soldiers. Today, 307 Soldiers gave their lives to Christ during our three services. ♥️♥️♥️Tony Cech Matthew Scott Burden Bowlus Fam Rachel Rondon Braxton Minter Bob Ditmer Benjamin Hawkins

Posted by Jose M. Rondon on Sunday, 29 July 2018

TESTIMONIES

Among the scores of soldiers coming to Christ, there are multiple testimonies of lives transformed and hearts turned to Christ.

“I used to have a lot of anger in me,” one soldier, Private Havens, explained in on of Rondon’s testimony posts. “I held grudges against people that have done wrongs against me. And I came here, and I realize that the Lord has forgiven me for my sins and I realize that I needed to do the same to others.”

He added, “I feel a thousand pounds lighter now that I’m able to let go of the burden of this, not hate, but just feeling wronged. And I have forgiven those that have wronged me. I feel better now.”

Rondon said Havens was just one example of the hoards of military personnel who have been coming to Christ in recent months.

“Private Havens is just one of many of the 1,000 and almost 800 soldiers, probably 1,000 by today, we will reach around 2,000 soldiers since March 11 coming to faith in Christ Jesus and growing into their faith as is the case with Private Havens,” he noted.

MISSION

Retired Major General Doug Carver told the Baptist Press that such an unprecedented move of the Holy Spirit is indicative of these troops hungering after a sense of ultimate purpose in their lives, adding that the military men and women were on an insatiable hunt for the truth.

“Our troops, who are increasingly hungry for truth and relevancy in their lives, are finding a faith that works through a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ,” he explained.

“God is doing great things,” Rondon said, imploring Christians to keep praying for a continued move of the Holy Spirit in the lives of these brave men and women.

Please Pray And Help Us

“I’m asking you to please pray and help us to see not only today and since March 11th with almost 2,000 people coming to salvation in Christ Jesus, that the Lord is good and he desires not only to reconcile us, to reunite us to himself, through his death, burial and resurrection but also that he desires for the whole world and mainly our country, United States to know that if he’s doing great things in the military, he’s going to keep doing great things, in and throughout us for his glory in our society so in need of Christ Jesus our King.”

Amen!

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Title: Record Number of Troops Come to Christ in Missouri | Author: Will Maule | URL: faithwire.com | Posted: 15 Aug 2018
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The Final Frontier: USSF call sign [spaceone] Vice President Pence Announces Sixth Military Branch

THESPACEFORCEISHERE

VICE PRESIDENT: Mike Pence announced Thursday that the Pentagon is beginning the process of creating a sixth branch of the United States military dedicated to space that will be known as the Space Force.

“The time has come to establish the United States Space Force,” Pence announced in the Pentagon auditorium filled with more than 350 service members and civilians.

Pence compared the creation of the Space Force to the creation of the Air Force at the start of World War II.

“In 1939, at the start of the Second World War, the U.S. Army Air Corps was still a fledgling organization. But as Nazi air forces bombed their way from Warsaw to London, our military commanders took decisive action then to meet that new threat head on,” he said.

“By 1945, the American military had nearly 30 times the number of planes and 85 times the number of pilots and support crews compared to just six years earlier,” he said. “America and our allies emerged victorious from World War II because of the strength of our armed forces and because our armed forces adapted to meet the emerging threats of the day.”

“Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation,” he said. “The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”

In attendance were Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, and National Guard Bureau Chief Air Force Gen. Sean Lengyel.

Lengyel told Breitbart News it was a “historic day,” but that there was “a lot of work ahead.”

Pence announced the release of a Pentagon report on how to implement the president’s vision. The report calls for the creation of a unified combatant command called U.S. Space Command, an elite Space Operations Force, Department of the Space Force,  and an agency that will field weapons for the new Space Force known as Space Development Agency.

Pence discussed actions China and Russia have taken to militarize the space domain.

“For many years, nations, from Russia and China, to North Korea and Iran have pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communication satellites via electronic attacks from the ground. But recently, our adversaries have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself,” he said.

“As their actions make clear, our adversaries have transformed space into a war-fighting domain already, and the United States will not shrink from this challenge. Under President Trump’s leadership we will meet it head on,” he said.

“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space,” he added.

Trump tweeted after the announcement:

While the Pentagon can take steps to create the Space Force, ultimately Congress has to authorize and fund it. Pence said the White House is building bipartisan support for the plan, working closely with members of the House Armed Services Committee.

The proposal has backing from Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Jim Cooper (D-TN), the leaders of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

“We particularly appreciate Deputy Secretary Shanahan’s leadership on these issues and look forward to the establishment of a much-needed independent Space Force, as called for by President Trump,” they said in a statement.

Original Source: Date-stamped: 9 Aug 2018 | Time-stamped: 9:38 AM PDT | Author: Kristina Wong | Article Title: Space Force Is Here: Vice President Pence Announces Sixth Military Branch Article Link: breitbart.com
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USA Democrats’ Plans To Control The Internet In 2 Ways Just Leaked, Could Wreak Serious Havoc.

SLIPPERY SLOPE TO SLAVERY via CONTROL OF THE INTERNET

SUGGESTED TARGETED ARENAS WILL BE NEWS SERVICE PROVIDERS: = MASS DECEPTION

Fact or Fiction (Control Narratives of all News in Society)
* Hence The Swift Return to the days of the TOWER of LONDON

{9003 arrested in the name of the king & taken by night to the tower} = “BEHEADED 9000”  3 lived

POLITICAL OPINIONS: = SLAVERY

(to remain in Power for the Ruling Elite)

*{Mass Deception Government For The People “the mythical tale” believed by the masses when in reality the Truth will be “PRE-TRUMP STATUS QUO” “Government For The Rich And Powerful”}

RELIGIOUS OPINIONS: =  ABSOLUTE DEPRAVED ABUSE

(to Social Engineer the Moral Decay of Humanity to legitimise the Depravity of the those within the Ruling Class)

CURRENT LEGAL SOCIAL NORMS:
Prostitution
Homosexuality
Adultery
Fornication
SLIPPERY SLOPE TO NORMALISATION:
Human Trafficing
Paedophilia
Sexual Slavery
Sadism
Bestiality

Senate Democrats are circulating their plan to take control of the internet.
The plans include mandatory location verification, mandatory identity identification, and disclosure requirements for political speech.

Here is a link to the document.

Reason.com reported:

A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on Russian bots and fake news. To save American trust in “our institutions, democracy, free press, and markets,” it suggests, we need unprecedented and undemocratic government intervention into online press and markets, including “comprehensive (GDPR-like) data protection legislation” of the sort enacted in the E.U.

Titled “Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms,” the draft policy paper—penned by Sen. Mark Warner and leaked by an unknown source to Axios—the paper starts out by noting that Russians have long spread disinformation, including when “the Soviets tried to spread ‘fake news’ denigrating Martin Luther King” (here he fails to mention that the Americans in charge at the time did the same). But NOW IT’S DIFFERENT, because technology.

“Today’s tools seem almost built for Russian disinformation techniques,” Warner opines. And the ones to come, he assures us, will be even worse.

Here’S How Warner Is Suggesting We Deal:

Mandatory location verification. The paper suggests forcing social media platforms to authenticate and disclose the geographic origin of all user accounts or posts.

Mandatory identity verification: The paper suggests forcing social media and tech platforms to authenticate user identities and only allow “authentic” accounts (“inauthentic accounts not only pose threats to our democratic process…but undermine the integrity of digital markets”), with “failure to appropriately address inauthentic account activity” punishable as “a violation of both SEC disclosure rules and/or Section 5 of the [Federal Trade Commission] Act.”

Bot labeling: Warner’s paper suggests forcing companies to somehow label bots or be penalized (no word from Warner on how this is remotely feasible)

Define popular tech as “essential facilities.” These would be subject to all sorts of heightened rules and controls, says the paper, offering Google Maps as an example of the kinds of apps or platforms that might count. “The law would not mandate that a dominant provider offer the serve for free,” writes Warner. “Rather, it would be required to offer it on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms” provided by the government.

Other proposals include more disclosure requirements for online political speech, more spending to counter supposed cybersecurity threats, more funding for the Federal Trade Commission, a requirement that companies’ algorithms can be audited by the feds (and this data shared with universities and others), and a requirement of “interoperability between dominant platforms.”

THE INFAMOUS DOCUMENT

Original source: thegatewaypundit.com and rwnofficial.com

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To: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, LISTEN UP… “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN!” regards President Trump

President Donald Trump responded to a threat from Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, issued on Sunday, vowing to make the country suffer consequences if threats continue.

“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,”

President Trump wrote in all-caps on Twitter.

“WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”

Rouhani delivered his threat during a speech to Iranian diplomats. “Mr. Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” he said, warning that “war with Iran is the mother of all wars.” Rouhani made his remarks in response to reports that the Trump administration was trying to disrupt the current government in Iran.

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WATCH: Hillary Clinton Had Secret Meetings With Putin And Bonded With Him

WATCH: Hillary Clinton Had Secret Meetings With Putin And Bonded With Him
But criticizes President Trump for high-profile meeting
Infowars.com – JULY 22, 2018 Source: infowars.com

IMAGE CREDITS: ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES.

IMAGE CREDITS: ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES.

Alex Jones breaks down the latest hypocrisy from Hillary Clinton, who criticized President Trump for meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, when she met with the Russian leader in Moscow several times as Secretary of State.

https://youtu.be/9Zy1lqErajM

https://youtu.be/YFFK_FILlWw

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