Prophecy News Watch - July 19, 2017

Around the World
Trump lets Iran deal live, but signals he may not for long
President Donald Trump was eager to declare Iran in breach of the nuclear deal but was talked out of it by national security aides who rushed to the Oval Office to persuade him as a midnight deadline approached, administration officials say.
Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Russia
The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Monday evening that a magnitude 7.8 earthquake had occurred off the coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
'Day of Rage' Called for by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Israel
Security forces in Israel and the West were on high alert Wednesday, with mass civil disobedience expected after Palestinian leaders called for a "Day of Rage" after Israel imposed increased security measures on the Temple Mount after a terror attack killed two policemen on Friday.
Knesset marks 120 years since first Zionist World Congress
The Knesset on Tuesday marked 120 years since the First Zionist Congress was held in Basel, convened and chaired by Theodor Herzl, who is considered to be the father of modern political Zionism.

Inside the United States
House panel OKs $1.6 billion as down payment for Trump wall construction
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved $44.3 billion in spending for the Department of Homeland Security - including $1.6 billion down payment on the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
McConnell's New Obamacare Repeal Lacks GOP Votes to Pass
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s new proposal to simply repeal Obamacare appears to already be dead, less than 24 hours after he dropped his replacement plan for lack of support among fellow Republicans.
House Unveils Budget That Balances, Achieves $9 Billion Surplus, Increases GDP to 2.6%
The House Budget Committee unveiled its Building A Better America 2018 budget Tuesday, which is balanced and achieves a $9 billion surplus in 10 years and increases GDP growth to 2.6 percent.
Don't look now, but major bills are stalled in the House, too
On the same day, Senate Republicans admitted they're out of ideas on how to pass a healthcare reform bill, it became clear that House Republicans are having their own difficulties finding GOP votes for the 2018 budget, which is the legislative vehicle for tax reform and other bills.
Watchdog Group Sues for Voter Registration Data Under National Voter Registration Act
Judicial Watch, a watchdog group, filed a lawsuit today in order to access voter registration lists in Maryland when it was discovered that the Montgomery County had more registered voters than citizens over the age of 18.
ICE chief: 80% jump in illegal targets, readies national 'Sanctuary' crackdown
Empowered by a president who has "taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement," the nation's chief immigration official revealed Tuesday that deportation targets have surged and that he's planning to deploy more agents and resources to "sanctuary cities" to arrest illegal criminals.

Christian News
Pastor in Punjab State, India Shot Dead
A pastor in northern India’s Punjab state was shot dead in front of his church premises two months after Hindu extremists took offense at a gospel event celebrating his church’s 25th anniversary, sources said.
Evangelical Pastors: Oval Office Prayer Time Not 'Heresy'
Evangelical pastors who prayed for President Trump in the Oval Office last week say they were fulfilling a Scriptural command (1 Timothy 2:1-3) to pray for government leaders and not engaging in something that "borders on heresy."