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News on The 700 Club: January 4, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," January 4: Congress moves to repeal Obamacare, recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital; Turkey refuses to release jailed American pastor, and more. Read Transcript


Welcome to this edition of the 700 Club.

President Obama, right after his election, smiled at somebody

and said, elections have consequences.

Guess what?

This time, they lost, and Donald Trump won.

And the Republicans have taken control of Congress.

And they're not wasting any time.

And the Congress has already begun

to move an agenda to repeal Obamacare, which has

been hated by so many people.

Wendy, good to see you.

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year.

Yes, here we are, 2017.

You were in St. Lucia.

Tell me about St. Lucia.

St. Lucia is way down there in the Caribbean.

It's next to South America.

It's actually right below Martinique.

I don't think I've been that far down in the Caribbean before.

Well, is it French influenced, British influenced,

or a combination?

Well, it's a combination.

They speak Creole there.

And I learned how to say, [NON-ENGLISH], which means,

how are you, in Creole.

Yeah, so that was a lot of fun.

But they were owned by the British seven times,

by the French seven times, if I've got it right.

And now they're independent.

And it's just a beautiful island.

The people are lovely.

And yeah, got a little bit of sun and got to hike.

They have great mountains in St. Lucia.

The Pitons-- they're called the Pitons.

Pitons.

Well, the Caribbean is beautiful.

Anyhow, back to the Republican--

Back to our lead story today.

As you were saying, yes, the Republicans

are also taking action on other important issues,

including a measure to recognize Jerusalem

as the capital of Israel.

Mark Martin has that story.

MARK MARTIN: After being sworn into office,

it's time for the 115th Congress led by Republicans to get down

to business.

And at the top of their list, repealing Obamacare,

one of President-elect Trump's key campaign promises.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will meet with the house GOP

to discuss Obamacare.

We'll focus on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

We'll look forward to legislation

that will give us the tools to roll back

the avalanche of red tape and regulation

that's been stifling American jobs and growth.

MARK MARTIN: Even so, Democrats plan to put up a fight.

And President Obama heads to Capitol Hill today

to talk with congressional Democrats

about protecting Obamacare.

But Senate Republicans moved quickly Tuesday to get things

started by introducing a budget resolution that will allow them

to repeal Obamacare by a simple majority vote--

something the Democrats cannot stop.

The Senate will also be involved in another major action

by the incoming president, voting

on his choice for a Supreme Court justice

to replace the late Antonin Scalia.

"Politico" reports that the President-elect

is closer to picking a nominee, narrowing down his list

to around six finalists.

When he takes office, Trump's goal

is to make that appointment one of the first things he does,

according to several members of the transition team.

Meanwhile, the house GOP got off to a shaky start Tuesday,

facing a backlash over a move to restructure the office

of congressional ethics.

Among those pushing back, Trump who Tweeted against the move.

House Republicans then changed their minds.

We were getting phone calls on the ethics.

The headlines were like we weakened ethics and et cetera.

So that's never a good headline.

MARK MARTIN: The talk on Capitol Hill

has not just been limited to domestic issues.

The Hill reports that GOP senators

have announced legislation to recognize

Israel's official capital as Jerusalem

and to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump also supports moving the Embassy.

And there has been talk among Republicans

about cutting funding to the United Nations

after the Obama administration refused

to support Israel in a vote against Israeli settlements.

Mark Martin, CBN News.

Thanks, Mark.

Well, the important announcement probably

is the next justice to the Supreme Court

to succeed Anthony Kennedy who died tragically.

And a friend of ours, a man who's a superb judge,

is William Pryor.

And there's some word on that.

And David Brody is here with us.

And David, what do you hear about him?

Well, Pat, it looks like Trump has narrowed his list down

to about six or so-- half dozen--

William Pryor on that list from Alabama, a young guy,

early 50s.

And he very well could be the pick.

As a matter of fact, I went on Twitter the other day.

And in 140 characters or less, it

was a prediction of mine saying that I believe

that William Pryor-- Bill Pryor, as he's known--

could very well be the next Supreme Court nominee coming

this way.

Why is that?

He is very close with Jeff Sessions, first

of all, which is a big deal.

Obviously, Jeff Sessions nominated

for Attorney General-- and Jeff Sessions

has the ear of the President-elect.

And so that's a big deal.

And plus, Bill Pryor a social conservative-- and I have

to tell you, Pat, what we've seen from this President-elect

so far is that he likes to nominate socially

conservative cabinet members.

And he has been doing a lot of outreach towards evangelicals.

It would not surprise me to see Bill Pryor in that position.

And it will happen quickly.

It will happen within the first few weeks of this presidency.

Well, Bill Pryor's a superb judge.

He's a wonderful man.

He's been here to Regent University.

He's a good friend of the ACLJ.

And of course, as you said, Sessions

is the man from Alabama.

So they'll work together.

Well, I'm sure the Democrats are sitting up late and burning

the midnight oil and so forth to derail Trump.

Is there anything they can do to stop

the Republicans, do you think?

Let me think for a moment, no.

There's your answer.

And a part of this is you live by the sword,

you die by the sword.

And what do I mean by that?

Let's go back to these two words that you're

going to hear a lot about, budget reconciliation.

You know those words, Pat.

And you also know that when Obamacare

was passed by the Democrats, it passed with 51 votes.

It passed through budget reconciliation.

And so that means that they didn't

need 60 votes in the Senate to do anything.

And that's exactly what's going to happen this time around

on Obamacare.

They don't need Democrats' support.

They don't need 60 votes.

Of course, Republicans have 52 votes in the Senate.

And so the repeal will take place

through a process known as budget reconciliation

where you only need a simple majority.

And that's exactly what's going to happen.

Now they're not going to be able to repeal

every single part of Obamacare.

But they'll be able to repeal the parts that

relate to the budget.

That's why it's called budget reconciliation.

So for example, the subsidies will be gone.

That will be repealed.

The individual mandate most likely will be gone as well.

And Medicaid funding will be either capped or scaled back.

So that is a lot of the stuff that will be repealed,

starting here in these first few weeks.

Well, they're looking at the idea of portability

that people can take their health care across state lines

and that the mandate will not prohibit

the open flow of private companies

into the marketplace, which of course, has been a disaster.

How long do you think it's going to take the Republicans to put

together an alternative?

The sense up here in DC is two to three years.

And that might be low-balling it, Pat.

There are folks up here on Capitol Hill

that would like to actually see it to be four plus years.

Now that's so much-- excuse me, I can't even say it.

Somewhat of a nonstarter, if you will.

But it's looking about two to three years.

And that's why they're calling this repeal and delay.

And what does that mean?

It means repeal right away, but then

delay the implementation of some sort of new system.

And that could take two to three years.

Well, all right.

You've got the former head of Exxon Mobil

is going to be I guess the lightning rod for the attack,

because he says he knows Putin.

What do you think-- Rex Tillerson is an incredible guy.

He'd make a wonderful Secretary of State.

Yeah, there's a lot of talk, obviously, about Rex Tillerson

up here.

He is going to be the number one guy that Democrats go after.

I don't think there's any question about it.

Now here's the problem.

We're going back to if you live by the sword,

you die by the sword.

Let's go back for a moment to the nuclear option back

into 2013 where Democrats changed the rules.

And that means that cabinet appointees now only need

51 votes to get through the Senate,

not 60 is what it used to be.

And so the Democrats are going to be hard pressed

to stop any of Trump's cabinet members or cabinet nominees.

Now having said that, Rex Tillerson

is an interesting situation, because Democrats, no doubt,

will be most likely against him.

But you have some prominent Republicans as well--

Senator Lindsay Graham, John McCain--

a few others that have problems with Rex Tillerson's ties

to Vladimir Putin.

And so he may be one that could be potentially in danger, one

that Democrats could stop, only because McCain and Graham

and others could actually go off the GOP reservation on this

and torpedo Tillerson right away.

Well, it's going to be an interesting fight.

And I'm sure the Donald is going to lay it on the line.

It's amazing.

He just Tweeted and the House backed off

that ethics bill they put through.

That was an extraordinary thing that's happening.

But anyhow, we'll follow it.

I know our time's running out for this segment.

But thank you so much.

I think it's going to be a great year.

Yeah, I think so, Pat.

And I think what we're going to see,

by the way-- I should mention something very important

with Donald Trump.

Everybody talks about 100 days.

Yes, blah, blah, blah, 100 days--

but the reality is with Trump, he's a no-nonsense guy

from New York, a business man who wants to get things done.

And so get ready.

He's not going to have time for soliloquies and speeches

and negotiating all of this time.

He's going to say, look, enough of the talk.

Let's get down to brass tacks and some action.

And you're going to see a lot of things

speed up in this administration.

Well, we're hungry for that, David.

Thank you, buddy.

Talk to you soon.

Another major issue, the Trump administration

will face the persecution of Christians around the world.

John Jessup has that.

And Pat, some of that persecution of Christians

and other religious minorities is taking place

in countries that are considered America's allies, like Turkey.

Jennifer Wishon on brings us that story.

In In Turkey, American pastor Andrew Brunson

sits in prison facing trumped up charges of terrorism.

He's a Christian who lives and preaches in Turkey.

And experts say that's enough to put him at risk.

So today, I would argue that particularly

Turkey's Christians and Jews are going through a very difficult

period.

JENNIFER WISHON: Dr. Aykan Erdemir

is a Muslim Turk who's dedicated his career to helping

Christians, Jews, and other religious minorities

gain full religious freedom in his country.

It was his core mission as a member of Turkey's parliament.

But he faced roadblocks.

Now he advocates from Washington DC, working with the Foundation

for the Defense of Democracies.

I think Christians have learned

to live under constant threat of physical or symbolic violence.

They're used to constant messages of hate.

They're used to Turkey's culture of impunity,

meaning they know that there will be very lenient sentencing

to the assailants.

JENNIFER WISHON: And things got worse last summer,

he says, after a coup attempted to topple Turkish president

Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish authorities were already suspicious of Protestants,

especially missionaries.

Since the coup, it's gotten worse.

When you talk about Turkey, we're

talking about basically the biblical lands.

This is the country that hosts a lot

of the Jewish and Christian sites.

So there is a very rich heritage.

And it's so sad to see how Turkey's Islamists

systematically not only marginalize them, but also

portray them as being foreign.

JENNIFER WISHON: In the coming months,

Edemir fears other Protestant pastors and missionaries

could be framed by security forces like Pastor Brunson.

And following the coup, it's hard to find

Turks willing to speak out for their Christian neighbors.

The majority of citizens are afraid to talk,

because since July 15th, 110,000 civil servants

have been fired from their jobs, 37,000 people

have been arrested, hundreds of news outlets,

including newspapers, magazines, TV, and radio stations,

have been closed.

JENNIFER WISHON: It's an issue President-elect Trump will

have to confront, as Edemir and others fear

America's NATO ally increasingly resembles

an authoritarian regime.

Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, Washington.

Thanks, Jennifer.

Pat, a lot of changes in Turkey during Erdogan's

administration.

I think without question that so-called coup was a put-up

job.

It was a phony.

It was orchestrated by Erdogan himself.

The army was really strong.

And he wanted to neuter them.

And he succeeded in doing it very well.

He also shut down any potential voices of opposition to him.

He is a ruthless dictator.

And the thing that concerns me is that he and Vladimir Putin

are getting together to suppress the Kurds.

And I am a fan of those Kurds.

They're wonderful people.

And they do a terrific job.

And the quid pro quo for his help in getting after ISIS

is to restrict the Kurds.

So keep your eyes on Turkey.

And again, you read the book of Ezekiel,

and it talks about Gomer and all these hordes

coming in from Gog and Magog.

You read that.

Where is that?

It's all Turkey.

Gomer is Turkey.

And Turkey will be one of the lead players when there

is an invasion of these forces, according to the Bible,

against Israel.

And we heard about Reisch.

Well, Reisch in Hebrew means "head."

And it doesn't necessarily mean Russia.

But Gomer and these others places-- Gog and Magog

and so forth-- are mostly centered in Turkey.

And you look at the churches of Asia

that were written about in the Book of Revelation--

all of them in Turkey.

So Turkey is a key place in biblical prophecy.

So keep your eyes on that.

Well, there's something we've been putting our eyes on.

And I'm sure Wendy knows all about it.

Diet drinks have got substances that do not

assimilate into your body.

And they make you fat.

That is one thing I never liked, been a fan of,

and I don't do.

Well, that's why you're so healthy.

This is a perfect example.

Folks, they're not good for you.

Diet Pepsi, diet this, that, and the other-- no way.

And the stuff they put in them does not assimilate

and metabolize into your body.

All right, John, tell us about the latest findings.

Well, Pat, as you were saying, turns out

diet sodas aren't healthy for you after all

and may even have the reverse effect, causing weight gain.

That's the finding from researchers

at Britain's Imperial College using studies dating back

30 years.

"The London Telegraph" reports the review found no evidence

that diet sodas prevent weight gain.

And even though the drinks don't have sugar,

they can trigger some sweet receptors

in the brain which can lead to craving more food.

Not everyone agrees.

But some experts say it's important

not only to cut calories, but to eat healthy as well.

Pat, back to you.

They've said it.

We've said it.

Everybody says it.

The culprit, in my opinion, is this corn syrup

that's in everything.

High fructose corn syrup-- we've got it into everything.

I've gotten to the point now where I check--

I'm a label checker.

Are you a label checker?

Absolutely.

And even certain jellies and jams, you look.

Oh, that looks so good.

High fructose corn syrup-- I'm not going to buy it.

I'm not going to buy it.

When you look at barbecue sauce, for example,

you cannot imagine how much salt is in it and how much sugar is

in it.

It's unreal.

So the idea is they get you going

and they hook you on these things.

And of course, the beer industry used

to have what they call salt snacks.

And the beer companies bought the Eagle brands of snack foods

that had salted peanuts and salted pretzels and all that.

So you ate those things, and what did it do?

It made you thirsty.

It made you want to drink more beer.

You can't blame these guys.

They're trying to make a buck.

And that's how they do it.

But boy, oh, boy, they've got you hooked.

And we've got this huge weight problem in America.

The amount of obesity is just appalling.

The consumers-- we can really dictate what they do,

because you're seeing the changes.

You see these commercials now where

the soup companies or the yogurt companies come out

and say, oh, we're now no preservatives.

Like, well, you should have been like that already.

We did on this program, I held up cans of Campbell's Soup.

And I read the label.

It had MSG in it.

And they and Progresso picked up on it.

And they said, we don't have MSG.

And look at that.

And they watch.

And it helps, if you're a label reader like me,

if you see the no MSG, no preservatives,

no high fructose corn syrup.

Excitotoxins.

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