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News on The 700 Club: January 9, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," January 9: Confirmation battle begins on Capitol Hill: What to expect; Taiwan on brink of legalizing gay marriage - can Christians turn the tide?, and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome, ladies and gentlemen,

to this edition of "The 700 Club."

Global warming has struck again.

Imagine, imagine 49 out of the 50 states

had a dusting of snow.

Even in Hawaii, there was snow in the mountains.

There's been snow all over, and we have sure had it here.

We're going to be talking about that.

We don't-- not used to having it where we live.

We're in Virginia Beach.

But look at that.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Look at that.

PAT ROBERTSON: That is us.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: That was us.

PAT ROBERTSON: That is us.

Can you believe it?

That is the CBN.

But in any event, it has been something, 49 states.

And the people talk about global warming.

But we'll tell you more about that.

But the battle lines have been drawn over President-elect

Trump's Cabinet choices.

Republicans want to move quickly to put the Cabinet in place.

But Democrats say the process is moving far too fast.

Well meanwhile, President Obama says his signature health

care law will survive, despite Republican plans to repeal it.

Gary Lane brings us the story.

GARY LANE: Two Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings

are scheduled for Tuesday, five more on Wednesday.

Among them, Senator Jeff Sessions

for Attorney General, Betsy DeVos for Education,

Mike Pompeo at CIA, Rex Tillerson

for Secretary of State, and Elaine Chao for Transportation.

Sessions, Tillerson, and DeVos are expected

to be the most contentious.

But Democrats changed the rules when

they controlled the Senate.

Now nominees only need a simple majority

to gain Senate approval.

Democrats want to slow down the process,

because background checks have yet

to be completed on most of Trump's cabinet picks.

Republicans argue Donald Trump has the right

to have most of his Cabinet picks in place

by the time he comes into office.

However the director of the US office of Government Ethics

says the fast pace of the hearings

is placing undue pressure on investigators who are reviewing

the background of the nominees.

GARY LANE: No more than when Obama first came into office,

says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Senate approved seven Obama picks the first day

of Mr. Obama's Presidency.

We didn't like most of them either, said McConnell.

But he won the election.

All of these little procedural complaints

are related to their frustration at having

not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate.

I understand that.

But we need to sort of grow up here and get past that.

GARY LANE: And in their final days in office,

both the President and Vice President

made some last minute digs against Trump.

Vice President Joe Biden said "the President-elect needs

to grow up and stop tweeting inflammatory statements."

And President Obama suggested the same in a final interview

with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

Mr. Obama said "Trump needs to learn

the difference between campaigning and governing."

As soon as you walk into this office

after you've been sworn in, you're

now in charge of the largest organization on earth.

You can't manage it the way you would manage a family business.

GARY LANE: The President also says

he thinks his signature law, Obamacare, will survive,

though he admits it may be called something else.

My hope is that the President-elect,

members of Congress from both parties,

look at where have we objectively made progress,

where things are working better.

Don't undo things just because I did them.

GARY LANE: And Friday, after an intelligence briefing

on Russian hacking, the President-elect admitted,

Russia, China, and others are consistently

trying to hack a number of US institutions.

He responded to intelligence agency findings

that Russian President Putin ordered the hack of the DNC

computers, saying there was absolutely

no effect on the outcome of the election.

While many members of Congress have expressed concern

over the vulnerability of the United States

to foreign computer hacks, many expressed doubts,

and say there's little substance to the intelligence reports.

Among the skeptics is former CIA director Michael Hayden,

who said he had a sense of disappointment

about a lack of specifics after reading the intelligence

report.

Regardless, even those who believe the US intelligence

findings on Russian hacking fell short,

there is growing consensus throughout Washington

that the government and US corporations

need to beef up anti-hacking cyber security efforts.

Gary Lane, CBN News.

By the way, at Regent University,

we are working on cyber security.

Do you know, ladies and gentlemen,

there are one million, get this, one million unfilled positions

for cyber analysts and cyber security experts.

One million jobs unfilled in this nation.

There is a tremendous shortage of people

who are skilled in this area, and it is so vital.

Just imagine, if they hack into the grid, the electrical grid,

and all of a sudden they shut things down.

And it can be done.

Once they hack into the control nodules, then, of course,

they can manipulate the power grid,

shut down the stock exchange, shut down the ATMs.

I mean it can be horrible, what can be done.

So we need to get on with that.

If there's ever an area where we ought

to spend some serious money, it's in that.

Well in other news, the Palestinian terrorist group

Hamas is praising the attack in Jerusalem

that killed four Israelis over the weekend.

John Jessup has that.

That's right, Pat.

Hamas is not claiming responsibility

for the truck ramming attack.

But a spokesman for Haras, Hamas rather,

did say it was a heroic act, and called on other Palestinians

to do the same and escalate attacks on Israelis.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

says, according to all the signs,

the attacker was a supporter of ISIS.

John Wagi brings us the story from Jerusalem.

JOHN WAGI: Police call it one of the worst terror

attacks in Jerusalem in more than a year.

We know that he deliberately drove that vehicle, the truck,

into the group of soldiers that he saw,

that had just got off the bus.

It was definitely a terrorist attack.

It was caused intentionally.

And our main emphasis is to make sure there's

no further terrorist attacks here in Jerusalem today.

JOHN WAGI: One video shows the driver barreling up

over the curb and driving through the soldiers,

then backing up at high speed in order

to run over more people before authorities

shot and killed him.

It happened as about 200 soldiers

participated in a field day.

And I was just downstairs with my group,

another group of soldiers, and we just heard what's going

on and we-- it was very frightening.

Everyone just ran away and tried to find a place to hide.

And that's exactly what I did.

When we arrived on scene, there

were a number of victims, both trapped

under the front of the truck, as well as next to the truck.

And we began to treat them.

The situation, like all terror attacks,

no matter how much you prepare, was mayhem.

That is what it's like at a terror attack.

JOHN WAGI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited the scene.

This is part of the same pattern inspired

by Islamic state, by ISIS, that we saw first

in France, and then in Germany, now in Jerusalem.

This is part of the same ongoing battle

against this global scourge of the new terrorism.

We can only fight it together, but we have to fight it.

And we will.

JOHN WAGI: The attacker came from the eastern Jerusalem

neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, home to other terrorists

in the past.

Palestinians celebrated the attack in Gaza.

Hamas declared the attack heroic,

and said it proved that Palestinians would not

stop pursuing jihad.

40 Israelis and two Americans have now

died in various terrorist attacks and vehicular assaults

here since September 2015.

Many fear terrorism will only increase following

the UN Security Council resolution condemning

Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

John Wagi, CBN News, Jerusalem.

Thanks, John.

Well here at home, the Iraq war veteran

charged with killing five people and wounding six

at the Fort Lauderdale airport could face the death penalty.

Esteban Santiago admitted he planned the attack, buying

a one way ticket to Florida.

Disturbing video from TMZ shows the moment Santiago opened fire

in the airport.

The victims include Michael Oehme of Iowa,

Terry Andres of Virginia, and Olga Woltering,

a great grandmother from Georgia,

who was beloved by her church.

Investigators have not ruled out terrorism as a motive.

Well with same sex marriage now legal

in the US and about 20 other countries,

Taiwan is considering becoming the first nation in Asia

to make the change.

But as Heather Sells reports, Taiwanese Christians

are standing firm to protect traditional marriage.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

HEATHER SELLS: 80,000 LGBT supporters recently

took to the streets in Taipei for Asia's largest ever gay

pride parade.

Although no Asian country has legalized same sex marriage,

many gay activists believe Taiwan could become the first.

They were encouraged by this recent Facebook

video posted by Taiwan's new President, Tsai Ying Wen.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: I support gay marriages.

And everyone has the right to love and to be married.

HEATHER SELLS: Taiwan's legislature

is considering a bill to legalize gay marriage.

It needs support from 57 of its 113 lawmakers to move forward.

So far, 56 have backed the bill.

Gay marriage advocates say legalization

will create long term benefits.

Because we just recently had two babies,

the most urgent need for us is actually the parental rights.

HEATHER SELLS: Religious affiliation

has affected opinions on same sex marriage.

In one recent survey, 80% of Taiwanese

between the ages of 20 and 29, mostly Buddhists and Taoists,

favor legalization.

By comparison, 75% of Christians oppose it.

They say gay marriage distorts traditional gender roles,

and damages the meaning of marriage.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

HEATHER SELLS: Local church leaders

have organized nationwide protests

urging Taiwanese to oppose the legislation.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: We stand right here today

to tell the government that Christians in Taiwan

are strongly against legalizing same sex marriage.

We will not stop saying that.

No decision should be made without the public consent.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: I expect that Taiwan could pass

this law as quickly as we can.

And then the other countries could

follow Taiwan's path lead.

We are making big progress in the history of human rights.

HEATHER SELLS: Conservative groups and Christians

say they'll press hard to protect

traditional Taiwanese culture and preserve family values.

Heather Sells, CBN News.

Thanks Heather.

Well here at home, people around the country

are still digging out after snow and ice covered the ground

in 49 states over the weekend, much of it in the south

and mid-Atlantic states like North Carolina.

Mostly just putting salt and sand on,

because there is no way to get it off the road

when the temperatures are that cold.

Luckily I drive four wheel drive Jeep, so I've been OK.

But I've seen lengths of Six Forks entirely covered

in sheets of ice.

I've seen the ice even raised up an inch over.

And I mean even being careful, I've

been slipping around quite a bit.

JOHN JESSUP: Warmer weather is on its way this week

for parts of the country, so the ice shouldn't last very long.

Temperatures in some areas will climb anywhere between the 40s

and 70s in the Midwest.

The highs are expected to reach nearly 80 degrees

by the weekend.

And Pat, it looked like a winter wonderland there

in Virginia Beach.

But I hear you had ice underneath all that snow.

It's crazy.

Well the thing that they were so worried about,

the so-called black ice, you're driving along,

it looks like a normal highway, and actually

it's a sheet of ice.

And there is no way that any vehicle can stop.

Your brakes do not work.

And you begin a skid, and the skid gets out of control.

It's a terribly dangerous type of environment.

And what we've had in Virginia Beach,

it rained, and then it snowed, and then it froze.

And then it melted a little bit, then it froze again.

And it is very dangerous.

In our area today, for example, all the schools are closed.

And the colleges are closed, and public schools

are closed, because the secondary roads

are just impassable.

Probably by the end of the day it'll start melting.

And by tomorrow, the temperatures

are going to go up into the 60s or even 70s.

So It's crazy, crazy weather.

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