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News on The 700 Club: March 16, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," March 16: ; The 'spirit of America': Whatever happened to the Tea Party?; Israeli tech leading the way in the driverless revolution, and more. Read Transcript

Well, welcome to "The 700 Club."

President Trump is blasting a federal judge

for blocking his new executive order on immigration.

He called the decision, quote, "unprecedented judicial


The ruling came as the president

was on the road talking about the need

to repeal and replace Obamacare.

George Thomas has the story.


GEORGE THOMAS: Speaking to supporters

at a campaign-style rally in Nashville,

President Trump said a judge's decision in Hawaii

to halt his newly-revised travel ban makes the country look weak

and that he's working to protect Americans.

We're gonna fight this terrible ruling.

We're going to take our case as far as it needs to go,

including all the way up to the Supreme Court.


We're going to win.

We're going to keep our citizens safe.

GEORGE THOMAS: Calling it a watered-down version

of his original executive order, the president

says his decision to temporarily stop people

from six Muslim-majority terror-prone nations

from coming to this country is about national security, not


The best way to keep foreign terrorists,

or as some people would say in certain instances,

radical Islamic terrorists, from attacking our country

is to stop them from entering our country in the first place.

GEORGE THOMAS: But the judge disagreed,

saying the new ban discriminates on the basis of nationality

and religion and cited, among other examples, President

Trump's January 27 interview with CBN's David Brody

in which he discussed the need to protect Christians

in the Middle East.

Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria, it

was impossible, very, very--

at least very, very tough to get into the United States?

If you were a Muslim, you could come in.

But if you a Christian, it was almost impossible.

And the reason that was so unfair

is that the-- everybody was persecuted, in all fairness,

but they were chopping off the heads of everybody,

but more so the Christians.

And I thought it was very, very unfair.

So we are going to help them.

GEORGE THOMAS: The judge's ruling

blocked the updated executive order just hours

before it was to take effect.


No wall!

No fence!

GEORGE THOMAS: Meanwhile, the battle over health care

continues, as the president and Republican lawmakers

try to convince some members of their own party and the public

that their proposals are good for the country.

As Trump says, it's time to get rid of the failing Obamacare


We will end this nightmare and put

in place reforms that actually improve people's lives.

GEORGE THOMAS: The plan faces a big test today

when the House budget committee deals with the legislation.

Some Republicans have been unhappy with the new bill,

calling it Obamacare Lite, arguing that it doesn't go

far enough to undo Obamacare.

But supporters say it's only the first step

on the path to first repealing then

completely replacing Obamacare.

The president says he's open to debate and negotiation

to make sure they get the best plan for the American people.

And more negotiations are sure to come in the days ahead.

George Thomas, CBN News.

Well, the judge's ruling is certainly historic,

unlike the previous one where it held

that there was a due process involved with anyone who

had a current visa, that you couldn't take away

their property rights with some without some sort

of due process.

You couldn't just suspend their visa right

to travel to the United States.

Now it's being extended, that because there was discussion

of a, quote, "Muslim ban," close quote, in the presidential race

that any executive order on immigration

affecting immigration of Muslims--

they're literally saying you can't ever pass

an executive order restricting their travel because it's

an animus based on religion, which is the first time we have

seen the extension of the Bill of Rights

to a citizen of another country on the basis

they could potentially apply for travel or residence

in the United States.

That's a big deal.

That's an extension of judicial power

that I think needs to be reviewed.

And when it's reviewed, they'll certainly

cite a 1952 Supreme Court ruling, where the Supreme Court

said the president had the power to expel from the United States

any immigrant who was a communist.

They didn't extend to them the right of free speech

or assembly or political views.

They just said the executive has this power

under the Constitution.

We'll see if that court case gets tested.

It's certainly going to go through the ninth circuit,

which won't be the most favorable circuit

to the president.

And how long will it take for the Supreme Court

to take this case up and issue a ruling?

And in the meantime, we have ISIS out there saying,

we are going to send our fighters to the United States,

and we're going to use our immigration rules against you.

This is a very interesting case, a very interesting time

for America, and a time for all of us to be praying,

Lord, please protect us.

Well, in other news, President Trump

released his first budget blueprint today.

John Jessup has that story from our CBN news

bureau in Washington.


Thanks, Gordon.

The president's budget outline promises more money for defense

and cuts in other government spending,

including at the State Department, the Environmental

Protection Agency, and others.

It would also eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public

Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts,

and more.

Now, the document is only an outline, not a full budget,

and we'll have a closer look at the White House budget

blueprint on tomorrow's "700 Club."

Well, the rise of government spending, including Obamacare,

was a key factor in the rise of the Tea Party back in 2010.

But where is the Tea Party today?

And how much influence does it still have?

David Brody has that story.



DAVID BRODY: The big Tea Party rallies from years ago

may be gone, but the Tea Party itself is not.

Nowadays, it takes different forms.

Senator Ted Cruz!

DAVID BRODY: This week on Capitol Hill, hundreds

of Tea Party patriots came to Washington to partner

with Tea Party lawmakers.

They're not happy with Republican leaders

as they push Congress to make sure the GOP's

Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan gets done

the way they think it should.

If Republicans take this opportunity and blow it,

we will rightly be considered a laughingstock.

The leadership in the House is weak-kneed,

and they are afraid.

They are afraid to lead with freedom and capitalism,

so they're giving you something that's half as much

as Obamacare but doesn't fix the problems.

The Tea Party transition over the years

has three different components.

First of all, most Tea Party groups

are trying to affect change at the local level.

The second component is happening right here

in Washington, where the Tea Party stars of 2010

are now the national political players on the scene

right here in DC.

Senators like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee

were all powered into office by the Tea Party movement.

And Donald Trump's outsider drain-the-swamp image

played well with Tea Partiers, too.

Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint

is a card-carrying member of the original Tea Party.

And the two Republicans who came closest

to winning the presidency were Cruz and Trump,

and those were probably the most--

perceived as the most outsider-type category

of people who are against Washington.

DAVID BRODY: DeMint sees a third and final component

to the Tea Party's new appearance nowadays.

They're looking a lot more like pro-Trump events--

He's my-- [KISS] He's my man.

DAVID BRODY: --cloaked in good, old-fashioned patriotism.

(CROWD SINGING) Keep your eye on the grand old flag!

DAVID BRODY: They're now called "Spirit of America" rallies,

and they're popping up all over America with a message--

the Tea Party will not be silenced.

We are that voice.

We are that silent majority.

And we support Donald Trump.

The Trump voters, a lot of those were Tea Party voters,

evangelicals, and they were new kind of Tea Party people coming

out of blue-collar, Iron Belt America,

union workers who were just tired of the baloney that

Washington was giving them.

And they thought maybe Trump had the power

to kick down some doors and make government work for them.

DAVID BRODY: The tea party's door-kicking days are not over

at all.

But the headlines today are all about those liberal protests

at GOP town hall.

The mainstream media wants to compare this movement

to the Tea Party.

DeMint says it's night and day, arguing

that the Tea Party was organically motivated,

unlike these current events.

What you see with this group on the left,

it's well organized.

It's well financed.

We've seen all their manuals of what to do.

A lot of it is George-Soros-funded

and the Obama-funded organization.

DAVID BRODY: That liberal megaphone has deep pockets.

And while the Tea Party's megaphone isn't rich

financially, it is rich in spirit and fight,

transforming right before our very eyes.

David Brody, CBN News, Washington.

Thanks, David.

Well, turning overseas in Israel,

a leading technology company for driverless cars

has reached a deal with one of the world's biggest

high-tech businesses.

As Chris Mitchell reports, the multibillion dollar deal

is the largest of its kind in the history of Israel.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Mobileye maintains

its technology already keeps passengers safer on the roads,

reducing the risk of accidents and saving lives.

SPOKESMAN: In the event of a possible collision,

the system issues an alert, providing you

with up to two seconds to break and prevent an accident.



Intel and Mobileye say the $15 billion

deal will combine the best technologies of both companies

and create computerized driving solutions

from the cloud to your car.

Autonomous driving is not just science fiction.

It's real.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Entrepreneur Jon Medved

is an expert on Israeli startup companies.

JOHN MEDVED: Mobileye, which is our hometown favorite here

in Jerusalem, is supplying to somewhere between 80% and 90%

of the world's auto manufacturers.

They started with collision avoidance.

Now it's moving into full-blown autonomous driving stuff.

CHRIS MITCHELL: That includes features like autonomous

breaking at red lights and for pedestrians, autonomous

urban and night driving, as well as a system

that senses the driving scene.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

says the deal proves that Israel is becoming a global technology


That's not the only plus for Israel.

Instead of moving to the US.

Mobileye plans to keep its main operations here,

and rather than being integrated into Intel,

it will take charge of Intel's international activity

for autonomous vehicles.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

Thanks, Chris.

Well, back here at home, the United Nations ambassador Nikki

Haley has blasted a report that says Israel is, quote,

"guilty of the crime of apartheid."

The UN Secretary General has distanced himself

from the United Nations report but, Haley

demanded the UN do more and scrap it altogether.

The report came from the UN Economic and Social Commission

for Western Asia.

It was coauthored by Princeton Professor Richard

Falk, long known for attacking both Israel and the US.

In criticizing the report, Haley said

that such anti-Israel propaganda would

come from a body whose membership nearly universally

does not recognize Israel is unsurprising.

And Gordon, Haley also pledged that the United States

will continue to oppose anti-Israel actions at the UN

and around the world.

Yeah, and we should support that.

It looks like the UN has become fixated on Israel,

and the number of resolutions condemning

the democratic state of Israel is absolutely incredible.

It's beyond fixation.

And now we've got from our previous administration

a full resolution calling that everything in the West Bank,

including East Jerusalem, is a blatantly illegal occupation.

You just see sort of the lines forming

on how the nations will one day gather and attack Israel.

We've seen it before in my lifetime,

going back to 1967, 1973.

You see this continual war.

We want to drive Israel into the sea.

We want to wipe Israel off the map.

And with that, a whole new Holocaust--

they intend to kill everyone in Israel.

And it's amazing to me that we haven't been standing up to it.

But it's wonderful that we finally are and finally

calling it for what it is.


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