As seen on â€œThe 700 Club,â€ Oct 5.: Sharp Rhetoric and Rage as Senate Poised to Advance Kavanaugh; How Technology May Make Car Ownership Obsolete; Operation Blessing continues to help Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina, and more.
- Well welcome to The 700 Club.
The saga of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation
to the Supreme Court isentering the end game
after weeks of bitter partisan feuding
and accusations of sexual misconduct,
Senate Republicans arenow pressing forward
to a vote.
- All this after thelatest FBI investigation
into his behavior as a teenager
revealed no new evidence.
Now Washington is watchinga few key Senators
who can make or break the nomination.
Jennifer Wishon has morefrom the nation's capital.
- The Senate is poisedto take a crucial vote
this morning to advanceJudge Kavanaugh's nomination
to the Supreme Court.
That sets up the possibilityof a full Senate vote Saturday.
But before that, Senatorshave 30 hours to debate
and both sides have plenty to say.
On Capitol Hill, tensions are high.
Thursday police arrestedmore than 300 people
for unlawfully demonstrating.
That as Senators took turnsviewing the FBIs report
in a secure location.
- Well none of theselast minute allegations
have been corroborated.
As is confirmed by the seventhand latest FBI investigation.
- [Jennifer] Critics includingformer Supreme Court Justice
John Paul Stevens arenow saying Kavanaugh's
passionate defense before the Senate
shows he doesn't havethe right temperament
to sit on the court.
In what amounts to a closing argument,
Judge Kavanaugh penned an op-ed
in the Wall Street Journal
addressing those concerns.
I might have been too emotional at times.
I know that my tone was sharp
and I said a few thingsI should not have said.
I hope everyone canunderstand that I was there
as a son, husband, and dad.
Democrats accused the White House
of limiting the FBI investigation.
Saying it was too narrow and should have
included more witnesses.
Democrats agreed thatthe investigation's scope
should be limited.
We do not agree that the White House
should tie the FBIs hands.
- Anybody that pushes back on the fact
that Dr. Ford wasn'tgiven ample opportunity
to make her case and state her case
has been living in a cave.
- [Jennifer] It's now down to a handful
of undecided Senators onboth sides of the aisle.
Republicans Jeff Flake and Susan Collins
have indicated they'resatisfied with the FBI report.
But they and fellowRepublican Lisa Murkowski
have yet to say how they'll vote.
Nor has Democrat Joe Manchin.
At a campaign rally inMinnesota Thursday night,
President Trump pointed to new numbers
that suggest the Democratsrage against Kavanaugh
is a political misfire.
- Their rage fueled resistance is starting
to backfire at a level that nobody
has ever seen before.
- Just weeks before the midterms
a new NPR PBS Poll shows enthusiasm
among Democrats and Republicansis in a statistical tie.
That's a huge change for the GOP
which lagged ten points behind Democrats
before Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.
Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, Washington.
- I think the real casualty in all of this
is the Supreme Court.
And who is going to stand for nomination
for the next vacancy.
We know there's going to be a vacancy.
So you're gonna stand for that vacancy,
you're going to beconsidered by the Senate,
and here's what's going to happen to you.
They're going to accuseyou of being a gang rapist.
They're going to accuse youof being a blackout drunk.
And then when you get mad about that,
they're gonna say wellsee you're intemperate
and you shouldn't be on the Supreme Court.
This is a nightmare for the country.
And the Democrats have already said
that this was a delay tactic.
They're trying to getit through the midterms
so that there's no consideration,
there's no vote before the midterms.
And they're assuming they're going to win.
So this has been a nightmare.
And who is now going to stand?
That's the casualty here.
If the Senate is going to entertain
allegations like this andhave national hearings on it,
who would ever want to go through that,
take their families through that?
Well the Kavanaugh nominationhas certainly stirred
strong emotion on both sides.
John Jessup has more on that story
from our CBN News Bureauin Washington, John.
- Thanks Gordon.
Protesters not only disruptedthe confirmation process,
they've also been harassingSenators in the hallways
forcing Capitol police to close off areas
of the building and to escort lawmakers
through public spaces.
Still, not all protestorscame to show their anger.
As Abigail Robertson shows,
some came for a verydifferent reason, to pray.
- Tensions are high,
but civility is low on Capitol Hill
ahead of this weekend's vote
on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination.
Leading US Capitol Policeto increase security
around the Hill.
Swing Senators like Susan Collins
now require police escorts to protect them
from being heckled by protestors
as well as the media.
- You guys really do likeinvade my comfort zone.
- [Jennifer] Areas the media and public
typically walk through with ease
have been blocked these past few days.
Protestors have also takenover Senators offices
and sent rude and often harassing messages
to staff members.
The bitter back and forth on the Hill
led Senator Rand Paul's wife Kelley
to write an open letterto Senator Cory Booker
calling on him to retract statements
he said in July that shesays incite violence.
- Go to the Hill today.
Get up and please
get up in the face ofsome Congress people.
- Perhaps he didn't mean it so literally.
But unfortunately, I think there are a lot
of people out there who are very angry
and maybe unstable.
And they take those kinds of words
and maybe take it to the next level.
- [Jennifer] In the past 18 months,
she says her family hasexperienced violence
at a horrifying level.
Like the shooting at her husband's
Congressional baseball practice.
And the assault thatlanded him in the hospital
with broken ribs and lung damage.
The Paul's were also oneof may Senate families
who's home address andpersonal information
was recently posted online.
- I think we're crossinga line into a really
dangerous and disturbing chapter.
- [Jennifer] Kelley saysin the past three months
things have felt a lot worse.
And it's hard for her towatch and hear stories
of Senators and their spouses
being harassed in publiclike Ted and Heidi Cruz.
- Those people were up in their face
waving their middle fingers
and just jabbing theirfingers in their face
and saying horrible things to them.
It's really aggressive, it's violent,
it's an assault.
That is the opposite ofmaking your views known.
- [Jennifer] In the midst of this chaos,
groups are coming to the Capitol to pray.
- I don't think we have to pray perfectly.
I just think we have to pray.
And if we show up,
God will do the rest.
- Reporting form Capitol Hill,
Abigail Robertson, CBN News.
- Thanks Abi.
Jerusalem's mayor announced that he plans
to remove the UN agencyfor Palestinian refugees
from the city
saying the agency promotesincitement against Israel.
This comes days afterthe Palestinian Authority
vowed to keep paying terrorists.
The PA said financialsupport to terrorist families
will continue despite UScuts over the so called
pay to slay issue.
CBN Middle East Bureau ChiefChris Mitchell explains.
- The Palestinian Authority says
taking care of those whomurder Jews is a top priority.
Earlier this year the United States moved
to punish the PA for thispolicy known as pay to slay.
It put the Taylor Force Act into effect
which cuts US aid until the PA
stops rewarding terroristsand their families.
Australia followed suit in July.
But the rest of the world has yet to act.
- The international community first of all
has to recognize thatthe Palestinian Authority
paying salaries to terrorists
is really a symptom ofthe fundamental problem.
And that is that the Palestinian Authority
sees killing Israelis and killing Jews
as something heroic.
- [Chris] Itamar Marcus is the founder
and director of Palestinian Media Watch.
His organization hasmonitored reports and speeches
from the region for more than 20 years.
- The Palestinian Authorityhas put these killers
on a pedestal,
they've turned them intoheroes and role models
for the Palestinian people.
By now they can't even back off.
They can't even backtrack.
They are gonna keeprewarding these killers
with money that they'regetting to a large extent
from foreign donors.
They've got Barghouti.
I would say the most notoriousPalestinian Authority
mastermind of terror.
He built the bombs for suicide bombings
in Sbarro restaurants Zion Square.
killed Americans, killed the Europeans,
killed all together 67 people.
He's serving 67 life sentences.
These are among the 67 people.
And he's already also receivedabout $200,000 already
and he will continue receiving salary
eventually receiving $3,500thousand dollars a month.
- [Chris] The Taylor ForceAct is not only a law
but acts as a symbol as well.
- We created a special posterin memory of Taylor Force
an American veteran whowas murdered in Tel Aviv.
The person who killed him was a terrorist
named Bashar Masalhawho himself was killed
right after by Israeli forces.
So Bashar Masalha's familyis now rewarded for life.
They received up 'til now $13,000.
- [Chris] The 2018 budget forrewarding martyrs families
and wounded was nearly $200 million.
- Until the PalestinianAuthority changes its ideology,
and sees murder as murder.
And sees murder as something punishable,
there's no one really to talk to
on the Palestinian Authority side.
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell, CBN News.
- Thanks Chris.
Gordon, back to you.
- Well I'm applaud the Congress for
finally taking actionpassing the Taylor Force Act.
And I also applaud the administration
for saying we're going to abide by this.
It was up to the Secretary of State
to withhold those funds
and we need the moral courage to stand up.
Years ago during the Bush administration
they had this so called Bush doctrine
where if states, nation states
supported terrorism thenthe US was going to respond.
Well here we have thePalestinian Authority
clearly supporting terrorism
and clearly doing that for decades.
This has been going on a long time
under the watch of both Democrat
and Republican administrations.
Where your tax dollars,
you look at these paymentsand my guesstimate is
one third of them wasfunded by you and me,
by the US taxpayer.
And you look at thatand say how in the world
could we let that go on.
But finally, it's stopping.
The next step is this UNRWA,
the UN Relief Works Agency.
The administration, Trump administration
has already moved to stopthe funding from the US
going to that.
But that's another onethat encouraged incitement
of terrorism against Israel.
So finally the world is waking up.
Finally the funds are being stopped.
And now it's up to thePalestinian Authority.
If you truly want peace,
well then you trulyhave to stop terrorism.
Well I've got another news story for you.
It's a good one.
It's actually good news.
In the middle of disasters,
Operation Blessing is striking back.
New Bern, North Carolina
devastated by Hurricane Florence
more than 4,300 homes were damaged
like Julia McGriff's.
Julia tried to salvagewhat belongings she could.
But after a few days,
exposure to the mold putJulia in the hospital.
Well that's when Operation Blessing
came to her rescue.
- [Narrator] When Julia McGriff returned
to New Bern, North Carolina
after Hurricane Florence,
she didn't realize how much damage
had been done to her home.
- My thought was my house has survived.
I could mop up the floors.
I could wash down things.
And I could stay here.
- [Narrator] But she couldn't.
The two to three feetof floodwater had ruined
almost everything she owned.
- The refrigerator, thestove, my deep freezer
it stopped working completely.
Drywall has to be removed,
cabinets has to be removedthe bottom cabinets.
I was looking at thingsthat I thought I could keep
and come to find out,
even if it dry out themold will still be there.
- [Narrator] She salvaged a few things
and put them in storage.
After just a few days,
the mold actually landedJulia in the hospital
with breathing trouble.
- I just wanted to holler and scream.
- [Narrator] When she heardabout Operation Blessing's
disaster relief efforts
and we sent a team out to help,
things started to change.
- Like a cavalry.
They come in ready to work, and they did.
- [Narrator] We movedcabinets, took out drywall,
and got everything ready for Julia's house
to be dried out.
So she can eventually move back home
without worrying aboutmold or breathing problems.
- It's like kind of a burden been lifted.
It just gave me relief.
Gave me some relief and happiness.
Because things are on theway to getting back on track.
- [Narrator] Julia wantsto make sure others
get the same help she got.
- Continue your donations.
Because it is really needed
to keep Operation Blessing working.
Because they don't only do this for us,
they do it for every disaster.
And the people that's in the disaster
really needs that.
Thank you all and thank God for you.
- And thank you.
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