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- [Announcer] This is CBN NewsWatch.

- And thank you so much for joining us

for this edition of CBN NewsWatch

I'm Efrem Graham.

President Donald Trump is closer

to declaring a national emergency

to pay for the borderwall that he promised.

This comes as pressure is increasing

to end the partial government shutdown.

Our Mark Martin isfollowing this story for us.

He joins us now in the CBNnewsroom with more, Mark?

- Efrem, around 800,000 federal workers

are due to miss theirfirst paychecks today.

The shutdown is in its 21st day.

The House did vote today to make sure

that all federal workerswill be paid retroactively

once the shutdown ends.

The Senate passed that bill Thursday,

which now goes to the president,who is expected to sign it.

Meanwhile, Trump returnedfrom the US-Mexico border

tweeting the crises isa far worse situation

than almost anyone wouldunderstand, an invasion.

He went on to say Democratsdon't know how bad

and dangerous it is for the country.

Trump visited McAllen, Texasand the Rio Grande Thursday

to bring attention to what he says

is a drug and crime crisis on the border.

He wants $5.7 billion for a border wall,

but House Democrats are digging in

and refusing to approve that.

Their refusal has Trump sayinghe would bypass Congress

by declaring a national emergency.

Some of the president'sallies support that move

to break the impasse.

- If we don't make a deal with Congress,

most likely I will do that.

I would actually say I would.

- I always said it wouldbe the last resort.

We're there, there's nopathway forward that I can see.

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- [Mark] It's not clearwhat a possible compromise

between the White House

and congressional Democrats would involve.

Speaker of the House NancyPelosi says the president

is playing political gamesto fire up supporters

that are the most loyal.

- Let's open up government.

Let's have a civilized debate.

- If the partial shutdowngoes into early Saturday,

it would set a record goingbeyond a 21-day shutdown

that happened in 1996 whenBill Clinton was president.

Efrem, back to you.

- Mark, thank you.

What happens today, Mark?

- The president is holdinga round-table discussion

on border security, andVice President Mike Pence

is visiting US Customs andBorder Patrol Headquarters.

Back to you.

- CBN News contributorChuck Holton joins us now.

So Chuck, we know you spent some time

at the southern border.

The president calls thesituation there a crisis.

What's your assessment?

- Well, I mean, if you calltens of thousands of people

stuck on the southern side of that border

and hoping to get in any waythey can by hook or by crook,

then I would call that a crisis.

The real problem isthere were lots and lots

of organizations whoassisted these migrants

in getting north from Guatemala

and Honduras and El Salvador.

There's no way thosepeople could have made it

without all of the assistance they got

in food, in shelter, andtransportation in some cases.

But now those people who werehelping them have dried up,

and so those tens of thousands of people

are kinda stuck there with noassistance to get back home

if they decide they don'twanna stay there for months

and wait for an asylum hearing.

And they aren't really sure what to do.

And it's really causing a lotof stress along the border.

- Chuck, paint a picture for us.

What barriers and securitymeasures are in place now,

and would the wall make things different?

- Well I've been to the wallbetween Israel and Gaza,

which is very similar tothe wall that Donald Trump

has proposed on thesouthern border with Mexico.

And it's 30 feet high.

It's made of concrete,

and it's got barbed wire on top of it.

And I guarantee you, nobodygets across that wall.

That doesn't happen.

The wall that's there nowis a mixture of things.

There's some that is old landing mat fence

about 10 feet high.

I was down there a couple of months ago.

On the Mexican side, they've piled dirt

right up to the top ofthat and made like a ramp

so people could just runand jump right over it.

And we found places wherethey had cut the fence

and welded hinges in

so that they could just liftup the door, run right through,

and close the door back behind them.

Obviously, that kinda wallis no longer effective.

The new bollard fence thatwe're hearing so much talk about

now with the steel postsfilled with concrete

is going in using alreadyappropriated funds

that were approved underthe Obama Administration.

Right there in El Paso,where I was recently,

they had just installed about 40 miles

of that new bollard fence.

And they say that that doesmake a serious difference.

But at the same time, we've seen video

of migrants getting tothe top of that fence

and throwing themselvesand their children over

and very often getting badlyinjured when they fall 18 feet

down on the other side.

- At this point, whenit comes to this wall,

both sides are being rather stubborn.

Do you think negotiationswill ever happen?

- Wow, boy, that's way above my pay grade.

The Democrats have very entrenched...

They have committedthemselves to this fight.

And their base, I think, theyexpect them not to compromise.

I would say that Trump supporters also

are expecting DonaldTrump and the Republicans

not to compromise.

And so the fact that thereare some government employees

not being paid is very unfortunate.

But I think having the IRS shutdown

is probably not gonnaaffect people all that much.

And so people are willing to wait it out

and see who blinks first.

- Long term, what's yourthoughts on the shutdown?

- Well, I mean, this is noway to run a government.

And if the two sides are so incompatible,

if these are two world views

that are so completely far apart,

that they just cannot agree on anything.

I mean, it seems like DonaldTrump has this magic power

to make the Democratsdisagree with anything

as long as he voices support for it.

And as long as it's gonna work that way,

there's no way we can havea functional government.

It's just not possible.

And that just makes you question, like,

well what's the point of the government

even being open in the first place

if they're not gonna dobusiness with each other?

- Chuck Holton, thank youso much for your insight.

- Good talking to you.

- With the shutdown continuing,

800,000 government workers

are going without paychecks today.

Workers from the National Air Traffic

Controllers Association staged a protest

in front of the White House Thursday.

Hundreds of unpaid workers chanting

for the end of the shutdownand for their jobs back.

They were joined bycongressmen and senators

who addressed the crowd before they went

to the gates of the White House.

Among them were DemocraticSenators Chris Van Hollen,

Bernie Sanders, MazieHirano, and Amy Klobuchar.

A 13-year-old Wisconsingirl who went missing

in October after her parents were killed

has been found alive,

and police have takeninto custody the suspect.

Jayme Closs had beenmissing since her parents

were found shot to death back in October

in the family's homenear Barron, Wisconsin.

Investigators said Jayme wasquickly ruled out as a suspect.

Police say Jayme was foundnear the town of Gordon,

about 65 miles north of her hometown.

She had walked away from thecabin where she was being held.

She approached a woman whowas out walking her dog.

That woman called 911.

Officers arrested 21-year-oldJake Thomas Patterson.

His vehicle fit the descriptionthat Jayme was able to give.

- 88 days ago we stood before you speaking

about the unthinkable tragedyand asked you to help us

find 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

For 88 days you calledin tips, brought us food,

searched arm-in-armwith us, wrote us notes,

and never game up hope.

- 88 days, unbelievable.

Jayme's aunt told reporters shecould barely contain her joy

after learning the news.

She said, "Praise the Lord.

"It is the news we've beenwaiting on for three months.

"I can't wait to get my arms around her.

"I just can't wait."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeospoke in Egypt yesterday

during his nine-country Middle East tour.

Pompeo's speech comes 10 years

after President Obamadelivered his blueprint

for the Middle East and Cairo.

Pompeo called the formerpresident's policy

timid, hesitant, and apologetic.

He also said it allowed ISIS,Iran, and other terrorists

to thrive, but said thatthe Trump administration

has changed that to defeatISIS, confront Iran,

and stand up to Syria's president.

Following his speech, Pompeo told CBN News

the US stands for religious freedom

in every place Americandiplomacy is at work.

- I want people throughoutthe Middle East and the world

to know that America'sinvolvement in the Middle East

is absolutely a force for good.

We come here with no intentionto oppress or to dominate,

but rather to free, tocreate opportunities

for every individualthroughout the Middle East

to live their life, to have the freedoms

that we are all so blessedto have in the United States.

- Now for an in-depth look

at our exclusive interview with Pompeo,

be sure to watch Faith Nation.

That is this evening onthe CBN News Channel.

A US military official says the process

of US withdrawal from Syria has begun.

A Defense Departmentofficial tells CBN News

the US has started moving equipment,

but there has not been any troop movement.

A spokesperson for the US-led coalition

fighting the Islamic State group

said out of concern foroperational security,

they will not discuss specific timelines,

locations, or troop movements.

President Trump abruptlyannounced back in December

the US will withdraw from Syria.

There are 2,000 Americantroops in the country.

Turkey's military deploymentto its southern border

with Syria continued overnight.

The video you see therefrom a private news agency

shows trucks carrying armored vehicles

heading to a key Northern Syrian town

held by Kurdish fighterswho Turkey deems terrorists.

Turkey has been dispatchingmilitary equipment

to the border and to a Turkish-held area

in Northern Syria for weeks.

The country has been threatening

to launch an offensiveagainst Kurdish fighters

who are allied with the United States

in the fight against the Islamic State.

Vietnamese government officials assaulted

and arrested 33 Christiansafter they refused

to renounce their faith in Christ.

The persecution watchdog group,

International Christian Concern,

reported Christians inseveral different villages

were brought an image of Buddhaand demanded to worship him.

Four believers were arrested and beaten

while others were harassed and raided

throughout the months ofNovember and December.

Vietnam passed a law earlier last year

giving Vietnam's government more powers

to control religiouspractices in the country.

And joining us now with more on this

is Senior InternationalCorrespondent George Thomas.

So, George, we know thatyou've traveled to Vietnam.

Who are these people?

- They're called the Hmong people.

And basically, Efrem,

there're about four to five million Hmong

primarily in Southeast Asia.

The majority of them,Efrem, live in China.

The next contingency is Vietnam

and then Laos, Thailand, and so forth.

In essence, what'shappened is that there's

about a million Hmong

that live in the northernparts, northeastern,

northwestern parts of Vietnam's highlands.

And they have experiencedtremendous persecution.

In fact, they've been part of this region

of Southeast Asia for over 2,000 years.

They have their own language.

It's called the Hmong language,

very unique people group,very beautiful people.

- It seems like this is a remote area.

How did the gospel reach this tribe?

- It's an incredible story.

In fact, back in the 1980s,Far East Broadcasting Company,

a radio ministry broadcastbased here in the United States,

started broadcasting thegospel in the Hmong language

out of Manila, Philippines,not too far from Vietnam.

As a result of these radio broadcasts,

hundreds of thousands of Hmong people

gave their lives to Jesus Christ.

In fact, the preliminary numbers are

that close to 40% ofthe million Hmong people

residing today in Vietnam arefollowers of Jesus Christ.

- Amazing, now we've heard a bit of this,

but what challenges do theyface for following Christ?

- Well you have to kindalook at the Hmong people,

similar to the Kurds in Northern Iraq.

They are incrediblydiscriminated on a regular basis.

They're almost treatedas second-class citizens.

In fact, in the highlandsof Northern Vietnam,

they don't have schools.

They don't have hospitals.

There are no roads.

People cannot get from onevillage to the other easily.

And so the government persecutes them

by not providing basic services:

water, access to healthcare,access to education,

because of the remotenessof these highlands,

but also the fact that so many of them

have decided to walk away from Buddhism

and have accepted Jesus Christ.

- Real quick, before we let you go,

how should we be praying for these people?

- Well just pray that theywould continue to thrive.

I mean, the gospel is going forth.

And so many of these Hmong people

have a desire to go tothe other parts of Vietnam

and to continue sharing the gospel,

not just in Vietnam, inThailand, in China, and Laos.

It's an incredible story,

and we hope to documentthat in the coming months.

- All right, we look forward to that.

Thank you so much, George.- You're most welcome.

- The European Court of Human Rights

has ruled against a Germanhomeschooling family

in what is being called a hugesetback for parents' rights.

The court said German authorities

did not violate the Wunderlichfamily's fundamental rights

when they took the couple'sfour children in a 2013 raid,

because the childrenwere being homeschooled.

The children were eventually returned,

but the family's attorneysays Thursday's ruling

disregards the rights ofparents all over Europe.

- The judgment has upheld the blanket ban

that exists in Germanyagainst homeschooling.

It's a blanket ban that is backed up

with criminal penalties.

It really ignores thefundamental parental rights

guaranteed by international treaties.

- The Wunderlichs will appeal the decision

to the Grand Chamber of theEuropean Court of Human Rights.

CBN News has learned a Pakistani Christian

seeking asylum in the UnitedKingdom has been deported.

Asher Samson was fightingto stay in the UK

after reportedly beingthreatened with execution

by Islamic extremists in Pakistan.

He arrived in the UK in 2004to finish theology school

and to become a pastor.

The UK denied his requestfor asylum last year.

The British-PakistaniChristian Association

reports Samson spentChristmas in detention

but was released on bail

before being detained again last week.

Reverend Lorraine Shorteninformed CBN News this morning

that Samson was deported back to Pakistan

under cover of darkness

on an uncharted flight Wednesday night.

She's asking for prayer and petitioning

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today, 148 million?

But it was three littlegirls that taught me

about the plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection,

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it grew a ministry

from my heart called Orphan's Promise.

Today we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated, andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

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because every child deservesa chance to be happy?

- Marvel Comics has announced plans

for its first-ever drag queen superhero.

In the latest issue of itsIceman comic book series,

Marvel introduces a newsuperhero named Shade.

Shade is a mutant superhero drag queen

who possesses teleportation powers.

This comes after Netflix debuted

an LGBTQ-themed superhero show last summer

with cross-dressers called Super Drags.

Matt Philbin of the Media Research Center,

he's the culture editor, joins us now

with some insight on this move.

Matt, what is concerning about Marvel

introducing a transgendercharacter in this way?

- Well it's, to some degree,it's almost not concerning.

It would be a little weird if they didn't.

This book already has a gay superhero.

I guess this Iceman is already gay

and has been for several years.

So this is kind of a naturalor unnatural progression.

And it's, frankly, a little bit boring.

This is the kinda stuffyou learned to expect

from essentially secular liberalism.

Comic books are sort ofan adolescent medium.

And it kinda makes sense that they're run

by adolescents who essentially like

to be transgressive, who want to shock.

So I don't think this iskind of all that earthshaking

considering where the source is.

- What do you think theentertainment business's

motivation is for this,

and what does the researchthat you have showed thus far

in terms of what we're gonna see?

- Well the intent is both to shock

and then also to sort ofnormalize these fringe lifestyles,

these fringe identitiesthat the rest of us

just have not experienced orwould prefer not to experience.

Research shows that thepower of popular media

is such that a few yearsago Gallup did a poll

and 20% of Americans

thought that 25% of Americans were gay.

That is, the sole reasonfor that is because

of the over-representationof homosexuality on TV shows.

Just about every TV show

has to have a gay character these days.

Most movies feature a gay character

if they're not straight outabout gay, about homosexuality.

So this is the power of social media.

And the idea of normalizingthese behaviors,

these lifestyles, is kindof what drives left-wingers

in the entertainment industry.

- All right, Matt Philbin withthe Media Research Center,

thank you so much for your time.

After the break, we're gonna take a look

at today's trendingstories from Faithwire.

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- Thanks, Efrem.

Well popular megachurchPastor Andy Stanley

is in hot water after making a statement

to Relevant Magazinethat the 10 Commandments

no longer apply to Christians.

Well here to tell us more, managing editor

of Faithwire, Dan Andros.

Dan, what can you tell us?

- Maybe he's right where he wants to be.

There's a lot of debate going on

of whether or not AndyStanley is presenting things

in this way to sort of draw attention

and get attention on thissort of line of preaching

that he's been doing inrecent weeks and months.

This isn't the first time that he's

sort of kinda took a jabat the Old Testament.

He also said earlier that we needed

to unhitch from the Old Testament.

And so while what he's sayingis pretty much correct,

that we're not tied tothe Mosaic law anymore,

that we have a new law withJesus, the law of grace,

so that's correct.

But the way he kind of frames it, I think,

is what a lot of peopleare taking issue with,

'cause it almost sounds like

there's this disdainfor the Old Testament.

And Andy says that he's doing it

because a lot ofunbelievers get turned off

by some of the thingsin the Old Testament.

He's trying to focus on thefact that the New Testament

is where we're really to be focused on.

But I think critics get alittle bit irked when they feel

like it's being dismissiveof the Old Testament,

because, obviously, Jesusquotes the Old Testament.

Paul quotes the Old Testament.

And it all works together.

All scripture'sprofitable, the Bible says.

So that's the Old Testament and the New.

So that's kinda where the debate's at.

And if you look on Faithwire,we have all of the links

to where you can followthis conversation in depth,

'cause it's really one of those topics

you gotta read up on to sortof get a full context of it.

- Next, Duck Dynasty star Missy Robertson

is on a mission to help women in need.

Dan, this is a remarkable story.

Tell us about her ministry andhow she's actually partnering

with Faithwire to tell their stories.

- Yeah, well theRobertsons have been doing

a lot of great stuff sincethe Duck Dynasty TV show

has ended and even whenthey were doing it as well.

But they're really focusedon their charity work.

And Missy launched a podcastwith us called The Overcomers.

And so this was featuringsome of the women

that they've worked with to bring out

of the sex-trafficking industry,

which shockingly, yeah, that'shappening here in America,

not over in the Philippines or Thailand

or some faraway country.

That happens here as well.

And so they set up a businessthat they make jewelry,

and they help thesewomen who are caught up

in the drug and trafficking industry.

And they help them get outof that and re-enter life.

And they do that by giving them a job

through this ministry.

It's really cool.- That's amazing.

Well thanks, Dan, and as always,

you can find these storiesand more by visiting Faithwire

on Facebook and on the webat Faithwire.com, Efrem?

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- Still ahead, where dog-lovers can soon

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today, 148 million?

But it was three littlegirls that taught me

about the plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection,

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it grew a ministry

from my heart called Orphan's Promise.

Today we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated, andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now,

because every child deservesa chance to be happy?

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- There are plenty of museums featuring

some of the world's greatest leaders

from presidents to royalty,but what about their pets?

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

is re-opening February8th in New York City.

The collection boasts portraits

of royal and presidential pets

and includes artifactsthat trace canine history

as far back as an estimated30 million-year-old fossil.

It is also home to one of theworld's largest collections

of canine fine art and much more.

The museum originallyopened in New York in 1982,

but spent the last three decadesin Saint Louis, Missouri.

Worth seeing, indeed.

That is gonna do it for thisedition of CBN NewsWatch.

Hope you have a fabulousFriday and a wonderful weekend.

We'll see you right backhere same time Monday.

Goodbye, everybody, and God bless.

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