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- [Announcer] This is CBN Newswatch.

- And thank you so much for joining us

for this first edition of CBN Newswatch,

I'm Efrem Graham.

President Trump's nominee to be his new

Attorney General faced tough questions

when he appeared before senators.

But is there enough opposition

to prevent his confirmation?

And what could happento Christians in Syria

if the US pulls itstroops out of the country?

Plus, the debate over and the backlash

against Gillette's newadvertising campaign,

with many men calling it insulting.

And a heartwarming video goes viral

as one woman explains how the Lord led her

to pray for one of her hurting customers.

All those stories andmuch more are ahead today,

right here on CBN Newswatch.

We want to begin, though,with senators grilling

the President's choice to replace former

Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

William Barr facedquestions from both sides

of the aisle Tuesday.

Barr sailed through his first nomination

as Attorney General, butthat was 27 years ago.

As President Trump'snominee, senators want

answers to what's behindstatements Barr made

when it comes to theRussian investigation.

Barr, who served as Attorney General

under President George HW Bush,

defended his 30 years and promised not to

undermine Robert Mueller'sRussia investigation.

- Respect for Bob andhis distinguished record

of public service.

- Do you believe Mr.Mueller would be involved

in a witch hunt against anybody?

- I don't believe Mr.Mueller would be involved

in a witch hunt.

- Charlene Aaron is following this story

for us today.

So what are some of the takeaways

from the hearing?

- There are several takeaways, Efrem.

First of all, Barr assuredthat he would allow

the Special Counsel tocomplete his investigation

into Russia's interferencein the 2016 election.

Secondly, he said thathe would seek the advice

of justice ethics officials on whether he

should recuse himself from overseeing

the Russia investigation, but he would not

commit to following their recommendation.

- What are Barr's thoughts

on the President's border wall?

Yeah, that's pretty interesting.

Barr said in the hearing that we do need

a barrier system on the border in order

to control the border, but in some places,

he said, it may not necessarily mean

that we have a actual wall

but some sort of barrier.

- We're all watching this wondering

is it likely that he'll be confirmed?

- Well political observers say that he

shouldn't expect a smooth ride,

but with Republicans incontrol of the Senate,

his confirmation appears to be on track.

- All right, Charlene Aaron, thank you

so much for followingthis story for us today.

Want to turn now to someof the other stories

we're following for you inside

the CBN Newsroom today.

British Prime Ministerfaces a no confidence vote

after a huge defeat for her Brexit plan.

And analysts expecther to survive, though,

because members of her conservative party

and another party are sticking with her.

The blow against Mayover Brexit came Tuesday

after a heated debate.

Leaders there voted against her exit deal

with European Union leaders.

The argument, how May's plan would work

and how Britain could actually leave

the European Union.

The details are likened to a divorce,

with Britain and Europeas the couple divorcing.

Everything from trade totravel is up in the air.

The UK remains divided with protesters

outside Parliament on both sides,

reflecting what's going on inside.

At least 14 people are dead,

including one American, following a deadly

terrorist attack on a luxury hotel

and shopping complex in Kenya.

The Kenyan Presidentannounced in a television

speech, the attack wasover and all was secure.

He said more than 700people were evacuated

during a security operation.

Authorities sent specialforces into the hotel

to flush out the gunmen.

Kenya's Interior Ministryis not giving details

on the fate of the attackers.

It is not known if any are still at-large.

The Islamic terrorist group, al Shabaab

has claimed responsibility.

al Shabaab is allied with Al-Qaeda.

It has killed hundreds of people in Kenya.

A heartwarming video from here in the US

has gone viral, revealingone woman's mission

to live out her faithat work while delivering

packages in South Carolina.

Amanda Riggan works for Federal Express

and encountered a woman who was really sad

because of her husband's cancer battle.

Riggan said after sheleft the woman's home,

and while she was delivering the rest

of her packages, shefelt the Lord was leading

her to go back and pray with the woman.

Take a listen to what happened next.

- She held my hand so tight and I prayed

for her and her familyand for her husband.

And the point of thisis, is a lot of people

want the Lord to use them and for me,

as an example, I prayevery day for the Lord

to use me.

- That story ledEvangelist Franklin Graham

to ask his online readers,

"Have you asked God to use you today?"

Now you can watch this full video and read

the story at cbnnews.com along with our

other top stories of the day.

As President Trump isslowing down his plan

to pull US troops out of Syria,

all eyes are on Turkey.

America's NATO ally is anxious to rid

its neighbor of Kurdish fighters,

and it is pushing backagainst United States

concerns about protecting the Kurds.

Syria's Christians fearwhat a Turkish invasion

will mean for them when the US leaves.

CBN's Jennifer Wishon is on this story.

- For President DonaldTrump, getting US troops

out of Syria fits neatly

into his America First foreign policy.

- But I don't want to be in Syria forever.

It's sad, and it's death.

- [Jennifer] But as theUS prepares to draw down,

Assyrian Christians fearthey'll be wiped out

as Turkey eyes a new opening to go after

its foe, the Kurds.

In an open letter to the world,

Syriac Assyrian Christians write,

"100,000 Syriac and other Christians will

"be killed or drivenaway if Turkey invades.

"Turkish jihadists hunteddown the Christians

"and Yazidi's of Afrin in Northwest Syria.

"They will do the same again

"but at a much wider scale."

They're referring tothe ongoing cross-border

operation into the Kurdish city of Afrin,

launched by Turkey in March.

And it's not just the Turkish military,

Christians fear Turkey's Islamist agents

who have no respect for religions

outside of Islam.

Aykan Erdemir is aformer member of Turkey's

Parliament and current senior fellow

at the Foundation forDefensive Democracies.

- Will we see jihadistscoming back enslaving

religious minorities, killing them,

destroying churches?

Talking about the extinction of an ancient

way of life.

We're talking aboutChristianity in its cradle,

is it in its homeland,

being completely destroyed.

- It's interestingbecause just last month,

HR 390 became law, which says,

"The State Departmentshall identify threats

"of persecution, genocide, crimes against

"humanity, and war crimesagainst members of Iraq

"or Syrian minority, religious,

"or ethnic groups."

Is that's what's going on with the US

and the threat that you've just laid out,

does that contradict this?

- I think we're sendingmixed signals, certainly.

- Turkey has a growingnotorious reputation when

it comes to religious freedom.

In its latest report,the US designated Turkey

a tier two country ofconcern, when it comes

to allowing Christians and other religious

minorities to practicetheir faiths freely.

Still, President Trump is standing firm

on his decision to bring US troops home.

What's the solution here?

What can be done?

- In the Middle East,there's no such thing

as a vacuum.

The moment you create avacuum, you can be sure

that Iran will be there,

their proxys will be there.

You can be sure therewill be Suni jihadists

there and their patrons, as well,

and also, Russia.

- One option would befor the US to recognize

Kurdistan as a nation.

But like everything in the Middle East,

Erdemir says that'scomplicated because large

populations of Kurds are spread across

a number of countries, including Iran.

For now, it appears USpolicy is putting 2,000

years of Christian historyand tradition at risk.

Jennifer Wishon, CBN News.

- [Efrem] Coming up, itis the new television ad

that's gotten a quick response,

including a major backlash.

We're gonna take a look at the controversy

over Gillette's new adcampaign that many men

are calling insulting.

We've got that story when we come back.

(upbeat music)

- God almighty is a God of blessing.

He always wants to bless his people.

But how do you get that blessing

and what principleswill unlock that secret?

- [Announcer] In Miraculous Blessings,

Pat Robertson shows you how to open

the floodgates of God's awesome blessings

in your life.

- In order to have a blessing,

you've gotta be blessable.

- [Announcer] Discover what the Bible has

to say about God's covenant of blessing,

the laws of blessing, andwhat are the hindrances

to the blessings of God?

- The words of Jesus, they are as valid

as the law of gravity, and if we follow

those laws, we will be blessed.

- [Announcer] You'll seeamazing, true stories

of everyday peoplewhose lives were rescued

and transformed by God'smiraculous blessings.

- But even the doctors acknowledged

that this had to be a miracle.

- [Announcer] Call 1-800-700-7000,

or visit cbn.com to become a CBN partner

and get Miraculous Blessings today.

- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there aremore than 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 spentnearly a month immersed

in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw first-hand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection,and the overwhelming

desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it, grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helpingorphans and vulnerable

children in more than50 countries, worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated and they're

learning life skills.

I'm asking you to joinwith me and become family

to these children.

Will you call the number on your

screen right now?

Because every child deserves

a chance to be happy.

- Gillette's The Best aMan Can Get ad campaign

is iconic and has been around

in various forms for years.

Now the company, known for men's grooming,

is building on that campaign and bringing

another voice to the Me Too movement.

It's also getting, possibly,

some unexpected reaction.

Take a look first atthe full campaign video.

(dramatic music)

- [Male Announcer] Bullying--

- [Female Announcer] The Me Too movement

against sexual harassment--

- [Male Announcer] Toxic masculinity--

- [Ad Spokesperson] IsThe Best a Man Can Get?

♪ The best a man can get ♪

(crowd yelling)

Is it?

- [Male TV Reporter] It'slikely happening here,

as well.

Bullying, a problem is here in Indiana.

- [Ad Announcer] We can't hide from it.

- [Female TV Reporter] Sexual harassment

(whistling on cartoon)

is taking over--

- [Ad Announcer] It's beengoing on far too long.

We can't laugh it off.

(audience laughing and cheering)

- Who's the daddy?

- What I actually thinkshe's trying to say--

- [Ad Announcer] Makingthe same old excuses--

(kids yelling)

- Boys will be boys!

- Boys will be boys!

- Boys will be boys, will be boys--

- [Ad Announcer] Butsomething finally changed.

- Allegations regarding sexual assault

and sexual harassment--

(TV reporters talking)

- [Ad Announcer] And therewill be no going back.

Because we, we believe in the best in men.

- Men need to hold other men accountable.

- [Boy At Party] Smile, sweetie.

- Come on!

- [Ad Announcer] To say the right thing.

To act the right way.

- No, not cool, not cool!

- [Ad Announcer] Some already are.

In ways big, and small.

- Say I am strong.

- I am strong!

- [Ad Announcer] But some is not enough.

- That's not how we treat each other, OK?

- [Ad Announcer] Becausethe boys watching today

will be the men of tomorrow.

(dramatic music)

- Now the ad is gettingstrong responses both

for and against it.

Charles Taylor wrote about it in Forbes,

Taylor, by the way, isa professor of marketing

at Villa Nova and the Editor-in-Chief

of the InternationalJournal of Advertising.

He wrote, "Reaction to 'We Believe in the

"'Best in Men', has been overwhelmingly

"negative, with commentson its own YouTube

"channel running negativeby an astonishing

"ten to one margin."

Taylor says, "There arethose who like it say

"it is simply trying

"to reinforce positive behavior."

Now those against itare among a large group

who say, "It is insulting to men

"and full of stereotypes."

I spoke with CBN NewsContributor, Chuck Holton,

who's also the author of Making Men,

Five Steps to Growing Up, to get him

to weigh in on the debate.

Chuck, let's begin, first of all,

with your reaction to the campaign.

- Well Efrem, I would say if people think

that that's offensive, Iwould say they probably

have to work a little bit harder

if they want to offend me.

I mean, in reality, you're just making

an ad campaign aimed at men,

trying to encourage men to be better.

I'm not sure, exactly,what's wrong with that.

- So exactly, what did the ad get right

in your estimation?

- Well I mean, people say that

it engages in stereotyping.

Stereotypes are ageneralization of the truth

of the subject.

And in some instances,a lot of what this ad

campaign shows is the truth

of what men engage in,what we have to train our

boys out of.

Train them out of bullying.

We have to train them out

of treating women as objects.

I'm not sure exactly whythat's such a bad thing.

- So you don't find it

stereotypical or insulting?

- Well, I mean, the factthat it's stereotypical,

I don't necessarily findinsulting or offensive.

In reality, I would say, if anything,

it's just a little bit annoying.

I mean, look, we'retalking about razors here.

And if I'm buying razors,I want to buy razors

for what they'll do for me.

I don't want to getpreached at by a company.

And I think that people are getting tired

of companies trying toalways take some kind

of social stand, take some kind

of political stand onevery issue out there.

I really don't carewhat the people who make

my razors think about any of those issues.

I want to know how good they are

at making razors.

Part of manhood is aboutengaging in competent

behavior, being competent and confident

in what you do.

And I want to know thatGillette is competent

in making good razors.

Really don't care whatthey think about me,

or about men, or about manhood,

or anything like that.

And I'm not gonna feel like more of a man

because I buy a Gilletterazor just because

they preached at me over the course

of their ad campaign.

- We mentioned Charles Taylor's comments

in Forbes earlier.

He thinks Gillette has a chance to modify

and recover in the campaign.

He wrote, "If it continuesdown the current path,

"this campaign will be remembered

"as nothing short of an

"all-time marketing blunder."

Would you agree?

- No, I don't know why it's such

a marketing blunder.

They gave it their bestand made an ad campaign

aimed at trying to notjust get men to be good,

but get them to be better.

And I'm not sure that there's necessarily

anything wrong with that,apart from what I just

said about the fact that they make razors.

I don't really care what they think

about social issues.

But nevertheless, thecontent of the campaign

isn't bad at all.

It really comes down to the same kind

of Christian behavior that we're trying

to train into our sons.

We want them to treat women like

they're important, like they're precious

daughters of God.

We don't want them totreat women like they're

lesser beings, or less important,

or like their opinions don't matter,

or like they're objects.

So that's not bad.

We want to train our sons to share,

as little boys, to not bully other kids.

That's not a bad thing.

So the fact that Gillette made a kind

of sweeping, social statement here

by making this ad campaign,

I don't think it's ahuge marketing blunder.

Like I said, maybe it'sa little bit annoying,

but other than that, I don't see what

the problem is.

- Bottom line here,seems it's more important

that we be worried andconcerned about what God

says about manhood andmasculinity than we need

to understand in our culture.

- Yeah, I find itinteresting that the same

culture that's been telling boys all along

that morals don't matter,morals are completely

relative, and you just gotta do whatever

makes you feel good, arenow coming all the way

back around to saying, "Oh, wait a minute.

"Don't necessarily dowhat makes you feel good

"because that's not uplifting

"and edifying to women."

This is something that Christians

have been saying all along.

So it's a little bitironic, I guess you'd say.

- All right, Chuck Holton,

always appreciate your insight.

Thank you for your time.

- Sure.

- [Efrem] Still ahead, will charities

and churches get less money

in donations this year?

It could happen because of the changes

in the tax law.

We'll have that story right after this.

(dramatic music)

- God almighty is a God of blessing.

He always wants to bless his people.

But how do you get that blessing

and what principleswill unlock that secret?

- [Announcer] In Miraculous Blessings,

Pat Robertson shows you how to open

the floodgates of God's awesome blessings

in your life.

- In order to have a blessing,

you've gotta be blessable.

- [Announcer] Discover what the Bible has

to say about God's covenant of blessing,

the laws of blessing, and what are

the hindrances to the blessings of God.

- The words of Jesus, they are as valid

as the law of gravity and if we follow

those laws, we will be blessed.

- [Announcer] You'll seeamazing, true stories

of everyday peoplewhose lives were rescued

and transformed by God'smiraculous blessings.

- But even the doctors acknowledged

that this had to be a miracle.

- [Announcer] Call 1-800-700-7000,

or visit cbn.com to become a CBN partner

and get Miraculous Blessings today.

(dramatic music)

- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there aremore than 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 activities

of a Ukrainian orphanage as we waited

to adopt three sisters.

I saw first-hand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection,and the overwhelming

desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it, grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helpingorphans and vulnerable

children in more than50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated.

And they're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to joinwith me and become family

to these children.

Will you call the number on your

screen right now?

Because every child deserves a chance

to be happy.

- New studies estimatecharities and non-profits

such as churches, will see big drops

in donations in 2019.

The National Council of Non-Profits

in Washington DC saysthe drop in charitable

giving could be as much

as $20 billion nationwide.

What's the reason?

New tax laws are affecting non-profits

across the country.

Experts say more people will take

the standard deductionas opposed to itemizing.

Dan Celia, who leads Financial Issues

Stewardship Ministry,says the reason we may

see these changes is because people's

motives for giving.

He spoke recently with CBN's

Heather Sells about it.

- Why will these new tax laws have such

a strong effect on giving

and donations this year?

- Well I think they'regonna have an effect

on non-profits, Heather, as it points out

in the study, because there's a lot

of people that don't give for the same

conviction that you and I might give

to our church.

And you know, they'regiving for tax reasons.

Well if they get those tax reasons,

those tax issues satisfied,by getting a much

larger standard deduction,then it's not gonna

be really worth their while to go through

an itemized, their taxes,

like they normally would,

including all thosecharitable contributions.

The end result's gonna be very close

to being the same.

- Same tax incentive there.

What is your advice to non-profits, then,

to those ministries thatdepend on donations,

to encourage giving at the same levels

they've been enjoying?

- Well I think the bestadvice I could give

to those ministries isto encourage and remind

their donors of the mission.

And help them understandthat you are giving,

not for a tax deduction, I hope,

but you're giving either as part of your

commitment to the kingdom work,

that those ministries are doing.

I think the non-profits along the lines

of Red Cross, and someother, not that they're

not doing a great work,but they might struggle

a little bit more.

So the best thing thatthe ministries can do,

is continually remindpeople of what their gift

is being used, why they are giving,

and help raise awarenessthat we are giving

from a faith-based standpoint because

of the kingdom work that a particular

ministry is doing.

Not for a tax benefit.

The tax benefit is nice but that's not why

we give, I hope.

- Right, so we just have about 30 seconds,

but I want to ask you.

A lot of people are struggling with debt

this time of year after spending all

that money on Christmas presents.

What advice do you have for people

who are struggling with their finances

at the beginning of the year?

- Right now, be soldout committed that this

is the year you're gonnastart pecking away.

All through scripture,we hear little by little.

Little by little, wealth grows.

Little by little, wepeck away at our debt.

Just a little bit moreextra to the principle

of that debt and be committed to it,

maybe even sacrificing a few things,

is gonna go a long way to getting rid

of that debt.

And then staying away from it,

that's another story.

- Right.

All right, Dan Celia with Financial Issues

Stewardship Ministries, thank you so much

for your time.

- [Efrem] Coming up, alook at our conversation

with one of the mostsuccessful new artists

of last year, Maranda Curtis.

Her album debuted at number one

on the Billboard Gospel Chart.

We'll have the story withher when we come back.

- God almighty is a God of blessing.

He always wants to bless his people.

But how do you get that blessing?

And what principleswill unlock that secret?

- [Announcer] In Miraculous Blessings,

Pat Robertson shows you how to open

the floodgates of God's awesome blessings

in your life.

- In order to have a blessing,

you've gotta be blessable.

- [Announcer] Discover what the Bible has

to say about God's covenant of blessing,

the laws of blessing, andwhat are the hindrances

to the blessings of God.

- The words of Jesus, they are as valid

as the law of gravity.

And if we follow thoselaws, we will be blessed.

- [Announcer] You'll seeamazing, true stories

of everyday peoplewhose lives were rescued

and transformed by God'smiraculous blessings.

- But even the doctors acknowledged

that this had to be a miracle.

- [Announcer] Call 1-800-700-7000,

or visit cbn.com to become a CBN partner,

and get Miraculous Blessings today.

(dramatic music)

- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there aremore than 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 spentnearly a month immersed

in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw first-hand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection,and the overwhelming

desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it, grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helpingorphans and vulnerable

children in more than50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated.

And they're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to joinwith me and become family

to these children.

Will you call the number on your

screen right now?

Because every child deserves a chance

to be happy.

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- [Announcer] Come hometo the Southern Gospel

station from CBN Radio.

You'll enjoy a rich, southern blend

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and southern gospel favorites.

CBN Southern Gospel, available now

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- Maranda Curtis is easily one of the most

successful breakoutartists of the last year.

Her album, Open Heaven,debuted at number one

on the Billboard Gospel Charts with more

than 13 million streams.

And she is the specialguest on today's edition

of Studio 5.

♪ We are under an open heaven ♪

- Heavens are indeed open

in the life of recordingartist, Maranda Curtis.

You did not grow up in church?

But her road to worship leader

is anything but routine.

- Sundays, we were athome or on the beach,

and in Florida.

- [Efrem] She takes usfrom Sunday mornings

on the beach to days and nights

on the gospel stage.

♪ There's a river of miracles flowing ♪

- And you can see our full interview

with Maranda Curtis onour Studio 5 program

tonight at 9:30, on the CBN News Channel.

Time now for your Wednesday Word.

And today's word is live.

Remember this, God createdyou for so much more

than just doing a job,

paying bills, and existing.

God created you to live.

So live in purpose, onpurpose, and with purpose.

And if you're unsure ofexactly what that is,

you can begin by livinga life that honors Him

and points others to Him.

With that word, Iencourage you to make this

a wonderful Wednesday.

That will do it for this edition

of CBN Newswatch.

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you care most about at cbnnews.com,

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Hope you'll join us againright here next time.

Make this a wonderful Wednesday.

We'll see you tomorrow.

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