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CBN NewsWatch PM: January 17, 2019

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- [Announcer] This is CBN Newswatch.

- And thank you so much forjoining us for CBN Newswatch.

I'm Efrem Graham.

We begin this hour withthe government shutdown

and the border battle.

One day after House SpeakerNancy Pelosi suggested

the President postpone theState of the Union address,

he addressed the border situation today,

speaking from the Pentagon.

Mark Martin joins us nowfrom the CBN newsroom

with this update.


- Efrem, the Presidentspoke at the Pentagon

about missile defense,but he also took time

to talk about the borderbattle and government shutdown.

Trump called the situationat the US-Mexico border

a humanitarian and security crisis.

He thanked the military for helping

during the last big caravan period,

but then went on to say thereare more caravans forming

on their way up, thousandand thousands of people.

The President said a wall has to be built.

He said the Departmentof Homeland Security

has asked Congress for a steel barrier

between ports of entryand to fund more agents,

beds, medical supplies, and technology,

and to close, quote, ridiculous

and dangerous immigration loopholes.

He went on to say congressional Democrats

are holding things up.

- We need strong borders.

We need strong barriers and walls.

Nothing else is going to work.

Everyone knows it.

Everybody's saying it now.

It's just a question of time.

This should've been done many years ago.

It should've been done,really, by other presidents.

The federal government remains shut down

because congressional Democrats

refuse to approve border security.

We're going to have border security.

It's going to be tight.

It's going to be strong.

We're gonna let peopleinto our country gladly,

but they're gonna come in legally.

- [Mark] Meanwhile, Pelosi saysTrump has not yet responded

to her request to postponehis State of the Union address

until after the government shutdown ends.

Pelosi says it's not about politics,

but a matter of securitywith the Secret Service

and Department of Homeland Security

affected by the shutdown.

- This is a housekeeping matter

in the Congress of the United States

so that we can honor the responsibility

of the invitation weextended to the President.

You can make it from the Oval Office.

- House Republican LeaderKevin McCarthy says

Pelosi's move is unbecoming of a Speaker

and Homeland SecuritySecretary Kirstjen Nielsen

disputed her claimsabout security, tweeting:

The Department of Homeland Security

and the US Secret Serviceare fully prepared

to support and securethe State of the Union.

The government shutdown is now in day 27.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers

are going without paychecks.

Pelosi said she iswilling to negotiate money

for border security afterthe government re-opens,

but says she's, quote, not for a wall.


- Thank you, Mark.

Pilots and flight attendantsjoined federal workers

in protest outside Dallas/Fort Worth

International Airport Wednesday.

Demonstrators held signs and chanted,

calling for their paychecksand an end to the shutdown.

Flight crews say the shutdownis causing passengers

to become growingly upset andit is affecting air safety.

- They've got long lines.

They're being re-routed.

They're starting to geta little bit of air rage

and they're getting upset.

So that is definitelygoing to make it harder

on the flight attendants.

- The President signedlegislation Wednesday

to give back pay to theroughly 800,000 federal workers

who've been going without a paycheck.

US Border Patrol agents in New Mexico

say a group of nearly 250migrants are in custody

after turning themselvesin to the authorities.

The group was found early Wednesday

after being smuggled to the border.

Many claimed they needed medical care.

The group includes familieswith small children

and unaccompanied childrenfrom Central America.

- It's just a lot of challenges

that these large groups bring.

Now we have to move a lot of agents

from patrolling the border tobring them into the station.

Transporting 247 peopleis gonna be quite a task,

processing them, givingthem the medical attention,

so now what we're facing is,

instead of agents being on the line,

we have to have them at the station

doing these type of tasks.

- Border Patrol officials say

at least 24 large groups of migrants

have been trafficked bysmugglers in New Mexico

since the start of the fiscal year.

Federal law enforcement havearrested a 21 year old man

who they say was plotting anattack at the White House.

White House officials sayHasher Taheb's plans were foiled

thanks to a tip from the community.

They say his alleged intentwas to attack the White House

and other targets inthe Washington DC area

by using explosive devices,

including an improvised explosive device

and an anti-tank rocket.

Taheb's arrest was the resultof a year-long investigation

by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Officials believe Tahebwas acting on his own.

President Donald Trump

is calling for an expandedmissile defense program

to better protect the United States.

During that appearancetoday at the Pentagon,

President Trump said thegoal of the new strategy

is to be able to detect anddestroy incoming missiles.

Trump said the program aims to be able

to better defend the USagainst potential adversaries

who are developing and fieldinga much more expansive range

of advanced missiles.

- Our review calls for 20new ground-based interceptors

at Fort Greely, Alaska,and new radars and sensors

to immediately detectforeign missiles launched

against our great nation.

We are committed to establishinga missile defense program

that can shield everycity in the United States

and we will never negotiateaway our right to do this.

- The administration'smissile defense review

is the first such program since 2010.

Today, the President isoffering his condolences

after a suicide bombingin Syria killed 19 people,

including four US patrol officers.

As Chris Mitchell nowreports from Jerusalem,

the attack provokedmessages to the President

about his decision to pullUS troops out of Syria.

- [Chris] ISIS claimedresponsibility for the blast,

caught here on security camera footage

in the Syrian town of Manbij.

After the attack, Senator Lindsey Graham

interrupted the confirmationhearing of William Barr

to make a direct plea to President Trump.

- My concern by the statementsmade by President Trump

is that you've set in motion

enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting.

You make people we're tryingto help wonder about us,

and as they get bolder, thepeople we're trying to help

are gonna get more uncertain.

- [Chris] Graham said herecently had a meeting

at this same restaurant withKurds, Arabs, and Christians

who hope to establisha democratic government

in northeast Syria.

- [Senator Graham] So Iwould hope the President

would look long and hard ofwhere he's headed in Syria.

I know people are frustrated,

but we're never gonna be safe here

unless we're willing tohelp people over there

who will stand up againstthis radical ideology.

- [Chris] In Ankara,Turkey's President Erdogan

sent a different messageto President Trump.

Don't stop the pull-out.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Translator] Theattack could have the aim

of influencing thedecision that America took,

that Mr. Trump took, but becauseI saw Trump's determination

to withdraw, I believe thathe will not take a step back

in the face of such an act of terror.

- [Chris] Trump's announcementto pull out of Syria

has provoked a tug-of-war

over who will control northeast Syria.

While Erdogan wants Turkey to control

a 20-mile security zone,

Russia's foreign minister pushedback on Turkey's land grab.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Translator] We believe that the optimal

and only right solution

is transferring these Syrian territories

from when the United States troops leave

to the control of the Syrian government,

Syrian armed forces, andSyrian administrative bodies.

- But critics warn, ifthe Syrian government

of Bashar Assad resumecontrol of northeast Syria,

it would open the doorto Iranian influence.

With all of these competing interests,

Turkey, Syria, Russia, Iran, and the US,

a new Middle East is emerging,

and it remains to be seenwho will shape its destiny.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

- While families mourn the lives

of those lost in anextremist attack in Kenya,

bomb disposal expertsare continuing to search

for potential explosives left over.

The terror attack happened Tuesday

at the luxury hotel andshopping complex in Nairobi.

The death toll climbing to 21,

plus the five militants killed.

28 people were also hurt.

Police say two people accused

of facilitating theattack have been arrested.

Security efforts in thearea have been increased

and military police continueto guard the entrance gates

to the complex.

Red Cross workers have beenat a nearby funeral home

assisting those who had just found out

that a relative, friend,or colleague was killed.

A prominent American anchorwomanon Iranian State Television

has been arrested by the FBI

during a visit to the United States.

Marzieh Hashemi was born in NewOrleans as Melanie Franklin,

but spent the last 25 years

working for Iran StateTelevision Network's

English language service.

Hashemi was detained in St. Louis Sunday,

where she had filmed a BlackLives Matter documentary.

According to Hashemi's oldest son,

there are no charges against his mother.

He says she is being heldas a material witness.

Iran's state broadcasterheld a news conference

and launched a hashtagcampaign to highlight her case.

Iranian officials sayTehran will use legal action

to free her.

- We have a right to continueto look after her interests

as an Iranian citizen who hasbeen wrongfully imprisoned

in the United States.

She is a famous journalist.

She's done nothing but journalism

and the arrest of Mrs. Hashemiis a very clear affront

to freedom of expression,a political abuse

of an innocent individual andI believe the United States

should release her immediatelywithout further delay.

- Hashemi holds dual citizenship

in the United States and Iran.

She had converted to Islam in 1982

after meeting Iranianactivist students in Denver.

Coming up, how a new billin Florida's legislature

aims to bring religionback to public schools.

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Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

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But it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe 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 changedme forever, and out of it

grew a ministry from my heartcalled Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

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- A bill in the Florida legislature

would require public high schools

to teach classes onthe Bible and religion.

House Democrat Kimberly Daniel

filed the House Bill 195 last week

to make the classes partof the elective courses

students could opt to take.

It would also provide for

a brief meditation period for students.

Here now with more on this

is John Stemberger with theFlorida Family Policy Council.

So John, what else can youtell us about this bill?

- This is a good bill byRepresentative Kim Daniels.

It may need some tweaking,but the essence of it is

that children shouldbe able to, in school,

elect on their own tohave an objective study

of religion and the Bible.

You know, the scripture, it'snot only just a religious book

for millions of Jews andChristians throughout the world,

it is also the most significant book

that has helped to developAmerican civilization

and Western civilization.

It has helped given us conceptsof separation of powers;

the rule of law; one man, one vote.

There's so much about the scripture

that come from the common law

so this is a very importantbook which can be read

as literature just toeducate people and children,

young people, about how the scripture

and how Christianity has reallyinfluenced the development

of Western civilization.

So it's a very importantbill and it's a good bill.

It may need some changes to it

to make it constitutional,but it's a great concept.

- How do you think itcould make a difference

in today's public schools?

- Well, I think that, you know,

we have such a secular environment.

We don't mention religion in any context.

And I think that religion is approriate

as a matter of study, notdevotion or worship necessarily,

but it's a matter ofstudy in public schools.

All young people, allstudents should understand

how the scripture and how the Bible

with the Old and NewTestament has been significant

in the development of American history

and American civilization.

So I think it could have a huge impact

just to educating children,

but then also, it could help them

in just having some senseof spiritual education

because we are in such aradically secular environment.

- Kimberly Daniel, whosponsored the legislation,

is a Democrat, but does this have support

from Democrats and Republicans,and do you think it'll pass?

- You know, I gotta say,it's been so sad to see

how people have unfairlyattacked Representative Daniels.

She is a fine woman.

She is one of the mostoutspoken Christian Democrats

in the legislature in along time, maybe in decades.

And I do think, she had a bill last year

that was to post In God WeTrust in every public school.

That passed, actually, withan overwhelming majority.

And so it'll remain to be seen

whether this bill can take oxygen

from both Democrats and Republicans,

but I think if it'schanged and it's understood

as teaching the Bible as literature,

I think that's a very powerful concept

and one that could get bipartisan support.

- Do you think this couldthen influence other states

if it does happen?

- Absolutely.

I mean Florida is a trendsetting state.

Unlike just in California,

what happens in Floridadoesn't stay in Florida.

We're a leader in schoolchoice, in innovation,

in education, so it is possible

that if Florida'ssuccessful at doing this,

then other states canlook at this as well.

This is already occurring in other states.

There are several other states

that offer the Bible inhigh school as an elective

to be taught as literature andas an objective understanding

of what is in the book,

and so this is not necessarily something

that's novel to Florida, butit would be a great thing

for the people of Florida

and to influence other states as well.

- All right, John Stemberger,

President of the FloridaFamily Policy Council.

Thank you for your time.

- Thank you.

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a disaster that can bestbe described as bizarre,

but it had a significant impact

on American business history.

Here's Paul Strand.

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- [Paul] Paul Revere madeBoston's North End famous

when he began his historic midnight ride

from here in 1775.

Over time, it became a melting pot

of Italian American culture,

but history has mostly forgottenanother extraordinary event

that happened on thesestreets 100 years ago.

January 15, 1919.

A 50-foot tall tank collapseson the Boston waterfront,

unleashing a massive tidal wave.

- It absolutely picks upeverything in its midst.

A messenger with about a four ton truck

is delivering produceand it gets picked up

and swept right into Boston Harbor.

- 21 people died as aresult of the disaster,

including two children.

What takes this story fromthe tragic to the bizarre

is the contents of the tank,

2.3 million gallons of molasses.

As it turns out,

molasses was originallya part of the economy

that Bostonians would just as soon forget.

- Boston and the Northeastwere heavily involved

in the slave trade, theso-called triangle trade.

- [Paul] Ships sailed fromBoston to West Africa,

exchanging rum for slaves.

Next stop, the West Indies,

where the slaves were traded for molasses,

which was then distilledinto rum back in Boston

as part of a continuing cycle.

(cannon blasts)

Fast forward to 1914 and World War I,

when demand for molassesreaches and all time high.

By then, companies wereconverting molasses

into industrial alcohol,

a key component in manufacturing weapons.

As historian Stephen Puleo describes

in his book, Dark Tide,

United States IndustrialAlcohol Company, or USIA,

rushed to build a high capacitytank in Boston's North End.

In charge of the project?

Treasurer Arthur P. Jell.

- The problem is he has noarchitectural experience,

no technical experience,is unable to read plans

and blueprints, doesn't know anything

about a factor of safety,and barely asks anything

about any of these things.

- [Paul] By the timeJell locks in a location,

he has only two months beforethe first large shipment

of molasses is due to arrive.

In the rush to finish theproject, quality suffers.

- The tank begins to leakalmost from the beginning,

so much so that childrenfrom the North End

would go down to the siteand scoop up molasses

with their pails and bring them home.

At one point, Arthur P.Jell has the tank painted

the color of molassesto disguise those leaks.

- [Paul] After the warends in November 1918,

as the likelihood ofprohibition approaches,

the company switches gears

to produce as much rum as possible

before the 18th Amendmentgoes into effect.

Three months later, January15, 1919, shortly after noon,

a Boston police officermakes a routine call

to headquarters.

- When he hears what he describes

as this tremendousrumbling, grinding sound

and the rat-tat-tat of what he feels

is like machine gun bullets,

he turns around and he seesthis tank disintegrating

before his eyes.

The rat-tat-tat are the rivets,

thousands of rivets inthe tank, pulling away.

- The 160-foot wide wave of molasses

travels at a speed of 35 miles per hour,

leveling off to a height of 25 feet.

It crushes everything in its path,

tearing this firehousefrom its foundation,

completely collapsing the first floor.

The waterfront is unrecognizable.

A criminal inquest finds USIA responsible

for the catastrophe, but agrand jury files no charges.

The only hope for justice forthe victims is a civil suit.

It really is a David versusGoliath kind of situation.

United States Industrial Alcohol

is a large industrial corporation.

Up against them are these 119 plaintiffs

who are almost exclusivelyIrish city workers

who work for the City ofBoston or Italian immigrants

who worked in and around the docks.

- [Paul] The Massachusetts Superior Court

assigned to one of Boston'smost well-known lawyers

to oversee the case,Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Ogden.

The son of an Episcopalian minister,

Ogden left a lucrativelaw practice at age 45

to enlist in the army.

The war profoundly changed Ogden,

who would later writeof his fellow soldiers:

They did not give their lives

so the great might have further privilege

to oppress the small.

The hearings take three long years,

in part, because Ogdeninsists each victim be heard.

In a decision that changesthe course of history,

he finds United StatesIndustrial Alcohol liable.

- Almost everything wetake for granted today

in the building construction industry,

that architects need to show their work,

engineers need to signand seal their plans,

building inspectors need tocome out and check projects,

almost every single oneof those comes about

as a direct result of the greatBoston Molasses Flood case.

- [Paul] It has been saidthat God uses ordinary people

to carry out His extraordinary plans.

Such is the case with Hugh Ogden.

Although his name hasbeen lost to history,

his legacy is undeniable.

Paul Strand, CBN News.

- [Efrem] Coming up, theheroes of the 9/11 attacks

on the World Trade Centerare never forgotten.

Now one memorial wants tohonor a special group of them.

We're gonna tell you moreabout that coming up next.

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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 little girls

that taught me aboutthe 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 changedme forever, and out of it

grew a ministry from my heartcalled 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.

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- A memorial paying tributeto thousands of rescue

and recovery workerswho labored in the ruins

of the World Trade Center during 9/11

is taking shape in Vermont.

The memorial will honor those sickened

or who died from exposure totoxins after the towers fell.

Michael O'Connell, whoworked at Ground Zero

as a New York City firefighter

says the new section of the monument

is extremely important to first responders

and everyone who worked at Ground Zero.

- Memorial Glade is actuallymeant for first responders

that have succumbed since September 11th,

you know, those that sacrifice,

they're sacrificing everything.

I mean these men and womenwent down there that day

and as everybody knows,we lost many that day,

but nothing's really beenshown with any significance

of those that have passed since

and those that are still sick and dying

from September 11th andtheir heroic actions.

- Their heroic actions indeed.

That will do it for thisedition of CBN Newswatch.

Hope you'll join us againright here next time.



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