The Future of Christianity: Made in China

By Bill Hoffmann
Christianity is skyrocketing in the People’s Republic of China — so quickly that the Communist country of 1.35 billion will be the world’s most Christian nation in 15 years, The Telegraph of London reports.

China is officially considered atheist, but more and more residents are exploring Christianity — based on the life and teachings of Jesus.

It’s a far cry from when Chairman Mao Tse-tung — a die-hard atheist and “Father of Modern China” — once declared, “Religion is poison,” effectively banning it.

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama a ‘Symbol,’ Not a ‘Leader’

By Wanda Carruthers
The United States has an “image problem” on the world stage, and President Barack Obama is at the center of the circle of blame, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters said.

“We certainly have an image problem. It’s amazing how fast our image of strength, of being a superpower, has crumbled,” Peters told “Fox & Friends” on Monday.

“The president is at the heart of the problem … That’s what America gets for electing a symbol rather than a leader,” he said.

Kristol, Dershowitz Slam Effort to Rig Electoral College

By Todd Beamon
Conservatives and leading liberals slammed the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in presidential elections, saying that the National Popular Vote Compact Law circumvents the Constitution, saying it resembled President Barack Obama’s abuse of the law through his extensive use of executive orders.

“It is pretty startling,” Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV this week. “If they want to make the case for the popular election of presidents and a Constitutional amendment, they should make the case.

Chinese Editorial: US Soldiers ‘Not Worth Anything’

A Chinese editorial criticized the U.S. military, according to The Washington Times.

“These U.S. warships roaming around here [in the East China Sea] are slowly being considered by us Chinese as our moving targets right in front of our eyes, and the [U.S.] bases in Okinawa as a whole are also no longer a big deal” to us, said an editorial printed in the Communist Party-owned Global Times.

“When facing China, these U.S. soldiers are really not worth anything,” the editorial said, according to The Washington Times. “If China and the U.S. were to start an all-out fight, these American Marines would be more like a marching band, charging with others, but with their musical instruments in hands.”

Krauthammer: Obama ‘Makes This Stuff Up’ on Obamacare

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer says that President Barack Obama makes stuff up with “brazenness” when he says that Obamacare is working.

Obama said Thursday while appearing in the White House briefing room about the Affordable Care Act that “this thing is working.”

Krauthammer challenged the president’s assertion during an appearance Thursday on Fox News’ “Special Report.”

Ukrainian Jews Told To Register Or Be Deported

By Sandy Fitzgerald
Ukrainian Jews leaving Passover eve prayers were handed leaflets ordering them to either register with an interim government that is trying to make the eastern province of Donetsk Russian or face deportation.

Armed, masked men were waiting outside one synagogue, reports Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website, to hand worshipers the leaflets telling them to register with the forces who are trying to return the city to Russia.

The flyers said that all Jews in the province who are over the age of 16 must register, provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee of about $50 or “else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated.”

NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Law to Rig Electoral College

By Todd Beamon
The campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in presidential elections has received an additional boost from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo signed the National Popular Vote Compact on Tuesday, under which the state would award its 29 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

The state’s electoral votes currently go to the winner of New York’s popular vote, the New York Daily News reports.

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USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more.

The historic support provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), will strengthen rural American communities by supporting local and regional markets and improving access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious high quality products for millions of Americans. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is designed to enhance the markets for specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.
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Report: Emails Show Justice Dept. Involved in IRS Tea Party Probe

By Todd Beamon
Embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner last year discussed working with the Justice Department to prosecute nonprofit organizations that she felt had “lied” about their political activities, according to new documents released on Wednesday by Judicial Watch about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

The new documents show Lerner’s communications with Justice within days of publicly acknowledging that the Internal Revenue Service was singling out tea party, conservative, and religious groups.

They also indicate that the targeting may have reached further into the Obama White House despite Lerner’s original assertions that it was all based out of the agency’s Cincinnati field office.

DA Scully Announces Robin Shakely As New Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney

District Attorney Jan Scully is pleased to announce the promotion of Robin Shakely to assistant chief deputy district attorney over the felony and misdemeanor bureaus. She will assume her new position on Monday, April 21.

Robin began her career in the Sacramento County DA’s Office as a legal research assistant in 1979. From the outset, she was an outstanding prosecutor with a great passion for victims and a tremendous work ethic. Touching virtually every unit in the office during her 35 year career, she is a highly respected trial attorney who has earned the reputation of upholding the highest level of integrity and ethical standards.
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