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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.