U.S. Heading Towards Partial Government Shutdown; Military Veteran Raises Almost $7 Million For Border Wall; Republican Senators Criticize Trump’s Decision to Pull Out U.S. Troops from Syria; Two Scandinavian Tourists in Morocco Killed by ISIS Supporters; Illinois Attorney General Says Catholic Church Withheld Names of at Least 500 Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse; Montana Man Mistakes Man for Bigfoot, Shoots Him
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U.S. Heading Towards Partial Government Shutdown
It seems like the government will be partially shut down on Friday at midnight because President Trump said he won’t sign a short-term spending bill that was passed by the Senate last night.
That bill did not have funding for the border wall.
House Republicans said they would vote on a bill that includes $5.7 billion for border security. News reports say it is unlikely that lawmakers would support this.
President Trump tweeted that when he signed the current spending bill, he was promised a wall and border security, but that it didn’t happen.
This might be the last chance Trump will have to get wall funding during his term, because Democrats will take over the House in January.
We remember that President Trump said in a meeting last week with Democrats that he would be proud to shut down the government for border security. Now it seems like this will happen.
Military Veteran Raises Almost $7 Million For Border Wall
A military veteran started a GoFundMe page to raise $1 billion to build a border wall. The veteran is Brian Kolfage and he is a triple amputee and has a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq.
Kolfage said on the GoFundMe that Trump’s main campaign promise was to build the wall, but that this has not been completed.
Kolfage said too many “illegals” are taking advantage of the U.S. taxpayers.
He said he feels that it is up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling, because Democrats will stall this project.
So far, over 110,000 people have donated $6 million in just four days.
Kolfage said he would make sure that 100% of the donations went to the wall, comparing this campaign with a project in 2012 where people donated millions to repair the Washington Monument after an earthquake. He said the funding would be the same.
Republican Senators Criticize Trump’s Decision to Pull Out U.S. Troops from Syria
President Trump got a lot of criticism from some Republican Senators on his decision to pull out U.S. soldiers from Syria.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said the decision was a disaster and a stain on the honor of the United States.
Six Republican and Democratic Senators wrote a letter to Trump asking him to change his plans out of concerns that ISIS and Syrian leader Bashar al Assad would become stronger.
President Trump defended himself, asking if the U.S.A. wanted to be the “Policemen of the Middle East,” spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others and getting nothing?
Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky) was supportive, saying he was proud of Trump.
European leaders, in Germany, the U.K., and France, said the threat from ISIS is not over.
Russian President Vladimir Putin supported Trump’s decision, saying “Donald is right. I agree with him.“
A Syrian member of parliament said the U.S. pullout would be a “recognition that Syria has won.”
There are now questions on what will happen to Kurdish groups in northern Syria who were allies of the U.S. in defeating ISIS, but viewed as the enemy by Turkey. What will happen to them?
In separate but related news, the U.S. said yesterday they have approved a sale of $3.5 billion in missiles to Turkey.
Two Scandinavian Tourists in Morocco Killed by ISIS Supporters
In Morocco, the deceased bodies of a 24-year old woman from Denmark and a 28-year old woman from Norway were found in a tent in a mountainous region on Monday.
Both were stabbed in the neck and one was decapitated. The women were on a hiking trip.
Local authorities have arrested four suspects. News reports say they filmed the killing, with one man saying, “this is for Syria.”
There was another video released this week of the four suspects standing beneath an ISIS flag swearing allegiance to the group.
The Denmark government said the killing was a politically motivated act of terror, that they are disgusted and feel deep sorrow.
Norwegian criminal investigators are now working with Moroccan investigators on this case.
News reports say the killings have shocked local residents in Morocco and that this might hurt the tourism industry in the Atlas Mountains region.
Illinois Attorney General Says Catholic Church Withheld Names of at Least 500 Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse
The Illinois attorney general said the Catholic Church in the state withheld the names of at least 500 priests who were accused of sexual abuse of minors.
A report said the church failed victims by neglecting to investigate the allegations, that the church is incapable of investigating themselves.
The report said a total of 690 priests were accused of abuse, but only 185 names were made public by the church, with the others concealed.
There are now multiple states who are doing investigations of Catholic priest abuses and possible cover-ups.
We remember the grand jury report from Pennsylvania in August that accused 300 priests of sexual abuse. The report said that there was a cover up.
Now we have this report from Illinois. The New York Times reported that at least 15 other state attorneys have started investigations.
The archbishop of Chicago said he wanted to express again the profound regret of the whole church for our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse.
Montana Man Mistakes Man for Bigfoot, Shoots Him
A man in Montana shot at a figure that he thought was Bigfoot, but it was a 27-year old man.
The 27-year old man said a bullet went past only 3 feet away from him, with another whizzing by to his right. He ran into the woods to avoid the gunfire, then was able to confront the gunman, who was sitting in a black F-150 truck.
The man said the gunman said he would shoot if he sees something that looks like Bigfoot, that he should wear an orange vest as to not cause confusion.
The man did not report it to police until the next day, and it is not known who or where the gunman is.
After the reports surfaced, a woman said she was also shot at by someone in a black F-150 truck.
Now local police are trying to find the gunman. They are concerned that there is a man who thinks it’s okay to shoot at anything that looks like Bigfoot.
That is all for today. I released a feature video today about the Deaf Studies Conference at Gallaudet University, check it out on YouTube or Facebook. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!