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PI Newsletter #117

1. Some Republican Senators are on Board with Electoral College Challenge: Rep. Taylor-Green

Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said that some Republican senators will join an effort to challenge Electoral College votes when the Joint Session of Congress meets on Jan. 6.

The process requires one senator and one House representative to initiate. Other than Taylor-Greene, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and a number of GOP House lawmakers have pledged they would challenge the votes.


2. Trump Vetoes $732 Billion Defense Bill: A Gift to China and Russia

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) because it fails to remove Section 230—the liability shield that protects social media companies.

“Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my Administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions,” he said in a statement. “It is a ‘gift’ to China and Russia.”


3. 2020: The Year The Church Was As Sharp As A Two-Edged Marshmallow


It is a curious fact that the Bitle contains the phrase “Fear not” many times, whereas the word “nice” is never use. […] Yet, you’d hardly know it to look at the state of many churches at the moment. There seems to be an overwhelming emphasis on being “nice”, which generally means never saying anything provocative or dangerous or which could be seen as being judgemental. Yet, when along came a virus, fear seemed to be in plenteous supply.

Whatever calamities befall us in life, Christians are exhorted to overcome by seeing them as a “light momentary affliction,” which is “preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” (2 Corinthians 4:17). This does not mean never fearing. Rather, it means that we are to overcome that fear through faith.

True belief in the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ is supposed to equip the Christian to overcome fear. […] What could have been a glorious time for the church to shine, with national leaders exhorting the naton to repent, exhorting people to overcome their fears by embracing the Gospel of the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, became a non-event.

[…] The state did not close church during the Spanish Flu, yet when a virus of less than a tenth the lethality of Spanish Flu came on the scene, the church largely rolled over.


4. Zoom Employ Chinese Communist Party, HuaWei Techies

Wenjie Gu – Zoom’s China Representative for Head of Regulatory and Government Affairs – served as a Chinese Communist Party official within the Ministry of Posts and Telecom. He served as a manager for China Telecom, identified as collaborating with the Chinese military for over two decades by the U.S. Defense Department, spearheading “international tariff settlement, telco and association affairs, and other external affairs.”


At least three individuals can be identified as former employees at Huawei, a controversial Chinese telecoms company labeled by the U.S. State Department as an “arm of the state – or, more precisely, the Chinese Communist Party.”


These unearthed connections follow the U.S. Department of Justice issuing an arrest warrant for a China-based Zoom executive censoring content and removing users participating in meetings at the request of the Chinese Communist Party.



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