1. CNN – President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the US armed forces. The decision reversed a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, which was still under final review, that would allow transgender individuals to openly serve in the military. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced last month that he was delaying enactment of the plan to begin allowing transgender individuals to join the US military.
2. CT – Haddon Robinson, the respected author and seminary president who set the standard for expositional preaching, died Saturday. He was 86. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where Robinson served as an interim president and professor of preaching, broke the news of his passing and posted a tribute this weekend. Robinson also taught at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and was president of Denver Seminary.
3. AJC – A federal judge in Georgia dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Time Warner filed by current and former CNN employees alleging rampant racial discrimination at the company for more than two decades, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Though only two people were named as plaintiffs, attorney Daniel Meachum said he found more than 190 people who qualified for the class-action suit. U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey Jr., however, wrote that the complaint “is fraught with conclusory claims, unsupported by factual allegations sufficient to support the inferences claimed by Plaintiffs.” Meachum said he plans to address the judge’s concerns and refile.
4. AP – Minneapolis police officers will be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to all calls, as well as in certain other situations, the acting police chief announced Wednesday amid the investigation into an officer’s fatal shooting of an Australian woman who called 911 for help. The tighter policy will become effective Saturday, Acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said at a news conference. Officers who violate the policy could face discipline ranging from one-day suspensions to firing, he said.
5. AP – The Trump administration has hit Venezuela with new sanctions targeting 13 current or former top officials in President Nicolas Maduro’s government. It is also threatening more penalties if he goes through with a controversial plan to rewrite the beleaguered country’s constitution, with an election scheduled Sunday to elect delegates to a special assembly charged with drafting a new charter. The sanctions target senior Venezuelan officials that the U.S. says are promoting that vote or undermining democracy, along with five others implicated in violence or repression amid the country’s political crisis.
6. AP – A new package of financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea has a hit a snag in the Senate, where the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee has objected to the House’s decision to include penalties targeting Pyongyang in the legislation. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters Wednesday that he preferred to keep the North Korea sanctions in a separate bill that would be considered by the Senate. The last-minute hurdle may prevent passage of the measure before Congress breaks for its August recess. But Corker insisted House and Senate Republicans would come up with a solution that ensures the bill becomes law.
7. AP – New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer” that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he would direct the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to examine the technology, as well as the privacy and constitutional questions it could raise. The device is called the “textalyzer” because of its similarity to the Breathalyzer, which is used to identify drunk drivers. It would allow police to see if a motorist had been texting, emailing or otherwise using his or her cellphone before a serious crash.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
Bas Rutten said, “The best life hack of all is to just put the work in and never give up.”
God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!