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Why Michael Cohen’s plea deal is really bad for President Trump

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Why Michael Cohens plea deal is really bad for President Trump

Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to to eight counts. Among those were admitting to excessive campaign contributions. He paid off women directly and indirectly to stay silent about their affairs with then-candidate Donald Trump.

This is the worst news the President has gotten all year.

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to 8 counts, including excessive campaign contribution

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/michael-cohen-pleads-guilty-to-8-counts-including-excessive-campaign-contributionPorn star Stormy Daniels has been embroiled in a legal battle with Trump over an alleged extramarital affair. Cohen paid her $130,000 in an October 2016 in exchange for her silence, but she filed a lawsuit earlier this year claiming the nondisclosure agreement she signed should be nullified because Trump didn’t sign it.

Cohen’s guilty plea to excessive campaign contribution applies to Daniels’ case, as Cohen said he was instructed by a candidate to make the $130,000 payment.

Cohen also confessed he made an illegal contribution of $150,000. Former playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had a sexual relationship with Trump, was paid $150,000 by the publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc., in order to keep her quiet about the affair.

In many ways this is worse than the Russia scandal because it has a lawyer for Trump acting on his behalf to pay hush money to women who may have been able to derail his presidential campaign. While the potential for Russian collusion rests comfortably in the middle of the gray area, this is direct.

Before getting elected President, Trump’s attorney explicitly tried to mislead Americans.

The only spin the White House can put on this is that Cohen was acting alone. They will try to say he thought he was doing the right thing by keeping women quiet, but that the President still never had affairs with them. They’ll say that had he known about the payoffs, he would have balked.

The tape that Cohen leaked that has the President saying something about a payoff isn’t clear enough to shake this narrative.

Cohen, Trump tape released. What does it mean?

http://noqreport.com/2018/07/25/cohen-trump-tape-released-mean/What seems to be missing in both narratives is a focus on the underlying problem with President Trump’s character. Just as those on the right lambasted President Clinton for his extramarital activities, so too should they be asking President Trump the same questions.

In the whole scheme of things this is just fodder for a few news cycles.

As it turns out, it was more than just fodder. This is a big deal. It will likely compel the President to be deposed about the payoff to Daniels. And her lawyer is having fun with it all at the expense of the President’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

Perhaps the saddest part in all of this is that Daniels is somehow considered a victim here. She was paid a lot of money and stands to be paid a lot more for having consensual sex with a powerful man. It doesn’t speak well for her just as it looks bad for the President.

The best case scenario for the President is that this is viewed by the public as a sexual embarrassment. Other politicians have survived worse exchanges surrounding sex and an extramarital affair before his time at the White House is already secondary to past Presidents’ affairs while in the White House.

The worst case scenario is that this the President will lie and/or be seen as a liar. It will be very difficult for him to make the nation believe he didn’t cheat on Melania. It will also be difficult to make them believe he didn’t try to pay them for their silence. What makes it all even worse is that if he lies about these women, what about everything he’s said about the dozens of other women who have accused him of consensual or unwanted sexual advances?

Republicans chose a man they knew beyond a shadow of a doubt had skeletons in his closet. They knew by his own admissions he is immoral, uncaring, and untrustworthy, yet they chose to embrace him through the election and support him through is time in office. This reflects badly on all who have stood by his side.

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  1. Bill

    August 22, 2018 at 4:48 am

    I am no expert on Cohen’s report to the FEC on the Stormy payment, but: Did that report require a denial from the President? If so, knowledge of the payment would be certainly be expected since the President has saught to enforce the agreement and now admits to reimbursing Cohen for it… after denying knowledge of it. That may be the biggest perjury trap, and Avenetti seems to see this…

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PragerU: Does race really matter?

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PragerU Does race really matter

Leftwing talk about race frightens Dennis Prager and it should frighten you as well. There is a dangerous precedent being set by the left that is creating division where it no longer exists. Unfortunately, it definitely did exist in the recent past, but modern America generally does not look at race as much of an indicator anymore EXCEPT when the left makes it an issue. This is ironic, of course, because in their quest to supposedly eliminate racism, the left tends to make race a bigger issue than it needs to be.

We hear about cultural appropriations, certain races whose lives apparently matter more than others, and the deconstruction of our nation’s history based upon cultural norms from the time that are no longer acceptable now. Yes, many of America’s first people were racist. Some even owned slaves. Even after slavery was abolished, we experienced racial divides that continued through the civil rights movement all the way into modern times. But today, those divides are no longer as prominent. A black President was elected with a strong number of non-black voters behind him. Congress is more racially and sexually diverse than ever in our country’s history. We have more CEOs of major corporations who aren’t just “old white guys” than ever.

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America is making strong strides to effectively eliminate racial inequality, but the push to keep the divide as wide as possible isn’t coming from the general conservative side of the political aisle. Yes, there are white supremacists who claim a portion of the right-leaning mantle, but they are infinitesimal compared to the standard masses of conservatives who have seen beyond race. The real cultural and racial divides are being perpetuated by the left, and in particular by our leaders from the Democratic Party who cannot have a future if they do not play the race card incessantly.

This video by PragerU shows the stark difference between Dennis Prager and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). As she vies for votes by playing the race card, Mr. Prager calls out the real racism in America that’s coming from the left.

 


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What are the spiritual beings in the Bible?

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What are the spiritual beings in the Bible

Most people, even those who haven’t read the Bible, are likely familiar with it enough to know there are two primary groups being discussed: humans and God in his three forms, also known as the Trinity. Those who have read the Bible realize there are other groups of being as well. These are the “spiritual beings” of the Bible – angels, demons, and everything in between.

While I don’t always agree with everything taught by the folks at The Bible Project, most of their perspectives are excellent. More importantly, they’re able to break down the complex elements of the Bible and retell the stories in ways anyone can understand.

They’ve begun a new series focused on spiritual beings that I’m very hopeful will be enlightening and exegetically accurate. This is an important teaching to understand. While I’d recommend reading one of Michael Heiser’s books on the subject, those who aren’t ready for lengthy research should at least take a look at this or other teachings. It’s an important topic, one that gets much less attention than it deserves.

As we continue to work on our Principalities and Powers Podcast, it behooves us that more people are aware of the forces that we don’t necessarily see that are at work around us. This is why we’re hopeful about this new series from The Bible Project.

 


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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

Before I get into the meat of this subject, it’s important to be perfectly clear about one thing. This is not an anti-Catholic perspective. I not only love my Catholic brothers and sisters who follow the Bible and embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I’m actually related to a great deal of them. Yes, the majority of my large family on my mother’s side is Catholic. Spent the day with about a dozen of them yesterday.

With that stated, the leadership of the Catholic Church and the direction of the Vatican are so far off course, it’s odd that so few are actually calling them out for what is arguably the most anti-Biblical action they’ve ever officially taken. As bad as the action was, I’m more concerned that it’s not getting nearly the press it deserves.

I’m referring to the agreement signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning. In this agreement, the truth of the God of the Bible is intermingled with the falsehood of the god of the Quran, Allah. Moreover, the call for the unification of religions in a fraternity of secular peace is disturbing, not because we’re against peace but because the call to make peace is done with an understanding that or beliefs are supposed to be secondary to the collective good in this world. Lastly and most disturbingly, there’s a line in the document that is drawing some ire, though not nearly as much as Bible-believing Christians might expect:

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings.”

The wording here is very careful. They’re trying not to say God willed other religions as a path to find Him, but when read in context with the rest of the document, that’s exactly what they’re trying to imply. They’ve put Islam on equal footing with the Judeo-Christian religions by insinuating God and Allah are the same entity.

They are not.

Defenses of the document seem to focus on two notions. First, in regards to the controversial line above, they’re saying that religious diversity is similar to sex, race, and other things that are willed by God because many are inherently predisposed to follow the religions of the culture surrounding them. Their second argument is that God wants his children to find Him, and if that path must go through Islam or Hindu or any other religion, so be it.

This is heretical teaching. One must do some pretty aggressive hermeneutical gymnastics to say that since God created everything, and other religions fall into the category of being included in “everything,” then God created the other religions. As a loving God, surely He didn’t limit which people could find Him and live eternal life, right?

The Bible cannot be more clear on one important fact: there is only one way to everlasting life: belief and worship of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The document insinuates Islam is a path to salvation since, hey, they believe that Jesus was a very important prophet, so they’re not totally wrong. If it leads them to Christ through a non-traditional path, so be it.

This is a very dangerous road, one that harms the way the Catholic Church leads its people. It’s time for Bible-believing Catholics to speak out against the heretical teaching their leaders have embraced.

 


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