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Hunter Biden is a Bad Christian

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter has been thrust into the 2020 spotlight mere days before the presidential election. The New York Post said on Oct. 14 that Joe Biden knew about his son’s business dealings in China and Ukraine. The Post published content from a cache of emails the newspaper got from a laptop Hunter Biden reportedly dropped off at a Delaware shop. Sinclair Broadcast Group has been unable to verify this report.

Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy Reserve in early 2014 after being caught with cocaine in his system. Emails allegedly show Hunter and his business partners began formulating a deal with Ukraine’s largest energy company Burisma and its owner, Nikolay Zlochevskyi. Around the same time, the White House announced his father, Vice President Joe Biden, would focus on Ukraine policy and make a trip there. Burisma, caught in the middle of fraud probes, seemed anxious to use the Biden name to deflect ongoing controversy. A few days after Joe Biden touched down, his son Hunter was on the company’s board of directors. Not long after the visit, Burisma made a $250,000 payment to the law firm where Hunter worked, according to emails.

By November 2015, the emails say Burisma named Ukraine’s prosecutor general Viktor Shokin as one of the “key targets” Hunter and his partners should focus on, with “high-ranking U.S. officials … with the ultimate purpose to close down for any cases.” Within weeks, Hunter and the company got an advance briefing of a trip where Vice President Biden would put Shokin in the crosshairs, according to emails. Joe Biden later recounted how he got Ukraine’s president to fire Shokin by threatening to hold back $1 billion in U.S. funds. Biden contends Shokin hadn’t “fought corruption hard enough” and and his firing made it more, not less likely, Burisma would be thoroughly investigated.

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7 Questions Christians Should Ask Ourselves Before Voting

Pastor David Platt recently sat down Christian Headlines to discuss the role of Christians in the upcoming presidential election.

Platt is pastors one of Washington D.C.’s largest churches, McClean Bible Church. He is also the author of a new book, Seven Questions to Ask Before You Vote.

As such, Platt has thought long hard about the issue of voting and the questions that Christ-followers should ask themselves before they cast their ballots.

When asked where the idea of the book came from, one can tell that Platt remembers vividly when he knew that God was calling him to tackle this issue.

He stated, “Following the visit from President Trump to our church, and the attention surrounding his visit I began to ask the question, what are healthy questions that Christ-followers should ask.”

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President Trump Makes Fun of His Catholic Supporters

One day in 2015, Donald Trump beckoned Michael Cohen, his longtime confidant and personal attorney, into his office. Trump was brandishing a printout of an article about an Atlanta-based megachurch pastor trying to raise $60 million from his flock to buy a private jet. Trump knew the preacher personally—Creflo Dollar had been among a group of evangelical figures who visited him in 2011 while he was first exploring a presidential bid. During the meeting, Trump had reverently bowed his head in prayer while the pastors laid hands on him. Now he was gleefully reciting the impious details of Dollar’s quest for a Gulfstream G650.

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Donald Trump May Not Be a Christian

It’s yet unknown how U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempts to position himself as the Christian candidate of choice will influence Christian voters in the United States — and how Democrats’ attempts to speak to Christians may sway previous Trump voters or those not publicly declaring their intentions.

“Dems want to shut your churches down, permanently,” Trump tweeted in early October. A few days earlier, his son, Eric Trump, declared that his dad “literally saved Christianity.”

These statements fit a wider pattern: Trump has called himself “the chosen one,” proclaimed that God is “on our side” and warned that Biden will “hurt the Bible, hurt God.”

The Trump administration and its Christian supporters have been using Christianity to draw battle lines in this high-stakes election. This Republican political strategy that uses Christian language to cast Trump as a divinely appointed protector of Christians warrants more scrutiny than it’s received.

In my book, Republican Jesus, I identify key trends in the way today’s right-wing influencers interpret the Bible: they view Jesus as a prophet of free-market capitalism who opposes taxes and is against any regulation that supports social welfare programs, protects workers or prevents discrimination.

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Joe Biden Might Be a Billionaire

We’re a week out from the presidential election, where Americans will choose between a billionaire and a millionaire.

Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden has touted himself as “Middle-Class Joe” for decades — but he and his wife, Jill, have a net worth of $9 million, according to a Forbes estimate.

The couple’s fortune is mostly tied to public speaking engagements and book royalties, according to tax returns and financial disclosures released by the Biden campaign and published on the campaign’s website.

A spokesperson for Biden didn’t respond to a request for comment on Biden’s net worth or personal life from Business Insider.

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Are Christians Voting For Trump?

President Trump is traveling to four critical states where he lags in polls and is already gearing up to challenge the results in Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden is holding three rallies today. Mr. Biden told supporters in Cleveland, “The power to change the country is in your hands.”

Whatever the outcome, the 2020 election is already one for the history books, with an astonishing 97.6 million ballots already submitted through in-person early voting and by mail — more than two-thirds of the number of votes cast in the entire 2016 election.

As of Monday afternoon, hours before Election Day, with some states still holding early voting, 35.5 million people had voted in person and 62.1 million had cast ballots by mail, according to the U.S. Elections Project, a nonpartisan website run by Michael McDonald, a University of Florida professor who tracks county-level data.

Those numbers represent a tectonic shift away from one-day voting, the staple of the American electoral system for centuries.

And they make it likely that the total turnout for 2020 will break the record set in 2016, when nearly 139 million people voted.

They also create fresh uncertainty for two presidential campaigns facing the prospect of motivating a smaller, more-volatile reservoir of available voters to tap on Election Day itself.

Democrats, buoyed by polls showing Joseph R. Biden Jr. with small but durable leads in battleground states, have focused on turning out Black and Latino voters, who typically prefer voting in person, to offset an expected Election-Day surge by Trump supporters.

Texas and Hawaii have already surpassed their total 2016 voter turnout, and the battleground states of North Carolina, Georgia and Florida have topped 90 percent of their 2016 turnout.

In the 20 states that report the party registration of early voters, the elections project found that 45 percent of those who have voted early are registered Democrats, 30 percent are Republicans and 24 percent list no party affiliation.

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Christians should not allow fear guide support for President Donald Trump

We keep hearing a similar refrain: “This is the most important election of our lifetime!” In political ads and in commentary, Americans are bombarded by politicians and pundits alike warning that this is the year, this is the election.

If you listen to some Republican voices, a Democratic win means the end of Christmas. Democrats paint an equally dystopian picture, evoking the Handmaid’s Tale.

While there are significant issues at stake in this election that demand our consideration, Christians need to recognize the destructiveness of this thinking. It feeds our fears, distorts our views of others, and invites us to place our hope in political deliverance.

Elections are important, and we should take our vote seriously. Yet our life must be animated by faith in an all-powerful, all-loving God who has reconciled and secured us solely through the redemptive work of his Christ. To place our faith in anything in this world — whether a politician or an institution — is to build our house upon sand.

Despite this clear warning from Scripture, it is concerning that the political strategy of playing to our fears has proved so successful within the evangelical church. There have been several recent examples, but the one we return to regularly was the White House dinner in August 2018. Speaking to a group of evangelical leaders, President Donald Trump warned they were “one election away from losing everything that you’ve got.” In 2018 this message found an enthusiastic audience and continues to be an effective tool in this election.

While we might dismiss a few outliers, in reality this fear of political and cultural loss is far more prevalent in our pulpits and pews than we admit. In a recent study we undertook at the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Institute, we asked evangelicals by belief how they felt when either a Republican or a Democrat was president of the United States. For evangelicals, the two highest responses for when a Republican was president were Protected (34%) and Safe (33%) while during the Democratic administration the most common response was Fearful of the Future (34%). When we narrow the focus to only white evangelicals, each of these percentages rises to over 4 in 10 (44%, 41%, 46% respectively). In other words, security seems to be the driving emotional force for evangelicals and particularly white evangelicals when they consider political power.

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2020 Election in NC: Evangelical voters could be crucial in North Carolina

In a hotly contested battleground, the Trump camp seeks to shore up voters of faith while Biden hopes to peel off enough to make a difference.

WASHINGTON — Shannon Dingle, a Christian and a mother of six from Raleigh, North Carolina, says she voted for a presidential candidate who supports abortion rights for the first time four years ago.

Now, in 2020, she is among a critical bloc of voters that Joe Biden’s campaign has been targeting to try to cut into President Donald Trump’s overwhelming advantage with white evangelicals.

“I used to be that single-issue voter who was pro-life,” Dingle told NBC News. “I’m a suburban mom, and I’m tired of Trump speaking for me as a suburban mom, as if that means I agree with him.”

Both campaigns are trying to get the most from evangelical voters in the waning hours of the campaign, though with two very different messages. While the Trump campaign has urged evangelicals to focus on policies, Biden’s allies are trying to peel off some of the president’s key supporters by asking them to judge the candidates on their personalities and character.

“Trump’s character is not some set-aside that can be separated from his leadership as president,” said Michael Wear, who started the Not Our Faith Super PAC to campaign against Trump in the two weeks prior to Election Day. “It affects the policies he’s advancing.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Higgins, co-founder of Non-Essential, a pro-Trump get-out-the vote platform for Christians, said his message to any of the president’s supporters who are wavering, or thinking about not casting a ballot in Tuesday’s election, is to focus on his record.

“Occasionally, you still do hear the talk of somebody saying, ‘Well, I don’t know if I’m gonna vote,’” Higgins said. “And for those people that do feel that way, we’re just spreading the messaging of vote policy, not personality.”

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Vice President Mike Pence claims ‘America Is a Nation of Faith’

On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence and Evangelist Franklin Graham both attended the morning service of Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone, North Carolina.

According to The Appalachian, Pence met Graham in front of the church at 8:55 am. As Pence walked down the aisle, he was greeted by church members with applause. They also applauded Pence when he left after the service ended at around 10:15 am.

At the present time, due to the pandemic, services at Alliance Bible Fellowship are not meeting at full capacity and masks are required to be worn by all attendees. The service was also livestreamed on Facebook, but it was closed to the press.

Pence and Graham commented on their experiences following the service on social media.

“Such a Blessing to be at Alliance Bible Fellowship for Sunday Worship Service this morning in North Carolina with @Franklin_Graham,” Pence tweeted. “It was a Joy to be back in Church! Thank you to Pastor Andrews & Everyone for their warm welcome & prayers! America is a Nation of Faith!”

Graham, who invited Pence, thanked the Vice President for joining him and his family on Sunday morning.

“It was a privilege and an honor to have Vice President Mike Pence join me and my family for church today at Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone, North Carolina, “ Graham wrote on Facebook. “It means so much that, even with his ultra-busy schedule, the Vice President made time and took the effort to come for worship and teaching from the Word of God.”

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Ivanka Trump Makes Clear that She Is Pro-Life

While President Trump’s daughter respects “all sides of a very personal and sensitive discussion,’ she explained that her experience as a mother to three children has affected her “in a profound way in terms of how I think about these things.”

“I am pro-life, and unapologetically so,” she declared.

A White House aide told the outlet that Trump’s comments reflected her personal convictions and her views on the direction the Democratic party is headed.

“A huge driving part of that (stance) is where the Democratic Party has gone,” the aide explained.

Throughout her father’s first term, up until this point, Ivanka Trump has not taken an official position on abortion, The Christian Post reports.

In 2016, however, she did assert that “The most important job any woman can have is being a mother,” Slate reports.

But, in 2017, she held a secret meeting with then Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards shortly after her father’s inauguration.

According to Politico, “In the weeks following her father’s inauguration, Ivanka Trump quietly reached out to the President of Planned Parenthood seeking common ground on the contentious issue of abortion.”

Trump suggested that Richards split Planned Parenthood into two groups: one larger group that would provide non-abortion services with federal funding, and another group that would still conduct abortions but without the use of federal funds.

Trump’s proposal, however, would be rejected as Planned Parenthood maintained that abortion was at the heart of their mission.

An article in the New York Times noted that Planned Parenthood officials considered her suggestion to be “naive” saying that she failed to recognize “how central [abortion] was to the group’s mission.”

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