Prayers For Rush
Please join in me in prayer for my friend Rush Limbaugh. America's top talker shocked his audience today with the announcement that he has been diagnosed with "advanced lung cancer." Limbaugh said he has every intention of being on the air as often as he can, but will be absent from his show from time to time as he undergoes treatment.
Godspeed, Rush. Millions of us will be praying for you every day!
After the Senate voted Friday afternoon to reject demands for additional witnesses, Sen. Chuck Schumer forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to drag out the impeachment debate so that a final vote won't happen until Wednesday.
The reason was obvious: Democrats wanted to force President Trump to deliver his State of the Union address with the cloud of impeachment still hanging over his head.
I think Leader McConnell has handled the impeachment process about as well as he could have, and I doubt there was much more he could have done to stop Schumer from delaying the final vote on the articles of impeachment.
Today, senators will hear four hours of closing arguments from the House managers and the president's defense lawyers. After that, the senators will begin delivering speeches explaining their positions, followed by final votes on the articles of impeachment late Wednesday afternoon.
My prediction is that every Republican senator and as many as three Democrats will end up voting against impeachment. But as I wrote in Friday's report, this won't be the end of it. House progressives are vowing to press ahead with even more investigations of President Trump.
By the way, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) warned that Joe Biden, if he prevails this November, could be "immediately impeached" given the low bar set by the progressive left.
Today's the big day! Democrats across Iowa are kicking off the 2020 campaign season with caucuses in all 99 counties. While results are not expected until later tonight, there are growing concerns that multiple candidates could declare victory.
Adding to the controversy is the strange situation involving the final Des Moines Register's poll, which was suddenly canceled at the last minute.
The Des Moines Register poll, considered the gold standard of Iowa polling, was pulled due to a complaint from one person who alleged that former Mayor Pete Buttigieg was omitted from the survey. The problem was reportedly due to a font-sizing issue that pushed his name off the caller's monitor screen.
Nonetheless, we live in an age of leaks and conspiracies. It didn't take long before some writers indicated that they received a leak of the poll's initial results. They alleged that poll projected a big win by Bernie Sanders, and that's why the Des Moines Register supposedly spiked the poll. Whether there's any truth to that or not, we'll know much more later tonight.
Congratulations, Kansas City!
I'm glad the heartland Kansas City Chiefs won over the 49ers from whacked-out San Francisco. Sadly, one of the low points of the game occurred when Beyonce and Jay-Z refused to stand for the national anthem.
I suppose I should take heart that they didn't kneel. Instead, they just sat there in their seats. They and their entourage spent more for those seats than many Americans will make in a year.
What a contrast between the disrespect Beyonce and Jay-Z displayed and Colonel Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who was honored at the Super Bowl. McGee "stood up" for our country in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. There's the decline in America.
McGee and other Tuskegee Airmen sacrificed for their country at a time when there was widespread discrimination and segregation. Thanks to their sacrifices, Beyonce and Jay-Z have more money than 99.9% of Americans, and yet they're still complaining about America.
The Super Bowl Ads
The Super Bowl ads are always a highlight of the big game. Presidential candidates Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump both spent at least $10 million to run ads during the Super Bowl last night.
Unfortunately, there was one ad that Fox Sports refused to run. Click here to watch the pro-life ad featuring several survivors of abortion.
Christian Persecution In Nigeria
The persecution of Christians is getting significantly worse in Nigeria. At least 16 Christians were killed last month by militant Islamists. Among those killed was Pastor Lawan Andimi, who was beheaded by Boko Haram.
Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze, the president of Nigeria's Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging western nations to take action because the Nigerian government is turning a blind eye to the Islamist atrocities.
As many of you know, I was appointed by President Trump to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). At USCIRF's urging, the Trump Administration added Nigeria to its "Special Watch List" of religious liberty violators in December.
I assure you, my fellow commissioners and I will continue to do everything we can to expose the persecution of Christians in Nigeria. In the meantime, please pray for our Nigerian brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for their faith.
Prayers For Rush