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Christen Limbaugh Bloom: Three questions to help you turn the other cheek

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How do you typically respond when someone causes you pain? One of Jesus’ most universally recognized phrases is His instruction to “turn the other cheek.” Yet this is probably one of the hardest — if not the hardest — command for His believers to follow. When people hurt us, our human reflex is to retreat and avoid any further suffering at their hands. But Jesus tells us to go against our very nature and continue offering ourselves to these people, even if that means we get burned again. Why does He ask us to do something that, to us, seems so unfair?

I struggle with this dilemma just as much as the next person, but God is gradually teaching me to pause in these situations rather than respond with my knee-jerk reactions. He has shown me that I can proactively deflect my pain by asking Him certain questions.

The first question we should ask Jesus to try to embrace this teaching is: How can we pray for someone who has hurt us?

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Immediately after Jesus preached to turn the other cheek, He went on to tell us that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). We’re all flawed. Whether a person hurts you intentionally or unintentionally, keep in mind they are a child of God, and He created them and loves them just as much as He loves you. But He holds His followers to a higher standard. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:16, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.”

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When we find salvation in Christ, we are expected to put off our old ways because we have become new creations (verse 17). That means that it’s up to us to be the example of God’s unconditional love in scenarios when we’ve been unfairly wronged.

Easier said than done, I know. That’s why it’s so important to talk through these situations with God and create a dialogue with Him, asking Him how we can best show love in each individual circumstance.

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The second helpful question we can all ask, which will better align ourselves with God’s thinking, is: Lord, how can you use my pain in this situation for my own good?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4). Let’s take God at His word and truly believe He can use ANYTHING to help mold us into the people He created us to be. When we can get to a point in our faith where we actually THANK God for painful situations, He can truly use us for amazing things.

This all began to click for me one day when I heard a sermon by Pastor Alex Seeley about suffering. She spoke about Joseph in the Bible and pointed out that he never would have fulfilled his God-given destiny had his brothers not sold him into slavery. I was obviously familiar with Joseph’s story, but had never thought about it in this context — and suddenly something dawned on me and a quote from Jesus came to mind: “Pray for those who persecute you.” This revelation brought me to another question — but this was one I had to ask myself: Would I ever think to pray for certain people had they not come against me?

The answer is, probably not. I think most of us focus primarily on praying for our loved ones and our own personal interests when we bring requests to God. But how often do we truly spend time praying for those who hurt us? Moreover, do we stop to think if those particular people have anyone in their lives praying for them? Perhaps they do, but one can never have too many prayers made on their behalf.

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Mother Teresa once said, “I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.” So you see, Jesus doesn’t ask us to turn the other cheek just because it’s the right or “holy” thing to do. He asks this of us because He knows our hearts will only be truly satisfied when we put His will above all things. We can’t live in peace when we harbor anger or resentment in our hearts. His teaching for us to love others despite being wronged is actually a testament to how much He loves us and wants the best for us.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

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Lev Parnas has more recordings of Donald Trump, his attorney says

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Sally Pipes: Doctors need a second opinion on ‘Medicare-for-all’

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The American College of Physicians, the nation’s second-largest doctors group, has endorsed “Medicare-for-all.” The group, whose membership consists of 159,000 internists, claims the plan would bring a host of necessary changes to the American healthcare system.

The American College of Physicians joins the American Nurses Association, the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section, and at least a dozen other medical professional groups who have called for the United States to implement a single-payer health care system.

These doctors may soon regret their decision. “Medicare-for-all” would saddle physicians with pay cuts, long hours, and rolls of regulatory red tape. That would cause even more doctors to burn out — and leave millions of Americans without access to quality care.

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Doctors have seen better days. More than 40 percent of physicians say they’re burnt out, according to a recent survey by Medscape. Over half of the doctors surveyed pointed to bureaucratic tasks as the leading contributor to burnout. One-third said long hours were a major stressor; a similar share pointed to insufficient pay. Sixteen percent said government regulations were to blame.

“Medicare-for-all” would exacerbate these problems. For starters, it would drown doctors in regulations and bureaucratic tasks. The “Medicare-for-all” proposal offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would establish “uniform reporting standards” that would order providers to report information on procedures, prices, and outcomes to the federal government.

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Doctors also better prepare to work longer hours for less money. “Medicare-for-all” would make health care free at the point of access. That would encourage Americans to consume more care than they currently do. Providers would have to spend more time on the clock to keep up with demand.

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And they’d receive less money for each hour they log. If “Medicare-for-all” adheres to Medicare’s existing payment schedule, then doctors would receive 9 percent less for every office visit and 60 percent less for every emergency department visit, relative to average private in-network rates, according to one analysis published by JAMA, a medical journal.

Canadian doctors are stretched so thin that some prohibit patients from discussing more than one issue per appointment.

Medicare’s payment rates are projected to be 40 percent lower than those for private insurance over the first ten years of Medicare-for-all’s implementation, according to the Mercatus Center’s Charles Blahous. That would represent some kind of pay cut for doctors.

By making physicians’ lives more miserable, “Medicare-for-all” would drive many from the profession. Already, about half of physicians say they want to change career paths; 17 percent are planning to retire.

A “Medicare-for-all”-induced exodus would exacerbate America’s doctor shortage. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States will face a shortage of more than 120,000 physicians by 2032. Patients everywhere would struggle to get timely care, particularly in rural and urban areas.

None of this is hypothetical. It’s the reality for doctors in countries with single payer. In the United Kingdom, nearly 60 percent of the National Health Service’s staff work unpaid overtime each week, according to the organization’s latest staff survey. The average physician in the United Kingdom takes home around $138,000 a year — considerably less than the $313,000 earned by the average American doctor.

Between the long hours and lackluster compensation, the NHS struggles to retain doctors. The NHS had over 9,000 doctor vacancies as of March 2019. Things are poised to get worse. A group of British think tanks predict the NHS will be short 7,000 full-time general practitioners by 2024, if current trends continue.

By forcing doctors to endure poor working conditions, single-payer hurts patients as well. In part because the NHS doesn’t have enough doctors to treat every patient on schedule, 9 million Britons had hospital appointments and operations canceled between 2017 and 2018. Many of the patients fortunate enough to get an appointment are treated in dangerously understaffed facilities. Some general practitioners see more than 70 patients per day. Nine in 10 NHS hospital bosses say that staffing shortages could harm patients’ health.

Things aren’t much better in Canada. Canadian doctors are stretched so thin that some prohibit patients from discussing more than one issue per appointment.

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Of course, that only applies to the lucky few who can get appointments. Last year, an estimated 175,000 people in Canada’s four easternmost provinces were waiting to be matched with a family doctor. All told, Canadians were waiting for over a million procedures in 2019.

The American College of Physicians claims “Medicare-for-all” would give Americans access to free, quality health care. In reality, it would make things worse for every single American, starting with physicians themselves.

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‘Case closed’: Mark Levin shows how White House can rebut articles of impeachment in under 2 minutes

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Mark Levin said the White House’s legal team can successfully rebut House Democrats’ impeachment allegations without using up anywhere close to the 24 total hours required by President Trump’s accusers.

During this week’s “Life, Liberty & Levin” — airing at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday — Levin said Democrats still have no first-hand witnesses to President Trump’s July 25 Ukraine phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who can make their case.

At the same time, a number of the witnesses Schiff called before the House Intelligence Committee last year actually make Trump’s case — that there was no “quid pro quo” ordered and that he did nothing wrong. The host added that prominent testimony from November is missing from the opening arguments by Schiff’s team.

In one clip played by Levin, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., grilled former Trump adviser Timothy Morrison and Ambassador Kurt Volker as to whether they had any evidence of a “quid pro quo” or “bribery.”

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“No, ma’am,” both men responded. “Not that I can recall,” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman later testified in response to a related question from the counsel for Schiff’s committee.

Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio., asked a similar question of Volker, receiving the same response.

Levin noted how Republican counsel Stephen Castor asked U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland about the presence of a “quid pro quo,” as alleged by Schiff.

“He said, ‘I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo,'” Sondland responded firmly.

In another clip, Trump Undersecretary of State David Hale also told Stefanik that he had “no direct knowledge of nefarious motivations to withhold aid to Ukraine.”

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Some of the witnesses from earlier clips were seen in a final video Levin played that showed them appearing unable to firmly testify to Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, that there was any “impeachable offense” committed by Trump in the course of the Zelensky phone call.

“You won’t see any of that video — not on the Democrat side,” said Levin, who added. “That was a minute, ten-seconds [of video] — I don’t need 24 hours [like Schiff] … I don’t need three days.”

“Case closed!” he continued. “What are these other witnesses going to tell them?”

Levin recalled that Democrats have repeatedly claimed there is outstanding, yet unseen documentation that proves Trump committed a high crime or misdemeanor. However, they have not presented anything to that extent.

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He claimed Schiff and his team have had to “cobble together” their case from little pieces before calling them “demagogues and propagandists.”

Democrats and the left-wing media, Levin added — citing The New York Times, among others — have called for Trump’s impeachment since before he even took office.

“[T]heir DNA is all over their crooked, corrupt practices,” the former Reagan Justice Department official said. “That’s why it’s absolutely outrageous.”

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Protester to Adam Schiff on Capitol Hill: ‘Move to Venezuela, Mr. Schiff!’

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Several angry protesters got up close and personal with House impeachment manager Adam Schiff on Capitol Hill during President Trump’s Senate trial, calling the California Democrat a “liar,” among other things, and advising him to “Move to Venezuela!”

Video posted online showed the confrontation appearing to happen as Schiff was leaving the Senate chamber after arguing the Democrats’ case during one of the trial sessions last week.

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Schiff, who was among a group exiting the Senate with a police escort, is seen nodding dismissively as a protester shouts at him, then leaving down a hall.

Another protester then shouts, “Move to Venezuela, Mr. Schiff!”

Over three days last week, Schiff led a team of Democrats who argued that Trump abused his power by asking Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens and withholding $400 million in military aid, allegedly on that condition.

They also claim the president obstructed Congress by blocking witnesses and documents during the House’s impeachment inquiry last fall.

Venezuela, a socialist country, has been in political and economic turmoil for years, partially due to food shortages and hyperinflation.

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The U.S. and more than 50 governments recognize the country’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of the country. They say President Nicolás Maduro wasn’t legitimately re-elected last year because opposition candidates weren’t permitted to run.

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New Emails Reveal that the Trump Administration Manipulated Wildfire Science to Promote Logging

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Tucker Carlson says Hunter Biden case just a slice of broader, deeper problem plaguing DC

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Tucker Carlson talked about his former Washington neighbor, Hunter Biden during an appearance on “Watters’ World” on Saturday night — telling host Jesse Waters he feels a degree of “sympathy” for the son of former Vice President Joe Biden now that the son is facing scrutinty for past business dealings in Ukraine.

“I know him well. He was my neighbor. He’s a really nice guy,” Carlson said. “I’ve always liked him. He’s a really troubled guy who had a great family. And then it blew up.”

It wasn’t clear whether Carlson was referring to Hunter Biden’s Ukraine situation, family tragedies or other personal problems — or possibly all three. Biden lost older brother Beau to cancer in 2015, got divorced in 2017, was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock in 2018 — and has had reported struggles with alcohol and drugs.

“He’s like a lot of people I know in Washington,” 50-year-old Carlson said of Biden, who will turn 50 himself Feb. 4. “Totally good guy. I’d love to have dinner with them.”

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Hunter Biden and his 77-year-old father have been frequent subjects of conversation among Republicans amid the ongoing Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. The president is accused of abuse of power for allegedly using military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s efforts to remove a prosecutor — Viktor Shokin — who had been looking into Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden served on the board. Trump is also accused of obstruction of Congress for allegedly blocking efforts by House panels to investigate him.

Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” also said Hunter Biden was a symptom of a bigger problem.

“I still like Hunter Biden, but he’s a beneficiary of a system that’s, like, completely corrupt. And it’s so corrupt and so ubiquitous here that nobody even notices,” Carslson said. “It’s, like, of course, he’s making, you know, whatever, a million a year from some Ukrainian energy company. Like he’s a symptom, not a cause.”

Watters then asked Carlson, who has spoken out about corruption, if he feels sympathy toward Biden.

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“I feel deep sympathy for him only because I could name, off the top of my head, twenty-five other people who are abusing our system more successfully. I just saw a bunch of them at lunch today,” Carlson said. “So, yes, that’s what this city is. It’s a place where people leverage their connections — in his case, his DNA — in order to make a pretty good living while the rest of the country declines.”

“I’m sympathetic because, like, if his dad wasn’t running for president, we wouldn’t have heard of all of this,” Carlson said.

Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report.

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New Emails Reveal that the Trump Administration Manipulated Wildfire Science to Promote Logging

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California case of coronavirus is 3rd confirmed in US

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The third case of coronavirus in the U.S. was confirmed in Southern California on Saturday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Communicable Disease Control Division.

The patient had recently returned from Wuhan, China – epicenter of the outbreak that is believed to have killed at least 56 people — and was in a hospital in good condition by Saturday evening, the agency said in a statement.

Officials didn’t provide details about the infected patient but said there’s no evidence anyone else in Orange County was exposed to the highly contagious virus.

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The California case comes after two others reported in the Seattle and Chicago areas last week. Both of those patients were reportedly still in isolation.

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Canada, Australia and Malaysia also reported their first cases Saturday.

The novel virus has also sickened nearly 2,000 people.

Most coronaviruses cause only mild symptoms, similar to those of the common cold. Other strains, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), can cause pneumonia and death.

The California case was initially confirmed by the Saturday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which contacted Orange County officials.

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There is no vaccine to protect against the virus, although the National Institutes of Health confirmed to Fox News that they were in the “early stages” of developing one, and officials were hoping a lockdown placed on 13 cities in China and elsewhere would help contain the virus from spreading further.

Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report. 

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Mike Kerrigan: Why family memories trump family photos

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I’ll never forget what my wife, Devin, asked me years ago when we were dating, after she’d visited my childhood home for the first time: Where are all your family photos? It didn’t seem strange to me, our relatively unadorned walls. To her, it looked like I was raised under witness protection.

I see now that there are two kinds of parents in this world. Those who capture the things their kids do on film, and my parents. And while I’m glad my wife preserves many of our own family memories, I also understand those who take a more minimalist approach. I’m reminded of this — how less is sometimes more — when I think about what made my childhood special.

My two youngest boys have reached the ages my kid brother Jack and I were when we began to prank our sainted mother. Finn, 10, and Jack, 8, show more maturity than their father and uncle ever did. I’m frankly a bit surprised. If my sons were readers of my stuff they’d know the truth: I’d tolerate more of these antics from them.

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I say this because the mother-son relationship is not complex, at least in my experience. She’s your mom and you love her forever, simple as that. This doesn’t mean there isn’t room for good, clean fun.

It’s not like our mother was always the victim. She once masterfully turned the tables on Jack, driving a rare wedge between her conspiring sons. It’s known in our family as the “tall tree” incident.

Jack and I had spent this particular morning in our backyard climbing trees. Two of them were large and foreboding, the kind most parents today wouldn’t let their kids go anywhere near. We, on the other hand, climbed them like spider monkeys jacked on double espressos.

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I scaled down mine but rather than follow, Jack pitched me on an idea from his lofty perch. “Go tell mom I climbed too high and am too scared to come down.” Having no objection, I ran inside to relay my brother’s predicament to mom.

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I found her in the kitchen listening to Judy Collins, a distant look in her eyes. “Mom,” I began, “Jack climbed a tree too high and is afraid to come down.” She saw right through me. What she did next is what wrestlers call an escape.

“Tell your brother,” she answered, her eyes now twinkling, “that I got scared and called the fire department.” My gaze met hers, and one thing was clear. It was time to switch sides. I waited a few beats, then ran outside to report the news.

“Jack, she freaked out and called the fire department.” My brother, who hadn’t bargained for this, had a sudden change in comportment.

“The fire department?” he asked wanly. “I don’t need a fireman to get me down!” Watching from the window, mom couldn’t hear our exchange. Had she been able she would have cackled with delight as Jack considered his options, both bleak.

He could stick with his story, go boneless and let the fireman carry him down like a treed cat. This would make him a legend in the neighborhood, and not in a good way. Or he could climb down and face the music.

Jack opted for the latter. When his feet hit grass, my brother was relieved to learn no fire truck was coming. He wasn’t even mad over my show of disloyalty.

We continued to prank our mom into our teens, but with more caution after seeing what a crafty counterpuncher she was. Our respect for her grew immensely.

Finn and Jack surely possess this deviltry in them, and Devin, raised as she was with four brothers, can equally surely return serve. It’s time the boys tried matching wits with their wily mom.

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What does this have to do with family photos, or the lack thereof? Everything. I mean, how could you hope to capture the tall tree incident in a picture? Why would you even want to? I’m not poorer for having it only as an image in my mind rather than a picture at my fingertips. I’m richer for it.

The older I get, the more I say forget the family photographs, the planned portraits and scripted moments. It’s the memories of life’s unscripted moments I treasure most. I think someday my boys will as well.

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