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CONGRESSIONAL SHOOTING // Wounded Congressman Steve Scalise is out of surgery but remains in critical condition. The bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game was held last night and had 24,959 in attendance. (More than the number of fans that showed up at MLB games in Minneapolis, Chicago, or Detroit!) Democrats won the game, and gave the trophy to the GOP to be placed in Scalise’s office. http://cvote.it/2rCwJgu

IMMIGRATION // Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has rescinded the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The program for children known as DACA was not changed. http://cvote.it/2s7dqzG

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY // US bishops vote to make their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty permanent. “The very idea of religious freedom and its root in human nature is challenged” today, said Archbishop William Lori, chair of the committee. http://cvote.it/2s69ejI

CIVILITY // Catholic author and congressional spouse Rachel Campos-Duffy says that the intense rhetoric is coming from the Left: “When is the last time that security was needed on campus because a liberal speaker was going to speak? When is the last time that the Tea Party has mass protesters looting and breaking windows?” http://cvote.it/2s6fl7C 

CIVILITY // “When an irreligious wife-beater and voyeur shoots up a strip mall that contains an abortion clinic, the whole pro-life movement is suspect… However, when a leftist or a Muslim kills those who don’t share his views, we’re supposed to blot that out of our minds. That would ‘politicize’ a tragedy,” writes John Zmirak. http://cvote.it/2rBQrt0

WORK // President Trump signs an executive order on apprenticeships which calls for more money and greater involvement by private industry to design these apprenticeship programs. “We’re here today to celebrate the dignity of work. It’s really a good term: dignity of work,” said President Trump. Hmm, that sounds a lot like Catholic Social Teaching. http://cvote.it/2s7tGk1

HEALTH CARE // Five ways Obamacare proves that government-run health care is a disaster by Dr. John Barrasso, who is also a Republican Senator from Wyoming. http://cvote.it/2rAU6qL

CATHOLIC // The President of the U.S. Bishops conference thinks that laws cracking down on sanctuary cities puts too much demand on local law enforcement. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said that local police officers shouldn’t be required to enforce immigration laws unless they are “violent criminal aliens.” http://cvote.it/2s6n05B  

CATHOLIC // U.S Bishops say that the next synod must address the concerns of the disillusioned youth. http://cvote.it/2s6vA4g

CATHOLIC // A new book of interviews with a secretary of two popes provide an insight into their daily lives. According to Polish Rev. Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, St. John Paul II discussed stepping down as pope with his aides but was advised against it in the interest of the Catholic Church. http://cvote.it/2s6CGG6

SAINT // Saint John Francis Regis – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.” (Ps 116:17) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

SOLIDARITY // Watch as American Hero and Capitol Police officer David Bailey gets thunderous applause as he throws out the first pitch at the Congressional Baseball Game. http://cvote.it/2s7vKZx

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  1. Ryan Schroeder on

    On civility: perhaps civility is a two way street? For example, Anne Coulter pulled out of her speech at Berkeley due to protests – or at least that’s what she claimed. Is it incivility that people protested her speaking? I guess you can say that. But shouldn’t we put Anne Coulter under the same lens, for example? Do you really think that Anne Coulter is the bastion of civility? Remember when she called Pres. Obama a terrorist?

    Civility is a two-way street. People don’t just have free reign to say whatever they want and expect no blowback from it, under the guise of “civility.”

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