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IMMIGRATION DEAL CLOSE?  House Republican leaders say that they are on the verge of an agreement to bring up immigration reform. “There is not one right now,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. “But there is potential for one. We are negotiating around the clock, trying to get there.”  READ
CHINA’S OFFER  China offered to buy $70 billion worth of U.S. exports if President Trump dropped his threat to impose tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. READ
ANTI-RELIGIOUS BIAS  Yelp users are accusing a Christian cake artist of hate with hateful reviews in order to protest a recent Supreme Court decision. READ
QUOTE OF THE DAY  “The inner logic of today’s secular progressivism puts the movement continually on the offensive. It won’t agree to a kind of détente with people of faith. Therefore the latter have to go on offense, instead of just playing religious-liberty defense.” -Sobrah Ahmari  READ
2016 REGRETS  Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said he “regrets” supporting Hillary Clinton for President and that he could possibly support Trump in 2020. But will voters in West Virginia believe him? Manchin is running for reelection this year. West Virginia went for Trump over Clinton 68.5% to 26.4%. READ
SCALISE RETURNS  House Majority Whip Steve Scalise made a triumphant return to the GOP practice field one year after being shot. READ
THAT OTHER TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT  President Trump granted a commutation to Alice Johnson, who served 22 years of a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. President Trump’s decision came after celebrity Kim Kardashian visited the White House and asked Trump to grant Johnson clemency. READ
ITALY’S FAMILY MINISTER   Lorenzo Fontana is the new Minister for the Family in Italy, and he’s a traditional Catholic. He vowed to fight Italy’s “demographic winter.” Fontana said that gay families “do not exist.”  And when Fontana was asked in 2016 if he liked Pope Francis, he replied: “Let’s say I prefer Cardinal Burke.”  READ
EVANGELIZATION  Craving approval isn’t evangelization, says George Weigel.  READ
THE POPE’S GUARDS  A group of Swiss guards who protect the Pope went on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Here are 33 photos of that journey. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, a married man with children, refused to serve in Hitler’s army and was arrested and executed as a result. Not condemning fellow Catholics who did serve, Blessed Franz felt he had to follow his conscience and resist. READ
DAILY MASS READINGS  “Teach me your ways, O Lord.” (Ps 25:4)  READ
AMAZING  He went on America’s Got Talent and sang a cover of an old Bee Gees song. The audience went wild and judge Simon Cowell said, “everything was perfect.” The faith-based singer said: “My family’s my reason why I’m here. My wife and my six children.” WATCH

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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