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PRUITT OUT  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after months of unfavorable news stories. So why did he quit now? John Fund suggests that the first few rounds of negative press were mostly humiliating, but that a new wave of scandals involve greater ethical and legal problems. READ
SENATE 2018  President Trump traveled to Montana to launch multiple jabs at Jon Tester, the state’s Democratic senator. “You deserve a senator who doesn’t just talk like he’s from Montana. You deserve a senator who votes like he’s from Montana,” said Trump, who called out Tester for voting against the tax cut and for his vote against confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. READ
SUPREME COURT  It’s not “both sides.” An in-depth look at judicial nominations over the last few decades show that Democrats were more partisan in Supreme Court confirmation votes. READ
GOP, HISPANICS, AND SOCCER MOMS  Democrats are underperforming with Hispanics, but overperforming with white women in the suburbs. Political writer Josh Kraushaar writes:  “Anti-Trump anger is concentrated within whiter, affluent suburban communities, not the Hispanic battlegrounds, with the most at stake.” READ
DANGERS OF PORN  New research discovers exactly what we would expect: Use of pornography erodes human relationships and fuels loneliness. READ
AID TO MIDEAST CHRISTIANS  The non-profit group Aid to the Church in Need has spent $46.6 million in relief and reconstruction efforts in Iraq since 2014. Rebuilding religious structures in Iraq is the next step. READ
LAY LEADER AT VATICAN POST  Pope Francis has named award-winning journalist as head of the Dicastery for Communication. Ruffini becomes the first ever layman to lead a Vatican dicastery. READ
ANOTHER BISHOP SCANDAL  Retired Bishop Joseph Hart has been credibly accused of sexually assaulting two boys after he became Bishop of Cheyenne.  READ
PRIESTS CAN’T TALK ABOUT MARRIAGE?  This is very peculiar. Cardinal Kevin Farrell again says priests have “no credibility” for marriage prep. Cardinal Farrell leads the Vatican office for laity, family, and life. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Maria Goretti has captured the love and affection of thousands of people because of the simplicity and purity of her life. Killed defending her chastity, Saint Maria Goretti posthumously witnessed the conversion of her murderer and his reconciliation with her family. READ
DAILY READINGS  “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4)  READ
REBUILT FROM ASHES  A predominantly black parish in Virginia has a fascinating history of persecution, growth, and acceptance.  READ

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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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