LOOP: Trump’s chief of staff is departing

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
CHIEF OF STAFF OUT  President Trump’s chief of staff, former General John F. Kelly, is leaving the White House. Nick Ayers, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, had been being considered for his replacement, but Ayers said Sunday: “I will be departing at the end of the year.” READ
ATTY GENERAL NOMINEE  President Trump nominated William Barr to run the Justice Department. Here are six things to know about the man who also held the post under President H.W. Bush.  READ
CHINA SUMMONS AMBASSADOR  Chinese government officials summoned U.S. ambassador to China Terry Branstad to denounce the arrest of a telecom executive. The executive was arrested during a layover over suspected evasion of U.S. sanctions on Iran.  READ
TEACHER FIRED OVER PRONOUNS  A school board in Virginia voted unanimously to fire a teacher because his avoidance of pronoun use made a transgender student feel uncomfortable. READ
CATHOLICS AND ANTI-SEMITISM  Attacking leftist billionaire George Soros doesn’t make you anti-Semitic. Peter Wolfgang, whose father is Jewish, says: “No, Simcha Fisher, lots of Catholics aren’t anti-Semites.”  READ
TWITTER MOB  Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray just won the Heisman Trophy. Immediately afterwards, reporters for the USA Today published a story about how Murray sent out a tweet referring to somebody as a “queer” when he was 15 years old. David Hookstead remarked: “It’s embarrassing on all fronts to drag up old tweets in an attempt to knock people down.” READ
TWITTER MOB #2  Comedian Kevin Hart was forced out as host of the Academy Awards over “insensitive words” about gays and lesbians that he said nearly a decade ago. READ
TWITTER SILENCE  Fox News has not sent a tweet on it’s Twitter page for an entire month. Antifa posted personal information about Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Twitter, and organized an angry mob to show up at his personal residence. Fox News said they would no longer use Twitter until the tweets with Tucker Carlson’s personal information were deleted and Twitter issued an apology. Twitter has not done either. READ
THE HOLY SEE  Pope Francis approved new laws governing the administration of the Vatican City State. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Concerned about the faith of young single men caught up in the industrial revolution in Germany, Blessed Adolph Kolping bucked social pressure by ministering to them. Today, the Kolping Society upholds the dignity of workers throughout the world.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “Our God will come to save us!” (Is 35:4)  READ
BEAUTY  Inside the Karlskirche, a Baroque Church in Vienna, Austria.   SHARE
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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. 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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