LOOP: Trump walks out of meeting with Pelosi and Schumer



WALK OUT  Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, said she would not authorize any money for a wall, President Trump walked out of the meeting, calling it a “waste of time.” The meeting lasted only 15 minutes. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called Trump’s departure is “somewhat unbecoming of a presidency.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, said Trump was willing to make a deal at the meeting.  READ
TRUMP TO VISIT BORDER  President Trump is scheduled to visit the U.S.-Mexico border today on what is the 20th day of the partial government shutdown. The president is visiting McAllen, Texas, a city of 143,000 on the Rio Grande.  READ
DEMOCRATS ADD PRESSURE  The Democratic-led House started a process of voting on individual bills to open up agencies of the federal government that have been shut down. A bill to reopen the Treasury Department and the IRS passed 240-188. In a victory for the White House, only 8 Republicans broke ranks and voted yes.  READ
2020   Billionaire Tom Steyer, who spent $120 million to help Democratic causes last year, has decided not to run for president. Steyer will focus his efforts in 2019 on calling for the impeachment of President Trump. READ
PENNSYLVANIA AND CLIMATE CHANGE  Gov. Tom Wolf, D-PA, has committed Pennsylvania to climate goals in line with the Paris agreement.  Wolf’s executive order has the goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 26% by 2025, and 80% by 2050. In 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would cease participation in the Paris Agreement.  READ
ASSISTED SUICIDE IN HAWAII   A law legalizing assisted suicide went into effect in Hawaii on the first day of the year. But so far, many physicians and pharmacists are choosing not to participate.  READ
ANTI-CHRISTIAN BIGOTRY  Last year, Sen. Bernie Sanders attacked Russ Vought because he believed that only Christians could be saved. The Washington Post regurgitated the episode of anti-Christian bigotry in a profile about Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Gregory of Nyssa, the brother of Saint Basil and the son of Saints Basil and Emmilia, was a married man when he began studying for the priesthood. He became Bishop of Nyssa and fought Arianism and was a prominent figure at the Council of Constantinople. He became a great writer and defender of orthodoxy. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.” (Ps 72:11)  READ
TRUTH   Tootsie rolls drives, bringing the elderly to Mass, bake sales, fundraising for sick children, EXTREMIST.   SHARE

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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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