CV LOOP: Defunding Planned Parenthood will be part of Obamacare vote



PLANNED PARENTHOOD // Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said defunding Planned Parenthood will be included as part of a bill to repeal Obamacare. The Speaker said cutting off federal funds to Planned Parenthood will be included in a reconciliation bill that also repeals the core of Obamacare. As a reconciliation bill, it can be passed with a majority vote.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY // A transgender person sued a Catholic hospital in New Jersey for refusing to perform a hysterectomy procedure.

IMMIGRATION // Trump’s transition team reportedly told key people in Congress that they will not demand Mexico pay for the wall, but that the United States will pay for the border wall.

UNITED NATIONS // The House of Representatives passed a resolution rebuking President Obama and the United Nations over the recent resolution against Israel’s settlement construction. More than 100 Democrats joined Republicans in the 342-80 vote.

ELECTION 2016 // Read these fascinating minute-by-minute accounts of Election Night 2016, as media anchors and commentators (liberals and conservatives both) are shocked to realize that Donald Trump will win the election.

CRIME // A group of black people gagged and attacked a white, disabled suburban Chicago teen who supported Donald Trump. The attackers also broadcasted their action on Facebook while chanting “f— Donald Trump” and “f— white people.” President Obama called the Chicago torture incident “despicable” and a “horrific hate crime.”

CATHOLIC // The Egyptian army corps of engineers completed the restoration of Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, where a terrorist attack last month left 27 dead.

WORD OF THE DAY // Chicago-style politics – A “take no prisoners” or ruthless approach to politics practiced by the Democratic Party machine. 

SAINT // Saint André Bessette –

DAILY READINGS // Today’s readings –

NEAT // Meet the couple who is trying to keep Latin alive by translating children’s books into Latin.

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of, 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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