CV LOOP: GOP wins close race in ‘safe’ district



SYRIA // “We’re not going into Syria,” President Trump tells Michael Goodwin of the New York Post. “Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.”

SPECIAL ELECTION // Republicans won a House special election in Kansas. But the race was closer than expected in this very Republican district. Is it a referendum on Governor Sam Brownback or on President Trump — both have low approval ratings? Either way the race is a real wake-up call for Republicans. And while Democrats didn’t win, it will likely embolden them for next week’s special election in Georgia, and next month’s special election in Montana.

VATICAN // President Trump won’t be meeting Pope Francis in May when he visits Sicily for the G7 meeting. Edward Pentin is also reporting that Callista Gingrich (wife of former Speaker Newt Gingrich) is likely to be appointed US ambassador to Holy See soon.

AIR TRAVEL // The forcible removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight has generated a rare moment of bipartisanship as members of Congress from both parties expressed outrage over the airline.

WHITE HOUSE // Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a huge gaffe today when talking about Syria and the use of chemical weapons. Spicer said Hitler never used chemical weapons; it seems he likely meant to say that he never used them on the battlefield. Liberals pounced on the gaffe. But while Spicer made a big mistake, he is not a holocaust denier. (Maybe he just needs a new job?)

FINANCE // President Trump has all but ruled out a full repeal of the Dodd-Frank Act. But Republicans are preparing to make major changes to the sweeping post-recession banking regulation law.

LGBT // President Trump has nominated Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green for Secretary of Army, and several LGBT groups are upset over his pro-family views.

CULTURE // Actor and veterans advocate Gary Sinise honored by Catholic University of America.

CATHOLIC // Despite deadly terrorist attacks, Pope Francis will still go to Egypt.

CATHOLIC // What is Pope Francis doing for Holy Week. A look at solemn celebrations in Rome leading up to Easter joy.

SAINT // Saint Teresa of Los Andes –

DAILY MASS // “Lord, in your great love, answer me.” (Ps 69:14) –


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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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