CV LOOP: House panel releases report on Planned Parenthood



PP SCANDAL// Abuses and possibly criminal violations are occurring in the fetal tissue trade between abortion clinics and tissue harvesters, concluded the special House panel investigating the matter in a 471-page report.

OBAMACARE // The House GOP wants to get an ObamaCare repeal bill on President-elect Trump’s desk by Feb. 20. Vice President-elect Mike Pence says the incoming Trump administration plans to move forward with executive actions to start unwinding ObamaCare on day one.

115TH CONGRESS // The number of Catholics in the U.S. Congress has been steadily rising for the past 50 years with Catholics making up 31.4 percent of Congress — up from 19% in 1961.

TRUMPISM // A 30-year-old conservative wunderkind from Harvard is out to intellectualize Trumpism with a new academic journal called American Affairs

OBAMACARE // Some commentators on the left are putting a spin on the abortion decline. Michael New sets them straight at the CV Blog.

CULTURE // “I still dream in Latin,” said Hollywood actor and former seminarian Dakin Matthews.

CATHOLIC // An old anti-Catholic law has resurfaced in Georgia to challenge a scholarship program allowing children to attend religious schools.

WORD OF THE DAY // Filibuster – A procedure where a Senator (or a group of Senators) attempts to talk a bill to death (or even threatens to do so). To end a filibuster on legislation or a Supreme Court nomination requires a 3/5th majority or 60 Senators. A simple majority is needed to pass budgets, Cabinet posts, and other federal judiciary positions. 

SAINT // Saint John Neumann –

DAILY READINGS // Today’s readings –

WITNESS // What Father Mulcahy of M*A*S*H* taught us about the priesthood.

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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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