HEALTHCARE// President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to focus on minimizing the damaging effects of the law. This article explains what the new order will do. http://cvote.it/2jedIAp
HEALTH CARE //Politico has a good article on how Trump can use Obamacare to kill Obamacare. The same executive authority the Obama administration used to implement the law may now be used to dismantle it. http://cvote.it/2jeeyNb
WOMEN’S MARCH // Abby Johnson, prominent pro-life leader who is currently visibly pregnant, was pushed into the street at the Women’s March in Washington D.C., apparently by pro-choicers upset by the presence of pro-lifers at the event. She was then protected by other participants in the march. http://cvote.it/2jeaOeB
ISRAEL // Benjamin Netanyahu accepts invitation by President Trump to visit the White House next month. Trump did not answer a question from reporters about whether the U.S. embassy would be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. http://cvote.it/2jeeCMZ
CABINET // The Senate confirmed former Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to Secretary of Defense 98-1 and former Gen. John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security 88-11. http://cvote.it/2jef79X
CATHOLIC // Pope Francis sent a message to President Trump on his Inauguration Day: “I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people.” http://cvote.it/2je9gSc
WORD OF THE DAY // Earmarks – Funds provided by the Congress for projects, programs, or grants to a specific recipient while circumventing the merit-based or competitive funds allocation process — usually at the request of a specific Representative.
WITNESS // Pro-life women refused to be silenced when the Women’s March told them not to participate. Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said: “Yeah so they wouldn’t let us in their march so we just ran ahead and got in the front.”
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