BISHOP // San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy gave a very political speech that sounded like something from Bernie Sanders. The bishop called on Catholics to protest Trump: “We must disrupt those who seek to rob our medical care, especially from the poor. We must disrupt those who would take even food stamps and nutrition assistance from the mouths of children.” The bishop also stated: “Let all the world know that this economy kills.” http://cvote.it/2lgxR9I
NATIONAL SECURITY // Trump appoints Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster his new national security adviser. McMaster, a protege of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, is also a noted author. According to USA Today, his 1997 book on the Vietnam War — Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam — has been required reading for many national security officials. http://cvote.it/2m5y0vk
CONTROVERSY // CPAC rescinds their invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos after tapes surfaced of the provocateur advocating for sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.” Simon & Schuster also announced that they are cancelling the publication of his book ‘Dangerous.’ http://cvote.it/2m5MLOr
LGBT // Milo’s comments are vile but sadly not unique. There have been quite a few times over the last few years where other people have made similar public statements, and they have not been condemned for it. Robert Oscar Lopez, who grew up with two lesbian parents, explains that many people are afraid to challenge the LGBT community. http://cvote.it/2lgHXrd
SENATE 2018 // Several top-tier GOP candidates from the House have decided against running for competitive Senate seats. Rep. Ryan Zinke (Montana) was nominated for Secretary of the Interior. In addition, Reps. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, and Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania decided not to challenge Senate Democrat incumbents. But Republicans insist that they have ‘deep benches’ in these states. http://cvote.it/2m5lls2
TUESDAY TRIVIA // Which U.S. President also had a grandfather who served as President? (Answer below.)
EUTHANASIA // Washington DC becomes the 6th place in the United States to legalize assisted suicide. Congressional Republicans took some initial steps to overturn the D.C. law, but their measures did not pass in time. http://cvote.it/2m5jzHo
PRO-LIFE // Investigative videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s practices boast more than 33 million views on social media. But the three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) still haven’t mentioned them once. http://cvote.it/2m5CYYW
POLL // A new survey indicates that 73 percent of voters want to see Democrats work with the president. http://cvote.it/2m5n5BA
POLITICS // Are liberals helping Donald Trump? From a fascinating New York Times article: “Protests and righteous indignation on social media and in Hollywood may seem to liberals to be about policy and persuasion. But moderate conservatives say they are having the opposite effect, chipping away at their middle ground and pushing them closer to Mr. Trump.” http://cvote.it/2m5C6n9
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY // All freedoms are at stake, says florist who lost religious liberty case. http://cvote.it/2lgpk6A
TRIVIA // Benjamin Harrison was President from 1889 to 1893. His grandfather William Henry Harrison served as President for just 31 days in 1841.
SAINT // Saint Peter Damian – http://cvote.it/dailysaint
DAILY MASS // “Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.” (Ps 37:5) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings
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