REFUGEE ORDER // President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who told Justice Department staff not to defend Trump’s refugee order. Yates, an Obama holdover, had said in a memo that she was “not convinced” that Trump’s order was lawful. Trump replaced her with the U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Va., Dana Boente. http://cvote.it/2jPDf0A
REFUGEE ORDER // Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer: Refugee pause may be necessary. http://cvote.it/2jPprTQ
LGBT // The New York Times is reporting that President Trump will keep Obama’s lgbt executive order that stated that federal contractors could not discriminate against lgbt workers. But a second executive order on religious freedom (perhaps dealing with nonprofits) is still possible. http://cvote.it/2jNYGkV
SUPREME COURT // President Donald Trump to announce his Supreme Court nominee at 8 pm ET tonight. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR, said his party has already decided to automatically filibuster whoever Trump nominates for the high bench. http://cvote.it/2jPkwlH
SUPREME COURT // The Daily Signal profiles two candidates considered most likely to be named by Trump: Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit and Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit. http://cvote.it/2jPsI5l
LGBT // Boy Scouts now allow girls who “identify” as boys to become Scouts. http://cvote.it/2jPjg1Y
CATHOLIC // Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput suggests that Notre Dame should continue their tradition of inviting a new president and invite Donald Trump to campus “to explain his personal evolution on the abortion issue, and to share, listen and learn with a cross-section of students and faculty in a respectful dialogue on the meaning of human dignity.” http://cvote.it/2jPhlue
CATHOLIC // The International Marian Association submitted a request to Pope Francis this month, asking for the public recognition of the title of Mary as “Co-Redemptrix with Jesus the Redeemer.” http://cvote.it/2jPpgYn
CATHOLIC // Insane: Newark auxiliary bishop attacked on altar during Mass for baseball Hall of Famer. http://cvote.it/2jPmHG2
WORD OF THE DAY // Bork – To viciously malign a judicial nominee. The term was first used in print in 1988 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution to describe the way “Democrats savaged Ronald Reagan’s nominee, the Appeals Court judge Robert H. Bork.”
SAINT // Saint John Bosco – http://cvote.it/dailysaint
DAILY MASS // “They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.” (Ps 22:27) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings
BEAUTY // Inside the Monastery of San Francisco, Quito.
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