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THURSDAY, JANUARY 28

 
ANOTHER BIDEN BAN  The Biden administration is set to ban new leases on oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters for one year. The American Petroleum Institute projects 1 million job losses could occur by 2022. Currently the oil and gas industry provides 10.3 million jobs in the United States, with workers making an average salary of $101,181.  READ
 
 
 
GET ANOTHER JOB?  John Kerry, who serves as the presidential envoy for climate, claimed that dramatic changes in the fossil fuel industries were “what needs to be done” to combat climate change. When speaking about workers who would lose their livelihoods, Kerry said: “What President Biden wants to do is make sure that those folks have better choices ... that they can be the people to go to work to make the solar panels."  READ
 
 
BIDEN & THE SUPREME COURT  President Biden is creating a commission to study reform of the Supreme Court. Several liberal legal scholars have reportedly already been selected for the panel, including Yale Law School professor Cristina Rodríguez, Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith, and Caroline Frederickson, former president of the liberal American Constitution Society. During the presidential campaign, Biden repeatedly refused to rule out packing the court with additional justices — a proposal already endorsed by several liberal Senators.  READ
 
 
 
YOUTUBE VS. TRUMP  The video-sharing website YouTube announced it will extend its ban on former President Donald Trump. On Jan. 19, YouTube suspended Trump for one week, but this suspension is now “indefinite.” Trump had 2.79 million subscribers to his YouTube channel before his suspension.  READ
 
 
 
STOCK MARKET FRENZY  Stocks for GameStop dramatically soared after a group of Reddit users drove the stock price high in an apparent attempt to cause losses for hedge funds that had bet on the stock to plummet. GameStop's share prices are up 1,600% since the start of the year. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellin was “monitoring the situation.”  READ
 
 
SENATE 2022  Three incumbent Republican senators from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina have announced that they won't seek re-election in 2022. Political analysts suggest this could mean the Senate GOP caucus will be even more populist or “Trumpier” two years from now. “None of the retiring Republicans are considered to be Trump enthusiasts,” notes W. James Antle III.  READ
 
 
WEAR THREE MASKS  Dr. Anthony Fauci recently suggested that Americans should consider wearing a second mask. On CNBC, correspondent Contessa Brewer went a step further. Citing "experts," Brewer said: “Now, Virginia Tech researchers found that doubling up these cloth masks increases the efficacy from 50% to 75%. A three-layer mask could block up to 90% of the particles.”  READ
 
 
 
 
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REMOVING NAMES  San Francisco's public schools have voted to strip the names of 44 schools in their district. Names slated for removal include: George Washington, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Scott Key, Abraham Lincoln, Herbert Hoover, and current U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. San Francisco Mayor London Breed called the proposal to remove the names “offensive” and said the school board should focus on reopening schools.  READ

 
 
 
PELOSI'S BISHOP  In an interview about his recent criticism of Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone told EWTN Pro-Life Weekly that Catholics need to better understand the Eucharist. “Catholics no longer understand the idea of worthiness to receive Communion. It’s just seen as a sort of a token gesture of welcome and belonging,” Archbishop Cordileone said.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLICISM & RACE  Secularism breeds relativism and relativism is toxic for race relations, writes Tom Hoopes: “If you believe that one God created all people in his image and commands that you love them, you will eventually have to confront your personal feelings, whatever they are, about people of different races. ... If there is no objective truth that we all have a duty to discover and honor, then whoever has the most power in a given situation determines what is right and wrong  — whether it be your schoolteacher, the media, or a police officer. You can’t teach that racism is wrong and that 'your truth is as good as my truth.'”  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Father Ed Broom, OMV, writes about the 10 ways creation can move us to prayer and gratitude. “All that is noble, pure, beautiful, and worthy of praise emanates from God,” he writes. “To be clear, creation is not God! This would be the error of Pantheism. Rather, the beauty of all of creation points to God, who is the author of all created beauty!”  READ
 
 
 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Thomas Aquinas is well known for his writings, especially the Summa Theologica. But he was far more than a philosopher/theologian. He was a devout man who wrote beautiful prayers and hymns. Perhaps the best known is the "Pange Lingua." He truly was able to combine human reason and revelation and show the fruits of the union.  READ
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.” (Psalm 24:1)  READ
 
 
 
PRAYER  Thomas Aquinas was a brilliant scholar and a Catholic saint. He wrote this prayer for students.  SHARE
 
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