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CHURCH SCANDAL  Nearly 400 Catholic clergy in Illinois have been accused of sexual misconduct, but church officials have only informed parishioners of a fraction of these, according to a new report compiled by attorneys representing abuse victims. READ 
FED: ECONOMY TO SLOW  The Federal Reserve chose not to raise its benchmark rate and said rate hikes were unlikely in 2019. The Fed expects the economy to grow at 2.1% this year, below its previous projections.  READ 
CHANGE OUR ELECTIONS?  Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she is open to abolishing the Electoral College. She’s not the only candidate either. Elizabeth Warren called for an end to the Electoral College during a CNN townhall and Beto O’Rourke said he sees “a lot of wisdom” in eliminating the system.  READ 
CAMPAIGN 2020 Matt Philbin examines the Democratic presidential primary and noticed that the candidates no longer invoke God even as window dressing. The only mention of religion in Bernie Sanders’ campaign launch, for example, was a call to end “religious bigotry.”  READ 
IMPEACHMENT WANES  A new CNN poll shows support for impeachment has fallen from 43% in favor to 36% now. The decline is a result of a drop in support for impeachment among Democrats from 80% in December to 68% now.  READ 
VOTING WITH YOUR FEET  Every day in America, over 1,000 people flee states with high taxes to migrate to states with lower taxes, said economist Stephen Moore, author of a study that ranks states by their economic outlook. Utah was the highest-rated state with New York at 50th.  READ 
JOURNALISTIC ETHICS  David Sirota quietly served for months as a senior adviser to Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders while still working as a journalist for The Atlantic. Sirota used his platform to attack Bernie Sanders’ rivals. READ 
MEDIA STANDARDSThe Washington Post sent one Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request during President Obama’s entire second term. But Brent Scher notes that the Post has sent 43 FOIA requests in just over two years that Trump has been in office.  READ 
FREEDOM ON CAMPUSSouth Dakota becomes the first state in the nation to defend intellectual diversity at its public universities. The new law also presents the state’s universities from interfering with constitutionally-protected speech. READ
CATHOLICS AND NATIONALISM?Can Christians support nationalist movements in Europe and America? Robert Hutchinson explores that question over at the CV Blog. READ
CATHOLIC SPRINGThe Open Society Foundations, founded by atheist billionaire George Soros, has hired pro-abortion Tom Perriello to oversee grantmaking for the organization. Perriello was once director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a Soros-backed group which told Catholic voters that Barack Obama was “pro-life.” READ
PAPAL APPOINTMENTSFr. Raymond de Souza examines the appointments made over the last six years of Pope Francis’ pontificate. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed John of Parma lived at a crucial time in the Franciscan Order and the Church. Saint Francis’ followers were in need of reorganization and the Church was in schism. Blessed John helped with both issues.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” (Ps 1:1)  READ 
TRUTH  The truth about prenatal genetic testing.  WATCH

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. 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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