LOOP: 9th Circuit hands pro-life win to Trump

NINTH CIRCUIT SHOCKER  An 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court voted to allow the Trump administration’s pro-life Title X policy to take effect while they examine the rule further. Under the policy, Title X funding cannot go to organizations like Planned Parenthood that commit abortions. The randomly-selected judges on the panel featured 4 Democratic appointees and 7 Republican appointees, including two nominated by President Trump.  READ
PELOSI: “NO DRAMA” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi begged Democrats for “no drama” as Robert Mueller is scheduled to testify before two committees next week. “I’d like to have a level of calmness, no drama, regarding the Mueller presentation,” Pelosi allegedly told Democrats in a closed-door meeting.  READ
CITIZENSHIP President Trump announced an executive order directing all federal agencies to give the Commerce Department all records regarding citizens and noncitizens. “We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” President Trump said. READ
CENSUS A Harvard poll revealed that 55% of Hispanic voters support returning the citizenship question to the 2020 Census. READ 
VOTER REGISTRATION Ten of California’s 58 counties have voter registration rates exceeding 100%. In fact, eight states (and DC) exceed the 100% mark. “While voter registration rates over 100% are not proof of fraud, they certainly create opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t exist, such as voting twice in different precincts or the potential for requesting and filling out invalid absentee ballots,” writes Mark Hemingway in a new investigation.  READ 
BLACK BILLIONAIRE  Robert Johnson, America’s first black billionaire says his party is “too far to the Left.” The founder of Black Entertainment Television praised Trump’s handling of the economy. “I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans,” he said.  READ 
MEDIA FASCINATED BY YOUNG NUNS  The Huffington Post is a very secular publication. But they couldn’t help being fascinated by a large number of young women who are seriously considering a vocation as a religious sister or nun. They note that these women are younger and more racially diverse, and that’s not all. “These young women have one last surprise: They tend to be far more doctrinally conservative than their predecessors. If you go deeper into their social media feeds, past the wacky photos of habited nuns making the hang-loose sign, you’ll find a firm devotion to the most traditional of Catholic beliefs.”  READ 
ANOTHER TEACHER SUES  A Catholic school in South Carolina did not renew the contract of a teacher who posted support for abortion on her social media page, which publicly lists the Catholic school as her employer. She is now suing Bishop England High School in Charleston, SC, for violating her First Amendment rights. READ 
CATHOLIC UNDER FIREJudy Keane, a spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops, is under fire for pro-Trump tweets she sent out on her personal account. In one tweet, Keane said: “Lowest unemployment rate EVER, incredibly robust economy under Pres. Trump – is that also fictional? Facts are stubborn things beyond a typo. Read all accomplishments here:” The USCCB communications office responded: “We should be mindful not to create confusion as to where the bishops might be on any particular federal policy issue… We take this very seriously.”  READ 
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SAINT OF THE DAY  Saints John Jones and John Wall were ordained diocesan priests who later joined the Franciscans. Living almost a century apart, these two saints shared a common characteristic—both ministered to the faithful during dangerous times for Catholics in England. Eventually arrested, they were martyred for the faith: one in 1598 and the other in 1679.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.” (Ps 37:3)  READ 

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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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