LOOP: Biden opens big lead in early primary state

2020 Joe Biden leads Democratic field by 31 points in the early primary state of South Carolina. With a large pool of support from black voters, the former vice president registered at 46% in the poll of South Carolina Democrats. Bernie Sanders had 15%, Kamala Harris registered at 10%, with Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren both at 8%. READ
MONTANA VETO  Gov. Steve Bullock, D-MT, vetoed a bill that would require medical attention for babies who survive an abortion. Bullock is considering a run for president in 2020.  READ
1000+ RALLY IN PHILLY Pro-lifers gathered outside the Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia where State Rep. Brian Sims had harassed women and teenagers who were peacefully praying for the unborn.
“We are sending a message to bullies like Brian Sims,” said pro-life columnist Matt Walsh.  READ
EQUALITY ACT House Democrats are eager to pass the Equality Act, which if passed and signed into law, would add identity and sexual orientation as protected classes under the Civil Rights Act. The Equality Act, known as H.R. 5, could lead to LGBT curriculum in all public schools. If the Democratic-led House passes the Equality Act, it faces steep opposition in the Republican-held Senate. READ 
ANTI-RELIGIOUS? A Vietnam veteran filed a federal lawsuit in order to remove a Bible on display at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New Hampshire. The Bible in question was carried by a prisoner of war in World War II and is featured at the Missing Man Table that remembers missing veterans and prisoners of war.  READ 
HOLLYWOOD ACTIVISM  Actress Alyssa Milano called on women to go on a “sex strike” to protest the passage of several pro-life bills across the United States. Pro-lifers noted that such a campaign would result in fewer abortions. “Don’t want to get pregnant… don’t have sex. It’s almost like it was … designed that way?” said Christian blogger Madeleine Kohnen. READ 
PRO-LIFE MARCH IN CANADA Several thousand pro-life activists from all across Canada converged on their nation’s capital for their annual March for Life.  READ 
FAMILY LIFE “Only one third of all U.S. mothers say they prefer to work full time. Nearly half say they want to work part time, and 20% say they would prefer to be full-time stay-at-home mothers…. So, it’s very unfortunate that commentators, politicians, and economists are looking for ways to get women out of the home more, away from their kids more, and into paid labor more. These experts are elevating GDP over family and their own morality over women’s preferences,” said a Washington Examiner editorial.  READ 
2020 “[Presidential candidate] Pete Buttigieg is wrong — God forbids all homosexual acts,” writes Monsignor Charles Pope.  READ 
FARRAKHAN AT CATHOLIC PARISH Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago criticized the decision of Fr. Michael Pfleger to invite anti-Semitic preacher Louis Farrakhan to speak at a Catholic parish in Chicago. “Antisemitic rhetoric — discriminatory invective of any kind — has no place in American public life, let alone in a Catholic church,” said Cardinal Cupich. READ 
EWTN AFRICA The global Catholic television network is launching a news agency based in Kenya to publish content in English, French, and Portugese. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Like the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes, this appearance was not given to Church officials, but to children. Through them, Mary requested that the Church spread devotion to the rosary to all the faithful.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Athirst is my soul for the living God.” (Ps 42:3)  READ 
NEW DOCUMENTARY   How can we lift up the world, starting with those at the margins of society? Arthur Brooks’ journey takes him through the chaotic streets of Mumbai, a town in Kentucky left behind by the global economy, a homeless shelter in New York, a street protest in Barcelona, and a Himalayan Buddhist monastery. Along the way, he discovers the secrets not only to material progress for the least fortunate, but also true and lasting happiness.  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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