LOOP: Congress approves border funding bill

BORDER FUNDING Facing a revolt from moderate Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “reluctantly” allowed a vote on a $4.5 billion emergency border funding bill supported by President Trump and Senate Republicans. The funding bill passed the House in a 305-102 vote. After the vote, President Trump tweeted: “Bipartisan Humanitarian Aid Bill for the Southern Border just passed. A great job done by all! Now we must work to get rid of the Loopholes and fix Asylum.”  READ
DEM DEBATE Sen. Kamala Harris appeared to have a breakthrough performance at the second Democratic debate. The California senator delivered an attack on frontrunner Joe Biden for his past opposition to busing and for his recent praise for segregationist senators.  READ
NO DEBATE ON THIS During the Democratic presidential debate, all 10 candidates were asked if they supported government-provided health insurance for illegal immigrants. All ten Democrats, including frontrunner Joe Biden, raised their hands. READ
GERRYMANDERINGThe Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that claims of partisan gerrymandering are beyond the scope of the federal courts. Gerrymandering is the process by which a political party draws legislative districts to help their candidates win. Chief Justice John Roberts noted that “partisan gerrymandering is nothing new,” and neither is “frustration with it.”  READ 
TRUMP: DELAY CENSUS The Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Census could legally ask a question about a respondent’s citizenship, but the Court also said that the Commerce Department’s justification for adding the question was not reasonable and required further review. In response, President Trump has called for a delay of the 2020 Census to give the Trump administration adequate time to answer the concerns addressed by the Supreme Court. READ 
POLITICIZED BANKING  Bank of America has announced that they will no longer provide banking services to companies that run migrant detention centers.  READ 
GOFUNDME SUPPORTS ABORTION The crowd-funding website GoFundMe launched a $500,000 charity benefit for abortion providers and vowed to “fight back” against limits on late-term abortions.  READ 
FULTON SHEENThe remains of Fulton Sheen have been transferred from the Archdiocese of New York to the Diocese of Peoria, IL. “The Vatican has confirmed that the Cause for Beatification has now resumed,” the Diocese of Peoria said in a statement. READ 
CANONIZATION Pope Francis is expected on Monday to announce a canonization date for Blessed John Henry Newman, likely sometime this fall.  READ 
ROSARIES FOR PRIESTS The Global Rosary Relay is hoping to have 1 billion Hail Marys said for the sanctification of priests today for the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  While we know little about the birth and death of Saint Irenaeus, we know that his life’s work of fighting Gnosticism had a tremendous influence on the theology of the Church. A man of learning and high passions, Saint Irenaeus refuted the Gnostic claims of “secret” knowledge, and supported the teachings of the Apostles and Scripture. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” (Ps 23:1) READ 
DEVOTION  The 12 promises of the Sacred Heart. SHARE 

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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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