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CONFIRMING JUDGES   The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced more than 40 judicial nominees late last week. The GOP Senate is expected to adopt a rule change on Wednesday that will reduce the hours of debate on district judges, ambassadors, and sub-cabinet officials.  READ 
BUDGET TALKS STALL  Budget negotiations over the weekend appeared to breakdown, raising concerns that there won’t be a deal to avoid another government shutdown when funding runs out Friday. Republican lawmakers want increased barrier funding and Democrats want to place a cap on the number of detention beds to force immigration officials to prioritize which illegal immigrants they deport. READ 
SOCIALISM   When President Trump promised that the U.S. would never become socialist, several Democrats stood up and clapped, including Sens. Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, and Sherrod Brown. But Sens. Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stayed in their seats.  READ 
SURPRISE VISIT FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS  14 high school students in Webster Springs, WV, had a video call with Sen. Joe Manchin. “Then, the president of the United States calls the senator and then decides he wants to talk to us, well, that was even crazier. I just couldn’t stop smiling; I still can’t,” said Brennan Williams, an 18-year-old senior. READ 
McCARRICK TO BE DEFROCKED?   Vatican officials are considering defrocking Archbishop Theodore McCarrick this week. The heads of national Catholic conferences will meet at the Vatican Feb. 21-24 to discuss the global sex abuse crisis.  READ 
RELIGIOUS TEST  Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, slammed Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee for “wildly inappropriate” questions on religion. “The problem with asking a nominee about the particulars of his or her religious beliefs is that those questions inevitably expose those beliefs as somehow a qualifier or a disqualifier for public office,” said Lee. READ 
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY   A Muslim man was executed in Alabama without his imam present. His request was rejected by the United States Supreme Court, who said the request came too late.  READ 
CATHOLIC HIGHER ED   The University of Dallas names Ryan T. Anderson as their first St. John Paul II Social Thought fellow.  READ 
DEFENSE OF THE FAITH   Cardinal Gerhard Muller issues a ‘manifesto of faith’ that upholds key teachings of the Church in the face of “growing confusion” over Church doctrine.  READ 
CATHOLICS AND ABORTION  Lay Catholics: Stop waiting for Bishops to do your job. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes runs deep in the hearts of the faithful as a sign of God’s care and healing. The mediation of Mary, his mother, is a real consolation to those who suffer any ill.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “May the Lord be glad in his works.” (Ps 104:31)  READ
CVTV   Will Democrats have a Catholic problem in 2020?   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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