LOOP: Justice Department won’t defend Obamacare in court



DOJ WON’T DEFEND ACA  The Justice Department has asked a federal court to strike down provisions of Obamacare which require insurers to offer coverage to those with pre-existing conditions at equal price. It is unusual for the Justice Department to decline to defend a federal law in court, but it’s not unprecedented. In 2011, President Obama’s Justice Department refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.  READ
GAS PRICES  Before he made his decision on the Iran nuclear plan, President Trump reached out to the Saudis and asked them to increase oil production by roughly 1 million barrels a day. The Trump administration was concerned that sanctions against Iran would push oil prices up. READ
CONSERVATIVE WIN IN ONTARIO  Conservatives scored a big victory in Ontario elections last night on a populist platform of cutting taxes and shrinking government. They unseated the Liberal Party’s 15-year rule. READ
LICENSING FOR GUNS?  Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, has authored legislation that would prohibit citizens from owning guns without a license.    READ
2016 REGRETS  Kenneth Marcus has been confirmed by the Senate to lead the Department of Education’s civil rights office. It took 220 days for the Senate to confirm Marcus. In contrast, President Obama’s nominees for this post was confirmed by a voice vote in 50 days. READ
LEFT-WING HATE GROUP  Digital giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Twitter are all enlisting the left-wing hate group Southern Poverty Law Center to determine which organizations are “hate groups.” But it’s the Southern Poverty Law Center which is filled with hate. They’ve smeared good Christian organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom as a “hate group.”  READ
EDITOR’S NOTE  Because of Amazon’s decision to partner with a left-wing hate group, The Loop will no longer offer a $10 Amazon gift card as a promotion. Besides, a big Loop coffee mug is better anyway! Be sure to share the Loop with your friends. Use the referral button at the bottom of the email. Your friends will thank you, and you could get that Loop coffee mug!
SEVEN WINS  Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, credits the Trump administration for seven victories for life, faith, and family. Judicial confirmations, pro-life policies on international aid and domestic family planning, as well as tax cuts for working families were at the top of his list.  READ
CATHOLIC CONCERNS OVER “PRIDE MONTH”  Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence said, “Catholics should be very wary of events in the June LGBTQ month. It’s not a fun-filled, family-friendly celebration of respect. It promotes a lifestyle and agenda that, in the extreme, is morally offensive.”  READ
WAY TO GO, WICHITA!  There is a vocations boom in Wichita, Kansas. The small diocese ordained 10 men to the priesthood for the second year in a row, which increased the priestly population by about 20%. (For perspective, the Archdiocese of New York ordained 11 men, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles ordained 8 men this year.) READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Calvinism and Jansenism of the 17th century preached a distorted view of Christianity that substituted God’s love and sacrifice of His Son for all men with the fearful idea that a whole section of humanity was inexorably damned. The Church always countered this view with the infinite love of our Savior who died on the cross for all men. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. READ
DAILY MASS READINGS  “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.” (Is 12:3)  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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