LOOP: Kavanaugh’s accuser won’t agree to testify



KAVANAUGH’S ACCUSER WON’T TESTIFY  Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Ford, will not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday, her lawyer said. Ford will not appear at a public or closed Senate hearing until after an FBI investigation has being completed, her lawyer said. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley responds: “The FBI has indicated to the committee and in public statements that it considers the matter closed.”  READ
FEINSTEIN TRIES TO WALK BACK COMMENTS  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, is getting heat from both Democrats and Republicans for her comments about Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Ford. Kavanaugh’s accuser, Feinstein said, is “a woman that has been, I think, profoundly impacted, on this. I can’t say that everything is truthful. I don’t know.  READ
KAVANAUGH’S CLASSMATE   Another former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s denies attending a party like the one described in the allegation made by Christine Ford. “I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post,” said Patrick J. Smyth in a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”  READ
MEDIA BIAS  Emails indicate that NPR wouldn’t allow Gosnell to be called either an “abortionist” or an “abortion doctor” — only “Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell.”  READ
FORT TRUMP?  Polish President Andrzej Duda asked President Trump to construct a permanent U.S. military base in his country to deter Russia. And the Polish president even recommended naming the base “Fort Trump.” President Trump said: “I think Russia has acted aggressively. They respect force. They respect strength, as anyone does. And we have the greatest strength in the world, especially now.” READ
TRANSGENDER SUICIDE  A new study shows that transgender teens attempt suicide much more frequently than adolescents generally.  “All of us should demand a halt to the medical transition of minors until rigorous non-agenda-driven, long-term research is completed,” writes Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. READ
CULTURE  Netflix’s documentary on abortion left out hours of footage with pro-life women.  READ
CHRISTIANITY AND EUROPE  Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó: “We’d like to preserve Europe as a Christian Europe. We want to preserve Hungary as Hungarian and as a Christian Hungary.” READ
PRIEST BURNS RAINBOW FLAG   A priest in Chicago has burned a rainbow flag that once was hanging in the church’s sanctuary. “We put an end to a depiction of our Lord’s cross that was profane,” said Rev. Paul Kalchik. “It was cut into seven pieces, so it was burned over stages in the same fire pit that we used for the Easter vigil mass.”  READ
SAINT NO LONGER HONORED  An iconic Labor leader and lifelong atheist in Australia has been baptized as a Catholic at the age of 85. “From this day forward I’m going to vouch for God,”said Bill Hayden.  READ
SAINT QUOTE   “It is better to be a child of God than king of the whole world.” -Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
SAINT OF THE DAY  Little is known about the life of Januarius. Legend has it that he and his companions were thrown to the bears in the amphitheater of Pozzuoli, but the animals failed to attack them. They were then beheaded, and Januarius’ blood ultimately brought to Naples.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.” (Ps 33:12)  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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