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McMASTER IN OR OUT?  The White House denied reports that President Trump was ousting his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster. “Just spoke to POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster — contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC,” said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. READ
SECOND SPECIAL COUNSEL?  Four GOP senators, including Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, have requested a second special counsel to investigate the FBI and Justice Department’s actions on the Russia probe before Robert Mueller took over. READ
SCHOOL SAFETY  An app designed to promote school safety and student well-being in Utah has flagged 86 credible threats of school violence over two years, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says. “The powerful part of this is that on the other end of the line, it’s not a voice answering machine, it’s not a calling tree, it is someone who will text back immediately who’s a trained professional,” said Reyes. READ
THE CREEPER ACT  Dan Donovan spent 20 years as a federal prosecutor and putting pedophiles behind bars. Now he’s in Congress, and he’s made it his mission to ban something so gross, it will make you sick: child sex dolls. “I will do everything possible to stop crimes against children,” Rep. Donovan, R-NY, said. READ
CALIFORNIA  The first illegal immigrant has been appointed to a state office in California. Lawmaker Kevin de León denounced President Trump while announcing the hire. READ
COLLEGE BIAS  A recent survey discovered that 80% of college university presidents think that “perceptions of liberal bias” are partially responsible for growing public dissatisfaction with higher education. But despite this, 71% of these college presidents do not believe that these “Republicans’ doubts about higher education are justified.” READ
TRUMP JR DIVORCE  Very sad news. Vanessa Trump has filed for divorce from her husband, Donald Trump, Jr., eldest son of President Trump. The proceeding was uncontested, suggesting that there will not be a legal battle over custody of the couple’s five children or their assets. They were married in 2005. READ
SCIENCE & FAITH  A Catholic scientists reflects on the life and work of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. READ
WOW  A statute of the Baby Jesus stolen from a New Jersey parish in the 1930s has just been returned. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Together Saint Clement Mary and his fellow Redemptorist Thaddeus, preached five sermons per day while working in Warsaw, Poland. But this didn’t seem to overtask Saint Clement Mary who eventually faced arrests, imprisonment, and exile. But he kept on going until his death at the age of 68. READ
DAILY MASS READINGS  “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” (Ps 34:19)  READ
BEAUTY  The new cathedral in Knoxville, Tennessee, is truly beautiful. 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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