LOOP: New tariffs on China start

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TRADE TALKS White House says talks between the United States and China are set to resume today. Additional U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports went into effect at 12:01 am this morning. READ
TRADE ANALYSIS  Steven Mosher said that Trump’s tariff tactic is the best way to finally make China stop cheating on trade: “China had a great game going. It forced US companies to partner with a Chinese-owned company, which then, after squeezing the Americans dry of their technology, squeezed them right back out of China.”  READ
COLORADO SHOOTER The young man who is suspected of the school shooting in Denver had denounced “all these Christians who hate gays” in his social media postings.  READ
RALLY IN PHILLY Pro-life groups are gathering in Philadelphia to hold a “rally against bullying” in response to the harassment of pro-life protesters by Democratic State Rep. Brian Sims. READ 
PAPAL DOCUMENT  Pope Francis released a new document that sets out a clear procedure for investigating bishops accused of sexual activity, abusing vulnerable persons, or possessing child pornography. It also applies to bishops who interfere or avoid investigation of sexual abuse. READ 
MEDICAL BILLING President Trump outlined a plan to stop surprise medical billing. The president said that patients should be told ahead of treatment if a specialist is out of their network. Additionally, Trump is calling for banning the practice of billing patients for the portion of charges that insurance will not cover.  READ 
CREDIT CARDS Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, D-VT, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, call for a 15% cap on credit card interest rates. Americans have more than $1 trillion in credit card debt. According to CreditCards.com, the national average interest rate on credit cards is 17.73%.  READ 
BIG TECH THREAT “Social media only works as a business model if it consumes users’ time and attention day after day after day. It needs to replace the various activities we did perfectly well without social media, for the entire known history of the human race, with itself. It needs to replace those activities with time spent on social media.” -Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO.  READ 
STUDENTS WALK OUT Students walked out of a Colorado school shooting vigil after politicians push gun control during their speeches. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  St. Damien de Veuster became so well known for his work among the lepers in Hawaii that Moloka’i almost became his surname. Dedicating his life to those suffering from Hansen’s disease, Damien made the world aware of their plight. He succumbed to the disease and died in 1889. 
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DAILY READINGS  “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” (Ps 117:1)  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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