LOOP: Pence eulogizes Bush at US Capitol



PENCE REMEMBERS BUSH  Vice President Mike Pence said that former President George H.W. Bush was a model for him in public service. “President Bush was a great leader who made a great difference in the life of this nation. But he was also just a good man.”  READ
VOTE ON JUDGES BACK ON?  Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has scheduled a committee meeting on Monday to consider 26 judicial nominations. Senate Republicans had hoped that the panel would have voted on the judges last week, but Grassley tabled the meeting because of Republican Jeff Flake’s refusal to support any judicial confirmations until he gets a vote on his bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.  READ
BUSINESSMEN ADOPT “PENCE RULE”  The ‘MeToo’ movement is having an effect on Wall Street, but it might not be the one people had expected. Many top executives are adopting Vice President Mike Pence’s rule of not dining alone with a woman not his wife. This article by Bloomberg details the phenomenon and describes it as “subtle, but insidious.”  READ
THE BOSS  Bruce Springsteen has been a supporter of many liberal causes, but he doesn’t think there’s a Democratic candidate now who can beat Donald Trump in 2020. “I don’t see anyone out there at the moment … the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump. You need someone who can speak some of the same language [as Trump]… and the Democrats don’t have an obvious, effective presidential candidate.”  READ
TUMBLR: NO MORE PORN  Tumblr, a blogging and social media site, announced that pornography would no longer be allowed on their site. The move apparently comes after Apple removed the Tumblr app from the App Store after images of child sexual abuse were discovered on Tumblr pages. READ
PRISONERS  Iowa prisoners are suing the state over its ban on pornography in Iowa’s nine state prisons. The lawsuit calls for an end to the ban and for $25,000 to be awarded to each of the dozen inmates listed in the lawsuit.  READ
MEDICAID FOR NON-CITIZENS  Immigrants who have entered the country illegally could be eligible to receive Medicaid benefits under new legislation proposed in California.  READ
SPIRITUAL BATTLE  45 years later, “The Exorcist” retains the ability to shock. The audience is forced to undergo horror in order to clarify the issue of good and evil. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint John Damascene was born in Damascus, but spent most of his life in a monastery near Jerusalem. Little is known about his life, but he is remembered as the last of the Eastern Church Fathers. He gained fame as a poet and an author. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.” (Ps 72:1)  READ
ADVENT  Ditch the “Elf on the Shelf” for some more Christ-centered alternatives instead. SHARE

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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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