LOOP: Senate confirms new FBI director



FBI DIRECTOR // The Senate confirmed Christopher Wray in a 92-5 vote. Before this vote, only one other no vote was ever cast against a nominee for FBI director. Which makes the five votes against this nominee all the more striking. http://cvote.it/2vgTJaJ

CHINA // Frustrated by China’s inability or reluctance to pressure North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, President Trump is readying actions against China on trade over its theft of U.S. intellectual property. http://cvote.it/2vheCTa

TAXES // Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans will go it alone on tax reform. “We have been informed by the majority of the Democrats in a letter I just received today that most of the principles that would get the country growing again they are not interested in addressing,” McConnell said. http://cvote.it/2vhHwCZ

ANTI-CHRISTIAN // Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, takes on ABC for labeling a Christian organization as a “hate group.” Lankford wrote: “Since I think I can confidently assume that ABC news is a strong supporter of the First Amendment, why would ABC News label a peaceful group as a ‘hate group’ simply because of a difference of opinion?” http://cvote.it/2vgMSye

COLLEGE FREE SPEECH // Great news: North Carolina’s House of Representatives passed the Restore Campus Free Speech Act, which would require a public university system’s board of trustees to develop a statement in favor of free speech and review the university’s commitment to free expression during freshman orientation programs. Expect other states to follow suit. http://cvote.it/2vhi94h

SEX TRAFFICKING // A website called Backpage is considered by authorities to be an online brothel. And they are suing Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley who’s trying to investigate the website for its alleged role in sex trafficking. A U.S. Senate report in January contends that the site is involved in 73 percent of all child trafficking reports received from the National Center for Exploited Children. Hawley, a Republican, is considered a potential U.S. Senate candidate in 2018 against pro-abortion Claire McCaskill. http://cvote.it/2vhGGpK

THINK TANK // The Board of Trustees of the Heritage Foundation approached Sen. Ben Sasse, R-NE, to be the head of their organization. But the Senate’s leading anti-Trump Republican declined the offer. http://cvote.it/2vhgueG

CATHOLIC // A Catholic group fighting HHS mandate remains disappointed that exemption still hasn’t been issued. http://cvote.it/2vhpyk2

CATHOLIC // Welsh seminarians were mistaken for a bachelor party gag, and nearly kicked out of a pub. Realizing their error, management invited them to stay and bought them a round of drinks. http://cvote.it/2vhhS0S

SAINT // Saint Eusebius of Vercelli  – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “Holy is the Lord our God.” (Ps 99:9) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings



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  1. I can’t wait to hear from Catholic Vote about how tax cuts for the rich, paid for by cutting Medicare, will transform my life. Further, I await the of simultaneously drastically increasing military expenses while cutting taxes, thus paid for by cutting Medicare and Medicaid. As a 70,000 annual earner, clearly my life will improve by leaps and bounds with less health care spending, more military spending and more money for rich people.

    • IF you work for a rich person-which most people do-then you stand to possibly benefit.
      If the net spend by the government increases, you will likely not benefit, since the increase in net spend will be paid for by rich people.

      455 of Americans’ effective tax rate is zero.

  2. Ryan Schroeder on

    High praise to the Democrats to not following along on tax cuts for the rich. Why should they vote for voodoo economics? I am baffled as to how we have determined that the economy will grow by leaps and bounds by giving the rich more money so they can start and expand businesses. Who will be buying the products?

    • The people they hire will buy them, to name one group.

      45% of Americans have an effective tax rate of zero. You can’t cut their taxes any lower than that, right?


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