LOOP: Senator worries protest mobs will get someone killed




BITTER MOB  Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, says he’s worried about “assassination” after the raucous and bitter mobs that formed during and after the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation battle. “I really worry that somebody is going to be killed, and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation … they have to realize they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence.” Paul was himself a victim of violence when his neighbor blindsided him while he was mowing his yard last year.  READ
NIKKI HALEY LEAVING U.N.  U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that she’ll be stepping down from her top diplomatic role at the end of the year. According to White House aids, President Trump has a list of 5 potential successors to Haley. READ
IMPEACH KAVANAUGH?  Is the fight really over? Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, said that if Democrats retake Congress, they will consider impeaching Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  READ
KAVANAUGH’S FIRST DAY  The anger was gone. In fact, good humor marked the first day on the Supreme Court for Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling,” Chief Justice John Roberts told Kavanaugh at the beginning of oral arguments. READ
SENATE 2020  Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, has long been considered the most endangered Senate Republican seeking reelection this year. But a new Marist/NBC poll shows the race in a dead heat, with Heller at 46%, and pro-abortion Jacky Rosen at 44%. READ
MEDIA BIAS  The major network newscasts provided no coverage to the Democratic staffer who was denied bond for “doxxing” the personal information of Republican lawmakers. READ
JUDICIAL WARS   The brutal confirmation battles didn’t start with Democrats attacking Brett Kavanaugh or Republicans blocking a vote on Merrick Garland. One former congressional staffer thinks President Trump should nominate Miguel Estrada to fill Brett Kavanaugh’s vacated seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Estrada was nominated for the federal bench by George W. Bush in 2006 but never received a vote because of a filibuster by Senate Democrats, who opposed him because Estrada “is a Latino, and the [Bush] White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment.”  READ
‘X’ ON BIRTH CERTIFICATES?  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs a law adding “X” as a third sex on birth certificates. READ
NORTH KOREA AND THE POPE  North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a Catholic, is set to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican Oct. 18.  READ
SAINT QUOTE  “Pride makes us forgetful of our eternal interests. It causes us to neglect totally the care of our soul.” -St. John Baptist de La Salle
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Francis Borgia had it made according to every social standard. He had name, position, power, etc. But after a series of events, including the death of his wife, he joined the Jesuits, where he used his professional talents and abilities in the service of his Order and the Church. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.” (Ps 117:1)  READ
BEAUTY     Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris, France. 

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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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