LOOP: Trump calls for end of diversity visa lottery

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TERROR IN NY  President Trump wants the diversity visa lottery abolished: “I’m going to ask Congress to immediately initiate or get rid of this program.” The lottery program has been around for two decades and gives out 50,000 visas annually to countries that rarely send immigrants to America. http://cvote.it/2lFY2sO

JUDGES, JUDGES, JUDGES  The Senate confirmed Joan Larsen to the 6th Circuit in a 60-38 vote. Larsen had been serving on the Michigan Supreme Court. She once served as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. http://cvote.it/2lGroXS

TAX PLAN  House Republicans were still negotiating last night ahead of their promised tax bill roll out set for today.  http://cvote.it/2lG4pMN

SENATE 2018  Republicans thought they’d have a strategic advantage for the Senate races in next year’s elections. But in fact, they run the risk of losing seats. More bad news for the GOP: Three vulnerable Democrats from very red states — North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, and Montana’s Jon Tester — all have approval ratings above 50%. http://cvote.it/2lF8uRb  

ELECTION 2017  A horrific new ad portrays a GOP voter as a racist truck driver trying to kill kids. The Democratic candidate Ralph Northam has refused to denounce the ad. Latino Victory pulled the ad from the air, but left it on YouTube. Virginians elect a new governor on Nov. 7.  http://cvote.it/2lHdDs0

ICONOCLASM  Why the slope from toppling Confederate monuments to shunning the Founding Fathers is so slippery. http://cvote.it/2lE9Z1Y

MEDIA BIAS  Linda Greenhouse was the chief Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times for 40 years. Now that she quit, she admits that she’s been a longtime monthly donor for abortion giant Planned Parenthood. http://cvote.it/2lGaOaN

NFL SLIDES, MLB RISES?  With National Anthem protests and mediocre on-field play, the NFL has seen a major drop in the ratings. All the while, baseball is experiencing a bit of a resurgence. http://cvote.it/2lFxWGn

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY  Good for Notre Dame: With their religious liberty restored, the University of Notre Dame eliminates birth control coverage for employees and students. http://cvote.it/2lFyBrr

NEW BOOK   Bishop Robert Barron muses on evangelization, Bob Dylan, and the infield fly rule. http://cvote.it/2lFpFCf  

SAINT OF THE DAY  Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS READINGS  “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” (Ps 23:1) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. 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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