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U.S.-MEXICO AGREEMENT  President Trump said Friday that the United States has reached a deal with Mexico and that he “indefinitely suspended” tariffs which were set to begin today. Under the agreement, Mexico will deploy 6,000 members of its national guard to its southern border. The agreement also allows the U.S. to “rapidly” return asylum seekers to Mexico. READ
FIGHT OVER THE JUDICIARY  The New York Times is reporting that liberal advocacy groups are lining up young judicial nominees in order to convince federal judges not to retire until 2021, when they hope a Democrat will be inaugurated president.  READ
2020  A well-respected Iowa poll shows Joe Biden still in first place at 24%, but his support went down a third from where it was in December. Bernie Sanders remains stuck at 16%, with Elizabeth Warren rising to 15%. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is in close fourth place at 14%. Kamala Harris had 7%, with no other candidate above 2%. READ 
BIDEN’S HISTORY ON ABORTION  David Harsanyi details the changes in Joe Biden’s record on abortion, from his four decades in the Senate, to his tenure as vice president. READ 
ALYSSA MILANO & JOE BIDEN?  Actress Alyssa Milano contacted the Biden campaign to convince the former vice president to drop his support for the Hyde Amendment. CNN reported that the actress spoke to Joe Biden directly. READ 
TRUMP: TWITTER NEEDS FREE SPEECH President Trump called on Twitter to reinstate conservative voices who were booted on the social media platform. “Twitter should let the banned Conservative Voices back onto their platform, without restriction. It’s called Freedom of Speech, remember.”  READ 
BAKER SUED FOR 3RD TIME  Baker Jack Phillips of the Masterpiece Cakeshop has been sued by a Denver woman who requested a birthday cake celebrating her gender transition. The cake was ordered the day of the Supreme Court ruling in 2018.  READ 
GUAM & ABORTION  The governor of Guam wants to find an abortionist who will come to the island and perform abortions. Guam’s last abortion doctor retired in May 2018, and no doctors on the island are willing to perform abortions. Guam is a territory of the United States.  READ 
NOT RACIALLY MOTIVATED  A bakery in Ohio was awarded $11 million in damages from Oberlin College after protests outside the business in November 2016. Three black Oberlin students were arrested after one shoplifted from the bakery. Student protests erupted, claiming the robbery charge was racially motivated. The jury found that Oberlin was liable for defamation. READ 
OUR FATHER  The Vatican has confirmed the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal prepared by the Italian bishops’ conference that included changes to the Our Father prayer.  READ 
YEAR OF SCANDAL  J.D. Flynn writes about the recent scandal involving Bishop Michael Bransfield, who is accused of both sexual and financial improprieties. “In light of the Bransfield report, Catholics are now asking whether there is any evidence that an apparent culture of clubby loyalties cultivated through ‘personal gifts’ has actually come to an end…. The Bransfield report does further damage to the credibility of the U.S. bishops, at a moment when, for many practicing Catholics, their credit is already running quite low,” said Flynn.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed Joachima was a wife, mother, widow, and founder of the Carmelite Sisters of Charity. Used to taking care of others, she experienced total dependency on others toward the end of her life.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.” (Ps 87:1)  READ 
FULTON SHEEN  The Archdiocese of New York announced that they will transfer the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen to Peoria, Illinois.  SHARE

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