NORTH KOREA North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said he had a nuclear button ready to go. Not to be outdone, President Trump went to Twitter: “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” http://cvote.it/2CxPI5s
SENATE 2018 Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, announced he won’t seek reelection. He has served in the Senate since 1977. Mitt Romney, now a Utah resident, is expected to run for that Senate seat. http://cvote.it/2Cwbw1r
QUOTE OF THE DAY “One of my proudest legislative achievements is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which guarantees vigorous religious liberty protections for all Americans.” -Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT.
TAX BILL BONUSES American Airlines and Southwest announce a $1,000 bonus to their employees because of the GOP-passed tax bill. http://cvote.it/2CtL34F
SANCTUARY STATE You’ve heard of sanctuary cities. Now California is a sanctuary state. The new law prevents police in California from asking people about their immigration status or participating in most federal immigration enforcement actions. http://cvote.it/2CvMa3F
GERMAN CHURCH The Catholic Church in Germany has an incredibly low Mass attendance. But the German Catholic Church reached a record $7.1 billion last year because of the country’s church tax. http://cvote.it/2CyrAzW
EVANGELIZING THE NONES The fastest-growing “religious” group in the United States is the “nones” — people who claim no religious affiliation. Bringing the Gospel message to this group is the big challenge of our time, says Bishop Robert Barron. http://cvote.it/2CyrMPk
IRAN & CHRISTIANITY Could Iranian protests bring religious freedom for Christians? One man who has hope is an Iranian-born journalist who converted to Catholicism in 2016. http://cvote.it/2Cw8qKQ