LOOP: Trump to deliver prime time speech on the border

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 8
PRIME TIME ADDRESS  President Trump will deliver a prime-time address on the “national security crisis” at the border at 9 p.m. ET. All four major broadcast networks, and the three major cable news networks, have all agreed to the White House’s request for air time. Vice President Pence claimed the address was necessary because Democrats refuse to negotiate until the partial government shutdown is ended. “Senior Democratic staff did not dispute our facts about the border,” said Pence.  READ
JUSTICE GINSBURG  For the first time in her 25 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a day of oral arguments as she recuperates from cancer surgery. She is 85.  READ
2020   Former Vice President Joe Biden is skeptical that any of the other potential Democratic presidential candidates could defeat President Trump. And so Biden is apparently considering a presidential run himself. READ
2020  Elizabeth Warren doesn’t talk much like this today, but in her 2003 book, The Two Income Trap, she almost sounded like Rick Santorum: “As millions of mothers poured in the workplace it became increasingly difficult to put together a middle-class life on a single income. The combination has taken these women out of the home away from their children and simultaneously made family life less, not more, financially secure. Today’s middle-class mother is trapped: She can’t afford to work and she can’t afford to quit.”  READ
WHITE HOUSE TOP AIDE  Before he was promoted to Acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney was apparently inquiring about becoming president at the University of South Carolina. The White House has denied the rumors.  READ
MARKETS AND THEIR LIMITS  Tucker Carlson’s monologue has spurred a major debate in conservative circles on economics and social cohesion. J.D. Vance, author of the Hillbilly Elegy, said that conservatives should heed Tucker Carlson’s advice. “There is, by many on the right, an effort to sing the praises of market capitalism without acknowledging the tensions between our pro-market principles and everything else.”  READ
CATHOLIC SCANDAL   Opus Dei agreed to pay a victim $977,000 to settle a sexual misconduct suit against Fr. C. John McCloskey in 2005. The woman claims that Fr. McCloskey groped her several times while she was going to pastoral counseling. Fr. McCloskey is well-known among influential Catholics in the nation’s capital. Newt Gingrich, Sam Brownback, and Larry Kudlow all have credited Fr. McCloskey for preparing their conversions to the Catholic Church.  READ
SPORTS  The Chicago Bears lost a playoff game after their kicker Cody Parkay missed a 43-yard field goal attempt. But that didn’t stop him from joining other players and offering prayers to God immediately after the game. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Angela of Foligno was a wife and mother who had little interest in the spiritual life until about the age 40. After her husband and children died, Saint Angela entered the Secular Franciscans living a life of prayer and service. Others were attracted to her way of life and they formed a religious community. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.” (Ps 72:1)  READ
DEVOTION   Place yourself under Saint Joseph’s protection with this beautiful devotion.  SHARE
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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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