LOOP: Trump walks back his Helsinki remarks



TRUMP BACKPEDALS  President Trump claims he misspoke in Helsinki. Trump said that he does accept U.S. intelligence on Russian meddling. “I have felt very strongly that while Russia had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me totally clear in saying that I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” said President Trump. READ
TAX CUTS 2.0  More tax cuts could be on the way. At a White House meeting, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said the House could vote on another tax cut bill in September.  READ
KAVANAUGH  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said: “A vote for Judge Kavanaugh is a vote to destroy Roe v Wade.” She even claimed that Kavanaugh would overturn Brown v. Board of Education, which desegregated the public schools in the 1954.  READ
A BREAKTHROUGH   A recent company decided that no meat would be offered at company meals. Immediately an analogy was made to Hobby Lobby’s policy on contraception. But when a writer from The New Republic was challenged on the facts, she actually admitted that she was mistaken. It’s a reminder of how much hyperbole and hysteria revolved around this issue back in 2014. READ
MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY INVESTIGATED  The government of India announced that they will be investigating all childcare homes run by the Missionaries of Charity after reports that several children were allegedly sold by an employee at a Missionaries of Charity home for unwed mothers. READ
LETTER TO THE LOOP  Simon O. writes: “I’m confused about judicial confirmations under President Trump. I’ve read a lot about opposition and blocking of his nominees by Senate Democrats, and that seems to be true, but, on the other hand, I’ve seen a few things like today’s headline that if either of two Circuit Court nominees is confirmed, it will give Pres. Trump a record number of confirmed appeals court judges for a president’s first 2 years in office. That seems hard to reconcile with the storyline of major obstruction and blocking of nominees in the Senate.”  LOOP EDITOR:  Filibustering nominees to the federal bench used to be relatively rare. But as of May 2018, Democrats have forced cloture votes to delay 36 of the 39 nominees. Thomas Jipping of the Heritage Foundation notes: “By comparison, the Senate had taken only three cloture votes on judicial nominations at this point under the previous 12 presidents combined. That’s every president since the cloture rule was applied to nominations in 1949.” So the delaying is a definite reality. But because Harry Reid ended the use of the filibuster in 2013, the Democratic minority can only delay, not filibuster these judicial nominations.
‘WEEPING’ STATUE  A ‘weeping’ statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is being investigated by the Diocese of Las Cruces in New Mexico.  READ
DIGITAL GIANT HONORS A PRIEST  A pleasant surprise: Google honors Fr. George Lemaitre, the Catholic priest who first proposed the Big Bang theory.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Camillus de Lellis has an unusual story. Rejected by the Capuchins because of an ongoing medical condition, and against the advice of a friend, Saint Camillus founded a religious community on his own to care for the sick. These men proved to be invaluable during the plague, caring for the worst of its victims. Saint Camillus’ persistence won out in the end. READ
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord will not abandon his people.” (Ps 94:5)  READ

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Rob Schroeder on

    The level of political bias at this site is absurd. To pretend that Republicans did not attempt to block President Obama’s court nominations is to ignore simple historical facts.
    As usual, the problem is that rather than relying on primary sources, you have decided that anything conservatives say is fact. As it turns out, once again, the conservatives are not telling the truth. Imagine that!
    According to the Congressional Research Service, before the vote to end filibustering of judicial nominees, there have been 122 cloture attempts on judicial nominees since 1949. 54, or 44%, took place in Obama’s first term alone!
    If it’s fine for Republicans to block Democratic presidents from naming judges, then the situation vice versa is fine too. Or is there actually a Catholic perspective that says otherwise?

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