LOOP: White House attacks Senate Majority Leader

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HEALTH CARE // The Trump White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell launched salvos at each other over the stalled health care agenda in the Senate. McConnell had complained that President Trump had created “excessive expectations” about how much could be accomplished this year. But White House social media director Dan Scavino slammed McConnell for “more excuses.” http://cvote.it/2vHeIE5

CATHOLIC // Converts to the Catholic faith tend to be conservative-leaning. And that is getting under the skin of several liberal cradle Catholic writers. They’re complaining about being ‘lectured’ about the faith from people who were not born into the Church. Catholic convert Matthew Schmitz not only defends his honor, but demolishes this totally weak argument. http://cvote.it/2vHy9fQ

SENATE 2018 // Major Trump donor Robert Mercer is donating $300,000 to a super PAC backing Kelli Ward, who wants to oust Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, in the GOP primary next year. The move is to get back at Flake who just published a new book called “Conscience of a Conservative” — which argues that the GOP is in denial about Trump. http://cvote.it/2vGIyIK

SENATE 2018 // And now Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, has drawn a Republican primary opponent, too. Danny Tarkanian wants to unseat Heller by hitching his wagon to Trump. But most of Nevada Republican party officials, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, back Heller.   http://cvote.it/2vH880q

CULTURE // A Disney cartoon geared for preschoolers features lesbian ‘moms’. http://cvote.it/2vGXtm8

CATHOLIC // A total eclipse will be visible on Aug. 21 at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. The Catholic college is not only welcoming visitors interested in viewing the eclipse, but they’re also hosting talks by astronomers from the Vatican Observatory, and opening their own observatory. http://cvote.it/2vH19V7

CATHOLIC // After years of exile, Dominican sisters return to Iraq’s Nineveh Plain. http://cvote.it/2vGKfpJ

SAINT // Saint Lawrence – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.” (Ps 112:5) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

WITNESS // When St. Katharine Drexel defeated the KKK. http://cvote.it/2voYeOe

 

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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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