LOOP: Trump demands funding for border wall



BORDER // In Arizona, President Trump vows: “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.” The President also hinted that he might pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio. He criticized both of Arizona’s Republican Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain. http://cvote.it/2w1ogHz

IMMIGRATION // President Trump pushed the issue of immigration on his trip to Arizona. Here is the status of 7 key immigration policies backed by Trump: http://cvote.it/2wlSpnx

SPORTS // ESPN removed a sportscaster from broadcasting a University of Virginia football game in Charlottesville this weekend “simply because of the coincidence of his name.” The Asian-American broadcaster’s name is Robert Lee. We are not making this up. http://cvote.it/2wkWuIY

SENATE 2018 // Liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, took heat in her 2012 election for not paying $320,000 in back taxes on a $2 million private plane that she owned with her husband. So it’s rather strange that a townhall this week she told her constituents that private planes are something “that normal people can afford.” Talk about an unforced error for a candidate facing a difficult reelection campaign next year. McCaskill claims to be Catholic but supports abortion. http://cvote.it/2wlJRxg

POLITICS // Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, must “relearn” how to walk after a lunatic shot him at a Congressional baseball field in June. http://cvote.it/2wllQpU

VETERANS // A veterans’ organization in Philadelphia is building a community of tiny homes for veterans who struggle with homelessness. It is estimated that 11% of homeless people are veterans. http://cvote.it/2wlQAHd

SPORTS // NFL star Benjamin Watson of the Baltimore Ravens calls abortion “the ultimate form of racism.” http://cvote.it/2wlA9L9

CATHOLIC // Sister Joseph Marie Ruessman of the Sisters of Mercy in Alma, Michigan, was killed in a hit-and-run accident last week while riding on her bicycle. At her funeral Monday, she was remembered for her fidelity to Christ, tireless hard work in her community, and her joyful laugh. Sr. Joseph Marie was also a strong defender of religious liberty and was a signatory on a letter of religious leaders to President Obama. The letter said Obama’s “accommodation” for religious liberty for the contraceptive mandate was “unacceptable.” Requiescat in pace, Sr. Joseph Marie. http://cvote.it/2wkNGCU

CATHOLIC // A Catholic priest in Virginia is temporarily stepping down after he revealed in editorial that he once burned crosses as a member of the KKK. In the article, Fr. William Aitcheson wrote: “To anyone who has been subjected to racism or bigotry, I am sorry. I have no excuse, but I hope you will forgive me.” There have been no accusations of bigotry or prejudice against Fr. Aitcheson during his priestly ministry. http://cvote.it/2wkTZWW

SAINT // Saint Rose of Lima – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “Lord, in your strength the king is glad.” (Ps 21:2) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

BEAUTY // Design studios are working overtime to restore sacred beauty back to our Catholic churches. http://cvote.it/2wlOpn9


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  1. Apparently the rest of Trump’s speech, where he misquoted his own Charlottesville to pretend he didn’t morally equivocate Nazis and anti-Nazis, and where he praised a CNN commentator who tweeted “Seig Heil!” was not worth mentioning here.

    Oh, and the Trump budget cuts 100% of funding to community organizations seeking to innovate in the public housing sphere, but that’s not worth mentioning either.

  2. Ryan Schroeder on

    To no one’s surprise, you conveniently failed to mention the most important part of Trump’s speech – when he declared that the Confederacy is his own heritage.
    “And yes, by the way — and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. You see that.”
    What are we to make of this? His grandfather emigrated to New York (not the south) in 1885. Trump’s father was a lifelong New Yorker. Trump was born in New York, spent his childhood in New York, went to school in New York, and has lived the majority of his adult life in New York (he does, of course, live in the winters in Florida pre-presidency).
    Since the President is very much not racist, how is his legacy the Confederacy, given that his family didn’t live in the country at any time during the Confederacy, and he has no ancestral ties to the Confederacy? What is he actually saying?

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