CALIFORNIA FIRES Join CatholicVote in praying today for the people of southern California who are dealing with mass evacuations due to massive wildfires, which has already caused 200,000 people to evacuate. http://cvote.it/2A3qeID
BABY BODY PARTS The Justice Department has formally launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices and the sale of fetal tissue and organs. Pro-life activist David Daleiden who uncovered this operation said of the news: “It is time for public officials to finally hold Planned Parenthood and their criminal abortion enterprise accountable under the law.” http://cvote.it/2A1tUKV
FRANKEN TO QUIT Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, announced his plans to leave office in what CNN called a “totally unapologetic resignation.” But Franken was also nonspecific about when his resignation would become effective. http://cvote.it/2A4vlIN
REP. FRANKS TO QUIT Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ, has been a pro-life stalwart in Congress. But now he is resigning from his seat after reportedly asking two of his female staffers to be surrogates. “I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress,” he said. http://cvote.it/2nGvgJF
QUOTE OF THE DAY “ ‘Al Franken will resign in disgrace from the US Senate during Donald Trump’s presidency’ -a lunatic in 2004.” -John Tabin
HOLLYWOOD X-Men director Bryan Singer was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003. http://cvote.it/2nDQCqM
PRIEST ON TV An Ohio priest is competing on a baking show on ABC. He told his parish: “I’m going away for an important evangelization project.” http://cvote.it/2A0IlPE
VATICAN The Vatican Christmas tree was lit yesterday. And this year, Pope Francis has a particularly busy schedule. http://cvote.it/2A0oakK
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION The choice of Our Lady in her Immaculate Conception as Patroness of the United States was approved by Pope Pius IX on Feb. 7, 1847 — eight years before he declared the Immaculate Conception to be an article of faith. http://cvote.it/2h8hXNp
CATHOLIC VOTE RADIO HOUR We talk about Catholic leaders who think supporters of the GOP tax bill are headed for Hell, how to push back against LGBT indoctrination for children, and the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court hearing. http://cvote.it/2nJ8hxg
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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.