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ENDING OBSTRUCTION   A Senate panel approved a plan to shorten debate times on most presidential nominations from 30 hours to 8 hours. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not say whether or when the full Senate would consider the change. READ
UPDATE ON ALFIE EVANS  An appeals court in the United Kingdom rejects what is likely the last legal hope for saving Alfie Evans. READ
SPEECH CONTROL  Local police in Liverpool, England, are warning social-media users to be careful about what they say online about Alfie Evans. Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said: “I would like to make people aware that these posts are being monitored.” READ
TRAVEL BAN  President Trump’s travel ban went before the Supreme Court. Legal scholar John Malcolm said the arguments suggest a win for Trump is likely.  READ
RUSSIA AND CATHOLICVOTE   Liberal website Vox blames WikiLeaks decision to publish John Podesta’s emails, and CatholicVote’s promotion of those emails, as the reason that Hillary Clinton lost Catholic support in 2016. Can you trust everything in this article? Nyet. READ
KANYE & TRUMP?  Rapper Kanye West’s surprising love for President Trump is dominating Twitter. “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” Kanye West tweeted.  READ
EPA HEAD FACING HEAT   Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Priutt faces tough questioning on Capitol Hill over his travel and spending. Pruitt has spent more than $3 million on security and frequent first-class travel. A White House spokesman noted that the Trump administration was looking into the concerns over Pruitt’s actions.  READ
CULTURE   GQ slams ‘overrated’ Bible, but writes about it all the time. READ
KEY TO VOCATIONS   New priests suggest orthodoxy is a key factor in what makes a diocese fertile ground for vocations.  READ
VOCATION STORY  They were going to get married. Now he’s a priest and she’s a sister. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  The devotion to our Lady of Good Counsel originated at Gennazzano, a village in the neighborhood of Rome, where an Augustinian church, in which is enshrined a miraculous picture of our Lady, had been for centuries a place of popular pilgrimage. READ
DAILY MASS READINGS  “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.” (Ps 89:2)  READ
WITNESS   Catholics gather at a vigil in St. Peter’s Square to pray for Alfie Evans. Meanwhile, American supporters are planning a prayer vigil outside the British Embassy in Washington DC today. READ

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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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