LOOP: Supreme Court legalizes sports gambling

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THE LOOP by CATHOLICVOTE

TUESDAY, MAY 15
SUPREME COURT LEGALIZES SPORTS BETTING  The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that banned all sports gambling, except for Nevada. The Court said that Congress could regulate sports gambling directly, but if they did not enact a law, states could legalize gambling on football, baseball, basketball, and other major sports. READ
TWO MORE JUDGES  The Senate confirmed two more federal judges, both to the 7th Circuit. Both candidates received rare unanimous votes: Amy St. Eve, 91-0, and Michael Scudder, 90-0. READ
SPEED UP CONFIRMATIONS?  President Trump to call on Senate Republicans to speed up confirmations for his nominees to the executive branch and federal judiciary. It has taken an average of 84 days to confirm Trump’s nominees — far longer than the previous four presidents. Sen. John Cornyn, the #2 Republican in the Senate, said a plan to reduce debate time on nominations is a good idea. “We need to get it done.” READ
FIRST LADY HOSPITALIZED  First Lady Melania Trump will remain hospitalized all week after successful surgery to treat a benign kidney condition. READ
MIDTERM SURPRISE?  For over a year, pundits were suggesting that Democrats were poised to win big in the 2018 mid-term elections. But conventional wisdom seems to changing a little bit, as President Trump’s approval rating ticks up. Michigan Democrat Dan Kildee admitted that the race was no slam dunk for the Democrats: “I think anyone who was proclaiming victory a couple of months ago was premature.” READ
GENEROSITY  An Australian man has saved the lives of some 2.4 million babies by donating his blood once a week for 60 years. James Harrison has an extremely rare blood which contains antibodies that fight hemolytic disease for unborn and newborn children.  READ
CIVIL WAR?   Matt Walsh says hatred can lead to civil war, but that’s not our country’s problem today. “The cancer in our blood is indifference. Our moral and intellectual apathy is the thing that will prevent our country from breaking apart or exploding into civil war, but it’s also the thing that will drag our nation, as one whole piece, into ruin and decay.” READ
TWO VOCATIONS Twins consecrated to Virgin Mary in infancy become priest, nun.  READ
QUOTE OF THE DAY  “I have made respect for life one of my primary goals as a bishop. It is the primary moral challenge of our time, especially relating to the unborn. I was ordained in 1973, the same year Roe v. Wade was announced. So, in a sense, the pro-life issue has paralleled my own work as a priest and bishop.” -Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, in an interview with Catholic World Report. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Isidore was a Spanish laborer who worked most of his life as a ploughman for a nobleman who lived near Madrid, Spain. Although working many hours a day, he never failed to attend daily Mass, and spend time praying before the Holy Eucharist.  READ
DAILY MASS READINGS  “Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.” (Ps 113:8)  READ
HONORED  “I am decidedly and unapologetically Catholic,” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told graduates at Christendom College. (His remarks begin at 8:36). WATCH
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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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