LOOP: Senate rejects 2 plans to end shutdown

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
SENATE REJECTS FUNDING BILLS    After the Senate failed to get 60 votes on two different plans to end the partial government shutdown, the White House signaled their support for a “large down payment” on border wall funding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the offer. READ
GOP SENATORS LASH OUT AT PENCE   Several Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, allegedly gave Vice President Pence an “earful” in a private meeting on Capitol Hill after the Senate rejected plans to end the shutdown. “We’re all hearing from our constituents who are working for no pay,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, told reporters after the closed-door luncheon.  READ
EMERGENCY DECLARATION  CNN is reporting that the White House is preparing a national emergency order, and has already identified $7 billion in funding for a wall.   READ
FIGHTING BACK  The family of 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann is hiring a Georgia attorney known for filing aggressive libel and slander lawsuits.   READ
QUOTE OF THE WEEK  “What these Catholic ecclesiastics and Catholic intellectuals don’t seem to understand is that the secular liberal world, rather than willing to make a place for them if they go along with secular liberal pieties, is in a war against them—with the goal of total annihilation.” -Charlotte Allen  READ
DC BATHROOM DISPUTE   The City of Washington, DC, slapped a fine on a restaurant for asking a man to show ID in order to use a woman’s bathroom. The city required the restaurant to post a sign that reads, “All individuals are allowed to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity or expression.”  READ
HOLLYWEIRD   Actress Kate Hudson said that she’s raising her daughter to be “genderless.” But in her interview with AOL, she inadvertently referred to her daughter as “she.”  READ
FRENCH CONSERVATIVES?   Outside of Paris, the French people are more socially conservative than politicians think.  READ
15 YEAR OLD’S BODY IS INCORRUPT?  Carlo Acutis was a computer geek who cataloged all the Eucharistic miracles of the world before he died in 2006 of leukemia at age 15. There are now reports that his body has not corrupted. The postulator of his cause has asked for medical examiners to investigate the claim before making a definitive statement.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus was to be the turning point in his spiritual life. There he met Jesus and nothing was the same after that. Thereafter, all his zeal and energy were focused on the spread of the gospel message. We know him from his wonderful letters to the early Christian communities. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.” (Mk 16:15)  READ
RISING FROM THE ASHES   Three years ago, a mighty blaze destroyed major portions of a Chicago landmark. After the fire, a campaign was organized to save the shrine from a wrecking ball. Now, the National Shrine to Christ the King is getting new life.  READ
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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. 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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