LOOP: Budget deal apparently reached




BUDGET DEAL REACHED  Lawmakers have reached a border deal that would include $1.375 billion for physical barriers. That’s much lower than the $5.7 billion requested by President Trump. Both sides claimed victory in the talks.  READ 
TRUMP HITS DEMS ON ABORTION  At a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, President Trump attacked Democrats for embracing late-term abortions. “Allowing children to be ripped from their mother’s womb right up until the moment of birth. What’s that all about?”  READ 
DOUBTS ON BIDEN?  Democratic insiders cast deep doubt on the prospects of a presidential run by former Vice President Joe Biden. “This last election cycle, we’ve seen a whole new level of energy that has emerged through a lot of fresh faces, and the party has moved in that direction and wants to hear new ideas and different messages,” said Norm Sterzenbach, former head of the Iowa Democratic Party.  READ 
MN DEMOCRAT APOLOGIZES  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebuked freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar for comments she made on Twitter that were anti-Semitic. “Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” said Pelosi. Omar apologized on Twitter.  READ 
NEVER SAY NEVER?   Conservative columnist declared himself “Never Trump” three years ago. Now he’s endorsed Trump in 2020. “In 2016, we knew who the Democrats were and were not sure of who Donald Trump was. Now we know both and I prefer this President to the alternative,” he said. READ 
ASSISTED SUICIDE   A bill to legalize assisted suicide in New Jersey cleared a state senate legislative committee. “Like other states that have confused liberty with license, New Jersey is considering a law that would promote physician-prescribed death,” said Dr. Edward J. Furton of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.  READ 
HUNGARY’S PRO-FAMILY PLATFORM   Women in Hungary who have had and raised at least four children will be exempt from income tax for the rest of their lives, under Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s seven-point family protection action plan.  READ 
CHURCH SCANDAL  The Archdiocese of New York responds to a groping allegation against the late Cardinal Spellman.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Apollonia is the patron saint of dentists because her teeth were knocked out by an angry mob. Hardly the way we would wish a dentist to extract our teeth, but Saint Apollonia certainly evidenced great courage in her defiance of those who were attacking Christians. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!”  READ
NICE SAVE   Hockey player who collapses from cardiac arrest is rescued by his teammate.  WATCH


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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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