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TRUMP BUDGET // The White House calls for big cuts in domestic programs, including public broadcasting and the humanities. “The president finally got to the point where he said, ‘do I really want to make the coal miner in West Virginia, or the auto worker in Ohio, or the single mom in Detroit to pay for the National Endowment of the Arts or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting?’ And the answer is no,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney. http://cvote.it/2myzmxD

TRUMP BUDGET // Radio show host Glenn Beck, a longtime Trump critic, on proposed budget cuts: “I am so pro-Trump right now.” http://cvote.it/2ntM8SU

HEALTH CARE // The House Budget Committee narrowly passed the Republican health care bill despite three conservatives on the panel who voted no. House Speaker Paul Ryan says that President Trump is “deeply involved” in winning votes for the bill. “He is helping bridge gaps in our conference. He is a constructive force … His listening and negotiating skills are bringing people together,” said Ryan. http://cvote.it/2myw7Gt

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY // HHS mandate remains despite Trump’s religious liberty promises. http://cvote.it/2ntL7Ku

CULTURE // Tony Esolen: “I’m proud to say that I belong to the most multi-cultural institution in the history of the world, by far. I am a Roman Catholic. And I am ashamed to say that I belong to an institution strangely determined to destroy what remains in modern life that may properly be called cultural: I am a college professor.” http://cvote.it/2myKoCN

CATHOLIC IDENTITY // White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway is an alumna of the Catholic Trinity Washington University. So you would think the president of her alma mater would be proud of Conway for being the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign. Instead, Trinity’s college president lashed out at Conway, who has given $50,000 to her alma mater over the years. http://cvote.it/2myspMU

LENT // Where it’s OK to eat corned beef today for St. Patrick’s Day. http://cvote.it/2nclbQc

CATHOLIC // Pope Francis has chosen Fr. Steven Biegler, a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, as the next bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, WY. http://cvote.it/2ntHF2o

FRIDAY FUNNY // “Interesting: A Bible that’s super vague on sexual ethics and highly specific on the government’s exact role in healthcare policy.” @DanielDarling

SAINT // Saint Patrick – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “Remember the marvels the Lord has done.” (Ps 105:5) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

CARTOON // 

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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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