LOOP: 29 dead from California wildfire



CALIFORNIA FIRES  A blaze in northern California is responsible for 29 deaths and has burned 109,000 acres since it first began on Thursday. The wildfire now matches the deadliest blaze in California history. An additional 228 people were unaccounted for. READ
FLORIDA SENATE  Gov. Rick Scott, R-FL, filed lawsuits against Broward and Palm Beach counties on Sunday for “willful disregard of the law.” Scott’s Senate campaign is requesting that voting tabulation equipment be impounded after the recount and all ballots preserved. Scott has a 12,562 vote lead over Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL. READ
ARIZONA SENATE  Democrat Kyrsten Sinema widens her lead to 32,292 votes (a 1.5% lead) over Republican Martha McSally. If Sinema wins the seat, it will be a pick-up for the Democrats.  READ
DON’T FIGHT THE REALIGNMENT  “The GOP’s massive losses in traditionally Republican suburbs have set it irretrievably on a new path. Either it re-creates a William McKinley-style coalition based on the working class voter or it dies.” -Henry Olson  READ
HILLARY 2020?  Well, one of her closest advisers sure thinks it’ll happen. Mark Penn was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 1995-2008. Penn co-wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal with Andrew Stein, former president of the New York City Council. They stated: “Mrs. Clinton has come unbound. She will not allow this humiliating loss at the hands of an amateur to end the story of her career.”  READ
ATTORNEY GENERAL   Here are 12 potential candidates that President Trump might pick as his next leader of the Department of Justice.  READ
APOLOGY ACCEPTED  Comedian Pete Davidson brought Lt. Commander Dan Creshaw to Saturday Night Live to apologize to him for mocking his eye patch. “I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero and he deserves all of the respect in the world,” said Davidson. Crenshaw, who was just elected to Congress, cracked several jokes at the comedian’s expense. (Warning: salty language)  WATCH
BISHOPS THANK TRUMP ADMIN  The U.S. bishops’ conference welcomed the Trump administration’s revised rules on the HHS contraceptive mandate. “We are grateful for the Administration’s decision to finalize common-sense regulations that allows those with sincerely held religious or moral convictions opposing abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception to exclude such drugs and devices from their health plans,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz. READ
BISHOPS’ ANNUAL MEETING  The U.S. bishops gather this week in Baltimore. And much of the meeting will center around questions about how Archbishops Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through the ranks of the Church in the United States while perpetuating sexual abuse. READ
CATHOLIC EDUCATION  Patrick Reilly spotlights the three key lessons that have emerged from the messy experiment with Common Core in Catholic schools.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Josaphat dedicated his life to healing the split within the Ruthenian Church. While he made some headway, sadly the division extends to today. But his life and efforts were not in vain, for both influenced many Orthodox to be united with Rome. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.” (Ps 24:6)  READ
PROTEST AND PRAYER IN NYC  “As the prayerful and the protesters faced each other, the stark contrast in attitude of prayerful peace and rage collided for all the world to witness.”  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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