LOOP: Actor allegedly paid men to fake a crime against him

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EMERGENCY DECLARATION House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has vowed to pass a resolution to repeal President Trump’s emergency declaration. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can stop that declaration in its tracks. https://cvote.it/2S9zJhU

THE HATE CRIME THAT WASN’T? The Chicago Police Department are reportedly asking actor Jussie Smollett to submit to another interview after two men detained in the alleged assault say that Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage ‘racist’ attack. https://cvote.it/2X6bqVG

FLASHBACK: 18 days ago, actress Ellen Page went on “The Late Show” and blamed Vice President Mike Pence’s political view for the alleged assault on actor Jussie Smollett. https://cvote.it/2Xbsud9

QUOTE OF THE DAY “When we see the same reporters instantaneously believe the smear of Covington Catholic, and then instantaneously believe Jussie Smollett’s far-fetched story, and then the media establishment decide the story is conservatives pouncing, it can breed distrust in the media.” -Washington Examiner Columnist Tim Carney.

NOMINEE FOR U.N. WITHDRAWS State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has withdrawn her name from consideration for the U.N. Ambassador. The reason cited for the decision was the vetting process was “grueling” for her family. It was discovered that she had hired a nanny without proper work authorization. https://cvote.it/2X98c3G

PREVIEW OF 2020 House Republicans have mapped out a strategy to retake the House in 2020, and it consists of portraying Democrats as socialists, baby-killers, and anti-Semites. “Socialism is the greatest vulnerability by far that the House Democrats have,” said Rep. Tom Emmer, R-MN, who is head of the National Republican Congressional Committee. https://cvote.it/2X5bmWe

CENSUS The Trump administration plans to ask a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census. But the Democratic Party and liberal organizations object to the plan, and have sued in federal court. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case this April, with a decision expected in June. https://cvote.it/2S971xp

BORDER WALL Here’s where Trump could order up 234 miles of new border wall. https://cvote.it/2S4PM0p

TECH WARNING Technology can marvel. But sometimes it can be a little creepy. A new website posts an image of a seemingly real person. But the person is not real. It’s a fake image. Every time you reload the page, you get a new fake face. https://cvote.it/2X6Y2k2

McCARRICK DEFROCKED As expected, the Vatican defrocked Theodore McCarrick. Yet, as canon lawyer Ed Condon noted: “McCarrick’s laicization answers few of the questions raised by his case, the most pressing of which is how a man with an obviously scandalous track record was able to rise so high in ecclesiastical responsibility.” https://cvote.it/2XbIeMS

LET BISHOPS TAKE ACTION Robert Royal writes: “Perhaps the best thing we may expect to come out of the February meeting is a certain freedom for the various bishops’ conferences around the world to take steps themselves, whether the Vatican is involved or not. Our American bishops had some good ideas about personal conduct and mechanisms for accountability before they were asked not to proceed.” https://cvote.it/2Xa0PZK

VIGANO WRITES AGAIN Archbishop Carlo Vigano, who blew the whistle on consider corruption in the Church, wrote about his concerns about the upcoming Vatican summit on sex abuse. “Despite the problems I have described, I continue to have hope, because the Lord will never abandon his Church,” wrote Vigano. https://cvote.it/2XbIV8W

SAINT OF THE DAY Blessed John of Fiesolo, a Dominican Friar, is also known as Fra. Angelico. He is famous for his devotional artwork and used his talents to praise God through paint. All talents can be used to praise God. https://cvote.it/2XaQsVx

DAILY READINGS “Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.” (Ps 50:14)
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CVTV When Governor Andrew Cuomo lit the One World Trade Center pink to celebrate the legalization of late-term abortion, many took it as a sign that the pro-life movement is losing. But what if it’s actually the opposite? WATCH: https://cvote.it/2X50GH8

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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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