LOOP: Attorney General Sessions is out




SESSIONS RESIGNS   Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation after it was requested by President Trump. Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will become Acting Director of the Justice Department. Sessions said: “In my time as Attorney General, we have restored and upheld the rule of law.” READ
DEMS IRATE OVER WHITAKER  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “Acting Attorney General Whitaker must be recused from any involvement from the Russia investigation, and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein should be allowed to continue to oversee the investigation, unhindered.” Democrats cite a 2017 op-ed, in which Whitaker wrote: “It is time for Rosenstein … to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel. If he doesn’t, then Mueller’s investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition.”  READ
SESSIONS BACK TO THE SENATE?  Rumors are flying that Jeff Sessions might run for his old Senate seat in 2020. It’s not known if Sessions wants to run for the seat, but he would likely win the race easily. The seat is currently held by Democrat Doug Jones, who defeated Roy Moore in a December 2017 special election. READ
PRESS PASS REVOKED  The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with President Trump. Acosta also refused to give up a microphone to a White House intern.  READ
HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP FIGHT  With Paul Ryan retiring, the race begins to see who will lead the House Republicans in the next Congress, with the party to start the new year in the minority. Current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced his bid for House Minority Leader. Jim Jordan, one of the founders of the House Freedom Caucus, has already announced he is running for the post as well. READ
MOB SHOWS UP AT TV HOST’S HOUSE  A left-wing mob showed up at Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s house and shouted: “racist scumbag, leave town!” and “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night.”  READ
CONFIRMING JUDGES  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the confirmation of President Trump’s judicial nominee will “still be my top priority.” He added: “The president, I think, has done an excellent job in picking young men and women who believe the job of the judge is to follow the law.” READ
ASIA BIBI FREED  A Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row has been freed from prison. Several countries have offered her asylum.  READ
10 YEARS OF SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM  Over the last decade, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, which celebrates the traditional Latin Mass, has expanded in North America. “Within our parishes, we see the numbers in the pews growing,” said Father Michael Stinson, the new superior for the North American District. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed John Duns Scotus was one of the most influential Franciscans in the worlds of philosophy and theology. He is probably best known for his defense of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Scotus served on the faculties of both Oxford University and the University of Paris. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord.” (Ps 105:3)  READ
TRUTH   Studies have shown that porn stimulates the same areas of the brain as addictive drugs, making the brain release the same chemicals. And just like drugs, porn triggers pathways in the brain that cause craving, leading users back for more and more extreme “hits” to get high. 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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