SENATE SCANDAL Democrats turned on Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, after a Los Angeles TV and radio host accused him of kissing and groping her during a USO tour in 2006. A photo of him groping her while she was sleeping caused a major uproar on social media. Franken apologized. “There’s no excuse.” http://cvote.it/2mzkNPw
SENATE SCANDAL Nate Silver: With the Al Franken scandal, Democrats had a chance to take the high ground by kicking him to the curb and calling on him to resign. “[T]hey could help to establish a precedent wherein severe instances of sexual harassment warrant resignation… Instead, Democrats basically punted on the question.” http://cvote.it/2mzrlxF
SENATE SCANDAL The White House isn’t weighing in on Roy Moore. “The president believes that these allegations are troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. http://cvote.it/2mzUtVh
CORRUPTION A judge declares a mistrial in the corruption case of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, after a jury was deadlocked on the counts of the indictment. One juror told reporters the jury was deadlocked 10-2, with 10 favoring acquittal. http://cvote.it/2mzU5Gw
TAX REFORM The Republican-led House passes tax reform bill 227-205, putting pressure on the Senate, which is working on its own version of a tax reform bill. http://cvote.it/2mzIx67
FREE SPEECH? The ACLU supports the freedom of speech for Nazis, the freedom of speech for communists, but they won’t touch the freedom of speech for pro-life pregnancy centers because abortion is a sacrosanct rite to these people. And one pro-life activist wasn’t holding back. http://cvote.it/2mzUQzm
CATHOLICS & HISTORY “The Galileo Affair needed to be looked at again,” says Dom Paschal Scotti, “because it is one the great events, climactic events even, in European history and because it has so often been used polemically and ahistorically.” http://cvote.it/2myiuwh
CATHOLIC VOTE RADIO HOUR On this week’s episode, we talk about sex scandals in politics, Taylor Swift, Nazis, and free speech, and a new bill that could double the child tax credit and repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate. Special guest Josh Craddock talks about his “alternative lifestyle” of being pro-life and pro-family at Harvard. http://cvote.it/2myaUBP
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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.