LOOP: Democrats announce “Green New Deal”

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
SUPREME COURT BLOCKS PRO-LIFE LAW   The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block a  Louisiana law from taking effect. The law would have required abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital. Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the Court’s four liberals to block the law. Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh voted to allow the law to go into effect. The Supreme Court could examine the case next fall. The Supreme Court struck down a similar Texas law three years ago.  READ
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TRUMP SPEAKS TO FAITH LEADERS  At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump vowed to continue fighting for strong protections for religious freedom. “As president, I will always cherish, honor and protect the believers who uplift our communities and sustain our nation to ensure that people of faith can always contribute to our society,” Trump said. READ
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GREEN NEW DEAL  Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, outlined a “Green New Deal,” which calls for the U.S. to generate all energy from  “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.” Four Democratic presidential candidates immediately co-sponsored the legislation. But supporters of the Green New Deal struggle to explain how they will phase-out the combustion engine.  READ
DEMOCRATS SWING HARD LEFT   Democratic presidential candidates are supporting several left-wing economic proposals including Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, new taxes on the ultra-wealthy, and college debt forgiveness. “The Democrats are swinging for the fences,” said Stephanie Kelton, an economist who advised Bernie Sanders in 2016. “You’re seeing king of a return to the roots of the Democratic Party in the FDR era.” READ
ATTORNEY GENERAL PICK   The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-10 along party lines to approve the nomination of William Barr to serve as attorney general. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a motion to enable a final Senate vote next week. “William Barr has been confirmed by the Senate three times without opposition… I hope and expect he will be confirmed next week,” said McConnell.  READ 
LOOP POLL RESULT   We asked: Did you watch or listen to the State of the Union address? Here’s what you told us.
ABORTION IN RHODE ISLAND   Hundreds of pro-life forces organize at the state capitol  to stop expansion of abortion in Rhode Island. READ
SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICARE FOR ALL   A House bill to establish “Medicare for all” would make it illegal for any private health insurer from providing coverage for numerous health services in 10 designated categories listed in the legislation — effectively banning private health care insurance. That’s just one of the side effects of “Medicare for all,” writes Robert Moffit.   READ
ABORTION: HOW WILL IT END?  If America unravels itself from abortion, it will not be easy. “Cheap sex has become as central to us as cheap labor was to cotton customers. And our disconnect of sex from reproduction has sunk roots at least as deep as Antebellum racism. Neither one will vanish overnight. Neither one is challenged by our revulsion at infanticide. So if the conflict of forces on abortion plays out as the struggle over slavery did, we’ll end with some sort of compromise,” writes John Zmirak.  READ
JEWS STAND UP FOR CATHOLIC NOMINEES   The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America wrote a letter to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee to decry the anti-religious bigotry in the judicial confirmation process. The letter reads, in part: “While this objectionable line of questioning has, most recently, been put to nominees who are Catholic, we – especially as members of a minority faith community – must convey our alarm; for we know that intolerance applied to one faith community endangers the religious liberty of all faith communities.”  READ
MORE CUOMO VS. DOLAN   It’s been over two weeks since the new abortion law took effect in New York, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan continue their war of words.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Kidnapped at the age of nine and being too terrified to remember her name, Josephine acquired the name “Bakhit” which means “fortunate one.” Her most “fortunate blessing” came when she was bought by an Italian consul which led eventually to her conversion and freedom. She joined the Canossian Sisters and ministered in Italy.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” (Ps 27:1)  READ
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