LOOP: Democrats sue Trump over religious liberty protections



RELIGIOUS LIBERTY  The federal government is no longer trying to force nuns to pay for birth control. So naturally, the Democratic attorneys general in California and Massachusetts have sued the Trump administration. http://cvote.it/2hXI37Y

NFL PROTESTS  Vice President Mike Pence leaves NFL game after players protest during the National Anthem. http://cvote.it/2hWdy26

HOLLYWOOD SCANDAL  Harvey Weinstein sexually mistreated dozens of women over decades, according to an investigation by the New York Times. Weinstein is a powerful Hollywood producer and a major donor to Democrats. Now, Democrats are quickly distancing themselves from Weinstein. http://cvote.it/2hXM38k

BANNON PLANS MORE PRIMARIES  Steve Bannon, with financial backing of Robert Mercer, has promised to challenge every single incumbent GOP senator up for re-election in 2018 — except Ted Cruz. http://cvote.it/2hYy16t

CALIFORNIA IS CRAZY  To knowingly expose others to HIV will no longer by a felony in California. http://cvote.it/2hXlkJ8

CALIFORNIA IS CRAZY, PART 2  In California, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” can be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison. http://cvote.it/2hXHUkQ

PENNSYLVANIA  This die-hard Democratic city appears ready to turn Republican. http://cvote.it/2hYa7rD

CATHOLICS AND GUN CONTROL?  After the horrific violence in Las Vegas, some Catholics think the only moral way to respond is to curtail the Second Amendment. But Catholic teaching doesn’t automatically lead to gun control. http://cvote.it/2hZJ8fG

RUSSIAN PROBE  Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, and Preet Bharara, the former Manhattan U.S. attorney are no fans of President Trump. But they both think FBI special counsel Robert Mueller might not bring any charges at all. http://cvote.it/2hYap1H

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY  New protections for religious liberty draw praised from experts. Under the new guideline, the federal government will not second-guess the reasonableness of an organization’s religious beliefs. “It’s up to our bishops to decide [if]a university is sufficiently Catholic or not, not our federal government,” said Joshua Mercer of CatholicVote.org. http://cvote.it/2hYaEK9

CHURCH SCANDAL  A recent rector of a Legionaries of Christ-run seminary fathered two children. http://cvote.it/2hW04DK

SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Denis and Companions – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS READINGS  “You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.” (Jonah 2:7)  –  http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

AMAZING  One million Polish people formed a human chain around Poland Saturday to pray the Rosary “to save the world.” http://cvote.it/2hYX1KL


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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.

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