LOOP: Government remains shut down as Dems stall



GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set a Monday noon vote to reopen the partially shuttered federal government in exchange for a promise to vote on immigration legislation next month. Democrats refused the deal at 10 pm last night. Just 41 Democrats can filibuster any spending bill. http://cvote.it/2DyQGyU

CLERGY ABUSE  Pope Francis appeared to dismiss the credibility of people who accused a Chilean bishop of protecting a priest who has sexually abused minors. In a rare move, Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley rebuked the Pope’s comments. Said O’Malley: “Words that convey the message ‘if you cannot prove your claims, then you will not be believed’ abandon those who have suffered reprehensible criminal violations of their human dignity and relegate survivors to discredited exile.” http://cvote.it/2DxZvsQ

MARCH FOR LIFE  From the Rose Garden, President Trump addressed the March for Life: “You come from many backgrounds, many places, but you all come for one beautiful cause: to build a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished. The March for Life is a movement born out of love.” http://cvote.it/2DwnlFk

MEDIA BIAS  What happens when over 100,000 people march on the nation’s capital, and no one notices? CBS totally ignored the March for Life. ABC and NBC provided under 3 minutes of coverage. http://cvote.it/2DAEQUU

ONE YEAR  Saturday marked the 1st anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Mollie Hemingway says: “I wasn’t a Trump supporter. I am now.”  http://cvote.it/2DuItvN

RELEASE THE MEMO?  House Republicans are calling for the release of a memo from the House Intelligence Committee, which they say details abuse of the government’s wiretapping powers that were discovered in the Trump-Russia investigation. “Having read the memo I was shocked, absolutely shocked,” said Rep. George Holding, a former U.S. attorney from North Carolina, who often used FISA in his former work. http://cvote.it/2DuzVFh

TECHNOLOGY  There’s no doubt: Ultrasounds have benefited the pro-life cause. http://cvote.it/2DxYSPP  

SPORTS  Members of the military were able to watch the NFL playoffs despite the shutdown, when it was discovered that it didn’t cost the federal government any additional funding to have a second channel operational.  http://cvote.it/2DAGLZQ

MEMORIALS STAY OPEN  Remember when the Obama administration erected barricades to prevent World War II veterans from visiting the WWII memorial during the government shutdown of 2013? Well, this shutdown is different. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke not only kept the parks and memorials open, he lead personal tours of the memorials. “We’re not putting up barricades. Absolutely not. We’re passing out brochures until we run out of brochures. I’ll be out here everyday,” said Secretary Zinke. http://cvote.it/2DzPN9u 

SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Vincent of Zaragossa – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS READINGS  “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.” (Ps 98:12) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

AMAZING  Watch this amazing time-lapse video of the long line of pro-lifers who Marched for Life!  http://cvote.it/2DzKRRM


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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.

1 Comment

  1. It’s really disappointing to see such politically biased rhetoric on this website.
    Before the shutdown, your website published at least two articles (that I saw, at least) saying the Democrats needed to “be courageous” and accept a compromise deal that included DACA.
    Well, we know factually what happened. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin went to the White House with the exact compromise deal you called for. The President of the United States announced he didn’t want anyone from shithole countries in the US.
    Now it’s the Democrats “stalling” and “wanting a shutdown” for insisting on the exact deal that you said they must vote for last week?

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