LOOP: Head of Homeland Security resigns

HOMELAND SECRETARY OUT  Kirstjen Neilsen has resigned as Secretary of Homeland Security amid some tensions with President Trump, who has said he wants tougher policies. Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will become acting DHS secretary.  READ
MILLER RISING  President Trump’s top immigration adviser Stephen Miller was reportedly behind a series of events that led to the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security.  READ 
TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS  White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that Democrats will “never” see President Trump’s tax returns. “Nor should they. That’s an issue that was already litigated during the election. Voters knew the president could have given his tax returns, they knew that he didn’t, and they elected him anyway,” Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday.  READ 
FILLING VACANCIES Now that the GOP Senate has shortened the time of debate on lower level judicial and executive branch nominations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is wasting no time in getting batches of more candidates confirmed. READ 
GOOD JOBS REPORT  The U.S. economy outpaced expectations by nearly 20,000 jobs in March. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.8%, with the labor force participation rate essentially unchanged.  READ 
PRESIDENTIAL STAMP The Postal Service unveiled a stamp honoring the late President George H.W. Bush. The stamp will be released on June 12, the former president’s birthday. READ 
CHURCH SCANDAL  The Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Guam was removed for sex abuse. His replacement, Archbishop Michael Byrnes, said that the Church in Guam must “ensure that the horrible harm inflicted to the innocent is never repeated.” READ 
STATE VS. THE CHURCH  Emails show that lobbyists from Planned Parenthood insisted that California state agency rules be changed to force religious organizations (like Catholic universities) to pay for abortions.  “California officials are required to follow the law and legal precedent, not the dictates of groups that have an axe to grind against religious organizations that don’t share their views on abortion. We are asking the 9th Circuit to strike down this obviously unconstitutional mandate,” said Jeremiah Galus, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.  READ
CATHOLIC STUDENTS FOR DECENCY  Students at the Catholic University of America have asked the administration to ban the top 200 pornographic websites from the university’s internet system. “No decision has been made on the ban, but the University is grateful to the SGA for bringing to our attention their desire that we ban pornography on the University network,” said a spokesman for CUA. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Julie Billiart spent many years suffering from incapacitating ailments, but she never lost her drive to work for the Kingdom of God. Her desire to educate led her to help found the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side. ” (Ps 23:1)  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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