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WHEN LIFE BEGINS  The Department of Health and Human Services is going to define human life as “beginning at conception.” HHS also made it clear that their mission is to improve health care for all Americans, including those still in the womb. http://cvote.it/2ykEDSN

HEALTH CARE  President Trump to end government bailout to insurance companies — worth an estimated $7 billion this year. Trump threatened for months to cut off the payments since they were never appropriated by Congress. This might just be the action needed to get Congress to move on repealing the failed Obamacare system. http://cvote.it/2gfuxwb

DEATH PENALTY  Over the centuries, scholars and theologians have long debated the death penalty. Catholic tradition has always upheld the use of the death penalty in some circumstances. Mostly recently, Pope John Paul II said those circumstances were “practically non-existent.” J.D. Flynn says that Pope Francis’ comments suggest that there is further development on the Church’s understanding of the death penalty. http://cvote.it/2gf7LUP

DRAIN THE UN SWAMP  The United States pulls of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) because of its anti-Israeli bias. http://cvote.it/2gf6eyr 

TAX PLAN  Pro-Trump website Breitbart breaks with the President over his tax plan, saying it won’t benefit hard-working Americans like truckers. http://cvote.it/2gfJUVg

NEW MOVIE  “I don’t want to just survive. I want to truly live,” says the disabled character in this life-affirming movie Breathe. Read the review or at least just watch the preview. Looks like a great film. http://cvote.it/2gesmJ4

CATHOLIC VOTE RADIO HOUR  If haven’t been listening to the Catholic Vote Radio Hour podcasts, you’re simply missing out. You’ll instantly notice that it has the production quality of NPR — but with strong Catholic content. This week’s interview with Chad Felix Greene is equal parts jaw dropping, illuminating, and inspiring. http://cvote.it/2geXubp

CATECHISM AT 25  Twenty-five years ago, Pope John Paul II issued the first universal catechism since Trent. http://cvote.it/2gg0VP9

SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS READINGS  “The Lord will judge the world with justice.” (Ps 9:9)  –  http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

FATIMA  The ‘Miracle of the Sun’ happened exactly 100 years ago today. And it broke the darkness of Portugal’s atheist regimes. http://cvote.it/2gfNqil

 

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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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