LOOP: Judiciary Committee delays vote on Kavanaugh





HURRICANE HITS CAROLINAS  Hurricane Florence brought “life-threatening storm surge and rainfall” to the Carolina coast. The Category 2 storm is likely to bring 20 inches of rain to much of North and South Carolina. The hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.  READ
SUPREME COURT NOMINATION DELAYED  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, announced that she had referred a matter involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to “federal investigative authorities,” but she declined to provide further details to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Feinstein’s action just before the Judiciary Committee was to vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor.  Kavanaugh participated in 65 meetings with senators, including Feinstein, sat through more than 24 hours of testimony, and answered more than 2,000 questions both in public and private, said White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec. “Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.” The Judiciary Committee agreed to postpone a vote on Kavanaugh until next week. READ
INVESTIGATION OF KAVANAUGH  It took until the 19th paragraph of this Washington Post story, before reporters Seung Min Kim and Elise Viebeck noted: “Several officials confirmed that the letter was referred to the FBI. But the bureau does not plan to launch a criminal investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter — a probe that would normally be handled by local authorities if it were within the statute of limitations. Instead, the FBI passed the material to the White House as an update to Kavanaugh’s background check, which already has been completed, the person said.”  READ
POPE MEETS WITH U.S. BISHOPS   Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said his meeting with Pope Francis was “lengthy and fruitful.”  DiNardo, who serves as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, said: “We shared with Pope Francis our situation in the United States – how the Body of Christ is lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse. He listened very deeply from the heart.” READ
BISHOP RESIGNS AMID ALLEGATIONS  Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WV. Baltimore Archbishop William Lori was instructed to investigate allegations of “sexual harassment of adults” against Bishop Bransfield. Before his tenure in Wheeling, Bransfield served as rector of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. He was promoted to bishop while Theodore McCarrick was Archbishop of Washington.  READ
INDIANA BISHOP EXONERATED   A district attorney in Pennsylvania has cleared Bishop Kevin Rhoades of wrongdoing. The Fort Wayne diocese had received an allegation against the bishop and notified the authorities. “After a full investigation, the Dauphin County district attorney has determined that there is no basis to conclude that Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades ever engaged in a criminal or otherwise improper relationship with a person whom we will refer to as J.T.,” said Dauphin County district attorney Francis Chardo.  READ
CHELSEA CLINTON OPINES ON CHRISTIANITY   Chelsea Clinton invoked Christ while defending abortion during a SiriusXM Progress Town Hall. “I’m sure that this will unleash another wave of hate in my direction, but as a deeply religious person, it’s also un-Christian to me,” she said. READ
BLOOMBERG 2020?  Former New York City Mayor and business news billionaire Mike Bloomberg is considering a run for president as a Democrat. Bloomberg becomes the third billionaire businessman to consider running for president as a Democrat. Hedge fund manager Tom Steyer and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz have also expressed interest in a White House run.  READ
MEDIA DEPICTION VS THE REALITY   The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has issued an open letter on the dangers of normalizing sex dolls and sex robots.”We believe robots and AI should be used for the good of humanity and should not be funded or produced in forms that increase human social problems.” READ
SAINT QUOTE   “A man without prayer is an animal without the use of reason.” -Saint Philip Neri
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, is credited with having found the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The cross quickly became an object of veneration. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Do not forget the works of the Lord!” (Ps 78:7)  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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