LOOP: Media: Trump ‘exonerated’ by Mueller Report

MUELLER REPORT  Special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr. The attorney general summarized the report in a four-page report to Congress: “The special counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.”  READ 
A.G. BARR’S LETTER  Here’s the full 4-page letter from William Barr to Congress.  READ 
MEDIA REACTION  For two years, CNN and MSNBC ran countless stories suggesting that the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians. But CNN’s Pamela Brown said the Mueller report “exonerated” Trump. MSNBC’s Katy Tur said the report “vindicates the President on collusion.”  READ 
DEMS DEMAND FULL REPORT Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demand “urgent” release of the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller. “Congress requires the full report and the underlying documents so that the Committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating to address any issues the Mueller report may raise,” the leaders said in a joint statement.  READ 
FUNDING CUT OFF  Planned Parenthood locations throughout Ohio received notices from the Ohio Department of Health that their state funding will end next month. The notice comes after Ohio’s pro-life law was upheld by the 6th Circuit Court on March 12. Last year, the agency awarded $600,000 on grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio.  READ 
ISIS CRUMBLES  American-backed forces took the last remnant of territory controlled by ISIS in Syria.  READ 
CULTURE OF DEATH  A new show on Hulu featuring Saturday Night Live actress Aidy Bryant celebrates abortion. READ 
THE “GOTCHA” GAME   A left-wing group called Media Matters recently dug up dirt on Tucker Carlson for some inappropriate comments he made 10 years ago. Michele Bregande isn’t buying their outrage: “The same people who are feigning horror and disgust over Tucker Carlson’s past gig have no objection to SNL’s ribald humor, bawdy skits, and indecorous comedic approach to racial or cultural differences.”   READ
PRIEST ATTACKEDA Catholic priest in Montreal was stabbed during Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory. Fr. Claude Grou is out of the hospital now and eager to go back to work. Archbishop Christian Lepine of Montreal: “We are all shocked by this act of violence that has taken place in our city, in a space dedicated to peace.” READ 
STEM & CATHOLIC HIGHER EDSeveral Catholic colleges have a powerful focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.)  READ
“ELITE” CATHOLIC HIGHER EDPatrick Reilly says Catholics should be wary of “elite” colleges. “More than the bribery scandal, the greater fraud in American academia is the pretense that “elite” colleges still have the value they had just a lifetime ago,” said Reilly.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Some people consider today the feast of the Incarnation of Jesus–instead of Christmas–since it is today that we celebrate the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity becoming flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary. However, one of the main emphases of this feast is the “fiat” by which Mary agreed to become the Mother of God. Let it be.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Ps 40:8)   READ 

BEAUTY    The Annunciation by Luc Giordiano, 1672. SHARE

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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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