LOOP: Mueller agrees to testify before Congress

MUELLER TO TESTIFY Former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17 after they subpoenaed him. Mueller apparently said he would appear only under a subpoena. READ
TRADE DEAL House Democrats have backed down from their demand to reopen talks on the USMCA trade deal, which would replace NAFTA.  READ
RELIGIOUS LIBERTYThe Trump administration promises action for religious liberty, as the State Department released its 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom. “People are persecuted – handcuffed, thrown in jail, even killed – for their decision to believe, or not to believe. For worshiping according to their conscience,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  READ 
NEW WHITE HOUSE SPOX Stephanie Grisham will replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary. Grisham is currently the spokeswoman for First Lady Melania Trump. READ 
FIGHT FOR THE JUDICIARY  The Judicial Crisis Network just announced a $1.1 million national ad campaign calling on Democratic presidential candidates to release a list of judicial nominees that liberal activist groups want to be nominated in their plan to pack the Supreme Court with more than nine justices. “Trump released his list. Why won’t you?” the ad stated.  READ 
SUPPORT FOR LGBT Young people are more supportive of the LGBT agenda, but a recent poll showed that younger Americans were slightly less supportive of the LGBT movement that in recent years.  READ 
NO LONGER WELCOME The El Camino Real Bell, a historic mission bell, was removed from the University of California-Santa Cruz campus. The bell has been located at UCSC since the 1990s, but a native American group objected to the bell.  READ 
+BURKE CORRECTS THE RECORD Cardinal Raymond Burke issued a correction to a now-removed article that alleged that Burke was collaborating with former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon on a film exposing homosexuality in the Vatican.  READ 
SAINTHOOD CAUSE The Diocese of Brooklyn advanced the sainthood cause of a local priest known for fighting bigotry in the 1920s.  READ 
THE PRIESTHOOD “Worldly and decadent priestly lifestyles oppose the poverty of spirit they profess at their ordination. Good priests are stretched too thin. Many bishops are lax in their spiritual fatherhood, and their response to rampant corruption is woefully inadequate. I am not describing the Church of today, but that of 1,000 years ago,” writes Fr. Carter Griffin. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed Raymond Lull, a Secular Franciscan, spent his life supporting the study of languages necessary for successful work in the missions. It wasn’t until late in life that he saw any fruition of his labors, when language chairs were established in several universities.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.” (Ps 105:1)  READ 
BEAUTIFUL  A photographer in Indiana creates beautiful photo shoots for children with special needs. “We’re showing the whole world that babies and people with special needs are beautiful and that they’re worthy of our love,” said photographer Angela Forker.  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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