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UN AMBASSADOR  President Trump has reportedly decided to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert for Ambassador to the United Nations. Before her work at the State Department, Nauert was an anchor of Fox News. READ
NEW ATTY GENERAL?  President Trump is considering William P. Barr for the position of attorney general. Barr held the position once before, during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. Democrats and Republicans alike said Barr would get bipartisan support from the Senate, if nominated.  READ
TRUMP ON DEBT: “I WON’T BE THERE”  President Trump has a knack for saying out loud what other politicians keep secret. During a discussion with his advisers on the rising national debt and its eventual crisis, Trump allegedly admitted: “I won’t be here” when it blows up.  READ
2020 WATCH  Barack Obama met with Beto O’Rourke, who admits he is considering a 2020 presidential bid. O’Rourke lost a high-profile Texas Senate race to Ted Cruz in November, but his margin of defeat at 2.6 points was closer than many expected in the reliably Republican state of Texas. READ
FIRST TUMBLR, NOW FACEBOOK  Facebook has changed its community standard policies to be more strict on sexual content. The new policy bans sexualized slang, sexually explicit language, and digital or real-world art.  READ
ETHICAL RESEARCH  The National Institutes of Health will not renew a contract with the University of California San Francisco over concerns about the project’s use of fetal tissue.  READ
SAVING A CROSS  St. Mura’s Cross is 1,400 years old, but in danger of erosion. A small Irish community is rallying to restore the “icon of Ireland’s early Christian heritage.”  READ
DEVOTED TO GUADALUPE  A Florida woman refuses to remove an image of Guadalupe from the outside of her mobile home. “They’ll have to kill me first,” said Millie Francis. READ
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION  Tomorrow is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Sometimes a feast day’s obligation is abrogated when it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, but that exception does not apply for this feast because the Immaculate Conception is the patroness of the United States. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  One of Ambrose’s historical claims to fame is that he was instrumental in the conversion of Saint Augustine, and also baptized him. Known for his lively preaching and writing, Saint Ambrose must have been a force to be reckoned with. Maybe those qualities were what attracted Saint Augustine. But Saint Ambrose stands on his own merits–independent of his protégé.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord is my life and my salvation.” (Ps 27:1)  READ
CATHOLIC HISTORY  Today we call it the Mississippi River. But did you know that when Father Jacques Marquette discovered the mighty waterway, he named it “The River of the Immaculate Conception”? 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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