LOOP: Pelosi tells Trump to postpone State of the Union address



PELOSI CALLS FOR DELAY   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to postpone his January 29 State of the Union address. Pelosi cited security risks because of a partial government shutdown that does not fund the Department of Homeland Security and Secret Service. Pelosi did not threaten to rescind the invitation. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said: “The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union.”  READ
MEDIA ATTACKS VICE PRESIDENT’S WIFE   Second Lady Karen Pence has returned to teaching at a Christian school in northern Virginia. This spurred a negative story in the Huffington Post, and disapproving comments from reporters at other media outlets like CNN, and the Washington Post. Kara Brooks, spokeswoman for the second lady, said, “It’s absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack.”  READ
GINSBURG CANCELS    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has cancelled two upcoming events, including one planned for Feb. 6. Ginsburg is likely to vote by proxy for the oral arguments she missed. Ginsburg’s spokeswoman said she would return for oral arguments on Feb. 19.  READ
POLL ON ABORTION   Almost two-thirds of Americans (65%) say they want the Supreme Court to revisit Roe in a substantial way. And 3 in 4 Americans support substantial restrictions on abortion. That’s according to a new Marist poll, commissioned by the Knights of Columbus.  READ
ATTORNEY GENERAL CONFIRMATION HEARING   Attorney general nominee Bill Barr said his Catholic faith would not disqualify him to serve in office. When Barr asked why it would matter, Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA, replied: “Some of my colleagues think it might.”  READ
DC SWAMP   Meghan McCain is the “conservative” voice on the daytime show The View. But in criticizing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, R-HI, McCain said people who work for anti-gay groups who believe in conversion therapy are “truly awful.”  READ
UNITY   The March for Life works to maintain unity in a political era marked by deep divisions. READ
CHURCH SUMMIT ON ABUSE   The Vatican has stated that next month’s summit on clergy abuse will include: “plenary sessions, working groups, moments of common prayer and listening to testimonies, a penitential liturgy and a final Eucharistic celebration.”   READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Anthony was a solitary ascetic who practiced great mortification yet drew many people to himself. He responded by founding an early form of monastic life. He lived until age 105.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Ps 95:8)  READ
FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES  Attorney general nominee Bill Barr’s young grandson, Liam, took notes during the confirmation hearings. “Dear Grandpa, I love you so much You are doing great so fun … I am having so much fun. I think Russia’s people are fine. It is the government is the problem.” 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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