LOOP: Senate confirms 15 more judges

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
HURRICANE MICHAEL  Hurricane Michael wrecked considerable damage to the Florida panhandle as the powerful storm made landfall Wednesday with winds reaching 155 mph. Hurricane Michael is the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in more than 50 years and has left 1.2 million people without power from Florida to Virginia. READ
KANYE WEST MEETS TRUMP   Musician Kanye West lavished praised on President Trump at meeting in the Oval Office. And Kanye wore a “Make America Great Again” red hat made famous in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. “They tried to scare me to not wear this hat, but this hat, it gives me power, in a way,” he said. READ
15 MORE JUDGES APPROVED   Democrats cut a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that allowed 15 more of President Trump’s judges to be confirmed. By the midterm, Trump will have 84 total federal judges confirmed. (By comparison, Obama had 43 confirmed by the 2010 midterm elections.) Nearly one in every six circuit court of appeals judges has been appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the Republican Senate. “We are not going to leave any judges behind at the end of the year, when we get through this Congress,” said McConnell.  READ
SENATE 2018   Arizona’s tight Senate race just got a major shock. A video from 2011 surfaced in which Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema said: “Over the past several years, people have watched what was happening in Arizona, and been like, ‘Damn, those people are crazy.'” Torunn Sinclair, a spokesman for Martha McSally, Sinema’s opponent, said: “Arizonans want a senator who is going to have their back, not call them crazy.”  READ
ABORTION AND THE SUPREME COURT  Justice Kavanaugh’s first test case on abortion comes this week as Supreme Court justices meet today to discuss two abortion-related cases from Kansas and Louisiana. The cases involve whether states are permitted to prohibit Medicaid funding for abortion providers.  READ
MEDIA BIAS   Unemployment is at its lowest point in 49 years, but you’d never know it if you watched the network news. In 1,007 evening news stories from June to Sept, 92% of the news stories that featured President Trump were negative, with just 8% positive.  READ
GIVING BACK   He’s been serving meals to the homeless for years. And this week, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was back at the charity canteen serving up mac and cheese for the homeless in Washington, DC. READ
WE HAVE TO SHARE THE GOSPEL  The scandals have rocked the Catholic Church. But Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of Steubenville, OH, says we must not allow evil to stop us from spreading the Good News. “It is our obligation as bishops to show the people of God that we are here to serve, and that we are accountable as well,” says Bishop  Monforton. READ
FAITH AND WORKS  12,000 Catholic school students in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area attended a Mass with Archbishop Bernard Hebda. The students also collected 12,000 winter coats for Minnesota children in need. “Every day in every one of our excellent Catholic schools, we have the chance to practice. We practice what it means to be like Christ, to live as Christ lived, to see the world through his eyes,” Hebda said. READ
SAINT QUOTE  “The Lord is loving unto man, and swift to pardon, but slow to punish. Let no man therefore despair of his own salvation.” -St. Cyril of Jerusalem 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos was born in Bavaria. He studied in Munich before coming to the United States to serve the German-speaking immigrants. He remained here his entire adult life serving both his parishioners and fellow Redemptorists. READ
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.” (Ps 111:5)  READ
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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. 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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