LOOP: Senate Democrats block bill prohibiting infanticide

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
OBJECTIONABLE BEHAVIOR  Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, has objected to a proposal by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-NE, to fast-track passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act, which would ensure infants who survive abortion are provided medicare care. Because of her objection, Sen. Sasse will now try another route to advance his legislation. Senate Majority Leader McConnell indicated he’s open to a floor vote. READ
SEN. GRAHAM WARNS GOP   Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, warned his fellow Republicans not to defy President Trump if he declares a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border. Graham said there’s “no excuse not to have this president’s back now, because we’re not doing anything exotic here.”  READ
GINSBURG SPOTTED IN PUBLIC  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her first public appearance since surgery for lung cancer. She attended a performance of her own life called “Notorious RBG in Song” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  READ
OVERPLAYING THEIR HAND?  Alexandra DeSanctis says that the push by Democrats in New York and Virginia to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions is giving the pro-life movement a real opportunity. “It is unsurprising that abortions this late in pregnancy are vastly unpopular with the American public. Gallup polling from 2018 found that only 13 percent of Americans favor making third-trimester abortions “generally” legal, and only 18 percent of Democrats shared that position,” she writes.  READ
TRUMP CABINET   President Trump has nominated David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Interior. Bernhardt has been serving as Acting Director since Ryan Zinke stepped down from the post at the beginning of the year.  READ
THEY CALL IT “ART”   An art exhibit in DC allows patrons to throw crumbs for an Ivanka Trump look-alike to vaccuum up.  READ
MEDIA BIAS  The Washington Post published several unsubstantiated stories about Brett Kavanagh. But the Post this week admitted that they refused to publish a story of alleged sexual assault by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax because it was unsubstantiated. READ
STATE OF THE UNION GUESTS   President Trump has invited Joshua Trump as his guest to the State of the Union. The 11-year-old student has been bullied by his classmates for having the same name as the president. “They curse at him, they call him an idiot, they call him stupid,” his mother, Megan Trump, told WPVI in December. “He said he hates himself, and he hates his last name, and he feels sad all the time.”  READ
PRIEST REMOVED OVER LITURGY   Bishop Hurley, the apostolic administrator of Saginaw, has removed Fr. Edwin Dwyer from his parish because some people complained of his liturgical reforms that included reducing the number of Eucharistic ministers, placing candles on the altar, the ringing of sanctus bells, and the use of incense. Fr. Dwyer gave a homily last December that went viral, in which he stated that Catholics under 40 want more reverence in the Mass.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  One of the four virgin martyrs celebrated in the Catholic calendar of saints, Saint Agatha was arrested during the persecution of Decius in 251. Tortured for her beauty and tempted to violate her chastity, Agatha was eventually martyred. READ
DAILY READINGS  NOTE: The normal USCCB site with the Daily Readings was not working properly. Here is another link for the Daily Readings for today.  READ
FAMILY & FAITH   A Catholic dad gives his 10 best strategies for Mass with kids.  READ
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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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