LOOP: Special election in PA too close to call



SPECIAL ELECTION  Republicans are extremely worried about the 2018 midterm elections after a special election yesterday in Pennsylvania that is so close that it’s likely headed to a recount. President Trump carried the district by 20 points in 2016. READ
ABORTION DEBATE OVER?  This is your must-read article for the day… Political reporter Alex Roarty writes: “Nine months from Election Day, political veterans eyeing the House landscape struggle to even identify a single Democratic House hopeful — of the hundreds running — who openly opposes abortion…”     READ
TILLERSON OUT   President Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who wanted to keep the controversial Iran deal backed by the Obama administration. Former Rep. Mike Pompeo, current head of the CIA, has been nominated for Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo is a strong pro-life and pro-family to head the State Department. READ
TRUMP INSPECTS WALL  President Trump arrives in California to inspect several border wall prototypes as a crowd of both supporters and protesters gathered. “The border wall is truly our first line of defense,” he said. READ
JOY BEHAR FINALLY APOLOGIZES  A month after her disparaging comment against Vice President Mike Pence, talk show host Joy Behar finally apologized for her words against Pence. “I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith and I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said,” said Behar. Vice President Pence said: “I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere.” READ
SPACE FORCE?   President Trump boosted an idea being considered by the Pentagon of having a new military branch for outer space. Trump said: “My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea. We may even have a space force…” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opposed the creation of a space force last year as Congress debated the idea. READ
TRUMP SENDS NOTE TO POPE  President Trump sent congratulations to Pope Francis on the fifth anniversary of his pontificate: “My family and I treasure the memory of our visit to the Vatican last May. I was honored to discuss with you many of the urgent global issues of shared concern to the United States and the Holy See.” READ
BASKETBALL TO FAITH  Former Michigan basketball player Pete Burak is working with a Catholic young-adult apostolate. READ
VATICAN  Benedict XVI says there is ‘inner continuity’ between himself, Pope Francis. READ
FINANCIAL LITERACY  A pilot program in Saint Louis is teaching pastors to better understand business and administration skills. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Maximilian, not to be confused with Saint Maximilian Kolbe who lived centuries later, refused military service and was martyred as a result. While other Christians did serve in the military, Saint Maximilian’s conscience said that he could not without compromising his faith. He set a high standard for all to follow. READ
DAILY MASS READINGS  “The Lord is gracious and merciful.” (Ps 145:8)  READ
HOPE  Ireland’s pro-life campaign looks increasingly upbeat. 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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