LOOP: Trump hikes tariffs on Chinese goods to 25%

CHINA TRADE WAR President Trump announced that a 10% tariff on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods would be increased to 25%. And an additional $325 billion of goods would also be subjected to 25% tariffs. The announcement comes after 10 months of negotiations to reach a trade deal with China.  READ
NEW MAN AT ICE President Trump nominated Border Patrol head Mark Morgan to be the new chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If confirmed by the Senate, Morgan would replace Ronald Vitiello, who left the position when President Trump announced he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction.  READ
MUELLER MAY TESTIFY Rep. David Cicilline, D-RI, claims that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has “tentatively” agreed to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee on May 15. Previously, Mueller indicated that he would not testify publicly on his final report. READ
2020Politico is reporting that liberal megadonors plan to spend $100 million in swing states in order to defeat President Trump in 2020. They plan to invest heavily in digital organizing, in an attempt to catch up to the GOP and the Trump campaign’s superior digital outreach in 2016.READ 
2020The California Senate passed a bill to keep presidential candidates off the state’s ballot if they refuse to release their tax returns, in an attempt to force President Trump to release his tax returns. (Editor’s Note: If the bill becomes law, it will likely face a Supreme Court challenge. In a 1995 Supreme Court case, U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton, the Supreme Court ruled that states could not impose additional qualifications for office stricter than those in the Constitution.) READ 
2020  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is worried that President Trump might not give up power if he is defeated in 2020. She told the New York Times: “We have to inoculate against that, we have to prepared for that.” READ 
BRING BACK THE FAMILY Pro-family activist Terry Schilling says that conservatives should champion policies like paid family leave which can provide working families with the financial flexibility to spend more time with their newborns and “hopefully encouraging more parents to have children.”  READ 
CHURCH SCANDAL California’s attorney general is investigating the sex abuse files of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Carolina Guevara, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese said: “The Archdiocese has not officially received the letter from the Attorney General, however, we will be responding cooperatively as we have with the past three Grand Jury investigations of the Archdiocese.”  READ 
CATHOLIC EDUCATION A new documentary celebrates Fr. Theodore Hesbaugh, who led the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987. But Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society said Hesbaugh ultimately glosses over important questions about his thinking and impact, and his conflicts with Church leaders. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Two almost unknown martyrs courageously witnessed to the world many years ago about their faith. Saints Marian and James were martyred in the 3rd century, yet their deaths still speak to the Church today.
DAILY READINGS  “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord.” (Ps 119:23)  READ 
POP CULTURE  Is the Infinity Gauntlet in the newest Avengers movie modeled after the reliquary for St. Teresa of Avila’s incorrupt hand?  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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