LOOP: Trump: I’ll leave North Korean talks if they’re “not fruitful”








NORTH KOREAN TALKS   President Trump said he hopes to have a very successful meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “If the meeting, when I’m there, is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting,” said President Trump, during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. READ
SCHOOL CHOICE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will meet today with Defense Secretary James Mattis to urge him to back a plan to provide education savings accounts for military families to cover education expenses, including private school tuition. READ
OBSTRUCTION IN THE SENATE  Democrats in the Senate are have forced 30 hours of debate on almost every judicial and executive branch nominee. “The delay and obstruction are historic,” said Sen. Cory Gardner, R-CO. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering responding with longer work weeks in the Senate to keep vulnerable Democrats off the campaign trail. READ
NBC’S GUTHRIE GRILLS COMEY  This was a surprise. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie really asked some tough questions of former FBI director James Comey over details in his book, noting that many have called Comey’s attacks on President Trump as “catty.”  READ
CHARTER FLIGHTS  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has received negative media attention for the cost of his chartered flights, which totaled $72,849 in his first six months in the Cabinet post. Despite all the negative coverage he’s received, that cost is actually slightly lower than the average annual cost over the last six years of Zinke’s two predecessors in the Obama administration. READ
PREGNANCY CENTERS OFFER HELP  8 truths that destroy John Oliver’s ignorant rant against pro-life pregnancy centers.  READ
HERO PILOT’S FAITH  Tammie Jo Shults is the pilot who landed Southwest Flight 1380 to safety after part of its engine ripped off. Shults is also a devout Christian who said that piloting planes gave her the opportunity “to witness for Christ on almost every flight.” READ
NEW NASA HEAD   The Senate approved Jim Bridenstine to lead NASA. The final tally was 50-48, but only after Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, switched his vote in favor of Bridenstine. It has been a 49-49 vote, but Vice President Pence was in Florida and unable to break a tie. READ
VATICAN TO GERMAN BISHOPS: NO   With the Holy Father’s approval, the Vatican’s head of doctrine rejected a proposal by German bishops to allow Protestant spouses to receive Holy Communion. But two senior sources in the Vatican said that the Pope does not want the text of the letter to become public. READ
SAVE THE EIGHTH  Ireland has a pro-life amendment to their Constitution, which pro-abortion activists are trying to remove through a referendum.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Conrad of Parzham served as friary porter for 41 years. Anyone who came to the friary in Altoetting would have met Saint Conrad as he greeted them at the door. Such a role may not sound like much, but Saint Conrad turned it into a true ministry of love and service. READ
DAILY MASS READINGS  “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” (Mk 16:15)  READ
SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY  Fr. Jim Sichko of Kentucky gave Pope Francis a bottle of very-prized 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. How fitting. Some Pappy for Papa.  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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