LOOP: Trump might mention abortion in State of the Union

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ABORTION DEBATE CONTINUES   President Trump will reportedly mention abortion in his State of the Union address on Tuesday — potentially including a pro-life activist among his list of invitees. The White House wants to spotlight the position of Democratic lawmakers in New York and Virginia who voted in favor of abortions even as the mother is giving birth.  READ
ANTI-RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY  President Trump said that anti-religious bigotry was becoming a major national problem. “I think it’s a terrible thing for our country and I think it’s certainly a terrible thing for the Democrats, because I don’t think they’re going to be able to get away with it,” said Trump, in response to a question about the attacks on the vice president’s wife for teaching at a Christian school and the attack on the Covington Catholic students.  READ
DRUG BUST AT THE BORDER  U.S. border agents in Arizona seized 254 pounds of fentanyl, in what is the biggest single bust of the most powerful opioid ever made. Fentanyl is a synthetic drug which is 100 times stronger than morphine and can kill with a 2-milligram dose.  READ
ACTOR POSTS PRO-LIFE TESTIMONY   Actor Ashton Kutcher said “Everyone’s life is valuable” as he shared on Facebook a video of Special Olympian Frank Stephens’ 2017 testimony in front of Congress. In the video, Stephens declared: “I don’t feel I should have to justify my existence… I am a man with Down Syndrome and my life is worth living.”  WATCH
TAXING SMUT?   There are sin taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. One lawmaker in Arizona believes that there should be a tax on indecent online videos.  READ
RED HAT, NO SERVICE  A California restaurant owner won’t serve customers wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, comparing them to the white hoods of the KKK.  READ
PRO-LIFE MOVIE   They’ve just released a movie trailer for “Unplanned” — the story of former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson.   WATCH
MORALITY OF BORDERS   Deal Hudson at the CV Blog responds to Cardinal Joseph Tobin’s recent New York Times op-ed on ‘The Ethics of Trump’s Border Wall.’ “Tobin starts by asking if the border wall is moral. In his conclusion, he admits, ‘A wall itself is not immoral,’ but can be immoral if ‘it can be constructed for an immoral purpose.’ That explains why Tobin spends his 800 words struggling to explain why President Trump is operating with an ‘immoral purpose.'”  READ
LATIN MASS AT WEST POINT  It’s been nearly six decades since the last Solemn High Mass at the Catholic chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Ansgar was a Benedictine missionary who spent his life trying to convert northern Europe. It seems for every step he took forward, he ended up taking two backward. Yet, he didn’t seem to become discouraged. He kept his focus on serving the poor wherever he was. READ
DAILY READINGS  “The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.” (Ps 37:3)  READ
SPORTS   Did you know the story of American football is a CATHOLIC story? Here’s the story of how young Catholic men proved their mettle on the football field and carved out a space for Catholics in mainstream society.   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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