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FAMILY SEPARATION  President Trump said his administration is not planning to reinstate the family separation policy, amid the shake up at Homeland Security. “We’re not looking to do that,” Trump told reporters.  READ
AG BARR TESTIFIES  Attorney General William Barr gave his first testimony to Congress since the release of the Mueller Report. Subcommittee Chairman Jose Serrano, D-NY, implored Barr to release the full Mueller report. Barr explained that the Justice Department implemented new rules after Congress released the complete Starr report, including some lurid details, to the public.  READ 
INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS  Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to look into why the FBI investigated Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.  READ 
PRO-LIFE STATE LAWS States are seeing a big increase in the number of bills restricting abortion as pro-life lawmakers are emboldened by the prospects of a friendly Supreme Court. “There’s a great deal of interest in laws that protect women from abortion’s harms and risks, and that protects babies in the womb,” said Steven Aden, general counsel at Americans United for Life.  READ 
DIGITAL BLACKLISTING  Google has been manually blacklisting right-wing websites from certain areas of its platform, according to leaked documents published Tuesday. “The purpose of the blacklist will be to bar the sites from surfacing in any search feature or news product. It will not cause a demotion in the organic search results or de-index them altogether,” the document says. Google denied that the blacklisting had any political motivation.  READ 
DEEP STATE AND DEMOCRACY “Trump’s policies on illegal immigration and free trade are a direct threat to America’s biggest companies and the two political parties, Democrats and Republicans, that these parties apparently control.… It looks increasingly like the beneficiaries of this system were willing to do anything, including using the CIA and NSA spying apparatus, to overturn the results of the 2016 election,” writes Robert Hutchinson at the CV Blog.   READ 
NO GREATER LOVE  A New Jersey high school principal and Army veteran died after complications following a procedure to donate bone marrow to a 14-year-old boy in France that he never met. READ 
U.S.-VATICAN RELATIONS Yesterday marked the 35th anniversary of start of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Vatican. Ambassador Callista Gingrich said: “Today the United States and the Holy See are a world-wide force for good – safeguarding religious freedom, defending human rights, and seeking peaceful solutions to crises around the world.”  READ
CIVIL RIGHTS OR GENDER IDENTITY?  In this news clip with EWTN, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville explains why Church leaders are against proposed changes to the Civil Rights Act that would include recognizing sexual orientation and gender identity. WATCH
2020  A ‘President Biden’ would be “a headache for the Church,” writes Michael Warren Davis.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Magdalen of Canossa worked in hospitals and among the poor, opened her home as a lodging for girls, started a school, and founded two religious communities. She accomplished all of this without the support of her family.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Glory and praise for ever!” (Dn 3:52)  READ 
INSPIRING   Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of a 9-year-old cancer patient who “never complained.” 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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