LOOP: Trump threatens Mexico with 5% tariff

TARIFFS ON MEXICO President Trump said the United States will impose a 5% tariff on all goods from Mexico. “The tariff will gradually increase until the illegal immigration problem is remedied,” said President Trump. The tariffs, which start June 10, will increase 5% every month until it hits 25% – unless Mexico “substantially” stops the illegal inflow of immigrants, he said.  READ
LOUISIANA’S HEARTBEAT John Bel Edwards, the Democratic governor of Louisiana, signed the heartbeat bill into law to protect unborn children once a heartbeat is detected. READ
TED CRUZ AND AOC?  Conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, and ultra-liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, agree to work together on a bipartisan bill to ban former members of Congress from becoming paid lobbyists. “Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with AOC. Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists,” said Cruz.  READ 
ELECTORAL COLLEGE In a surprise, Nevada’s Democratic governor vetoed a bill which would have assigned the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most number of votes across the country. Several other states have agreed to this compact, which only goes into effect once the total number of states in the compact have 270 electoral votes. READ 
DISNEY VS. GEORGIA Disney is threatening to boycott Georgia for passing a law protecting unborn children at six weeks. But the billion-dollar entertainment company has no issue partnering with China, a communist regime that puts Muslims in internment camps. READ 
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I will go to jail before I obey.” Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., on the bill recently approved by the California Senate to force priests to break the seal of the confessional.  READ 
MARTYRS Pope Francis will beatify seven martyred Greek-Catholic bishops during his three-day trip to Romania this weekend. READ 
CHURCH SCANDAL Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said the Vatican will issue a declaration on the McCarrick investigation. But he gave no indication of a timeline.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Today’s feast is both about two women and about two men. The Blessed Virgin Mary goes to visit Elizabeth to assist her in her final days of pregnancy. But as she greets Elizabeth, the babe in Elizabeth’s womb—John the Baptist—leaps for joy at the presence of Jesus in Mary’s womb. Great mysteries of life are at play here. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.” (Is 12:2)  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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