LOOP: Trump threatens to cut subsidies to GM



TRUMP VS. GM  President Trump threatened to cut off subsidies to General Motors in response to the company’s decision to cut up to 14,000 workers in North America. “Nothing being closed in Mexico & China,” President Trump tweeted. “The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!”  READ
GOP WINS IN MISSISSIPPI  Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-MS, won reelection, but the margin was closer than expected. The Senate next year will have 53 Republicans, giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell three votes to spare to confirm President Trump’s judges. There are 112 district court vacancies and 11 appellate vacancies on the federal bench. READ
MEXICO BORDER DEAL?  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on the verge of a major diplomatic success with Mexico’s incoming government that would process the asylum claims of migrants while keeping them south of the border. READ
CLIMATE CHANGE  The latest National Climate Assessment report projects that global warming could hurt the economy. President Trump said he doesn’t think that’s the case. “I don’t believe it,” he told reporters. “Right now, we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been, and that’s very important to me. But if we’re clean but every other place on Earth on is dirty, that’s not so good.” READ
RECORD LOW OF ILLEGALS  Based on government data, a new Pew Research Center student estimates there were 10.7 million illegal immigrants living in the United States in 2016, down from a high of 12.2 million in 2007 and the lowest since 2004. READ
CUA AND KAVANAUGH   Will Rainford, a professor at Catholic University of America, has resigned his post as head of the university’s social work department. Rainford was suspended in October for tweeting about a sex-assault allegation involving Brett Kavanaugh from a university department Twitter page. Rainford will take a sabbatical and is expected to return to CUA next fall.  READ
SISTERS OPEN NEW CONVENT  What will the U.S. Bishops and the Pope do next to combat the abuse crisis? J.D. Flynn explores that question.  READ
FREE TUITION FOR FIRE VICTIMS   Students displaced by the wildfires that raged through northern California will be getting free Catholic tuition from the Diocese of Sacramento. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint James was born in the Marche of Ancona. Before joining the Friars Minor, he earned doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia. He lived a very austere life, and was an extremely popular preacher, who spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!” (Ps 98:1)  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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