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HEALTH CARE // Republican lawmakers have a new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in a bid to bridge the gap between the House Freedom Caucus and moderates. http://cvote.it/2oU1MVH

SUPREME COURT // Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says he expects Supreme Court justice resignation within the year. http://cvote.it/2oTi15d

MANUFACTURING // President Donald Trump launched a federal investigation to determine whether foreign-made cheap steel threatens U.S. steelmakers and national security. http://cvote.it/2oVpMYd

IMMIGRATION // The media doesn’t give Trump much credit for this, but the number of attempted illegal border crossings are at a 17-year low. There were 60,000 arrests in December. In March there were only 17,000. In that same time, the decline was even more obvious among women and children: from 16,000 in December to just 1,100 in March. http://cvote.it/2oVAlL4   

MEDIA // Within the last few months, several conservative media figures have fallen from grace. And liberals are crowing about ‘taking scalps.’ One conservative notes: “But this isn’t scalp-taking, it’s scalp-giving… The sharp rise and meteoric fall of both Tomi Lauren and Milo Yiannopoulos were driven by much the same dynamic that sustained [Bill] O’Reilly for years, even in the face of previous sexual-harassment complaints — Lahren and Yiannopoulos were ‘fighters’ who ‘tell it like it is.’ O’Reilly was the master of the ‘no-spin zone’ and seemed fearless in taking on his enemies. What followed was a toxic culture of conservative celebrity, where the public elevated personalities more because of their pugnaciousness than anything else.” http://cvote.it/2oVwPQC

TAXES // Can the GOP be a blue collar party and the party of lower taxes? Here’s an idea from conservative writer Reihan Salam: Eliminate the ability to deduct state and local taxes from your federal income taxes (which primarily benefits rich Democrats from states like NY and CA) and replace it with a $2500 per child tax credit. http://cvote.it/2oVqzbV 

REGULATION // President Trump has saved taxpayers more than $86 billion in regulatory costs during his first three months in the White House, according to a new study from American Action Forum. http://cvote.it/2oUDs65

JOBS // The number of out-of-work people collecting unemployment checks fell to a 17-year low in April, underscoring the strongest U.S. labor market in years. http://cvote.it/2oTFfbv

CATHOLIC // It’s official: Pope Francis to canonize Fatima visionaries during May visit. http://cvote.it/2oVx521

CATHOLIC // ‘Don’t Judge’ — How to respond when your relativistic friend quotes Jesus. http://cvote.it/2oVyK7O

SAINT // Saint Anselm – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.” (Ps 118:22) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

WOW // A man murdered their father, and posted the video on Facebook. But on national television, they forgave the killer. http://cvote.it/2pGIXYD

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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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