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Poll analysis finds Catholic approval of Trump has declined

Among white Catholics, polling from January reveals that support for Trump is down to 44 percent compared to 52 percent when he first took office

Two years into his presidency, President Donald Trump still enjoys high approval ratings from white evangelical Protestants, while Catholic support has declined. A new analysis released on Monday by the Pew Research Center examining 11 surveys conducted throughout the president’s 26 months in office revealed a decline among white Catholics’ support of the president, with an … [Read more...]

Trump appointees shifting balance on 9th Circuit

Once the president’s current 9th Circuit nominees are confirmed, there will be 12 GOP appointees

President Trump and conservative commentators routinely mock the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit as intolerably liberal: It’s the “Ninth Circus” to Rush Limbaugh, the “Nutty Ninth” to former NRATV commentator Dan Bongino, “a complete & total disaster,” according to the president. For the political right, it’s an institution loathed for once finding that the words … [Read more...]

Mario and Andrew Cuomo exposed by America magazine

Former Newsweek religion editor Kenneth Woodward does not forget

The following comes from a Feb. 12 story by Kenneth Woodward in America magazine. Woodward was the religion editor for Newsweek for 38 years. Reading Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Times op-ed in defense of New York State’s new and perversely titled Reproductive Health Act, I was reminded of his father Mario Cuomo’s own tendentious arguments explaining why he, as a Catholic, … [Read more...]

Trump and Pelosi at National Prayer Breakfast

Pastor Brunson, Karen Pence cited; pro-life pledge repeated

The following comes  from a Feb. 7 story on National Public Radio by  Tom Gjelten. With his opening words at this year's National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump made clear he saw the largely conservative crowd as a friendly audience, one he was eager to please. "I will never let you down," he said. "I can say that. Never." In his first appearance at the event in … [Read more...]

Feinstein, Harris fume over Trump’s nominees to 9th Circuit

WSJ calls Feinstein and Harris "mudslingers" that smeared Kavanaugh

The following comes from a Jan. 31 story by Fox News. California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris lashed out at the White House after President Trump, under pressure from conservative activists, re-nominated two conservative California judges to the 9th Circuit federal appeals court over their opposition. “We are deeply disappointed that the White House has … [Read more...]

Senate rebukes California Sen. Kamala Harris

Censured for questioning judicial nominees about Knights of Columbus membership

The following comes from a Jan. 16 story by The Washington Free Beacon. On Wednesday the Senate approved a resolution that rebuked two Democratic senators for questioning judicial nominees about their membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. The resolution, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), affirmed "the sense of the Senate that … [Read more...]

Eight judges on 9th Circuit dissent sharply from school board prayer ruling

The Trump effect?

The following comes from a Dec. 26 story in the San Francisco Chronicle. Eight conservative judges on the federal appeals court in San Francisco, including both of President Trump’s appointees, dissented sharply Wednesday from a ruling that prohibited a public school board from opening its sessions with a prayer. The case may be headed to the Supreme Court — and one … [Read more...]

Pelosi starts session with repeal of pro-life protection

Would authorize funding of abortion overseas

The following comes from a Jan. 4 story on the website of the Catholic News Agency. In the first day of the new congressional session, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill that includes a provision to repeal a pro-life policy. The bill was one of two appropriations bills passed on Thursday in an attempt to end the partial government shutdown. The bill, which … [Read more...]

Bill requiring California’s public universities to provide abortion pill re-introduced

Similar bill was vetoed in October by outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the measure was unnecessary; Gavin Newsom has said he supports the idea

California Democrats will be taking another stab at requiring all public colleges and universities to stock the abortion pill, anticipating a different outcome with a new governor taking over the helm in January. Democratic state Sen. Connie Leyva on Monday introduced the latest version of the bill, the College Student Right to Access Act, during the first day of the … [Read more...]

Governor Brown asked to order moratorium on death penalty

Ministers of Justice from 25 countries join Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio, one of the new lay movements in the Church, to jointly issue the appeal

Ministers of Justice from 25 countries have joined the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio, one of the new lay movements in the Catholic Church, to jointly issue an appeal to California Governor Jerry Brown to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in his state. Should Brown comply, the moratorium could be short-lived, since Gavin Newsom will be sworn in as California’s … [Read more...]