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California’s Blue Utopia
Robert J. Cristiano, New Geography

The number 1 topic of conversation amongst the despised 1% in California today is when you are leaving California or whether you can leave.

Heirs of Mao’s Comrades Rise as New Capitalist Nobility
Bloomberg News

In three decades, they and their successors lifted more than 600 million people out of poverty and created a home-owning middle class as China rose to become the world’s second-biggest economy. Chinese on average now eat six times more meat than they did in 1976, and 100 million people have traded in their bicycles for automobiles.

State Contraceptive Mandates
Joseph Knippenberg, First Things

This patchwork of state insurance regulations will likely continue to pose a problem, even if the lawsuits against the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate succeed.

Next front in religious liberty fight: Military chaplains and “ceremonies”?
Tom Crowe, CatholicVote

The military chaplaincy, from the Catholic perspective, is one of the strangest amalgamations of duties, responsibilities, authorities, and chains of command.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).