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Houston Churches Sue City for Trying to Take Their Private Property
Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal

The Houston Housing Authority found itself in the middle of a sticky lawsuit this week when the agency tried to use eminent domain to “steal” two historic churches’ property as part of an urban renewal project.

Islamic State militants ‘abduct Christians’ in Syrian town
BBC

Islamic State militants have abducted dozens of people, many Christian, from a Syrian town captured on Thursday from pro-regime forces, reports say.

Why raising the minimum wage could actually make more employees quit
Lydia DePillis, Washington Post

Wal-Mart’s $9 minimum wage has been in place for a little while now, and not everybody is happy about it.

Rule of Law in the Regulatory State
John H. Cochrane, The Grumpy Economist

The United States’ regulatory bureaucracy has vast power. Regulators can ruin your life, and your business, very quickly, and you have very little recourse. That this power is damaging the economy is a commonplace complaint. Less recognized, but perhaps even more important, the burgeoning regulatory state poses a new threat to our political freedom.

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).

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