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N. Korea tops persecution list for 14th year
Baptist Press

As North Korea once again held its spot for the 14th consecutive year as the most dangerous country for Christians, religious persecution on every continent has appeared to increase, according to a new report.

Who’d a-thunk it? Retailers like Wal-Mart make location decisions based on labor costs?
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

To help better understand how “Wal-Mart’s scalpel targeted stores that have the highest minimum wages in the country,” consider the map above showing three Walmart stores along a 5-mile stretch of Interstate 880.

Adam Smith on Society’s Exploitation of the Rich
James R. Rogers, First Things

Donald Trump ascribing responsibility for his first two failed marriages to working “like, twenty-two hours a day” brought to mind Adam Smith’s invocation of the “invisible hand” in his 1759 work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

Attention Bernie Sanders: Europe gave up on its socialist paradise years ago
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

The thing that Bernie Sanders, and many of his supporters miss, is that European socialism isn’t what it used to be. It’s a lot less socialist than it used to be.

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).


  • Steve Vinzinski

    When ever you learn something the article is informative.Joe yes North Korea is deadly most likely because of their 1.8 million man Army we may have to resort to non-conventional products thus go to Echo 99.Fifteen years is a long time and so many hungry people because only their leaders friends are taken care of. I read that article and map on Wal-Mart they all appear to be in California.You can not live on those wages on the other hand i have no idea of the companies financial ability.Sanders and Trump send them both down to Paris Island with some luck Quantico more luck Little Creek on to Pensacola.Then they can fly to the moon.They will not be to old John Glenn repeated everything in his late seventies.There are three hundred and twenty million Americans in this country at least half are over thirty-five can we find one person who is capable of being President.