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‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era
Scott Malone, Reuters

Some in the religious left are inspired by Pope Francis, the Roman Catholic leader who has been an outspoken critic of anti-immigrant policies and a champion of helping the needy.

Whatever Happened to Free Trade?
Bob Davis and Jon Hilsenrath, Wall Street Journal

Companies and countries are scrambling to adjust to a strange new world created by a decade of economic retrenchment and an upswing in populism.

Supreme court struggles over hospital pension dispute
Associated Press

The United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether religious hospitals have the same right to be determined a religious organization as churches or other houses of worship. The Catholic bishops argue it is up to the Church, not the government, to determine what is a Church ministry.

Is paid family leave a free-market or limited-government policy?
Aparna Mathur, AEI Ideas

The reason we don’t think markets are the end-all solution here is that even today, decades after women have increasingly being participating in the workforce and most homes now have both parents working, only about 13% of workers can take paid time off when they need to—for birth of a child or for medical reasons.

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).