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PowerLinks 05.19.17

Religion after communism Eastern Europe’s patriotic faith The Economist Across ex-communist Europe, religion is robust and patriotic, but sometimes skin-deep. Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism Ambassador Francis Rooney, Crux Blasphemy laws are used to persecute critics of Islam in many Muslim countries, whether moderate Muslims, Christians or Jews, and to attack so-called “non-believers,” thus forming an impenetrable barrier to any form of acceptance of other religious beliefs and contributing to the growth of Islamic extremism. Continue Reading...
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Explainer: What you should know about NAFTA

The Trump administration formally announced to Congress today that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). According to the Associated Press, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer sent a letter to congressional leaders to start 90 days of consultations with lawmakers over how to revamp the pact. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.18.17

The role of religious freedom today Ambassador Francis Rooney, Crux The former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (2005-2008), Francis Rooney, says due to its stabilizing role in society, religious freedom can be used as a “soft power” weapon to deter extremist ideologies, as evidenced by Holy See diplomacy. Continue Reading...
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Understanding the President’s Cabinet: Vice President

Note: This is the post #17 in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here. Seal of the VP / WhiteHouse.gov Cabinet position: Vice President (VPOTUS) Current: Mike Pence Succession: The Vice President is second in the presidential line of succession. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.17.17

Trump Should Adopt an International Religious-Freedom Policy with Teeth Tina Ramirez, National Review American Christians should urge him to adopt policies to help the church where it’s persecuted. Under Socialism, Morality Is Scarcer than Bread Marian L. Continue Reading...
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Should Martha Stewart iron her own shirts?

Note: This is post #33 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Comparative advantage explains why people trade and what goods they should trade. To illustrate the concept of comparative advantage, Marginal Revolution University’s Alex Tabarrok asks, “Should Martha Stewart iron her own shirts?” Even if Martha Stewart has an absolute advantage in ironing shirts, her opportunity cost is simply too high. Continue Reading...