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Check out these recent articles from around the web:

MSW’s Top 7 Stories of 2014 by Michael Sean Winters: “Sometimes the Republicans champion it, at least when we are discussing wallets, and sometimes the Democrats champion it, at least when we are discussing sexual mores and pot legalization. It is dangerous and deadly and I do not see its appeal diminishing anytime soon because so few on the left and the right who are suspicious of libertarianism have perfected a language that can contradict it and defeat it. There is no more pressing need for the Church in the United States than to gird itself to resist libertarianism.”

What Stalled the Gender Revolution? Child Care That Costs More Than College Tuition by Tamara Straus: “Feminism isn’t a prominent social movement in this country anymore. And one reason for this is blazingly clear: We don’t have an affordable, taxpayer-subsidized system of infant-to-12 child care that levels the playing field for all women, their partners, and their children. What we have is elite women (and men) blathering on about choice, and billionaire executives passing themselves off as role models for working women, while refusing to acknowledge, let alone celebrate the women who help raise their children and manage their homes.”

To a healthier democracy by EJ Dionne: “The ideological resolution I’d suggest for the new year is that all sides stop fighting and pool their energies to easing the marriage and family crisis that is engulfing working-class Americans.”

Chicago gave hundreds of high-risk kids a summer job. Violent crime arrests plummeted by Emily Badger: “Research on the program conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab and just published in the journal Science suggests that these summer jobs have actually had such an effect: Students who were randomly assigned to participate in the program had 43 percent fewer violent-crime arrests over 16 months, compared to students in a control group.”

The Journalists Who Died Doing Their Jobs in 2014 by Newsweek: “The journalists below are some of the people who felt compelled to take the risks, to tell the stories, to go deeper than the vast majority would ever dream, so that we could better understand what is happening around the globe. Their pictures took us to the front lines, often at great danger to themselves. In some cases, they got too close and tragically we are now deprived from seeing the world as they saw it.”

Germany’s Cologne Cathedral To Turn Off Lights In Protest At Anti-Muslim March: “One of Germany’s most famous landmarks, Cologne Cathedral, will be plunged into darkness on Monday evening in protest at a march by a growing grass-roots anti-Muslim movement through the western German city, cathedral authorities said.”

Debunking three myths about anti-Christian violence by John Allen: “While such deaths do still occur, the more common form of anti-Christian violence today is someone killed for defending human rights, for resisting injustice, or simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Francis reaches out to the margins in his picks for new cardinals by John Allen: “With his picks for new cardinals announced on Sunday, Pope Francis continued his campaign to reach out to the peripheries. The pontiff bypassed traditional centers of power and awarded red hats to such typically overlooked locales as Panama, Thailand, Cape Verde, New Zealand, and the Pacific island of Tonga.”

Why rape is as deadly a threat as the world has faced: Congo’s cheap weapon of mass destruction by Patrick Strudwick: “His eyes – yellowed, wide – emit a plea too, beseeching, bellowing out beyond the parliament, beyond the EU, begging the world to listen to a message sent from hundreds of thousands of women, butchered and shunned and broken: do something.”

How to Take a Stand While Turning the Other Cheek by Michael Wear: “We have too easily conflated the defense of ideas with the polarized culture of cable news debates and social media screeds. Those who debate ideas seem to always be judgmental, bitter and cranky, but we forget how central the advancement of ideas has been to the history of the Church. Indeed, much of Jesus’ ministry was about overturning false ideas that had become conventional wisdom.”

Give democratic Tunisia the U.S. support it needs and deserves by Vance Serchuk: “Tunisia is rightly hailed as the lone success story of the Arab Spring: the only country that has threaded a path from the uprisings of 2011 to genuine multiparty democracy today. Yet the future of freedom in Tunisia is far from assured. With the election of a new parliament and president in recent weeks, the most important experiment in Arab democracy is entering a difficult and potentially perilous new phase — one in which greater U.S. support and attention are urgently needed.”