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Don't Quit! College Still Best Path to Entrepreneurial Success
By Chad Brooks, FOXBusiness
Dropping out of college paid off for Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, but that doesn't mean you should follow their lead – regardless of how great your business idea is. While budding entrepreneurs may feel that their time in college is stopping them from making millions on their new businesses, new research from LinkedIn shows they may want to rethink that idea.
California drivers brace for costly new gas tax
By William La Jeunesse and Laura Prabucki, FOXNews
Californians already pay the nation's second highest gas tax at 68 cents a gallon -- and now it will go up again in January to pay for a first-in-the-nation climate change law. "I didn't know that," said Los Angeles motorist Tyler Rich. "It's ridiculous."
Transgender woman feels 'complete' thanks to Obamacare
By Anna Gorman, CNN Health
(Kaiser Health News) -- Devin Payne had gone years without health insurance -- having little need and not much money to pay for it. Then Payne, who had a wife and four children, realized she could no longer live as a man. In her early 40s, she changed her name, began wearing long skirts and grew out her sandy blond hair. And she started taking female hormones, which caused her breasts to develop and the muscle mass on her 6-foot one-inch frame to shrink.

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Praying with the Pastafarians And Other Adventures in Corporate Religion
By Wallace Henley
“Are you allowed to mention the name of Jesus in your company?” a friend of mine asked an entrepreneur from China awhile back, as I sat listening. “Yes, we have a church that meets in our company,” he replied. The irony was striking: A group of American business leaders in the “land of the free” who nevertheless had to walk carefully through the minefield of corporate religion had just discovered that a business owner from a nation governed by a regime professing official state atheism perhaps had more freedom than they regarding spiritual expression in the workplace. In May 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court, in the eyes of many, brought judicial balance in the debate about corporate and institutional religion. In the words of a Wall Street Journal report, “it rejected arguments that the overwhelmingly Christian prayers” offered before town council meetings in Greece, New York, “gave preference to one faith and violated the First Amendment.
Mistake or Choice?
By Douglas Gehrman
I don’t like mistakes—mine or anyone else’s—and have spent a lot of energy in my life trying to avoid making them. My strategies—to overanalyze and over prepare, or give up before I even start (if I can’t guarantee my own victory). And, if an error is spotted, I know I can just blow it off as a minor issue. I’ve been employing these tactics for years, since I was very young, as evidenced by the following story.
The Power of Empowerment
By Michael Chung
Recently, Fortune listed the 50 top leaders in the world. The list included country sovereigns, priests, former presidents, philanthropists, and Nobel Prize winners. People like Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Warren Buffett, and America’s 42nd President Bill Clinton made the list.

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Uber-Capitalists and Food Trucks
By T. Kyle Bryant
The Houston political scene has seen its share of hot-button issues lately. In June, I wrote about the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which the City Council passed in May. In the intervening months, the City has undergone a public debate concerning two separate industries and whether to allow certain forms of competition in the marketplace. First, there’s the restaurant industry’s battle with Mobile Food Units (food trucks). As anyone who has lived in Houston for a while knows, food trucks have become increasingly popular in the last five years or so. These culinary caravans hop from spot to spot serving up interesting and unique food choices—mostly dishes that you can serve in a plastic bowl or in a paper bag. Food trucks must be permitted, inspected, and follow similar health regulations as brick and mortar restaurants. They are also subject to other requirements but generally permitted to serve food wherever they want—except for downtown, which boasts a bustling daytime population and, therefore, an opportunity for increased revenue for the food trucks.
The Increasing Vulnerability of Religious Liberty
By John Oliver Tyler
Two recent legal developments significantly impact Constitutional liberties. The first is the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. The second is John Boehner's decision to sue Obama. Like Ulysses' Trojan horse, both developments appear to be victories for liberty. Beneath their surface, however, both developments carry significant threats to liberty, particularly religious liberty.

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