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Is China the greatest threat to America?

U. S. President Barack Obama (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a joint press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 12, 2014 (Credit: AP Images/Yomiuri Shimbun)While most eyes today are on Pope Francis's address to Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping continues his travels in the U.S. He will have dinner tonight at the White House and hold meetings in Washington and at U.N. headquarters across coming days.

His visit comes amid heightened tensions between our countries. Experts say Chinese cyber spies are stealing American corporate secrets, threatening our nation's economic future. A rally today near the White House will highlight human rights abuses in China against Christians, writers, human rights lawyers, and minority communities.

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What 'Game of Thrones' says about America

Game of Thrones HBO show featuring Sean Bean, seen here with sword, sitting on throne (Credit: Game of Thrones via HBO)HBO's Game of Thrones won the Emmy Award last Sunday for Best Drama. What does its popularity say about us?

Writing for The Atlantic, Christopher Orr recently asked, "Why does the show feature so much sexual violence?" (his italics). Fans claim that Game of Thrones merely reflects the novels on which it is based. But Orr notes that the show's writers "have gone out of their way, time and time again, to ramp up the sexual violence well beyond their source material."

Why? What do the show's producers know about our society?

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Pastor helps disarm gunman in church

The Oasis Tabernacle Church is seen in East Selma, Alabama where, according Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, suspect James Junior Minter opened fire during service shooting his girlfriend, his one-month-old son and Pastor Earl Carswell, September 20, 2015 (Credit: AP/The Selma Times-Journal/Alaina Denean Deshazo)Rev. Earl Carswell is pastor of Oasis Tabernacle Church in Selma, Alabama. Last Sunday morning, James Junior Minter joined the congregation for worship, sitting on the front row. According to police, Minter then pulled a handgun and opened fire.

Rev. Carswell and others acted swiftly, disarming him. Minter got away, but was captured quickly. The pastor was shot in the leg. Police are hailing him and others who defended their congregation as "heroes." They are, indeed.

Violence against churches has become all too common in recent years. More congregations than ever before are hiring security guards and taking other measures to protect themselves. But we give less attention to protecting ourselves from spiritual attack. Here's why we should.

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Al-Qaeda terrorist transformed by the Gospel

Soldier from ‘Jabhat Al Nusra’ militia prepares to fight as Assad’s army began attack on their positions (Credit: AP Images/Marcin Suder)Osama was a Muslim fundamentalist working with Jabhat al-Nusra, often called "al-Qaeda of Syria." A Christian began sharing the gospel with him. In time, Osama came to Christ. He was then seized and brutally tortured by the terror group he once served.

My friend Tom Doyle tells us what happened next. The night before his scheduled execution, Osama was told that he would be spared if he recanted his faith. He refused. His executioner was so impressed that he instructed Osama, "When we blindfold you, and when you hear the first shot, hit the ground and do not move. Pretend that you are a dead man." Osama followed his instructions. Minutes later, he opened his eyes and found the men in the firing squad dead and the execution leader gone. Osama is now safe in a secluded location.

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Love triangle at Stanford Business School?

An aerial view from a bucket truck of the Oval and the front of the Main Quad at Stanford University (Stanford News Service/L.A. Cicero)Stanford University's Graduate School of Business (GSB) is ranked number one in the world. The New York Times has reported on their success in luring some of the finest economists in America to their faculty. So many were shocked when Dean Garth Saloner resigned last Monday and announced his decision to return to teaching and research.

Now we know the rest of the story: a former employee of Stanford has accused Saloner of seducing another professor, namely the man's wife. The couple is now getting a divorce. And the GSB is generating publicity no business school wants.

There's usually more to the story than we know.

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