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LISBON: Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

 LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe’s last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, and a police investigation. The scandal bears the hallmarks of the recent European financial crisis, […] Continue reading →

Just Who is Waging the ‘War on Science’?

Paul Driessen  Left-leaning environmentalists, media and academics have long railed against the alleged conservative “war on science.” They augment this vitriol with substantial money, books, documentaries and conference sessions devoted to “protecting” global warming alarmists from supposed “harassment” by climate chaos skeptics, whom they accuse of wanting to conduct “fishing expeditions” of alarmist emails and […] Continue reading →

Paul Ryan Gets It Right. Will Liberals Listen?

 Representative Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty plan, released yesterday, is more ambitious than I had expected. I didn’t expect him to tackle criminal-justice reform, for example, but his plan calls for softening mandatory-minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. I didn’t expect the plan to include higher-education reform, but it has several worthy ideas, from reforming the […] Continue reading →

Joe Biden is Apparently Obama’s Gift to Republicans

Michael Schaus America’s crazy Uncle joe biden is at it again. After admitting that the whole “hope and change” promise hasn’t exactly panned out, our illustrious Vice President commented that he wished he had a Republican kid in the family. In some off-the-cuff remarks this week, Joe “open-mouth-insert-foot” Biden joked that he wished he had […] Continue reading →

Don’t Expand Government, Cut the Payroll Tax Instead

Conn Carroll  The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the federal government’s most successful anti-poverty programs. As House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) notes in his newly released anti-poverty plan today, it “makes low-income families more likely to work by increasing work’s rewards” and “encourages households to enter the labor force.” However, the […] Continue reading →

Is this still Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party?

Christian B. Corrigan  Conservatives of all stripes are in the midst of an intellectual renaissance designed to chart a course out of exile and back into the White House by applying tested principles to modern policy problems. Meanwhile, Democrats have abandoned their historically principled liberalism for something perniciously illiberal. Succumbing to the allure of the […] Continue reading →