PowerLinks 05.26.16

Exclusive: Lawmakers Move to Make It Harder for IRS to Seize Money From Innocent People Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal On the heels of the House Judiciary Committee’s legislation reforming federal civil forfeiture laws, House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Rep. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.25.16

When leaders cheat, followers … follow Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today The trust that underlies a law-abiding society is rotting away thanks to double-dealing in Washington. A billion prices can’t be wrong Tim Hartford, The Undercover Economist ‘A “big data” approach to inflation is helping us understand the fundamental question of why recessions happen’ The number of new businesses in the US is falling off a cliff Michael J. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.24.16

How Vocation Brings Dignity to Your Work Tim Challies, TGC As Christians, you and I are responsible to give all of who we are what we do to the Lord. Europe: Allah Takes over Churches, Synagogues Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute Last year, at the famous Biennale artistic festival in Venice, Swiss artist Christian Büchel took the ancient Catholic Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia and converted it into a mosque. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.23.16

The poor are paying more and more for everyday purchases, a new study warns Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post The poor often spend more on all kinds of things. Households that have less money to spare in any given week, for example, are forced to buy toilet paper and similar goods in small packages, increasing the prices they pay. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.20.16

Extreme global poverty is rapidly declining, but 84% of Americans don’t realize it James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas Free trade and global investment aren’t just economic priorities, they’re moral ones. It’s an important aspect missing from the current American political debate on trade and globalization. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.19.16

Researchers Just Solved One of the Biggest Problems for World Hunger Ria Misra, io9 Biologists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have come up with a new agricultural technique which they say increases their crop yields by an incredible 50 percent. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.18.16

Bribery Taints $2 Trillion of Transactions Globally, IMF Says Ian Talley, Wall Street Journal The broader cost of graft, fraud and other forms of official corruption is likely much higher. The Promises and Perils of Christian Politics Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative Every generation fights the same battles over again. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.17.16

World Youth Day to include focus on persecuted Christians Ines San Martin, Crux For most of those who’ve ever attended an international Catholic rally known as “World Youth Day”, the event is a spiritual adrenaline rush hard to top. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.16.16

Life Expectancy is Increasing and Health Inequality is Down Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution In an excellent new paper, Currie and Schwandt discuss the good news overall–life expectancy is up and health inequality is down, in some cases dramatically. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.13.16

Vatican bank chief: now ‘impossible’ to launder money Nicole Winfield, Associated Press The head of the scandal-marred Institute for the Works of Religion, better known as the “Vatican bank,” declared Thursday it’s now “impossible to launder money” there after a years-long cleanup that saw norms imposed to fight money laundering and tax evasion. Continue Reading...