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Europe is Experiencing a MASSIVE New Migrant Crisis Which No One Seems to be Acknowledging.

In 2022 around 330,000 people crossed into Europe illegally, according to Frontex, the European Union’s border agency – the largest number since the Migrant Crisis of 2015-16 and a 64 percent increase on 2021. The figures do not include the 13 million refugees who fled Ukraine and entered the EU due to the conflict with Russia, ten million of whom have subsequently returned home. This is the second year running with a steep increase in the number of migrants crossing into Europe, after a significant lull during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, with most of them now entering

NELLES: Another Biden-Era Recession Looms in 2023. The Question Is: ‘How Long, and How Painful?’

Low unemployment, moderating inflation, a teetering housing market, and unprecedented household debt all combine to drive economists to tarot cards, animal sacrifice, and Ouija boards to make their next predictions. Deconstructing and reconstructing the issues help gain an understanding of where the economy will go in 2023. Unemployment. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in December 2022 – almost full employment.  The layoffs are starting, however, driven by tech companies. Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, and Vimeo have announced a combined layoff of nearly 50,000 employees. Strong unemployment numbers drove television pundits to

Rand’s Audit the Fed Wins New Respect

The Hill is reporting Sen. Rand Paul’s “Audit the Fed” bill is gaining momentum: “The ‘Audit the Fed’ movement has grown from an oddball pet project of former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) into legislation that was passed with broad bipartisan majorities in the House two Congresses running, before stalling in Democratic-led Senates,” notes The Hill, which calls the prospect of Congress passing the measure “more real than it has ever been before.” The Hill, and presumably pro-Fed Democrats, are particularly perturbed by the fact that one Democrat, Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Hirono, has signaled support for the bill, with an argument based not

What Should Social Conservatives Ask of a Candidate?

If Republicans win all three branches of government in 2016, what legislation will get passed? Economic growth, ending middle-class stagflation, reversing the debt divide in college students, repealing Obamacare. Into the policy mix, social conservatives have an important question to ask themselves: What is it we want for our country from a potentially historic GOP victory in 2016? Russell Moore laid down an important marker in a recent Wall Street Journal article, which I would translate as God Talk Is Not Enough: In recent years candidates have assumed that they can win over evangelicals by learning Christian slogans, by masking political rallies

The Paul Effect: The Fed Matters In 2016 Race

It isn’t often that I agree with Paul Krugman.  But on Friday, Krugman devoted his NYT column to the idea that “[m]onetary policy probably won’t be a major issue in the 2016 campaign, but it should be.” Well, Krugman got it half right anyway. In truth, not only should monetary policy be a campaign issue, it already is. Last week we watched Bobby Jindal force everyone from Chris Christie to Jeb Bush to start talking about Common Core. In a press release last week from American Principles Project, we called this “The Jindal Effect.” Maybe we should start talking about

Jindal, Cruz, Huckabee on Marriage

Gay marriage is back in the mainstream TV news thanks to Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee. In a CNN interview on Feb. 10, Gov. Jindal endorsed a Constitutional Amendment as a remedy if the Court orders gay marriage.  And on Feb. 1, also on CNN, Gov. Huckabee addressed the religious liberty impacts of gay marriage as progressives redefine traditional Christianity as hatred and bigotry per se. Now, The Blaze is crediting Sen. Cruz with being the first presidential candidate to “take action” in response to Alabama ruling,  for introducing a Constitutional Amendment this week permitting states to define marriage as one man

The Jindal Effect

Bobby Jindal has almost single-handedly inserted the Common Core into the presidential narrative as a major campaign issue, siding with moms over experts and distinguishing himself from Jeb Bush, as I noted earlier. Both Christie and Bush appear to have noticed. Christie said in Iowa he now has “grave doubts” about Common Core. And Jeb Bush, fielding softball questions by his former deputy chief of staff Patricia Levesque, tried to move closer to the moms and away from the elites by de-emphasizing the federal government’s role in education, saying that it “ought to be to enhance reform at the local and

Why Fiorina Matters

Mention former New York Gov. George Pataki or Carly Fiorina in the 2016 GOP primary and many voters will say: “Who?” Nonetheless, Pataki has been giving speeches in New Hampshire, has made plans to speak at the Iowa Agricultural Summit, and is getting his 15 minutes of media buzz. Both Fiorina and Pataki are most likely going to be in the GOP mix. But if you are looking for long shots, Fiorina is the one to take seriously. True, Fiorina (the first female leader of a Fortune 20 company) has not held any political office, and she lost her 2010 bid in California to unseat U.S.

One Smart MSM Reporter Notes Jindal’s Smart Strategy

Frank, at least one NBC reporter noted the logic behind Jindal’s move, at least in regards to Common Core. While most of the media moaned and groaned in an effort to persuade Team Jindal they were being dumb, Leigh Ann Caldwell pointed out: Common Core is more than the issue du jour for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. His evolving opposition to the national education standards has become his signature cause and one that may help differentiate him in a potentially crowded Republican presidential field. Jindal, whose second term ends this year, has embarked on a national tour calling for the

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