Amazon overwhelmingly dominates online book sales, with a market share comparable to Standard Oil’s share of the refined oil market  in 1911. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Amazon. com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America. Okay, I know that was kind of abrupt. Bu(...)

Sen Rand Paul: “When is the last time in our country we created millions of jobs? It was under Ronald Reagan.” Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Even if Republicans take the Senate this year, gaining control of both houses of Congress, they will not gain much in conventional terms: they’re a(...)

Paul Ryan: ‘What sets us apart from competitors is our focus on ecommerce and how our website integrates with the store.’

A love of horses led Paul Ryan and his wife, Caitriona O’Dwyer, to set up the Equine Warehouse in 2001. Having successfully negotiated a number of hur(...)

 The Hills’ Michael Baumgart celebrates with Cormac McLoughlin after reaching a century of runs at Castle Avenue. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

The Hills made Castle Avenue a home from home yet again in the final of the RSA Irish Senior Cup as they beat Clontarf by nine runs to claim their (...)

Libertarian author and philosopher Ayn Rand in Manhattan in 1957. Photograph: New York Times/Getty Images

In the latest New York Times magazine Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians – roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics wit(...)

US House of Representatives budget committee chairman Paul Ryan: “Poverty is a complicated problem and it needs to be customised.” Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House of Representatives budget committee chairman, Paul Ryan, has accused the Obama administration of “perpetuating poverty” with a benefits p(...)

Tipperary’s  John O’Dwyer claims the sliotar ahead of Dublin players  Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton during the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16The continuation of inevitability. Despite some remarkable revivals and the supposed levelling of hurling’s playing field in(...)

 Paul Ryan (right, in action against Kilkenny) returns to the Dublin line-up and Tipperary will be wary of his ability if they infringe close to goal. Photograph: Inpho

It’s difficult to oppose Tipperary. In the familiar surroundings of their Thurles citadel, bolstered by the momentum of largely freewheeling, high -s(...)

On the eve of the Great Recession, many conservative pundits and commentators had a world view that combined faith in free markets with disdain for government. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

On Sunday the New York Times published an article by the political scientist Brendan Nyhan about a troubling aspect of the current American scene – th(...)

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly gets his shot away as Dublin’s  Stephen Hiney moves in during the Leinster SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9Reconstructed, slightly remodelled but the interior of these Kilkenny hurlers looks much the same. Defeat to Dublin, and Cork,(...)