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WSJ Urges Regulators to Approve T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

We at CFIF have steadfastly highlighted the consumer benefits of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, and cautioned the federal government against any pointless and destructive objection to the deal.  In today's Wall Street Journal, its editorial board encourages the Department of Justice (DOJ) to move forward on the deal:

The Justice Department lost its lawsuit to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner.  Yet now the antitrust cops are holding up T-Mobile's merger with Sprint even though it could give AT&T more competition in wireless.  What gives?

A year ago, T-Mobile announced plans to acquire Sprint for $26 billion in stock, yet the merger is still stuck in government antitrust purgatory.  The Federal Communications Commission keeps pausing its 180-day shot clock on the merger…[more]

April 22, 2019 • 04:07 pm

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On Whether Spying Occurred on the Trump Campaign:

"Democrats and some in the media expressed shock and outrage when Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that 'spying did occur' on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

"Barr 'must retract his statement immediately or produce specific evidence to back it up,' Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. 'Perpetuating conspiracy theories is beneath the office of the attorney general.'

"Barr has gone 'off the rails,' said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. ...

"Cable news commentators called Barr's statement 'stunning' and appeared baffled that the attorney general would make such a claim 'without evidence.'

"The baffling thing was why they were baffled. Barr's statement was accurate and supported by publicly known facts."

Read entire article here.

— Byron York, Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
Posted April 11, 2019 • 07:29 am
On Protecting the Fundamental American Right of Donor Privacy:

"Private citizens should not be subjected to government harassment for supporting causes they believe in, and charities should not have to worry about their funding drying up because donors fear reprisals. Yet many policy pundits on the left, and even a few on the right, have been doing all they can to convince lawmakers across the country that the government has a compelling interest in knowing to whom you give your after-tax money. In using popular language such as 'dark money' and 'transparency,' the Left really means that it wants to know who funds its opposition, so it can bring pressure to bear and suppress its opponents' speech with coercion and threats.

"It's no surprise that in blue states, including California, New York, Delaware, and New Mexico, the government is compelling 501(c) charities to disclose information about their donors. In recent years, some red states, too, including South Dakota, Utah, Alabama, and South Carolina, have also proposed legislation or regulation that would strip away donor privacy for charitable organizations, in the name of good government.

"While transparency is what citizens require of their government, privacy is the constitutional right afforded to citizens. Conflating public requirements and private rights is clever but disingenuous. We should not allow proponents, from the Left or the Right, to get away with such sophistry.

"In the Federalist Papers, a collection of 85 essays promoting the adoption of the United States Constitution, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay in 1787-88, the three founders used the pseudonym 'Publius.' They did so because to advocate for something as radical and controversial as that revolutionary document was dangerous. Not everyone in power in 18th-century America agreed with these ideas. ...

"Mississippi, where I live and work, has now become the second state, joining Arizona, to protect the privacy of non-profit donors. Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1205 into law at the close of the legislative session last month. The bill codifies a long-standing practice of barring the government from demanding or releasing publicly the personal information of donors to 501(c) non-profits. At a time when partisanship seems to reign, the publication of personal information can expose citizens to intimidation and harassment from those who want to shut down speech with which they disagree. Fortunately, two states -- and may others follow -- have taken steps to ensure the fundamental American right of donor privacy."

Read entire article here.

— Jon L. Pritchett, Mississippi Center for Public Policy President and CEO
— Jon L. Pritchett, Mississippi Center for Public Policy President and CEO
Posted April 10, 2019 • 08:01 am
On Calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a Terrorist Group:

"The Trump administration has served the Iranian people and the cause of truth by dubbing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group.

"The IRGC uses violence and economic leverage to achieve authoritarian ends. Calling them terrorists is salutary candor. The designation also serves the cause of peace.

"The IRGC controls vast swathes of Iran's economy from the energy industry to telecommunications. This gives the IRGC control over a feudal system with which to distribute resources to its supporters and fund its aggression. But it's worse than that. Because the IRGC manages its business interests poorly and with disregard for the public interest, its feudalism has turned Iran's economy into an inefficient behemoth. Preventing market entry and competition, the IRGC ensures that it is the necessary one-stop shop for individuals and businesses alike.

"President Trump's action on Monday changes that for the better. When the terrorist designation goes into effect next week, the Iranian government knows that foreign corporations will be reluctant to sign new business deals. They'll fear U.S. sanctions."

Read entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted April 09, 2019 • 07:50 am
On Learning from Socialism:

"It is critical that current generations look back at what socialism produced in the last 70 years. Where is there one successful socialist system? For a time, Scandinavian countries were able to use the production from a successful capitalist system to support a new socialistic system, but that experiment has ended because it proved to be unsustainable. Other so-called socialist systems, such as those in Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela, provide nothing but hunger and misery to their citizens, while their 'visionary' leaders live lives of luxury. Once the richest country in South America, Venezuela under socialism has become one of the poorest. ...

"The loss of individual freedoms to unnecessary government intrusion and its control over all aspects of peoples' lives is at stake. Socialism really means control over all means of production and the redistribution of wealth by the government. The reality is that no socialist country has been able to sustain its lofty promises. As former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pointed out, 'the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money.'

"Many wise voices have cautioned, 'Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it'. Today, there are ominous signs that we may be heading toward repeating past failures, instead of learning from them. We must prevent a repeat of history's failures. If we do not, we will doom our children and grandchildren to a bleak future."

Read entire article here.

— Eugene Megyesy, Escaped from Hungary in 1956, served in Vietnam, practiced law in Denver, and was Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary
— Eugene Megyesy, Escaped from Hungary in 1956, served in Vietnam, practiced law in Denver, and was Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary
Posted April 08, 2019 • 08:01 am
On the Southern Poverty Law Center's Tax-Exempt Status:

"As the Southern Poverty Law Center implodes over accusations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment, its legion of critics wants answers and a swift burial of the embattled organization's status as the nation's judge and jury on hate.

"Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, took the lead with a letter to the Internal Revenue Service requesting an investigation into the tax-exempt status of the incongruously wealthy nonprofit group, which he blasted as a 'racist and sexist slush fund devoted to defamation.'

"'I've long been troubled by the Southern Poverty Law Center's activities, which are centered on serial defamation of its opponents, not on civil rights litigation, as its founding charter says,' Mr. Cotton told The Washington Times.

"'Obviously, the revelations that the Southern Poverty Law Center has engaged in systematic racial discrimination and sexual harassment at the highest levels is very troubling as well,' he said. 'I think it bears on whether they should have tax-exempt status under our laws and benefit from the taxpayer subsidy.'"

Read entire article here.

— Valerie Richards, The Washington Times
— Valerie Richards, The Washington Times
Posted April 05, 2019 • 07:30 am
On Senate Move to Confirm President Trump's Judges:

"Senate Republicans deployed the 'nuclear option' on Wednesday to drastically reduce the time it takes to confirm hundreds of President Trump's nominees.

"In back-to-back votes, Republicans changed the rules for the amount of time it takes to confirm most executive nominees and district judges -- marking the second and third time Republicans have used the hardball tactic since taking over in 2015.

"The combined actions will result in most nominations that require Senate confirmation needing only two hours of debate after they've defeated a filibuster that shows they have the votes to ultimately be confirmed. Before Wednesday's rules change, they faced up to an additional 30 hours of debate.

"Supreme Court picks, appeals court judges and Cabinet nominees will not be affected by the change and could still face the lengthier Senate floor debate.

"But the move will let Republicans hit the gas on confirming nominations, a top priority in an era of divided government that has left lawmakers without big-ticket legislative agenda items.

"Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argued shortly before triggering the hardball procedural tactic that the Senate needed to go back to a 'more normal and reasonable process' for confirming nominations."

Read entire article here.

— Jordain Carney, The Hill
— Jordain Carney, The Hill
Posted April 04, 2019 • 11:45 am
On Understanding the Basic Tenets of Western Civilization:

"Biden's characterization of 'English jurisprudential culture' as 'white man's culture' is profoundly disturbing. English jurisprudential culture is rooted in the belief in the rule of law, due process of law, equal rights under law; English jurisprudential culture is responsible for preserving the natural rights we hold dear, rights which were imperfectly but increasingly extended over time to more and more human beings, particularly minorities. No less a leftist figure than Barack Obama explained just that in 2009, saying he sought a system at Guantanamo Bay that 'adheres to the rule of law, habeas corpus, basic principles of Anglo-American legal system.'

"Protection of individual rights -- and in particular, minority rights -- lies at the heart of English jurisprudence. Yet Biden boiled down those rights to racial privilege. And the attempt to reduce the fundamental principles of our civilization to a mask for racial hierarchical power is both false and frightening. It suggests that those principles ought to be undermined for purposes of disestablishing that supposed hierarchy. Get rid of English jurisprudential law, presumably, in order to fight racism. ...

"But that's not what Western civilization is about at all. Western civilization was built on Judeo-Christian values and Greek reason, culminating in a perspective on natural rights that is preserved by institutions like English jurisprudence. It is thanks to those philosophical principles that free markets, free speech and free association have grown and flourished. Only if we re-enshrine those principles, rather than undermine them, will our prosperity and freedoms be preserved."

Read entire article here.

— Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire
— Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire
Posted April 03, 2019 • 08:01 am
On Border Control Dereliction of Duty:

"It's not that border control has been tried and failed; it hasn't been tried. Thanks to court decrees and congressional enactments, we don't permit ourselves to quickly return minors from Central American countries, or to detain them for any significant period of time. They get released, along with the adults accompanying them.

"The asylum process is broken. The initial so-called credible-fear interview to determine whether asylum-seekers get to the next step of the process approves almost all of them, even if they are unlikely ultimately to win asylum. In the meantime, they are waved into the country and probably never removed.

"The migrants coming in increasing numbers realize we are helpless to exclude them, and indeed, surrender to border-patrol agents when they get here.

"Congress could fix all this in an afternoon, with a few key changes in the law. ...

"In a more rational world, Congress would take seriously the spectacle of US officials -- and humanitarian organizations -- scrambling to handle a flood of humanity showing up every day, and give them the legal authorities and resources to get the situation under control. That it won't is a dereliction of duty of the highest order."

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted April 02, 2019 • 08:00 am
On Jump-Starting the Keystone XL Pipeline:

"President Trump on Friday signed a presidential permit to jump-start construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline with a facility in Montana, a move seen as a way to circumvent previous court orders halting development.

"The permit authorizes energy company TransCanada Corp. to 'construct, connect, operate, and maintain' pipeline facilities between the U.S. and Canada.

"The permit also allows for the maintenance of a pipeline facility at Phillips County, Montana, for importation of the oil to the U.S.

"The order supersedes a March 2017 order. That permit was invalidated by a Montana federal judge in November. The ruling is being appealed in the 9th Circuit. Separately, a December lawsuit placed an injunction on most pre-construction activities.

"'For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby revoke that March 23, 2017, permit,' Trump wrote in Friday's order.

"A White House spokesperson told The Hill that the new permit 'dispels any uncertainty.' ...

"The pipeline has been a lightning rod in national energy policy for much of a decade since its proposal by TransCanada."

Read entire article here.

— Miranda Green, The Hill
— Miranda Green, The Hill
Posted April 01, 2019 • 08:21 am
On Chicago Demanding Payment From Smollett:

"The city of Chicago threatened Jussie Smollett on Thursday with a new charge if he doesn't pay $130,000 to cover overtime costs incurred by police during their investigation into a hate crime the actor allegedly staged against himself in January.

"In a letter sent to Smollett's attorneys, the Chicago Corporation Counsel requested that Smollett pay up within seven days, noting that the 'Empire' actor could face a new charge for making a false statement if he doesn't pay in a 'timely' manner.

"'[Y]ou made a police report in which you falsely claimed that two men had attacked you while yelling racial and homophobic slurs. The Chicago Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into this report,' the letter stated, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. 'Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating the false claims, including a substantial number of overtime hours.'

"'In an attempt to resolve this matter without further legal action, the City requires immediate payment of the $130,106.15 expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter,' the letter stated. 'If the amount is not timely paid, the Department of Law may prosecute you for making a false statement to the City under section 1-21-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago.'"

Read entire article here.

— Andrew Kerr, The Daily Caller
— Andrew Kerr, The Daily Caller
Posted March 29, 2019 • 07:30 am
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"SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies.The social network disclosed the amount in its quarterly financial results, saying it estimated a one-time…[more]
—Mike Isaac and Cecilia Kang, New York Times
— Mike Isaac and Cecilia Kang, New York Times
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