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Image of the Day: Peril of a "Buy American" Medical Mandate

CFIF has joined a broad coalition of fellow conservative and libertarian free-market organizations in opposing any proposed "Buy American" mandates on medicines, because they would place unnecessary sourcing requirements upon medicines and medical imputs purchased with federal dollars.  That is the last thing that Americans need at the moment, not least because it doesn't single out China in the way that some falsely assume, and the just-released coalition letter is worth reading in its entirety here.

In that vein, however, this image helpfully illustrates some of the logic behind the letter:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="574"] The Peril of a "Buy American" Order[/caption]


April 07, 2020 • 11:04 am

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— The Members of the Board and Staff of Center for Individual Freedom
— The Members of the Board and Staff of Center for Individual Freedom
Posted December 22, 2019 • 08:08 am
On Speaker Pelosi's Delaying Tactics:

"It looks like Pelosi is going to delay sending over the articles of impeachment, which is a really bad idea. One, this is not a way to exercise leverage over McConnell, because he doesn't care to have the articles sent over in the first place. Two, it's bizarre to try to force the Senate to fight to get witnesses that the House didn't make much of an effort to get itself. Three, this contradicts the argument that impeachment was such an urgent necessity that it had to be rushed. Four, it will make impeachment look even more partisan and political. Five, it is exactly the wrong tack to win over those Republicans who might be persuadable on witness like Romney and Collins. Besides all that, it's a brilliant idea."

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted December 20, 2019 • 07:53 am
On the House Vote to Impeach President Trump:

"Watching the so-called debate Wednesday, I was struck by how the impeachers, desperate to inflate their base partisan passions into something noble, have cheapened our nation's history and language.

"They resembled Grade B actors performing for the cameras, their rehearsed references to oaths, prayers, the Founding Fathers, the rule of law, checks and balances and the Constitution itself all sounding contrived. Rather than reflecting actual gravitas, the words were trotted out to create the appearance of it.

"That was consistent with Pelosi's latest demand that her members stay 'solemn' in public, so as not to give the impression that they were gloating and joyful. In other words, hide how you really feel so we can fool more people into joining us.

"Only the damage to America is real."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted December 19, 2019 • 08:04 am
On FISA Court's Harsh Rebuke of FBI's Misconduct:

"Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court harshly rebuked the FBI in a Tuesday afternoon order, saying FBI misconduct in applying for warrants against Trump campaign official Carter Page calls all past warrant applications into question, and setting a fast-approaching deadline to fix the system.

"The order was issued in response to an inspector general report that found the FBI failed to include exculpatory evidence in its four succesful applications for surveillance warrants on U.S. citizen, former Naval officer, and then-Trump campaign official Carter Page. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) is a secret court set up in 1978 to grant U.S. intelligence agencies warrants to spy on suspected spies from other countries, or, literally, to surveil foreign intelligence.

"'This order,' FISC Judge Rosemary Collyer wrote at the top of the four-page document, 'responds to reports that personnel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provided false information to the National Security Division (NSD) of the Department of Justice, and withheld material information from NSD which was detrimental to the FBI's case, in connection with four applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for authority to conduct electronic surveillance of a U.S. citizen named Carter W. Page.'

'The frequency with which representations FBI personnel made to the court turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case,' Judge Collyer continued, 'calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.'

"The document orders the government to, by Jan. 10, 'inform the Court in a sworn written submission of what it has done, and plans to do, to ensure that the statement of facts in each FBI application accurately and completely reflects information possessed by the FBI that is material to any issue presented by the application.'"

Read entire article here.

— Christopher Bedford, The Federalist Senior Editor
— Christopher Bedford, The Federalist Senior Editor
Posted December 18, 2019 • 08:01 am
On the Parallels Between Conservative Victory in U.K. and 2020 U.S. Presidential Election:

"Boris Johnson's landslide victory in the U.K. augurs well for President Trump's prospects in 2020. The parallels are numerous and undeniable.

"Voters in the U.K. rejected: a Big Government takeover of critical industries, globalization, class warfare, a 'green jobs revolution,' open borders and steadfast efforts to dismantle the 'gig' economy.

"They also voted against anti-Semitism, hypocrisy and, for the record, the 'establishment.'

"They voted for U.K. independence, tax cuts, job creation, infrastructure investment and shoring up popular institutions like the National Health Service.

"The choice could not have been starker. It is also likely to be quite similar to the decision that U.S. voters will face next year."

Read entire article here.

— Liz Peek, FOX News Contributor
— Liz Peek, FOX News Contributor
Posted December 17, 2019 • 07:52 am
On Former FBI Director James Comey's Reaction to DOJ IG Report:

"Former FBI Director James Comey admitted on 'Fox News Sunday' that the recently released Justice Department Inspector General's report on the launch of the FBI's Russia investigation and their use of the surveillance process showed that he was 'overconfident' when he defended his former agency's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

"This comes days after Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee detailed concerns that included 17 'significant errors and omissions' by the FBI's investigative team when applying for a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz referred 'the entire chain of command' to the FBI and DOJ for 'how to assess and address their performance failures' during the probe, which was conducted while Comey was in charge.

"'He's right, I was wrong,' Comey said about how the FBI used the FISA process, adding, 'I was overconfident as director in our procedures,' and that what happened 'was not acceptable.'"

Read entire article here.

— Ronn Blitzer, FOX News
— Ronn Blitzer, FOX News
Posted December 16, 2019 • 07:57 am
On Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler's Midnight Madness:

"Gobsmacked Republicans made known their fury and frustration late Thursday as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., abruptly wrapped up an all-day marathon hearing on the adoption of two articles of impeachment against President Trump by delaying planned votes on the matter until Friday morning.

"'It is now very late at night,' Nadler said shortly before midnight in D.C. 'I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days, and to search their consciences before we cast their final votes. Therefore, the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us may have the opportunity to cast up-or-down votes on each of the articles of impeachment, and let history be our judge.'

"Ranking Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., raised an immediate objection as Nadler began leaving, saying it was 'the most bush-league stunt' he had ever seen.

"'Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow -- you just blew up schedules for everyone?' Collins asked incredulously. 'You chose not to consult the ranking member on a scheduling issue of this magnitude? This is the kangaroo court we're talking about. Not even consult? Not even consult? 10 a.m. tomorrow?'

"He later told reporters: 'This is why people don't like us. This crap like this is why people are having such a terrible opinion of Congress. What Chairman Nadler just did, and his staff, and the rest of the majority who sat there quietly and said nothing, this is why they don't like us. They know it's all about games. It's all about the TV screens. They want the primetime hit. This is Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff and the others directing this committee. I don't have a chairman anymore. I guess I need to just go straight to Ms. Pelosi and say, what TV hit does this committee need to do? This committee has lost all relevance. I'll see y'all tomorrow.'"

Read entire article here.

— Gregg Re, FOX News
— Gregg Re, FOX News
Posted December 13, 2019 • 07:43 am
On Whether the FBI Spied on the Trump Campaign:

"The great debate about whether the FBI spied on the Trump campaign continues. The question is why there is still any argument. The newly-released report from Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz shows that by any definition the FBI did indeed spy. ...

"It turns out the FBI used what should have been a routine intelligence briefing of the Trump campaign to pursue its investigation. It happened in August 2016, when the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) briefed both the Trump and Clinton campaigns. For the Trump group -- a session that included the candidate himself and also FBI target Michael Flynn, a top national security aide -- an FBI supervisor from the Crossfire Hurricane team attended to see if Trump's or Flynn's behavior might reveal some evidence in the case. 'No one at the [Justice Department] or ODNI was informed that the FBI was using the ODNI briefing of a presidential candidate for investigative purposes,' Horowitz wrote. After the briefing, the agent wrote up a report on what he heard.

"At Horowitz's appearance Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham asked, 'Was that FBI agent spying on Donald Trump?'

"'It was a pretext meeting,' Horowitz answered. 'The agent was actually doing the briefing, but also using it for the purpose of investigation.'

"In short, the FBI, acting under false pretenses, spied on Trump and Flynn in plain sight."

Read entire article here.

— Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
Posted December 12, 2019 • 12:24 pm
On AG Barr's Assessment of the IG Report on Russia 'Investigation':

"It turns out that the most revealing aspect of the long-awaited Justice Department's inspector general's report on the origins of the Russia collusion hoax comes from Attorney General William Barr's damning assessment of it.

"In unmistakably terse language, Barr denounced 'a small group of now-former FBI officials' for their 'misconduct,' 'malfeasance and misfeasance,' and 'clear abuse of the FISA process.'

"Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz, issued a 476-page report Monday that broadly examined: (1) how and why the FBI initiated an investigation of candidate Donald Trump and his campaign in July 2016; and (2) the decision to seek a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil a Trump campaign associate.

"As to the first action, Barr concluded that the IG report 'makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.'

"In plain terms, Barr is convinced that the FBI was wrong to investigate Trump and his campaign, because the evidence was conspicuously deficient. Barr noted that the FBI 'pushed forward' with its investigation even in the face of 'consistently exculpatory' evidence.

"As to the second action, Barr condemned those same FBI officials who 'misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source.'"

Read entire article here.

— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
Posted December 11, 2019 • 08:07 am
On DOJ's IG Report on Russia 'Investigation':

"It's now official: Russia, Russia, Russia really was fake news from the start. There was no factual basis for the FBI to spy on Donald Trump's campaign.

"That means there was no need for the appointment of a special counsel and that Robert Mueller should have stayed in retirement. It means the two years of rumors and accusations and the giant cloud of suspicions over the White House produced by Mueller's headhunters were unfair and unjustified.

"It also means J. Edgar Hoover can finally rest in peace. James Comey is now revealed to be the dirtiest cop ever to run the FBI."

Read entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted December 10, 2019 • 07:54 am
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— David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United
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