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CFIF Files Comments in Support of IRS Rulemaking to Protect Donor Privacy

In formal comments filed with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) this week, the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) offered strong support for the IRS’s proposed rulemaking to eliminate the requirement that certain nonprofit organizations provide the names and addresses of contributors on Schedule B of their annual tax filings.

As CFIF notes in its filing, "the Proposed Rulemaking would help protect the First Amendment rights of subject organizations and their citizen donors, without negatively impacting the legally permissible handling of the nation’s tax laws or 501(c) organization tax filings."

Read CFIF’s comments here (PDF).…[more]

December 11, 2019 • 03:45 pm

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On Israel Denying Entry for Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar:

"It needs to be stressed that Tlaib and Omar aren't mere 'critics' of Israel, as the media incessantly claims. Critics would find fault with policies of the nation's government -- which, in Israel's case, has oscillated from left to right, from hawkish to dovish, for more than 70 years. Critics have been traveling to Israel forever. Critics of Israel serve in the nation's parliament and openly and freely take positions against the ruling government.

"Tlaib and Omar actively support a movement with the strategic aim of rallying the world to destroy the Jewish state economically. They aren't critics, they're enemies. The boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS) not only challenges Israel's right to exist, it relies on age-old antisemitic tropes, conspiracy theories, and blood libels to propel the message. Its most famous champions in the United States are Tlaib and Omar.

"Moreover, these congresswomen aren't merely random pundits prattling on about an imaginary apartheid state. They have power to enact policies that undermine the Jewish state. Omar sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It is Tlaib and Omar who are accelerating the Democratic Party's abandonment of our ally. As we've seen, no matter how odious their remarks, no matter how outside the norms of American political discourse they fall, Democrats will rally to defend them.

"Worse of all, the two were almost surely planning some provocation. Which is not something elected officials should be doing to allies."

Read entire article here.

— David Harsanyi, The Federalist
— David Harsanyi, The Federalist
Posted August 16, 2019 • 08:27 am
On the Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency:

"There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you've been told about for nearly three years. It was not 'Donald Trump's collusion with Russia.'

"Here is the real collusion scheme: In 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government's law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic party, and the progressive Beltway establishment. This scheme had two parts: Plan A, the objective; and Plan B, a fail-safe strategy in case Plan A imploded -- which all the smartest people were supremely confident would never, ever happen . . which is why you could bet the ranch that it would.

"Plan A was to get Mrs. Clinton elected president of the United States. This required exonerating her, at least ostensibly, from well-founded allegations of her felonious and politically disqualifying actions.

"Plan B was the insurance policy: an investigation that Donald Trump, in the highly unlikely event he was elected, would be powerless to shut down. An investigation that would simultaneously monitor and taint him. An investigation that internalized Clinton-campaign-generated opposition research, limning Trump and his campaign as complicit in Russian espionage. An investigation that would hunt for a crime under the guise of counterintelligence, build an impeachment case under the guise of hunting for a crime, and seek to make Trump un-reelectable under the guise of building an impeachment case."

Read entire excerpt here.

— Excerpt from Andrew C. McCarthy's new book "Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency," excerpted by National Review
— Excerpt from Andrew C. McCarthy's new book "Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency," excerpted by National Review
Posted August 15, 2019 • 08:09 am
On Congressional Democrats' Election Security Concerns:

"After years of mocking Republicans' election security concerns, denying the very existence of voter fraud and fighting voter ID laws, Democrats have suddenly found religion on the issue of election security.

"Following frightening demonstrations of how to breach voting machines at a recent Las Vegas hacker conference, Democratic lawmakers are pointing the finger at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accusing him of blocking so-called 'election security' measures passed by Democrats in the House.

"There's one problem: it's all just a pretext. If their solutions are any indication, the Democrats don't actually care about election security. What they care about is securing power.

"Like their solutions to climate change, the Democratic solutions to problems with election security are not serious. The supposed solutions are just another way to justify an unprecedented consolidation of power in a federal government Democrats hope to control."

Read entire article here.

— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor and Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee
— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor and Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee
Posted August 14, 2019 • 08:17 am
On Elizabeth Warren's Gun Control Plan:

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren's strategy to curb gun violence is a jumbled patchwork of nonstarter policy proposals and red meat for the Democratic base, in case you were wondering how seriously she takes the issue.

"The Massachusetts senator's campaign team unveiled her plan this weekend in a blog post titled, 'Protecting Our Communities from Gun Violence.' ...

"The post lists three specific courses of action the senator plans to take in order to hinder mass shootings. Warren says she will issue executive orders, eliminate the filibuster, and send Congress a bill loaded with strict gun control initiatives. The senator's executive orders would require background checks for all firearm purchases, even those between nonfederally licensed, private individuals. Warren also says she will issue executive orders requiring all sellers to report multiple purchases to the same individual and that all sales be conducted with persons who are 21 years of age or older."

Read entire article here.

— Becket Adams, Washington Examiner
— Becket Adams, Washington Examiner
Posted August 13, 2019 • 08:26 am
On Jeffrey Epstein's Death in Custody:

"Move over, Lee Harvey Oswald.

"Jeffrey Epstein's supposed jail-cell suicide looks so fishy that the conspiracy theories could eclipse JFK and the grassy knoll in the public imagination.

"Coming 24 hours after court documents implicated big names in his kiddie-sex ring, it's all too neat.

"Not since Jack Ruby shot Oswald has there been so much skepticism about a death in custody.

"I subscribe to the cock-up theory of life: 'Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice.'

"But whoever authorized the alleged pedophile's removal from suicide watch deserves to be sacked."

— Miranda Devine, New York Post
— Miranda Devine, New York Post
Posted August 12, 2019 • 07:50 am
On School Districts and Cyberattacks:

"School districts across the country are increasingly becoming a major target of malicious cyberattacks, leaving both the federal government and state governments scrambling to find ways to fight back.

"Recent cyberattacks on school districts in Louisiana, Virginia, and Oklahoma have highlighted the threat. In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a statewide emergency last month in response to ransomware attacks on three school districts, and authorized state resources and cyber assistance to help the districts. ...

"While school districts may not seem to be the obvious target for hackers in comparison to governments or essential services, Doug Levin, the founder and president of EdTech Strategies, a consulting firm, told The Hill that they are easy targets due to outdated systems and the fact that they handle large amounts of money.

"'They are a soft target, for those that are doing not-very-sophisticated attacks and they are looking to ransom people and steal data, they are just scanning the internet for easy targets and outdated systems,' Levin said.

"'They manage a lot of money, facilities, buses, food service, providing some degree of health care, providing special education services, telecommunications systems,' he added. 'Schools are major expenditures.'"

Read entire article here.

— Maggie Miller, The Hill
— Maggie Miller, The Hill
Posted August 09, 2019 • 07:58 am
On the Mastery of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proven himself a master of both the Senate and the judicial branch. ...

"Those on the left are hoping to use McConnell as a boogeyman for everything they hate, because he has so deftly outmaneuvered them in the Senate.

"In fact, a large part of the success of President Trump comes from his ability to work with McConnell to get big things done.

"Under McConnell's leadership the Senate has confirmed two Supreme Court justices, 43 Circuit Court of Appeals judges, and 99 U.S. District Court judges.

"There are only 179 federal appeals court judges, so in less than three years the Trump-McConnell team has nominated and won confirmation for almost one-quarter of them. Trump and McConnell have shepherded in one-seventh of the district court judges. ...

"If President Trump is reelected (and McConnell gets reelected in Kentucky) at this pace by the end of Trump's second term they will have appointed and confirmed over half of all our federal judges.

"When you think about the lifetime nature of these appointments, you can see why McConnell can legitimately be considered a master of the judiciary as well as the Senate."

Read entire article here.

— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Posted August 08, 2019 • 08:08 am
On Restricting the Second Amendment:

"Here is the fundamental, quite real, problem that gun-control advocates face when they try to persuade the gun-owning public to support additional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms: The burden of every single currently popular large-scale gun-control proposal will fall almost exclusively on law-abiding gun owners.

"Even in the case of our dreadful epidemic of mass shootings, the available evidence indicates that so-called 'common sense' gun-control proposals popular in the Democratic party (and the New York Post) are ineffective at stopping these most committed of killers. As my colleague Robert VerBruggen pointed out yesterday, a large-scale RAND Corporation review 'uncovered "no qualifying studies showing that any of the 13 policies we investigated decreased mass shootings."'

"It's one thing to ask millions of Americans to sacrifice their security for the sake of the larger common good. It's quite another to ask for that same sacrifice in the absence of evidence that the policy will accomplish what it is designed to accomplish."

— David French, National Review
— David French, National Review
Posted August 07, 2019 • 08:04 am
On Blaming the Constitution for Violent Acts:

"The very idea of democracy depends on the ability of those reading this to draw this important distinction. Political speech and opinion are not violence or threats. As convenient as it probably seems to blame constitutionally protected political debate for the heinous actions of a few individuals, such scapegoating will be the ruin of this nation and of the people's right and ability to govern themselves. When ordinary people of good will discuss politics, no matter how fringe their ideas are, the only people who are responsible for shootings are the shooters themselves and those who directly incite or aid them in their crimes."

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted August 06, 2019 • 08:02 am
On the Dangers of Importing Foreign Prescription Drugs:

"The Trump administration just announced it is taking steps to introduce a 'safe importation action' pilot program authorizing states, wholesalers, and pharmacists to import drugs from Canada under one scenario and from other countries under another scenario. There is no specific timeline for implementation of a plan yet. According to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, the goal of the initiative is to 'lower prices and reduce out of pocket costs for American patients.'

"It won't work. Instead, importing prescription drugs would put our lives in danger.

"Almost every Food and Drug Administration commissioner in recent history has argued as much. In 2017, a group of them wrote to Congress, stating, 'Drugs purchased from foreign countries may be substandard, unsafe, adulterated, or fake' and are 'likely to harm patients and consumers.'

"Even drugs from developed countries like Canada can pose serious risks. In 2005, an investigation conducted by the FDA found that 85% of drugs from online pharmacies labeled as 'Canadian' actually came from 27 different countries. Many of them proved to be counterfeit., the nation's largest internet pharmacy, was fined $34 million by U.S. prosecutors in 2018 for selling two cancer drugs that contained no active drug ingredients."

Read entire article here.

— Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Healthcare Policy
— Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Healthcare Policy
Posted August 05, 2019 • 08:07 am
Question of the Week   
The most recent U.S. Senator to be elected President of the United States was Barack Obama. Who was the first U.S. Senator to be elected President?
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"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…[more]
—Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
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Should House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff be investigated for subpoenaing and publishing call log records (with no details or context) of another member of congress, the president's attorney, a journalist and others?