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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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On Joe Biden Claiming Ignorance On His Son’s Conflicts Of Interest:

"Former Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview Friday that he was never warned about potential conflicts of interest involving his son's position with a Ukrainian energy company -- a claim that conflicts with what a former Obama administration official told The New Yorker earlier this year.

"'Nobody warned me about a potential conflict of interest. Nobody warned me about that,' Biden told NPR when asked about his discussions while vice president involving his son Hunter Biden's position with Burisma Holdings.

"Joe Biden's denial conflicts with what a former Obama administration official told The New Yorker for a story published on July 1.

"Amos Hochstein, who served as the Obama administration's special envoy for energy policy, told The New Yorker he raised concerns about Hunter Biden's position with the former vice president in December 2015.

"Questions about potential conflicts of interest were also widely covered in the press in 2014 and 2015. A New York Times report from Dec. 8, 2015 asserted that Hunter Biden's work for Burisma may have 'undermined' his father's anti-corruption message toward Ukraine."

Read entire article here.

— Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller
— Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller
Posted December 09, 2019 • 07:45 am
On Passion Over Proof in Trump Impeachment Hearing:

"The most dangerous place for an academic is often between the House and the impeachment of an American president. I knew that going into the first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on the impeachment of Donald Trump. After all, Alexander Hamilton that impeachment would often occur in an environment of 'agitated passions.' Yet I remained a tad naive in hoping that an academic discussion on the history and standards of it might offer a brief hiatus from hateful rhetoric on both sides.

"In my testimony Wednesday, I lamented that, as in the impeachment of President Clinton from 1998 to 1999, there is an intense 'rancor and rage' and 'stifling intolerance' that blinds people to opposing views. My call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee. Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from George Washington University for arguing that, while a case for impeachment can be made, it has not been made on this record."

Read entire article here.

— Jonathan Turley, The George Washington University Law School Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, Legal Commentator, Legal Scholar, Writer, and Legal Analyst
— Jonathan Turley, The George Washington University Law School Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, Legal Commentator, Legal Scholar, Writer, and Legal Analyst
Posted December 06, 2019 • 07:31 am
On College Professors at Impeachment Hearings:

"If you loved the first round of impeachment hearings, do Democrats have a treat for you: Liberal college professors yelling! ...

"The sole voice of reason was provided by legal scholar and George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley, who took great liberty to criticize Trump and his posture toward Ukraine but who nonetheless said it didn't rise to the level of impeachment.

"'I get it,' Turley said in his opening remarks. 'You're mad.'"

— Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner Columnist, in the New York Post
— Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner Columnist, in the New York Post
Posted December 05, 2019 • 08:13 am
On Whether President Trump Committed an 'Impeachable Act':

"Trump has stated repeatedly that he wanted to determine whether Biden committed a corrupt act by extorting taxpayer dollars to force the firing of a prosecutor who was investigating the Ukrainian natural gas company that was paying his son Hunter anywhere from $50,000 to $83,000 a month to serve on its board.

"Was Biden's demand intended to protect his son? If a president has reason to believe that a public officeholder may have engaged in corrupt behavior involving a foreign government, he has every right and duty to request that nation's leader to investigate. The president is entitled to do so under the terms of a 20-year old treaty with Ukraine.

"Biden does not enjoy immunity or amnesty simply because he is now a candidate for office as he pursues the Democratic presidential nomination."

— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
Posted December 04, 2019 • 07:44 am
On American Teenagers' Reading and Math Performance:

"The performance of American teenagers in reading and math has been stagnant since 2000, according to the latest results of a rigorous international exam, despite a decades-long effort to raise standards and help students compete with peers across the globe.

"And the achievement gap in reading between high and low performers is widening. Although the top quarter of American students have improved their performance on the exam since 2012, the bottom 10th percentile lost ground, according to an analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency.

"The disappointing results from the exam, the Program for International Student Assessment, were announced on Tuesday and follow those from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, an American test that recently showed that two-thirds of children were not proficient readers.

"Over all, American 15-year-olds who took the PISA test scored slightly above students from peer nations in reading but below the middle of the pack in math.

"Low-performing students have been the focus of decades of bipartisan education reform efforts, costing many billions of dollars, that have resulted in a string of national programs -- No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, the Common Core State Standards, the Every Student Succeeds Act -- but uneven results."

— Dana Goldstein, New York Times
— Dana Goldstein, New York Times
Posted December 03, 2019 • 08:04 am
On Adam Schiff's Role in Impeachment Inquiry:

"House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., is gearing up for his committee's role in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, and the first witness he plans on calling is the man who led the first phase in the process, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

"Schiff is in the middle of preparing a report on his committee's findings after conducting closed-door interviews and public hearings featuring a number of current and former Trump administration officials connected to the administration's policies and relationship with Ukraine. Republicans have questioned Schiff's credibility due to contact that an anonymous whistleblower had with his staff before filing a complaint which led to the impeachment inquiry, and now they want to question him before the Judiciary Committee.

"'My first and foremost witness is Adam Schiff,' Collins told 'Fox News Sunday.' He claimed that if Schiff does not make himself available for questioning, it will reflect poorly on his credibility and the work he has done so far.

"'If he chooses not to, then I really question his veracity and what he's putting in his report. I question the motive of why he's doing it,' Collins said. Collins specifically said he wants Schiff to discuss what he and his staff knew about the whistleblower's complaint, and Schiff's own interactions with Ukraine.

"He also claimed that Schiff has withheld documents relevant to the inquiry."

Read entire article here.

— Ronn Blitzer, Fox News
— Ronn Blitzer, Fox News
Posted December 02, 2019 • 07:53 am
On Thanksgiving:

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

— John Fitzgerald Kennedy
— John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Posted November 27, 2019 • 08:00 am
On Moderate Democrats Facing Impeachment Pressure:

"A House vote to impeach President Trump could put a critical faction of moderate Democrats at risk in 2020.

"Two weeks of public impeachment hearings have failed to ramp up support for ejecting Trump, polls show, and it has raised questions about the political risks of voting to impeach him.

"'I'll have to see,' Rep. Donna Shalala, who represents a Miami swing district, told the Washington Examiner. 'Whether it will shift their minds one way or the other, I don't know that.' ...

"A survey published by Emerson Polling found independent voters opposed to impeachment, 49% to 34%. The numbers represent a reversal from an October poll that found independents backing impeachment, 48% to 39%.

"Overall voter support for impeachment also flipped, Emerson found, and more voters, 45%, oppose impeachment compared to 43% who support it. ...

"The stagnant poll numbers have left House Democrats at a crossroads with the impeachment proceedings."

— Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner Chief Congressional Correspondent
— Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner Chief Congressional Correspondent
Posted November 26, 2019 • 08:15 am
On Pro-Democracy Win in Hong Kong:

"HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader pledged to listen to public opinion on Monday and referred to deep-seated problems in society after a landslide election victory by opponents of Chinese rule amid months of sometimes violent pro-democracy unrest.

"Democratic candidates secured almost 90% of 452 district council seats in Sunday's poll, held during a rare weekend lull in clashes with police, despite a strongly resourced and mobilized pro-establishment opposition. ...

"The elections saw record turnout after six months of protests and brought upset wins for democrats against heavyweight pro-Beijing opponents, greeted in some voting centers by chants of 'Liberate Hong Kong' and 'Revolution Now'."

— Twinnie Siu and Jessie Pang, Reuters
— Twinnie Siu and Jessie Pang, Reuters
Posted November 25, 2019 • 08:03 am
On Former NSC's Fiona Hill Testimony Regarding 2016 Election Interference:

"There is nothing illogical in believing both that Russia hacked the Democrats and that Ukraine supported the Democrats.

"Hill's testimony aimed at obfuscating this viable theory of Ukrainian collusion, implying that it had been debunked and that to consider it is to lend aid and comfort to Russia, notwithstanding that many people who credit the Ukrainian collusion theory are more reliably hawkish on Russia than Democrats have been over the last 30 years -- I included.

"Hill even suggested that talk of Ukrainian collusion is the cause of the bitter divisiveness in American politics. Nonsense. The divisiveness is mostly attributable to an obsessively pursued but never credible and now-debunked theory that Trump conspired with the Kremlin to steal the 2016 election.

"Critics of the Trump-Russia 'collusion' theory don't believe, and have never contended, that Ukraine hacked the Democrats. But that hardly means Ukrainian officials didn't try to put their thumbs on the scale for Clinton."

Read entire article here.

— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
Posted November 22, 2019 • 08:14 am
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"In promoting national vote-by-mail legislation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her caucus of radical House Democrats are following the advice of Rahm Emanuel, who famously said while Obama chief of staff, 'You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that [is] it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.'Pelosi recently announced that she will try to insert…[more]
—David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United
— David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United
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