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Stephen Moore: Trade Deals Must Protect Intellectual Property Rights

CFIF recently highlighted the importance of strengthening intellectual property rights as part of ongoing trade negotiations in a piece entitled "Intellectual Property:  NAFTA Renegotiation Priority #1." Days later, Senator Pat Toomey (R - Pennsylvania) echoed that call in his Wall Street Journal commentary.

This week, celebrated economist Stephen Moore added his voice in a brilliant commentary entitled "Trade Deals Must Protect Intellectual Property Rights":

. American investments, ingenuity and entrepreneurship have made intellectual property one of our nation's most important assets.  IP-intensive industries, including software, biotechnology and entertainment, now support nearly one-third of all U.S. jobs.  But too often, our foreign trading partners take unfair advantage…[more]

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31 Do Not Let the Children Lead

Where are all the grown-ups in times of crisis and grief? Don't bother searching America's prestigious law schools. Two adult men, occupying lofty perches as law professors, argued this week that the voting age in the U.S. should be lowered to 16 because some high school survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting who want gun control "are proving…

32 A Non-Alarmist Reading Of the Mueller Russia Indictment

There's been no shortage of breathless reaction to Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. "An attack that—but for the loss of life—is as bad as Pearl Harbor," tweeted veteran journalist Jonathan Alter…

33 Intellectual Property: America Still Leads the World, but Dangers Lurk

The United States maintains its worldwide lead in the critical area of intellectual property (IP) protection, but our status is dangerously eroding.  That's the primary takeaway of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's just-released sixth annual International IP Index.  In an increasingly knowledge-based and globally competitive economy, it's more…

34 What Explains the FBI's Deep Faith In Trump Dossier Author?

One of the most remarkable takeaways from the new documents released in the Trump-Russia investigation is the degree to which FBI officials were determined to believe Trump dossier author Christopher Steele—even after it became clear he had lied to them. In their drive to win a warrant to wiretap sometime Trump volunteer adviser Carter Page&…

35 Coalition of More Than 100 Organizations and Individuals Endorse the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a broad coalition made up of more than 100 of the nation’s most influential conservative and libertarian organizations and individuals, led by the Center for Individual Freedom ("CFIF"), sent a letter to Congress announcing its endorsement and urging swift passage of the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting…

36 Republicans and Those 'Attacks' On the FBI

The news is filled with reports that Republicans in Washington are "attacking" the FBI over the Trump-Russia investigation. The Washington Post recently compiled a collection of statements by GOP lawmakers under the heading, "Republicans launch attack after attack on the FBI." The New York Times ran a news analysis headlined, &…

37 Be Cautious, but Take the Devin Nunes Memo Seriously

For more than a year now, half of America has been driven into hysterics on a weekly basis by highly selective, often partisan leaks fed to it in 900-word increments by Democrats using the political media. Whether these sensationalist stories were debunked or not, no one demanded that every scrap of classified information related to those leaks be…

38 The Russia 'Fake News' Scare Is All About Chilling Speech

Last week, Republicans began to call for the release of a memo authored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that purports to lay out a series of abuses connected to the FBI surveillance of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. As often happens these days, a Twitter hashtag, #ReleaseTheMemo, evolved around the effort and was widely…

39 In 2018, Focus on Intellectual Property Rights

The year 2017 witnessed remarkable progress in the realms of deregulation and tax reform, with immediate economic benefits.  So how do we maintain that positive momentum through 2018 and beyond?  There's no better place to focus than intellectual property (IP) rights, which former patent attorney Abraham Lincoln once observed "added…

40 Paul Manafort Has a Point

It's not a popular thing to defend Paul Manafort, the international influence peddler who ran Donald Trump's presidential campaign for a short time in 2016. Just search for "Manafort" and, say, "sleazeball," and see what comes up. But even bad guys have a case sometimes. And Manafort has a case in his lawsuit against Trump-Russia…

41 Far From Disappearing, Dossier Investigation Intensifies

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who, in late November 2016, traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the Trump dossier from its author, former British spy Christopher Steele. Kramer then returned to the U.S. to give the document to Sen. John McCain…

42 3 Things to Like About 2017

This time of year, we pause to take stock of what happened in the year that has passed. Although there were plenty of policy developments to dislike in 2017, in the spirit of the holidays, I will stick to my three favorites. Forget, for now, about immigration policy, free trade setbacks, the busting of the budget caps and the continuation of the war…

43 Honoring 2017's Bulldogs

There are talkers and doers, sowers of dissatisfaction seeds and agents of lasting change. Much of my column work over the year is dedicated to exposing the worst crapweasels in politics, pop culture, media and the policy arena. But to ring out 2017, I'm raising a toast to some of my favorite bulldogs — vigilant citizens, independent journalists…

44 Former Top Spy Rethinks Attacks on New President

"Mr. Trump continues to exhibit paranoia about American intelligence agencies," wrote the NeverTrump conservative Max Boot in the New York Times a week or so before the president took office. "Consumed by his paranoia about the deep state, Donald Trump has disappeared into the fog of his own conspiracy theories," declared the Times…

45 How Democrats Corrupt English to Create Hysteria

Whenever passable Republican legislation materializes—a rarity these days—Democrats quickly warn that thousands, or perhaps even millions, of lives are at stake. Tax reform? Health care? Bogus international treaties? Internet regulations that were only instituted last year? It really doesn't matter. Longstanding conservative ideas are not…

46 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill: 2nd Amendment Rights Don't End at State Lines

In drafting the Constitution, our Founding Fathers faced a difficult dilemma.  On one hand, the fledgling nation was composed of geographically and demographically disparate states.  Protecting that diversity and individual state authority at the expense of the centralized national government in the Articles of Confederation, however, had…

47 Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part I

A criminal justice system that operates in the dark is arbitrary, unjust and criminal. In Oklahoma this year, a Kafkaesque set of sealed motions, secret orders and closed-door hearings completely shut out a criminal defendant, his public defenders and the public. A trial judge served as handmaiden for the prosecutors, even failing to notify the defendant…

48 Lois Lerner Demands Privacy Protections the IRS Denies Everyday Americans

File this under "Greatest Ironies in American Political History."  Disgraced former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner recently asked the presiding judge in a recently settled Tea Party lawsuit to seal her testimony to keep it secret from the public.  Readers will recall Ms. Lerner as the central figure in the…

49 Coalition of More Than 50 Organizations and Individuals to Congress: Protect Donor Privacy from Government Abuse, Eliminate Schedule B

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a broad coalition made up of more than 50 of the nation’s most influential conservative and libertarian organizations and individuals, led by the Center for Individual Freedom ("CFIF"), sent a letter urging Congress to protect First Amendment freedoms of speech and association by eliminating the 990 Schedule…

50 What Really Happened With the GOP Platform and Russia

It's one of the enduring misconceptions of the Trump-Russia affair. During the 2016 Republican convention, the story goes, the Trump campaign weakened a critical passage in the GOP platform to go easy on Russia. The Trump team acted, according to this narrative, as part of an ongoing conspiracy with Vladimir Putin to help Donald Trump win the White…

51 Don't Make Taxpayers Subsidize Sex Bullies

Republicans and Democrats in Washington are vying to appear the more outraged by sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. Don't be fooled. Groping, suggestive remarks and quid pro quos are business as usual on the Hill, thanks to a cover-up scheme devised by Congress itself using taxpayer dollars. The real scandal is that we the people pay the settlement…

52 Silence on Sleaze-Bob Menendez

The verdict is in. I pronounce Democrat leaders, left-wing feminists and Beltway journalists guilty of gross negligence and hypocrisy over a dirty rotten sleazeball in their midst. For the past 11 weeks, Bob Menendez has been on trial for 18 counts of bribery, fraud and corruption involving nearly $1 million in gifts and donations. The jury remained…

53 ABA and Dems Smear Court Picks

Democrats and the liberal media are slamming President Trump for packing federal courts with "unfit" judges. Nonsense. Trump's nominees have impressive credentials. What's the left's real gripe? These judges will decide cases based on what the U.S. Constitution says, instead of rewriting law to suit a progressive agenda. Look for fireworks…

54 Donor Privacy and Ending IRS Abuse: A No-Brainer for Congressional Republicans

On both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration are increasingly desperate to score a legislative victory and placate restive conservatives.  Fortunately for them, there's a quick and simple way to accomplish both.  The proposal at issue is legislation to protect the privacy of donors to nonprofit…

55 CFIF Veterans Day Quiz

Take CFIF’s 11-Question Veterans Day Quiz and test your knowledge of the brave men and women who defend our freedoms. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11th for which one of the following reasons? a. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on that date b. The WWI…

56 An ICE Agent's Quest for Justice

"Betrayed." Victor Avila is a survivor. Soft-spoken but iron-willed, he dedicated his life to law enforcement and to his country. Yet, the feds are now fighting tooth and nail to bury the full truth about the 2011 ambush by Los Zetas drug cartel thugs in Mexico that left him gravely wounded and his partner, special agent Jaime Zapata, dead…

57 Mueller Does What Special Prosecutors Do

Do you think Tony Podesta, the longtime Washington Democratic lobbyist, fixer and brother of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, colluded with Russia to allow Donald Trump to win the 2016 election? Neither do I. Do you think Vin Weber—the longtime Washington Republican lobbyist and former member of the House who opposed Trump and…

58 After Trump Dossier Revelation, FBI Is Next

Investigators looking into the Trump dossier were not surprised when news broke recently that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, working through the Democrats' law firm, Perkins Coie, financed the "salacious and unverified" compilation of allegations of Trump collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign. (The "salacious…

59 We're About to Find out If Democrats Really Care About Russian Interference

If we found out that Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee had paid a firm working for the Russians to create a file of fabricated attacks on Hillary Clinton during the election cycle, would the media treat it as an impeachable offense? Would such efforts be considered an attack on the foundations of our democracy…

60 Is Tone Of Trump-Russia Probe Changing?

Have you noticed? In recent public comments, the lawmakers investigating the Trump-Russia affair, along with some of the commentators who dissect its every development, seem to be focusing more on the facts of Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 election and less on allegations that Donald Trump or his associates colluded with those efforts…

 
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"Without China, neither Iran nor North Korea can obtain the diplomatic cover or the technological support needed to build a sophisticated nuclear-missile arsenal. And China can be convinced not to endanger its lucrative commerce with the West for the sake of irritating the United States and Europe with rogue nuclear proxies. Finally, Russia is a regional neighbor of North Korea and Iran. It has no…[more]
 
 
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