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Congress Should Oppose the So-Called "Local Radio Freedom Act"

Elementary concepts of fairness demand that musical artists and performers remain free to negotiate performance rights with broadcasters that seek to play their songs.  Indeed, current law allows artists to mutually bargain with satellite, Internet and cable stations.

The only exception:  traditional AM-FM radio stations, which are unfairly protected by federal law from having to negotiate with artists for performance rights.  This is precisely the sort of crony capitalism against which the American electorate is increasingly irate.

Unfortunately, rather than advocating market reform, some in Congress wish to cement the current protectionist status quo.  Under the so-called "Local Radio Freedom Act," whose very name contradicts its real-world effect, terrestrial radio's unjustifiable…[more]

July 28, 2015 • 03:51 pm

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31 CFIF Memorial Day Quiz

(Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Which one of the following Revolutionary War heroes is credited with stating, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”? a. Patrick Henry b. Nathaniel Greene c. Nathan Hale d. Paul Revere 2. Which of the following conflicts was the costliest…

32 The Return of Obama's Hoax-Spreading Bitter Half

She's baaaaaaaack. And she's maaaaaad. First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at Tuskegee University last weekend. She'll do it again at Ohio's Oberlin College -- the UC Berkeley of the Midwest, Ground Zero for racial grievance-mongering and fake hate crimes -- next week. Commencement FLOTUS is not the same first lady who shows…

33 Shut Pam Geller Up, or We Will All Die

Last week, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly announced that Pamela Geller, the woman who sponsored a draw Muhammad event in Texas, threatened America's national security. Geller, said O'Reilly, "spurred a violent attack." He continued, "Insulting the entire Muslim world is stupid. ... It does not advance the cause of liberty or get us any closer…

34 Is the Chris Christie Campaign Over Before It Even Started?

You know what they say: the bigger they are, the harder they fall. It was only a few short years ago that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had the high-class problem of shooing away Republicans begging him to enter the 2012 presidential race. Back then, the calculus was simple: Mitt Romney looked weak, the rest of the field looked amateurish and…

35 What Assata Taught Me

"What Assata taught me" is the new "Hands up, don't shoot." For $35, you, too, can sport a politically correct black hoodie emblazoned with a fugitive convicted murderer's name. Assata's apparel is the new rage among perpetually enraged Baltimore and Ferguson social justice warriors. It won't be long now before hipster actresses…

36 Race, Politics and Lies

Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri — but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable fact that a fleeing black…

37 New Pew Poll Shows Record 2nd Amendment Support, While Baltimore Citizens Take Up Arms

For decades, Second Amendment antagonists have alleged that its protections are an anachronism, an outdated relic of a bygone society of muskets and minutemen.  In Los Angeles 23 years ago this week, riots that claimed 50 lives vividly refuted that claim.  It is worth revisiting the graphic horror of that event to fathom the degree of lawlessness…

38 Of Course Democrats Deserve the Blame for What's Happening in Baltimore

If a person happens to point out that Baltimore's criminally inept government has been run exclusively by Democrats since 1967 (with one Republican mayor since 1947) and features not a single city councilor who isn't a liberal, he may be called a lazy apparatchik. Because not everything, you see, is reducible to mere party politics. Now, if an economic…

39 Debunking Obama's Bilious Baltimore Babble

It's never enough. American taxpayers have surrendered billions and billions and billions of dollars to the social-justice-spender-in-chief. But it's never, ever enough. The latest paroxysm of urban violence, looting, and recriminations in Baltimore prompted President Obama on Tuesday to trot out his frayed Blame The Callous, Tight-Fisted Republicans…

40 For Hillary Clinton, No War but the Class War

Near the end of a recent New York Times article detailing the imaginary populist roots of Hillary Clinton -- the original Elizabeth Warren, her people would have you believe -- the reader crashes into this implausible scene: "In a meeting with economists this year, Mrs. Clinton intensely studied a chart that showed income inequality in the United…

41 Three Senators, Three Challenges: Cruz, Paul, Rubio and the Road to the White House

Republicans have no idea how good they have it. Back in 2012, the GOP presidential field looked like it was made up of guys who had responded to a Craigslist ad. While only three candidates — Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio — have officially announced that they’ll be pursuing the Republican nomination in 2016, each member…

42 Why Marco Rubio Is Probably the GOP's Best Hope

Sen. Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for president of the United States at the Freedom Tower in Miami on Monday, highlighting his family's hardscrabble immigrant roots and embracing traditional values but also vowing to usher in a "new American century." As a matter of political pragmatism, is there any convincing reason Rubio shouldn…

43 Gwyneth Paltrow's Poverty Voyeurism

Gwynnie P is down with the struggle, comrades. She may make $19 million a year, own mansions in London, New York, Brentwood, Malibu and the Hamptons, charge $550 for her Goop.com "travel backgammon set," and fly by private jet, but she feels your pain. OK, it's not as painful as her last $5,200 Thermage session in Santa Monica, but still…

44 The New Inquisition

How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things? Meanwhile, attempts to shut down people whose free speech interferes with other people's political agendas…

45 VA Reform: Another Obama "Success Story"

Eight months ago, President Obama put on a grand show for the troops. Surrounded by new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, assorted politicians, military leaders and a bevy of TV cameras, the commander in chief signed the "Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act." He's good at inking things. Obama condemned the "inexcusable…

46 2016: Obama's Presidency Has Decimated His Own Party

Barack Obama has undermined American interests in innumerable ways during his presidency, both domestically and abroad.  As we detailed last week, one cannot identify a single important theater of the globe in better condition today than when Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took office in 2009.  Domestically, Obama's policies…

47 The NAACP's Fomenters of Fear

They just can't help themselves — and their agenda-driven media enablers never, ever learn. This week, the NAACP made national front-page headlines with a local press release demanding that the feds investigate the hanging death of a local man in Port Gibson, Miss. Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, immediately…

48 The Hillary E-mails Revealed [Satire]

Hillary Clinton thought she could get around this. When the news broke that the former Secretary of State had been using private e-mails during her tenure in President Obama’s Cabinet, Mrs. Clinton did what she does best: obfuscated. While she claimed that she turned over all relevant e-mails to the government, Mrs. Clinton also said that she…

49 Will Carly Fiorina Be the Sleeper Candidate of 2016?

God help any Republican aspiring to break out of obscurity in the 2016 presidential race. Sure, there have been dark horses who have emerged in the past: Few people knew who Mike Huckabee was before the former Arkansas governor won the Iowa Caucuses and a handful of southern primaries in 2008. Similarly, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain…

50 The Hillary Cover-Up and the End of Democracy

On Monday, The New York Times reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never — not once — used her official State Department email address for her official communications. Instead, she utilized a private email account, effectively protecting her emails from public scrutiny. The Washington Post then broke the news that…

51 The Honesty Gap

There may be some poetic justice in the recent revelation that Hillary Clinton, who has made big noises about a "pay gap" between women and men, paid the women on her Senate staff just 72 percent of what she paid the men. The Obama White House staff likewise has a pay gap between women and men, as of course does the economy as a whole. Does…

52 CNN, DHS and SPLC's Blame-Righty Hit Job

The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a report on "right-wing" terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN's hands last week during the farcical White House summit on Don't Say Islamic Extremism. Your tax dollars are once again hard at work — defaming conservatives, deflecting from worldwide murderous jihad and denying…

53 Giuliani Versus Obama

The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark — especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars raging, terrorist atrocities and a nuclear Iran on the horizon. Against that background…

54 The Obama Record: U.S. Stagnates in Annual Index of Global Economic Freedom

As an amber sun descends on the Obama Administration and its shadow grows long, his emerging legacy becomes increasingly clear.  A recent Rasmussen survey broadly captures the negative character of that legacy.  When asked at the dawn of the Obama tenure in January 2009, the American public was closely divided on the question of "whether…

55 Obama’s 2015 State of the Union: All You Need To Know

Ok, admit it: You might not have found the time. It was a weeknight after all, and there were dinners to be made and kids to put to bed. And yeah, you could have DVRed it, but were you really going to choose an hour’s worth of political bromides over a new episode of Game of Thrones? And you know it’s sort of a civic duty, but if you had…

56 Third Time Wouldn’t Be a Charm for Romney

Time heals all wounds. Unless, of course, you insist on picking the scab. That’s a lesson that Mitt Romney never seems to have learned. Over the past week, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee has arrived back on the front pages by stoking rumors that he might be pursuing a third consecutive presidential bid in…

57 Senate Change Reveals Obama Was the Obstructionist All Along

Throughout Barack Obama's White House tenure, he and his apologists have scapegoated House Republicans as the source of governmental obstruction and dysfunction.  The allegation was inaccurate, as a simple comparison between the number of House bills passed under Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) versus the number of Senate bills passed under former…

58 2014: The Year in Review

2014 has just about come and gone. Because the first big story of the year was Colorado legalizing the use of marijuana in January, we thought you might be having a harder time than usual keeping the year’s events straight. With that in mind, here’s your annotated guide to lessons learned in 2014. — There were two possible ways…

59 Obama Plays Word Games with Executive Power

President Barack Obama and his allies like to say he’s issued far fewer executive orders than his predecessors, giving the false impression that his unilateral actions can be compared on the same terms. “The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than…

60 CFIF Christmas Quiz

Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of Christmas-related Americana. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. General George Washington crossed the Delaware River on which one of the following nights in 1776 to surprise (and defeat) the Hessian garrison at Trenton, NJ?  a. Christmas Eve b. Christmas…

 
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Which one of the following Obama Administration officials stated in April 2015 that under the nuclear deal with Iran, “you will have anywhere, any time 24/7 access as it relates to the nuclear facilities that Iran has”?
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"The current fashion among progressives is the demand for a $15/hour minimum wage. Bernie Sanders supports it, Elizabeth Warren supports it, Martin O'Malley supports it, and Hillary Rodham Clinton . . . won'€™t quite answer the question. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a $15/hour minimum wage would throw 3.3 million Americans out of work. Jonathan Meer and Jeremy West of Texas A&M…[more]
 
 
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