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High Risk: The Debate Over the Price of Specialty Drugs and Zika Virus

In an interview with CFIF, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the history and regulations surrounding drug prices, who should finance important medical advancements, and the continuing Zika threat.

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31 Clinton and Lynch - Corruption, Not 'Optics'

Attorney General Loretta Lynch tells us that her meeting with Bill Clinton aboard a private jet on the Phoenix airport tarmac was "primarily — you know, just two Democrats swapping stories about their grandkids and whatnot. The nation's top law enforcement official and the former president and husband of the presumptive Democratic…

32 Benghazi Report Confirms Culpability of Hillary Clinton and Obama Administration

"House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton," read this week's transparently apologist New York Times headline.  But that constitutes a proverbial "Dog Bites Man" headline, because it doesn't address the relevant question.  Namely, when even The Huffington Post observes that "just…

33 CFIF Independence Day Quiz

Take CFIF's 13 Question Independence Day Quiz to test your knowledge of American history and civics. (Answer key may be found at the bottom)   1. Americans celebrate the Fourth of July for which one of the following reasons? a. It marks mid-summer vacation b. It is the day America declared her independence c. It marks…

34 The Gun Control Farce

Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades. And most of those arguments are irrelevant to the central question: Do tighter gun control laws reduce the…

35 Inconvenient Truths Undermine Gun Controllers' Myths

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.  And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."  So said Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, in February 2009.  In so doing, Emanuel signaled an Obama Administration modus operandi of exploiting tragedies for partisan gain…

36 Florida: America's Jihad Playground

The home of the "Happiest Place on Earth" has been breeding killer jihadists and Muslim zealots for years. Omar Mateen, the cold-blooded mass murderer who gunned down 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub and wounded 53 more before police took him out late Sunday, may have worked alone. But he operated in the larger context of a teeming,…

37 Will Orlando Change Anything?

However great the shock of the massacre in Orlando, it is only a matter of time before we start hearing again the fact-free dogma that "diversity is our strength." If there is any place in the Guinness Book of World Records for words repeated the most often, over the most years, without one speck of evidence, "diversity" should…

38 Socialist Paradises? More Scandinavians Migrate to America Than Vice-Versa

Beyond the intrinsic merit of human freedom itself, free market economies bring greater prosperity and well-being to mankind than their alternatives.  Socialism's history, in contrast, remains one of comparative misery, material deprivation and brute oppression under the force of government.  That record isn't coincidental or statistically…

39 CFIF Flag Day Quiz

Take CFIF's 13-Question Quiz to test your knowledge of our Nation's Flag. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. On which one of the following days in 1777 did Congress pass the resolution establishing the American flag? a. June 14 b. July 4 c. September 17 d. December 7 2. When did Congress officially designate Flag Day a national…

40 Measuring Life By the Spoonful

"How is your daughter doing?" is one of the most complicated questions I've had to answer. As Veronica marks her 16th birthday this month, we are sharing an update in hopes of de-stigmatizing and demystifying life with chronic pain, fatigue and other undiagnosed chronic illnesses. It's been a year since Veronica lay bedridden, unable to…

41 Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?

Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods. Generations ago, both religious people and socialists were agreed on the proposition that "he who does…

42 Don't Go Wobbly on Criminal Justice

Senator Tom Cotton (R - Arkansas) recently created controversy by observing that, contrary to fashionable opinion on both the political left and right, the United States suffers an "under-incarceration problem":  "Take a look at the facts.  First, the claim that too many criminals are being jailed, that there is over-incarceration…

43 Socialism for the Uninformed

Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster. While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has…

44 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…

45 Commencement Season

This is the season of college Commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler…

46 How the Clintons Cashed In

When Bill and Hillary Clinton moved out of the White House 15 years ago, they were "dead broke," said Hillary Clinton. Today, they're worth up to $150 million. A new documentary, "Clinton Cash," reveals how they went from broke to filthy rich, with an emphasis on filthy. The Clintons have made out like bandits compared with another…

47 The Puerto Rican Government Bailout that Only Few Know (and We're Pretty Sure They Don't Want You to Know)

Who knew that the scariest word to official Washington these days isn't ISIS?  It isn't Iran or North Korea or Russia.  It isn't even indictment.  It's “bailout.” We learned that when CFIF ran some television and radio ads and sent around some position papers saying that Congress was about to bail out the Puerto Rican government…

48 Donald Trump: An Equal and Opposite Reaction to Barack Obama

Regardless of one's position on the Trump phenomenon, it's important to rebut a convenient, self-serving, but false claim by Barack Obama, the Clinton campaign and the political left that Donald Trump is somehow a reflection only of maladies ailing the Republican party or the conservative movement.  Here is what Obama recently claimed, exhibiting…

49 What Government Can't Do

Let's call this the most unsurprising headline of the year so far: "Marriage Increases the Odds of Surviving Cancer, Studies Find." Next thing you know they'll be discovering that salt makes you thirsty. I'm not actually belittling the science, more the opposite. Even the most cursory glance at social science data accumulated over the past…

50 Dry Rot in Academia

Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited — and then disinvited — to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech. Mr. Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and, perhaps most relevantly, author of a very insightful book titled…

51 Congress’s Role in Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) has been a vocal opponent of H.R. 4900, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA. Our opposition to the legislation, which is broadly shared by state governors, Members of Congress, policy experts and other prominent conservative organizations, is not arbitrary.  It has…

52 New Ad Features Puerto Rican Bondholder Calling on Congress to Protect Her Savings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) released its latest television ad in its campaign to educate Americans about Puerto Rico’s economic crisis and Congress’s maneuvers to provide the Commonwealth a bailout at the expense of American savers (including many in Puerto Rico) and retirement investors. &ldquo…

53 Bill Clinton Versus "Black Lives Matter"

Among the most grating myths in contemporary discourse is the persistent claim that Republicans and conservatives have drifted further and further toward extremist depths in recent years.  The reality is today's conservatives advocate policies that wouldn't have seemed foreign to Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater.  In contrast, Democrats…

54 New CFIF Ad Exposes Revised PROMESA Legislation for What It Remains: A “Super Chapter 9” Bailout for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today announced a new television ad about the “Super Chapter 9” bailout legislation for Puerto Rico (H.R. 4900) that was formally introduced yesterday by Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) and is currently under consideration by the Committee on Natural Resources…

55 Run Against Obama

When a Republican has been in the presidency for eight years, as George W. Bush was, Democrats run against the Republicans. When a Democrat has been in office for eight years, as Barack Obama will soon have been, Republicans run against Republicans. This is a year in which the multiple failures of the Obama years should be irresistible for Republican…

56 Harvard Law Journal Study: Fewer Guns Don't Mean Less Crime

When itemizing Second Amendment intellectual redoubts, Harvard Law School rarely comes to mind.  Across America, record numbers of everyday Americans possess firearms, a record number of states have relaxed their firearm restrictions and public support of the individual right to keep and bear arms remains at historical highs.  Insulated…

57 Requiem for a VA Victim

What does a suffering military veteran have to do to force an unresponsive government to change its ways? How about self-immolating in front of his VA clinic? Hello, paper-pushers and desk jockeys? Are you there? Would the heat, the smoke and the smell of burning flesh rouse you in the least? Nope. Apparently, even this horror is not enough to move…

58 CFIF Launches National Media Campaign to Oppose House "Super Chapter 9" Bankruptcy Legislation for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today announced a national media campaign in opposition to the "Super Chapter 9" bankruptcy legislation for Puerto Rico, which was recently released by the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. "We are deeply concerned about this draft legislation…

59 Sanders Is Getting Away With Murder

I've resisted coming down too hard on the honorable Bernard Sanders of Vermont. He and I grew up in the same era, doubtless mouthing the same songs, watching on the same evenings Richard Boone and Steve McQueen clean up the Old West. By comparison with two Republican presidential candidates I decline to name, Bernie is Mr. Congeniality —…

60 Supreme Hypocrisy

If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy. Currently there is much indignation being expressed by Democrats because the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to hold confirmation hearings on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democrats…

 
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