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

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61 Post-Jihad Gesture Theater: Je Suis Sick of It

While homicidal, suicidal and genocidal jihadists are busy plotting the next soft-target terror attacks on the West, docile Westerners are busy shedding cartoon tears and doodling broken hearts on social media. European artists rushed to fill Twitter and Instagram with images of Belgian comic book character Tintin weeping after vengeful Muslim terrorists…

62 Black and White, Left and Right

Much is made of the fact that liberals and conservatives see racial issues differently, which they do. But these differences have too often been seen as simply those on the right being racist and those on the left not. You can cherry-pick the evidence to reach that conclusion. But you can also cherry-pick the evidence to reach the opposite conclusion…

63 Sanders, Clinton Supporters Can't Condescend to Trump Supporters

Regardless of whether one supports Donald Trump, opposes him, adores him, detests him or is indifferent to him, at least one thing is clear.  Trump and his supporters are endlessly slurred as sans-culottes, crude commoners worthy only of smug condescension, both intellectual and moral.  That smugness is particularly concentrated among Bernie…

64 Hillary Clinton's War on Whites

Hillary Clinton is sweeping the Democratic primaries across the South by capturing nearly all the black votes — a staggering 86 percent in South Carolina. She's doing it with poisonous lies designed to stoke racial resentment. Clinton routinely tells blacks they are the victims of "systemic racism" and scolds whites for not demonstrating…

65 Starving on the Prosciutto-and-Brie Poverty Diet

Heed the cry of an entitled young American hipster: Woe is me, me, me, me, me! Talia Jane, a 25-year-old melodramatic millennial, made social media waves last week with her "open letter" to the CEO of crowd-sourced review website Yelp. The indigent English major in smart glasses lamented her deplorable plight toiling in the company's San…

66 Paranoid Politics

Amid all the media analyses of the prospects of each of the candidates in both political parties, there is remarkably little discussion of the validity — or lack of validity — of the arguments these candidates are using. It is as if what matters this election year is the fate of a relative handful of people — currently…

67 The Lure of Socialism

Many people of mature years are amazed at how many young people have voted for Senator Bernie Sanders, and are enthusiastic about the socialism he preaches. Many of those older people have lived long enough to have seen socialism fail, time and again, in countries around the world. Venezuela, with all its rich oil resources, is currently on the verge…

68 Intellectual Property: As Global Economy Deteriorates, US Remains Atop International IP Index

We're still number one.  In the realm of intellectual property (IP) protection, that is.  That feels refreshing to say, especially given America's steady and tragically unnecessary decline in other measures of global leadership and prestige in recent years.  Moreover, as the global economy approaches what increasingly appears to be…

69 Sanders the Phony VA Reformer

The New Hampshire primary has put the spotlight on Bernie Sanders. But not all his votes were honestly won. Sanders falsely claims he's been leading the fight to save vets from the corruption and deadly medical care delays at the VA — a message aimed at the Granite State's large vet population. The truth is, as chairman of the Senate Veterans…

70 Toxic Words

During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is "entitlement." To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from "affordable housing" to "a living wage…

71 Obama's Mosque Speech Was a Dangerous Fantasy

For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama's big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore — granted, filled with many harmless platitudes — was no different, leaving little room for any honest dialogue about ideology or faith. Many of the president…

72 Senator Cotton Rightly Defends Mandatory Minimum Sentences

At conservatism's core lies a reverence for wisdom accumulated through hard human experience.  Its central logic pleads that we build incrementally upon proven policies and safeguard timeless principles, rather than dismantle them as unfashionable anachronisms under the illusion that human nature somehow changes or that things are "different…

73 The Demand for Villains

The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year's Academy Awards in Hollywood.  The assumption seems to be that different groups would be proportionally represented if somebody were not doing somebody else wrong. That assumption carries great weight in far more important things than Academy Awards and…

74 Mayor de Blasio: Hypocrite Hooked on Hollywood Cash

Because the crime rate is zero, the potholes are all fixed and homelessness has been completely eradicated, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio now has time to focus on what really matters to Big Apple taxpayers: Racial quotas in Hollywood. Social justice warrior de Blasio took to Twitter last week to lambaste the 2016 Academy Awards nominations,…

75 Yes, Partisanship Can Be Frustrating, but It's Better Than the Alternative

"It's one of the few regrets of my presidency — that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better," President Barack Obama lamented in a State of the Union speech packed with rancor and suspicion about his political opposition. What the president probably meant — as most of…

76 Obama's Lawlessness Fuels Civil Disobedience and Record Government Distrust

If Barack Obama refuses to follow the rule of law, how can he expect others to do so?  That's a disturbing but perfectly legitimate question to raise as each day witnesses another scheme by the Obama Administration to circumvent established laws and constitutional mandates, and as an increasing sense of lawless chaos prevails both domestically…

77 What '13 Hours' Teaches

A new movie that touches upon the election prospects of one female candidate for president debuts this week. Will "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" provoke thousands of angry viewers to march on Hillary Clinton's home with torchlights and pitchforks? Doubtful. The film is somewhat oblique. Hillary Clinton's name is not mentioned…

78 Obama's Legacy Is Executive Abuse

Over the winter break, I finally got around to binge-watching "Parks and Recreation." In case you missed the show's seven-year run, it's about a fascistic small-town councilwoman who believes it's a politician's job to impose her notions of morality, safety and decency on everyone, no matter what voters want or what the system dictates. She…

79 The Danger of a 'Right' to Live on the Streets

Across the United States, temperatures are plunging, making it deadly for the homeless who refuse to go into shelters. Each year, hundreds of these vagrants die from exposure on the streets. Yet blinded by progressive ideology, so-called "advocates" for the homeless — including the Obama administration — are defending…

80 Showman-in-Chief

Those who have been marveling at Donald Trump's political showmanship were given a reminder of who is the top showman of them all, when President Barack Obama went on television to make a pitch for his unilateral actions to restrict gun sales and make a more general case for tighter gun control laws. It was beautifully choreographed, like a great…

81 Remembering 2015

How shall we remember 2015? Or shall we try to forget it? It is always hard to know when a turning point has been reached, and usually it is long afterwards before we recognize it. However, if 2015 has been a turning point, it may well have marked a turn in a downward direction for America and for Western civilization. This was the year when we essentially…

82 The Busybody Left

The political left has been trying to run other people's lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have. There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to suit the political left. Not…

83 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…

84 Justice Reform Legislation: Prosecution Should Require Criminal Intent

Before charging an American citizen with a crime, thereby forcing that person to face the weight of federal, state or local power, government should at least allege that the citizen actually intended to commit a crime.  Unfortunately, that's increasingly not the case in America today.  The number of federal criminal statutes now measures…

85 'Nothing to do With Islam'

In the aftermath of Paris and before San Bernardino, Hillary Clinton articulated the forced catechism of the left: "Let's be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism." What happens when a major political party becomes so wedded to political correctness that…

86 Deadly D.C.: The Land of No Consequences

In life and leadership, accountability means consequences for bad behavior. In Washington, accountability means yet another congressional meeting about another government scandal perpetrated by tax-subsidized corruptocrats who get away with murder. Literally. This week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold the 999,999th oversight hearing…

87 Have a Happy, Politics-Free Thanksgiving

Many people naturally assume that since I work in political journalism, I must breathe, drink and eat politics 24/7/365 — including on the Thanksgiving holiday. The thought of it gives me indigestion. Self-absorbed creatures who have no life outside the Beltway world are the most tiresome ogres. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised…

88 Paris Attacks Reframe Arguments Over 2nd Amendment, Israel

Habitually exploiting tragedy for potential political gain, sermonizer in chief Barack Obama made the following claim on June 18 of this year:  "Sometime as a country, we'll have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn't happen in other advanced countries."  Actually, it happens fairly frequently. …

89 Snowflakes or Fascists?

There was a much-beloved quote circulated among leftists, often attributed to Sinclair Lewis, that "when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." In light of recent episodes of mob action on American campuses, the quote needs updating: When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in "diversity…

90 Military and Professional Sports: Who Pays for What?

When it comes to discussing the relationship between the Department of Defense and professional sports, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have fumbled the ball. Over the years, I have helped organize nearly 20 Military Appreciation Days hosted by the New York Mets, New York Islanders, New York Jets and Houston Texans, as well as events at MLB All…

 
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