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WSJ Urges Regulators to Approve T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

We at CFIF have steadfastly highlighted the consumer benefits of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, and cautioned the federal government against any pointless and destructive objection to the deal.  In today's Wall Street Journal, its editorial board encourages the Department of Justice (DOJ) to move forward on the deal:

The Justice Department lost its lawsuit to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner.  Yet now the antitrust cops are holding up T-Mobile's merger with Sprint even though it could give AT&T more competition in wireless.  What gives?

A year ago, T-Mobile announced plans to acquire Sprint for $26 billion in stock, yet the merger is still stuck in government antitrust purgatory.  The Federal Communications Commission keeps pausing its 180-day shot clock on the merger…[more]

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1 Democrats Are Using Ilhan Omar as an Excuse to Chill Speech

Democrats have spent the past two-plus years accusing the president of the United States and his allies of seditiously conspiring with our enemies to destroy "democracy." For the most part, this fairytale has been cynically deployed by politicians to undermine the legitimacy of a Republican presidency, yet millions of Americans now believe…

2 Things That Can't Go On Forever Simply Don't

Economist Herbert Stein's old adage — "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop" — still holds. Take illegal immigration. There are currently somewhere from 11 million to 15 million immigrants living in the United States without legal authorization. Last month, nearly 100,000 people were apprehended or turned…

3 Five Arguments the Mueller Report Won't Settle

Attorney General Bill Barr will release a redacted version of the Mueller report this week. It will, of course, consume the political conversation for days, but even now it is clear that as much as the report might be talked about, it will not settle the main arguments that have raged about the Trump-Russia affair for more than two years. Here are…

4 Why Are Democrats Pandering to Al Sharpton?

Rev. Al Sharpton's fortunes have been on the upswing. A few years ago, then-President Barack Obama claimed that Sharpton was "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden." In the real world, of course, the only downtrodden Americans helped by Sharpton's activities are the ones who find themselves on the payroll benefitting…

5 Face It: Biden and Bernie Are Too Old To Be President

Whatever their differences, the two front-runners in the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden, born Nov. 20, 1942, and Bernie Sanders, born Sept. 8, 1941, share one common trait: They are too old to be president. Biden, leading the RealClearPolitics average of polls, will be 78 years old on Inauguration Day 2021. Sanders, No. 2 in the field, will…

6 With Mueller Hopes Gone, So Goes Progressive Unity

The Democratic Party has lots of radical new ideas, and lots of radical presidential candidates and politicos. But the common hatred of President Donald Trump has united otherwise quite disparate Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and…

7 Proposed Voting Changes Are About Power, Not Principles

Progressive candidates and new Democratic representatives have offered lots of radical new proposals lately about voting and voters. They include scrapping the 215-year-old Electoral College. Progressives also talk of extending the vote to 16- or 17-year-olds and ex-felons. They wish to further relax requirements for voter identification, same-day…

8 Mueller Sent Sign After Sign On Collusion, Yet Some Would Not See

Many Trump opponents were shocked and disappointed by Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Some members of the "Resistance" and NeverTrump…

9 Can Trump Win Again in 2020?

In 2016, Donald Trump overwhelmed 16 qualified Republican primary rivals and became the first major-party presidential nominee without prior political or military experience. Against even greater odds, Trump defeated in the general election a far better funded and politically connected Hillary Clinton. What are his chances of repeating that surprising…

10 Why Democrats Fear the Electoral College

The United States isn't a "democracy." Though every American should have learned this fact in high school civics class, the smart set still like to ridicule people who point it out — such a cliché and all. Today we see why the left has worked to convince Americans that majoritarianism is a profound moral good. And it's…

11 Anti-Semitism: Let Us Choose the Path of George Washington, Not Ilhan Omar

In alarmingly rapid fashion, once-disreputable notions have ascended to acceptability in mainstream liberal circles.  For example, the label “socialist” once constituted a slur to which liberals would object.  And rightfully so.  Socialism constitutes an oppressive governmental system that relies upon compulsion, wreaks…

12 Waging War Against the Dead

The 21st century is in danger of becoming an era of statue smashing and historical erasure. Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction during the French Revolution has the world seen anything like the current war on the past. In 2001, the primeval Taliban blew up two ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan…

13 Yes, Trump Is Target of 'Presidential Harassment'

President Trump often complains that he is the victim of "presidential harassment" — or, as he sometimes puts it, "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!" "After more than two years of Presidential Harassment, the only things that have been proven is that Democrats and others broke the law," Trump tweeted on March 3. "…

14 Democrats Keep Trying to Cover Up Their Anti-Semitism

Rep. Ilhan Omar argues that American "democracy is built on debate," tweeting, "I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee." I'm sure no decent person disagrees with her comment. Also, every sane person understands this is merely…

15 The Continued Resilience of Quiet America

Fifty years ago, the United States was facing crises and unrest on multiple fronts. Some predicted that internal chaos and revolution would unravel the nation. The 1969 Vietnam War protests on the UC Berkeley campus turned so violent that National Guard helicopters indiscriminately sprayed tear gas on student demonstrators. Later that year, hundreds…

16 House Dems Send Message: Impeachment Is On

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says there is no doubt President Trump has obstructed justice. "It's very clear that the president obstructed justice," Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler told ABC News recently. "It's very clear — 1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, ... he tried…

17 Trump Calls the Democratic Party Socialist. He's Right

A recent New York Times headline warned readers that "Republicans Already Are Demonizing Democrats as Socialists and Baby Killers." The article pivots on President Donald Trump's strategy of portraying Democratic Party leaders as a gaggle of radicalized socialists. Judging from the media's reaction, there is much apprehension about Democrats…

18 Is Trump Especially Vulnerable To Primary Challenge?

It has become a common talking point for NeverTrump Republicans seeking to defeat President Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries: Polls have found that a substantial number — maybe 40 percent — of Republican voters say they would be open to a primary challenge to the president. Those surveys, the NeverTrumpers argue, show that Trump…

19 2nd Amendment Restrictionists Don’t Possess the Moral High Ground

Of all the defective characteristics that define Second Amendment restrictionists, the most detestable might be their false sense of moral superiority.  In their minds, those who defend the right to keep and bear arms must be selfish, bloodthirsty brutes, whereas they presume to claim the righteous high ground.  But quite the contrary,…

20 Changing Reality With Words

The reinvention of vocabulary can often be more effective than any social protest movement. Malarial swamps can become healthy "wetlands." Fetid "dumps" are often rebranded as green "landfills." Global warming was once a worry about too much heat. It implied that man-made carbon emissions had so warmed the planet that…

21 Much Talk That Something's Up With Mueller — Too Bad Nobody Knows

There are two diametrically opposed lines of thinking about Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The first is that he is winding down his probe and is unlikely to allege that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to fix the 2016 presidential election. The second is that he is still going strong, with the biggest charges, perhaps…

22 The Democrats' Anti-Semitism Problem Isn't Going Away

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist and Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar — someone who had previously argued that Jews hypnotized the world regarding their "evil" deeds — recently claimed that Americans only support Israel because of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's "Benjamins" — and…

23 Still #1: U.S. Again Leads Annual Intellectual Property Index

We’re still Number One.  For the seventh consecutive year since its debut, the United States again leads the world in protecting intellectual property (IP), according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) 2019 International IP Index.  In fact, we actually improved our score over last year,…

24 The Mythologies of 'Joe Being Joe' Biden

Some polls put 76-year-old Joe Biden as the Democratic front-runner for the 2020 presidential election. There is certainly some logic to that reckoning. Biden has far more experience than any of his likely party rivals — 36 years in the Senate, eight years as Barack Obama's vice president and two past presidential runs. He may be the only…

25 Trump Tax Returns: Dems Ready for Ultimate Fishing Expedition

Yes, Democrats want to start a new investigation into already-under-investigation Trump-Russia allegations. And yes, they want to investigate Trump associates like Michael Cohen, Roger Stone and others. But by far the biggest thing Democrats want, now that they have the majority in the House, is to get their hands on the president's tax returns. House…

26 The Return of Ancient Prejudices

In the latter half of the 19th century and early in the 20th century, as Catholic immigrants poured in from Ireland and eastern Europe, an anti-Catholic wave spread over a mostly Protestant United States. The majority slur then was that Catholic newcomers' first loyalty would be to "Rome," not the U.S. Anti-Semitism grew even more deeply…

27 Kamala Harris Sounds a Lot Like an Authoritarian

It wouldn't be fair to accuse presidential hopeful Kamala Harris of supporting state control over the means of all production. To this point, the junior senator from California is focused only on the energy, health care, auto manufacturing and education sectors. Good candidates prioritize. In this age of hyperbole, I sometimes worry about overusing…

28 The Democratic Party's Holy War on Christian Orthodoxy

When Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Amy Coney Barrett, who is now confirmed as a judge for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and is a potential Supreme Court nominee, that "dogma lives loudly within" her and "that's of concern," she wasn't voicing concern over the nominee's religious orthodoxy as much as she was revealing her own…

29 Auditing Our Auditors

The Roman satirist Juvenal, in a famous passage, asked, "Who will watch the watchmen?" That problem of policing the police has troubled Western thinkers from Plato to the American founders. The framers of the Constitution set in place a brilliant series of legislative, executive and judicial checks and balances to thwart the abuse of power…

30 Maxine Waters' Extreme Agenda

There's trouble ahead for banks, Wall Street and upscale suburbs. Not to mention President Donald Trump. Elections have consequences. One of the biggest is that firebrand Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is the new head of the powerful House Financial Services Committee. That gives her power over banking, the securities and insurance industries…

 
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