America’s legacy of unparalleled copyright protections and free market orientation has cultivated…
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“Blanket Licensing” – a Collectivist, Bureaucratic, One-Size-Fits-All Deprivation of Property Rights Proposal

America’s legacy of unparalleled copyright protections and free market orientation has cultivated a music industry unrivaled in today’s world or throughout human history.

From the first days of the phonograph, through the jazz age, through the rock era, through disco, through country, through hip-hop and every other popular musical iteration since its advent, it’s not by accident that we lead the world in the same manner in which we lead in such industries as cinema and television programming.  We can thank our nation’s emphasis on strong copyright protections.

Unfortunately, that reality doesn’t deter some activists from periodically advocating a more collectivist, top-down governmental reordering of the music industry in a way that would deprive artists and creators of their…[more]

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Next Election Could Decide If Washington, D.C., Becomes 51st State

Next Election Could Decide If Washington, D.C., Becomes 51st State

If passed, D.C. statehood would be a complicated affair.

Washington Bureaucrats Drag Their Feet Against the Virus

Washington Bureaucrats Drag Their Feet Against the Virus

No other part of the federal government has performed worse than the CDC.

Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence

Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence

The current chaos has posed existential questions of fairness and transparency that the university cannot answer because to do so would reveal utter hypocrisy.

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Biden's Tax Proposals Violate His Own Pledges

Kyle Pomerleau, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses his recent report, "An Analysis of Joe Biden's Tax Proposals," the impact the proposals would have on individual households and businesses, and how they violate Biden's own tax pledges[more]
Workers Need Freedom to Choose to Keep More of Their Paychecks

Vincent Vernuccio, Senior Fellow of Labor Policy for the Mackinac Center's National Workers Opportunity Initiative, discusses three ways to keep money in the hands of more workers who need it now: bar unions from collecting dues from unemployment members, give public employees a fresh choice and apply the[more]
Election 2020: Latest Poll Numbers, Biden’s Running Mate and More

William Conti, Partner in the Washington, DC, office of Baker & Hostetler, discusses the latest polling numbers, the states to watch in the presidential and senate races, and the individuals being considered as Joe Biden's running mate[more]
The FEC, Our First Amendment Right to Protest and Donor Privacy

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Title II "Net Neutrality" Repeal: The Sky Isn't Falling After All

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Vaccines and IP Rights

Timothy Lee, CFIF's Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs, discusses intellectual property rights in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, and why now, more than ever, we need to protect patents, exclusivity and property rights to encourage and spur biomedical innovation[more]
Aiding America's Small Businesses

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Educating America During COVID-19 and Beyond

Lance Izumi, Senior Director for the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute, discusses the new "normal" for education, examples of changes to education that may last beyond COVID-19, and how distance and online learning impact student demographics[more]
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John Adams, then-delegate to the Continental Congress and signatory to the Declaration of Independence, said this “… will be the most memorable in the history of America …” with regard to which historic day?
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"Never before has a speech extolling America's virtues and the marvels or the nation's heroes played to such poor -- and completely dishonest -- reviews.At Mount Rushmore on Friday night, President Trump gave a speech that was very tough on the woke Left, while largely celebrating America -- its Founders, its ideals and freedom, its capacity for self-renewal, its astonishing variety of geniuses, adventurers…[more]
 
 
—Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
 
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