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Image of the Day: Private Pharma Investment Dwarfs Federal NIH Funding

There's a destructive campaign underway to encourage government confiscation of patents from pharmaceutical innovators and dictate the price for Remdesivir and other drugs.  That's a terrible and counterproductive policy under any circumstance, but particularly now that private drug innovators are already hacking away at the coronavirus.  In that vein, this helpful image illustrates the vast disparity between private investment and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding that some seem to think justifies patent confiscation, price controls or other big-government schemes:

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June 03, 2020 • 10:16 AM

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On Former Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein's Admission Bombshell:
 
 

"One could be forgiven amidst the protests and continuing coronavirus crisis for forgetting that in Washington, DC, this week, Congress is looking into serious allegations that Barack Obama's Department of Justice was spying on the Trump campaign. In normal times, it would be the biggest news story in America, and Wednesday's shocking admissions by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would be an absolute bombshell.

The key moment came in questioning from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who asked, 'If you knew then what you know now, would you have signed the warrant application?' referring to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant renewal concerning Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

'No,' testified Rosenstein, 'I would not.'

And just like that, it became clear that the national torture of three years of the Russian collusion investigation simply should not have occurred. The problems were myriad. In Rosenstein's words, the FBI 'was not following the written protocols, and that significant errors appeared in applications.' What has emerged from the recent inspector general's report and this testimony is that the Obama administration's efforts to investigate and prosecute Trump administration officials wasn't based on facts, but negligence or malice."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— David Marcus, New York Post
— David Marcus, New York Post
Posted June 04, 2020 • 08:14 AM
 
 
On Calling on U.S. Military to Quell Riots:
 
 

"The majority of Americans support calling in the military to 'supplement' police forces as they 'address' protests over the death of George Floyd, a new poll released Tuesday shows.

"Fifty-eight percent of registered voters of the Morning Consult poll said they were in favor of bringing in the military. And 33% of respondents said they 'strongly support' the use of military for such purposes, with 25% 'somewhat' supporting it.

"Eleven percent of registered voters said they 'somewhat oppose' the measure, and 19 percent said they 'strongly oppose' it.

"Older Americans were the most supportive of using the military, with 68% of people aged 65 and up in favor of it to some extent. Generation Z (defined as those born between 1997 and 2012) had the lowest level of support for the use of the military, with 30% saying they supported it to some degree.

"The poll also found that 71% of registered voters supported calling in the National Guard to supplement police forces -- 18% opposed the measure, and 11% said they didn't know or had no opinion."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Jordan Lancaster, Daily Caller
— Jordan Lancaster, Daily Caller
Posted June 03, 2020 • 08:05 AM
 
 
On Restoring Order in Wake of George Floyd Riots:
 
 

"Restoring order to America's cities isn't a complicated proposition.

"All it requires is resources and determination and a firm rejection of the longstanding progressive fallacy that an overwhelming police presence is 'provocative' and 'escalatory' and must be avoided.

"As has been established across decades of civil disturbances, it is police passivity that emboldens mobs. When the cops stand by, or don't show up or, even worse, run away, it is a permission slip for destruction. They might as well supply the spray paint, bricks, and hammers for the crowds, and beckon them into the local Target or Nike store to take whatever they want.

"Out-of-control looting is almost always a failure of municipal resolve or police tactics, and we have seen plenty of just such cowardice and foolishness over the last several days, most notably in Minneapolis, ground zero for this spasm of urban disorder. ...

"It is simply not true that rioters will be quickly sated if they are allowed to break and burn things freely. Disorder feeds on itself. Looting one store, overturning one police car is never enough.

"There is no alternative to imposing curfews, zealously enforcing them, arresting violators, and calling out the National Guard if there's not enough police manpower for the job. This doesn't escalate the violence, it stops it."

 
 
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted June 02, 2020 • 07:36 AM
 
 
On Failure to Enforce Federal and State Laws in Response to Rioting:
 
 

"Law enforcement is a vital response to any riotous uprising. Indeed, I believe the failure to enforce the laws without apology from the start of the upheaval last week has fueled its ferocity. It would be naive to claim that much of the violence, which is being incited and coordinated by radical groups, might not have happened anyway -- these groups are always on a hair-trigger, pouncing on any opportunity to make mayhem. But how badly things get out of control has a lot to do with the resolve of state and federal law enforcement. The laws do not enforce themselves.

"Progressive dogma notwithstanding, rioting spearheaded by radicals and anarchists does not exhaust itself if governments just give them time and space to get their yah-yahs out. Passivity, conveying the message that the laws will not be enforced, is provocative. It increases the appetite for rioting, which is only sated once the sociopaths have run out of things to burn and loot. ...

"What has happened over the last few nights in major cities of the United States is unacceptable. It has gotten worse because the federal and state governments have failed to convey the signal that order will be maintained and the rule of law enforced.

"That must end. The president and governors must work together to restore order, including by deployment of the military where that is necessary. The Justice Department and state law enforcement, particularly the FBI and its Joint Terrorism Task Forces, must make it clear that lawbreakers will be arrested and serious crimes will be vigorously prosecuted. Anti-America must be made to understand that America has had enough."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
Posted June 01, 2020 • 07:35 AM
 
 
On Changing Idols in a Changing World:
 
 

"Everyone is so afraid now. I grew up idolizing Evel Knievel. Kids now idolize Greta Thunberg."

 
 
— Tweet by Adam Carolla, Host of The Adam Carolla Show on Podcast One and Three Times New York Times Best Selling Author
— Tweet by Adam Carolla, Host of The Adam Carolla Show on Podcast One and Three Times New York Times Best Selling Author
Posted May 29, 2020 • 07:27 AM
 
 
On AG Barr Appointing Federal Prosecutor to Review ‘Unmasking’ of Trump Associates:
 
 

"Attorney General William Barr appointed a federal prosecutor to review so-called 'unmasking' requests that Obama administration officials submitted against Trump associates, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department said Wednesday.

"Kerri Kupec, the Justice Department spokeswoman, said on Fox News that Barr appointed John Bash, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, to conduct the review.

"Bash will carry out the probe in coordination with U.S. attorneys John Durham and Jeff Jensen, who are looking into various aspects of the Trump-Russia investigation.

"'The attorney general determined that certain aspects of unmasking needed to be reviewed separately as a support to John Durham's investigation,' Kupec told Fox News' Sean Hannity.

"On May 13, Republican senators released a list of 39 Obama-era government officials who submitted requests for intelligence reports during the presidential transition period that identified Flynn, the incoming national security adviser."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
Posted May 28, 2020 • 07:40 AM
 
 
On Declassification of Documents Said to be ‘Very Significant’ to Origins of Russia Probe:
 
 

"As one of his last acts in office, Richard Grenell, the outgoing director of national intelligence, declassified a batch of Trump-Russia documents, including one that a senior U.S. intelligence official said is 'very significant' to the origins of the Russia probe.

"Grenell also declassified transcripts of December 2016 phone calls between Michael Flynn and former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Fox News reported Tuesday.

"A senior U.S. intelligence official confirmed the Fox News report to The Daily Caller News Foundation. ...

"The official told Fox News that the document related to the origins of the Russia probe is 'very significant in understanding how intelligence was manipulated to support launching the Russia investigation.'"

 
 
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
Posted May 27, 2020 • 07:26 AM
 
 
On the Cost of COVID-19 Shutdown:
 
 

"Our governmental COVID-19 mitigation policy of broad societal lockdown focuses on containing the spread of the disease at all costs, instead of 'flattening the curve' and preventing hospital overcrowding. Although well-intentioned, the lockdown was imposed without consideration of its consequences beyond those directly from the pandemic. ...

"The lost economic output in the U.S. alone is estimated to be 5 percent of GDP, or $1.1 trillion for every month of the economic shutdown. This lost income results in lost lives as the stresses of unemployment and providing basic needs increase the incidence of suicide, alcohol or drug abuse, and stress-induced illnesses. These effects are particularly severe on the lower-income populace, as they are more likely to lose their jobs, and mortality rates are much higher for lower-income individuals.

"Statistically, every $10 million to $24 million lost in U.S. incomes results in one additional death. One portion of this effect is through unemployment, which leads to an average increase in mortality of at least 60 percent. That translates into 7,200 lives lost per month among the 36 million newly unemployed Americans, over 40 percent of whom are not expected to regain their jobs. In addition, many small business owners are near financial collapse, creating lost wealth that results in mortality increases of 50 percent. With an average estimate of one additional lost life per $17 million income loss, that would translate to 65,000 lives lost in the U.S. for each month because of the economic shutdown. ...

"Here are the examples of missed health care on which we base our calculations: Emergency stroke evaluations are down 40 percent. Of the 650,000 cancer patients receiving chemotherapy in the United States, an estimated half are missing their treatments. Of the 150,000 new cancer cases typically discovered each month in the U.S., most -- as elsewhere in the world -- are not being diagnosed, and two-thirds to three-fourths of routine cancer screenings are not happening because of shutdown policies and fear among the population. Nearly 85 percent fewer living-donor transplants are occurring now, compared to the same period last year. In addition, more than half of childhood vaccinations are not being performed, setting up the potential of a massive future health disaster."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Scott W. Atlas, MD, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow; John R. Birge University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor; Ralph L. Keeney, Duke University Professor Emeritus and University of Southern California; Alexander Lipton, Jerusalem Business School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Visiting Professor and Dean's Fellow
— Scott W. Atlas, MD, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow; John R. Birge University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor; Ralph L. Keeney, Duke University Professor Emeritus and University of Southern California; Alexander Lipton, Jerusalem Business School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Visiting Professor and Dean's Fellow
Posted May 26, 2020 • 08:21 AM
 
 
On Memorial Day:
 
 

"[F]rom these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

 
 
— President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863
— President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863
Posted May 22, 2020 • 07:00 AM
 
 
On Obama's Treasury Department Spying on U.S. Citizens:
 
 

"President Barack Obama's Treasury Department regularly surveilled retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn's financial records and transactions beginning in December 2015 and well into 2017, before, during and after when he served at the White House as President Donald Trump's National Security Director, a former senior Treasury Department official, and veteran of the intelligence community, told the Star Newspapers.

"'I started seeing things that were not correct, so I did my own little investigation, because I wanted to make sure what I was seeing was correct' she said. 'You never want to draw attention to something if there is not anything there.'

"The whistleblower said she only saw metadata, that is names and dates when the general's financial records were accessed. 'I never saw what they saw.'

"By March 2016, the whistleblower said she and a colleague, who was detailed to Treasury from the intelligence community, became convinced that the surveillance of Flynn was not tied to legitimate criminal or national security concerns, but was straight-up political surveillance among other illegal activity occurring at Treasury. ...

"'It wasn't just him,' the whistleblower said. 'They were targeting other U.S. citizens, as well.' ...

"This surveillance program was run out of Treasury's Office of Intelligence Analysis, which was then under the leadership of S. Leslie Ireland. Ireland came to OIA in 2010 after a long tenure at the Central Intelligence Agency and a one-year stint as Obama's daily in-person intelligence briefer."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Neil W. McCabe, The Ohio Star
— Neil W. McCabe, The Ohio Star
Posted May 21, 2020 • 08:08 AM
 
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"One could be forgiven amidst the protests and continuing coronavirus crisis for forgetting that in Washington, DC, this week, Congress is looking into serious allegations that Barack Obama's Department of Justice was spying on the Trump campaign. In normal times, it would be the biggest news story in America, and Wednesday's shocking admissions by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would…[more]
 
 
—David Marcus, New York Post
— David Marcus, New York Post
 
Liberty Poll   

Until this week, the U.S. House has required Members to be physically present to vote. Due to coronavirus, "proxy voting," allowing Members to cast votes for absent colleagues, is now being used. Should "proxy voting" be allowed to continue?