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New Lung Cancer Breakthrough Illustrates the Potential Peril of Drug Price Controls

We at CFIF often highlight the clear and present danger that drug price control schemes pose to American consumers, who benefit from our private pharmaceutical sector that leads the world - by far - in innovation.  A new lung cancer treatment breakthrough in the form of Amgen's Lumakras illustrates that interrelationship.

Simply put, Lumakras reduced the risk of progression by 34% compared to chemotherapy in patents with advanced lung cancer, which is particularly welcome considering lung cancer's especially low survival rate (18.6% over five years, and just 5% for advanced forms).  The breakthrough required years of research and enormous amounts of investment, however, which The Wall Street Journal notes makes Lumakras the type of innovation put at risk by new drug price controls…[more]

September 22, 2022 • 05:06 PM

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On Vice President Kamala Harris and Border Security:

"Unlike President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris has at least visited the southern border -- once. Unfortunately, as evidenced by her embarrassing appearance on Meet the Press this weekend, Harris does not appear to have learned anything from her trip. When asked, Harris confidently assured host Chuck Todd that 'the border is secure.'

"No, madam, it is not.

"When Harris visited the border last June, a then-record 180,597 migrants had been arrested the month before for illegally entering the country. More than 1 million migrants would end up getting caught (mostly turning themselves in on purpose) in Biden's first year. A record 241,166 migrants were arrested this May, and more than 2 million will be caught this year. In other words, the border is far from secure, and the problem is getting worse."

Read the entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted September 15, 2022 • 07:48 AM
Reporting on the Biden Administration and a Pending Rail Strike That Would Be a Significant Blow to the U.S. Economy:

"As the Biden administration scrambles with just days to avert a rail strike that threatens to deal a devastating blow to the economy, the White House is facing pressure on multiple fronts as it weighs the political ramifications of a shutdown.

"A strike could come as early as just after midnight on Friday if a deal isn't reached ahead of that time between major rail companies and the four unions that have not agreed to the current proposal put forth by the presidential emergency board (PEB) appointed by President Biden. ...

"According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), a shutdown would be absolutely devastating, costing upward of $2 billion per day and kneecapping an already fragile supply chain while hurting businesses and consumers alike. ...

"Marc Scribner, a senior transportation policy analyst at the Reason Foundation, says the timing of the potential strike was coordinated and may not help the administration.

'"That this might occur right before the midterm elections is entirely self-inflicted by the Biden administration, where two of President Biden's National Mediation Board [NMB] members took the bizarre step in June of terminating board-guided mediation two months early and starting the 90-day countdown to a possible rail strike,' strike,' Scribner told FOX Business, calling the move 'unprecedented.'"

Read the entire article here.

— Breck Dumas, FOX Business
— Breck Dumas, FOX Business
Posted September 14, 2022 • 08:19 AM
Reporting on the Potential Funding Bill Crisis in Congress:

"House lawmakers are set to return to Washington on Tuesday, kicking off a hectic three-week legislative session by the end of which Congress must avert a government shutdown ahead of Sept. 30.

"Congress is eyeing a short-term funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, that will keep the government open until early December, after Election Day.

"The path forward is muddled, however, by President Biden's request to include $22 billion in new coronavirus money and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's insistence on tying the short-term funding measure to legislation streamlining the permitting process for oil and gas drilling.

"Nearly a third of House Democrats warn that including the permitting portion is a non-starter."

Read the entire article here.

— Haris Alic, Fox News
— Haris Alic, Fox News
Posted September 12, 2022 • 06:10 AM
About SEC Chairman Gary Gensler's Apparent Conflicts of Interest:

"Gary Gensler, President Joe Biden's Securities and Exchange Commissioner, had final approval authority for the Hillary Clinton campaign's payments for the discredited Steele dossier, according to congressional testimony that is adding to concerns about conflicts of interest as the SEC investigates Donald Trump's social media frim's merger request.

"Questions surfaced last month about the SEC's probe of Trump's Truth Social when RealClearInvestigations journalist Paul Sperry reported that Gensler, as SEC chairman, previously served as the Hillary Clinton campaign's chief financial officer.

"In addition, Sperry reported that SEC Associate Director of Enforcement Melissa Hodgman was married to Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who led the much-criticized Russia collusion probe and was fired in 2018 for anti-Trump texts on his official bureau phone."

Read the entire article here.

— John Solomon, Editor in Chief of Just the News
— John Solomon, Editor in Chief of Just the News
Posted September 09, 2022 • 07:57 AM
On How President Biden Has Turned a Booming Economy Into a 'High-Inflation Bust':

"Mr. Biden took a booming economy without inflation and turned it into a high-inflation bust in a little more than a year. His war on fossil fuels has driven gasoline, oil, natural gas and coal prices sky-high -- ditto for food prices on grocery shelves. He can't even get proper baby formula on store shelves. He has spent massively, raised taxes and launched the biggest regulatory assault on business we have ever seen. Real wages for working folks have fallen steadily.

"He is not only obsessed with climate change, without ever providing any alternate replacement. He is similarly maniacal about repealing all the successful Trump tax cuts that gave us the lowest poverty and highest family wages in 50 years.

"He wants a battery-powered economy but won't let people mine the resources to develop it. His allies want to end gas-powered cars but are now telling EV owners they can't recharge their batteries. Why? No electricity. Why? Not enough fossil fuels."

Read the entire article here.

— Larry Kudlow, Former Director of the National Economic Council and Current Host of Kudlow on FOX Business Network
— Larry Kudlow, Former Director of the National Economic Council and Current Host of Kudlow on FOX Business Network
Posted September 08, 2022 • 07:54 AM
On the Federal Government's Bungled Census in Favor of Blue States Over Red States:

"If a politician from Florida decides to run for president in 2024, his (or her) home state will be short two votes in the Electoral College, and when the new session of the U.S. House of Representatives convenes in January 2023, Florida will be missing two congressional seats to which it is entitled.

"Why? Because according to a post-2020 census survey, the U.S. Census Bureau significantly undercounted the population of Florida, as well as Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. At the same time, it overcounted the population of eight states, all but one of which is a blue state.

"The 2020 errors were discovered when the Census Bureau interviewed a large number of households across the country and compared the answers it got to the original census responses in 2020. In addition to undercounting six states, the survey showed that the Bureau overcounted the population of Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Utah.

"Funny coincidence -- the Census made its largest overcount percentage error in President Joe Biden's tiny home state of Delaware, which was overcounted by 5.45%. But Rhode Island and Minnesota were also overcounted by 5.05% and 3.84%, respectively, which allowed each of them to keep a congressional seat to which they are not entitled. ...

"There is no remedy in the federal statutes governing the census and apportionment to correct this problem. The scope of this problem was unusually high, and the Census Bureau has not offered any explanation as to how this happened."

Read the entire article here.

— Hans A. von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a Former Justice Department Lawyer and FEC Commissioner
— Hans A. von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a Former Justice Department Lawyer and FEC Commissioner
Posted September 07, 2022 • 07:39 AM
On the Biden Administration's Destructive 'Green Surrender':

"I sometimes wonder which policy of President Biden's has been or will be the most destructive of them all. There are so many possibilities.

"The American Rescue Plan of 2021 contributed to the record inflation of the past year. Biden's reversal of the Migration Protection Protocols, safe third country agreements, and other immigration policies enacted by the previous administration resulted in historic numbers of illegal entries along the southern border. The withdrawal from Afghanistan abandoned a nation of 39 million people to a murderous, medieval, terrorist-aligned mafia. Biden has pursued a renewed nuclear agreement with Iran despite that regime's support for militias that fire on U.S. troops, plots to kill U.S. officials on U.S. soil, and ultimate responsibility for the assault on Salman Rushdie. Just the other day, Biden announced a complex, unconstitutional, regressive, and inflationary scheme to forgive student debt. The words "moral hazard" are not in his vocabulary.

"Like I said: There are plenty of options for which Biden policy is the worst. Yet his biggest folly may turn out to be his green thumb. The manic Progressive quest to eliminate fossil fuels and preside over a 'green energy transition' will make America dependent, unstable, poorer, needier, and weaker. Indeed, it already is doing so."

Read the entire article here.

— Matthew Continetti, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Founding Editor of the Washington Free Beacon
— Matthew Continetti, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Founding Editor of the Washington Free Beacon
Posted September 05, 2022 • 09:53 AM
Reporting on GOP Responses to President Biden's Self-Described 'Battle for the Soul of the Nation' Address to the Nation:

"'With all due respect Mr. President, there's nothing wrong with America's soul,' tweeted Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). 'The American people are hurting because of your policies. Rampant inflation. Out of control crime. Terrorism on the rise. Broken borders. Stop lecturing & change your policies before it's too late.' ...

"'That was a campaign speech under the guise of a presidential address,' Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tweeted.

"'Instead of focusing on issues impacting Americans, Biden demonized half the country to distract from his failures,' he continued. 'We need leaders who work to make this nation stronger & safer, instead of tearing us apart.'"

Read the entire article here.

— Zach Schonfeld, The Hill
— Zach Schonfeld, The Hill
Posted September 02, 2022 • 07:03 AM
Reporting on the Strain on California's Power Grip and How That Conflicts With the State's Energy Policies:

"With California's power grid under strain due to extreme heat and high demand, the utility grid operator is asking residents to avoid charging their electric vehicles. This comes days after the state announced a plan to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.

"The California Independent System Operator is asking residents for 'voluntary energy conservation' over the Labor Day weekend.

"According to the National Weather Service, the western United States is facing a 'prolonged and record heat wave.'

"'The top three conservation actions are to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights,' the American Public Power Association said, asking residents to limit energy usage during 4 p.m. and 9 p.m."

Read the entire article here.

— John Clark, WTVO
— John Clark, WTVO
Posted September 01, 2022 • 08:22 AM
On President Biden:

"President Biden is going to deliver a prime-time speech Thursday on what the White House calls the 'battle for the soul of the nation.'

It's a timely topic with rich possibilities, but none richer than the notion that the Big Guy is qualified to address America's soul. Unless he's going to confess how his family made millions by selling access to foreign governments and Communist oligarchs, Biden will be stuck spinning a web of fiction.

No problem there because fiction is what he's good at. He has a gift for playing make-believe.

All politicians lie, but Biden doesn't stop there. He's a proven plagiarist, a fabulist, always the hero of his own stories, the Walter Mitty of American politics!

Never mind that on his watch and under his policies, America has gotten more violent, more expensive and more pessimistic. The world smells weakness and when our enemies say the United States is in decline, it's hard to argue otherwise."

Read the entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted August 31, 2022 • 07:57 AM
Quiz Question   
Which one of the following U.S. Presidents signed the executive order establishing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)?
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"The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent over $1.1 billion in child tax credit payments to incorrect recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an audit by the Department of the Treasury's Inspector General (IG) for Tax Administration on Tuesday.The IRS sent the payments to 1.5 million people between July and November of 2021 during the pandemic, according to the audit. Additionally, the…[more]
—Arjun Singh, The Daily Caller News Foundation
— Arjun Singh, The Daily Caller News Foundation
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