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Inexcusable and Dangerous: Biden Administration Surrenders U.S. Patent Rights to World Trade Organization (WTO)

For a man who constantly claims to support "Buy American," Joe Biden demonstrates an inexplicable and almost fetish-like tendency to undercut American industries.

Since day one, the Biden Administration has ceaselessly besieged a domestic energy sector that finally achieved U.S. energy independence after decades of effort.  And now, it is following through on its inexcusably foolish assault against the U.S. pharmaceutical sector.

Each year, American pharmaceutical innovators account for an astounding two-thirds of all new lifesaving drugs introduced worldwide.  That's the direct result of our system of intellectual property (IP) protections, including patents, which consistently leads the world.

Instead of protecting that legacy of American Exceptionalism, however, the Biden Administration…[more]

June 17, 2022 • 12:30 PM

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On Florida Officials Pushing Back on a Biden Administration Plan to Give the WHO Authority to Dictate Global Lockdowns and Mandates:

"Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio are pushing back against a Biden administration plan to give the World Health Organization authority to dictate global lockdowns and mandates, superseding U.S. and state laws.

"According to an amendment to a treaty likely to be approved this week by representatives of 194 countries, sovereign nations would be required to fund and participate in a global surveillance program, including implementing digital vaccine passports required for travel.

"'We in Florida, there is no way we will ever support this W-H-O thing ... that's not going to happen,' DeSantis said 'No way.'"

Read the entire article here.

— Bethany Blankley, The Center Square
— Bethany Blankley, The Center Square
Posted May 25, 2022 • 08:34 AM
On Georgia's Eearly-Vote Surge Proving Predictions About the State's New Voting Law Completely Wrong:

"We all know what happens when a tree falls in an empty forest. What happens when a democracy emerges unscathed from a purported vile racist threat to its very existence?

"Pretty much the same thing, it turns out.

"The surge in the early vote in Georgia shows that all the smears about the state's new voting law, repeated by everyone from the president of the United States on down, were complete nonsense. ...

"Now that a tsunami of early voting has shown that, indeed, there's no voter suppression in Georgia, the fact checkers aren't swinging into action; the major newspapers aren't preparing accounts of how President Joe Biden was led down the path of promoting misinformation about our electoral system; the Sunday shows didn't do long segments devoted to the theme of how democracy in Georgia, once claimed to be hanging by a thread, has remarkably revived."

Read the entire article here.

— Rich Lowry, Editor-in-Chief of National Review
— Rich Lowry, Editor-in-Chief of National Review
Posted May 24, 2022 • 08:25 AM
On Hillary Clinton’s Role in the Alfa Bank Scandal:

"The trial of former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann crossed a critical threshold Friday when a key witness uttered the name 'Hillary Clinton' in conjunction with a plan to spread the false Alfa Bank Russian collusion claim before the 2016 presidential election.

"For Democrats and many in the media, Hillary Clinton has long held a Voldemort-like status as 'She who must not be named' in scandals. Yet, there was her former campaign manager, Robby Mook, telling a jury that Clinton personally approved a plan to spread the claim of covert communications between the Trump organization and the Russian bank. It was one of the most successful disinformation campaigns in American politics, and Mook implicated Clinton as green-lighting the gas-lighting of the electorate. ...

"Clinton was not supposed to be the object of the Sussmann trial, because Judge Christopher Cooper, an Obama appointee, issued a series of orders limiting the scope of the trial and its evidence. The orders were viewed as 'spar[ing] the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee ... potential embarrassment.'

"Yet, even after winning such limiting orders, it was the defense that called Mook to the stand -- out of order, in the midst of the prosecution's case, because he was scheduled to leave on vacation -- and he proceeded to confirm that Clinton herself approved of the tactic.

"It was Washington's worst-kept but least-acknowledged secret."

Read the entire article here.

— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
Posted May 23, 2022 • 07:41 AM
On Ongoing Problems at the Internal Revenue Service:

"Lawmakers continued to raise concerns about the Internal Revenue Service at a Congressional hearing this week as the agency deals with billions in misspent dollars, hefty processing backlogs, and complaints over poor customer service.

"Lawmakers lobbed questions at the tax-collecting agency during the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing.

'"The program has an annual improper payment rate of around 25%. In the latest fiscal year, the improper payment amount totaled $19 billion,' Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., said at the hearing this week.

"Rice said the agency has 16 million unprocessed returns. Critics have blasted the agency for months for its backlog of millions of returns. Others pointed to the poor customer service at the IRS, an agency that has struggled to keep up with call volume from Americans asking for help. ...

"Lawmakers from both parties have sent a series of letters to the IRS asking questions and looking for solutions. A bipartisan group of over 100 members of Congress sent a letter to the IRS in March about some of these issues."

Read the entire article here.

— Casey Harper, The Center Square
— Casey Harper, The Center Square
Posted May 20, 2022 • 07:40 AM
On the Nation's Baby Formula Shortage:

"'We don't have a food shortage problem,' then-candidate Joe Biden said just months after the COVID pandemic began in May 2020. 'We have a leadership problem.'

"Now that he is president, however, Biden is singing a different tune. Asked if he should have taken steps to address the nation's baby formula shortages sooner, Biden replied, 'If we had been better mind readers, I guess we could have.'

"But the Biden administration never had to read minds. It had been informed of problems at a Michigan baby formula plant eight months ago, and in fact, the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of formula from that same plant three months ago. Yet Biden never spoke of or acted to address the formula shortage until last Friday.

And yes, there is plenty he could have done."

Read the entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted May 19, 2022 • 08:08 AM
Reporting on Comments Made by Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke on Proposals to Cancel Student Loan Debt:

"Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke said that cancelling student loan debt would be unfair.

"'It would be very unfair to eliminate. Many of the people who have large amounts of student debt are professionals who are going to go on and make lots of money in their lifetime. So why would we be favoring them over somebody who didn't go to college, for example?' Bernanke said, according to the New York Times.

"President Joe Biden said last month that he is 'considering dealing with some debt reduction,' though he added that $50,000 debt reduction is not on the table -- some Democrats have pushed for Biden to nix up to $50,000 of federal student loan debt per person.

"But the concept of wiping out some or all student debt obligations remains deeply polarizing. Debt forgiveness would not benefit those who have already worked diligently to pay off their own student loans or the millions of Americans who chose not to attend college."

Read the entire article here.

— Alex Nitzberg, Blaze Media
— Alex Nitzberg, Blaze Media
Posted May 18, 2022 • 07:24 AM
On the Federal Court Decision Striking Down a California Law Requiring Gender-Based Quotas on the Boards of Publicly Held Corporations:

"A California law requiring publicly-held corporations to include women on their boards has been declared unconstitutional by a Los Angeles judge.

Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis said the law, which requires corporations with principal executive offices in California to include women on their boards, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the state's Constitution.

The law was challenged by Judicial Watch, who argued that the law created an unconstitutional gender-based quota system. Judicial Watch represented three California taxpayers who brought forth the case. The judge issued the ruling on Friday. ...

The 2018 law at the center of the case, Senate Bill 826, required that publicly held foreign or domestic corporations with principal executive offices in California add at least one female director to its board by the end of 2019. By January 2022, the law required corporations to have at least three female directors on boards of six or more members and at least two female directors on boards of five members."

Read the entire article here.

— Madison Hirneisen, The Center Square
— Madison Hirneisen, The Center Square
Posted May 17, 2022 • 08:14 AM
On the First Open Congressional Hearing on UFOs in More Than 50 Years:

"The House Intelligence Committee will hold the first open hearing on UFOs in more than 50 years. ...

"For just one example as to why public awareness of this topic is important, the Washington Examiner has seen compelling evidence that the Space Force is undertaking quiet work in support of the government's UFO research. That doesn't mean UFOs are aliens. But something very significant is going on.

"This hearing is a blow to the Pentagon bureaucracy, which had hoped to keep the UFO issue out of the public gaze. But as Bryan Bender reported last week, Congress has become increasingly agitated by the Pentagon's failure to undertake a more comprehensive approach to the UFO issue. Described inside the government as 'Unidentifies Aerial Phenomena (UAPs),' UFOs have seen greater public attention in recent years following the release of videos recorded by Navy aircraft showing these objects. ...

"But what's motivating Congress to take public action is its access to a larger portfolio of imagery, data, and military witness testimony that has yet to be released to the public."

Read the entire article here.

— Tom Rogan, Foreign Policy/National Security Writer for the Washington Examiner
— Tom Rogan, Foreign Policy/National Security Writer for the Washington Examiner
Posted May 16, 2022 • 08:45 AM
On FBI investigations Against Parents Protesting School COVID Policies:

"The FBI opened 'at least dozens' of investigations of parents and elected officials across the country for opposing COVID-19 school policies such as mask and vaccine mandates, House Judiciary Committee Republicans alleged this week.

"Ranking Member Jim Jordan of Ohio and Louisiana's Mike Johnson, ranking member of the civil liberties subcommittee, accused Attorney General Merrick Garland of giving sworn testimony last fall that was 'contrary' to evidence subsequently provided to them by 'brave whistleblowers.'

"The renewed attention on Garland's statements follows government motions to dismiss a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by 14 Republican state attorneys general seeking the Biden administration's communications with the National School Boards Association (NSBA), which had asked the president to prosecute 'domestic terrorism and hate crimes' by critics of COVID policies and the teaching of racially deterministic doctrines like critical race theory."

Read the entire article here.

— Greg Piper, Investigative Report at Just the News
— Greg Piper, Investigative Report at Just the News
Posted May 13, 2022 • 07:33 AM
On Inflation:

"Core inflation, which excludes food and energy, accelerated in April, rising 0.6 percent from the previous month, while the March increase was 0.3 percent. That is bad news. In addition, the headline print on 12-month price hikes was 8.3 percent, worse than the consensus expectation of 8.1 percent.

"The only life raft for President Biden? That 8.3 percent year-over-year boost is modestly lower than the 8.5 percent inflation recorded for March.

"The friendly media clung to that bit of flotsam for dear life. Inflation 'slowed in April', as USA Today reported, asking: 'Will it bring a bit of relief to price-weary shoppers?'

"No, it's doubtful that people paying almost 11 percent more for groceries, 44 percent more for gasoline, 80 percent more for fuel oil and 23 percent more for a used car than they did a year ago will be comforted to know that it could have been worse."

Read the entire article here.

— Liz Peek, Former Partner of Wall Street Firm Wertheim & Company
— Liz Peek, Former Partner of Wall Street Firm Wertheim & Company
Posted May 12, 2022 • 08:05 AM
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"Mocking climate-change warriors for their private jets and yachts, far-flung vacation homes, and chauffeured SUVs has become routine among jaundiced observers of the world's increasingly numerous environmental conferences. Such mockery hasn't had the slightest effect on the conferees' conspicuous consumption of the miraculous products of Western innovation and capitalism. The celebrities and climate…[more]
—Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Contributing Editor of City Journal, and New York Times Bestselling Author
— Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Contributing Editor of City Journal, and New York Times Bestselling Author
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