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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 'Democratic Superlawyer' Marc Elias

"It's not every day that a federal judge calls a lawsuit from one of the country's top lawyers a nasty and partisan 'Hail Mary pass,' intended to undermine free and fair elections. But that's what happened on Wednesday when U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, a Clinton appointee, tossed out a lawsuit brought by Democratic superlawyer Marc Elias.

"'In the 102 years since my father, then a Ukrainian refugee, came into this country, if there were two things that he drilled into my head, they were â€Ã‚¦ free, open, rational elections [and] respect for the courts. The relief that I'm being asked to give today impinges, to some degree, on the public perception of both,' Kaplan said of the lawsuit, which sought to preserve redistricting lines in New York state that a court had already ruled unconstitutional. 'And I'm not going to do that.'

"It's been a rough month for Elias, the man former president Barack Obama tapped to lead his post-presidential initiative to expand 'voting rights' and the Democratic Party's premier legal attack dog. Just last week, Special Counsel John Durham accused Elias, who represented Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign -- and who every election cycle counts virtually every powerful Democrat as a client -- of lying about his relationship with the opposition research firm he retained to assist that campaign."

Read the entire article here.

— Kevin Daley, Washington Free Beacon
— Kevin Daley, Washington Free Beacon
Posted May 11, 2022 • 08:12 AM
On Student Learning Loss from Remote Learning as a Result of Covid:

"No parent needs to be told that remote learning during COVID was a disaster.

"But a new study confirms it. Its findings cry out to heaven for accountability among those who brought this disaster upon their own school districts by ignoring science and keeping school buildings closed long after there was any justification.

"Harvard researchers found that students in schools that stayed remote into 2020 lost the equivalent of half a school year of learning over the two-year window beginning in the fall 2019 academic year.

"There was a significant difference between the students who went back to in-person learning after the initial jitters over COVID and the ones who did not. Students who returned to in-person schooling in fall 2020 lost only 20% of a school year.

"Thus, in the mostly liberal jurisdictions that bowed to the teachers unions and kept schools closed long after there was any scientific justification, students suffered a loss that was 150% greater. It is also worth noting, with Democrats giving so much lip service to 'equity' and 'inclusion,' 'that their policies were much harder on school districts with high levels of poverty."

Read the entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted May 10, 2022 • 08:36 AM
18 U.S. Code § 1507 - Picketing or parading:

"Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

"Nothing in this section shall interfere with or prevent the exercise by any court of the United States of its power to punish for contempt."

— h/t to James Woods on Twitter
— h/t to James Woods on Twitter
Posted May 09, 2022 • 08:49 AM
On Rising Retail Crime:

"The groundswell of organized retail crime is a national issue that risks spreading local law enforcement thin. While the American public sees headlines of smash-and-grab robberies or watches shock-inducing footage of their favorite retailers left ransacked and wrecked, it's our local police forces that are left to pick up the pieces.

"Almost 70 percent of storefronts have reported an increase in theft this past year, and the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail estimates that organized retail crime accounts for $45 billion in annual retail losses. In one instance alone in February 2021, a group brazenly grabbed handbags worth $165,000 from the shelves of a Chanel store in New York in a daytime robery.

"Why the sudden spike in crime sprees over the past couple of years? Historically, organized retail crime tends to increase in challenging times. According to U.S. court statistics, retail theft skyrocketed by 16 percent after 9/11 and by 30 percent during the 2008 recession. It's no surprise that we are seeing a similar, albeit accelerated, trend amid the protracted pandemic and crippling inflation."

Read the entire article here.

— Richard Marianos, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and Senior Law Enforcement Consultant
— Richard Marianos, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and Senior Law Enforcement Consultant
Posted May 06, 2022 • 08:39 AM
On President Biden's Pro Big Labor-Union Agenda and Its Impact on Domestic Manufacturing:

"Biden's push to impose labor-union organizing on companies and raise the country's already-high labor standards would inflate the already-high cost of making goods in America. The administration's proposed PRO Act would end right-to-work features of federal law, which allow states to let workers opt out of unions, even when the workplace is organized. Today, 28 states are right-to-work, and they accounted for 70 percent of manufacturing-employment growth in the economic rebound after the 2008 recession. Right-to-work has become a key feature of site selection for foreign firms looking to open industrial plants in the U.S. and for domestic firms expanding their manufacturing workforce here. Many of the biggest new U.S. plant projects announced recently, including those by Ford, General Motors, and Volkswagen, are located in right-to-work states. Ending this option wouldn't boost unionization; instead, it would further discourage reshoring and likely dampen American manufacturing employment.

"The PRO Act reflects a broader Biden administration commitment to intensify regulations, increase bureaucratic oversight, and funnel resources to favored industries."

Read the entire article here.

— Steven Malanga, City Journal's Senior Editor
— Steven Malanga, City Journal's Senior Editor
Posted May 05, 2022 • 07:18 AM
On Inflation and a Proposed 'Border Carbon Adjustment' Tariff:

"Carbon taxes, and their functional equivalent disguised in the form of energy taxes, have faced political obstacles and serial failures to take effect ever since the debacle of the 1993 Clinton-Gore 'BTU' tax. Now a bipartisan group of American lawmakers has proposed a 'border carbon adjustment' tariff intended to reduce society's use of hydrocarbons and usher in energy innovation. But carbon taxes have failed, so far, for good reason; they're a bad idea and would do little to cut hydrocarbon use or stimulate productive innovations. And whether framed as a border adjustment or as the broad-based levy that Congress toyed with enacting three years ago, any carbon tax would be inflationary -- meaning this latest proposal couldn't come at a worse time.

"It's easy to ignore the benefits of cheap energy when, well, it's cheap. Energy is needed for everything that is fabricated, grown, operated, or moved. Since hydrocarbons directly supply 84 percent of the world's energy and are indirectly embodied in all the rest, the inflationary potential of any carbon tax is clear. In normal times, energy typically accounts for only about 10 percent of the cost of most products and services. But double the spending on energy, and the average overall final price tag for a product or service rises at inflationary levels. With today's energy prices already doubled, or more, the consequences are apparent. Over half of wheat's inflation, for example, is a direct result of higher prices for natural gas, the fuel needed to make fertilizer.

"The energy-inflation arithmetic is equally clear at the macroeconomic level. Before the runup in global energy costs -- a trend that began well before the war in Ukraine -- global spending by consumers and businesses on energy accounted for about 10 percent of global GDP. Double energy costs, and you don't get more GDP: you get inflation."

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— Mark P. Mills, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
— Mark P. Mills, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Posted May 04, 2022 • 08:49 AM
On the News that the U.S. Supreme Court has Preliminarily Voted to Overturn Roe v. Wade:

"The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO.

"The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision -- Planned Parenthood v. Casey -- that largely maintained the right. 'Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,' Alito writes.

"'We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,' he writes in the document, labeled as the 'Opinion of the Court.' 'It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives.'

"Deliberations on controversial cases have in the past been fluid. Justices can and sometimes do change their votes as draft opinions circulate and major decisions can be subject to multiple drafts and vote-trading, sometimes until just days before a decision is unveiled. The court's holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months."

Read the entire article here.

— Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward, Politico
— Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward, Politico
Posted May 03, 2022 • 07:51 AM
On Nina Jankowicz, the Head of the Federal Government's New Disinformation Governance Board:

"'You can just call me the Mary Poppins of disinformation.' That Twitter intro to a TikTok parody of the song Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' is now indelibly connected to Nina Jankowicz, the new head of the federal government's announced Disinformation Governance Board.

"Given her record of spreading disinformation and advocating censorship, Jankowicz hardly needed the musical-inspired persona. Yet, for the Biden administration, Jankowicz -- like Mary Poppins -- is 'practically perfect in every way' to keep track of whether we all 'measure up' in our public statements.

"It is still unclear from the administration's public statements what authority the board will wield, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki described the board as intended 'to prevent disinformation and misinformation from traveling around the country in a range of communities.'

"President Biden already has established himself as arguably the most anti-free speech president since John Adams. During his transition period, Biden appointed outspoken advocates for censorship; as president, he has pushed social media companies to expand censorship, while his administration has been criticized for spying on journalists."

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 02, 2022 • 07:13 AM
Reporting on the New York Court of Appeals Decision Striking Down the State's New Congressional Map:

"The New York Court of Appeals on Wednesday voted 4-3 to toss out the state's new congressional map, ruling that it is an unconstitutional attempt to elect more Democrats.

"The decision from the majority-Democrat-appointed court is a major blow to partisan redistricting efforts in the state. ...

"Chief Judge Janet DiFiore wrote for the majority that the new map is 'substantively unconstitutional as drawn with impermissible partisan purpose.' The judge also rejected the argument that the new map should remain because the 2022 election cycle has already begun. ...

"New York's highest court also criticized Democrats for not following voters who supported an independent redistricting commission in 2014."

Read the entire article here.

— Madeleine Hubbard, Just the News
— Madeleine Hubbard, Just the News
Posted April 28, 2022 • 08:48 AM
On the Biden Administration's Proposed Regulatory Change to Restrict Charter Schools:

"President Joe Biden's proposed regulatory change to restrict charter schools is now receiving even more well-deserved pushback -- not just from conservatives but from the prominent center-left of the political spectrum.

Biden should start heeding the warnings, which now include a forceful one from former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. ...

For good reason, parents nationwide already are revolting against left-wing mandates, left-wing indoctrination, and left-wing attempts to shut down their voices about their own children's educations. The last thing Biden should do is restrict parental choice even further, thus rightly enraging them all the more."

Read the entire article here.

— Quin Hillyer, Senior Commentary Writer and Editor at Washington Examiner
— Quin Hillyer, Senior Commentary Writer and Editor at Washington Examiner
Posted April 27, 2022 • 08:59 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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