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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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Jester's Courtroom Legal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts
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On the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in West Virginia v. EPA:

"The Supreme Court ended its term with a highly consequential 6-3 decision in West Virginia v. EPA. The court repudiated the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that Congress had delegated sweeping powers for the agency to pursue a regulatory agenda of its own creation that would force energy companies to adopt alternative energy sources. That should not have been a controversial decision. Since the founding of the American republic, the courts have always affirmed the foundational precept that Congress alone makes law. And Congress cannot give away its lawmaking powers to unelected bureaucrats without violating the Constitution.

"Yet there is a competing vision of the Constitution, trumpeted by progressive-minded law professors and interest groups who bemoan the court's adherence to the rule of law. Under this view, strict constitutionalism is intolerable because it may sometimes get in the way of the government crafting 'optimal' regulatory regimes. For this reason, advocates of a strong administrative state see no issue with Congress delegating broad rulemaking powers to federal agencies -- as long as that enables the government to carry out their preferred regulatory agenda.Yet, boiled to its core, this is nothing but a call for bureaucratic rule over the American people."

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— Luke Wake and Daniel Ortner, Attorneys at Pacific Legal Foundation
— Luke Wake and Daniel Ortner, Attorneys at Pacific Legal Foundation
Posted August 01, 2022 • 08:38 AM
On China's Threat to Taiwan:

"A year ago, most people would have viewed a major land war in Europe as inconceivable. Yet months after Russia launched a brutal invasion of Ukraine that has seen thousands of civilians killed and cities destroyed, many in the West are asking how this tragedy could have been prevented. The answer is clear: military capability, committed allies, credible policy, and resolve.

"Taiwan faces a similar situation today with Communist China, an aggressive neighbor 60 times its size. Most probably cannot find Taiwan on a blank map, but it's an advanced economy and robust democracy that has lived in the dark shadow of Beijing's threats for decades. Preserving this democracy has long been a U.S. priority. Today, this island nation, which is slightly larger than Maryland, sits uneasily on the frontline of an escalating contest between autocracy and democracy for control of the 21st century. ...

"With concern growing in Western capitals that China may finally turn its threats into real action -- an outright invasion, a blockade, missile barrages, cyber attacks, or some form of 'gray zone' action -- to compel Taipei's capitulation, it is now time to clearly state that we will come to Taiwan's defense. President Joe Biden has now said so three times, but White House staff walking back this commitment each time have made things even less certain.

"To clarify our policy, the president should initiate a dialogue with Congress. Both branches must be aligned as we move forward. This process will also have the salutary effect of educating the American people of the threats we face from China. After all, we need a new policy that is not just credible and principled, but also durable and sturdy enough to bear the weight of the future strategies we will pursue and decisions we may make to keep the peace and help our friends."

Read the entire article here.

— Dr. Mark T. Esper Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
— Dr. Mark T. Esper Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Posted July 29, 2022 • 08:20 AM
On Costly and Ineffective 'Green Energy' Policies:

"Those pushing for more actions -- and more money -- to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions sound a lot like Dr. Smith in the 1960s television series 'Lost in Space': 'We're doomed, doomed I say!'

"Last week, President Joe Biden claimed that climate change 'is literally, not figuratively, a clear and present danger.' United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated we have just eight years to save the planet or the world will commit 'collective suicide.' ...

"Many politicians are surely aware that the draconian policies they seek -- a ban on fossil-fuel production, forced electrification of homes and businesses, mandatory adoption of electric vehicles and complete reliance on wind and solar power -- will not work, much less save the planet. ...

"Though it's one of the costliest generating resources known, Biden issued an executive order to promote offshore-wind development in the Gulf of Mexico and along the southeast coast. But offshore-wind developers are almost entirely European companies, which will collect not only production tax credits but also Team Biden's new 30% investment tax credit. (Billions more in subsidies for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure are also on offer, on top of existing subsidies.) ...

"This week, meanwhile, second-quarter gross-domestic-product data are likely to show the United States in a recession. The latest consumer-confidence numbers, which have declined for the last two months, are also set to come out. The Federal Reserve just hiked interest rates again. Expensive, physically infeasible large-scale green energy policies will only hasten economic decline. Maybe Dr. Smith was right after all."

Read the entire article here.

— Jonathan Lesser, President of Continental Economics and an Adjunct Fellow with the Manhattan Institute
— Jonathan Lesser, President of Continental Economics and an Adjunct Fellow with the Manhattan Institute
Posted July 28, 2022 • 08:17 AM
Reporting On Liberal Capitol Hill Staffers Being Arrested for Storming the Office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer:

"A group of liberal Capitol Hill staffers were arrested in the office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) after demanding Democratic leadership resume talks on climate legislation.

"More than a dozen employees of Democratic members of Congress sat down in Schumer's office holding signs calling on the majority leader to renew efforts to combat climate change. The protest ended after about half an hour when Capitol Police bound the disgruntled staffers' hands with zip ties and escorted them out.

"One of the protesters, Saul Levin, a staffer for 'Squad' member Rep. Cori Bush (D., Mo.), tweeted photos of the demonstration from within Schumer's office. ...

"Negotiations on a massive climate spending package broke down last week when Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) rejected efforts to spend hundreds of billions on combating carbon emissions. Manchin cited record inflation and the importance of traditional energy sources in outlining his opposition to the 'green' policies."

Read the entire article here.

— Robert Schmad, The Washington Free Beacon
— Robert Schmad, The Washington Free Beacon
Posted July 27, 2022 • 08:00 AM
On Biden's Attempt to Redefine 'Recession':

"A recession by any other name smells just as stinky.

"When the stock market wreaks havoc on your retirement savings and inflation starts cutting into your paycheck, you are feeling the pinch of recession. When persistently high gas prices make you reluctant to travel and you switch to drumsticks and thighs instead of chicken wings and breasts because they're cheaper, you're feeling the pinch of recession.

"But that's not the true standard for a recession. The standard, in short, is that two consecutive quarters of negative growth make for a recession.

"It is widely expected based on available data that the report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Thursday will show that the country's real gross domestic product shrank again in the second quarter of 2022. That will be the second quarter in a row of negative growth, which means it will come with the additional determination that the United States has been in a recession since January.

"This prospect has the Biden administration in a comical sort of falling-all-over-themselves panic. That's because President Joe Biden's defenders are now attempting to massage the definition of 'recession' so that the current economic contraction no longer qualifies."

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— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted July 26, 2022 • 07:09 AM
On Paul Pelosi's Questionable Investment Performance and the 'Banning Insider Trading in Congress Act' Currently Pending in Congress:

"An overwhelming majority of Americans believe Congress is inept, broken and hopelessly addicted to maintaining power while acting far too much like drunken sophomores on Twitter. And most people believe Capitol Hill can't get the most basic things done even when there's bipartisan agreement. Hence its 16 percent approval rating.

"On the things-that-should-be-done-but-haven't-or-whatever-reason front, legislation exists that would prohibit members of Congress from trading stocks. It's called the Banning Insider Trading in Congress Act and it would prohibit members of Congress and their spouses from trading individual stocks.

"For those who live in a sane world wallpapered in logic, this proposal makes perfect sense. Why? Because currently lawmakers can pass legislation that creates favorable conditions for certain companies or industries, and if a lawmaker knows that this legislation will pass, he or she could profit off it. ...

"One very senior lawmaker who seems lukewarm at best about this proposal is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). When first asked about the plan late last year, she was dismissive. ...

"Now more eyes are turning to Paul Pelosi, the House Speaker's husband. From a trading perspective, he's like the real-life version of Gordon Gekko from the 1987 Oliver Stone classic 'Wall Street.' His portfolio has substantially outperformed the S&P 500. In 2020 alone, a year when the stock market was as turbulent as in any year in recent memory thanks to COVID-19 shutdowns, Paul outperformed the S&P 500 by 14.3 percent, according to Hawley's office. And per a New York Post analysis, the Pelosis have made approximately $30 million from trades involving Big Tech companies the House speaker is responsible for regulating."

Read the entire article here.

— Joe Concha, Media and Politics Columnist
— Joe Concha, Media and Politics Columnist
Posted July 25, 2022 • 07:40 AM
On Climate Elitism:

"No wonder there's political pushback to environmental grandstanding. The Netherlands has been roiled by protests since the government mandated in June that nitrogen-oxide and ammonia emissions, which are produced by livestock, must be slashed by 70% to 80% in some parts of the country. As many as 40,000 farmers demonstrated against the measure last month. Holland is among the world's 10 largest food exporters, and these policies would decimate the country's agriculture industry while global hunger is rising.

"Sri Lanka is the epitome of elite environmentalism gone wrong. Pushed to go organic by activists and the World Economic Forum, the government banned synthetic fertilizers in April 2021. Food production collapsed and the currency defaulted. Hungry and outraged citizens launched protests, overran the presidential palace, and forced the government to resign en masse and the president to flee the country.

"It's entirely possible to help the climate and working families at the same time. The policies to do so are innovation-focused. Policy makers need to recognize that they simply can't eliminate fossil fuels with current technologies. The world gets almost 80% of its energy from fossil fuels, and even if all current climate policies were fully implemented, by midcentury fossil fuels would still provide more than half of all energy used world-wide, according to the International Energy Agency. Instead of sending energy prices sky-high by trying to force a transition to renewables prematurely, policy makers should focus on funding research to develop clean energy sources that are actually affordable and reliable. And instead of badgering farmers to go organic, governments should invest in research to develop varieties of crops and agricultural practices that deliver higher yields with a smaller environmental footprint."

— Bjorn Lomborg, President of the Copenhagen Consensus and visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
— Bjorn Lomborg, President of the Copenhagen Consensus and visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
Posted July 22, 2022 • 07:10 AM
On the Biden Administration's Immigration Policies:

"Big-city Democratic mayors such as New York's Eric Adams and DC's Muriel Bowser have realized, suddenly, that illegal immigrants are straining their social safety nets.

"They're accusing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, but there's only one person to blame: President Biden.

"It was only ever the Biden government that did this, starting on inauguration day 2021, with radical policies gutting detention and deportation. They unleashed a mass migration crisis far beyond anything in the American experience, one that has utterly smashed every single illegal immigration record on the books.

"As things stand, well over 2 million border crossers have fanned out across America. Millions more will be granted admittance in the next two years if the administration stays this course. By the end of Biden's term, at this rate, the number of people let in at the border will probably exceed 6 million.

"Where did these mayors think all these people were going after Border Patrol processes and releases them into the interior on an honor system to report one day to their local ICE office?"

Read the entire article here.

— Todd Bensman, National Security Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies
— Todd Bensman, National Security Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies
Posted July 21, 2022 • 08:30 AM
On President Biden's Energy Policies:

"When policies fail, as Biden's have on so many issues, smart politicians adapt. But Biden's policies are as stiff as his gait, as awkward as his confused answers to reporters' questions. He hasn't altered a single major policy -- not on energy, the open border, reckless government spending, anything -- and he hasn't fired a single adviser.

"Why hasn't Biden changed his energy policies, despite the obvious troubles? Because he would rather not face the wrath of green energy advocates in his party. He knows that if he changes course, he wouldn't just be confronting a few activists. He would have to confront most of his party, which is deeply committed to renewable energy and willing to pay a high price, politically and economically, for the transition.

"Voters shouldn't be surprised at Biden's stringent environmental policies. He promised them as a candidate, and he is delivering them as president. He began on his first day in office, when he canceled the Keystone Pipeline. The cancellation was more than virtue signaling. It was a portent of policies to come -- policies that have stymied fossil fuel production, refining, and distribution. What was unexpected was the price shock that followed the Ukraine invasion."

Read the entire article here.

— Charles Lipson, the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Chicago
— Charles Lipson, the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Chicago
Posted July 20, 2022 • 12:47 PM
On a DHS Expert Advisory Panel's Conclusion That There is No Need for Biden's Disinformation Governance Board:

"An expert advisory panel for the Homeland Security Department on Monday evening issued a sobering rebuke of the Biden administration, declaring that there was no need to have created a Disinformation Governance Board.

"'We have now had briefings on the relevant disinformation-related activities of the Department. We are not ready, as of yet, to provide recommendations on the Department's most effective approach to disinformation threats, including commitments to increase transparency and protect civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy,' the panel wrote in a short memo.

"'However, at this point, we have concluded that there is no need for a Disinformation Governance Board,' it added."

Read the entire article here.

— John Solomon, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
— John Solomon, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
Posted July 19, 2022 • 10:27 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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