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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 the Nearly 80 Percent Reduction in Migrant Prosecutions Last Year Under the Biden Administration:

"The Biden administration dramatically reduced migrant prosecutions by nearly 80 percent in the 2021 fiscal year, even as illegal crossings skyrocketed.

Just 2,896 migrants apprehended on the southwest border were transferred into U.S. Marshals Service custody in the 2021 fiscal year, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. In the 2020 fiscal year, 13,213 migrants were transferred to federal authorities for prosecution.

The precipitous drop in migrant prosecutions illustrates President Joe Biden's break from prior administrations' policies toward illegal immigration. Refraining from bringing criminal charges against the vast majority of individuals entering the country illegally also provides evidence for critics who say the White House is exacerbating the migration crisis on the southern border.

The decline in prosecutions for illegal border crossings also happened amid the worst border crisis in U.S. history. Migrant encounters on the southern border exceeded two million in 2021."

Read the entire article here.

— Joe Simonson, Senior Investigative Reporter for the Washington Free Beacon
— Joe Simonson, Senior Investigative Reporter for the Washington Free Beacon
Posted July 18, 2022 • 08:06 AM
Reporting on How Inflation is Impacting Average American Workers and Families:

"The average U.S. worker has lost $3,400 in annual income as a result of skyrocketing inflation since President Biden took office nearly 18 months ago.

Overall, the Consumer Price Index, a key inflation measurement, surged 9.1% year-over-year in June, a more-than-expected increase that marked its highest level since November 1981, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report Wednesday. The decline amounts to a roughly $3,400 yearly income decrease for the average worker and a $6,800 reduction for families in which both parents work, E.J. Antoni, a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told FOX Business.

'There are plenty of families that that's more than their food budget a year,' Antoni told Fox Business in an interview. 'I can't emphasize enough how much this is really crushing consumers.'"

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— Thomas Catenacci, FOX Business
— Thomas Catenacci, FOX Business
Posted July 14, 2022 • 08:07 AM
Reporting On the Impact of Rising Crime in Major U.S. Cities:

"Starbucks is closing 16 of its stores nationwide, including one in Washington, D.C ., after store managers reported an increase in drug use among customers in major cities across the United States.

Six of the stores will be closed in Los Angeles, six in the coffee giant's hometown of Seattle , two in Portland, Oregon, one in Washington, D.C., and one in Philadelphia by the end of the month. The employees of the affected stores will be reassigned to other stores in the area.

Although the company is only closing 16 out of its nearly 9,000 stores nationwide, the closures come as employees report feeling unsafe in the stores because employees say they are witnessing an increase in drug use, thefts, and assaults, according to the Wall Street Journal."

— Misty Severi, Breaking News Reporter for the Washington Examiner
— Misty Severi, Breaking News Reporter for the Washington Examiner
Posted July 13, 2022 • 07:52 AM
On Public Sentiment Towards Media:

"In June 2021, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism asked people in 46 countries how much they trust their nation's media. The results were devastating for American journalism -- the United States came in last place.

"American media are the least trusted in the world. Only 29% of the American people trust the media, the survey found, the very bottom of the international barrel. (Finland is in first place, with 65% saying they trust their media. Canadian media, for comparison's sake, enjoy a 45% level of trust.)

"Most reporters when they hear this will think, 'There's something wrong with the American people.' Most Americans will think, 'There's something wrong with the media.'"

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— Ari Fleischer, Former White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush
— Ari Fleischer, Former White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush
Posted July 12, 2022 • 08:11 AM
On the Left's Intimidation Efforts Against Supreme Court Justices:

"Where is the line between protest and harassment, intimidation and law-breaking?

"A few days ago, activists assailed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh while he dined at Morton's steakhouse in DC.

"Protests at restaurants are crass, and cross a line in civil society, but they're nothing new. The left's new low is targeting judges instead of politicians this way.

"Asked about the incident, terminally unprepared White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded, 'People have a right to protest. This is what a democracy is.'

"Well, no. Federal Statute 18 USC 1507 outlaws protesting 'in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer' with the 'intent of influencing' those people."

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— Karol Markowicz, Columnist for the New York Post and Fox News
— Karol Markowicz, Columnist for the New York Post and Fox News
Posted July 11, 2022 • 08:52 AM
Reporting on News That the Biden Administration Sold Nearly a Million Barrels of Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to a Chinese State-Controlled Gas Giant:

"The Biden administration sold roughly one million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to a Chinese state-controlled gas giant that continues to purchase Russian oil, a move the Energy Department said would 'support American consumers' and combat 'Putin's price hike.'

"Biden's Energy Department in April announced the sale of 950,000 Strategic Petroleum Reserve barrels to Unipec, the trading arm of the China Petrochemical Corporation. That company, which is commonly known as Sinopec, is wholly owned by the Chinese government. The Biden administration claimed the move would 'address the pain Americans are feeling at the pump' and 'help lower energy costs.' More than five million barrels of oil released from the U.S. emergency reserves, however, were sent overseas last month, according to a Wednesday Reuters report. At least one shipment of American crude went to China, the report said.

"The Biden administration also claimed the Unipec sale would 'support American consumers and the global economy in response to Vladimir Putin's war of choice against Ukraine' and combat 'Putin's price hike.' But as the war rages on, Unipec has continued to purchase Russian oil. In May, for example, the company 'significantly increased the number of hired tankers to ship a key crude from eastern Russia,' Bloomberg reported. That decision came roughly one month after Unipec said it would purchase 'no more Russian oil going forward' once 'shipments that have arrived in March and due to arrive in April' were fulfilled."

Read the entire article here.

— Collin Anderson, The Washington Free Beacon
— Collin Anderson, The Washington Free Beacon
Posted July 08, 2022 • 08:24 AM
On the National Debt and the Need for Congress to Rein In Government Spending Immediately:

"When it comes to inflation, the direction elected officials take regarding federal spending is vitally important. Overspending has been a major factor behind inflation, as Capitol Hill and the Federal Reserve have dumped trillions upon trillions of dollars into the economy and sparked the inflationary fire. Yet, astonishingly enough, there are plans to add even more monetary gasoline.

From March 2020 through June 2022, the federal government added $7 trillion in debt.

To put that in perspective, the federal debt reached a total of $7 trillion in 2004, covering a span from George Washington to the first term of George W. Bush.

That means the federal government has racked up 215 years' worth of debt in just 27 months."

Read the entire article here.

— David Ditch, Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation
— David Ditch, Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation
Posted July 07, 2022 • 08:12 AM
On New York's New Gun Control Legislation:

"The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that the Second Amendment guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, both in their homes and in public. On Friday, New York responded that it didn't care.

"New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ushered in the long Independence Day weekend on Friday by signing into law legislation crafted in response to the Supreme Court's recent decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen. Just more than a week earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court in Bruen had declared that New York's prior 'may issue' gun licensing scheme, which prohibited individuals from carrying concealed handguns unless they 'demonstrate[d] a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community,' violated the Second Amendment. In reaching that conclusion, the high court stressed that the right to 'bear arms,' by necessity, applies outside the home.

"The New York legislature responded by calling an extraordinary session and then passing the bill Hochul signed into law on Friday. That hastily passed statute established detailed regulations governing a citizen's right to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon and added restrictive limits to where such concealed weapons could be carried. Both aspects of the New York legislation run headlong into the Supreme Court's analysis in Bruen -- and potentially First Amendment jurisprudence."

Read the entire article here.

— Margot Cleveland, Senior Legal Correspondent at The Federalist
— Margot Cleveland, Senior Legal Correspondent at The Federalist
Posted July 06, 2022 • 07:27 AM
Responding to a Tweet by President Biden on Gas Prices:

"Ouch. Inflation is far too important a problem for the White House to keep making statements like this. It's either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics."

— Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
— Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
Posted July 05, 2022 • 07:44 AM
On Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Independence Day:

"Happy Independence Day! Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Weekend!"

— The Staff of CFIF
— The Staff of CFIF
Posted June 30, 2022 • 07:25 AM
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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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