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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 Political Leaders and Media Questioning the 'Legitimacy' of the U.S. Supreme Court:
 
 

"The Madisonian democracy is based on the premise that, despite our factional divisions, the Constitution creates an interest in all groups in preserving the system. While the Constitution does not guarantee that your views will prevail in Congress or the courts, it has proven the most stable and successful democratic system in history. We are all invested in that system which has achieved transformative changes over time in our laws and our society.

The Constitution is neither poetic nor pretentious in its language. It was written by the ultimate wonk in Madison. It has only one thing to recommend it: we are still here. We have survived periods of war, economic collapse, and social discord that broke other systems.

Politicians and the press have thrived under this system and have historically defended its legitimacy even when demanding major changes in our laws. We are now witnessing a crisis of faith with the political and media establishment declaring the highest court to be illegitimate. All because they disagree with a constitutional interpretation adopted by the majority of its members."

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 June 29, 2022 • 08:27 AM
 
 
Reporting on a Recent Study Ranking the Worst-Run Cities in the U.S.:
 
 

"America's politicians aren't winning many popularity contests lately, and a survey doesn't like the job they're doing running our cities either! In a study of how efficiently the country's biggest metropolitan areas are operating, the nation's biggest and most famous cities finish at the bottom of the list.

"According to a recent WalletHub study, Washington, D.C. ranks as the worst-run big city in the entire country. The nation's capital finished dead last in the analysis of 150 big cities -- measuring the quality of their city services and the total budget they have available per resident.

"San Francisco, California and New York City ranked as the second and third-worst, respectively. All three finished at the bottom of the list in terms of total budget per capita, while also tying for the largest amount of long-term outstanding debt per capita.

"In Washington, high school graduation rates are now the fourth-lowest in the country, finishing only ahead of Columbia, South Carolina, Toledo, Ohio, and Richmond, Virginia. Meanwhile, in a city that's home to America's most important elected officials, Washington only ranks 73rd in terms of safety. Its local economy is doing even worse, ranking 131st."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Chris Melore, Study Finds
— Chris Melore, Study Finds
Posted June 28, 2022 • 08:14 AM
 
 
On the Futility of Gun Control:
 
 

"Gun-control laws are big over-promisers. Amid a mess of emotional argumentation, few people ever actually do the thinking about what a given measure is going to accomplish in the real world.

"You wouldn't know it from the Left's reaction to this decision, but this is not going to cause an explosion of crime. Believe it or not, criminals don't usually draw attention to themselves by applying for licenses to carry concealed.

"Meanwhile, we already know how to control gun crime -- we were succeeding at it during the late 1990s, all the way up through about 2014. The solution is to throw the book at all violent and repeat criminals. Stop making deals with them and go for maximum sentences wherever possible, even while showing appropriate mercy toward nonviolent and first-time offenders.

"If you're not willing to do that, then there is no gun control measure on Earth that can save the people you are so intent upon misgoverning."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— David Freddoso, Online Opinion Editor at Washington Examiner
— David Freddoso, Online Opinion Editor at Washington Examiner
Posted June 27, 2022 • 08:26 AM
 
 
On Green Hypocrisy:
 
 

"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 ministers continue to enjoy their fabulous lifestyles in plain view, confident in the cardinal rule of all environmentalism: one's own activities are always important enough to be exempt from any environmental limits. Only the other person should have to sacrifice.

"The young people currently professing mental breakdowns about the imminent destruction of the earth spread their trauma to one another through their most up-to-date smartphones -- devices that require precious metals extracted from environmentally catastrophic Third World countries and server farms that suck up vast amounts of energy. These climate neurotics expect their meals to be delivered to them in disposable containers, since cooking is too onerous. Whether their delivery man drives a car or rides an energy-consumptive electric bicycle is of no interest. They expect their groceries and their Amazon purchases to be delivered in a matter of minutes, no matter the vast complex of warehouses and trucking routes needed to cater to their ever-rising demands for maximal convenience. They, too, order bottled water by the caseload, since America's pure tap water -- one of the great triumphs of urban planning -- is too banal, and besides, who knows what undetected carcinogens may lurk in it? If any one of these hysterical, mostly female activists has ever given up something that she views as even remotely necessary to her comfort, there is no record of such sacrifice. Environmental renunciation is a tautology: one gives up only what one is prepared to give up and nothing more.

"But the greatest hypocrisy comes from politicians like Biden, who mouth climate-change platitudes until the moment reality threatens to put those platitudes into practice -- with all of their real-world costs. Politicians don't do real-world costs; they do politics."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— 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
Posted June 24, 2022 • 08:15 AM
 
 
On the Public's Perception of the Media:
 
 

"To say there's a disconnect between many journalists and the public they serve is a gross understatement, according to a new in-depth survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.

"Per Pew, 65 percent of the nearly 12,000 journalists surveyed say the media do a solid job of 'covering the most important stories of the day' and reporting news accurately. But a solid majority of the American public at large has the opposite view, with just 35 percent feeling the same way. That's a 30-point perception gap.

"When asked if journalists perform well when 'serving as a watchdog over elected leaders,' 52 percent of journalists agreed. But the number dropped precipitously again when the general public was asked, with less than 3 in 10 agreeing with the assessment.

"When asked if journalists manage and correct misinformation consistently, 43 percent of those in the industry said yes, while just 25 percent of the general public agreed."

Red the entire article here.

 
 
— Joe Concha, Media and Politics Columnist and Fox News Contributor
— Joe Concha, Media and Politics Columnist and Fox News Contributor
Posted June 23, 2022 • 06:55 AM
 
 
Questioning Whether Russian Hackers Were Responsible for a Recent Texas LNG Pipeline Explosion:
 
 

"According to two sources, around the time of Russia's late February invasion of Ukraine, a cyber unit of Russia's GRU military intelligence service again conducted targeting-reconnaissance operations against a major U.S. liquefied natural gas exporter, Freeport LNG.

"U.S. LNG exports have long been a priority concern for Russia, viewed by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a means for the United States to undercut Russia's domination of the European gas market.

"On June 8, Freeport LNG suffered an explosion at its liquefaction plant and export terminal on Texas's Quintana Island. The damage suffered means the facility is not expected to resume major operations until late 2022. The June 8 disruption had an immediate impact in spiking already soaring European gas prices and has reinforced Russia's ability to hold gas supplies to Europe at risk in retaliation for the European Union sanctions imposed on Russia over the war in Ukraine. U.S. LNG futures have fallen significantly since the explosion."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Tom Rogan, National Security Writer & Online Editor at Washington Examiner
— Tom Rogan, National Security Writer & Online Editor at Washington Examiner
Posted June 22, 2022 • 08:33 AM
 
 
On the Rising Price of Electricity and Increasing Risk of Energy Shortfalls:
 
 

"It is not just gasoline prices pummeling family budgets. The price of electricity is climbing rapidly. In March alone, the average residential price for electricity jumped 4.6% over February's rate. This was much more than expected and suggests an unusually large annual increase.

"Although consumers pay more for electricity, the service they are getting is growing less reliable. A recent assessment by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) reveals that more than half of the country is at an elevated risk or high risk of energy shortfalls this summer -- shortfalls that could lead to blackouts and brownouts.

"There are a number of reasons for NERC's findings. Generator retirements, coal supply constraints, the intermittent nature of wind and solar energy, insufficient electric transmission, demand growth, cyber threats and weather events are all factors.

"President Biden's ill-conceived 'incredible transition' is making the first four of these factors worse. The NERC official who led the assessment said at a news briefing that the 'pace of our grid transformation is a bit out of sync' with the realities of the current grid."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
— U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
Posted June 21, 2022 • 08:02 AM
 
 
Reporting on the Flood of Illegal Border Crossing Into the U.S. Since President Biden Took Office:
 
 

"President Joe Biden and his administration insist the southwest U.S. border is closed and federal immigration laws are being enforced.

"But since Biden took office, more than 3 million people have been encountered/apprehended entering the U.S. illegally from over 150 countries, according to Customs and Border Patrol data. And that number doesn't include so-called 'gotaways,' the term used for those crossing the border illegally who evade capture.

"CBP doesn't report the number of gotaways publicly, but Border Patrol agents who spoke to The Center Square said they total more than a million since Biden took office, setting the total number of border crossings at more than 4 million.

"In 17 months, those entering the U.S. illegally total more than the individual populations of 23 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Bethany Blankley, The Center Square
— Bethany Blankley, The Center Square
Posted June 20, 2022 • 07:43 AM
 
 
On the American Petroleum Institute Urging the White House to Take Steps to Lower Oil Prices:
 
 

"The American Petroleum Institute, the country's biggest oil and natural gas trade association, has sent the White House a suggested, 10-step plan to lower oil prices -- amid record-high costs at gas stations.

"Institute CEO Mike Sommers' recommendations include lifting restrictions on drilling on federal land, streamlining permitting processes, advancing new energy infrastructure projects and eliminating supply-chain bottlenecks.

"'Your administration has restricted oil and natural gas development, canceled energy infrastructure projects, imposed regulatory uncertainty, and proposed new tax increases on American oil,' Sommers said."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Dace Potas, Just the News
— Dace Potas, Just the News
Posted June 17, 2022 • 12:41 PM
 
 
Reporting on News that an Increasing Number of Americans are Dipping Into Savings or Going Into Debt to Cover Expenses:
 
 

"More than half of Americans are dipping into their savings, borrowing money or going into debt just to cover their expenses, according to data from the National Retail Federation (NRF).

"Consumers are facing a rise in costs across all categories from everyday goods to groceries and gas 'as we continue to face the highest rate of inflation in decades,' according to the nation's largest retail trade group.

"In a recent survey conducted by the NRF, 47% of consumers said they have been switching to cheaper alternatives when looking for household necessities as they try and navigate the challenging economic environment."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Daniella Genovese, FOX Business
— Daniella Genovese, FOX Business
Posted June 16, 2022 • 07:48 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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Notable Quote   
 
"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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