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“Blanket Licensing” – a Collectivist, Bureaucratic, One-Size-Fits-All Deprivation of Property Rights Proposal

America’s legacy of unparalleled copyright protections and free market orientation has cultivated a music industry unrivaled in today’s world or throughout human history.

From the first days of the phonograph, through the jazz age, through the rock era, through disco, through country, through hip-hop and every other popular musical iteration since its advent, it’s not by accident that we lead the world in the same manner in which we lead in such industries as cinema and television programming.  We can thank our nation’s emphasis on strong copyright protections.

Unfortunately, that reality doesn’t deter some activists from periodically advocating a more collectivist, top-down governmental reordering of the music industry in a way that would deprive artists and creators of their…[more]

July 06, 2020 • 02:32 PM

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On the American Biotech Industry's Response to the Coronavirus:

"American biotech firms began racing to develop coronavirus treatments almost as soon as the first case was reported in December. Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. has already sent its experimental vaccine to government researchers for human trials. If testing begins on schedule, it would mark a record three-month turnaround from design to human trials.

"Inovio Pharmaceuticals is working on a vaccine that could start human testing around the same time. California-based Gilead Sciences is investigating whether its antiviral drug 'Remdesivir' -- previously developed to treat Ebola -- is effective against coronavirus.

"Meanwhile, Johnson and Johnson is teaming up with the federal Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to respond to the pandemic. Through an existing partnership, the company and BARDA will look into whether existing therapeutics could treat or alleviate the severity of coronavirus infections. ...

"The American biotech industry's response to the coronavirus pandemic would look a lot different if the United States implemented price controls on innovative therapies. Firms wouldn't have much incentive to develop treatments, knowing the government would eventually seize the fruits of their research at bargain-basement prices."

Read entire article here.

— Sally C. Pipes, President, CEO, and Pacific Research Institute Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy
— Sally C. Pipes, President, CEO, and Pacific Research Institute Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy
Posted March 17, 2020 • 07:52 AM
On the Coronavirus Crisis:

"We've been through difficult and scary times before, like 9/11 and the Great Recession, but we've never faced anything quite like this. Not even terrorist attacks or a severe economic downturn forced us to close schools for weeks or months at a time, effectively end spring-semester classes at colleges and universities, make millions of Americans work from home, suspend sports seasons, and quarantine millions of Americans in their homes. In past crises, we at least had the option of dealing with the fear by coming together: at Masses in churches and gatherings in synagogues, in public ceremonies and events, in bars and restaurants. One of the better ways to cope with a scary situation is to know you're not alone, that lots of other people are in the same circumstance, and to be around them. Chinese coronavirus has taken even that from us. Now interacting with people has turned into something potentially dangerous. ...

"The coronavirus is here, and it has sentenced most of us to anywhere from a few weeks to several months of a situation we'd much prefer to avoid. No classes, no hanging around with coworkers, no PTA meetings, no Little League or youth soccer, no going out with buddies to the ball game or concert, never or rarely going to the movies. Visits to Grandma and Grandpa's house are becoming calculated risks. Few of us will be experiencing the joys and inconveniences of air travel. No family reunions, no in-person conferences ... Perhaps we'll once again go to the beach as summer approaches, but maybe we'll still be keeping our distance.

"By the time we get through all of this, we will have started to miss all of that social contact, warts and all. If things take a turn for the better, in a few months, we'll all feel that we've had a sufficient encounter with 'the full extent of darkness,' and we'll be left appreciating the simple bliss of coffee and pie with our loved ones."

— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
Posted March 16, 2020 • 11:30 AM
On Coronavirus Facts vs. Panic:

"Coronavirus is nothing to sneeze at. But so far, widespread panic may not be justified.

"You should know:

  • Almost all of the reported coronavirus deaths in the U.S. happened in long-term care facilities in Washington State. And almost all of those occurred at the same facility.

  • Most people who get coronavirus have mild or no symptoms.

  • No young or middle-age people have died of coronavirus in the U.S.A.

  • Most around the world diagnosed from January-March 1 have already recovered. ...

"Some current death rates that sound high are being calculated in a particular age group. The rate will be highest among the elderly and, in the U.S., there have been zero deaths among people age 50 and under. Some death rates are being calculated as deaths among the sickest patients, those are diagnosed and treated, which will produce a much higher number than a more accurate death rate that takes into consideration those patients who are infected but do not become ill at all."

Read entire article here.

— Sharyl Attkisson, in Just The News
— Sharyl Attkisson, in Just The News
Posted March 13, 2020 • 07:40 AM
On Pulling Together in Face of Coronavirus Threat:

"One thing a nation watching nervously as the coronavirus spreads doesn't need is the usual partisan Washington bickering.

"President Trump aimed for that in his Oval Office remarks Wednesday night, avoiding slaps at Democrats' proposals even as he announced an outside-the-box ban on travel from Europe, where COVID-19 is booming -- Germany expects a 70 percent infection rate.

"Some will condemn that out of hand, even as others ask why the ban's not global. Either way, he's setting normal politics aside.

"Not Democrats. Just look at their reaction to one of his earlier suggestions to bolster workers likely to suffer as industries slow: a temporary payroll-tax cut.

"Dems loved that idea when President Barack Obama proposed it in 2010 in his second stimulus package. Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it a 'victory for all Americans,' trumpeting how much it would put back into people's pockets. But Trump makes the same request, and she calls it 'tax cuts for major corporations.' ...

"Compromise is possible, even now. Pelosi and Mnuchin managed to forge a budget agreement late last year, raising the debt ceiling and preventing a federal shutdown. Let's hope they can repeat it.

"Congress should show it's on the job -- canceling next week's planned recess if necessary to get any key bills passed. Build Americans' confidence, people."

Read entire article here.

— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted March 12, 2020 • 07:52 AM
On U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan:

"WASHINGTON (AP) - American troops have begun leaving Afghanistan for the initial troop withdrawal required in the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, the U.S. military confirmed Monday, amid political chaos in Kabul that threatens the deal.

"Army Col. Sonny Leggett, spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement that the U.S. is moving ahead with plans to cut the number of forces in the country from about 13,000 to 8,600 over the next four and a half months.

"Another U.S. official said hundreds of troops have headed out of the country as previously planned, but they will not be replaced. The official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss the movement ahead of a public announcement."

Read entire article here.

— Lolita Baldor, Associated Press
— Lolita Baldor, Associated Press
Posted March 11, 2020 • 07:53 AM
On Trump Administration Union Transparency Rules:

"The Trump administration last week announced new rules increasing and improving union transparency. This is the right move, and it is something union members broadly support.

"Unionized workers put millions of dollars each year into the organizations that represent them in the workplace. In many states, they are forced to contribute to unions from their paychecks as a condition of employment even if they choose not to join a union. In most union shops, none of the current workers have any say in establishing their union as the monopolistic entity bargaining on their behalf.

"This is why all workers deserve absolute transparency as to how their membership contributions are spent. Union bosses tend to resist such transparency kicking and screaming. Unfortunately, they can often find Democratic politicians willing to support their cause. This is not how it was when the Department of Labor was first created. ...

"Like corporate and government transparency, union transparency should be a bipartisan issue. As long as workers are made to hand over their hard-earned cash in exchange for union representation, there is no reason the public should not have a full accounting for every single dime handled by every single labor union."

Read entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted March 10, 2020 • 07:41 AM
On FBI Failures in Detecting Homegrown Terror Threats:

"The FBI failed to fix weaknesses in its program to detect homegrown extremists before they strike as terrorists, the Justice Department watchdog warns in the latest report exposing problems inside America's premier law enforcement agency.

"The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General audit this week explored the failures in the Homegrown Violent Extremist or HVE efforts that monitor 'global jihad-inspired individuals who are in the United States, have been radicalized primarily in the United States, and are not receiving individualized direction from a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).'

"In the report, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz explains that the FBI did not properly address problems it found after reviewing HVE attacks carried out by perpetrators who were previously on the FBI's radar, including infamous terrorists like the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter and others."

Read entire article here.

— Alex Nitzberg, Just the News
— Alex Nitzberg, Just the News
Posted March 09, 2020 • 07:23 AM
On the Resurgence of 'Moderate' Joe Biden:

"Biden looks moderate only in the context of the insanity that is gripping the Democratic Party, only by comparison to wackadoodles such as Warren and Sanders. He has so far escaped scrutiny for the implications of his policy proposals, such as a 'public option' for health insurance that would inevitably destroy the private insurance market. He was specifically asked whether this could happen by the New York Times and replied, 'Bingo. . . . Sure they would.' He blithely said that when employer-based private health insurance dies out, people could simply go on 'the Biden plan.' His health-care policy is just a slo-mo version of Sanders's and Warren's policy. He has called for massive tax hikes, offered public health care for illegal immigrants, said such immigrants should not be deported if they're convicted of drunk driving, and endorsed the $93 trillion boondoggle known as the Green New Deal.

"On top of all of this, Biden would be the oldest president ever -- he's older than the oldest boomer, and would be older on his first day in office than Ronald Reagan was on his last day. No one knows how mentally agile he'll be tomorrow, much less in November. If a man who could come completely unglued on live television at any moment is your party's best hope, your party should be very, very nervous."

— Kyle Smith, National Review
— Kyle Smith, National Review
Posted March 06, 2020 • 07:20 AM
On SCOTUS' Public Rebuke of Senator Chuck Schumer:

"It takes a lot for the Chief Justice of the United States to issue a public rebuke to an elected official.

"On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is digging in against the rebuke, provided that lot.

"'This morning,' Justice John Roberts said in a statement made available to media, 'Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside.' ...

"The Democratic New York senator told a crowd of pro-abortion demonstrators Wednesday, 'They're taking away fundamental rights. I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind!'

"Schumer added, 'And you will pay the price! You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.'

"Roberts was not amused.

"'Senator Schumer referred to two Members of the Court by name,' the Chief Justice's statement reads, 'Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. All members of the court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.'

"It is unusual to see a Chief Justice issue a statement of this sort, especially one that is so unambiguously critical of one of the most powerful members of the United States Congress. Then again, there is nothing usual about what Schumer said Wednesday morning.

"Threatening Supreme Court Justice is apparently still frowned upon in the nation's capital."

Read entire article here.

— Becket Adams, Washington Examiner
— Becket Adams, Washington Examiner
Posted March 05, 2020 • 07:30 AM
On Joe Biden's Super Tuesday Performance:

"It wasn't pretty and there wasn't a moment to spare, but the 'Saving Joe Biden' campaign did something remarkable. It brought a dead man back to life.

"For weeks, the former veep looked to be one gaffe away from elimination but, Lazarus-like, he rose from the grave to turn in a startling Super Tuesday performance. He won all the states he was expected to win, pulled an upset in Minnesota, put up a good fight across the board and won a nail-biter in Texas.

"He'll do very well in delegates and now has Big Mo on his side at exactly the right time. With the field of candidates shrinking and most of his former rivals backing him, Biden has leapfrogged Bernie Sanders and reclaimed the front-runner spot he held almost until the voting started last month. ...

"To be sure, there are still big doubts about Biden's ability to win the nomination. The scrutiny of his past, and that of son Hunter Biden, will resume now that he's a serious contender again and a relapse into somnolence could be fatal.

"It should also be noted that almost all of the states he has won in the South will go for Donald Trump in the fall, meaning their significance comes with a discount in the overall scheme of things. For example, the last time South Carolina voted for a Democrat in the general election was 1976, when it backed Jimmy Carter from Georgia. ...

"While it's true Biden is more moderate than Sanders, that's not saying much. If he should become the nominee, Biden's platform would be the party's most radical since George McGovern's in 1972.

"We know how that election ended."

Read entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted March 04, 2020 • 07:44 AM
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"Americans put a man on the freaking moon, landed a robot on a postage size stamp of land on Mars, harnessed the power of the atom, defeated Germany in a world war -- twice, invented the automobile, and defeated gravity and invented human flight. Yet right now many of us are sitting alone in our homes behind cloth masks with dubious protective qualities thinking about banning children from attending…[more]
—Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
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