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Image of the Day: Private Pharma Investment Dwarfs Federal NIH Funding

There's a destructive campaign underway to encourage government confiscation of patents from pharmaceutical innovators and dictate the price for Remdesivir and other drugs.  That's a terrible and counterproductive policy under any circumstance, but particularly now that private drug innovators are already hacking away at the coronavirus.  In that vein, this helpful image illustrates the vast disparity between private investment and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding that some seem to think justifies patent confiscation, price controls or other big-government schemes:

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151 Theresa May Confirms the Peril of Squishy Centrism

"Our people look for a cause to believe in.  Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?  A political party cannot be all things to all people.  It must represent…

152 Trump has Become the Democrats' Great White Whale

One way of envisioning the Democratic obsessions with Donald Trump is as an addiction. We have seen the initial impeachment efforts; the attempt to get him under the emoluments clause, the Logan Act and the 25th Amendment; the Russian collusion hoax; the Mueller investigation; the demand for his tax returns; and the psychodramas involving Michael Avenatti…

153 House Unlikely to Ever Get Trump's Tax Returns

House Democrats are jubilant because last week, they won two court victories in their ongoing battle to get President Donald Trump's tax returns and decades of his personal and business banking records. But their glee won't last long. These federal district court rulings are likely to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump will prevail, along…

154 As Barr Mulls Declassification, a Familiar Tune from Critics

In February 2018, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo. In four pages, the document, from the committee's then-chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, revealed much of what the public knows today about the FBI's reliance on the Steele dossier in pursuing since-discredited allegations that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to…

155 Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship

The entire Trump-Russia collusion narrative was always implausible. One, the Washington swamp of fixers such as Paul Manafort and John and Tony Podesta was mostly bipartisan and predated Trump. Two, the Trump administration's Russia policies were far tougher on Vladimir Putin than were those of Barack Obama. Trump confronted Russia in Syria, upped…

156 Mueller Changed Everything

From now on, the Trump-Russia affair — the investigation that dominated the first years of Donald Trump's presidency — will be divided into two parts: before and after the release of Robert Mueller's report. Before the special counsel's findings were made public last month, the president's adversaries were on the offensive. Now…

157 CFIF Memorial Day Quiz

Take our 10-Question Memorial Day Quiz and test your knowledge of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1.  Which one of the following Revolutionary War heroes is credited with stating, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”? a. …

158 Joe Biden and Restoring the Old (Pre-Trump) Order

There was a school of thought that said former Vice President Joe Biden would begin to sink in the polls the moment he announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden's first day in the race, the thinking went, would be his best day. In fact, the opposite has happened. Since formally becoming a candidate on April 25, Biden…

159 Under “Existential Threat” Trump, American Optimism Continues to Surge

Since at least June 16, 2015, when Donald Trump announced his White House candidacy, we’ve been warned that he poses a threat to our very existence.  Yet here we are four years later, somehow surviving.  Our inexplicable endurance, however, hasn’t interrupted the hyperbole and histrionics.  Listen to celebrated plagiarist…

160 Progressives Face a Bleak Post-Mueller Landscape

Democrats have grown infuriated by Attorney General William Barr's indifference to their hysteria over the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. Barr recently released a brief summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusions that Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians to warp the 2016 election. Barr added that Mueller had not found enough…

161 No Question There Was Spying On Trump Campaign, But How Much?

At his contentious hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr dropped a big hint about his investigation into the conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation. "Many people seem to assume that the only intelligence collection that occurred was a single confidential informant and a FISA warrant," Barr said. &…

162 The Real Reason Democrats Hate Bill Barr

On the day of Attorney General Bill Barr's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, there was, as always, a selective leak dropped into the fray. With bated breath, we learned Special Counsel Robert Mueller had sent the attorney general a sternly worded letter grousing that Barr's four-page March 24 explanation of the core conclusions…

163 Clinton Projection Syndrome

Hillary Clinton recently editorialized about the second volume of special counsel Robert Mueller's massive report. She concluded of the report's assorted testimonies and inside White House gossip concerning President Trump's words and actions that "any other person engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted." Psychologists…

164 Sorry, Biden. America Doesn't Want a #MeToo President

Presidential contender Joe Biden is under attack from fellow Democrats for how he treated Anita Hill in 1991 after she accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. #MeToo advocates are warning that Biden had better apologize if he wants the women's vote in next year's election. Biden's an expert panderer. He's already expressing…

165 Islamic Terrorism Remains the World's Greatest Threat to Peace

After the horrific mass murder of 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, there was widespread coverage and a torrent of mainstream news networks contemplating the threat of white supremacy. These conversations, completely reasonable and necessary in the face of violent attacks from a racist gunman, soon began deteriorating into politically…

166 World IP Day: Celebrate American Preeminence

This week marks World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, which merits celebration of IP’s outsized role in making the United States the most innovative, prosperous and powerful society in human history.  For most Americans, the role of private property rights as a primary driver of what we know as American Exceptionalism goes almost without…

167 Mueller Investigation Was Driven By Pious Hypocrisy

Special counsel Robert Mueller's two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case to…

168 The Personal Cost of the Trump-Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is over, but the reverberations of the Trump-Russia affair live on. One such after-effect is the reluctance of some important figures in the 2016 campaign to speak out, for fear of continued legal entanglements. Take J.D. Gordon, who served as the Trump campaign's director of national security. Never…

169 Democrats Are Using Ilhan Omar as an Excuse to Chill Speech

Democrats have spent the past two-plus years accusing the president of the United States and his allies of seditiously conspiring with our enemies to destroy "democracy." For the most part, this fairytale has been cynically deployed by politicians to undermine the legitimacy of a Republican presidency, yet millions of Americans now believe…

170 Things That Can't Go On Forever Simply Don't

Economist Herbert Stein's old adage — "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop" — still holds. Take illegal immigration. There are currently somewhere from 11 million to 15 million immigrants living in the United States without legal authorization. Last month, nearly 100,000 people were apprehended or turned…

171 Five Arguments the Mueller Report Won't Settle

Attorney General Bill Barr will release a redacted version of the Mueller report this week. It will, of course, consume the political conversation for days, but even now it is clear that as much as the report might be talked about, it will not settle the main arguments that have raged about the Trump-Russia affair for more than two years. Here are…

172 Why Are Democrats Pandering to Al Sharpton?

Rev. Al Sharpton's fortunes have been on the upswing. A few years ago, then-President Barack Obama claimed that Sharpton was "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden." In the real world, of course, the only downtrodden Americans helped by Sharpton's activities are the ones who find themselves on the payroll benefitting…

173 Face It: Biden and Bernie Are Too Old To Be President

Whatever their differences, the two front-runners in the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden, born Nov. 20, 1942, and Bernie Sanders, born Sept. 8, 1941, share one common trait: They are too old to be president. Biden, leading the RealClearPolitics average of polls, will be 78 years old on Inauguration Day 2021. Sanders, No. 2 in the field, will…

174 With Mueller Hopes Gone, So Goes Progressive Unity

The Democratic Party has lots of radical new ideas, and lots of radical presidential candidates and politicos. But the common hatred of President Donald Trump has united otherwise quite disparate Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and…

175 Proposed Voting Changes Are About Power, Not Principles

Progressive candidates and new Democratic representatives have offered lots of radical new proposals lately about voting and voters. They include scrapping the 215-year-old Electoral College. Progressives also talk of extending the vote to 16- or 17-year-olds and ex-felons. They wish to further relax requirements for voter identification, same-day…

176 Mueller Sent Sign After Sign On Collusion, Yet Some Would Not See

Many Trump opponents were shocked and disappointed by Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Some members of the "Resistance" and NeverTrump…

177 Can Trump Win Again in 2020?

In 2016, Donald Trump overwhelmed 16 qualified Republican primary rivals and became the first major-party presidential nominee without prior political or military experience. Against even greater odds, Trump defeated in the general election a far better funded and politically connected Hillary Clinton. What are his chances of repeating that surprising…

178 Why Democrats Fear the Electoral College

The United States isn't a "democracy." Though every American should have learned this fact in high school civics class, the smart set still like to ridicule people who point it out — such a cliché and all. Today we see why the left has worked to convince Americans that majoritarianism is a profound moral good. And it's…

179 Anti-Semitism: Let Us Choose the Path of George Washington, Not Ilhan Omar

In alarmingly rapid fashion, once-disreputable notions have ascended to acceptability in mainstream liberal circles.  For example, the label “socialist” once constituted a slur to which liberals would object.  And rightfully so.  Socialism constitutes an oppressive governmental system that relies upon compulsion, wreaks…

180 Waging War Against the Dead

The 21st century is in danger of becoming an era of statue smashing and historical erasure. Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction during the French Revolution has the world seen anything like the current war on the past. In 2001, the primeval Taliban blew up two ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan…

 
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"The majority of Americans support calling in the military to 'supplement' police forces as they 'address' protests over the death of George Floyd, a new poll released Tuesday shows.Fifty-eight percent of registered voters of the Morning Consult poll said they were in favor of bringing in the military. And 33% of respondents said they 'strongly support' the use of military for such purposes, with…[more]
 
 
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Until this week, the U.S. House has required Members to be physically present to vote. Due to coronavirus, "proxy voting," allowing Members to cast votes for absent colleagues, is now being used. Should "proxy voting" be allowed to continue?