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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:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="549"] Private Investment Dwarfs NIH Funding[/caption]…[more]

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181 Yes, Trump Is Target of 'Presidential Harassment'

President Trump often complains that he is the victim of "presidential harassment" — or, as he sometimes puts it, "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!" "After more than two years of Presidential Harassment, the only things that have been proven is that Democrats and others broke the law," Trump tweeted on March 3. "…

182 Democrats Keep Trying to Cover Up Their Anti-Semitism

Rep. Ilhan Omar argues that American "democracy is built on debate," tweeting, "I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee." I'm sure no decent person disagrees with her comment. Also, every sane person understands this is merely…

183 The Continued Resilience of Quiet America

Fifty years ago, the United States was facing crises and unrest on multiple fronts. Some predicted that internal chaos and revolution would unravel the nation. The 1969 Vietnam War protests on the UC Berkeley campus turned so violent that National Guard helicopters indiscriminately sprayed tear gas on student demonstrators. Later that year, hundreds…

184 House Dems Send Message: Impeachment Is On

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says there is no doubt President Trump has obstructed justice. "It's very clear that the president obstructed justice," Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler told ABC News recently. "It's very clear — 1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, ... he tried…

185 Trump Calls the Democratic Party Socialist. He's Right

A recent New York Times headline warned readers that "Republicans Already Are Demonizing Democrats as Socialists and Baby Killers." The article pivots on President Donald Trump's strategy of portraying Democratic Party leaders as a gaggle of radicalized socialists. Judging from the media's reaction, there is much apprehension about Democrats…

186 Is Trump Especially Vulnerable To Primary Challenge?

It has become a common talking point for NeverTrump Republicans seeking to defeat President Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries: Polls have found that a substantial number — maybe 40 percent — of Republican voters say they would be open to a primary challenge to the president. Those surveys, the NeverTrumpers argue, show that Trump…

187 2nd Amendment Restrictionists Don’t Possess the Moral High Ground

Of all the defective characteristics that define Second Amendment restrictionists, the most detestable might be their false sense of moral superiority.  In their minds, those who defend the right to keep and bear arms must be selfish, bloodthirsty brutes, whereas they presume to claim the righteous high ground.  But quite the contrary,…

188 Changing Reality With Words

The reinvention of vocabulary can often be more effective than any social protest movement. Malarial swamps can become healthy "wetlands." Fetid "dumps" are often rebranded as green "landfills." Global warming was once a worry about too much heat. It implied that man-made carbon emissions had so warmed the planet that…

189 Much Talk That Something's Up With Mueller — Too Bad Nobody Knows

There are two diametrically opposed lines of thinking about Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The first is that he is winding down his probe and is unlikely to allege that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to fix the 2016 presidential election. The second is that he is still going strong, with the biggest charges, perhaps…

190 The Democrats' Anti-Semitism Problem Isn't Going Away

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist and Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar — someone who had previously argued that Jews hypnotized the world regarding their "evil" deeds — recently claimed that Americans only support Israel because of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's "Benjamins" — and…

191 Still #1: U.S. Again Leads Annual Intellectual Property Index

We’re still Number One.  For the seventh consecutive year since its debut, the United States again leads the world in protecting intellectual property (IP), according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) 2019 International IP Index.  In fact, we actually improved our score over last year,…

192 The Mythologies of 'Joe Being Joe' Biden

Some polls put 76-year-old Joe Biden as the Democratic front-runner for the 2020 presidential election. There is certainly some logic to that reckoning. Biden has far more experience than any of his likely party rivals — 36 years in the Senate, eight years as Barack Obama's vice president and two past presidential runs. He may be the only…

193 Trump Tax Returns: Dems Ready for Ultimate Fishing Expedition

Yes, Democrats want to start a new investigation into already-under-investigation Trump-Russia allegations. And yes, they want to investigate Trump associates like Michael Cohen, Roger Stone and others. But by far the biggest thing Democrats want, now that they have the majority in the House, is to get their hands on the president's tax returns. House…

194 The Return of Ancient Prejudices

In the latter half of the 19th century and early in the 20th century, as Catholic immigrants poured in from Ireland and eastern Europe, an anti-Catholic wave spread over a mostly Protestant United States. The majority slur then was that Catholic newcomers' first loyalty would be to "Rome," not the U.S. Anti-Semitism grew even more deeply…

195 Kamala Harris Sounds a Lot Like an Authoritarian

It wouldn't be fair to accuse presidential hopeful Kamala Harris of supporting state control over the means of all production. To this point, the junior senator from California is focused only on the energy, health care, auto manufacturing and education sectors. Good candidates prioritize. In this age of hyperbole, I sometimes worry about overusing…

196 The Democratic Party's Holy War on Christian Orthodoxy

When Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Amy Coney Barrett, who is now confirmed as a judge for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and is a potential Supreme Court nominee, that "dogma lives loudly within" her and "that's of concern," she wasn't voicing concern over the nominee's religious orthodoxy as much as she was revealing her own…

197 Auditing Our Auditors

The Roman satirist Juvenal, in a famous passage, asked, "Who will watch the watchmen?" That problem of policing the police has troubled Western thinkers from Plato to the American founders. The framers of the Constitution set in place a brilliant series of legislative, executive and judicial checks and balances to thwart the abuse of power…

198 Maxine Waters' Extreme Agenda

There's trouble ahead for banks, Wall Street and upscale suburbs. Not to mention President Donald Trump. Elections have consequences. One of the biggest is that firebrand Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is the new head of the powerful House Financial Services Committee. That gives her power over banking, the securities and insurance industries…

199 How Democrats Came to Love 'Co-Equal'

The divided government of 2019 is a mirror image of the divided government of 2011. Back then, Democrats controlled the White House and Senate, while Republicans had recently taken control of the House with a big victory in the 2010 midterms. Today, Republicans control the White House and Senate, while Democrats have recently taken control of the House…

200 Disagreeing With Conventional DC Wisdom Isn't a Crime

The New York Times recently reported that President Donald Trump has, on a number of occasions, contemplated withdrawing from NATO. This is an important issue for public debate and, ultimately, for elections. There is, however, no constitutional amendment codifying a forever-alliance with select European nations. So if Trump decided to try to pull…

201 Trump's Re-Election Chances May Be Better Than You Think

What are Donald Trump's chances for re-election in 2020? If history is any guide, pretty good. In early 1994, Bill Clinton's approval rating after two years in office hovered around a dismal 40 percent. The first midterm elections of the Clinton presidency were an utter disaster. A new generation of younger, more conservative Republicans led by…

202 What, Precisely, Do Democrats Want To Impeach Trump For?

Newly sworn-in Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib electrified progressives with her passionate declaration that she and her colleagues will "impeach the motherf---er" -- the "motherf---er," of course, being President Trump. Democratic leaders were embarrassed that a high-profile freshman would speak so frankly in public. But hours before…

203 Trump Slams Brakes on Federal Gravy Train

President Donald Trump is freezing pay for civilian federal workers, cancelling their automatic 2.1 percent raise for 2019. Disregard the howls from union bosses and Democratic politicians. It's the right decision. Federal workers already collect bigger salaries, on average, than private sector workers doing comparable jobs, and they get benefit packages…

204 CFIF White (House) Christmas Quiz

Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of White House Christmas traditions. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. The first White House Christmas party was held in December of 1800 for which one of the following groups? a. Children of “official” Washington b. The Washington diplomatic corps…

205 Three Good Men; Three Great Kids' Books

Men get a bad rap. They're blamed collectively for rape culture, violence, war, poverty, climate change and all other manner of global suffering. They're forced to apologize on college campuses for their chromosomes, anatomy and athleticism. They're vilified incessantly in women's magazines, on women's talk shows and at women's confabs promoting the…

206 After Wild Hearing, Michael Flynn's Future Remains Uncertain

The sentencing of former Trump White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on a single charge of lying to the FBI turned into a dramatic scene in a Washington, D.C., courthouse Tuesday. Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan excoriated Flynn for what is called uncharged conduct — that is, for crimes which Flynn has not been formally accused…

207 Get-Trump Talk Shifts: Now It's Campaign Finance, Not Russia

Prosecutors investigating President Trump made big news recently, but it wasn't about Russia. Rather, in their sentencing recommendation for fixer Michael Cohen, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York wrote that in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump directed Cohen to pay off Stormy Daniels and…

208 Case Against Flynn Nears End With No-Jail Recommendation

Michael Flynn has been waiting for more than a year to be sentenced. The retired three-star Army general, who spent 24 days as the Trump White House national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation. He agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller. Flynn's sentencing, which…

209 Midterms a Low Point for Undermining Faith in Democracy

For more than two years, voters have heard Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to undermine confidence in the American democratic system. The charge was thrown about repeatedly in the 2016 presidential election, when Democrats said then-candidate Donald Trump's contention that the election might be "rigged" would undercut faith in the…

210 lhan Omar's Election Shows That Democrats Aren't Interested in Confronting Anti-Semitism

Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, is a new kind of politician. She's telegenic, ideologically progressive, widely celebrated by a media that's obsessed with identity politics. She's the kind of politician who can openly side with Hamas against Israel or spread "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"-style…

 
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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?