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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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1 In Midterm Politics, Historical Analogies Work – Until They Don't

If history is any guide, Democrats do not have a chance – not even a small a chance – of keeping control of the House in the midterm elections. But the question is: Is history any guide?  There's been a lot of attention paid to the new ABC News/Washington Post poll, which makes clear that President Joe Biden is a drag on his party…

2 To Reduce Crime, Incarcerate to Incapacitate

Last week’s video of a hatchet-wielding maniac terrorizing patrons in a New York City McDonald’s deepened the sense that it’s the 1970s again in New York.   The footage resonates even more deeply for symbolizing an increasing sense of random lawlessness across America, particularly after the assailant was released without…

3 The Democrats' Filibuster Scheme

Vice President Kamala Harris appeared in a pre-taped interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" last weekend. As is often the case with her interviews, Harris said a few awkward, ill-informed or downright odd things. For example, she claimed that the U.S.-Mexico border is "secure." When asked if she was confident of that, Harris answered…

4 Harriet Hageman: How I Beat Liz Cheney

Harriet Hageman is the environmental lawyer who defeated incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney by a landslide in Wyoming's much-watched Republican House primary. Hageman, who will surely trounce token Democratic opposition in the general election, is now getting ready to take office. She was in Washington last week – not for that preparation, but…

5 Who Are You Calling a Fascist, Mr. President?

The other day, President Joe Biden accused voters of the opposition party of turning to "semi-fascism." This is probably the first time in American history a president has openly attacked the opposing party's constituents in this way.  Then again, Biden, who once alleged that the chaste Mitt Romney was harboring a desire to bring back…

6 Will the Republicans Really Win Back the Congress?

The late spring scenario of a massive GOP win – in historic proportions analogous to 1938, 1994, or 2010 – is said now to be "iffy." The Left boasts that it now has a chance at keeping the House, with even better odds for maintaining control over the Senate. Polls are all over the place. Now they show generic…

7 Joe Biden Is Still Dragging His Party Down

There has been a surge of optimism among Democrats lately when it comes to November's midterm elections. The short version of the thinking is: Maybe we're not going to get clobbered after all! But much of their hope is still likely in vain. For one reason: President Joe Biden. It's true that so-called generic ballot polling has moved a few points…

8 When Exactly Has the FBI Earned Our Trust?

It was probably the most disillusioning thing that I ever ran into.  Because being raised in the ‘50s in the Eisenhower period, I didn’t know that the government wasn’t always straight, and the good guys.  They did things to me that made me realize that they’re a tough bunch of cookies.   That was Dick Clark…

9 'Civil War'

As President Joe Biden's polls stagnate and the midterms approach, we are now serially treated to yet another progressive melodrama about the dangers of a supposed impending radical right-wing violent takeover. This time the alleged threat is a Neanderthal desire for a "civil war." The FBI raid on former President Donald Trump's Florida…

10 Dems Weaponize the IRS to Silence Critics

The public should be frightened that Democrats are passing new legislation to weaponize the already abusive Internal Revenue Service.  For nearly a century, the IRS has been used by presidents and members of Congress to harass and incriminate political foes. In addition to collecting revenue to fund the government, the IRS is a hit squad that…

11 A Classic Anti-Trump Frenzy

Beginning in the months before Donald Trump took office, and extending well into his presidency, the media and political world took a set of vague but serious accusations of wrongdoing involving the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia and created a 24/7 frenzy of talk about secret evidence, potential criminal charges and allegedly grave damage to national…

12 FBI Trump Raid Casts Manchin-Schumer IRS Empowerment Bill in Even More Sinister Light

Whatever justification – or lack thereof – Americans ultimately receive for this week’s unprecedented Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid on former President Trump’s home, we’ve just witnessed a jarring reminder of the federal government’s fearsome enforcement power.   As multiple observers note…

13 FBI, R.I.P.?

The FBI is dissolving before our eyes into a rogue security service akin to those in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. Take the FBI's deliberately asymmetrical application of the law. This week the bureau surprise-raided the home of former President Donald Trump – an historical first. A massive phalanx of FBI agents swooped into…

14 86,852 New IRS Employees

You've probably heard Republicans say the Inflation Reduction Act – the massive spending bill just passed by Senate Democrats – includes provisions to hire 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service agents. The number seems too big to believe. The IRS has just 93,654 employees, according to the Office of Personnel Management…

15 The Washington Fantasy World

An odd atmosphere has descended on Washington, D.C. At the precise moment the government announced that the economy shrank for the second consecutive quarter – the popular definition of a recession – Washington pundits began talking about what a great week President Joe Biden was having. And they meant it sincerely,…

16 Why We Lost Trust In the Expert Class

For years, European policymakers had assured the world that the relatively rapid "transition" to "green" energy was the world's preordained future – regardless of the costs. Accordingly, many European Union governments followed the advice of green experts. They eagerly shut down coal, natural gas, and nuclear power…

17 Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and the Colombia Connection

The Hunter Biden story has always been a Joe Biden story. It has been clear all along that Hunter Biden, like some other relatives of high officeholders, spent years trying to cash in on his father's government position. And we've known for a while that Justice Department investigators are looking into whether Hunter paid taxes on the money he got…

18 For Biden, Polls Are Probably Worse Than They Seem

President Biden has a miserable 33% job approval rating, according to the New York Times/Siena College poll, making him one of the least popular first-term presidents in history. Sixty-four percent of Democrats say they want another candidate in the 2024 presidential race. No modern president, as far as I can tell, has faced higher dissatisfaction…

19 Gavin Newsom’s Weird Idea of ‘Freedom’

In a run-up to what is likely to be a 2024 presidential bid, California Governor Gavin Newsom hit upon the bizarre idea of boasting in commercials that California is America's true "free" state. Part of his ad campaign is to attack Florida – currently run by Newsom's possible rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Yet, with…

20 Sounding the Alarm Over Joe Biden

President Joe Biden's reelection prospects have seemed doubtful for months now. Many voters think the nation's oldest president ever – he turns 80 in November – is too old for the job and is certainly too old for a second term. Many others think he's simply doing a bad job. Many think both. And that includes Democrats…

21 Congress' Insulting Agenda

Here's proof Washington politicians don't give a damn about our problems, and assume we're dumb enough to swallow whatever they serve up. After a seaside vacation at the ritzy Alpemare Beach Club in Tuscany, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has returned to the nation's capital to roll out more episodes of the House's Jan. 6 Committee televised miniseries…

22 The Disappearing American?

"Help wanted" and "Now hiring" signs are everywhere. Flights, construction projects, and healthcare services are delayed – or unavailable – due to labor shortages. Hourly and monthly wages spiral. There is a growing disequilibrium between the number of available jobs and the declining pool of workers…

23 Cherry-Picking Jan. 6

Is showrunner James Goldston the most important force on the House Democratic Jan. 6 committee? There's no doubt the former president of ABC News is shaping the committee's presentations, episode by episode. The shows Goldston is crafting are a dramatic departure from actual congressional hearings – hearings in which members of both…

24 CFIF Independence Day Quiz

  Take our 13-Question Independence Day Quiz to test your knowledge of American history and civics. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Americans celebrate the Fourth of July for which one of the following reasons? a. It marks mid-summer vacation b. It is the day America declared her independence c. It marks…

25 What the January 6 Committee Might Have Been

Congress should investigate fully the January 6 riot at the Capitol – and similar recent riots at iconic federal sites. But unfortunately, it never will. Why not? The current committee is not bipartisan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., forbade Republican nominees traditionally selected by the House minority leader to serve on…

26 Joe Biden and the Powerless Presidency

There's no doubt inflation is the nation's most pressing concern. All the polls show it. All the data shows it. And everyone just personally knows it. President Joe Biden will not admit that his policies, and his party's policies, have made inflation worse – and that, if Biden and congressional Democrats had their way, they would make…

27 Democrats Wanted to Intimidate Justices. Now It's Getting Dangerous

"I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions." Those were the words of the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, one of the most powerful elected officials in the nation, in March 2020. After…

28 Familiarity Breeds Contempt: Trust in Government Falls to 20% in Pew Survey

The bigger government gets, the more it micromanages our lives, the more Americans distrust it.   File this under “Familiarity Breeds Contempt.”   After six decades of relentless federal government expansion, according to the left-leaning Pew Research Center’s latest periodic survey, only 20% of Americans now…

29 The Subordinate Citizen

I recently led a group of about 100 citizens to tour Israel for nearly two weeks. Before returning to the United States, all participants had to indicate their vaccination status and take a COVID-19 test for reentry. Anxieties swept the group as Israeli testers swabbed them. Anyone testing positive would have to delay his or her return. That quarantine…

30 Biden Barges In

There's something remarkable about the gun debate that has arisen in the aftermath of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Compared to years past, the argument on Capitol Hill is somewhat muted. Yes, members of the House of Representatives are yelling at each other, but that's nothing unusual. But in the Senate, where the real work on a gun deal is…

 
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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]
 
 
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