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Liability Protections Needed for Those on Frontlines of COVID-19 Response and Relief Efforts

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) this week joined a coalition of nearly two dozen organizations, led by the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, on a letter urging Congress to support stronger liability protections for businesses, healthcare professionals and other essential workers on the frontlines of the nation’s coronavirus response and relief efforts. [Read More]

Is America a Roaring Giant or Crying Baby?

Post-virus America can awake from this epidemic and economic shutdown in one of two different ways. We can scapegoat and play the blame game. Or we can have bipartisan commissions decide how best to return key industries to the U.S., prepare for the next epidemic, and pay down the enormous debt we have incurred to defeat COVID-19. In other words, the choice is ours whether America awakens as a roaring giant or a crying baby. [Read More]

Public Approval of Trump Coronavirus Response Skyrockets

The coronavirus pandemic was a bolt out of the blue, but as the pubic seems to recognize, maintaining a lower-tax, less-regulatory approach after temporary intervention to bridge the gap offers the wisest course going forward. The American public appears to get it: Let’s follow the 1987 example, not the 1933 or 2009 examples. [Read More]

Good and Bad News About Coronavirus

There's good news and bad news about coronavirus. First, there's reason for optimism. The virus struck only four months ago, yet we already know its genetic features. It took scientists years to get that far with HIV/AIDS. Antiviral drugs are in development, and a vaccine could be available within 18 months. The pace of scientific progress is breathtaking. [Read More]

Chuck Schumer's Despicable Attack on the Supreme Court

If we ever needed a pristine example of why justices are bestowed lifetime appointments and shielded from the vagaries of the electorate and the intimidation tactics of unethical politicians, Chuck Schumer has now provided us with one. While speaking to pro-abortion protesters in front of the Supreme Court today, the Senate minority leader threatened -- there's no other way to put it -- two sitting justices with repercussions if they ruled to uphold a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to gain admitting privileges to hospitals before offering their services to women. [Read More]

Trump's Chances for Re-election Are Looking Better and Better

Donald Trump has at least five strong historical arguments for his re-election. One, he is an incumbent. Incumbent presidents have won 14 of 19 re-election bids since 1900. Two, the public perception of the economy usually determines any presidential election. Three, unpopular optional wars derail incumbent presidencies. Four, scandals also can destroy a presidency, as when Watergate forced the resignation of Richard Nixon. Five, the opponent matters. [Read More]

Federal Health Bureaucrats Unprepared for Coronavirus

Federal health bureaucrats deserve an F grade for preparedness. Despite years of warnings about America's overdependence on China for medicines, masks and other equipment, these officials did nothing to remedy the situation. Now, these same officials tell us we're facing an unprecedented public health threat from coronavirus, now COVID-19. [Read More]

The Democrats' February Blues

All political parties and candidates have bad days. But the new progressive Democratic Party had four of its worst days in recent memory in a single week in February. [Read More]

CFIF U.S. Presidents Quiz

CFIF U.S. Presidents Quiz Take our 10-Question Quiz and test your knowledge of our Nation’s Chief Executives. [Read More]

Socialist Drug Price Controls Have No Place in America

At issue is a misguided proposal to impose what’s known as an International Pricing Index (IPI) for U.S. pharmaceuticals administered under Medicare Part B. Translation: Import foreign price controls into the U.S. healthcare system by changing Medicare Part B’s reimbursement rate to reflect price controls set by 14 foreign governments. [Read More]

Forget Moving On

The Democrats want impeachment to disgrace President Donald Trump for life and tilt the 2020 election. Not if Senator Lindsey Graham has his way. Graham is proposing post-impeachment investigations by the Senate to get to the bottom of the Democrats' impeachment hoax. That will pin the disgrace where it belongs -- on the party that dragged the nation through an unwarranted ordeal. Meanwhile, Vice President Pence is urging the country to acquit and move on. The Washington Post reports many Republican Senators feel the same. Not so fast. It's not time to move on. [Read More]

Nevertrump Challengers Fail First Big Test

For six months, some of President Trump's most implacable foes have invested great hope in two Republicans - former Rep. Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld - who are challenging the president for the GOP nomination. Could they do some damage to Trump's re-election prospects? In the Iowa caucuses, that hope was put to a first test. It failed. [Read More]

Iowa Could Make Democrats' Bernie Problem Much, Much Worse

What is undeniable is Democratic establishment nervousness about Sanders. The basic worry is that he is so far to the left that the party might end up nominating the only candidate President Donald Trump can beat. [Read More]

As Trial Begins, the White House Strikes Back

In the last month or so, it has become commonplace for Democrats and their allies in the press to argue that President Trump simply has no defense against the two articles of impeachment passed by the House. Republicans disagreed, and vigorously defended the president in House hearings, but the fact was, the White House had not released a comprehensive defense in the nearly four months since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of impeachment proceedings. Until now. [Read More]

Dems Smear Trump: 'Impeached for Life'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is gloating because President Donald Trump is impeached for life, and there's nothing the Senate can do that can ever erase that. Like a prosecutor telling a defendant, even if acquitted, you're indicted for life and you'll never shake the disgrace. So much for the noble principle of innocent until proven guilty. Could this be the same never-hate Pelosi who wore black on Dec. 18 as she solemnly and sadly called for a vote to impeach the president? What a charade. The Dems' goal all along has been to impeach Trump and damage his re-electability in 2020. The House is preparing to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, where a trial will get underway next week. Already, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are conspiring to make the disgrace stick by smearing Trump's likely acquittal as a cover-up. [Read More]

Texas Church "Good Guys with a Gun" No Anomaly

Despite the mainstream media drumbeat, guns are used far more often to prevent crime than to commit crime in the United States. It’s also important to highlight that the U.S. murder rate has been plummeting over the same period during which firearm possession in the U.S. has skyrocketed. The numbers don't lie. There are millions upon millions of good guys with a gun across America. Jack Wilson and the other heroes at West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas offer just the latest vivid illustration. [Read More]

Getting the Goods on Schiff

The truth behind House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff's role in engineering President Donald Trump's impeachment may soon come out because a nonprofit group promoting government transparency -- Judicial Watch -- is suing to get the whistleblower's emails. [Read More]

The Dangers of Elite Groupthink

The point of these sharp contrasts is not that an Ivy League degree or a Washington reputation is of little value, or that prestigious prizes and honors account for nothing, or even that supposed experts are always unethical and silly. Instead, one lesson is that conventional wisdom and groupthink tend to mislead, especially in the age of online echo chambers and often sheltered and blinkered elite lives. [Read More]

The Witness Wars

Democrats impeached Trump to damage his re-election chances. But their conduct so far has made impeachment a stain on them. Ultimately, voters -- not politicians -- will decide Trump's fate. That's where the decision belongs. [Read More]

CFIF Christmas Quiz

Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of Christmas-related Americana. [Read More]

Former Intelligence Chiefs Fit Perfectly Into Media Advocacy Culture

In the advocacy culture of our new media, ex-government officials such as Brennan, Clapper and McCabe can be paid to appear on news programs to analyze (or vindicate) their own unethical behavior. [Read More]

Dems' Plan to Drag Out Impeachment

As the impeachment battle moves to the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is wisely holding the line against Democratic efforts to drag it out. [Read More]

CFIF to Congress: Don’t Mimic California’s Failures in Addressing Surprise Medical Billing Problem

Surprise medical billing remains an important issue demanding a Congressional solution. As federal lawmakers scramble to find a fix, however, it’s more important that Congress act wisely, not hastily. Specifically, the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) urges Congress to learn from the successes and failures of proposals already passed in various states as it crafts federal legislation. [Read More]

U.S. Economy Blossoms as Our Tax Burden Drops

In welcome pre-holiday news last week for everyone except those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, the Labor Department announced that job growth exceeded all expectations last month, as U.S. employers added 266,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate plummeted to a 50-year low of just 3.5%. Just as significantly, employee wages jumped by an impressive 3.1% from the previous year. Meanwhile, as reported in The Wall Street Journal, the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced in its annual Revenue Statistics report that the U.S. tax burden fell more than any other nation’s following President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts. So our tax burden plummets, and our job growth skyrockets. [Read More]

Is Trump the Only Adult In the Room?

Donald Trump certainly is mercurial at times. He can be uncouth. Ironically, Trump's opponents and enemies are the ones who have become publicly unhinged. [Read More]

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