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Qatar is the Ally we Need to Counter Putin's Growing Influence

Russia's reprehensible invasion of Ukraine has made one thing clear: The global order is changing. An axis of repressive, authoritarian world powers -- all with ties to Vladimir Putin -- is growing bolder and more confident, and wants to see America's influence decline.

Regulators Must Act Now to Pause Medicare Marketing Rule

Medicare's annual enrollment period began on October 15. So it's all but impossible to miss the commercials featuring celebrities pitching Medicare Advantage plans to seniors. Half of Fame quarterback Joe Namath is telling seniors they can get extra Medicare benefits by calling a 1-800 number. Actor Jimmie Walker is advising them to call -- NOW! -- to check whether they're eligible for plans that could be "Dyn-O-Mite." William Shatner is imploring seniors to get the benefits they deserve.

To End Hospital Corruption, Fix the 350B Program

Two new reports reveal just how much hospitals are profiting from a federal policy designed to help struggling Americans -- even as patients themselves get no relief.

Billions Spent on the Election While Americans Struggle

Total cost of 2022 state and federal midterm elections may have exceeded $16 billion according to a OpenSecrets analysis. Federal candidates and political committees spent over $8 billion while state candidates, party committees, and ballot measure committees spent close to $8 billion.

Innovation is Key to Our Prosperity — Let's Not Kill the Goose that Lays the Goden Eggs

For years, China has stolen hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American companies' intellectual property -- everything from patented software code and computer chips to prescription drug formulas and weapons systems.

"We've Tried This Leftism Thing and It is Not Working"

The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] partnered with the American Constitutional Rights Union [ACRU] in a collaboration aimed at protecting the rights of senior citizens, particularly their voting rights. The ACRU’s Executive Director, a retired U.S. Army veteran and former congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West, joined AMAC CEO, Rebecca Weber, in a recent interview on her Better For America podcast. The ACRU was established some 25 years ago, and its founding board included Ed Meese, President Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General, and Robert Carlstrom, President Reagan’s State Director of Social Welfare.

Racial Admissions Preferences: Constitutional or Not?

Should the race of a minority student who is applying to a college or university give him or her a decided preference over other applicants?

NY Senate Candidate Shares the Impact of Midterm Election Issues on His State and the Nation

“It ain’t over until the fat lady sings” is a commonly used idiom -- a version of the old saying “don’t count your chickens until they hatch.” It might be an apt description of the New York State race for the U.S. Senate in which Conservative political commentator and candidate Joe Pinion is running. He is challenging the current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in the upcoming midterm elections. Although Schumer is ahead in the polls 54% to 42%, the state’s Republican Party chief, Nick Langworthy, says Schumer is “about to get a reality check.”

John Fetterman, President Roosevelt and Disability in Public office

One of the greatest Presidents of all time was Franklin D. Roosevelt. He served from 1933 to 1945. He led this country and saw us through some of our toughest years. Many say he stands as the greatest President of all time. Ironically, he had a difficult time standing.

China's Ally in its Crusade to Steal Western IP: The United States

The director of the FBI and the head of Britain's MI5 security service recently made an unprecedented joint appearance to warn the world of a singular danger.

Patent "Reform" Will Undermine Small Business

Starting and growing a business is challenging, even in the best of times. But these are not the best of times, and Congress could soon make it even harder for small businesses to compete and grow.

Congress Can Simplify the Healthcare Paperwork Burden

Almost nothing has sparked so much partisan debate in Washington as the Affordable Care Act. The two parties have been going back and forth over the healthcare law for more than a decade.

Time to Rein in the Drug-Industry Middlemen Exploiting Patients

This summer, lawmakers missed a big chance to lower the cost of prescription medicine.

Averting Nuclear Armageddon—in October 1962 and Today

It is ironic and scary that 60 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the world’s two superpowers to the brink of nuclear Armageddon, President Joe Biden warned of possible nuclear “Armageddon” this October 2022, and once again with Russia.

Colorado Wedding Artists Muzzled: 303 Creative v. Elenis

The October term of the U.S. Supreme Court has begun. The previous term yielded some “blockbuster” decisions, and the new term seems likely to produce more of the same. One of these is the case 303 Creative v. Elenis.

Back from the Brink: Preventing Nuclear War in Ukraine

As Russian President Putin faces continuing military losses in Ukraine, he has ratcheted up his nuclear saber rattling. His efforts to call up 300,000 more Russian soldiers are facing major resistance, and he is encountering increasing criticism from Russian elites for his disastrous leadership of a war based on catastrophic miscalculations.

Commentator Says There are Better Days for America

Political commentator Steve Cortes served on former President Donald Trump's Hispanic Advisory Council, advocating for his fellow Hispanics. Recently, Cortes sat down with Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature Americans, for an interview on AMAC’s Better For America podcast. He was “a strong communicator who understood very early on what the people wanted in a commander-in-chief," according to Maria Bartiromo of Fox News, and continues to support the country he loves.

Judicial Watch Chief Exposes Political Hypocricy

Ten years ago, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that former President Bill Clinton [1993-2001] had a right to keep classified tape recordings when he left office. “The tapes belonged to Mr. Clinton” and “the National Archives and Records Administration had no power to ‘seize control of them’ because Mr. Clinton had used his authority under the Presidential Records Act to declare the recordings part of his personal records,” according to the Washington Times.

Making Sense of America's Chronic Disease Epidemic

President Biden and lawmakers in both parties have prioritized slashing Americans' out-of-pocket spending on insulin. And they recently made significant strides by including a $35-a-month co-pay cap for insulin for Medicare beneficiaries in the Inflation Reduction Act.

Predictions of a Ukraine Victory are Premature

Something extraordinary is happening in the course of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Putin is taking a hit from all sides. Opposition to the war is coming from home and abroad.

Help America's Universities Keep Transforming the World

When I was a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology decades ago, Cambridge's Kendall Square was a grubby, run-down warehouse district. Today, it's known as the most innovative square mile on the planet.

America's Foreigner Flood, Spread the Love Around

Nearly five million foreign nationals have entered the United States since Biden became President. Some people call them undocumented immigrants, some call them unauthorized immigrants, many call them illegal immigrants. If they were entering the country legally with proper documentation then we would call them documented immigrants or legal immigrants.

A Scholar and a Gentleman: Remembering Ken Starr

I first met Ken Starr at the Department of Justice in 1990 while serving as the department’s assistant director of legal policy. A young lawyer only 10 years removed from Grove City College, I was surrounded by a new generation of legal giants in our nation’s capital. In 1991, I was promoted and began participating in Attorney General Bill Barr’s morning senior staff meetings. Around the table sat Bob Mueller, chief of the Criminal Division, Mike Luttig, assistant attorney general for legal counsel and future judge on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and general counsel of Boeing Aircraft, and Ken Starr, solicitor general, the Bush administration’s scholarly advocate before the Supreme Court. When Starr was unable to attend, he sent his deputy—a rising stalwart named John Roberts.

Help America's Universities Keep Transforming the World

When I was a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology decades ago, Cambridge's Kendall Square was a grubby, run-down warehouse district. Today, it's known as the most innovative square mile on the planet.

The Path to Victory in Ukraine Runs Through Syria

The mass graves and bombed-out cities targeted by Russian forces in Ukraine have shocked the civilized world. But to Syrian war refugees and Syrian-born Americans like myself, Vladimir Putin's barbaric assault on Ukraine is less a shock than it is a grim reminder of the overwhelming destructive forces he and his fellow dictator, Syria's Bashar Al-Assad, unleashed on our home country over a decade ago.

We Have a Violence Problem - Campaign Nonviolence Strives to Solve It

We have a violence problem. It runs through our nation like an invisible road system, touching every front door, cutting through each town and city. Mass shootings kill our children in their schools. Forty-five thousand people will take their own lives this year. An additional 14,000 are likely to be killed by gun violence. Twelve million of our fellow citizens will experience intimate partner violence this year. More than ten million children face violence in the forms of maltreatment, verbal abuse, sexual assault, extreme neglect, and physical abuse.

Will You Own an Electric Car?

Will you own an electric car? If you live long enough and that’s all that is being made, you probably will. Many of us we’ll hold out for as long as possible.

Slush Funds Open the Door to Beltway Corruption

President Joe Biden has made eradicating government corruption a top priority: "Fighting corruption is not just good governance," he recently proclaimed. "It is self-defense. It is patriotism, and it's essential to the preservation of our democracy and our future."

Troubling New Research on Political Bias and Bigotry

Talk about a strange political year. African Americans and Jewish Americans are typically the two most reliable liberal voting blocks in the country, and yet there have been troubling news stories and now data regarding the people who support them. For example, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar sparked outrage by doubling down on comments many perceived to be anti-semitic. She is a Democrat who typically gets Democrat votes. Such left-wing hostilities towards Jews have become so bad in the United States that some American Jews are openly considering leaving the country and moving to Israel. Similar difficulties face African Americans. Ilhan Omar’s controversy arrived barely two months after the racist “Uncle Tim” attacks propagated by liberals at African American Senator Tim Scott. These attacks were so markedly racist that the trend had to be shut down by Twitter. More recently, similarly racist “Uncle Clarence” attacks were levied at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after he voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. White liberals on Twitter even invoked the “N-word,” and were called out in a remarkable piece by a Columbia University sociology professor.

Mikhail Gorbachev Meets His Maker

When I heard about the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, I sighed. He was one of the final remaining pivotal figures in the end of the Cold War: Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, Vaclav Havel, Boris Yeltsin, and Lech Walesa. Only Walesa remains. Gorbachev was 91 years old, living much longer than many expected. It’s a historic loss.

Drug Importation: A Dangerous Prescription

Most Americans take the safety of their prescription drugs for granted. But if the FDA proceeds to allow states to import drugs from Canada, that could change -- because the risks of some imported drugs far outweigh the benefits.

Biden Proves Many Americans are Dummies

If you worked hard for a scholarship, paid your way through school, paid back loans or your family sacrificed for you to go to school, President Biden has shown that you were a big dummy.

Tiffany Justice – "These Aren't Partisan Issues; These Are Parent Issues"

Reading, writing, and arithmetic aren’t the only lessons being taught in our public schools these days. In some schools -- too many of them across the country -- teachers have added transgender ideology to the curriculum, according to Moms for Liberty co-founder, Tiffany Justice. But Moms for Liberty is not just a place for moms; “Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Friends” are all welcome and are urged to join in the defense of parental rights.

The "PTAB Reform Act" Would Cripple "Mompreneurs" Like Me

Lawmakers are considering a massive handout to corporate America known as the PTAB Reform Act of 2022. If passed, the bill would have disastrous consequences for bootstrap innovators like me, and, in the long run, keep potentially millions of life-changing inventions out of the hands of Americans.

Will Less Than 2% of Americans Fix Our Financial Problems?

According to the IRS, a $400,000 or more annual household income represents America's top 1.8% income-earners. Per IRS Publication 6292, there were 154 million tax returns filed in 2019, thus approximately 2.8 million people earn over $400,000.

The Orwellian Inflation Reduction Act

You know the old joke: How can you tell when a politician is lying? When his/her lips are moving. That extreme cynicism about politicians is reinforced by the recent passage of the so-called Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). In addition to being the most egregiously misnamed act in memory (more on that below), the dishonest statements made by its supporters have been breathtaking in their brazenness.

Inflation Reduction Act-A Boondoggle of a Bill

One thing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will not do is reduce inflation. According to Dr. Kevin Roberts, Ph.D., president of The Heritage Foundation, it is a “boondoggle of a bill” that will have a decidedly negative financial impact on seniors, working class, and middle-class families.

The Speak Out Act Ignores Victims' Right to Remain Private

A new proposal in Congress aims to allow victims of sexual misconduct to go public with their stories.

Do What You Enjoy While You Can

Life and the world are always changing. What you can do today is not guaranteed for tomorrow. Do what you enjoy while you can.

Congressional Data Privacy Bill Would Unjustly Enrich Trial Lawyers

Several Members of Congress just introduced legislation that aims to protect consumer data from misuse and abuse.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Its Newest Version: ESG

What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? Wikipedia defines CSR as “a form of private business self-regulation which aims to contribute to societal goals of a philanthropic, activist, or charitable nature.” That seems rather vague, even amorphous. As Wikipedia acknowledges, “A wide variety of definitions have been developed but with little consensus.”

The Free Enterprise Project Exposes Marxist "Woke" Companies

Marxist elements seek to brainwash our next generations of citizens using the Critical Race Theory [CRT]. They’re using a similar strategy to upend the cornerstone of American democracy — the free enterprise that has given us, as a nation, economic freedom. The focus of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project [FEP] is to expose them.

Medicare for All Would "Fix" What Isn't Broken

Medicare for All remains on the congressional docket. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., recently re-introduced his bid for a single-payer system, claiming it would guarantee all Americans health coverage while lowering costs and saving lives.

The Great Energy Game in Europe

The Politics of Russia’s Energy Exports

Unworthy Victims?

The invasion of Ukraine and the war that it initiated led to widespread coverage of the struggles of ordinary people in a zone of conflict that’s surprisingly rare. The sympathy shown for the victims of this illegal war of aggression is both a victory for our better natures and a troubling reminder that most of the victims of the global problem of out-of-control militarism don’t get the same attention from the Western press.

Be a Poll Worker, and Be an Essential Worker for Our Democracy

In a school gym with a dozen others, some still groggy at 5 am, Whitney raised her right hand and repeated after the Chief Election Officer, “I do solemnly swear that I will perform the duties for this election according to law and the best of my ability, and that I will studiously endeavor to prevent fraud, deceit, and abuse in conducting this election.”

Should War Criminals Operate with Impunity?

The issue of alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine highlights the decades-long reluctance of today’s major military powers to support the International Criminal Court.

To Protect Patient Access to Care, Medicare Must Up Its Reimbursement Rates

Inflation has soared to the highest level in four decades. Gas is roughly 40% more expensive than it was a year ago. Groceries are up about 10%.

Which is More Extreme? The Evolution of Abortion Positions

In the land of the mainstream media, conservative and Republican positions on so-called “culture war” issues are always “extreme,” while they rarely raise such concerns about liberal and Democrat positions. They then “helpfully” suggest ways that Republicans could attract more voters by modifying their stances to, well, something pretty similar to Nancy Pelosi’s.

How a Single Baseball Game Could Determine the Future of Democracy

Events this summer have unambiguously demonstrated that, to much of the nation, the hard right majority on the Supreme Court of the United States stands for injustice, while the “just-the-facts, ma’am” US House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol stands for justice. Since each group has nine members—the same number as players on a baseball team—a surprise proposal gaining momentum in and beyond Washington, calls for the two teams to play a single game to determine the future direction of the country.

The Path to Victory in Ukraine Runs Through Syria

The mass graves and bombed-out cities targeted by Russian forces in Ukraine have shocked the civilized world. But to Syrian war refugees and Syrian-born Americans like myself, Vladimir Putin's barbaric assault on Ukraine is less a shock than it is a grim reminder of the overwhelming destructive forces he and his fellow dictator, Syria's Bashar Al-Assad, unleashed on our home country over a decade ago.

The "Hard-to-Grasp Truth Behind Abortion" Revealed

Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], opened a timely new episode of her Better for America podcast by pointing out that the most important issue of our time is not about abortion, it is about life. Her guest, filmmaker Tracy Robinson, recently released her latest production, “The Matter of Life,” which focuses on “life, conscience and, the sometimes hard-to-grasp truth behind abortion.”

Don't Look to California for Ideas on Addressing Homelessness

No matter how bad the homelessness problem looks in other metropolitan areas, they pale compared to California's. While the state accounts for not quite 12% of the U.S. population, roughly 28% of the nation's homeless are in California. The lesson: Don't copy the Golden State's policies for mitigating homelessness – they simply don't work.

Remember When It Wasn't Normal to Punch Fllight Attendants?

“It didn’t matter if it was coming from the left or the right, you should condemn violence 100 percent of the time.” I sat upright when former Deputy Press Secretary Sara Matthews said this during the July 21 January 6th committee hearing.

On John Mearsheimer: Or, is the West really responsible for the Ukrainian crisis?

John Mearsheimer has unquestionably earned our attention on contemporary international relations and on the Ukrainian crisis. Mearsheimer is an academic who specializes in theories of international relations (IR). If you were an IR graduate student in the 1980s or 1990s (I was), you would be very familiar with Mearsheimer and would appreciate his role in fleshing out the “neorealist” version of the realist school of thought. He is a towering figure in the study of international affairs and one of the world’s most prominent IR theorists.

Time to Trade In America's Broken Education System for One that Works

President Biden is currently weighing a massive cancellation of federal student loan debt. It's easy to see why. The nation's total student debt load now exceeds $1.7 trillion.

Essential Workers — Who Gets a Place in th ePandemic Picket Line?

At a time of children with popsicle-covered faces running around and summer music festivals-- many are celebrating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond celebrations though, parents of children under 5 scramble to pediatrician offices while immunocompromised folks try to navigate daily life with deadly risks. Healthcare workers face long-term burnout and abuse from patients, long past praise as heroes and applause at the turn of shifts.

Population-Fueled U.S. Sprawl Undermines 30x30 Conservation Ambitions

The U.S. government recently joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, a group of more than 90 countries seeking to protect at least 30% of the planet from development by 2030. Unfortunately, the current rate of urban sprawl devouring America's natural habitat and farmland gives conservationists plenty of reasons to be skeptical of the federal commitment to these so-called "30x30" goals.

Friendship, Not War, is the Antidote to Niceness

Christians are known for being nice, or at least trying to be. But some reject niceness, saying it's outmoded. They see a fool's errand in trying to persuade a culture that has turned decisively hostile against Christians. The case has been well articulated by pastor and professor James Wood. Through essays and other media, he's advocated against "winsomeness" and in favor of alternative values: courage, clarity, and resilience.

Superbugs Are Getting Stronger. Our Defenses Are Getting Weaker

Drug-resistant infections pose a growing threat to public health. We're not prepared to meet it.

The FTC Inquiry into PBMs Is a Chance for Accountability

The Federal Trade Commission now has a golden opportunity to expose why so many Americans are getting fleeced on prescription medications.

The Supreme Court's Principled Decision in West Virginia V. EPA

In West Virginia v. EPA, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled by a 6-3 majority that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had exceeded its statutory authority by issuing regulations that would essentially dictate to power-generating utilities what fuel sources they must use. The EPA sought to force utilities to phase out fossil fuels and instead generate electricity from wind and solar technologies.

Not All Ivy League Professors Want to Gut American Innovators' IP

Some Ivy League academics recently laid out ways in which they think the Biden administration can intervene, under existing law, to cut prescription drug costs.

Corporate Social Activism Following Roe’s Reversal

The recent reversal of Roe v. Wade, acting like a starter’s pistol at a track meet, has initiated a new round of corporate social activism and virtue-signaling. American companies are racing from the starting blocks to demonstrate their support for aborting would-be future employees and customers. Many businesses pledged to cover or reimburse U.S. employees who need to travel to gain an abortion if access is limited because of specific state laws.

Water, Water, No Longer Everywhere

"Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is only halfway descriptive of the planet’s current water situation. Water is drying up everywhere; oceans and rivers are becoming more polluted and poisoned; watersheds are being drained at a phenomenal rate to meet the needs of industry, sports, and agriculture. Quality drinking water, especially in developing countries, is becoming a major challenge. And everywhere, good water, access to which should be a human right, is becoming expensive and privately owned.

Can Biden Make Lemonade out of Lemons on his Middle East Jaunt?

Ah, lemonade! As we endure the summer swelter, is there a more refreshing beverage? Making lemonade out of lemons is a worthy and timely endeavor, whether actually or metaphorically.

21st Century Citizenship: Four Civic Skills We Need to Keep Our Democracy

As primaries roll out around the country, we’re tracking voter turnout. Raised on Schoolhouse Rock’s cartoon civics lessons, I know that being a good American means voting.

Mercenaries today: The Wagner Group

For many years, substantial military operations have been conducted by mercenaries, ranging from professional soldiers hired to fight wars for European potentates in the 14th century to the combat forces of Blackwater, a private company employed by the U.S. government to undertake violent activities in the “War on Terror” of the early 21st century.

The Nuclear Superpowers and True Self-Interest

A number of nuclear strategy experts have agreed that the only sensible response to China’s alarming new buildup of nuclear weapons is for the U.S. itself to build more and better weapons. The apparent purpose of this buildup on our part is first to ensure that our deterrent is ironclad, and second it is argued as the only viable way to force the Chinese (and perhaps even the Russians, eventually) to the arms control table. After all, it worked before, when President Reagan outspent the Russians and helped end the first cold war.

Washington’s Corn-Based Ethanol Mandates Are Poorly Timed

Recently, President Joe Biden flew into Iowa—our country’s leading corn-producing state—to announce to appreciative farmers that the Environmental Protection Agency will require American motor-fuel refiners to increase the amount of corn-based ethanol (CBE) that must be blended into motor fuels this year.

China's Surveillance State and Its Meaning for Us

In a recent commentary, I discussed the visit to China of the UN’s chief human rights official on what proved to be a seriously misguided and rather naïve attempt to improve the conditions of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang province. An important element in that mass internment of innocent civilians is China’s ubiquitous surveillance system, which has facilitated the roundup of Chinese Muslims.

The Dobbs Case: Justice Alito Leads the Court Back to the Constitution

Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization holds that both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey must be overturned. The predicted impact on elective abortions has been well-rehearsed in the print and electronic press and on social media. In the case before the court, Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act was upheld, making abortion in that state illegal after 15 weeks. Furthermore, the effect of the ruling makes the abortion laws of other states—some virtually banning abortions and others allowing them with few limits—govern the availability of abortion to their citizenry. Finally, there will no longer be a recognized federal constitutional “right” to abortion. As Alito summarizes: “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

Time for a Convention Of the People, By the People and For the People

Jefferson often conceded the Declaration of Independence did not state any new ideas but those that had long circulated amongst English and Colonial thinkers. One critical idea was that all power resided in the people, and the people had rights that preceded government. Government was given certain limited powers by the people, while the people retained all their rights, and government had a duty to preserve and protect those rights while remaining within the limits of power granted. If government were derelict in that duty, the power and the rights returned to the people who were empowered to “alter or abolish” the government and establish a new one better able to protect their rights and less able to abuse its powers.

1776 and Slavery

Many progressives today are eager to redefine America not as starting in 1776, which is literally when the very title “United States of America” began, but in the year 1619, before Plymouth Rock and before John Winthrop and the Arabella arrived upon our shores. They instead want to define the nation by slavery and racism. So much so that the New York Times’ 1619 Project dates America that way, defining the country’s start by the year 1619, with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Virginia that year.

The Lost Conversation

Eight days of rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon with my daughter promised to be an exceptional experience. Introducing myself to a fellow voyager, a Texan, I joked that surely Texas wasn’t really planning to secede, because it would be a pain to have to obtain a visa to visit Austin. This didn’t seem to go over very well. Perhaps I had overreached. I retreated for the rest of the trip into an affable neutrality.

Carson v. Makin: A Trilogy of Cases Protecting Religious Liberty, Completed

In 2017, the Supreme Court decided a case that involved a school playground resurfacing program provided by the state of Missouri. Trinity Lutheran School sought a state grant, which was generally offered to other schools, but Trinity was denied funding solely because it was a religious school. The Supreme Court found in favor of the school, saying that it had every right, under the free exercise clause of the First Amendment, to participate in a government benefit program without giving up its religious affiliation.

Big Tech's Sticky Fingers Are Still at Work in Washington

Big Tech is strongly criticized in Congress these days, but it still has sway in Washington when it lobbies Congress to weaken the U.S. patent system. That's bad news for everyone.

What Reversing Roe Really Means

Throughout the 2015-16 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, I urged conservatives not to nominate Donald Trump. When November 2016 arrived, I did not vote for Donald Trump. Of course, I most certainly didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. I wrote in another Republican instead.

Poor Police Work Is Letting Rapists Go Free. That Has to Stop.

There is a sexual assault taking place right now. Every 68 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted. More than 97% of perpetrators get off scot-free.

This Bill will Accelerate Patients' Demise

Congress is considering a bill that could delay patients' access to lifesaving treatments -- and even take FDA-approved medicines away from patients who are already using them. As a Black man living with HIV and a lifelong advocate for patients, I fear this legislation will have disastrous consequences for millions of Americans, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Biden's Rationing of Alzheimer's Treatments is Just the Beginning

The Biden administration just barred most seniors from accessing new treatments for Alzheimer's Disease.

Amid the Carnage in Ukraine, It's Time for World Leaders to Rethink Their Priorities

According to a study by a number of organizations called Ceres 2020, which was backed by the government of Germany, world hunger could mostly be ended by 2030 for $330 billion. This is a very large number, it’s true, but when we look at what the United States spends on its military budget each year, now in excess of $800 billion, it’s obvious that it’s skewed priorities, especially in richer countries that result in so much unnecessary hunger and suffering, especially south of the equator.

Protecting Our Children From the Shooters

Most federal career politicians end up very wealthy. They make good salaries. They have great health insurance and very nice retirement packages. They typically develop political action committees that cover expenses the government doesn’t pay. When they retire, they can donate campaign funds they have accumulated throughout the years to their own non- profits and administer the funds.

To Advance Health Equity, Disrupt the Prescription Drug Market

Hispanic Americans are the least insured racial or ethnic group in the United States. Roughly 20% don't have health coverage. That's compared to just 6% of the non-Hispanic white population.

How to Really Close the Global Vaccine Gap

The United States has lent its support to a multilateral agreement to waive intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines. Proponents of the waiver would have us believe this will get more people vaccinated more quickly. In fact, it will do nothing of the sort.

Congress Is Going After the Alleged Price Gougers – Again

As Yogi Berra, baseball’s preeminent wit and philosopher, would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Fifteen years ago, I wrote in this space about an attempt by Congress to impose additional taxes on oil companies at a time of high gasoline prices.

TRIPS Waiver Would Further Undermine the WTO's Credibility

The World Trade Organization's 164 member countries recently received the text of a proposal that -- if adopted -- would discourage medical research and threaten global economic growth.

More Mass Killings, What is the Answer?

Do parents in America want to spend every school day hoping and praying their children will not be heinously murdered? Do children want to spend their days constantly looking up to see who might be entering their room with an assault weapon? Do you want to walk the grocery store aisles wondering if someone has picked your store and this day to shoot at you? Do you enjoy sitting in a house of worship knowing that if a crazed gunman enters your location the exit doors are very few. Movie theatres are anticipating a major boost in attendance this summer. Can you go in peace knowing that your life could be in danger if someone enters with a semi-automatic weapon or an AR-15?

The Abortion States of America

Roe v. Wade and so-called “abortion rights” are facing challenges unlike any time before. The chances of abortion being sent back to the states are higher than ever. As that prospect looms, pro-lifers are being treated to a tragic spectacle: “pro-choice” leaders nationwide are stepping forward to do everything within their power to protect unrestricted abortion.

A Bipartisan Fix for America's Looming Homecare Crisis

Within the next 40 years, the number of people over the age of 65 in this country will increase by about 70%.

Griswold v. Connecticut: How We Got to Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court will soon issue its opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which concerns a Mississippi law preventing elective abortions beyond 15 weeks gestation. I am not here commenting about the leaked draft opinion. That action was despicable. However, if the leaked majority opinion holds, the Supreme Court has decided to scuttle its now half-century-old “abortion jurisprudence.”

Waiving Patent Rights Will Make Us Less Prepared for the Next Pandemic

The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently released the text of a proposal to suspend patents on COVID-19 vaccines. All WTO members will vote on the proposal in June.

To Vaccinate the World, Don't Attack the System That Gave Us Vaccines

More than 11 billion Covid-19 shots have been administered worldwide, the biggest vaccination campaign in history. More than five billion people -- over 66% of the global population -- have received at least one dose.

Our Healthcare Finance System Is Our Leading Cause of Death

Every year, a silent killer threatens more American lives than cigarette smoking and opioid addiction combined. It lurks behind premature deaths attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, Covid-19, and obesity.

Here's Why Gas Prices Could Skyrocket Again

We're all looking for relief from record high gas prices these days.

Single-Payer Healthcare: The Wrong Prescription

Legislators in several states are taking up the charge for "Medicare for All."

Buffalo, Laguna Woods, Houston — The World Gets Crazier Every Day

A good person did not enter a grocery store in Buffalo, New York killing ten people and wounding multiple others. A good person did not enter a church in Laguna Woods, California wounding many and killing one person. A good person did not enter a Houston, Texas flee market killing two and wounding at least three more. These are evil people. The police officer who heroically fought back in the Buffalo grocery store with a gun was a good person. He was trying to protect the other good people who were in the grocery store.

A Threat to Global Innovation at the WTO

The World Trade Organization recently announced that the United States, European Union, India, and South Africa had finalized a proposal to waive intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines. Soon, all 164 WTO member nations will vote on whether to implement the proposed waiver.

Protect IP to Keep American Tech at the Top

America can't outcompete low-wage countries when it comes to manufacturing cheap, mass-produced widgets.

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Christian Leaders and Controversies: The Case of Francis Collins

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China's a Formidable Challenger. Here's How We Can Fight Back

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Don't Sacrifice American Innovation on the Altar of "March-In"

A DC-based advocacy group has just petitioned the government to seize the patent covering the prostate cancer drug Xtandi so generic manufacturers can copy the medication. The group behind this petition has issued similar calls in the past. But both Democratic and Republican administrations have rejected such petitions on the grounds that they misconstrue current law, as the current administration should likewise recognize.

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Fix Election Day Pain

2020 will be remembered for more than we what to remember including the painful November 3, election. Our country was already suffering from the Pandemic and all its spin-off problems. Unemployment, business closings, demise of the travel industry, struggling houses of worship, massive national depression to name a few of the problems. However, great news Pfizer has come up with a vaccine that has been 90% effective in preliminary trials. At this writing this is great news with the stock market on the verge of setting an all-time high. This vaccine has the potential to bring this country out of the house and back to work, school, church, and more.

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Alas, hospitals and pharmacies are abusing a federal program meant to help low-income patients. New research from consulting firm Berkeley Research Group reports that these bad actors are lining their own pockets with discounts on prescription drugs at the expense of millions of disadvantaged American patients.

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The Assault on Winston Churchill

During his long life, Winston Churchill suffered several indignities. He was dismissed from his position as the head of the Royal Navy in 1915 because of the disastrous defeat Anglo-French forces endured at Gallipoli during World War I. His decision as the chancellor of the exchequer to return Britain to the gold standard in 1925 was a financial catastrophe. During the 1930s, Churchill’s so-called “Wilderness Years,” his party denied him a leadership position. His greatest ignominy was being ousted as prime minister in a July 1945 election after Britain’s triumph in World War II.

Power, Parler, and the Problem of Big Tech

Over the course of 2020, the previously minor social media application Parler rose to national prominence. The site served as a smaller, right-leaning mirror to Twitter, attracting an audience that included (among others) both U.S. senators and QAnon conspiracy theorists. Where Twitter forbade referring to a transgender person by biological sex, Parler reportedly banned users for mocking Republican congressman Devin Nunes. By the end of the year, the app had hit nearly three million daily users.

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The current fighting in Gaza rapidly approaches total war intensity. Strategy for Hamas has always involved the total war objective of annihilating Israel. For Israel, fighting Hamas and Hezbollah, which is based in Lebanon and Syria, involves a long, protracted but limited war of attrition. This may be changing. Hamas and Hezbollah use terrorism and guerilla warfare as a form of attrition to wear down Israel while simultaneously exploiting world opinion by depicting Israeli retaliation as heavy-handed. This cannot continue in perpetuity because fighting a limited war against an enemy with total war objectives favors the side willing to go all the way. The total war objective of a Jewish-free Palestine favors Hamas.

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