The Economy That Might Have Been

Imagine if the Biden Administration had focused primarily on the pandemic as it took power a year ago. Get the vaccines out, accelerate Covid therapies, and let an economy poised to soar take off on its own. No $1.9 trillion “relief” bill in March, no threat of new tax increases and spending to “transform” American society.

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David Weil vs. Small Business

President Biden’s legislative agenda is stalled on Capitol Hill, but the fallback is to impose whatever his appointees can by regulation. That’s clear enough from the effort to confirm David Weil to run the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department, despite his excesses in the Obama Administration.
The controversial academic failed to advance last year through a deadlocked Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee. But Mr. Biden renominated him this month, and committee Chair Patty Murray recently used a Republican absence to squeak Mr. Weil through, 11-10.

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The Ukraine Crisis: Handle With Care

I don’t know what’s coming in Ukraine or what the U.S. should do beyond think first of its national interests. The trick is defining those interests for this moment and with these players. We have to get it right and the stakes feel high, but there seems a paucity of new thinking. I find myself impatient with confidently expressed declarations that we have no interest in a faraway border dispute, that Russia and Ukraine have a long and complicated history, and in any case the story of man is a tale of organized brutality, so get a grip. That’s not . . . right.

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Should Medicare Decide If You Can Get an Alzheimer’s Drug?

Medicare recently denied coverage of Aduhelm, a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The episode is an illustration of why the government health program shouldn’t be in the business of deciding who can receive promising new therapies.
The approval of Aduhelm, made by Biogen , has been controversial. Clinical trials failed to show a long-term benefit for patients. One criterion the Food and Drug Administration used to judge the drug—the reduction of plaque deposits that Alzheimer’s patients build up in their brains—is unsettled science.

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Biden’s Supreme Court Risk

Given the alacrity with which the White House seized on Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement, the administration is clearly banking on a confirmation fight giving the Democratic Party a midterm lift. That calculation may prove as misguided as any other so far in Joe Biden’s presidency. Especially if the president again dances to progressive demands.
Justices often give the White House an early heads-up about retirement plans with the expectation the news will remain confidential until later in the court’s term.

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Biden’s Berlin Gas Airlift

Energy is Russia’s most potent nonnuclear weapon, so it’s no surprise that Vladimir Putin is leveraging it as he threatens Ukraine. Europe’s climate obsessions have made it vulnerable to Russia, and so the Biden Administration is riding to the rescue by begging the Arabs and other energy producers to boost natural gas deliveries.
Russia typically supplies about 40% of Europe’s gas imports, but it has sharply truncated deliveries. Kremlin officials are threatening to cut off supply if the U.S. and Europe impose sanctions in response.

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Biden’s Berlin Gas Airlift

Energy is Russia’s most potent nonnuclear weapon, so it’s no surprise that Vladimir Putin is leveraging it as he threatens Ukraine. Europe’s climate obsessions have made it vulnerable to Russia, and so the Biden Administration is riding to the rescue by begging the Arabs and other energy producers to boost natural gas deliveries.
Russia typically supplies about 40% of Europe’s gas imports, but it has sharply truncated deliveries. Kremlin officials are threatening to cut off supply if the U.S. and Europe impose sanctions in response.

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Biden’s Berlin Gas Airlift

Energy is Russia’s most potent nonnuclear weapon, so it’s no surprise that Vladimir Putin is leveraging it as he threatens Ukraine. Europe’s climate obsessions have made it vulnerable to Russia, and so the Biden Administration is riding to the rescue by begging the Arabs and other energy producers to boost natural gas deliveries.
Russia typically supplies about 40% of Europe’s gas imports, but it has sharply truncated deliveries. Kremlin officials are threatening to cut off supply if the U.S. and Europe impose sanctions in response.

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Biden’s Berlin Gas Airlift

Energy is Russia’s most potent nonnuclear weapon, so it’s no surprise that Vladimir Putin is leveraging it as he threatens Ukraine. Europe’s climate obsessions have made it vulnerable to Russia, and so the Biden Administration is riding to the rescue by begging the Arabs and other energy producers to boost natural gas deliveries.
Russia typically supplies about 40% of Europe’s gas imports, but it has sharply truncated deliveries. Kremlin officials are threatening to cut off supply if the U.S. and Europe impose sanctions in response.

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Biden’s Berlin Gas Airlift

Energy is Russia’s most potent nonnuclear weapon, so it’s no surprise that Vladimir Putin is leveraging it as he threatens Ukraine. Europe’s climate obsessions have made it vulnerable to Russia, and so the Biden Administration is riding to the rescue by begging the Arabs and other energy producers to boost natural gas deliveries.
Russia typically supplies about 40% of Europe’s gas imports, but it has sharply truncated deliveries. Kremlin officials are threatening to cut off supply if the U.S. and Europe impose sanctions in response.

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