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The President’s address to Congress is an opportunity to highlight Covid-19 treatments

The United States broke records with the swift development and distribution of new Covid-19 vaccines, but after the Trump administration’s hydroxychloroquine debacle, the focus on treatments was pushed to the side. President Biden has acknowledged that even with the new vaccines, the Covid-19 pandemic will likely linger throughout the year. To save lives, we’ll need…

Biden should ease access to key opioid treatment

From May 2019 to May 2020 the CDC reported over 81,000 overdose deaths from opioids in the United States, the biggest annual death toll to date. In a belated effort to mitigate the crisis, the Trump administration changed regulations to make it easier to access the opioid treatment drug buprenorphine in the waning days of…

PPI Statement on the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to dramatically expand investment and access to apprenticeships with the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 under the leadership of Rep. Bobby Scott. This legislation had been passed in November in the last Congress, however, the Republican Senate Majority failed to take up the bill…

Trump Pollster: Witness for the Prosecution?

Donald Trump reportedly plans to defend himself in the Senate impeachment trial by rehashing his bogus “stolen election” claims. To debunk this noxious myth, the prosecution has a new witness it can call: Trump’s own pollster. Tony Fabrizio oversaw polling for the former president’s 2020 campaign. He’s just issued an unsparing post-mortem on how Trump actually lost to…

A Day of Deliverance and Hope

Presidential inaugurations are usually festive occasions in which Americans celebrate the orderly and peaceful transfer of power to new political leaders. With the coronavirus pandemic raging and thousands of troops on guard to deter violence by deranged followers of Donald Trump, that’s not exactly the mood in Washington today. Overshadowed by these grotesque legacies of…

PPI Applauds President-Elect Biden’s Ambitious Agenda to Get the Pandemic Under Control

America, it appears we have a real president again. President-elect Joe Biden yesterday unveiled an ambitious agenda for getting the pandemic under control, helping jobless Americans recover through the Covid recession, throwing a lifeline to millions of small businesses, strengthening the safety net for our most vulnerable citizens, and opening public schools. PPI applauds the…

Trump vs. Democracy

It’s scoundrel time in Washington. Biden won the popular vote by more than 7 million votes, yet Trump persists in peddling QAnon-is style conspiracy theories about stolen votes, and claims laughably to have won by a landslide. The choice facing U.S. lawmakers today couldn’t be more simple or stark: Fantasy or reality, Trump or democracy?…

2020: PPI’s Year-End Letter

There’s no getting around it: 2020 has been an annus horribilis for America. We’ve had to endure a deadly pandemic, a frozen economy, a corrupt president’s bid to void an election he lost, and deep racial and civil discord. And yet our national fortunes seem to be changing. Coronavirus vaccines – developed in record time…

Trump Raids Medicare To Swing an Election He Already Lost

Refusing to accept that the election is over, President Trump is moving forward with one of the most desperate gambits from his campaign: raiding Medicare to give 39 million seniors a $200 prescription drug card. Fortunately, Trump’s plan to bypass Congress and act by executive order did not come to fruition before the election. But…

Carolina Postcard: Learning from Jimmy Carter and John McCain

Watching Joe Biden prepare to take over the Presidency and Donald Trump try to overturn the election, it’s instructive to read two new books about politicians who represent the best of America: Jimmy Carter and John McCain. They are two great men of great talents and, yes, great flaws. One a former President and one…