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Lanhee Chen: Rejoining the WHO

The Biden Administration announced in their first week that the US is rejoining the World Health Organization. But the WHO is a flawed group—one that has performed poorly while the world has struggled with COVID-19. Early on, the group was far too deferential to China, even parroting Beijing’s early claim that the virus could not be transmitted between humans. Since then, an independent panel concluded that the WHO dithered in its response, waiting too long to declare an international emergency. All the while, the WHO has continued to block Taiwan’s participation because of political objections from the Chinese government, despite the fact that the world has much to learn from Taiwan’s exceptional response to the virus.

Before rejoining the WHO, we should have demanded some accountability and reform from the group for the $400 million in taxpayer dollars we send to it each year. It looks like we’ll keep on writing blank checks to the WHO—which they are more than happy to keep cashing.

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Lanhee Chen: The Course of the Country Turns on Georgia

The eyes of the political world are all on Georgia, and there’s good reason for that.

On January 5, voters in the Peach State will decide the fate of the next several years in American politics—and maybe beyond.

A win by either or both of incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue will require President-Elect Joe Biden and his liberal allies in Congress to work together with Republicans to pass common-sense legislation, rather than pursuing progressive priorities like the Green New Deal. And it will mean that some of Biden’s more extreme appointments—people who either aren’t qualified or who are far out of the mainstream—will be rejected by the Senate.

The runoff elections on January 5 will be held in Georgia, but their impact will be felt by more than the 10 million people who live there. All Americans should recognize that nothing short of the course our country will take for the next several years is at stake.

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Lanhee Chen: “Dysfunctional” Doesn’t Adequately Describe the Golden State

Want to know how dysfunctional things have gotten in California?

Senator Dianne Feinstein applied for unemployment insurance.

Well, not exactly. It was a fraudster—a former employee at California’s Employment Development Department, which administers the state’s unemployment insurance program posing as Feinstein—who bilked taxpayers for over $200,000 in benefits that were targeted at gig workers, independent contractors, and others who’ve been out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And this isn’t an isolated incident. Additional examples of fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in California are plentiful. And, unfortunately, it’s those who most need the aid during the recent economic slowdown who have been hurt the worst because Governor Gavin Newsom and his cronies have been asleep at the switch.

Sometime, California voters will say, “enough is enough” with the incompetence, arrogance, and hypocrisy that has marked one-party rule in the state.

Let’s hope that “sometime” is soon.

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Lanhee Chen: Two Seats in Georgia

It’s easy to dismiss the upcoming Senate elections in Georgia as just another vote to decide two more seats in Congress—and that, ultimately, it may not be all that consequential. I’m sure some of our fellow Americans—and more than a few Georgians—wonder what the point of voting is at all, especially given the outcome of the recent presidential elections.

But I’d urge those Georgians with doubts or who wonder if their vote matters to recognize that the upcoming elections in their state do, indeed, matter. A lot.

An unconstrained left means a move toward socialized medicine, the Green New Deal, and much higher taxes for many Americans. The only way that can be stopped is if Georgia voters cast their ballots—either by mail or in person—in the upcoming runoff elections for the US Senate. Your voices will matter, and your votes will be consequential.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a real difference for all Americans.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Biden’s Obamacare: Hugh Hewitt with Lanhee Chen

Hugh Hewitt talks with Lanhee Chen, David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution,  about the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Operation Warp Speed, and the regulatory structure of healthcare under a Biden administration.

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Lanhee Chen: The CCP Tightens Noose on Hong Kong

Chinese leader Xi Jinping is sending a message to Washington: Regardless of who is in the Oval Office, their authoritarian crackdown on Hong Kong will continue.

Beijing just passed a resolution permitting the expulsion of any Hong Kong legislators who aren’t sufficiently loyal to the Chinese Communist Party. Hong Kong’s chief executive, who is loyal to Beijing herself, immediately kicked out four legislators; prompting another 15 in the 70-seat Hong Kong legislature to resign a few hours later.

Xi and his allies are tightening the noose on Hong Kong, exerting more and more power over it. This latest action comes on the heels of a sweeping national security law passed over the summer, which installed more of China’s security apparatus in Hong Kong and significantly limited freedoms of speech and protest traditionally granted to its residents.

The Chinese Communist Party has made its intentions toward Hong Kong clear. It’s now up to the US, and our allies who believe in freedom and democracy, to stand against Beijing’s bullying.

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