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Black Activists Hopeful That SCOTUS Will Uphold Life

Black Activists Hopeful That SCOTUS Will Uphold Life

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As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in a key abortion case, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are holding out ...
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A Biden Chanukkah Debacle

A Biden Chanukkah Debacle

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Trying to commemorate Chanukkah, President Joe Biden called the eight-day Jewish festival “undeniably American.” As Project 21 member Marie Fischer points out in a commentary ...
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Kyle Rittenhouse’s Strong Case Against His Critics

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Strong Case Against His Critics

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After starring in the movie “Spotlight,” which chronicled revelations about sexual abuses and their coverup within the Catholic Church, actor Mark Ruffalo said the “hypocrisy” ...
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About Project 21

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment.

Project 21 participants have been interviewed by hundreds of media outlets, including the O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, the CNN Morning News, Black Entertainment Television’s Lead Story, America’s Black Forum, the McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal and the Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Larry King shows, as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and many others.

Project 21 participants live all over the U.S. and have a variety of careers. What they have in common is a desire to make America a better place for African-Americans, and all Americans, to live and work. Project 21 members do this in a variety of ways in their own communities, and, through Project 21, by writing opinion editorials for newspapers, participating in public policy discussions on radio and television, by participating in policy panels, by giving speeches before student, business and community groups, and by advising policymakers at the national, state and local levels.

Project 21: A History

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, sense of family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment. This became most obvious during the April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, when the media provided extended coverage of the reaction of liberal civil rights leaders to the events surrounding the Rodney King controversy. Curiously, the media made little mention of those in the African-American community who spoke out in favor of law and order and individual responsibility – and against the rioting.

Rather than merely complain about the lack of attention given to conservative and moderate African-Americans as typified by the coverage of the riots, The National Center for Public Policy Research convened a meeting of conservative and moderate African-American activists in mid-1992 to determine whether it was feasible to construct a network to bring conservative and moderate voices in the black community to the attention of the media. The answer was yes, and Project 21 was born. By March of 1993, Project 21 secured the necessary funding to hire a full-time coordinator to pursue its goals. Project 21’s mission includes the active promotion of conservative and moderate viewpoints by Project 21’s network of members in the media, and the ongoing recruitment of new members to be promoted.

Project 21 acts as a public relations network for moderate and conservative African-Americans, and is interested in promoting those African-Americans who want to discuss their beliefs not only in the privacy of their own homes but in thousands, sometimes millions, of homes across America. Whether a member is a talented writer, articulate speaker, dedicated policy analyst or just have interesting viewpoints on important issues, Project 21 is there to help its members get recognition.

Project 21 has enjoyed enormous success. Project 21’s network of African-American moderates and conservatives have been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, talk radio shows and television programs throughout the country. Participants have been featured on such programs as CNN & Company, CNN Morning News, The McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, The Michael Reagan Show, BET’s Our Voices, and America’s Black Forum as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Detroit News, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and many others.

Project 21 members have been published, quoted or interviewed over 35,000 times since the program was launched in 1992.

Project 21 first burst into attention following the release of Black America 1994: Changing Direction in January 1994. A 77-page volume, Black America 1994 is a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the African-American community. A collection of 15 essays written by Project 21 participants, the report addressed important contemporary issues including economic stagnation, crime, education, health, welfare, and the disintegration of the black family.

In the weeks following the report’s release, its contributors participated in several hundred media interviews, and Project 21 received nearly 5,000 requests for information and numerous offers of support.

Project 21 released a major report, The Health Care Ghetto: African-Americans and Health Care Reform, at a National Press Club press conference in August, 1994. The report was the first of its kind to analyze how various health care reform initiatives would affect minority communities.

In January 1995, Project 21 released a second annual report: Black America 1995: A New Beginning. The report consisted of 38 essays by Project 21 members on topics ranging from the information superhighway to crime. In January 1996, a series of profiles were released of black conservatives and moderates who shun government spending and embrace greater community involvement as the way to solve problems. Black America 1996: A Time for Renewal also included an agenda created by black conservatives and moderates outlining what government needs to do – and what it needs to stop doing – if people are going to start solving their own problems.

In 1997, following two years of research, Project 21 released an in-depth report: Black America 1997: How Government Harms Charities… And How Some are Succeeding Anyway. Until now, it has not been widely known that humanitarian groups suffer from government’s regulatory harassment. The 90-page report received front page newspaper coverage in Washington D.C. and led to calls from lawmakers interested in repealing the regulations that harm the ability of charities to help the poor.

Project 21 also has taken a lead role in bringing to public attention the fact that a substantial number of government environmental rules have a disproportionately negative economic impact on minorities. In addition to assisting with the research and publication of over 60 studies, op-eds and press releases on this topic in recent years, in 2002, joining with the John P. McGovern Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs to form a Center for Environmental Justice, Project 21 released a comprehensive econometric analysis of the impact of so-called “smart growth” regulations on minorities. The study, “Smart Growth and Its Effects on Housing Markets: The New Segregation” was published in November, 2002.

Project 21 is also actively involved in educating the public on proposals to empower communities rather than the government. For instance, Project 21 was instrumental in promoting the ideas incorporated in the Community Renewal Act, sponsored by Reps. Jim Talent (R-MO) and J.C. Watts (R-OK) in the 105th Congress. Project 21’s Contract with Black America, proposed to the leadership of the Republican Congress in January 1995, started the process that eventually led to the crafting of the Community Renewal Act.

Press Releases

Black Activists Praise Verdict in Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

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"Let’s Stop Saying the Justice System Doesn’t Work for People of Color” Washington, D.C. – After a jury in Glynn County, Georgia ruled decisively against the three men involved in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, members of the Project 21 black leadership network commented on the verdict and its implications. "Let’s stop saying the justice system doesn’t work for people of color,” said Project 21 member Donna Jackson. “From the civil rights era through today, our justice system has expanded the rights of black and brown people. This verdict shows that both the Constitution and our justice system are colorblind ...
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Black Activists Respond to Rittenhouse Acquittal

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Rioters Repudiated, Second Amendment Safe, Say Project 21 Members Washington, D.C. – After a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin declared Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges against him, members of the Project 21 black leadership network commented on the verdict and its implications beyond Kenosha. In particular, Project 21 members called the jury’s decision a validation of the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the rights to keep and bear arms and to defend oneself. They are also calling for calm and respect for the decision. “I am pleased to see a just verdict was reached today. Clearly, this was an act ...
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Biden Environmental Justice Agenda Has “Strong Ties” to Critical Race Theory, Say Black Activists

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Washington, D.C. - The Project 21 black leadership network blasted the Biden Administration’s “fundamentally flawed” proposal to realign the mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toward the political goal of “advanc[ing] environmental justice and equity.” In a public comment submitted to the federal government prior to a November 12 deadline, Project 21 opposed the EPA’s plan to make “environmental justice” a strategic goal - calling this “inherently incompatible” with existing agency principles of adherence to science, following existing law and transparency. “[I]n picking winners and losers,” Project 21’s comment noted, “the green lobby has pushed the government to ...
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Black Activists Oppose Shutdown of Line 5 Pipeline

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Biden Betrays “Environmental Justice” Claims By Risking Energy Poverty Washington, D.C. - Amidst soaring energy prices and predictions of a cold winter ahead, members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemned the Biden Administration for considering the shutdown of a pipeline that brings life-sustaining fossil fuels to the American people - particularly black Americans already dealing with energy poverty issues. On November 8, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that the Army Corps of Engineers was reviewing the environmental impact of the Line 5 pipeline. This could result in a shutdown of this vital piece of energy ...
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Black Activists Meet With AT&T in Support of One America News

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Project 21 Rejects NAACP Attempt to Silence News Channel Washington, D.C. - Representatives of the Project 21 black leadership network plan to meet with AT&T leaders Tuesday to urge the telecom giant to maintain its business relationship with the One America News (OAN) Network. The NAACP recently demanded that the company “drop OAN immediately.” This meeting is rescheduled for Monday, November 8. “It seems odd that a purported civil rights group like the NAACP is leveraging its reputation to try to silence a news channel,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, who is attending the meeting. “Have problems truly plaguing ...
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Black Activists Ask Supreme Court to Protect Religious Freedoms of Public Officials

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Project 21 Joins Nearly 70 Lawmakers, Faith Leaders and Groups in Support of High School Coach's Right to Pray After Games Washington, D.C. - Calling the firing of a high school football coach who prayed alone on the field after games an "overt hostility to personal religious practice," the Project 21 black leadership network joined with former Vice President Mike Pence and other leading conservatives in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to accept a case that could help protect the freedom of public officials to practice their faith without fear of punishment. "Personal religious expressions and practices are a normal part ...
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Biden’s School Discipline Idea Could Brand Teachers as Racists

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Project 21 Says “Everybody Suffers” Under “Racial Quotas” for Misbehavior Washington, D.C. - With the Biden Administration exploring a racial disparate-impact analysis of school discipline statistics, the leaders of the Project 21 black leadership network said this would set up a system of “racial quotas” of punishment in which “everybody suffers.” In a public comment submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the three co-chairmen of Project 21 wrote: Teachers shouldn’t be judged by statistics. Students deserve better classroom environments. That’s why the disparate-impact domination of discipline deserves a failing grade. It was explained that enforcing ...
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Biden’s “Social Cost” Climate Analysis Flawed

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Black Activist Advocates Instead for Analysis of Regulatory Impact on Minorities Washington, D.C. - Noting that “[i]f the predictions of the environmental ‘experts’ and their models over the course of my life were true, I’d already be dead,” Derrick Hollie of the Project 21 black leadership network asked the Biden Administration to focus on the impact of current regulations rather than speculate about future climate change. In a response to a White House request for public comment about the social cost of climate change, Hollie blasted the semantics being used by the Administration in its likely pursuit of Green New ...
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Black Activists Applaud Supreme Court Ruling for Voter Integrity

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Decision Aligns With Project 21 Brief Against Ballot Harvesting, Out-of-Precinct Voting Washington, D.C. - Affirming a major safeguard for voter integrity, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld an Arizona ban on “ballot harvesting.” Members of the Project 21 black leadership network said this decision, coupled with the recent defeat of pro-harvesting legislation in the U.S. Senate, represents a decisive blow against the infamous election practice. “Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of state legislatures to adopt voter integrity measures offering all voters an equal opportunity to vote,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “There is a huge difference ...
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Juneteenth Supporters Distance Themselves From Federal Holiday Proposal

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Black Activists Oppose Politicization of Emancipation Celebration Washington, D.C. - Despite more than twenty years of acknowledging the importance of Juneteenth, members of the Project 21 black leadership network refrained from encouraging a rush into making the emancipation-themed celebration a formal national holiday. "Juneteenth is already everything but a national holiday since 47 states, local governments and even private companies recognize it," said Project 21 member Martin Baker. "Juneteenth was an acknowledgement of the Emancipation Proclamation, which history tells us only applied to the states in rebellion. If we truly want to celebrate an all-encompassing 'freedom day,' perhaps we should ...
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LeBron James and L.A. Lakers Help Sell Confederate Merchandise

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"Hypocrite" Basketball Star Wears Logo of Retailer Marketing Confederate Flags and Robert E. Lee Lunch Bags Washington, D.C. - Despite cultivating the reputation of a social justice warrior, basketball star LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates have hit the court with the logo of online retailer Wish on their uniforms since 2017. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network criticized James, the Lakers and the NBA for political inconsistency for their relationship of a retailer that sells products honoring the Confederacy. "I wish LeBron wasn't a hypocrite, but I guess it's part of being on the woke ...
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Biden’s “Hundred Days of Divisiveness” Criticized by Black Leaders

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Project 21 Members Give President Low Marks Washington, D.C. – While President Joe Biden used tonight’s congressional address to pat himself on the back for his first 100 days in office, he received only criticism from the members of the Project 21 black leadership network. Citing the human costs of Biden’s political priorities, these black conservatives said the needs of the president’s black supporters “have been predictably ignored.” “The policy needs of black Americans always come last with liberals - regardless of the high percentage of blacks who support them,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington. “President Biden claimed his ...
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Coca-Cola Commended for Taking an Intermission From Election Advocacy

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Black Activists Challenge Soda Giant to “Launch a Campaign to Help Get IDs to Those Who Need Them” Washington, D.C. - With Coca-Cola executives finally showing interest in finding “common ground” regarding election integrity safeguards, members of the Project 21 black leadership network urged the beverage corporation to do what it takes to encourage full participation of black Americans in both political and civil life. “If Coke really wants to make an effort, instead of fighting voter identification it should launch a campaign to help get IDs to those who need them,” said Project 21 member Marie Fischer. “It’s ironic ...
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Racial Disparities Don’t Prove Discrimination

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Supreme Court Case Could Impact Election Integrity Challenges Washington, D.C. – As part of an important voting rights case being considered today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Project 21 black leadership network joined a legal brief asking the justices to remember that “[e]qual protection should ensure that government decision-making is free from the taint of racial considerations, but disparate impact liability does not allow racial impartiality.” The Court will hear arguments today in a case that may render unconstitutional many of the race-based conjectures that mark sweeping new election reforms being considered by the U.S. Congress. “Phony claims of ...
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COVID Relief Package Criticized by Black Activists for “Fiscal Irresponsibility”

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Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network criticized the $1.9 trillion spending package currently under consideration on Capitol Hill, noting that large portions of the plan are irrelevant to its stated goal of COVID-19 relief and are thus an irresponsible waste of taxpayer resources. “Rather than a package to address the challenges our nation’s economy faces, this nearly $2 trillion proposal is far more likely to make Americans worse off, not better,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. A Wall Street Journal analysis determined that $825 billion in the package could be defined as “COVID-related provisions” ...
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“Black History is American History”

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Black Conservatives Deliver Inclusive Message for Black History Month Observance Washington, D.C. – After a year of upheaval dominated by racial division, members of the Project 21 black leadership network have declared that “black history is American history.” In marking this year’s Black History Month, they noted that Americans of every ethnic background have benefitted from America’s founding values of liberty and opportunity. “Black history is American history. There is no other race or ethnicity in these United States that – despite having obviously started with the greatest disadvantage – has achieved so much politically, economically and socially in the ...
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After a Violent Year, Black Conservatives Reflect on MLK’s Message of Hope and Peace

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"Dr. King Would Not Have Approved of the Way Violence Was Used to Accomplish Social and Political Goals" Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are available for interviews regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy as Americans prepare for the annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18. They note that many of the words and actions seen in political discourse over the past year conflict with Dr. King's ideology. "As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us not forget the barriers that have ...
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Black Activists Praise Employment Boom That Defies COVID-19 Challenges

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Trump Free-Market Policies Are Credited for “Stunning” Economic Recovery Washington, D.C. – The latest federal employment report revealed yet another month of recovery for the American workforce. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network credited the Trump Administration for policies that have brought back jobs - particularly in black communities - after businesses were devastated earlier this year by COVID-19 lockdowns. “The news just keeps getting better. The free-market policies of President Trump have lowered the unemployment rate at the fastest level in history! The jobless rate dropping from nearly 15% to under 7% in less than a year ...
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Black Activists Praise Presidential Performance on Jobs

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Employment Recovery Called “a Testament to Trumponomics” Washington, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s economic policies were responsible for last month’s improved employment numbers, said members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who credited the president with reviving an economy devastated by COVID-19 lockdowns and with helping the black community get back on its feet. “Even in a pandemic, the free-market policies of the Trump Administration are growing the economy and benefiting America - especially black America,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. "The October jobs report provided further great news about America's super-V recovery from the China-virus lockdown,” said ...
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Black Activist Slams “One-Sided” Environmental Justice Policies at Congressional Hearing

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Project 21 Member Testifies That “Environmental Justice Movement is Part of the Problem, Not Part of the Solution” Washington, D.C. – Criticizing those who see “environmental justice” as a “one-sided issue,” a member of the Project 21 black leadership network will testify today before Congress in favor of a more balanced approach in applying racial considerations to the federal grantmaking process. Project 21 member Donna Jackson is scheduled to testify at a virtual hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 2pmET. The hearing is entitled “Environmental Justice for ...
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Kyle Rittenhouse and the Liberal Media’s Race Against Facts

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The clock started ticking on August 25, 2020. Amidst widespread rioting, looting and arson in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin, shots were fired that resulted in the deaths of two protesters and serious injury to a third. Behind the trigger was Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old native of Antioch Ill., who had arrived earlier that day with a Smith & Wesson MP-15 rifle, seeking to protect businesses that had been under siege for the prior 48 hours. As if a starting pistol had been fired — the race was on. Media outlets and politicians immediately ...
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Critical Race Theory Undermines Religious Faith, by Donna Jackson

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For decades, left-leaning crusades to solve the problems of the Black community have been either ineffective or outright harmful to the very people they were supposed to help. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the latest and perhaps most dangerous example of this, and it must be opposed by everyone of conscience – and especially everyone of faith. Self-described civil rights leaders herald CRT as a positive step forward. They appear to believe that tearing down statues and retelling history from a slavery perspective are prescriptions for healing past racial wounds. And they celebrate the inroads they’ve made into many K-12 ...
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Jones Act Patriotism Protects the Homeland, by Donna Jackson

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People are unhappy with current delays in our nation’s supply chain, but a man now sitting in a West Virginia jail could have made things a whole lot worse. Nathaniel Blayn Becker is charged in connection with three explosive devices placed aboard towboats and barges operating on the Ohio River around the Ohio-West Virginia border. Disabling even one of these vessels would have caused inevitable delays and stoppage of water traffic along the Ohio River. And the shock of such a terroristic action would have caused inevitable chaos throughout American waterways and ports. But Becker’s alleged criminal acts were foiled ...
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Community Investment Before Government Reinvestment, by Richard Holt

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Created in 1977 with the intent of ensuring Black folk access to capital for growth in low-income urban and similarly struggling rural areas, the Community Reinvestment Act was an ambitious attempt at solving problems faced by minorities whose loans had been denied at an alarming rate. But simply creating a government mandate didn’t yield the intended results of building on the gains of the Civil Rights movement and creating a new class of homeowners and entrepreneurs. While the great optimism liberals had in trying to reconcile the sins of the past may have seemed admirable at the time, there is ...
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Black Lives Matter’s Self-Serving Anti-Israel Stance, by Marie Fischer

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Before the cease-fire, Hamas terrorists rained down over 3,000 rockets on Israel. Such hostility is nothing new, since Jewish-Muslim tensions trace back to the times of Avraham (Abraham), with respective Jewish and Muslim progenitors Isaac and Ishmael. But enemies of Israel are armed with new social justice weaponry to advance their cause while guns remain silent. For instance, Black Lives Matter (BLM) tweeted: “Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians. We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. (always have. And always will be). #freepalestine.” BLM openly ...
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Biden’s $3.5T Spending Plan Ought to Be Called the Build Bigotry Better Act, by Deroy Murdock

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President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act should be rechristened the Build Bigotry Better Act. And then it should be buried in a shallow grave on Capitol Hill. This socialist tax-and spendathon, currently pushed by Biden and top congressional Democrats, reputedly would devour $3.2 trillion. As if! Once stripped of accounting gimmicks and augmented with $200 billion in debt-service obligations, this leviathan’s true, 10-year cost totals $5.9 trillion. That equals $41,172 for each of America’s 143.3 million taxpayers. But this extravaganza’s eye-popping tab is just one of its fatal flaws. This bill’s policies are nightmarish at any price. Atop $2.3 trillion in tax increases, lush entitlements, and unicorn-powered Green New Deal experiments, BBBA ...
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Left-Wing Ties of Spy Couple Follow in the Grand Tradition of Treasonous Leftist Couples

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How many cases involving couples motivated by left-wing ideas must we see before the media starts asking if there is any correlation to treasonous behavior against America and left-wing ideology? In the wake of the recent arrest of Maryland nuclear engineer, Jonathan Toebbe, and his wife, Diana Toebbe on charges they tried to sell classified nuclear warship information to a foreign country, the mainstream media has focused on the “mystery” of how this could happen. But very little media coverage has focused on their progressive political background—the most likely key to their misdeeds. In fact, strangely enough, husband and wife ...
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Why Do Liberals Want to Fix Medicare’s Working Drug Benefit? by Stacy Washington

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Tax-and-spend liberals on Capitol Hill love to take programs that work well and mangle them in the name of "reform." That's especially true when those programs depend on market-based principles that make progressives see red. So it's no surprise that congressional Democrats want to remake Medicare's prescription drug benefit, a program that already works well, relies on the free market, and is extremely popular to boot. To be sure, they imbue their actions with good intentions. By enabling the government to set drug prices in Medicare, they claim they'll save seniors money at the pharmacy. But they're wrong. Insurers already ...
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The Left Claims To Oppose Racism While Spewing It At Black Conservatives, by Marie Fischer

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Unfortunately, black conservatives are often denigrated with epithets instead of being debated with thoughts and philosophies. It seems the left is always on the hunt for stories that fit their narrative of America’s prevalent racism, and for perpetrators to punish accordingly. Just look at what happened when a man with an extensive media following played the victim card by accusing a woman of being racist after he filmed their interaction in a park. Even though the accusations are questionable — she can’t be heard saying the alleged insult in the video — she still lost her job after the man ...
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GAO to the Rescue?

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Late last month the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a Postal Service Reform Primer purportedly to explain to policymakers how the Postal Service works and why it needs reform. Strangely though the GAO report doesn’t provide great guidance. Known as the “congressional watchdog,” the GAO is a 100-year-old legislative agency created to provide audit, evaluation and investigative services for the U.S. Congress. However, their latest report doesn’t offer much in terms of auditing and evaluation but instead seems more like a progressive Postal Service wish list. At present, 49% of all mail on planet earth is delivered by the USPS ...
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Jesus Take the Wheel! Maxine Waters Compares Border Agents to Slavery Overseers, by Chris Arps

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There was a popular phrase going around a few years ago that people would use when the world seemed to be going to hell in a handbasket. That phrase was: JESUS, TAKE THE WHEEL!! Today, I’m going to tell you about the Jesus, take the wheel inspiration I had for this piece. Now, you may think the humanitarian crisis occurring on our southern border, with Haitian refugees camping out in shanty towns under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, would be my Jesus, take the wheel moment but it’s not. You may think watching on television hordes of illegal aliens, literally ...
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Liberals Plot War on New Drugs with $3.5T Spending Bill, by Deroy Murdock

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Total liberal control of Washington has yielded, for starters: An Afghan meltdown, bedlam on the "border," a bloody crime surge, energy woes, mounting inflation, and racial tension. Next stop: Your medicine chest. Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Bernie Sanders' $3.5 trillion spending orgy includes a poison pill -- almost literally. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that H.R. 3 (AKA the Lower Drug Costs Now Act) would help "pay for" this fiscal incontinence by squeezing $581.6 billion from the pharmaceutical industry over the next 10 years. More than just a simple tax on "evil, drug companies," this measure would blackmail this sector, chop into its bottom line, and torpedo research and development into future therapies. Down the road, this ...
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Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Still on the Road to Nowhere

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With sagging job approval numbers due to troubling signs of inflation, our nation’s border in crisis, mishandling Covid19, limp job growth, and a disastrous Afghanistan evacuation the Biden administration appears to be pinning hopes for a turn-around in public support with passage of a $3.5 trillion-dollar plan — a bill now pending before Congress. But before the president pops the champagne cork, there’s a lot of work that remains to be done. If we’re lucky he won’t succeed. The truth is that getting this bill passed may be significantly harder than remembering Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s name. Facts: no Republicans ...
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Proposed Legislation Could Revitalize Cities and Reduce Crime, by Stone Washington

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The signs seem to be popping up in city centers everywhere. "For Sale," "For Lease,” “Vacant.” They lie posted on the walls of buildings in downtowns across the country, where large office structures once filled with thousands of employees would arrive each morning for work, five days a week. These now-empty spaces sit quiet. Many office buildings that held on to tenants are under-occupied, as hundreds of companies have introduced hybrid workplace structures, while others have allowed workers to remain remote at home indefinitely. The lack of office workers has not just led to solitary buildings, but also to an absence ...
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Biden’s Online Banking Restrictions Would Hurt Black Americans, by Martin Baker

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If you ask 10 different people what online banking means to them, don’t be surprised if you get 10 different responses. But in the minority community, there’s a very special meaning. Opportunity. Among some minorities, you may hear online banking called a “second chance,” “lifeline” or even “entry into the real world.” In the black community, which has often been left behind by the “brick and mortar” banks, partnering with online lenders and “cyber banks” have given them a seat at the table they never had in the past. One only need look at the checkered history that the bank ...
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The American Dream Is Available To All Races, by Emery McClendon

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Regarding divisive issues such as abortion, Black Lives Matter (BLM), Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, it’s unfortunate that too many blacks listen only to what they hear from the mainstream media, radical BLM activists and so-called black community leaders. Taking their propaganda at face value, it’s not surprising these black folk believe that BLM is good and it stands up for and improves all black lives. Nothing could actually be further from the truth. These people are keeping themselves in the dark and ignoring the truth – not realizing the left’s real agenda is being deliberately hidden from ...
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Biden’s equity agenda will make schools less safe, by Stacy Washington

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To comply with President Joe Biden’s racial equity executive order, the Departments of Justice and Education will likely reinstate, and possibly strengthen, Obama administration rules for public schools that judge student punishments by quantity rather than context. Mere numerical race disparities become de facto discrimination. This puts teachers in a tenuous position. While American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten pushes a social justice agenda embracing critical race theory, she must also have the backs of members who will be judged by metrics portraying them as vicious racists. A union’s first obligation is protecting members who pay their dues. Weingarten ...
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Infrastructure Bill Proves DC Shouldn’t Be in the Driver’s Seat

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Summertime is normally when Hollywood releases its blockbuster disaster movies: "Twister," "Deep Impact," "Armageddon," and "The Perfect Storm," to name just a few. With no cinematic depictions of disaster on offer, Washington has had to step in. Introducing . . .  "The Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Bill." Racing towards the American people is so-called "bi-partisan" infrastructure legislation. It amounts to a catastrophe coming to your neighborhood soon. Right now, the United States Senate is working on a $1.2 trillion spending bill that purportedly ends gridlock, repairs bridges and eliminates potholes — nationwide. That ladies and gentlemen is a disguise; smoke and mirrors. The ...
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The American Economy Is at a Crossroads, by Martin Baker

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As our nation emerges into a fragile post-pandemic world, we must recognize our economy has been in peril longer than most would care to admit. Some will blame the housing bubble’s collapse in 2007. Some will blame the tax and spend Clinton era. Others will cite the defense buildup of the Reagan years. To some degree, all would be correct. But it would be partisan balderdash to lay our current dire straits at the feet of one person or party. And we need to realize we are still making similar mistakes and risk a latter-day crisis. Our history of reckless ...
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Limiting Access to Online Lending will Hurt Black Entrepreneurs, by Richard Holt

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We desperately need more growth to rebuild the post-COVID American economy. Yet liberals are hard at work waging war on business in general, and on minority entrepreneurs in particular. While large corporations have fewer problems applying for and receiving loans, the hundreds of thousands of black Americans who are self-employed or who run small businesses are not so fortunate. The left’s anti-growth agenda is setting the black community up for failure once again. The latest stumbling block put before black Americans comes as the left makes moves to ban online lending. Online lending can be the lifeblood for black start-ups ...
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