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Limited Spending Key to Economic Stability

Limited Spending Key to Economic Stability

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Despite our economy hurting from “a fragile post-pandemic world,” Project 21 member Martin Baker hastens to remind readers that “our economy has been in peril ...
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Biased Media Won’t Call Out Election Whoppers

Biased Media Won’t Call Out Election Whoppers

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A recent rally in Washington, D.C. opposing state-level voter integrity legislation was timed on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1968 “I Have a Dream” ...
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Texas Abortion Law Uproar Reveals Biden's Ignorance of Law and Civics

Texas Abortion Law Uproar Reveals Biden’s Ignorance of Law and Civics

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In an attempt to deflect unwanted questions about new protections for the unborn in Texas, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tried to infer that ...
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Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America

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 Ask Kennedy Center to Rescind Tina Fey’s Comedy Prize

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After Fey’s Blackface Apology, Project 21 Challenges Taxpayer-Funded Institution to Hold Fey to Her Own Standard Washington, D.C. – The Project 21 black leadership network requested that the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts rescind the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor that it awarded to Tina Fey, in light of the use of blackface on her television show and her recent request to remove that content from circulation. “We are not trying to cancel Tina Fey. Tina Fey cancelled herself when she asked Hulu to purge offensive episodes of ‘30 Rock,’ calling the fruits of her creativity ...
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Juneteenth Observances Should Focus on Opportunity, Not Fear and Anger

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"Society wants us to succeed, but it's up to us to want to succeed" Washington, D.C. - In advance of "Juneteenth," the oldest and most recognized commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, members of the Project 21 black leadership network urged black Americans to avoid pitfalls of negativity and to embrace the opportunities that America has to offer. "Our takeaway from the death of George Floyd should be that America came together as one to denounce what happened and speak out against racial injustice. This blessing is our chance to take full advantage of the opportunities ...
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Disney Criticized for Pulling Advertising From “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Over Black Lives Matter Discussions

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"Black Communities Do Not Benefit If Only One Narrow Narrative Is Permitted in Public Discourse," Said Carlson Guest Horace Cooper Washington, D.C. – After Disney publicly declared its intention to stop advertising on the Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" in response to discussions related to Black Lives Matter and Antifa, its decision was criticized by recent Carlson guest Horace Cooper and representatives of the Free Enterprise Project (FEP) - which frequently challenges Disney policies. Disney pulled its advertising in response to Carlson opining that Americans are not "required" to be upset by the death of George Floyd, that the ...
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Black Activists Criticize NFL for Surrendering to Players’ Woke Demands

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Potential Return of Kneeling for Flag and Anthem “Not Justified” Washington, D.C. – Activists with the Project 21 black leadership network condemned National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell for submitting to player demands that would allow the tragic death of George Floyd to be used to politicize professional sports. “No, Roger Goodell, disrespecting the flag is not justified,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “Too many Americans - black, white and brown - have given their lives fighting for our nation’s flag. Neither the NFL nor any organization should let protests or riots be an excuse to encourage this ...
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Black Activists Condemn Nationwide Rioting

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“The Left is ‘Fighting For’ Blacks While Also Demolishing Our Neighborhoods and Ruining Our Lives” Washington, D.C. – Saying people need to “stop rationalizing and excusing criminal activity,” members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemned the politically motivated riots that have erupted across America, and applaud the possibility of Antifa being designated a domestic terrorist organization. Project 21 was founded 28 years ago in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots to highlight black Americans willing to speak out for law and order and to show the political diversity of the black community. On the five-year anniversary ...
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New York Times Chooses Controversy Over Truth in Promoting Revisionist History

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1619 Project, Debunked by Historians for Calling American Independence a Conspiracy to Protect Slavery, Continues to Be Marketed to Schoolchildren The Times Is No Longer “a Newspaper of Record,” Says Black Activist, Calling It Instead “a Vicious Caricature of Its Once Respectable Self” Washington, D.C. – Instead of renouncing the debunked 1619 Project, New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger today patted himself on the back for sparking debate with a revisionist history that has been distributed to schools nationwide. During the annual New York Times shareholder meeting, the first one ever to be held virtually, Christopher Arps, a member of ...
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Black Activists Cheer Trump Administration for Easing Fuel Efficiency Mandate

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“Realistic CAFE Goals… Don’t Force American Families to Choose Between Putting Food on the Table and Having a Modern Vehicle” Washington, D.C. – A recalibrated fuel efficiency standard for American cars and light trucks is being praised by black activists for its potential to improve safety and reduce regulatory burden while still being mindful of the well-being of both the environment and the economy. “American households have a great friend in the Trump Administration. Now, when families make one of their biggest expenditures, they will no longer be faced with excessive prices simply to have the safety they want for ...
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Supreme Court Demands Proof of Clear Racial Discrimination

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Black Conservatives Praise Justices for Rejecting “Race Card” Allegations to Root Out Real Bias Washington, D.C. - Allegations of racial discrimination in contracting must prove that bias is the sole reason for a minority company losing a deal, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday. This decision frees up plaintiffs and courts to focus on true instances of discrimination, according to members of the Project 21 black leadership network. “With this decision, the justices unanimously ruled that Americans must show that ‘race was the determining factor behind their claim’ of discrimination and not just merely one of several factors,” said Project ...
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NEPA Reform Can Create Equality and Opportunity for Black America, Say Black Leaders

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Washington, D.C. - Calling it “regulatory reform that enhances black empowerment,” the co-chairmen of the Project 21 black leadership network submitted public comments supporting the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to reform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In their comment, the Project 21 co-chairmen – Horace Cooper, Council Nedd II and Stacy Washington – wrote: “Commonsense NEPA reform, with a mindful balance of environmental protection and economic growth, is key to a more productive America that helps all of its citizens.” NEPA is a 50-year-old federal regulation subjecting major construction projects and land management decisions to layers of permitting and ...
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Protect Women Instead of Abortionists, Say Black Activists

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Project 21 Backs Louisiana Law Under Supreme Court Scrutiny Washington, D.C. - The Project 21 black leadership network is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, noting that black women are at risk of unnecessary and disproportionate harm during abortion procedures. Project 21 signed onto a amici curiae (“friends of the court”) legal brief in the case of June Medical Services v. Gee, which will be argued on March 4. The brief, representing black conservative and pro-life organizations, asked the justices to uphold the lower court ruling ...
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State of the Union Indicates “Exponentially Brighter” Future for Black Americans

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Project 21 Condemns “Hatred and Shallowness” on Display by Presidential Critics Washington, D.C. - Responding to the upbeat message in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, members of the Project 21 black leadership network commend the progress that black Americans have made in recent years due to lower taxes, less regulation and policies that “put America first.” “Tonight, the President strode into the last State of the Union Address of his first term with polls showing race relations at an all-time high, unemployment across all metrics at all-time lows, and a booming economy. He recently signed a new trade agreement ...
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Black Activists Push for School Choice at Supreme Court

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Project 21 Decries Blaine Amendments as Bigoted for Denying Families Best Educational Options Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today about whether parents should be empowered with the ability to use government-assisted scholarships to enroll their children in religious schools. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network have joined a legal brief advising the justices that current laws blocking parents from doing so prevent them from making the best choices for their children’s education. The case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue focuses on “Blaine Amendments” that are found in 37 state constitutions nationwide ...
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MLK’s Mission Praised by Black Conservatives

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Left-Wing Activists Criticized for Misinterpreting Teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Washington, D.C. - In observance of the upcoming holiday devoted to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., members of the Project 21 black leadership network are available for interviews regarding Dr. King, how his teachings have shaped the nation and how people have acted – positively and negatively - in his name. “Dr. King’s embodiment of bravery, courage and unity remains a call to action in our neighborhoods and communities. We must continue to reference his life as a catalyst for racial harmony and ...
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Covington Student’s Legal Victory Against CNN Hailed by Black Activists

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Project 21 Applauds Nick Sandmann's Decision to "Stand Up to Leftist Bullies and Fight Back" Washington, D.C. – The legal victory of Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann over CNN for false reporting is being hailed by members of the Project 21 black leadership network. Sandmann sued CNN and other media organizations for defamation, claiming they had perpetuated false allegations about his encounter with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial last January. Project 21 members were early supporters of Sandmann and his fellow students as they sought to clear their names. "CNN's settlement of a defamation suit filed ...
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Black Activists Rebuke Comparision of Impeachment to Civil Rights Movement

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Partisan “Clarification” Called Disrespectful and Hypocritical Washington, D.C. - Pushing back on lawmakers who compare impeachment proceedings to the Civil Rights Movement and the fight against Jim Crow discrimination, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are calling liberals’ rhetorical tactics - particularly ones by U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries - both incorrect and hypocritical. “This has to be - without question - one of the most incorrect comparisons I have ever heard,” said Project 21 member Martin Baker. “How dare Representative Jeffries weaponize the collective struggles of suffragettes and the Civil Rights Movement by comparing them to an impeachment ...
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Record-Low Black Unemployment Applauded by Black Activists

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Project 21 Cites Low Taxes, Deregulation Among Reasons Blacks Are Back to Work Black unemployment has hit yet another record low, and that is being cheered by members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who cite lower taxes and fewer regulations as major factors in America’s economic recovery. “President Kennedy once said a rising tide lifts all boats, and this latest economic news shows the Trump Administration’s policies are helping all demographics – including black Americans,” said Project 21 member Christopher Arps. “Reducing taxes and regulations has always proven to be a boon for the economy.” The U.S. Bureau ...
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Cuomo’s “Fredo” Freak-Out Criticized by Black Activists

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Project 21 Members Say Reference to "Godfather" Character Not Comparable to N-Word Washington, D.C. – As CNN personality Chris Cuomo tries to equate being called “Fredo” – the “weak brother” in “The Godfather” – with a black person being called the n-word, Project 21 members are criticizing him and CNN for trying to paint critics as bigots. “This is America in 2019. CNN has a white man of wealth and privilege who hails from a prominent political family. He claims he’s the victim of a very questionable slur,” said Project 21 member Christopher Arps. “This is liberal logic.” Cuomo confronted ...
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Citizenship Scrutiny for Immigrants on Welfare Gets Black Approval

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Project 21: Path to Citizenship for People on Assistance is "Unfair" and "Insulting" to Working Poor Washington, D.C. – A new federal rule adding more scrutiny to the citizenship process for immigrants who have collected public assistance is applauded by the Project 21 black leadership network. “Acting Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli’s new rule limiting immigration options for persons who come to America to access our generous social service safety net is long overdue,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington. “Most American families carefully budget the money left over after paying taxes to support themselves. To have people ...
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On Anniversary of Michael Brown’s Death, Ferguson’s Leaders Given “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America”

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Black Conservatives Present Recommendations to Mayor, City Council for Improving Black Opportunity Ferguson, MO/Washington, D.C. – On the eve of the fifth anniversary Michael Brown’s death, Project 21 will hold a press conference where they will present Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III with its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black Americans.” On Thursday, August 8, at the Ferguson City Hall, members of the black leadership network will discuss Blueprint recommendations with the mayor that are designed to provide the community with innovative means for helping black Americans reach their full potential and obtain better access to the American dream ...
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After Trump Tweets, Baltimore’s Elected Leaders Given “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America”

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Black Conservatives Send Recommendations to Mayor, City Council for Improving Black Opportunity Washington, D.C. – To help create a better Baltimore, the Project 21 black leadership network sent Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the entire Baltimore City Council copies of its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America.” Project 21’s Blueprint contains 57 policy recommendations over 10 key areas that are designed to remove barriers that keep black communities from reaching their full potential and to ensure that access to the American Dream is attainable for everyone. Many of the ideas proposed in the Blueprint can be implemented ...
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The Left’s Push To Cancel Conservative Media Isn’t ‘Fighting Disinformation.’ It’s Censorship.

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The trend among progressives to limit speech moves to Capitol Hill this week when Democrat lawmakers convene a hearing on “disinformation and extremism in the media.” According to the hearing announcement, “the spread of disinformation and extremism by traditional news media presents a tangible and destabilizing threat,” and lawmakers look forward to hearing “what more can be done to address this growing problem moving forward.” One option being considered by many on the Left is censorship — the effort to punish or prevent discussion using force or pressure — whether the effort involves government actors or not. Progressives are leading the ...
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Americans Deserve True Black History, Not Lies From The 1619 Project, by Christopher Arps

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The pedagogy of ethnic pride comes with responsibility currently being abdicated for radicalism. That’s why it’s a shame when curricula simply revises history for political gain. When I attended last year’s White House Black History Month reception, it appeared few of us took note that it was the 50th anniversary of such observances. Then George Floyd and Black Lives Matter happened, seemingly changing things forever—particularly a reevaluation of the black experience. Concerted efforts to commemorate black history go back almost a century. In 1926, black historian Carter G. Woodson designated the second week in February as “Negro History Week.” He ...
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Lack of Evidence Renders Trump Impeachment II a Total Sham, by Deroy Murdock

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Former President Donald J. Trump faces his second impeachment trial next week. The charge? "Incitement of insurrection," specifically the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Trump’s remarks at the pre-revolt Save America Rally are highly incriminating — as these quotes from my relevant file show: Describing his rage over November’s election irregularities, Trump pointed behind him and said, "I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House." He then mocked tranquil demonstrations. "Please, show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful," Trump told the roaring crowd. "You cannot be civil with a ...
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Biden’s ‘Rescue’ Will Stifle Economy, End Personal Responsibility

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Joe Biden’s plan for a $1.9 trillion coronavirus package throws the Hippocratic Oath, to "first do no harm,'' to the curb. Billed as the American Rescue Plan, his proposal will cripple economic growth, undermine personal responsibility and create an immigration magnet —in the process harming minorities and the working class the most. While the top focus is the push to provide an additional $1,400 per person to U.S. households, little attention is provided to the fact that the plan will include payments to illegal immigrants — whether they plan to stay in the U.S. or not. Instead of using the bully ...
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Good Police Officers’ Lives Matter, by Rich Holt

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“Be polite. Be respectful. Deescalate.” These are the priorities of the sheriff’s deputies I accompanied on a recent ride-along. That is also the mantra of any capable, competent, and professional police department. Fortunately, and despite protesters’ claims, many police departments look a lot like the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in central Ohio. I began my ride-along remembering bad experiences I’d had with law enforcement in the past, such as “driving while black.” For example, I was once stopped for a crooked license plate. But my ride-along showed me the values of local police. It revealed the challenges they face and ...
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Removing the President Now Lacks Precedent, by Emery McClendon

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There’s no doubt January 6 will be remembered as a dark day in American history. But was the breaching of the U.S. Capitol by angry Trump supporters grounds for removing the president from office— especially when he only has a few days left? President Trump is being blamed for inciting the “mob” that broke through barriers, destroyed property and terrorized a joint session of Congress that was certifying the results of the Electoral College’s presidential vote. Vice President Mike Pence and assembled lawmakers were evacuated to a safe place as Capitol Police attempted to restore order. Protesters refused to stand ...
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It’s Time for America to Act Like An Adult, by Emery McClendon

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As the nation matured from the childishness of 2020 to the adulthood of 2021, President Donald Trump returned to the Oval Office and rolled up his sleeves to do the work that a mature adult nation needs at such a time as this. What’s his urgency to return to work as he heads down the stretch of what is supposed to be his last 20 days as the most powerful man in world? Most presidents would have used this time to wind down and prepare for the transfer of power to their successors. But it is evident this president wants to ...
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An Absurd Call for ‘Vote Reparations’

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Just when it seems that the Left’s extremism has reached its outer limits, a new radical idea comes forward. Brandon Hasbrouck, a professor at Washington and Lee University, has taken to the pages of The Nation, the Left’s preeminent periodical, to advocate so-called “vote reparations.” It’s an idea more dangerous than it is farfetched (though it is that as well). The scheme recommends double-counting the votes of black Americans. This doesn’t merely set aside the one-man/one-vote ideal that our republic operates on; it obliterates it. This proposal wouldn’t pass constitutional muster, nor should it. Counting some votes more than others is a throwback to a bygone era ...
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High Court’s Ringing Endorsement of Religious Freedom

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Americans enjoyed their Thanksgiving time with family last week and simultaneously discovered a special treat. In a per curiamopinion the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the religiously faithful against unfair regulation by the state of New York. In Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York v. Cuomo, the Supreme Court granted injunctive relief which prevents New York Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.68  — a coronavirus directive that enforces so-called occupancy limits on religious services. The Court’s ruling was a ringing endorsement for religious freedom. But, it almost didn’t happen. The dispute began in October, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY., issued ...
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What Have We Got to Lose? by Emery McClendon

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Common sense and a fair judicial system should see that something has to be wrong with how this election has been projected to the nation and the world. There are too many triggers that signal wrong-doing. Wrong-doing that favors one party and ideology over another to ascertain a desired outcome. The projected outcome however, defies common sense and logic. It also does not reflect the current mood of our population. How does a person who draws thousands to rallies and events end up losing to someone who does not campaign, does not appear at public events or gather any crowds ...
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Still Plenty of Reasons for Conservatives to Be Thankful, by Donna Jackson

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Lockdowns for churchgoers but not protesters. Election fraud. Media bias and social media censorship that’s been worse than ever. You name it — there are plenty of reasons for conservatives to be down right now. But there are many more reasons to be hopeful. Like a phoenix, conservatives will rise from the ashes. The silver lining in all of this is that we’ve been shaken from our complacency. Who knows exactly when the tipping point was reached. For me, it was the social media blackout of the Biden family’s alleged misdeeds. But, with so much bad stuff going on, it’s ...
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Unions and BLM Activists Feign Support for Blacks, by Council Nedd II

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During the Obama Administration, America saw its lowest labor force participation rates since the Carter era. While all groups suffered, blacks suffered disproportionately. Yet there was nary a peep from the budding Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement back then. And as jobs in the manufacturing sector left America for China – jobs that paid well and provided great benefits to blacks and whites alike – many union bosses looked the other way. What’s strange is that union leaders opposed China’s ascension into the World Trade Organization under the Clinton Administration and issued stern warnings about the consequences. But that was then, and this is now ...
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The Left’s Wish for Term Limits Would Make the Supreme Court Even More Politicized

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President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court has ignited an expected, yet unfortunate, conflagration on the left. With few procedural levers to pull and little chance of blocking Barrett’s confirmation, the radical left wing of the Democratic Party has threatened to “pack the court,” if given the chance, by increasing the number of sitting justices. Most Americans, regardless of political party, recoil at that idea, which is why Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris refuse to answer direct questions on the subject. Now their handmaids in the ...
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Queen of Hearts: the Newest Race Card

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The American Left—and by extension its devotees in the media and followers in Washington—has decided that anyone who does not agree with its radical policy priorities is, ipso facto, a racist. Gone are the days when to be a racist required skulking around with hoods at night, destroying ballots, or intimidating citizens on the basis of race. Now racism has been fast-tracked to mean mere advocacy of deregulation, free-markets, and equal justice before the law. Is this move occurring because real racism is so rare in 2020 that finding examples is hard work? Or was the Left never committed to ...
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Here’s How Trump Can Get Ginsburg’s Replacement On The Court — Guaranteed

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History often repeats itself. Before treating the present Supreme Court vacancy which occurred right before an election as an unprecedented circumstance, consider that actually we’ve faced a similar circumstance before. The year was 1956 and Dwight D. Eisenhower was heading into a re-election race when an unexpected opening on the court occurred. Justice Sherman Minton – a judicial moderate-conservative – and also a former US Senator (making him the last elected federal official to make it on to the court) resigned from the court due to illness. Appointed by President Harry Truman to support the New Deal agenda, Minton would ...
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Blacks Must Reject Redefining Civil Rights to License Crime

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There was a period when mainstream voices in Black America aligned with the law and not with lawbreakers — when the "snitches get stiches" mindset was associated only with the criminal element and was otherwise rare within the mainstream of Black America. Consider — when Rosa Parks was arrested on Dec. 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat in the black’s only section of the bus to a white passenger, a whirlwind of change was set in motion. She wasn’t the first person whose rights had been violated, but she was the first person that the nascent civil ...
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Lack of Transparency in Government Contracts Hurts Service Members

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Last month when TRANSCOM (United States Transportation Command) pulled back its $7 billion contract award to Norwegian subsidiary American Roll on Roll off Carrier (ARC) taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief. The contract had been awarded on April 30 in the midst of COVID-19 to overhaul the domestic and international household good’s relocation system for over 350,000 U.S. military servicemembers. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) put out the bid for the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) to "transform" the way the military moving system operates. Presently there is a labyrinthine process involving nearly 50 separate DOD offices which hire private ...
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Trump Pension Rule Will Benefit Black Americans, by Council Nedd II

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Put quite simply, too many black Americans are financially unprepared to retire. A mix of poor economic conditions, distrust of institutions and an overall lack of planning affects all Americans. But studies show black Americans are impacted harder. So any impediment to their ability to build retirement security that is identified and yet still allowed to continue unabated is a disservice to black lives. That’s why the Trump administration’s proposed rule clarifying the “investment duties” of certain pension plan managers matters. It addresses a clear and present financial danger in which too many fund managers are making investment decisions for ...
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How Trump’s Law and Order Agenda Is Making Black America Safer Again

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In the wake of George Floyd’s death, America has been presented with a false narrative about blacks and law enforcement. Elite progressive voices have pushed a radical idea: Law enforcement is the embodiment of bigotry in America and that “defunding” or even banning the police department is the solution that blacks want most. But nothing could be further from the truth, as I explain in Chapter 4, “Stop or I’ll Shoot,” of “How Trump is Making Black America Great Again.” It turns out that black Americans are as interested in law and order as the rest of the country, if ...
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Defunding Police Defeats Public Safety, Especially in Black Communities, by Nadra Enzi

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George Floyd’s murder was a horrific crime, and it has literally changed the world. But we need to take a moment to calm ourselves. We must reflect on our goals for fixing law enforcement problems before letting radical activists take control of the criminal justice reform agenda. That’s because — in the wake of the memorial services, protests and riots — there has been a steady call for changing the police by defunding them. On the June 14 edition of “Face the Nation,” an interview with Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best was prophetically titled “Policing will never be as it ...
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