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Ken Blackwell
Ken Blackwell
Former Ohio Secretary of State
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      Ken Blackwell

      Ken Blackwell, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, is a member of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s board, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, and Ohio’s former secretary of state.

Pompeo: A Proven Leader For The State Department

5:09 PM 04/19/2018

When news broke on Tuesday night that CIA Director Mike Pompeo had met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, I was not surprised. Pompeo had long ago established his importance to this administration and his understanding of geopolitics. Pompeo’s skills are precisely why the president nominated him to be the next Secretary of State—and why it’s so absurd that Democrats are reluctant to confirm him.

Time To Reverse America’s Innovation Decline

4:50 PM 04/16/2018

America’s position as the world’s innovation leader is in peril. A decade of bad public policy combined with a judiciary that fundamentally misunderstands the importance of intellectual property protection have driven this downward spiral. Fortunately, recent moves in Congress and a change in administration are sending signals that we have a chance to turn the tide.

In Neil Gorsuch, Trump Kept His Promise To The American People

5:13 PM 04/10/2018

On April 10, 2018, Justice Neil Gorsuch will celebrate his first anniversary on the United States Supreme Court. President Donald Trump and his supporters should celebrate as well, because in Gorsuch, Trump kept one of his core campaign promises to the American people.

John Bolton Is The Right Man In The Right Job At The Right Moment To Face Iran

2:41 AM 04/06/2018

The appointment of John Bolton’s as National Security Advisor has given rise to lively debate in American foreign policy circles. The discussion seems all the more imperative in light of the upcoming May 12 deadline for sanction waivers under the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

U.S. National Security Depends On American 5G Leadership

1:09 AM 03/15/2018

Continuing his pattern of strong and decisive action, President Donald Trump followed the recommendations of his security advisers to block the potential takeover of an American company that would have serious consequences for our national security and America’s global leadership in technology -- vis a vis China. After getting advice from a government agency that the hostile takeover of Qualcomm by the Singapore-based Broadcom poses potential national security risks, the president ordered a block of any such deal.

Gas Prices Versus Tax Cuts: How Trump Can Protect His Signature Achievement

2:32 AM 02/26/2018

During his short time in office, President Donald Trump has taken several steps that have generated robust economic growth, including signing historic tax cuts that have already led to bigger paychecks for American workers. But to ensure that Americans can keep enjoying the benefits of this popular tax cut, the administration needs to fight rising gas prices.

Liberate Iran: Demand Release Of Detained Protesters

1:25 AM 01/27/2018

On November 9, 1978, the U.S. ambassador to Tehran, William Sullivan, sent shock waves through the foreign policy establishment with a diplomatic cable to the White House titled, “Thinking the unthinkable. Iran without the Shah.” The Iranian monarchy had been a U.S. ally for decades but in less than three months, the Shah and the monarchy were history.

End The Root Cause Of Illegal Immigration

4:25 PM 11/25/2017

The recent passage of mandatory E-Verify by the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee brings us one step closer to ending the root cause of most illegal immigration into the United States: outlaw businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Illegal border crossings, visa overstays, and children born in the United States to parents here illegally would all be dramatically reduced or eliminated if we ended the ability for outlaw employers to take advantage of immigrants that arrive here illegally.

Stopping Obama’s Time Bomb: The First Tax Increase Of The Trump Era

1:53 AM 11/20/2017

In just six weeks, the first tax increase of the Trump era goes into effect. It's a delayed, time-released tax hike that President Obama left as a parting gift for his successor. You haven't heard much about this tax increase because it was deliberately designed by Democrats to be hidden from those who ultimately pay for it and to go into place after Obama was out of office.

The Tragedy In Yemen: The Rest Of The Story

4:20 PM 10/30/2017

I'm shocked by the UN’s decision to censure Saudi Arabia for its actions in Yemen.  It is indeed deplorable to see children die in combat anywhere, but it is particularly hard to witness the daily murder of innocent children who, through no fault of their own, are in the wrong place at the wrong time.   In fact, according to the UN Secretary General’s report on “Children and Armed Combat,” 1340 children died in 2016 alone.   As someone who has spent a lifetime concerned about human rights, this is especially tragic.  What is disappointing about the UN decision, however, is not that they have highlighted the terrible tragedy in the country, but that they have pointed a finger in the wrong direction.