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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.

Mayors Drink The Ex-Im Kool-Aid

              Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, left, and California state Sen. Darrell Steinberg arrive for the  NBA owners meetings regarding the the possible relocation of the Sacramento Kings  team to Seattle, in New York, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer have agreed to buy a majority stake in the Kings from the Maloof family for $341 million, but the deal needs league approval. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

There’s an old saying that all politics is local. If that is the case, it should follow that local politicians should be among the best informed, armed with ironclad facts as they weigh in on issues that affect not only their areas, but the nation as a whole. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, however, has generated some confusion recently by throwing their support behind the embattled Export-Import Bank of the United States – apparently on the strength of some questionable data.

An Energy Security Trust Fund Should Be A Bipartisan Priority

11:47 AM 01/09/2015

With the new year comes a new Congress, and, as always, energy policy will be a major priority for this 114th session. Now that Republicans have regained control of both the Senate and the House, and with President Obama looking to establish his legacy, there is a unique opportunity to build positive momentum on energy security and reduce America’s vulnerability to the historically volatile oil market.

The Conservative Case Against Patent Reform

4:32 PM 12/04/2014

After six years of Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress pledging to “fix” every sector of the economy with one-size-fits-all Washington “solutions” (and failing miserably), you will never guess what some Republicans in Washington are planning to do in January when they get complete control of Capitol Hill. If you guessed that they’re planning to join the White House legislate a government takeover of another sector of our economy, you would be right.

Sounding The Alarm On Obama’s Amnesty Agenda

6:00 PM 12/02/2014

Now that President Barack Obama announced his intentions to violate the Constitution and grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants through executive amnesty, Congress is in a rush to respond. Obama's actions are a threat to the America's democracy, and it is up to the American people to demand enforcement of America's immigration laws.

House Republicans Can Stop Obama’s Amnesty Agenda

10:37 AM 11/18/2014

With already dismal approval ratings, this has been the most difficult month for President Barack Obama yet. After voters from coast to coast soundly rejected Obama-supporting Democrats on election day, video was leaked of left-wing economist Jonathan Gruber -- the chief architect of Obamacare -- admitting that the sweeping health care bill became law because Americans are "stupid."

The Sapphic Tyrant Of Houston Endangers Civil Rights

5:26 PM 10/21/2014

Tavis Smiley raised a lot of eyebrows this weekend when he spoke on ABC-TV’s “This Week” news show, hosted by George Stephanopoulos. Smiley pointed to double-digit unemployment in the black community under President Obama and said: “If you’re black or brown, other than saving the Democrats’ hide, what inspires you to go out and vote?”

An Obamacare Mess You Likely Missed: IP Protection For Biosimilars

11:45 AM 10/15/2014

Buried inside of the 20,000 pages of the Obamacare monstrosity are a few paragraphs which could create a multi-billion dollar industry in the American healthcare sector. Known as "biosimilars," the law allowed for the production of complex drugs which are medically equivalent versions of biologics (drugs derived from living organisms), and can treat deadly diseases ranging from Alzheimer's, AIDS, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Veterans Deserve The Choice Of Quality Higher Education, Including For-Profit AMU

3:58 PM 10/06/2014

Historically, Democrats have been politically vulnerable on military issues. The recent missteps President Barack Obama has made in dealing with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the situation in Syria are hurting his party’s chances for keeping control of the Senate in the next Congress. Another problem for the president and congressional Democrats, is having to spend the 2014 election cycle explaining to voters why our veterans hospitals are government-run healthcare disasters. In Phoenix, Veterans Administration secretary Robert McDonald acknowledged that secret waiting lists and bad care needlessly “caused the death of veterans.”

What Is Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg Hiding?

5:18 PM 09/08/2014

It seems the Export-Import Bank of the United States is once again putting up walls to keep the duly-elected representatives of the American people from getting a look at their inner workings. Ex-Im Chairman Fred Hochberg recently dashed off a letter to U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Patrick McHenry in which he dismissed the committee’s request to interview Ex-Im officials, shying away from what he called “the inherently adversarial nature of transcribed interviews.”

Mr. President: Keep Your Promises To Camp Liberty!

11:01 AM 07/03/2014

One hundred years ago this summer, the German Chancellor reacted with shock and dismay when the British ambassador brought him news of his country’s declaration of war. Germany had invaded Belgium, a country whose independence Germany had pledged by treaty to respect. The Chancellor was distraught. He said he could not believe Britain would go to war over “a scrap of paper.”

Iran, Not ISIS, Is The Existential Threat

1:49 PM 06/25/2014

In the confusion that accompanies the surge of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), it is not surprising that many are deeply concerned. This extraordinarily savage group of terrorists has stormed out of Syria and is threatening many cities in Iraq — cities that Americans liberated with their blood and treasure. It’s not surprising that, faced with such a stunning development, even officials like Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) might consider working with Iran’s mullahs to stem the tide.

Iraq Crisis Is The Latest Sign Of U.S. Vulnerability To Oil Price Spikes

4:12 PM 06/23/2014

The ongoing conflict in Iraq has serious implications for vital U.S. interests, the extent of which are difficult to decipher at this early stage. Who ends up holding the keys to power within Iraqi territory? What happens to the regional balance of power? How will Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons — and our efforts to stop them — be affected?

Yes, Obama Is ‘Fundamentally Transforming’ America

11:37 AM 06/13/2014

Dr. Cornel West is a leading liberal public intellectual. He gave an interview to NewsOne immediately following the 2012 Election that was nothing if not provocative. Dr. West said he was happy Romney didn’t win, but far from satisfied with the Obama record and especially with the just-ended presidential campaign:

Susan Rice: Fool Us Twice?

10:30 AM 06/06/2014

It’s an old American saying: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!” President Obama’s National Security Adviser went on another Sunday show last weekend. She proceeded to tell the nation and the world that the AWOL U.S. Army soldier held for five years by the Taliban, Bowe Bergdahl, had served “honorably, and with distinction.” She defended the Obama administration’s decision to trade five of the worst detainees at Guantànamo Bay for this soldier.