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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.

War Is A Four-Letter Word, Spelled I-R-A-N

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani smiles while replying to a question during a news conference on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

House Foreign Relations Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) recently briefed members of the Israel Allies Caucus on Capitol Hill.He spoke to supporters about Iran. Leading off with a question from decades ago: "What distinguishes the United States' nuclear missile arsenal from that of the Soviet Union?"

Candidates Win Evangelicals With Pro-American Worker Immigration Policy

6:11 PM 05/18/2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, an expected GOP presidential candidate, drew the ire of the political right and left recently over his comments on immigration. When it comes to the immigration issue, Republicans are expected to use the tried and true, consultant tested “secure the border” talking point and move on to other issues.

Stop Economic Cronyism, Wind Down The Ex-Im Bank

4:01 PM 05/15/2015

Speaker John Boehner recently made headlines by joining the growing chorus among conservatives on Capitol Hill calling for a “wind down” of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) – signaling he might be open to a plan by U.S. House Republicans to bring the New Deal-era program of economic cronyism to an end.

Obama’s Immigration Legacy: Lower Wages And Less Security For Americans

4:32 PM 03/27/2015

“All we're saying is we're not going to deport you," was the big lie President Barack Obama used when he announced his executive action on immigration. Despite being repeated time and again by politicians and the media during the DHS funding debate to describe the president’s action, it’s still a lie.

A Dred Scott Decision For Unborn Children?

3:52 PM 03/10/2015

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider whether to overturn the marriage laws of all the states — as some activist federal judges have already done in some of the states -- conservatives are naturally calling for judicial restraint. We must warn the court against another exercise of “raw judicial power” like that handed down with its infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. That cruel and unjust ruling is viewed as illegitimate by tens of millions of Americans. Young people especially are turning against abortion-on-demand. We see this in every pro-life march. And this public outcry is being translated into a bumper crop of pro-life legislation bubbling up in state legislatures.

Mayors Drink The Ex-Im Kool-Aid

4:42 PM 02/24/2015

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.”