Ken Blackwell, former Secretary of State in Ohio, is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Club for Growth and the National Taxpayers Union.

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July 18, 2018, 9:57 AM EDT
On June 30, several European authorities thwarted an attack on the annual Free Iran rally organized by supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Considering that Assadollah Assadi, the intelligence station chief at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, was arrested along with two would-be bombers, it is abundantly clear that the plot was masterminded in Tehran. While Tehran tried to depict the foiled plot as a “false flag” operation by the opposition, the claim was rejected as ridiculous by a senior U.S. State Department official. In fact, the opposition’s intelligence from inside the Islamic Republic determined that the decision to undertake an attack on the rally was made months earlier by the highest Iranian authorities, including both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
July 16, 2018, 2:13 PM EDT
Candidate Donald Trump had many Republican critics. Some voted for him only out of concern for judges. With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he repaid their confidence in full.
July 3, 2018, 7:08 PM EDT
Today, America dominates the globe. It’s easy to forget that the United States almost didn’t exist.
July 2, 2018, 10:17 AM EDT
A while back, I wrote about the importance of the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in the Wayfair vs. South Dakota case. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Court sided with South Dakota in a narrow ruling to overturn their own precedent (Quill vs. North Dakota) that states cannot force businesses to collect and remit sales taxes unless the business has a physical presence in their state. This ruling raises serious concerns about the future of Internet commerce.  At stake in the case, were several important issues of interstate commerce, federalism and due process.  Rather than settling the issue, however, the decision only makes it murkier and will require more litigation or, hopefully, a solution from Congress.
June 22, 2018, 4:14 PM EDT
One could easily argue that Iran’s ruling theocracy is facing the greatest internal threat to its rule since the 1980s. In the beginning of this year, the country was rocked by a mass uprising. The chain of protests was a major step forward for the domestic Resistance movement in the sense that it extracted political activism from farmers and the rural poor, despite the fact that these groups had long been thought to tolerate or even support the clerical regime.
June 21, 2018, 10:49 AM EDT
This week’s OPEC meeting reveals once again that the market for oil is controlled by nations that collude to manipulate oil prices.
June 15, 2018, 9:54 AM EDT
Democrats long have relied on inaccurate election rolls to aid their candidates. They want to count every vote, legal or not. So, after Ohio’s government cleaned up its registration lists it was hit with the usual claims of left-wing bias. Now the Supreme Court has ruled for the state.
June 11, 2018, 10:38 AM EDT
It’s no secret that President Trump has shaken up the Washington, DC establishment in his first 500 days in office. His less than conventional administration is clearly less worried about political niceties and protocol and is squarely focused on creating millions of new jobs. The Trump economy is squashing unemployment rates down to their lowest levels in 18 years – 3.8 percent. 223,000 private-sector jobs were created in May alone. Since President Trump’s election, businesses have added over three million new, private-sector jobs.
June 5, 2018, 1:44 PM EDT
For anyone committed to constitutional government, California looks like a lost cause. The political battle rages between the radical-extreme and moderate-extreme. People and businesses are being driven out of the state.
June 4, 2018, 10:54 AM EDT
With a number of critical decisions set to be released by the Supreme Court this month, one in particular could have wide-ranging impact on our economy and on the very principle of federalism.  In South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Court will decide whether to uphold its earlier decision that states cannot force businesses to collect and remit sales taxes unless the businesses has a physical presence in their state.   A bad decision from the court – as well as possible legislation from Congress – would lead to Internet sales taxes that harm hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the nation and change the very face of the Internet economy.
May 18, 2018, 2:18 PM EDT
President Donald Trump continues to address the American people’s practical needs. Now, he is out to reduce drug costs with his latest initiative “American Patients First.”
May 15, 2018, 3:52 PM EDT
President Donald Trump can celebrate another victory for his America First agenda.
April 23, 2018, 12:04 PM EDT
President Trump, in a recent tweet, has drawn attention to a pernicious threat against American interests that has persisted for decades: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its alliance with other petrostates as they seek to control the price and supply of oil.
April 20, 2018, 2:16 PM EDT
When the 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.
April 16, 2018, 9:48 AM EDT
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.
April 10, 2018, 9:24 AM EDT
On April 10, 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.
April 5, 2018, 10:01 AM EDT
The appointment of John Bolton 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).
April 2, 2018, 3:08 PM EDT
It’s not about being against foreigners. All nations put their people first. If there’s hard work to do in the world, they turn to the U.S.A.
March 30, 2018, 2:12 PM EDT
Conservatives’ expectations for honest and fair movies coming out of Hollywood are understandably low.  For decades now we have been brow-beaten and lectured by clueless celebrities on everything from saving the Spotted Owl to gun control – the latest flavor of the moment.
March 28, 2018, 10:47 AM EDT
The legal battle against oil companies for their purported role in contributing to a climate change crisis is starting to take shape. This past Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco made history, holding the first-ever U.S. court hearing exploring the impact of climate change. Lawyers representing the cities of Oakland and San Francisco as well as five of the largest multinational oil companies named in the lawsuit, participated in a climate change “tutorial,” a chance to explore both sides’ positions on several questions related to climate change. Here’s what we learned from the hearing: future litigation will pit reasoned dialog in line with mainstream climate science against the politically charged rhetoric of climate change extremism.