Dallas Police Murders Have ‘Black Lives Matter’ Fingerprints All Over Them

The sniper-style murders of five Dallas police officers last Thursday night should provoke universal outrage.  Yet many observers are justifying them.  While not defending the killings, they are assuming moral equivalence between the massacre and earlier deaths of criminal suspects in police custody.  They claim the murderer, a black ex-Army reservist, Micah X. Johnson, killed by police during a standoff, was a “lone wolf,” not one of the peaceful protestors.  This is nonsense.  The tactics differ; the goals are the same.  Dallas Police Chief David Brown, also black, admits Johnson was driven by a hatred of whites.  And that’s what drives Black Lives Matter, the social network behind protests in Dallas and other cities that enables this attitude.

National Legal and Policy Center several times this year has put Black Lives Matter (BLM) and its enablers under the spotlight for poisoning debate on race.  More than once, its members have …

Heath Care Task Force Showed Hillary’s Penchant for Secrecy

hillary health careOnly time will tell just how damaging the current email controversy is to Hillary Clinton. But looking back, it was the same penchant for secrecy, and disregard for rules that others must follow, that doomed her attempt to overhaul the nation’s health care system in the early Nineties, the most ambitious project of her life next to running for president.

NLPC was a plaintiff in the successful 1993 lawsuit to open the meetings and records of the task force. A good historical account of the task force, and the fight over its proposals, can be found in a 1996 book titled The First Lady: A Comprehensive View of Hillary Rodham Clinton, that I co-wrote with my brother Timothy. Here is Chapter Nine titled “Health Care:”

Calling it a tour-de-force would be an understatement. There she was, the First Lady of the United States with the media and the entire …

Exelon CEO Seeks Profits From Climate Regulations

John Rowe photoNLPC has piled pixels in reporting the crony capitalism and gaming of government regulations by Duke Energy CEO James Rogers, who has favored a political engagement approach to the conduct of business rather than the delivery of services to consumers at affordable prices. That’s how the electricity business works: when you have monopoly control and are guaranteed a profit by your regulators, then you don’t have to worry about besting your competition to earn your customers.

No less passionate an advocate for regulatory favoritism – especially in support of greenhouse gas regulations such as cap-and-tax and carbon (dioxide) taxes – is Exelon Corporation CEO John Rowe. While not as big a supporter of Democrats as Rogers, Rowe – like your typical corporate honcho – has thrown money to both Democrats and Republicans, most which have supported his GHG-restrictive policy beliefs.

Over the weekend National Journal published an …

Gingrich Must Repudiate Sharpton

Sharpton Gingrich photoToday we are asking Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to repudiate Al Sharpton. Gingrich appeared around the country in late 2009 as part of something called the Education Equality Project. At that time, we asked Gingrich to sever ties with Sharpton, only to be ignored.

Now that Gingrich has gone from private citizen to candidate, he must be made accountable for his associations. As Dr. Carl Horowitz of our staff has documented in our 2009 Special Report titled Mainstreaming Demagoguery: Al Sharpton’s Rise to Respectability, Sharpton has promoted fake hate crimes against blacks, and has inspired racial antagonism against whites and Jews.

We have criticized President Obama, former GOP Chairman Michael Steele and other politicians who have consorted with Sharpton. Gingrich must now admit that he made a mistake, and publicly repudiate Sharpton and all he stands for.

In October 2009, I analyzed the Gingrich/Sharpton alliance this way:

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Gingrich Must Sever Ties With Sharpton

Sharpton/GingrichIt is time for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to end his association with Al Sharpton. The two have been appearing together around the country as part of something called the Education Equality Project.

As Dr. Carl Horowitz of our staff has documented in a Special Report released earlier this year, Sharpton has promoted fake hate crimes against blacks, and has inspired racial antagonism against whites and Jews. Indeed, this long-established pattern of behavior continues to the present.

Just last week, the purported victim of a 2007 racially-motivated attack in West Virginia recanted her story that she had been kidnapped and raped in a backwoods trailer by white men. Sharpton had championed her plight, descending on Charleston to lead an anti-hate rally, much as he rallied to the side of the accuser of the Duke lacrosse players in 2006.

Gingrich shares with Sharpton an affinity for the TV camera. Their …

Gingrich Skewers UAW Role in Federal Auto Industry Bailout

Newt GingrichAt least one major American political figure is calling the recent Obama administration-engineered bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler the political payback to the United Auto Workers (UAW) that they really are. In the cover article for the June 15 issue of the conservative weekly Human Events, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., termed the bailout a “scandal,” similar in behavior to the Teapot Dome scandal of the Harding administration but far larger in scope. Gingrich lays out the case for why “saving” the automobile industry, with $50 billion in taxpayer-backed loans ($30 billion of it yet to come) for GM alone, constitutes an unconstitutional tax on bondholders and taxpayers.

In its political activity, the UAW, like most unions, operates as an adjunct to the Democratic Party. During 2000-08, the union gave more than $23.6 million to the party and its candidates. That compares to the $193,540 it gave to …