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Ball of Collusion

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020 Issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota. To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. You have been writing for several years about the Russian collusion story and related matters. Your new book, Ball of Collusion, brings it all together. Tell us how that book came to be and its key messages.  While I have concluded that there really was collusion in connection with the election, it did not involve Trump being in cahoots with Kremlin to undermine the election. The most sinister collusion came from the incumbent administration...

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Mark Your Calendars for My “Morning in Minnesota” Talk on our Report Doubling Down on Failure: How a 50 Percent By 2030 Renewable Energy Standard Would Cost Minnesota $80.2 Billion

Hi everyone! Don't forget to mark your calendars for my August 27th talk discussing our award-nominated study (vote here!) Doubling Down on Failure: How a 50 Percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard Would Cost Minnesota $80.2 Billion, and a broader discussion of the Green-New-Deal styled policies that were proposed by DFL members of the Minnesota House of Representative and Governor Walz. Minnesota families already experienced their highest electricity bills ever in 2018, but the politicians who want to mandate that 100 percent of our electricity come from carbon-free sources by 2050 will make this problem even worse. I am pleased to announce that I...

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WSJ Columnist Kimberley Strassel Explains Mueller Testimony, Will be Keynote Speaker at Center’s Fall Briefing

Kimberley Strassel, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, recently reported on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before two House committees this past week and how we are left with “more questions than answers.” Strassel will be the keynote speaker at the Center's Fall Briefing on October 7. ...

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Candace Owens returns for another successful Annual Dinner

Candace Owens returned to Minneapolis almost exactly one year after her first appearance at an American Experiment event to headline our 2019 Annual Dinner. When she first spoke for a lunch forum audience of 550, Owens had just exploded onto the scene with her YouTube videos and Twitter controversies. A year later the Center's audience had nearly doubled in attendance, and her star power had grown exponentially. Owens is an incredible orator. She gave her entire presentation in front of the podium, without notes, seamlessly weaving together her political analysis and personal experiences. Her discussion focused on social media and how...

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The Year I Met Margaret Thatcher…Twice (RIP, Mrs. Thatcher) by Jeffrey C. O’Brien

Back in 1997, I was working as an intern at Center of the American Experiment.  Lady Thatcher was scheduled to keynote the Center’s annual dinner in May 1997 and I was going to be one of the fortunate folks that was going to assist with the event and, since I was staff, meet Lady Thatcher....

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When President George H. W. Bush Keynoted an American Experiment Annual Dinner

George H. W. Bush keynoted Center of the American Experiment’s 2002 Annual Dinner.  I had wanted him to keynote one of our big affairs ever since he had lost the presidency to Bill Clinton in 1992, but many conservatives had been upset with him, particularly for that loss, so we waited until right-side atmospherics in Minnesota changed sufficiently before inviting him. I sensed that moment had come when Bush spoke at a political fundraiser someplace in town around 2000 (for Norm Coleman, if I recall correctly) as he was received warmly by the crowd.  So, we invited him for April 2002...

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Are negative political ads effective? Find out at Center lunch event 1 week after November elections.

Negative political messaging has dominated the television ad space for the past several months, often evoking a visceral response of changing the channel whenever possible. So, why the pervasiveness of negative political ads? Are they effective in swaying voter preferences? Get a breakdown of election results and the role political advertising played from Scott Rasmussen on November 13 at the Center’s next lunch event....

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Alan Dershowitz On Free Speech

The Center's Fall Briefing took place Monday evening at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, with Professor Alan Dershowitz as the featured speaker. Dershowitz is a tireless advocate for free speech, which was the subject of his speech. Dershowitz warned that in American universities, core values of free speech and due process are under attack from the left. He faulted university administrators for caving in to pressure from leftist students, while praising conservative students who stand up for free speech. Dershowitz expressed disappointment in a number of institutions, pointing out that we have no institutions that are neutral protectors of everyone’s civil...

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