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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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Ken Starr and a Gracious Call Home

Fear, by Bob Woodward, was not the only major book about a special-counsel-challenged president released on Tuesday.  So was Contempt, by Ken Starr.  Woodward’s book is about Donald Trump now.  Starr’s is about Bill Clinton two decades ago.  Largely because I got to know Starr a bit and came to admire him greatly when he spoke at American Experiment’s first Fall Briefing, in 1999, I started reading his book first, Tuesday night.  A smart choice if the first 50 pages are any indication, and I trust they are. As you may recall, Starr was frequently vilified back then for, among other...

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Candace Owens Wowed a Center Crowd of 550. Watch Her Speech Here!

We loved the way she thinks way before Kanye West, and we certainly love her more after Candace Owens inspired a crowd of 550 at another Center lunch forum. The Kanye, and now Presidential-approved Owens spent her first trip to Minnesota with American Experiment sharing her thoughts on the state of culture, politics, and, of course, that now infamous tweet....

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Don’t Miss Courageous Candace Owens May 8 in Minneapolis: Be part of Center’s largest forum EVER!

Timing is everything and the Center is hosting a lunch forum with Candace Owens just as her profile is exploding in the national news, partly because Kanye West tweeted, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.”  I’ll try to get you up to speed on some of the deets of the controversy, but if you want to be part of this wave crashing in Minneapolis on May 8th you’d better register now, because it looks like our room holding 400 will be SOLD OUT in just a few days. [Update] We've secured a bigger room so register now if you'd like to...

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How Kanye West broke the internet with 7 words

Kanye West tweeted out a supportive message for black conservative media personality Candace Owens, and Twitter lost its mind. Candace Owens—the communications director for Turning Point USA and creator of the YouTube channel called Red Pill Black—uses her voice to encourage the black community to change its mentality from “victim” to “victor.” Needless to say, this perspective is not popular with the left. Join the Center for a lunch forum featuring Candace Owens on Tuesday, May 8. ...

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Tucker Carlson Wows Sold-Out Crowd at Annual Dinner

The Center held its Annual Dinner last night at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Enthusiasm about American Experiment and its mission is so high that the event sold out--a crowd of 1,240 attended. This is what it looked like from near the rear of the room: The evening began in stylish fashion with Manny Laureano, principal trumpeter for the Minnesota Orchestra, playing the National Anthem. (Laureano became known for more than his musical gifts last December, when he walked offstage during a concert in disgust at inappropriate political comments by a performer.) The crowd joined in and sang along. I am not...

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Politicization of Edina Schools Continues to Receive National Attention

Another red-hot article by Katherine Kersten on the barrage of social justice in Edina Public Schools continues to spark a national discussion. Her latest piece titled “Inside a Public School Social Justice Factory” was recently published by the Weekly Standard, as my colleague Tom Steward summarizes here. Numerous online news outlets have shared the article since its publication and it has received significant attention on Twitter, as well. Tucker Carlson—a “Higher Ed Hero” and host of Tucker Carlson Tonight—tweeted out the article and elicited over 5,000 “likes,” nearly 3,000 retweets, and more than 700 comments. What’s happening in Edina is not an...

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Stephen Moore on Why Tax Reform Matters: Do You Have a Story?

At our first quarterly lunch forum of 2018 we will discuss a topic that impacts us every day: Taxes. The recent tax reform law is just beginning to take effect, so what changes can we expect? Stephen Moore, a Heritage Visiting Fellow and a Senior Economic Adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, will walk us through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and what it means for you. In an op-ed for The Washington Times, Moore laid out “Why taxes matter after all”: With the recent Walmart announcement of an increase in their starting wage, there are now more than 100 companies that...

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Tucker Carlson recognized as a ‘Higher Ed Hero’ & will be featured at Center’s Annual Dinner

To close off 2017, Campus Reform—a project of the Leadership Institute and a site for college news—highlighted “some [15] of the most remarkable individuals who made a positive impact in higher education” and asked readers to vote for the year’s top five “Higher Ed Heroes.” Today, Campus Reform announced Tucker Carlson clinched fourth place in the competition. The Center will host Tucker for its 2018 Annual Dinner on Saturday evening, April 7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center....

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