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  • July 29, 2021

    The BLM Effect

    Last year, our nation experienced the largest single-year increase in murder in American history and endured some of the worst riots in a generation. It’s no coincidence that this appalling death and destruction surged at the same time as the virulently anti-law-enforcement “Black Lives Matter” movement became more popular, powerful, and pervasive. The consequences of the “BLM Effect” continue today.The current crime wave has many similarities to the infamous “Ferguson Effect” that gripped our... Read More
  • On his first day in office, President Biden rescinded the proclamation declaring a national emergency at the southern border. Then he cut off funding for the border wall and gutted virtually all Trump-era policies to reduce illegal immigration, including the successful Remain in Mexico policy.The consequences of Biden's "see no evil" approach to chaos at the border have been predictable. Record numbers of illegal aliens from Central America and elsewhere are now streaming across the border,... Read More
  • The conventional wisdom about the coronavirus pandemic’s origins has changed rapidly, as conventional wisdom often does. Even skeptics and apologists have finally begun to acknowledge the Chinese Communist labs in Wuhan as a possible — even the likely — source of this plague.But those with open eyes and an open mind could see from the beginning that this virus might have spilled out of a lab. Last January, I pointed out that the outbreak’s supposed epicenter, a food market, was just miles from... Read More
  • One year ago tomorrow, President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed (OWS), a bold scientific initiative that resulted in one of the greatest medical achievements of the modern age. It ranks alongside President Kennedy's Moon Shot in its audacity and is virtually unrivalled in its results. Thanks to OWS, our nation developed three safe, effective and life-saving vaccines at record speed. This incredible feat of science and medicine should be celebrated and our nation should seek to codify it and... Read More
  • Last month, Georgia's Republican governor, Brian Kemp, signed legislation to make the state's election process more secure, accessible and fair. Contrary to the avalanche of criticism from the media and the Democratic Party, this law takes sensible steps to improve the state's elections process.The New York Times called the law "the most extensive restriction of voting access in generations and a "breathtaking assertion of partisan power in elections," while President Biden... Read More
  • When President Harry Truman ordered the desegregation of the military in 1948, he invoked the United States’ commitment to “equality of treatment and opportunity for all” as his reason for doing so.Unfortunately, more than 70 years after Truman’s executive order, racist and un-American ideas of unequal treatment are creeping back into the Armed Forces under the guise of so-called critical race theory.Critical race theory repudiates the principle of equality under the law that is articulated... Read More
  • The United States’ Cold War with China will determine the course of the next century. To sweep Chinese Communism into the ash heap of history, we must wage an economic long war through targeted decoupling and rigorous economic competition. Last month, I released a report detailing exactly how to achieve this objective.For three decades, Washington and Wall Street integrated our economy with China’s. Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party perpetrated a devastating trade... Read More
  • In the midst of a global pandemic, Americans would expect the White House to nominate someone with a public-health background or expertise in virology or vaccines to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.President Biden instead nominated California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, whose most notable health-care experience involves unconstitutional lockdowns and a years-long lawsuit against the Little Sisters of the Poor. This order of Catholic nuns — who spend their lives caring... Read More
  • Americans deserve a raise, but a number of obstacles stand between our poorest workers and a bigger paycheck. First, Americans have to compete for jobs against millions of illegal immigrants. This competition lowers wages for some and shuts others out of work altogether. Second, Congress hasn’t increased the federal minimum wage in more than 10 years, when it was raised to $7.25 an hour. Inflation has since eroded the value of that wage by almost 25%, so Americans working full time at... Read More
  • Last summer, as left-wing mobs rioted in the streets and threatened to overwhelm local police and even the National Guard, I wrote an op-ed in The New York Times titled "Send in the Troops."  I argued that the president should deploy federal troops, if necessary, to restore and maintain order. My position was grounded in federal law, based on many historical precedents, and supported by a majority of Americans. But this argument outraged many on the left, so much so that the editor of the New... Read More
  • Joe Biden campaigned on pledges to unite the country and defeat the pandemic; he continues to stress these twin priorities. But his nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, is a partisan culture warrior who undermines both pledges.  The Senate ought to reject Becerra’s nomination.  First off, Becerra isn’t qualified for the job. Facing a once-in-a-century pandemic, one might think that Biden would nominate, say, a doctor or a... Read More
  • January 07, 2021

    Duty of Congress

    — by Senator Tom Cotton
    The House and Senate will meet Wednesday in a joint session to count the votes cast by the electoral college in the presidential election. Some argue that Republicans in Congress should object to electoral votes from certain states, such as Arizona and Pennsylvania. They believe that objecting will highlight election disputes in these states, and perhaps even overturn the election results so the president remains in office. And, they note, a few Democrats have objected in various ways after... Read More
  • — by Senator Tom Cotton
    Over the summer, as insurrection gripped the streets, I called to send in the troops if necessary to restore order. On Wednesday insurrectionists occupied the Capitol and disrupted the proceedings of Congress.These groups waved signs with different slogans, but our response must be the same: no quarter for insurrectionists. Those who use violence to advance their agendas must be stopped with the full force of the law.Mob violence exploded over the past year. Last May rioters and looters... Read More
  • Netflix's 'Cuties' is child pornography hiding in plain sight - it is Hollywood exploitationBy: Senator Tom CottonSeptember 15, 2020 People can disagree about all manner of issues - and in America, we certainly do. One thing that shouldn't be up for debate is that young children ought to be protected from sexual abuse and exploitation. Hollywood has long failed this fundamental moral test, as evidenced by the many child stars who were abused by their supposed caretakers, both on and off the set.... Read More
  • Twitter Tried to Censor Me—and They Lost Fox News Senator Tom Cotton   A Jacobin mob of left-wing thought police has risen up across our country. No statue, no movie, no cartoon is immune. Nor any op-ed. The New York Times, after publishing my op-ed about the Insurrection Act, capitulated to a woke mob of its employees.   But it’s not just the Times. I reveal here for the first time that... Read More
  • A free society depends on the rule of law, which is the foundation for public order and peace.   Police are the indispensable guardians of that law. We rightfully honor them for the risks they assume every morning when they put on their badge—and sometimes the bulletproof vest—knowing they may not come home that night to take them off.   But police have a sworn duty to wield their power with justice. They take an oath never to betray their “character or the public... Read More
  • China stole US capacity to make drugs - we must take it back By: Senator Tom Cotton and Congressman Mike Gallagher Earlier this month, a Chinese Communist Party propaganda outlet insinuated that Beijing could cut off supplies of life-saving medicine to the United States at any time, dooming our country to "sink into the hell of a novel coronavirus epidemic." Unfortunately, this isn't an empty threat. The United States is dangerously dependent for pharmaceuticals on the very regime whose failures... Read More
  • Originally published on Fox News.  Earlier this year, we learned that Martin Shkreli, a conman and convicted felon, was secretly running an investment company from prison using a contraband cell phone. Shkreli, also known as the "Pharma Bro," achieved infamy in 2015 for jacking up the price of a medicine needed by a small group of very sick patients to enrich himself and his investors. He was convicted of fraud in 2017 and sent to prison. Prison is supposed to keep criminals out of our... Read More
  • Justice ServedArkansas Democrat GazetteBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge This summer, President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr resumed the federal death penalty for five brutal murderers, including a white supremacist who murdered a family of three right here in Arkansas. The federal death penalty has been in a de facto moratorium since 2003. Attorney General Barr's announcement will end this misguided moratorium and align the federal capital-crimes... Read More
  • We Should Buy GreenlandThe New York TimesBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) Trump isn't the only one to recognize the country's strategic importance. Beijing does, too. After news leaked last week that President Trump had expressed interest in acquiring Greenland from Denmark, his critics predictably derided him as crazy. But once again, the president is crazy like a fox. The acquisition of Greenland would secure vital strategic interests for the United States, economically benefit both us and... Read More