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Armstrong Williams

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Thoughts on reopening the economy

A by now familiar and in fact quite hypocritical claim permeating the liberal media bubble is that President Trump and the GOP are engaging in a cynical plan to relax shelter-in-place restrictions due to coronavirus and rush reopening the country in hope of reviving the economy enough to bolster the president’s reelection prospects.

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The game of truth

When newly minted White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany took the stage last week for the first time, the first time a Trump press secretary has issued a formal conference in over six months, she encountered a ravenously bloodthirsty media gaggle.

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ESPN’s ‘Last Dance’ replete with life lessons

ESPN’s documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls is already receiving rave reviews for shining a spotlight on the greatest basketball player ever, who should also be considered one of the best athletes of all time.

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Why fat Black lives must not really matter

It’s a sure sign you’ve reached maturity in life when you stop trying to have it both ways.

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Rebuilding economy and society

The massive economic destruction being wrought by the COVID-19 epidemic and the government’s attempt to mitigate the impact on American families and businesses raises a fundamental question: Is the sum total of America’s greatness measured by its markets or by its people?

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The odds are stacked against free enterprise in Virginia

As we continue weathering the coronavirus pandemic, some forward-thinking states and their leaders are preparing a pivot that puts their people back to work.

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Mankind needs God

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The immortal words of Charles Dickens have never rung truer than now, during the age of COVID-19 and the global pandemic.

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Local broadcasting is ‘essential infrastructure’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

Among the entrepreneurs I’ve been speaking with over the past week, there seems to be a growing sense of alarm about the future of their businesses and the state of the American economy.

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COVID-19 could be deadly for American small business

Over the past few weeks, the United States has been grappling with the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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'The New York Times' cynically pits America against Blacks

In a bold new project, The New York Times Magazine announced that it was reconceiving the foundational origins of the American experiment, placing them, not in the context of the American revolution of 1776, but in 1619, the date enslaved Angolans first arrived on the shores of colonial Jamestown, Virginia.

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Baseball’s failure to exact a price for cheating could destroy the game––and damage all professional sports

Nothing creates a moral hazard more than exposing corruption and yet failing to punish those responsible.

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Now’s a time to take a look at who’s blooming

The media and initial caucus results would lead you to believe that Democrats are coalescing around presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg as likely party nominees for the November election.

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Entrepreneurship: The real team sport

In a recent episode of SportsCenter, discussing the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant, sportscaster Stephen A. Smith related a story about Bryant’s post-NBA career aspirations.

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Palestinians should give Trump peace plan a chance

President Trump’s brilliant plan for Mideast peace has triggered a sandstorm of negativity and deflection from the regular naysayers who attack anything the president says and does.

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Doomsday for localism and community

The modern wireless industry is evidence as to why a market with fewer, large broadcasters is better for consumers.

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Peloton ‘scandal’ shows how mentally unfit we’ve become

At the close of that last turbulent decade, nothing summarizes the state of our culture and our unhealthy relationship with contrived outrage quite like the “Peloton ad controversy” and the wave of hysteria that has followed in its wake.

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In the Soleimani assassination Trump threads the needle between boldness and rashness

Much of the domestic and international critique of Trump’s unusual and unilateral decision to assassinate top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani center around two issues.

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Guns, God and the American way

There are perhaps no two themes that signal the political division among Americans more saliently than guns and religion.

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Hatred slashes the bonds of brotherhood

Another news cycle brings with it the news of yet another anti-Semitic attack targeting America’s Jewish community, as well as a fresh attack on Christian worshippers at a church in Texas.

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America’s real ‘freedom dividend’: Hard work and pro-business policies

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is on to something: Americans could use a big “freedom dividend”—that is, a guaranteed source of income on which they can rely month after month, free from the uncertainties of the job market and employment.

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Israel’s doctors will cross the planet to save a life

When the world’s poorest or most isolated nations need emergency medical assistance, there is always one nation that will heed the call—Israel.

The last real Negus alive attacks Buttigieg with ‘wokeness’

nd to pick a twitter fight over the rather bland, innocuous and unremarkable statements Buttigieg made almost a decade ago––seems to be just that. Much ado about nothing.

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Comcast vs Byron Allen Supreme Court hearing analysis

This week I had the privilege to hear oral argument at the Supreme Court of the United States of America in Comcast v. National Association of African American-Owned Media.

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Agreement with AT&T for carriage of WEYI & WWMB (Nov. 11, 2019)

After a nearly six-month blackout, viewers in Flint-Saginaw and Myrtle Beach‑Florence will once again be able to view their local television stations.

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We need steady leadership—not fire-starters—to guide a divided nation

The current state of American politics is eerily reminiscent of the wildfires currently engulfing the State of California.

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An un-American impeachment

We are now headlong into the throes of the Constitutionally directed authority of the U.S. House of Representatives—the people’s chamber—to call into question the behavior of a sitting public official.

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The king of debt

When President Obama nearly doubled the national debt, raising it by almost $9 trillion during his two terms in office, Republicans howled in alarm.

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It’s time to leave!

The president’s call to begin the withdrawal of American troops from Syria and “green light” the Turkish invasion (a term invented by the press) will effectively turn over the now two-plus year deployment in Syria to a NATO ally, Turkey.

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The president is right that we must clean up America

The liberal media is once again taking off at breakneck pace to condemn President Trump. The fake issue for their bogus outrage?

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A matter of trust

In recent days we have seen the latest evidence of just how difficult it has become for President Trump to operate in this present-day hyper partisan environment.

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The tragedy of Scott Hapgood

When UBS banker and father of three Scott Hapgood was arrested and charged with manslaughter in Anguilla, I was one of the first and most vocal observers to sound an alarm.

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Pay TV titan AT&T continues its scorched earth ways

In early June 2019, in an opinion piece for the television industry trade magazine BROADCASTING & CABLE, I expressed my displeasure and befuddlement at AT&T/DirecTV discontinuing retransmission consent negotiations that had been underway for months with my Howard StirkHoldings’ stations.

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Insularity or innovation: The precarious future of HBCUs

It has been an open secret for years that the writing is on the wall for most HBCUs. The reasons are myriad, but principally because HBCUs no longer command a monopoly on attendees created by de jure segregation.

Social isolation and political divisions are turning our youth into killers

By now it should be obvious to most people that mass killings do not take place in a vacuum.

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Trump, Baltimore and the diminishing potency of the ‘race’ card

President Trump’s harsh and angry tweets about the social conditions and hygienic disaster in Baltimore directed at Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings were undoubtedly in bad taste. It is understandable, therefore, that The Baltimore Sun editorial board felt compelled to respond in kind, which it did in a scathing editorial that compared the president to “vermin.”

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Biden’s cringeworthy backpedal on race signals weakness

A criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign for president is that, at age 76, he may be too old to be running for president.

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Our founder’s messy truths

As we enter the 243rd year since our nation’s founding, there are signs of decline. One of the most pernicious symbols of our nation’s fall from grace is our inability to confront the truth when it conflicts with our politics. But even more damningly, we seem to even believe our own lies.

A better approach to a worsening Iran situation

President Trump’s freewheeling style is one of the main reasons that Americans rejected the conventional candidates and instead elected him to serve as president of the United States.

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Iran’s history of deception and enabling terrorists

The Iranian regime has been operating unopposed in the Iraq battle space since 2003.

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When debt becomes a life sentence: the rise of terminal debt

Debt is quickly becoming a new form of modern slavery in this country. With people becoming increasingly more willing to spend on consumer items and lifestyle enhancements before they actually earn the money, debt is increasingly common.

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Protectors of The Future

As a real estate investor, my partners and I own properties around the world from Puerto Vallarta to the South of France in a rustic Mediterranean village called Eze and at Le Son Net on the Island of Mallorca in Spain.

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Anguilla attack shows Scott Hapgood is an American hero

It is a nightmare scenario that could happen to any American abroad—being attacked by an armed assailant in your own hotel room and forced to defend yourself only to be arrested and thrown in jail like a common criminal for protecting your family.

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What does AG Barr’s declassification authority really mean?

Together, as a grateful nation of free people, we reflect on this recent Memorial Day weekend to honor the legions of uniformed service members across the span of our nation’s history, men and women who answered the call to duty to defend our nation from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

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Scholastic meritocracy

With all of the high profile reports of corruption within the college admissions process surfacing, it is apparent that there is not always scholastic meritocracy. Asian-Americans are being routinely discriminated against, throttled in their admissions, despite their statistically higher performance in both course work and pre-college entrance exams.

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Let’s Shoot The Right People

By the time it was all said and done, a young man lay dead in his own apartment, shot once in the chest by an off-duty police officer who apparently mistook his apartment for her own.

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Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is a global giant

Once again, Israel is at the helm of discovering another monumental medical breakthrough.

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Why political emancipation without economic independence is incomplete freedom

I recently had the pleasure of being invited by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser to speak at a breakfast gathering honoring DC Emancipation Day, where we celebrated the 157th anniversary of Lincoln’s formal emancipation of over 3,000 enslaved individuals in the District, on April 16, 1862.

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election is a win for Israel and the United States

The dust has settled, the votes have been counted and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been re-elected to serve Israel for a record-setting fifth term.

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What Trump’s Fed nominations say about the U.S. economy

President Trump’s latest nominees to the Federal Reserve’s board of governors typify the president’s outside-the-box approach to executive decision-making.

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America benefits from the imperfect flawed man, in the perfect role

Former Trump attorney and disgraced, convicted, shameless felon, Michael Cohen, recently gave testimony before Congress focused upon negative allegations against his former boss.

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