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Apparently experimental craft seen in footage from Mojave Desert facility.

A major executive for Lockheed Martin this week declined to offer any information on leaked footage of what appears to be an experimental aircraft at one of its secretive facilities in southern California.

A video making the rounds on social media this week showed a sleek, unknown style of aircraft being transported at what one user determined was Lockheed’s Helendale Radar Cross Section Test Range outside of the Mojave Desert.

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In a discussion with Defense One on Tuesday of this week, Lockheed Vice President Jeff Babione was asked if he could comment on the footage of the craft. “I can’t,” Babione replied. 

Asked about potential security concerns at the facility following the leaked video, Babione replied: “We’re in good shape.”

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Tributes Pour In For Colin Powell After First Black Secretary of State Dies From Virus Complications

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Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on Facebook. He was 84.

His family said: “General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment.”

George Bush said: “Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell. He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam.

“Many Presidents relied on General Powell’s counsel and experience. He was National Security Adviser under President Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under my father and President Clinton, and Secretary of State during my Administration.

“He was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice.

“He was highly respected at home and abroad. 

“And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man.”

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that “the world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed. A man who was respected around the globe.”

Ari Fleischer said Powell had “such an uplifting approach to his job and life. Always laughing, always happy – he had a hard job, but he always carried it out with a can-do, upbeat approach.”

“He treated everyone he met with respect and kindness. I will miss him,” Fleischer added.

.@SECDEF AUSTIN ON DEATH OF COLIN POWELL: “THE WORLD LOST ONE OF THE GREATEST LEADERS THAT WE HAVE EVER WITNESSED. ALMA LOST A GREAT HUSBAND AND THE FAMILY LOST A TREMENDOUS FATHER. I LOST A TREMENDOUS PERSONAL FRIEND AND MENTOR…I FEEL AS IF I HAVE A HOLE IN MY HEART.” PIC.TWITTER.COM/UKTN91NLFV

— CSPAN (@CSPAN) OCTOBER 18, 2021

“LAURA AND I ARE DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE DEATH OF COLIN POWELL. HE WAS A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT, STARTING WITH HIS TIME AS A SOLDIER DURING VIETNAM.” – PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

READ THE FULL STATEMENT: HTTPS://T.CO/KSLMBGELOM

— GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL CENTER (@THEBUSHCENTER) OCTOBER 18, 2021

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RULES FOR THEE: Jill and Joe Biden Ignore Mask Mandate…Walk Through Posh Restaurant Without a Mask

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The elites in politics are exposing themselves little by little. They aren’t honoring the mandates they put in place. It’s almost as if the mask mandates are just meant for the little guy and not for the elitist politicians. What does that tell us? Maybe those elitist politicians telling you to fear the virus don’t actually fear it themselves.

Joe and Jill Biden walked through posh Georgetown restaurant Fiiola Mare without wearing a mask. This goes against the city ordinance to mask up. Clueless Joe has a mask in his hand as he walks through the restaurant.

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WATCH: Joe Biden walks through an expensive Washington, D.C. restaurant without a mask, violating D.C.’s mask mandate. pic.twitter.com/lZDDFbhjZT

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 17, 2021

Leaving the restaurant without a mask:

President Biden leaving the restaurant after date night with the First Lady (who ducked out moments before as he looked to triage some selfie requests). pic.twitter.com/q2AMku5AHL

— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) October 17, 2021

RULES FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME

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Trump ordered to answer questions under oath in protesters’ case over 2015 incident

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According to a new report from NBC news, former President Trump “has been ordered to give testimony under oath Monday in a lawsuit brought by a group of demonstrators who say his security guards roughed them up outside Trump Tower in New York.”

State Supreme Court Justice Doris Gonzalez, a Bronx Democr at ordered the deposition.

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Trump must also appear for a videotaped deposition prior to the trial.

The trial involves a group of protesters who allege they were assaulted by Trump’s security guards outside Trump Tower in 2015 after the protested over his comments about illegal immigrants.

“The decision is not surprising. It may be newsworthy, but it’s not surprising. No one is above the law, including the president of the United States,” said Attorney Benjamin Dictor, who represents the plaintiffs.

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Dems’ Attack On Smart Kids

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Parents whose kids excel in school need to be on guard. Leftist school administrators across the country — not just in New York City — are banning gifted programs in elementary and middle school and Advanced Placement courses in high school.

Typically, without any notice to parents, an eight grader’s accelerated science class or a fifth grader’s fast-track math class is merged into the regular classroom. Top students lose out. They need accelerated programs every bit as much as children with learning challenges need special education. It’s discrimination.

The left is seizing on a newly published study of Ohio students from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute to call for banning gifted programs. The study, “Ohio’s Lost Einsteins,” looks at what became of second and third grade students who were identified as high performers. By eighth grade, only 30% of Black students, 39% of Hispanic students and 34% of economically disadvantaged students in the group were still outstanding performers. Most had floundered.

Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews misreads the findings to argue that gifted programs are unproven and probably a waste of money. But many of the Ohio students labelled as high achievers were never placed in a “gifted” program. Fordham’s experts actually recommend more students be tracked into gifted programs.

The study also underscores the importance of helping gifted children early on overcome barriers to success. They may lack a place to study and, most importantly, an involved parent. Some parents don’t insist their children do their homework, concentrate in class and aim for AP classes. These parents need guidance on buying into the educational achievement culture.

Instead, school administrators are scapegoating gifted kids for the sake of equity. Boston suspended enrollment in its Advanced Work Classes program for fourth, fifth and six graders, citing the fact that the school district is 80% Black and Hispanic, but AWC enrollment is 70% white and Asian.

The rhetoric attacking gifted programs is vicious and divisive. The Hechinger Report, based at Columbia University’s Teachers College, claims “gifted education has racism in its roots,” arguing that the scientist who popularized IQ measurement was a eugenicist.

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California proposes eliminating accelerated math before eleventh grade and requiring all students to study math together. “We reject ideas of natural gifts and talents,” the state’s math plan declares. That’s like declaring that all students can play on the varsity football team. Ridiculous.

Educators are peddling a false claim that students of mixed abilities learn better together. A website addressed to school administrators deplores tracking as “segregation” and announces, “It’s good for students to be in classrooms where there’s a robust exchange of perspectives; perspectives that are shaped by racial, ethnic and economic identities.” Maybe in homeroom or social studies, but not physics. Gifted children in slow classes grow bored and even drop out.

Leftist educators are also targeting AP high school classes. But a study by the left-leaning Center for American Progress shows that students who succeed in AP classes have higher grades in college and are more likely to graduate. Eliminating them would be a mistake.

Fewer Black students enroll in AP, and those who do are less likely to pass the AP exams. Approximately 69% of Asians, 65% of whites and 46% of Hispanics who take AP tests pass, but only 28% of Blacks pass. The country should be deeply concerned, but the solution is to better prepare disadvantaged kids.

The equity warriors are also attacking the nation’s 165 competitive public high schools. From Boston to Alexandria, Virginia, and San Francisco, they’re eliminating entrance exams and allocating seats by lottery or zip code. Georgetown University’s Anthony Carnevale calls it “a direct populist rebellion.” Don’t buy it. The real populism is parents rising up to resist dumbing down their children’s education. These parents, including Asian American immigrants, know their best shot at the American dream is to have their children succeed in a highly competitive public school. No one should take that away.

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Bob Woodward says he’s never seen so much political strength from a former president as Trump has

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“Trump’s popularity, his power in the Republican party has grown since he left office. It has not shrunk,” said Woodward

Famed journalist Bob Woodward says he’s never seen a former president retain as much political strength as Donald Trump.

“What’s going on now really is an iron curtain of obedience to Trump,” told CNN. “It’s not just polite deference, it is obedience. And it really is an iron curtain because it’s so strong.”

Woodward spoke after Trump’s appearance at a rally Saturday night alongside Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a mainstream Republican running for election at age 88.

“These people, like Senator Grassley, can count,” Woodward said. “They can look at the polls. They go to their home states, they talk to constituents. And there’s tens of millions of people who support Trump.”

During the rally, Trump awarded Grassley his customary “complete and total endorsement.” 

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Grassley later commented that it “wouldn’t be too smart” not to accept “the endorsement of a person that’s got 91 percent of the Republican voters in Iowa.”

A recent Iowa poll shows Trump with  a higher approval rating in the state than he ever did as a sitting president. And despite Grassley’s popularity as a senator – 81% of GOP voters in Iowa support him – he is not as popular as the ex-president.

“This is a political strength that we have rarely seen, never seen from a former president … Let’s face it: Trump’s popularity, his power in the Republican Party has grown since he left office. It has not shrunk,” said Woodward.

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Mollie Hemingway’s ‘Rigged’: How Dems have outmaneuvered the GOP in elections for years

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“It’s amazing [Republicans] won any elections, given this,” the author and Fox News contributor said.

The Federalist’s Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway released her new book Tuesday called “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections,” which analyzes the issues with the 2020 election, the Democrats’ history of refusing to accept Republican-won elections, and how Republicans are repeatedly outmaneuvered by the Democratic Party in election litigation.

In her book, Hemingway notes how, until 2020, Democrats had been concerned about absentee ballots and voting machines since 2000, when George W. Bush won the presidency. Since that presidential election, she claims, Democrats have refused to accept any presidential elections won by Republicans.

But in the case of the 2020 election, when the use of those methods significantly increased, those who questioned them were labeled conspiracy theorists by Democrats in political, media, and corporate elites as social media seeks to censor reports of election irregularities. 

Hemingway argues the new voting and election methods implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic make the whole process less private and secure, more like it was in the early years of America, when people’s votes were public and easily manipulated.

These changes are partly due to how the Democratic Party exploits the legal system to its advantage with elections, she explains, starting with Marc Elias, who chaired the political law practice at the party’s law firm Perkins Coie for years.

Elias, who was general counsel for both John Kerry’s and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns, hired Fusion GPS in 2016, which created the Steele dossier at the center of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. 

He also has a long history of using courts to benefit Democrats in elections, as was the case with the overturning of Al Franken’s apparent loss in a Minnesota Senate election, which ultimately gave the Democratic Party a 60-seat supermajority in the Senate to bypass the filibuster and pass Obamacare, according to Hemingway. Franken’s slim, 312-vote victory was brought into question over a year later, when 393 votes in two of Minnesota’s largest counties were found by a conservative group to be illegally cast. 

Elias was also at the center of the 2020 election, when in January of that year he urged counting ballots without matching signatures, expanding no-excuse absentee voting dramatically, having the government pay for postage, counting ballots that arrive after Election Day, and implementing and expanding ballot harvesting. 

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The 2020 presidential election was also the first since 1980 when the Republican National Committee was allowed to participate in Election Day operations. 

For nearly 40 years, “the Republican National Committee had been prohibited by law from helping out with poll watcher efforts or nearly any litigation related to how voting is conducted,” Hemingway writes.

It started with the 1981 New Jersey gubernatorial race, when Democrats accused Republicans of voter intimidation. The two parties settled the case and entered into a court-ordered consent decree, under which Republicans were limited in poll watching operations. 

Judge Dickinson Debevoise, who was appointed by President Jimmy Carter, oversaw the agreement and didn’t let the Republicans out of it, as he kept changing it and following Democrats’ request to strengthen it for them. While he was only a judge for 15 years, he maintained senior status for 21 years, which is like a “semi-retirement that enables judges to keep serving in a limited capacity,” Hemingway writes.

After Debevoise’s death in 2015, his successor, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, took over the case and “let the agreement expire at the end of 2018.”

While the Democratic Party was able to build up its own coordination efforts for decades, the RNC was prohibited from doing so, as GOP candidates and state parties were left to do those things on their own. 

The RNC was also prohibited from any Election Day-related litigation and recounts. 

On “The Federalist Radio Hour” Tuesday, Hemingway said that when she was interviewing Republicans about the consent decree, they told her that it was just the way it was, which prompted her to think, “It’s amazing you people won any elections, given this.”

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Fed judge calls for Justice Department civil rights probe on Jan 6 detainees’ treatment in DC jail

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Another concern is how long judges will allow prosecutors to continue to ask Jan. 6 defendants to waive rights to a speedy trial

Afederal judge on Wednesday found the director of the D.C. Department of Corrections and the warden of the city jail in contempt of court and called on the Justice Department to investigate whether the facility is violating the civil rights of dozens of Jan. 6 detainees.

U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of Washington made the ruling after finding jail officials failed to turn over information to approve wrist surgery recommended four months ago for a defendant in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to The Washington Post.

The defendant has been identified as Christopher Worrell, a purported member of the Florida Proud Boys charged with four felonies in connection with the incident — including rioting and spraying pepper gel at police.

Lamberth said D.C. officials failing to turn over medical records is “more than just inept and bureaucratic jostling of papers,” the Post reports

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“I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abused,” Lamberth said. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6th defendant or not, but I find this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States for a civil rights investigation.”

Lamberth also suggested that the U.S. Marshals Service may have to move inmates from the D.C. jail to other detention facilities if they are receiving improper treatment.

Conditions at the jail have for years been a concern.

Another concern is how long judges will allow prosecutors to continue to ask defendants to waive their rights to a speedy trial nine months after the breach, according to the Post

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‘Playing hardball’: Biden plans massive new fines for businesses violating vax mandate: watchdog

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Under $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, businesses not complying with Biden OSHA vaccine mandate would be subject to fines ranging from $70,000 to $700,000, according to OpenTheBooks.com.

Tucked inside the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that passed out of the House Budget Committee are exorbitant new fines — ranging from $70,000 to $700,000 — that would apply to companies defying President Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate, alleges Adam Andrzejewski, CEO/founder of OpenTheBooks.com. 

If the provisions of the bill are implemented, the fines could bankrupt all non-compliant companies, warns the government spending watchdog.

“Buried on page 168 of the House Democrats’ 2,465-page mega bill is a tenfold increase in fines for employers that ‘willfully,’ ‘repeatedly,’ or even seriously violate a section of labor law that deals with hazards, death, or serious physical harm to their employees,” Andrzejewski writes in Forbes.

Last month, Biden announced by executive fiat that all private-sector businesses with 100 or more employees must comply with his most recent vaccine mandate, or pay a potential fine of $14,000 per violation. The order would impact more than 80 million Americans.

Open The Books argues violators would be subject to the drastically steeper new fines in the budget reconciliation bill.

According to the bill markup, Section 21004 of the OSHA Act of 1970 would be amended to increase fines in the Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties section. The changes made by the Democrat-controlled committee would increase the maximum penalty to $700,000 for willful and repeat violations; increase the minimum penalty to $50,000 for willful violations; and increase the maximum penalty for both serious and failure-to-abate violations to $70,000.

A senior House Democratic aide denied the stiffened penalties are targeted specifically at vaccine mandate non-compliance. Noting the fines fall under the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Education and Labor, the aide argued the provisions are related to labor law enforcement more broadly.

The fines were “marked up in committee and are not explicitly related to vaccines — just generally increase the level of fines that OSHA is able to levy when an employer is in violation,” the Democratic aide told Just The News.

The bill markup also amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase penalties and fines. It increases maximum civil penalties to: 

  • $132,270 for child labor violations;
  • $601,150 for child labor violations that cause the death or serious injury of an employee under the age of 18;
  • $20,740 for willful or repeated minimum wage or overtime violations;
  • $11,620 for tip violations. 

It also amends the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act of 1983 to increase the maximum civil penalty for violations of the law to $25,790.

Andrzejewski remains skeptical. “The push to increase the fines up to $700,000 per willful and repeated violation,” he countered, “was the anticipated emergency rule that OSHA will publish in the Federal Register allowing them jurisdiction to enforce Biden’s vax mandate on private companies. Period.”

The House aide “doesn’t deny that the fines would be levied as the enforcement mechanism of the president’s vax mandate,” he added. “That’s because Biden and the Democrats are playing hardball. Comply or face bankruptcy.”

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Just The News contacted OSHA to provide clarification on whether enforcement of new fine ceilings will be applied to vax violators, but did not receive a response.

The changes come after Biden issued an ominous warning to the millions of Americans who refuse to get the COVID jabs. “We’ve been patient,” said the president. “But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.” 

In June, prior to Biden’s executive order last month, OSHA published an emergency rule in the Federal Register stating it would have jurisdiction over COVID safety enforcement. Invoking the obscure Emergency Temporary Standard provision, the agency claimed the authority to enforce the mandate and impose fines, OpenTheBooks explains. The ETS has been used only 10 times in the agency’s 50-year history, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

Worse, argues the religious liberty legal aid nonprofit Liberty Counsel, the federal government would be imposing draconian fines on companies for not complying with an illegal mandate. 

Technically, Liberty Counsel contends, the COVID shots are available only under Emergency Use Authorization, which under federal law requires that they only be administered on a voluntarily basis. 

“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done a bait and switch by announcing it approved its ‘first COVID-19 vaccine’ in order to push the ‘vaccine’ mandates and protect the Pfizer pharmaceutical company from legal liability,” Liberty Counsel said in August. “However, there is currently no fully licensed COVID shot on the United States market.” 

Even if a fully licensed vaccine was available, it still couldn’t be mandatory, argues Liberty Counsel, because Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act allows for religious exceptions.

“Employees and employers have constitutional protections against this lawless Biden mandate,” the organization’s founder and chairman Mat Staver says, adding that Liberty Counsel will “challenge his lawless executive order.”

In response to threats of lawsuits or Republican governors who have challenged the mandate, Biden said: “Have at it. We’re playing for real here. This isn’t a game.”

But 27 governors or attorneys general have vowed to fight it, including Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has sparred with Biden over mask mandates and vaccine passports.

“When you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand up for the Constitution and to fight back, and we are doing that in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “This is a president who has acknowledged in the past he does not have the authority to force this on anybody, and this order would result potentially in millions of Americans losing their jobs.”

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Idaho’s lieutenant governor bans vaccine mandates while governor is away

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Idaho’s lieutenant governor bans vaccine mandates while governor is away

Idaho GOP Gov. Brad Little was in Texas this week, says he’ll rescind order upon return

Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order Tuesday substituting vaccine mandates for mandatory coronavirus testing in schools and colleges – prompting Gov. Brad Little, who is away at the U.S.-Mexico border, to say he had not authorized his second-in-command to act on his behalf.

Little says he will rescind any executive orders issued by McGeachin, a fellow Republican, while he is away, including McGeachin’s attempt to mobilize Idaho National Guard troops to send to the border.

“I am in Texas performing my duties as the duly elected governor of Idaho, and I have not authorized the Lt. Governor to act on my behalf. I will be rescinding and reversing any actions taken by the Lt. Governor when I return,” Little said.

He is expected back in his state on Wednesday. 

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Little was in Texas this week meeting with nine other Republican governors to discuss the crisis at the southern border.

McGeachin is angling for Little’s job come the 2022 election. In Idaho, the governor and lieutenant governor do not run on the same ticket, and Little and McGeachin have long had political differences. 

This is not the first time McGeachin has taken an opportunity to utilize the governor’s absence from the state to her own political ends. In May, she issued an executive order banning mask mandates, which Little overturned once he was back in Idaho. 

The order issued by McGeachin this week would prevent employers from requiring their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is an extension of the order Little issued in April that banned mandates at state facilities not including schools. 

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Political science convention deplatforms conservative group for featuring Trump’s lawyer

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Claremont Institute known for “fabulous receptions and panels” at annual meeting, says former attendee who calls American Political Science Association “cowardly weasels.”

The nation’s largest gathering of social scientists deplatformed a conservative group because a lawyer for former President Donald Trump was participating in its events.

The American Political Science Association forced the Claremont Institute to make its “related group” discussions virtual at the annual convention in Seattle, a day after hundreds of APSA members demanded the association eject both Claremont and John Eastman.

Back in July, organizers had only demanded the two panels with Eastman be made virtual in the interest of “safety,” Claremont president Ryan Williams wrote in an opinion essay. The group decided to cancel all 10 panels and its reception in protest of APSA’s new across-the-board demand.

APSA executive director Steven Smith told Washington Post columnist Daniel Drezner the group feared “protests and unrest” if Claremont held in-person events at the convention, citing disruptions when “torture memo” author John Yoo spoke on Claremont panels in 2011 and 2017.

Eastman has previously suffered professional consequences for his connection with Trump and his election lawsuits. 

Chapman University forced him to retire as a law professor after he spoke about election fraud at Trump’s “Save America” rally Jan. 6 preceding the Capitol riot. The University of Colorado Boulder dumped him as a visiting professor in conservative thought and policy a month later.

A former APSA member who was Eastman’s roommate in graduate school called the association “cowardly weasels” for deplatforming Claremont rather than providing security at its events.

The discussions APSA itself hosted were “dreadfully boring or stupid,” political scientist John West, formerly of Seattle Pacific University, said in a phone interview. The related-group discussions such as Claremont’s were the best reason to attend.

APSA officials didn’t respond to Just the News queries seeking evidence of planned disruptions if Claremont’s events went forward in person. Drezner, a Tufts University professor, said Smith only cited social media chatter and “irate” emails and voicemails, and Claremont’s Williams said local law enforcement declined to get involved.

The protests against Eastman reached a fever pitch last month after reporters obtained his memo proposing a scenario under which Vice President Mike Pence would declare that seven states have no “validly appointed” electors due to ongoing disputes. 

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The tally excluding them would reelect Trump, Eastman wrote. Williams said this was a “truncated part of a draft version of John’s memo” sought by Trump and Pence “on how to proceed during the course of a constitutionally valid process.”

The demand letter to APSA came days later, calling Eastman “an active participant in the attempted coup” whose proposal would have brought democracy “to an abrupt conclusion.” The signatories also called Claremont “an active proponent [of] falsehoods and misinformation about the 2020 election and its aftermath.”

Claremont has hosted events at the APSA for 35 years, according to Williams. Not only does the publisher of the Claremont Review of Books consistently offer the most panels of any related group, but its panels are “often the best-attended” at the convention and a major driver of revenue for APSA, he wrote in Newsweek.

“They have really a storied history of putting on fabulous receptions and panels” that go beyond “navel-gazing,” said West, who worked for the institute in graduate school. “They don’t just bring people who have the carbon copy view, especially in the wider conservative community,” and its panels are no more “screwy” than others allowed by APSA.

Those brow-raising panels include “When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil” and “Cities as Sites of Resistance,” according to Williams’ essay. APSA itself has given tens of thousands of dollars to the Democracy Fund, “which primarily bankrolls left-of-center media outlets” and whose leaders signed the letter against Eastman and Claremont, he wrote.

While Drezner criticized Claremont for inviting Eastman to speak, the columnist said APSA’s unilateral decision to make the panels virtual “feels very much like assenting to a heckler’s veto. That does not strengthen democracy either.”

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