What Newt\u2019s Reading The brutal assault this week against a Democratic Wisconsin lawmaker, who was simply taking a picture, should be the final sign that the violent protests need to end. We are on a dangerous path to more significant tragedies. \u2013 Newt Wisconsin Dem Lawmaker Brutally Beaten by Protesters By Josh Christenson Washington Free Beacon Protesters brutally beat up a gay progressive state senator who was taking a picture of them at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Tuesday night. Tim Carpenter, a 60-year-old Democrat who has served in the Wisconsin state Senate since 2003, was taking a picture of demonstrators in Madison when some of them grabbed for his phone and beat him. He later said that he had bruises and sore ribs and possibly a concussion and a broken nose. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) promised to hold those responsible for Carpenter's beating accountable. Protesters at the Wisconsin State Capitol tore down two statues \u201ccommemorating progressive ideals.\u201d Rioters also broke windows and threw Molotov cocktails into buildings. Evers ordered the National Guard to stand by on Tuesday. History still needs teaching. \u201cDestroying the Freedmen\u2019s Memorial does not change the past. It serves only to blind us to its triumphs and tragedies.\u201d \u2013 Newt Lincoln Park\u2019s Memorial to the Great Emancipator Should Stand By Sean Kennedy Washington Post Some people want to topple a bronze monument to Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Park in Washington, DC. \u201cCritics charge the memorial, dedicated expressly to the \u2018Great Emancipator,\u2019 represents racist subservience because it depicts Lincoln standing upright as black man crouches below his outstretched hand.\u201d They misunderstand the statue. In fact, African Americans, especially black Union veterans, led the effort to erect the monument to Lincoln. In creating the statue, the sculptor, Thomas Ball, \u201cwanted the freed slave to be an eager participant in his own liberation, and the shackles were made broken to represent the end of bondage.\u201d Ball also wanted to depict the likeness of Archer Alexander, a former enslaved person and friend of his who he admired. In the monument, \u201cAlexander\u2019s position is active, face turned upward. He is not kneeling but crouched, with one knee up, another tucked below, his right hand clenched in a fist.\u201d Former Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell outlines the real issues behind decades of high crime in Democrat-led American cities. \u2013 Newt Former Cincinnati Mayor: There Is No Evidence of Systematic Racism in Policing Law Enforcement Today Ken Blackwell, a former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, said in a recent interview that he does not believe systematic racism is an issue. Instead, he argued there is a larger problem with Democratic-run cities and black-on-black violence. \u201cThe real systemic and deadly reality is that black men and women are being slaughtered in cities and communities of color across the country in numbers that can only be compared to war zones in Iraq and Syria,\u201d Blackwell said. He added that Democratic leaders in these areas are trying to change the narrative, hoping people don\u2019t realize the problem lies with their leadership. \u201cThus, Blackwell\u2019s theory is that the democratic leaders have lied about systematic racism on the part of the police in order to stay in power.\u201d Blackwell has used official statistics to show that blacks are not killed more than whites in encounters with police. He has also argued that Democratic policies that are soft on crime often are the real reasons for violence in the streets. The Democrat\u2019s plan during a pandemic: Take money from biopharmaceutical companies developing cures and treatments for COVID-19 and give it to insurance companies. \u2013 Newt Democrats' Obamacare Bailout Could Extend the Pandemic By Sally Pipes Forbes The House is set to vote in the next few days on a bill designed to "stabilize" Obamacare. Democrats claim the bill, which would extend exchange subsidies to a broader share of the population, will help Americans afford health insurance amid the coronavirus pandemic. \u201cBut the legislation would do nothing to address the root causes of Obamacare's unaffordability. Worse still, it would fund these new subsidies by taking money from drug companies through a combination of price controls and taxes.\u201d At a time when the world needs treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus, Democrats are pushing a bill that would take money from companies investing in such research and put it in the hands of insurance companies. Democrats want to make exchange coverage more affordable because Obamacare has caused premiums to increase. So, they are funneling \u201ceven more money to insurers to cover the ballooning cost of their plans.\u201d And that money will come from drug companies. By derailing drug development, Democrats will make it harder for Americans during the current pandemic. NASA honors "Hidden Figures" mathematician, aerospace engineering pioneer, and hero Mary W. Jackson with the renaming of its Washington, DC headquarters. \u2013 Newt NASA Names Headquarters After Its First Black Female Engineer, "Hidden Figure" Mary W. Jackson By Sophie Lewis CBS News NASA announced Wednesday that it is naming its headquarters in Washington, DC after mathematician and aerospace engineer Mary W. Jackson. In 1958, Jackson became the agency's first African American female engineer. She opened up opportunities for countless women of color in STEM. Jackson's career (and those of other pioneering black NASA scientists) became widely known after the publication of Margot Lee Shetterly's 2016 book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. The subsequent film, Hidden Figures, came out the same year. \u201cMary never accepted the status quo, she helped break barriers and open opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology,\u201d NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.