What Newt’s 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. – 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 “commemorating progressive ideals.” Rioters also broke windows and threw Molotov cocktails into buildings. Evers ordered the National Guard to stand by on Tuesday. History still needs teaching. “Destroying the Freedmen’s Memorial does not change the past. It serves only to blind us to its triumphs and tragedies.” – Newt Lincoln Park’s 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. “Critics charge the memorial, dedicated expressly to the ‘Great Emancipator,’ represents racist subservience because it depicts Lincoln standing upright as black man crouches below his outstretched hand.” 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, “wanted the freed slave to be an eager participant in his own liberation, and the shackles were made broken to represent the end of bondage.” Ball also wanted to depict the likeness of Archer Alexander, a former enslaved person and friend of his who he admired. In the monument, “Alexander’s 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.” Former Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell outlines the real issues behind decades of high crime in Democrat-led American cities. – 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. “The 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,” Blackwell said. He added that Democratic leaders in these areas are trying to change the narrative, hoping people don’t realize the problem lies with their leadership. “Thus, Blackwell’s theory is that the democratic leaders have lied about systematic racism on the part of the police in order to stay in power.” 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’s plan during a pandemic: Take money from biopharmaceutical companies developing cures and treatments for COVID-19 and give it to insurance companies. – 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. “But 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.” 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 “even more money to insurers to cover the ballooning cost of their plans.” 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. – 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. “Mary never accepted the status quo, she helped break barriers and open opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.