Amicus Brief: ACI Files Brief Defending Religious Liberty in U.S. Supreme Court Case

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A sad fact about the Court’s docket over the past decade and a half is the number of cases that exhibit a clear government hostility to religion. The hostility comes from executive, legislative, and judicial action at the national, state, and local level. The hostility…

Episode 12: The Future of Opportunity Zones

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Dr. Ben Carson and Scott Turner, former Director of the White House Opportunity Zone and Revitalization Council, discuss the impact and future of Opportunity Zones with a panel of industry experts.

Episode 11: The Administrative State

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In Cornerstone Conversation Episode 11, Dr. Ben Carson sits down with Professor Philip Hamburger to discuss the current landscape of the administrative state.

Episode 10: Examining the Family Structure

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Dr. Ben Carson speaks with Dr. Brad Wilcox, a nonresident senior fellow at American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, about the impact of family structure in our society.

Episode 9: Government Accountability

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ACI’s Eric Blankenstein and Irv Dennis are joined by former Office of Management and Budget Director and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to discuss government accountability.

Episode 8: What Is Critical Race Theory?

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Dr. Ben Carson and Dr. Carol Swain to discuss critical race theory.

Episode 7: Affordable Housing in America

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Dr. Ben Carson sits down with U.S. Senator Todd Young of Indiana to discuss affordable housing in America.

Analysis: Economic Liberty in America

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One of the great stories about America is the country’s economic dynamism. Put simply, the American economy has undergone seismic changes throughout its history, each time adapting and thriving in new circumstances. In the beginning, the nation’s economy was predominantly agricultural. But it transformed first…

Foster Friess Fellow

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The American Institute announces John Gibbs as first Foster Friess Fellow. Download PDF

American Cornerstone Institute Inaugural Fellow

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The American Cornerstone Institute announces former congressman Dave Brat as the American Cornerstone Institute Inaugural Fellow. Download PDF

Insight: ​The Supreme Court Gets It Right . . . Two-and-a-half Months Too Late

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​On the evening of Thursday, August 26 the United States Supreme Court issued an order that effectively ended the eviction moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), finding that the moratorium exceeded the CDC’s statutory authority. In what hopefully is a…

Episode 6: Examining Policing in America

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Dr. Ben Carson and Detroit’s former Chief of Police, Mr. James Craig discuss the importance of law enforcement and policing in America today.

Insight: The Hyde Amendment

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Since the 1980s, the United States Congress has passed each year a legislative provision that, in theory, prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion. This amendment is known as the “Hyde Amendment” and is named after Illinois Representative and anti-abortion advocate, Henry Hyde. Recently,…

Amicus Brief: ACI Files Brief Defending Life in U.S. Supreme Court Case

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The American Cornerstone Institute and its founder, Dr. Ben Carson, have filed filing an amicus brief in support of Thomas Dobbs, the Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health, in his lawsuit against the Jackson, Mississippi’s Women’s Health Organization. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson…

Dobbs Update: Analysis of Mississippi’s Brief

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Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is a case at the U.S. Supreme Court that could lead to a sea change in abortion jurisprudence as well as constitutional interpretation in general. On July 23, 2021, the state of Mississippi filed its brief in support of…

Insight: What Is Budget Reconciliation?

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Under normal circumstances, for any piece of legislation to pass the United States Senate, it must get more than a simple majority vote. Unlike in the House of Representatives, the rules and procedures of the Senate generally place no limits on debate; they should be…

Episode 5: Examining Border Security

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Dr. Ben Carson and U.S. House Representative Henry Cuellar (TX) discuss the national emergency at our Southern border and solutions that could improve our border security across-the-board.

Analysis: Concerns Regarding New Government Regulation Proposed By HUD

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The American Cornerstone Institute (ACI) appreciates Secretary Fudge’s endorsement of Secretary Carson’s determination that President Obama’s ill-informed, expensive, and burdensome 2015 AFFH assessment requirement was unnecessary to achieving the goal of furthering fair housing. We disagree, however, with the incorrect assertion in the interim final…

Insight: Why The Declaration Is Important

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If the Constitution contains the letter of American law, the Declaration of Independence proclaims its spirit. Lincoln called the Declaration’s assertion of liberty for all an “apple of gold” that was framed by the Constitution’s “picture of silver.” Forged in the crucible of revolution, the…

Analysis: Judge or Legislator?

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Last week, the Supreme Court issued an order related to an eviction moratorium put in place by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order was a technical procedural issue, and was issued amidst a…

Insight: Why Life Is Important

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When a man and woman join to create a new life together, science tells us what to expect: Medicine tells us when their unborn baby develops a heartbeat, brainwaves, and nervous system. Biology tells us that their baby is one of a kind, receiving DNA…

Episode 4: Fair & Affordable Housing Today

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Dr. Ben Carson, Rob Astorino, former County Executive of Westchester County, New York, and Eric Blankenstein of ACI discuss housing policy in the United States.

Insight: Why Community Is Important

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American culture famously celebrates individual liberty and the achievements of the “self-made” man. At its best, this celebration can teach future generations to explore their potential, take personal responsibility for their lives, and strive for self-sufficiency. These are all undeniably good things that we should…

Analysis: The Budgetary Process

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The federal government’s budgetary process is complex. In this analysis, a former CFO of a federal government agency breaks down the process and explaining how the federal government is funded. Download PDF