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Time to Act Is Now: NRI Ideas Summit Registration Is about to Expire

FCC chairman Ajit Pai (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

The line-up of terrific participants for the National Review Institute’s 2019 Ideas Summit continues to swell: NRI has just announced that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will be joining the conference to discuss the FCC’s priorities, a decidedly important matter (and one of great concern to the adversarial Left).

Yes, there are additional big names we are confident will be announced early next week (if I told you who they were, well, you know what I’d then have to do to you). You’ll just have to remain in suspense.

But you really shouldn’t dawdle about registering — that can be done here. Why? Because the deadline for signing up is this weekend. When you sign up, and you will, what you’ll be getting is full participation in the whole shebang, from Thursday afternoon, when the summit kicks off, to the delightful exclamation point, when the revered James L. Buckley will address the assembled on federalism. In between there will be a terrific dinner in which First Amendment champion Mark Janus will receive the Whittaker Chambers Award, preceded by a reception, breakfast and lunch on Friday, and some 17 or so sessions in which the key issues of the day will be addressed, by the likes of . . . well, here’s the list so far of confirmed speakers:

United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, Kevin Hassett, chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, Brooke Rollins, head of the White House Office of American Innovation, and from Capitol Hill, Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Dan Crenshaw, and then this avalanche of big brains, including Tammy Bruce, Robert Bryce, the aforementioned hero of our movement, The Hon. James L. Buckley, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Tucker Carlson, Adam Carolla, Matthew Continetti, Charles C. W. Cooke, Harmeet Dhillon, Lee Edwards, Neal Freeman, David French, Jonah Goldberg, Leonard Leo, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Richard Lowry, Andrew C. McCarthy, Jay Nordlinger, John O’Sullivan, Ramesh Ponnuru, Reihan Salam, Mike Sommers, Luke Thompson, Kevin D. Williamson, and last but not least our dear pal, the alphabet-victimized John Yoo.

Would you look at that line-up. Heck, I might as well give away the topics they’ll be addressing, all under the Summit’s theme of “The Case for the American Experiment”:

The Buckley Legacy, Immigration and Assimilation, The New Socialism, The Role of the U.S. in the World, The Constitutional Order, Free Speech on College Campuses, American Innovation, Deregulating Communication, An Economy That Works, Opportunities for All, Education, Populism and the Right, How to Think About Nationalism (also being referred to as the Rich v. Jonah “Whomp in the Swamp”), The Natural Gas Revolution, and Federalism.

I’d tell you “chop chop” if I didn’t think the PC Police might slap on the handcuffs and charge me with some thought crime — so instead let me most strongly urge you to get registered right now. As in right now. All done easily here.

You can find complete information about the NRI 2019 Ideas Summit here. Before we say “see you there,” we’ll share two key logistical and timing points: It takes place Thursday, March 28 to Friday, March 29, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Got all that? OK. See you there!

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