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  • Jury Deliberates on Trump Criminal Case, GOP Legislators Question Trump Trial Judge, Alito Won’t Recuse Himself | May 29

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    TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: The Trump hush money trial has reached its conclusionJustice Alito says he won’t recuse himself in election of Jan. 6 casesSen. J.D. Vance questions the gag order used in Trump’s trial.Rep. ELise Stefanik demands answers about why Judge Merchan keeps getting Trump-related cases.Relevant LinksListen to other podcasts from The Daily Signal: https://www.dailysignal.com/podcasts/Get daily conservative news you can trust from our Morning Bell newsletter: DailySignal.com/morningbellsubscription Listen to more Heritage podcasts: https://www.heritage.org/podcastsSign up for The Agenda newsletter — the lowdown on top issues conservatives need to know about each week: https://www.heritage.org/agenda

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  • Defeating the Radical Left: Chris Rufo Talks Strategy and Resilience

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    Chris Rufo wrote “America’s Cultural Revolution” last year as a warning to conservatives about the radical Left's takeover of institutions—from business and government to education and entertainment. In addition to being an exposé, it also served as a call to action.Now, a year later, Rufo is optimistic that Americans, including some to left of center politically, are "waking up." He attributes the change to the gruesome and deadly Oct. 7, 2023, attack by Hamas and the radical Left's unflinching (and often antisemitic) criticism of Israel that followed."After 10/7, when those same people who were marching for BLM, who were pushing trans in schools, who were ramping up DEI, when they're out there celebrating the terrorists who butchered, raped, and murdered innocent people, I think it caused this moment of horror, but also this moment of clarity," Rufo told The Daily Signal.The popular writer, filmmaker, and activist—whose work is available at ChristopherRufo.com—was in Washington, D.C., last week to accept The Heritage Foundation’s prestigious Salvatori Prize.
  • Trump Case Ending Soon, Israeli Ceasefire Terms, Uncovering Stories of Detransitioners | May 28

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    Description: TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: The New York trial of former President Donald Trump is reaching a conclusion.Israel delivers an official written update of its terms for a ceasefire in Gaza to the U.S. and a few other mediating countries. Housing prices hit a record in March according to a Fox Business report.A new book titled, “Detrans: True Stories of Escaping the Gender Ideology Cult” by The Daily Signal’s Mary Margaret Olohan details the stories of detransitioners. The Supreme Court rejects Michael Avenatti’s appeal of his conviction for trying to extort $25 million from Nike. Relevant LinksListen to other podcasts from The Daily Signal: https://www.dailysignal.com/podcasts/Get daily conservative news you can trust from our Morning Bell newsletter: DailySignal.com/morningbellsubscription Listen to more Heritage podcasts: https://www.heritage.org/podcastsSign up for The Agenda newsletter — the lowdown on top issues conservatives need to know about each week: https://www.heritage.org/agenda
  • Chris Rufo's Quest to Abolish DEI

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    Chris Rufo was in Washington, D.C., last week to accept The Heritage Foundation’s prestigious Salvatori Prize and visited The Daily Signal to share his thoughts on a range of topics. Over the next two days, we will feature his interview on this show.On part one today, we cover Rufo’s recent reporting on NPR and the plagiarism plague at America’s leading universities. He also shares an update about his campaign to abolish DEI—the controversial idea of diversity, equity, and inclusion that has infested American businesses, colleges, and even our government.And you won’t want to miss Rufo’s advice for how high school students should approach college and what parents need to think about sending their kids to public school.We’ll be back with more from Rufo tomorrow on his award-winning book, “America’s Cultural Revolution,” and what he has planned next.
  • Her Husband Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice in Service to America

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    Audri Beugelsdijk had been married for less than 11 weeks when she received a visit from a casualty officer. Her husband has been lost at sea on the USS Kinkaid. “It's just the last thing that you could imagine happening and it just turned my world upside down,” Beugelsdijk says.Beugelsdijk and her husband Jason Springer met in the Navy and the two “became very good friends and then it turned into something else, as often happens,” she says. “He loved what he did. He had a bounce in his step and was ready to change the world, and it was a shock to my core when he died.” Only days after receiving the news of her husband’s death, Beugelsdijk, who was also serving in the Navy, learned about the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, an organization that provides support to the families of fallen service members.“I picked up the phone and I called and that was the first time I connected with another person who looked like me and who was a young widow who understood what I was going through,” she recounts. TAPS provides peer counseling and practical support resources to family members who have lost loved ones while serving, or after serving in the military. Years after she received much needed support from the nonprofit, Beugelsdijk is serving other families in the same way as vice president of survivor services for TAPS. Beugelsdijk joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” on Memorial Day to share her story of loss and grief, and to explain how the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors has, and continues to serve thousands of family members of fallen service members. Enjoy the show!
  • Bodies of 3 More Hostages Found, Russia Open to Ceasefire, Memorial Day Film Recommendation | May 24

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    TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to agree to a ceasefire in Ukraine, according to an exclusive report from Reuters. The Israel’s military says the bodies of three more hostages were recovered in Gaza. Pro-Palestine protests continued this week at ​​University of California-Los Angeles. Memorial Day film review of “The Longest Day.” Relevant LinksListen to other podcasts from The Daily Signal: https://www.dailysignal.com/podcasts/Get daily conservative news you can trust from our Morning Bell newsletter: DailySignal.com/morningbellsubscription Listen to more Heritage podcasts: https://www.heritage.org/podcastsSign up for The Agenda newsletter — the lowdown on top issues conservatives need to know about each week: https://www.heritage.org/agenda
  • SHOCKER: Elites Favor Limiting Voting to College Graduates

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    New polling from Scott Rasmussen reveals that America's elite 1%—those with high incomes, urban residences, and postgraduate degrees—are significantly out of step with the rest of the country on a range of issues.It’s a troubling trend for America, and it doesn’t bode well for our future considering the elite 1% occupy many of the leadership roles in our cultural, educational, and government institutions.There's perhaps no statistic more shocking than the 69% of politically obsessed elites who think it would be better if only people with college degrees could vote. By comparison, just 15% of all voters hold that view. (Rasmussen defines "politically obsessed" as elites who talk about politics every day.)Rasmussen's latest survey, conducted by RMG Research, asked other questions ranging from government censorship to gun ownership. On nearly every issue, there's a wide gulf between the ruling class and everyday Americans.You can learn more about work on the elite 1% by tuning into "The Scott Rasmussen Show," which airs Sunday at 10 a.m. ET on Merit Street Media.