The Daily Signal Podcast
Georgia Lawmaker Reflects on Trip to Southern Border
Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., recently returned from a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. On his flight back, Clyde sat next to illegal immigrants."We are, the taxpayers are paying for this," Clyde says of illegal immigrants flying in the U.S."This is federal government funded activity. Not only that, they don't even have to abide by the TSA rules because they don't have any valid government issued ID. So, TSA is allowing them to fly with everyone else without government issued photo ID."Clyde joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to talk about this experience, who is paying for transportation of illegal immigrants,what stood out to him most from his latest visit to the border, and more.We also cover these stories:Facebook’s independent oversight panel upholds Donald Trump's suspension from the social media platform for the time being.Conservatives criticize Facebook after the social media giant says it will maintain an indefinite ban keeping Trump off the platform.House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., calls for the ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from her position as chairman of the House Republican Conference. Scalise says Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., should take Cheney’s place as the House's No. 3 Republican.
Former Acting Homeland Security Chief Weighs in on Biden Border Crisis
Personnel with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and with Customs and Border Protection are being directed by the Biden administration to stop using the terms "illegal alien” and "assimilation.” Chad Wolf, a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation and former acting secretary of homeland security in President Donald Trump's administration, joins "The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss that and other aspects of the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border under President Joe Biden. We also cover these stories: The Food and Drug Administration is expected to allow 12- to 15-year-olds to get the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for the first time.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., admits Tuesday that Republican members of the House lack confidence in the House Republican Conference chairwoman, Rep. Liz Cheney, amid an ongoing rift between the Wyoming congresswoman and former President Donald Trump.House Republicans are asking their Senate Republicans colleagues to vote against confirming David Chipman, President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Christopher Rufo on Critical Race Theory in Schools
Critical race theory is making its way into institutions across America.Christopher Rufo, a visiting fellow for domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to discuss howcritical race theory is affecting what children learn in schools. (The Daily Signal is Heritage's multimedia news outlet.)"Critical race theory is an academic discipline ... that holds that racism is the driving force in society, that in order to understand power relations, in order to understand institutions such as the law, education, the Constitution, [and] social relations, you have to understand that through the lens of race," Rufo, also a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, says.Rufo explains how critical race theory is affecting corporate America and what can be done about it.We also cover these stories:Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., says that those who contend the 2020 election was stolen are “poisoning our democratic system.”Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signals that President Joe Biden’s $4.1 trillion "infrastructure" package will receive zero support from Senate Republicans.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a bill invalidating all remaining emergency COVID-19 orders across his state.Enjoy the show!
PragerU Provides Antidote to Left’s Poisonous Education Agenda
If you’re a conservative parent, you likely know that our schools are littered with leftist propaganda meant to penetrate the minds of our impressionable kids. While it’s sometimes done subconsciously by unsuspecting teachers, too often it’s part of the left’s agenda to turn students against traditional American values. We’re seeing the consequences throughout our culture today.Fortunately, those who believe in unbiased education and critical thinking have a place to turn for help. PragerU’s Resources for Educators and Parents, also known as PREP, is offering more than 10,000 subscribers an opportunity to counter the leftist agenda permeating our schools.Jill Simonian, director of outreach at PREP,recently spoke with The Daily Signal’s Virginia Allenabout PragerU’s newest initiative. She joins me on today’s show to provide an update about the work she's doing and how you can join the effort.“If we do not teach our children how to think critically, so much of what America has been built on and the values of this country, they’re all going to disappear,” Simonian said. “And we're all going to look around and say, 'Well, what happened? What happened?'”Enjoy the show!
This Lawmaker Lost His Job Over Georgia's New Election Law. Here's His Story.
Georgia state Rep. Barry Fleming lost his job over the state's recently passed election reform legislation.The Hancock County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0to ask Fleming to resign as county attorney "after pressure from citizens opposed to his work on proposed voting law changes," Georgia Public Broadcasting reported March 10.Critics of Georgia's new law say it hampers voting rights, but Fleming, R-Harlem, argues that it does just the opposite.“It makes it easier to vote in Georgia,” Fleming says, adding:In Georgia, we actually expanded the days to early vote. There's now or can be an extra 36 hours at least of early voting in Georgia. We made it very simple when it comes to absentee ballots. You still need no excuse to vote absentee in Georgia, and all you have to do is write down your driver's license number. ... So in Georgia we think going forward it will be easier to vote, but hopefully harder to cheat.
Minorities 'Perfectly Capable of Getting Photo ID,' Nikki Haley Says of Election Laws
Nikki Haley, previously U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and governor of South Carolina, joins "The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss what conservatives realistically can try to accomplish during the next 18 months while faced with a liberal Democratic president and Congress.Haley—a Republican and founder of Stand for America, a 501(c)(4) advocacy group that promotes public policies it says strengthenAmerica'seconomy, culture, and security—also discusses how conservatives can engage in the debate of issues such as race and election security, including voter ID."Don't assume that minorities can't do for themselves," Haley says of the latter. "We are perfectly capable of getting a photo ID. We're perfectly capable of picking the school of our choice. We are perfectly capable of understanding how to make the most of our opportunities if they are put in front of us."Plus: We share some of the highlights from President Joe Biden’s address to Congress.
'We're Being Overrun,' Arizona Lawmaker Says of Border Crisis
Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., says his state is being overwhelmed by the crisis at the southern border."We're being overrun," Gosar tells The Daily Signal."I mean, I was down in Yuma a week and a half ago, and we saw 'coyotes' just bring children over and just give themselves up. One 'coyote,' in the evening, she brought in two young boys, [ages] 7 and 10, and five girls, 11 to 17," he says."None of them were related. They were being overwhelmed. And you saw the mayor of Gila County basically say they have 'no room at the inn.' They have run out of resources," the Arizona Republican adds.A "coyote" is a slang term for a person who smuggles illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.Gosar also discusses Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's recent announcement that he will deploy the National Guard to the border, as well as the political battle over an election audit in Maricopa County.We also cover these stories:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases new guidelines on mask-wearing during the pandemic.John Kerry, President Joe Biden's special envoy for climate change, denies he disclosed secret information concerning Israeli military actions in Syria during a conversation with an Iranian official.Idaho lawmakers reject education programs that include critical race theory.
'It Hurts Voters of Arizona,' Lawmaker Says of Election Bill Failing
Election integrity legislation sponsored by Arizona state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who represents easternMaricopa County, failed Thursday after state Sen. Kelly Townsend, who represents portions of Maricopa and Pinal counties, a fellow Republican, changed her vote to no during the final reading.Ugenti-Rita joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to discuss the bill, how its defeat hurts Arizonans, and whether another vote will be held on the legislation.We also cover these stories:The Supreme Court will argue a Second Amendment case in the coming months.Conservative justices on the Supreme Court are signaling their support towards two non-profits in their challenge against California legislation requiring them to disclose the identities of large donors, Reuters reported.The Supreme Court announced Monday that they have declined to hear arguments in a case between the states of Texas and California.
Trump Allies to Counter Left, Block Biden by Going to Court
A group of former Trump administration officials have formed America First Legal to stop the Biden administration’s executive actions and counter the radical left’s plans to transform our country.Led by Stephen Miller, former White House senior adviser and director of speechwriting, America First Legal promises to turn the tables on the left, which used the court system to stymie some of President Donald Trump's key initiatives."The only difference between what happened to the Trump administration and what we are going to do is we're actually going to have the law and the Constitution on our side," says Matthew Whitaker, acting U.S. attorney general under Trump and one of those involved in the new organization.Whitaker joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to talk about America First Legal’s plans and some of the biggest issues, including illegal immigration and Second Amendment rights, to emerge so far from the Biden administration.Also on today's show, we read your letters to the editor and share a good news story about a father and daughter who created a YouTube channel to empower special needs children.Listen to the podcast below or read the lightly edited transcript.Enjoy the show!