The Daily Signal Podcast
#489: She Took on the IRS ... and Won
On today’s episode of The Daily Signal Podcast, we feature an interview with Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote. She explains how her organization took on the IRS and won an important victory in court. Plus, American colleges and universities were at one time highly regarded and trusted institutions. Today, they are more often in the news for suppressing free speech and driving up student loan debt. We bring you a commentary from Lindsey Burke, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy. We also share letters to the editor from our readers about Daily Signal reporter Fred Lucas’ recent article, “19 Arrests Later, a Texas Town Is Torn Apart Over Voter Fraud.” Your letter could be featured on our show; write us at email@example.com or call 202-608-6205. And finally, a good news story about one man who is making a big impact in his community and across the country in a very simple way. The Daily Signal Podcast is available on the Ricochet Audio Network. You also can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app. All of our podcasts can be found at DailySignal.com/podcasts. Help us spread the word about The Daily Signal Podcast. Please give us a 5-star review and share this episode with your family and friends. That will help us make sure we are continuing to grow and reach more listeners. Enjoy the show!
US Military Is 'Right There on the Edge.' Here's What's Driving Its 'Marginal' Status.
With aging equipment, a lack of adequate funding, and limited production capabilities, the U.S. military is ranked "marginal" at best. That’s the conclusion of the 2022 Index of U.S. Military Strength, an annual report from The Heritage Foundation that assesses the status of the military and the global threat level to the United States, which was released Wednesday."It's right there on the edge. It could handle one major war for, we believe, a limited period of time, but it couldn't do anything other than that," said Dakota Wood, the lead editor of the index and a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation's Center for National Defense. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)Wood joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss the findings of the latest index.We also cover these stories:The White House is preparing a plan to vaccinate children against COVID-19 pending the approval of the Food and Drug Administration.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces that the city will extend its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to all public employees, as well as remove the option to opt out of vaccination through regular testing.Democrats announce plans to alter a proposal that would give the IRS the authority to obtain information on Americans’ bank transactions.
What's Inside Democrats' 2,465-Page $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill?
Democrats' $3.5 trillion dollar spending package gives the IRS permission, and funding, to snoop on nearly every American's bank account, Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action for America, says.The "Biden administration is asking Congress to go ... weaponize the IRS to spy on Americans," Anderson says.The future of the bill is unclear after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said he could not support a spending bill over $1.5 trillion. Anderson joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to discuss how likely it is for the bill to move forward in Congress, and what we know about the provisions in the package.We also cover these stories:Christian schools are experiencing a boom in enrollment.Director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center David Romps resigns, saying the organization has become political.City council members in New York City vote unanimously to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson.Enjoy the Show!
Fired for Biblical Marriage Views, Former Fire Chief Explains How Faith Carried Him Through Persecution
Kelvin Cochran served as a firefighter for over three decades. He was named “Fire Chief of the Year” in 2012, and former President Barack Obama appointed him the U.S. Fire Administrator, the highest fire service post in the nation.But Cochran faced a different kind of fire in 2015 when he was terminated as Atlanta’s fire chief for writing a book in which he expressed his personal views that marriage is between one man and one woman. Cochran reached a settlement with the city of Atlanta in 2018, but says the experience of losing his job because of his faith was “challenging, to say the least.”As Americans, “we have the freedom to live out our faith, religious liberty, and we have freedom to speak our faith in whatever form of speech that we feel convicted to do without consequences,” Cochran says. “You shouldn't have to lose anything for living out your faith or speaking in your faith in our country.”Cochran joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss his new book, “Facing the Fire: The Faith That Brought ‘America’s Fire Chief’ Through the Flames of Persecution.”We also cover these stories:Former Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell dies due to complications from COVID-19.The Supreme Court issues two opinions that are being hailed as big wins for police officers.Ongoing tensions continue between Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and city police officers over vaccine mandates.Enjoy the show!