The Daily Signal Podcast
How Biden Admin Is Twisting the Law in New Transgender Foster Care Rule
Jonathan Skrmetti, the Republican attorney general of Tennessee, has pledged that he will sue the Department of Health and Human Services under President Joe Biden if it finalizes a rule forcing gender ideology on foster parents.
Skrmetti laid out the legal arguments against the rule in a conversation Wednesday with "The Daily Signal Podcast."
"This is a federal agency making law, treading on both the prerogatives of Congress and really the prerogatives of the state legislatures," Skrmetti said.
"Family law has always been a state issue," he explained. "The states have developed a rich body of family law dealing with issues like foster care. This is a really heavy-handed intrusion by the federal government in pursuit of a political end but at the expense of kids. So constitutionally, there's a structural problem with a federal agency making law in an area where the states should be making the law and where the states have been making the law."
HHS’ Administration for Children and Families proposed a new rule Sept. 28 on “Safe and Appropriate Foster Care Placement Requirements” and allowed Americans to submit public comments by Nov. 27. Skrmetti submitted a comment as Tennessee's attorney general, and 16 other state attorneys general signed on to it.
Enjoy the conversation with Skrmetti.
View all episodes
Justices Weigh Future of Free Speech on Social Media Platforms18:04Can states prohibit social media companies from censoring the speech of their platforms' users? That's a question now before the Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Monday in a pair of major First Amendment cases. The cases stem from laws passed in Texas and Florida in 2021 after a number of social media companies' deplatforming of then-President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.Following social media companies' banning of Trump and a number of other conservative voices, both Texas and Florida passed laws preventing social media platforms, such as YouTube and Facebook, from censoring users’ constitutionally protected speech. But two trade associations challenged those laws on behalf of the social media companies. The trade groups argue that social media companies' decisions about what speech they censor is an editorial choice protected by the First Amendment. Are social media platforms required to carry everyone's views? Or like newspapers, do these Big Tech companies have a First Amendment right to choose what speech is and is not allowed on their platforms? The justices are expected to issue their decision on the case in June. Texas state Sen. Bryan Hughes, who sponsored the Texas law; Adam Candeub, a Michigan State University law professor; and Jack Fitzhenry, a legal fellow with The Heritage Foundation (of which the Daily Signal is the news outlet), join “The Daily Signal Podcast” to offer their analyses on the arguments before the high court on Monday and what the justices' ruling could mean for Americans. Enjoy the show!
SCOTUS to Rule on Future of Big Tech, RNC Chair Resigns, Trump Appeals Fraud Verdict | Feb. 2609:45TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: The Supreme Court hears oral arguments for a pair of major First Amendment cases involving Big Tech companies. Former President Donald Trump appeals the judge’s verdict in his New York civil fraud case. A man sets himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in an act of protest. Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel is stepping down next month. President Joe Biden and Trump will visit the southern border Thursday. 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
Bob Woodson on Challenging ‘Racial Profiteers’21:52The national tragedy of more drug overdose deaths, suicides, and homicides won’t be solved “if we have to look at each other through the prism of race,” activist Bob Woodson says.“There are people who are profiting from the grievance of our society, and we must challenge these racial profiteers,” says Woodson, an author and founder of the Washington-based Woodson Center.Some “try to promote” the racial challenges in America, Woodson says, citing two examples.“Black Lives Matter ... comes along and collects $100 million in white guilt money," he says. "Ibram X. Kendi at Boston University collects $48 million to do anti-racist research.” In Woodson's view, "race has been a distraction” to addressing the real problems confronting poor communities.Since the 1980s, Woodson, who is black, has worked to address issues plaguing poor communities across the country. As a young man, he was part of the civil rights movement. But, finding himself in disagreement with some aspects of the movement, Woodson says he “began to work on behalf of low-income people of all races.” Now, at 86, Woodson says, The Woodson Center gives a voice "to the voiceless grassroots leaders who are laboring in these communities confronting drugs and violence and out-of-wedlock births.” Woodson joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to expose the harmful effects of a focus on race on black communities and to explain how the strategy of The Woodson Center transforms lives and entire neighborhoods. Enjoy the show!
CBS Seizes Files of Reporter Investigating Hunter Biden, Trump Condemns Persecution of Christians, Nathan Wade’s Cell Phone Data | Feb. 2309:56TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: CBS News seizes files and computer of reporter investigating Hunter Biden’s laptop.Former President Donald Trump compares the criminal indictments he faces to the Biden administration’s targeting of Christians. New information suggests Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis may have been in a relationship with lead prosecutor Nathan Wade before she hired him. A proposed rule out of the Biden administration would harm pro-life centers, according to former Vice President Mike Pence’s organization. https://www.dailysignal.com/2024/02/23/trump-condemns-persecution-christians-under-biden-doj-pledges-feds-will-never-target-them/Listen 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
Trump’s Legal Cases 101: Where They Stand20:27Former President Donald Trump is still facing multiple legal cases against him, including federal charges.In Manhattan, Trump is looking at felony charges over alleged hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels. In Georgia, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has accused Trump of seeking to interfere with the results of the 2020 election. The Justice Department’s special counsel, Jack Smith, brought two cases against Trump, one involving classified documents and the other stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.Last week, a New York judge ordered Trump to pay $354 million in his civil fraud case involving allegations that Trump improperly inflated the value of his property holdings. And in Colorado, Trump is fighting to keep his name on the presidential primary ballot in Colorado after the state Supreme Court ruled he couldn't appear on the ballot, citing the 14th Amendment. The latter case is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.The cases Trump is facing “paint a picture of a weaponized justice system,” according to Kyle Brosnan, chief counsel for the Oversight Project at The Heritage Foundation. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)“You have these rogue prosecutors in local jurisdictions in Atlanta and New York, and the attorney general of New York I’d throw in there, too, allocating vast amounts of resources to go after [Trump] when that's not really their job,” Brosnan said.He pointed to rising crime in cities such as New York and Atlanta as issues that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Willis should be focusing their time and energy on instead.Brosnan joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain where the various cases against Trump currently stand.Enjoy the show!
Rubio Warns of China Cyber Threat, 24 Attacks From Biden’s Dog, Judge Rules Noncitizens Can’t Vote | Feb. 2208:22TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: Sen. Marco Rubio warns of cyber security attacks after massive AT&T outage. Judge rules that non-U.S. citizens cannot vote in local elections in New York City.The House Freedom Caucus sends a letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson with an appropriations pitch.Reports reveal that Biden’s dog Commander attacked Secret Service members at least 24 times. Listen 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
Why China Wants You to Drive an EV18:35China’s economy is struggling: Many young people can't find jobs, the nation’s real estate market is in trouble after two major property development companies failed, and China's stock market has seen a $7 trillion decline in just a few years. But Beijing has a plan to do something about it.When the “green energy” movement began, China recognized an opportunity, Erin Walsh explains. Beijing saw an “opening because they don't have oil, so they had to come up with something else,” said Walsh, senior research fellow for international affairs in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. “Because, how do you electrify and grow, and become No. 1 in the world, which is their goal; how do you do that if you don't have energy,” she asked. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.) China has “hijacked the agenda” of the green movement, because the Asian giant is on the forefront of developing electric vehicles, batteries and solar energy, according to Walsh. Walsh joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain the factors that have led to China’s economic challenges and how Beijing is seeking to overcome its economic woes by further dominating the energy market. Enjoy the show!
Trump Talks VP Shortlist, Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness, New York to Cut Funding for Illegal Immigrants | Feb. 2105:34TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: · President Trump talked about his list of potential vice-presidential candidates.· The Biden administration announced a mass loan forgiveness program· New York may seize Trump’s assets· New York Mayor announces reduction in spending on illegal immigrants.Listen 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
Former Mexican Lawmaker Convicted of 'Gender-Based Political Violence' Speaks Out26:59Mexican authorities convicted civil society leader and former Mexican Congressman Rodrigo Iván Cortés of "gender-based political violence." His crime? Criticizing a man who identifies as a transgender woman. Cortés sits down with The Daily Signal's Mary Margaret Olohan to share his story.Enjoy the show!