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INTERVIEW | Pro-Life Pediatrician Reveals Full Story Behind Cyberattack
The American College of Pediatricians scored a major victory last month when a federal judge ruled in its favor and halted the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone, a drug used in chemical abortions.
Just weeks later, the organization endured a cyberattack carried out by hackers intending to cause major damage. As if that wasn’t enough, news of the hack was then leaked to a hostile journalist in a fleeting attempt to damage the organization’s reputation.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, pro-life institutions and individuals have faced sustained attacks. The militant group Jane’s Revenge vandalized pregnancy resource centers, the FBI arrested a pro-life father in Pennsylvania, and a deranged pro-abortion man plotted an assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
These unrelenting attacks show no sign of abating. Look no further than the latest assault on the American College of Pediatricians, also known as ACPeds.
Dr. Jill Simons, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to explain what happened and why she’s not backing down from her mission to defend life and protect the most vulnerable in our society.
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Sen. Diane Feinstein Dies, Government Shutdown On Horizon, Elon Musk Visits Southern Border | Sept. 2916:26TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down:Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., has died at the age of 90.A government shutdown lingers as deadline approaches.The Heritage Foundation is suing the Biden administration on behalf of the pro-parental rights group Moms for Liberty. Elon Musk visited the southern border in Eagle Pass, Texas on Thursday.Over 50 people were killed in a bombing in Pakistan.A state of emergency has been declared in New York after heavy rains that have led to flash flooding.
Steve McKee on the 'Turns' That Lead to a Better Life20:25All of us encounter twists and turns every day—whether in our personal lives or at work. Steve McKee’s new book “Turns: Where Business Is Won and Lost” offers a guide for which turns to take to live a better life.McKee, co-founder of the McKee Wallwork marketing agency in New Mexico and author of several acclaimed books, has navigated turns throughout this own life and successful career. He joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to explain how he navigated the ups and downs as an innovative leader.Listen to the full interview or read a lightly edited transcript at DailySignal.com.
First Joe Biden Impeachment Inquiry Hearing, Arrests in Philadelphia Following Looting, Senate Passes Dress Code | Sept. 2811:02TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: The House holds its first impeachment inquiry hearing on President Joe Biden.GOP presidential candidates take to the stage for the second debate, but former President Donald Trump is again absent. Philadelphia police say a large group of “criminal opportunists” smashed windows and robbed retail and liquor stores for the second night in a row. The American soldier who willinging ran into North Korea in July is back on American soil. The Senate passes a resolution formalizing business attire as the dress code for the floor of the chamber.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
Biggest Hits, Misses in 2nd GOP Presidential Debate13:49Seven GOP candidates took to the debate stage Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, for the second Republican presidential debate.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum spent two hours answering questions from debate moderators Dana Perino of the Fox News Channel, Stuart Varney of Fox Business Network, and Univision anchor Ilia Calderón. Former two-term Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson did not qualify for the second debate. Former President Donald Trump skipped Wednesday night's debate, opting instead to deliver a speech at an auto parts manufacturer and supplier about 25 miles northeast of Detroit. Several significant moments stood out from the second GOP presidential debate, and Nathan Duell, the California state director of Heritage Action for America, joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain how the debate compared to the first one Aug. 23 in Milwaukee and what issues moderators should have addressed, but didn't. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation. Heritage Action for America is an independent nonprofit organization affiliated with Heritage.)
Spending Battle Continues on Capitol Hill, Sen. Bob Menendez Pleads Not Guilty, 2nd GOP Debate Set for Tonight, DC Hits Depressing Homicide Milestone | Sept. 2711:21TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: If President Joe Biden wishes to avoid a government shutdown, he should sit down with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and hammer out a plan to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, McCarthy said at a news conference Wednesday:https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/09/27/biden-wants-keep-government-open-needs-close-border-mccarthy-says/New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez pleads not guiltyThe second Republican presidential debate is taking place at 9 pm at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Dr. Robert’s article: https://www.newsweek.com/second-debate-gop-candidates-should-put-family-first-opinion-1829703 The nation’s capital hits 200 homicides 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
Born In the Right Body: Launch of the Biological Integrity Initiative23:34Doctors don’t have enough evidence to know the long-term effects of what happens to someone who takes puberty blockers as a child, the executive director of the American College of Pediatricians says. "We know that if you stop puberty with these puberty blockers, you stop a whole sequence of events," Dr. Jill Simons says, adding that there also are "effects on the brain.""There's effects on the biology that you need that for sexual organ development to become fertile in the future," she says.But according to Simon, "There's a lot of things we don't know about stopping puberty, and you can't get that back once you stop the puberty blockers."Given the rise in gender-identity treatments for children, the American College of Pediatricians launched a new initiative Wednesday called the Biological Integrity Initiative to provide not only medical professionals, "but also parents, teachers, policymakers, even teens themselves who are questioning some of these things" with resources and scientific data on the known effects of gender treatments on children, Simons says.Simons joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain what medical professionals do and don’t know about the effects of puberty blockers and hormone treatments on young people and what resources the Biological Integrity Initiative offers. You can learn more about the new initiative at BiologicalIntegrity.org. Enjoy the show!
What Congress’ China Committee Chairman Would Ask Candidates at GOP Presidential Debate19:35The second Republican presidential debate is set for Wednesday night, and if Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., chairman of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, were the debate’s moderator, he knows what he would ask the candidates relating to China.“Maybe the most obvious question is perhaps the most important, which is: ‘Why should an average American care about the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party?'” he says.“It may be obvious to those of us who work in D.C. or people who work at think tanks in D.C., but at times I fear it can seem like a distant “over-there” threat, when my view is very much that it’s a “right-here-at-home-threat” and a threat to American sovereignty,” says Gallagher, who is also chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technologies, and Innovation. Gallagher, also member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, adds:Perhaps the most important policy question, though, is: “What is your plan for rebuilding American military power in order to deter a war with China over Taiwan?”And then, if they want to stoke debate, they can ask questions about TikTok, because candidates have different opinions about whether we should ban TikTok, force a sale, or do nothing at all.Gallagher joins today’s episode of “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss some key issues relating to China that he thinks candidates should be focused on and address while campaigning, along with his pitch to young voters who are on TikTok about why the Chinese app should be banned.
Biden Joins Picket Line, Hunter Biden Sues Rudy Giuliani, Cory Booker Calls on Bob Menendez to Resign | Sept. 2615:49TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: President Joe Biden becomes the first known sitting president to stand on a picket line with protesters. Hunter Biden files a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani and his former attorney Robert Costello. Sen. Cory Booker joins many of his colleagues in calling for Sen. Bob Menendez to resign. Republican lawmakers call on the Biden administration to provide detailed information on how much U.S. aid money has been sent to Ukraine.A new study finds that college admissions counselors give preferential treatment to emails from people with pronouns in their signature lines. 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
'China's Economy Is The Foundation of Much of Its Power Projection Around The World,' Author Says19:28The People's Republic of China "has used the power of its economy beyond its borders to push its illiberal and authoritarian geopolitical objectives and to change the behavior of individuals, governments, companies, and multilateral institutions," says Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, author of "Beijing Rules: How China Weaponized Its Economy to Confront the World.""The reason I chose to focus on China's economic power is that I have covered China's power projection beyond its borders as a beat for about seven years, and I found that underlying much of China's power is its economic power," says Allen-Ebrahimian, who is the China reporter for Axios. "Whether that's its diplomatic power, it's still, to this day, a lot of the foundation of that is its economic power, what we tend to call extraterritorial censorship," says Allen-Ebrahimian, who has lived in Taiwan since August 2022, adding:I mean, the NBA and Hollywood studios will self-censor. This is an extension of China's economic power. And so I found that at least, I would say, until the first half of the 21st century, China's economy is the foundation of much of its power projection around the world.Allen-Ebrahimian joins today's episode of "The Daily Signal Podcast" to discuss her new book and what she has seen as the biggest change that China has undergone since she lived there in 2004 and then again from 2008 to 2012.