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#551: Christian Student on Why He’s Suing Chicago Over Free Speech

All they wanted to do was share the gospel message—and they’d been doing it for years in downtown Chicago. But this time, the four Christian college students were shut down by law enforcement. Now, they’re suing the city of Chicago, saying their First Amendment rights to free speech have been violated. Today, one of those students, Matthew Swart, joins the podcast for an exclusive interview about what he believes is at stake in this case. Plus: Great Britain’s opposition party wants to ban private schools. We discuss.

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Arizona AG Mark Brnovich Talks Suing Biden Over Vaccine Mandate

President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is unconstitutional, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says.Brnovich filed a lawsuit against the president and other Biden administration officials on Tuesday, arguing that the vaccine mandate is an assault on state sovereignty."[W]e know from reading Federalist 45 and Federalist 51 that people like James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, expected the states to push back against the federal government," Brnovich says.The attorney general, a Republican, also says, “Nowhere in the Constitution does it provide or does it allow the president or the federal government to require any sort of vaccines."Last week, Biden signed an executive order mandating the vaccination of all federal employees and contract workers. The president also directed the Department of Labor to write a rule mandating all organizations with 100 employees or more to require all their employees be vaccinated or tested weekly.Brnovich says the president’s actions not only violate American freedoms, but also the equal protection clause of the Constitution.The Arizona attorney general joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain what he hopes to accomplish through the suit.We also cover these stories:Idaho puts in place crisis standards of care throughout the state, citing the number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.After an article from The Daily Signal and a press release from The Heritage Foundation, online retailer Amazon rescinds an ad ban for a new book released by Heritage Foundation scholar Mike Gonzalez.According to a report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, migrants, staff, and border communities were exposed to greater risks of COVID-19 infection by the department’s failure to adequately screen incoming migrants for the disease.

Putting a Spotlight on Biden's Problematic Nominees for Government Posts

As debate rages in Congress over spending packages and election reform bills, Senate confirmations for President Joe Biden's executive branch nominees continue to move forward.Some higher profile nominees—such as Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget and David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—attracted enough critical attention to sink their nominations.But Biden nominees such as Tracy Stone-Manning, his choice to run the Bureau of Land Management, have flown largely under the radar."I think she's indicative of this pattern in the Biden administration of where they're just not bothering [to vet nominees] and they're just pushing [them] through," says Tom Jones, co-founder of American Accountability Foundation, a nonpartisan educational organization that highlights the administration's appointments.Jones joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to discuss some of Biden's most problematic nominees and why Americans should keep a close eye on the process.We also cover these stories:Biden says he has "great confidence" in Gen. Mark Milley to continue as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff despite published reports that Milley secretly spoke with a Chinese counterpart near the end of the Trump administration.Former President Donald Trump criticizes Milley's reported actions, as do Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.Republican governors accuse the Biden administration of playing politics with the COVID-19 pandemic after the White House announces it will restrict distribution of an effective treatment to fight the coronavirus.Enjoy the show!

Is Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Legal? Constitutional Expert Explains

After President Joe Biden finished his speech last Thursday evening announcing new COVID-19 vaccine mandates, a reporter called out, “Is this constitutional?” Biden, leaving the room, did not stop to answer.The president’s new vaccine mandate directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, part of the Labor Department, to require all organizations with 100 employees or more either to test their employees weekly for COVID-19 or ensure they are vaccinated. Biden also signed an executive order requiring that all federal employees and contract workers be vaccinated.One of the most important questions to ask is whether OSHA "has the statutory authority ... to issue a rule of this type,” Heritage Foundation legal scholar John Malcolm says.Biden’s requirements likely will affect between 80 and 100 million Americans, some of whom now face the choice of taking a COVID-19 vaccine or losing their job.Malcolm, who is a senior legal fellow at Heritage and directs its Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain the constitutionality of vaccine mandates and the likelihood that litigation over a new OSHA rule will rise to the Supreme Court.(The Heritage Foundation is the parent organization of The Daily Signal.)We also cover these stories:Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announces the filing of a lawsuit against the Biden administration in response to proposed vaccine mandates.Secretary of State Antony Blinken appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to face questions about the hasty U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.Senate Democrats unveil legislation to change federal election law in response to new Republican-led election reforms in Texas and Florida.Enjoy the show!