There’s a lot to like about the new United States-Canada-Mexico trade deal (also known as the USMCA), says Tori Whiting of The Heritage Foundation. But there’s also some elements that should give conservatives pause, such as minimum wage requirements and liberal social policies on sexual orientation and gender identity. Whiting joins us to explain what’s good and what’s bad in the deal–and what lawmakers can or can’t do to change it. Plus: We discuss how the new Broadway edition of “Oklahoma” will be “gun neutral.”

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• The U.S. ignores China and Russia at its peril, warns a new report released by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats that states, “China and Russia are more aligned than at any point since the mid-1950s.”
• Senate Democrats have delayed a final committee vote on William Barr to be the next attorney general, pushing his likely confirmation to next week.
• A Democrat-run House committee is floating the idea of removing “so help me God” from the oath witnesses take before speaking to the committee.

Around 2 p.m. every day, some men will use their corporate computers to make an appointment to have sex with a minor–and many of those appointments will occur on corporate property. Businesses, says Geoff Rogers, CEO and co-founder of U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, are among the organizations that may seem to have no connection to sex trafficking–but can play a role in ending it in the United States, where thousands of children, many originally in the foster care system, are now victims of sex trafficking. Plus: We discuss President Trump’s push for Bible literacy classes in public schools.

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• The Congressional Budget Office reports the shutdown cost a total of $3 billion in foregone economic activity that won’t be recovered.
• Sens. Chuck Grassley, R- Iowa, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced a bill would require Congress and the public receive a report when a special counsel investigation is over or if the special counsel is fired or resigns.
• The Midwest is about to be hit with a record-breaking cold snap.

On today’s show, we feature an interview with pollster Scott Rasmussen. We quiz him on his latest polling numbers, including the president’s approval numbers, and some surprising trends that you’ll want to hear about. Rasmussen is a renowned pollster, author, and co-founder of ESPN. He most recently wrote the book, “The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not,” and publishes new polls daily at

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Venezuela’s socialist dictator, Nicolas Maduro, is facing heavy pressure to resign after having destroyed the economy and rigging an election for himself. His opponent, backed by the United States, is now declaring himself to be president. Ana Quintana, The Heritage Foundation’s Latin America expert, discusses the unfolding situation. Plus: We debate over Tom Brady, the oldest NFL quarterback, and whether any good American can be a Patriots fan.

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• A Senate bill that would fund the border wall and reopen the government fails.
• The State of the Union is TBD. President Trump announced he’ll wait until after the shutdown to deliver the annual address.
• A Tennessee lawmaker is looking to tighten up the dress code on public school campuses — for parents.

Washington feels pretty dysfunctional right now, with the partial government shutdown over a month old. And still, Democrats won’t offer President Donald Trump any wall funding. So how did Washington actually get this way? And how did the Democratic Party move so far left? Today, former Ohio Rep. Bob McEwan comments on those questions and explains how his Council for National Policy is uniting conservatives.

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• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells President Trump he can’t deliver the State of the Union until the government shutdown is over.
• The White House has renominated 51 people as judicial nominees, after the Senate failed to get them through last year.
• Juan Guaido, who is president of the Venezuela National Assembly, declared himself head of state, and President Trump immediately recognized him as interim president

In the past couple of weeks, Karen Pence has been attacked for teaching at a Christian school, a group of Catholic school teen boys at the March for Life have been smeared as racists, and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) tied Catholic organization Knights of Columbus to the “alt-right.” The Heritage Foundation’s Monica Burke joins us to discuss how it’s becoming harder for Christians to speak out freely.

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In this day and age of rights movements, we don’t hear too much about children’s rights. Our guest today, Katy Faust, heads up a children’s rights organization called “Them Before Us.” She says the sexual revolution and adult fulfillment have come at a steep price for children. She also points the way forward for healthy parenting in the 21st century.

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On today’s show, we feature an interview with Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. She talks about her uncle’s enduring legacy, what people forget about MLK, and her plans for honoring him.

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Today is the March for Life in Washington, D.C., and we’re joined by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee who had a change of heart and is now a pro-life advocate. Plus: Rachel del Guidice shares why she’s been attending the March for the past 13 years.

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–A day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged the president to delay his State of the Union speech, President Trump delayed Pelosi’s trip overseas.
–A measure pushed by House Republicans that would keep the government closed but would provide pay to affected government employees failed, with only six Democrats voting for it.
–Sen. Lindsey Graham re-introduced a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., joins us to discuss how he’s ready to change Washington, D.C. The businessman turned politician shares why he advocates term limits, and wants lawmakers to lose pay if they don’t pass a budget on time.

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Ignore the Women’s March: women are actually hurt by abortion and the sexual revolution. Lila Rose of Live Action joins us to discuss that, why she has hope for Gen Z, and how you can change peoples’ minds on abortion. Plus: Jarrett Stepman joins us to chat about the controversial view of masculinity in a  new Gillette ad.

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In our abbreviated episode today due to the snowstorm that hit the Washington, D.C., area, we feature an interview with C.J. Sailor of the Gloucester Institute, a nonprofit that works to engage minority students on campus.

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On today’s show, we feature an interview with BOLD founder Carrie Sheffield. Based in New York City, Sheffield discusses her political activism, the importance of civility, and what it’s like for a conservative living in Manhattan.

Her digital television network is comprised of three shows, one of which is co-hosted by Clay Aiken, who is famous for his performance on “American Idol.” 

Does President Donald Trump have the authority to declare the situation at the border a national emergency? What should happen at the border? Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mark Green of Tennessee, and Chip Roy of Texas, join to share their views.

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Traditional masculinity is “harmful” — but don’t take it from us. That’s the new verdict of the American Psychological Association. We discuss the APA’s new guidelines on counseling for men and boys, as well as the ideological shift behind it. Plus: President Trump’s policy in Syria seems to be in flux. Las month, he announced U.S. troops would be withdrawing, but now the timeline seems longer. Heritage Foundation Middle East expert Jim Phillips unpacks what Trump’s goals in Syria are, and how they can best be achieved.

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When it comes to border security, what are the facts? Heritage Foundation analyst David Inserra, who focuses on immigration and homeland security, joins us to discuss whether walls work, whether the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border is a terrorism risk, and the flow of drugs into the United States from other countries. Plus: we play President Donald Trump’s full Oval Office address on the border crisis.

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Seinfeld is one of the highest grossing sitcoms of all time, but in 2019 it’s rubbing some young people the wrong way. Are those concerns justified? We discuss in today’s episode. Plus: It’s Week 3 of the partial government shutdown, and the president and Democrats are no closer to an agreement. Democratic leaders are quick to point out the plight of federal workers not receiving pay, but as Heritage budget expert Justin Bogie explains, that’s not the full story.

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