Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to remember the life and legacy of one man who changed history forever through his courage and Christian values. In 2019, The Daily Signal spoke to his niece, Alveda King, about her uncle’s enduring legacy. Today, we share that interview once again and remember the courage of Dr. King and those who stood with him in the Civil Rights Movement.

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“There’s a lot of hostility to religious beliefs,” says Joe Grogan, director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House.

“These views are protected by the First Amendment and people who are offended by public expressions of faith need to get over it,” he adds.

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Will the new deal boost the American economy? Is it normal for a trade deal to demand one party spend a certain amount? Will it curb China’s theft of intellectual property from U.S. companies? Riley Walters, a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation who focuses on Asia’s economy and technology, has answers. Plus: Thaleigha Rampersad and Jarrett Stepman discuss the new hit movie, “1917”.

 

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In charity work, the numbers aren’t everything. Meals and shelter can be provided — and those are good — but as our guest today says, the goal needs to be more. In addition to offering short-term relief, charity needs to help people get back on their feet and become self-sufficient. How? Rachel sat down recently with James Whitford to ask that question. James directs a nonprofit called Watered Gardens, which aims to lift its participants out of poverty. We’ll share their conversation.

 

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San Francisco has been called the Paris of the West, but lately, it’s become a nightmare. Rows of tents now line the sidewalks, and the air smells foul. Homelessness is out of control. We discuss Kate’s recent feature on what’s going on in America’s most liberal city.

 

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Much of America is focused on more than impeachment or whatever happens to be trending in the news cycle today. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem shares what is on the minds of her constituents in the heartland of America.

 

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Ilonka Deaton was trafficked into sex slavery at the age of 12. She suffered for six years before finally getting free. Now, her brother, Jaco Booyens, runs a film company that brings the darkness of sex trafficking into the light. He’s out with a film called “8 Days.”

 

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After a tense period with Iran, President Donald Trump wants to turn the page. He delivered a speech on Wednesday laying out his goals for peace and a nuclear deal. Today we unpack the latest details with Heritage Foundation expert Luke Coffey.

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In politics, language is central — the words we use, what they mean, and what we want them to mean. As our guest today, The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles, explains, the left is a master of language manipulation. Liberals often win political victories by redefining words and rewiring our brains.

 

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President Donald Trump is only the third president to be impeached. Impeachment is a rarely used tool that the Founders intended to be a serious and fair process. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is concerned President Donald Trump hasn’t gotten the due process he deserves. I spoke with him about the impeachment process and how it will likely play out in the Senate. Listen to the podcast or read a lightly edited transcript below.

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie brings a personal and family history of military service to his high-profile job—characteristics that have helped him lead an government agency responsible for providing care for approximately 9.5 million of America’s veterans. The Daily Signal speaks to him about the issues confronting America’s veterans and his leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

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U.S. forces killed one of Iran’s most powerful men, Qassim Suleimani, early Friday morning in Baghdad. He was leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, and the order came directly from President Donald Trump. Jim Carafano of The Heritage Foundation unpacks the details, what led to the attack, and what to look for next.

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Maj Toure, founder of Black Guns Matter, comes from inner-city Philadelphia, where he teaches black youth about their Second Amendment rights. “Gun control is about people control,” he says, adding that, “It’s not about safety. … It’s about taking large percentages of American populations—urban centers; urban metropolises; New York City, 8.5, sometimes 9 million people—and telling them they do not have the right as stated in the Second Amendment to defend their lives. Our organization is there to push that back and the education and the understanding is how we do it.”

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At 16, Casey Diaz went to prison for murder. The son of an alcoholic father, Diaz grew up in a rough neighborhood and first saw three men killed when he was 8. By the time he was 11, he had joined a gang. But after years in prison, Diaz, the author of new book “The Shot Caller,” had a radical conversion, and his transformed life began to have an impact on others, including a founder of MS-13. Enjoy this top episode from 2019.

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When she was around 13, Eliana Bookbinder began questioning her gender after reading a lot online. But in time, she came to realize she was a woman—and now she’s fighting for feminism. Daniel Davis and Katrina Trinko interview Bookbinder to learn more about her journey.

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This week we’re featuring some of our favorite interviews from 2019. Today, we’re sharing Daniel Davis and Rachel del Guidice’s interview with Christopher Scalia, the co-editor of “On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer.”

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The American economy has had a strong year. How much of this can we attribute this to the federal tax reform passed in 2017?

 

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Heritage legal scholar Tom Jipping joins the podcast to discuss the House’s impeachment process, and what’s next in the Senate.

 

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Monica Crowley, Treasury Department assistant secretary of public affairs, joins the podcast to talk about the “incredible economic boom” that followed the tax reform passed in 2017. Jessica Ditto, deputy communications director at the White House, joins for an interview as well, discussing tax cuts and the future of trade.

 

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Is Alaska a model of success for the rest of the country? Virginia Allen speaks with Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy, who took office in December 2018. Dunleavy, a Republican, talks about how he is working to make the state more fiscally responsible, why he sent National Guard troops from Alaska to the U.S.-Mexico border, and his education reforms in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Read a lightly edited transcript of the interview, posted below, or listen on the podcast:

 

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