Hundreds of vandals looted Chicago businesses Sunday night and into Monday morning. The images of shattered storefronts in and around the city’s Loop look more like a war zone than an American city.

 

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It’s not just statues and American history that are under attack. The most essential ideas from America’s founding are under siege and on trial.

 

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A battle is raging for the future of our nation as “extremists and criminals literally try to rip out [statues and other monuments] to destroy the history of America,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says.

 

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At the end of June, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to “defund” the city’s police. Now crime is on the rise.

 

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A large explosion Tuesday in Beirut, Lebanon, killed at least 100 and wounded 4,000 others, authorities say. The president of Lebanon said the explosion was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that was not safely stored.

Was foul play involved? How should Lebanon respond? Are there likely to be any shifts of power because of what happened? Jim Phillips, senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at The Heritage Foundation, joins the podcast to discuss.

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Climate activists continue to sound the alarm over carbon dioxide emissions and climate change. Caleb Rossiter, the executive director of CO2 Coalition, an organization of climate scientists and experts who research and report the facts of climate change, joins the show to explain just how worried we really should or should not be about the planet’s warming.

 

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Do police unions protect bad cops? How do collective bargaining agreements keep bad cops on the job? Where is there room for reform in this aspect of police departments? Charlyce Bozzello, communications director at the Center for Union Facts, joins The Daily Signal Podcast to break it down.

 

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A cybersecurity battle is raging. In recent weeks, Chinese hackers stole, or attempted to steal, terabytes of data from the U.S. government, businesses, and private individuals. Digital predators gained access to the Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, former President Barack Obama, and other high-profile individuals. And President Donald Trump says he is considering banning the Chinese-made app TikTok over security concerns.

Klon Kitchen, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Technology Policy, joins the podcast to explain the severity of America’s cybersecurity threats, what actions the government should take, and how you can keep your personal information safe from hackers.

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Riots have been ongoing in Portland for 62 consecutive days. What’s really going on? Should federal forces withdraw? Why hasn’t Portland law enforcement been able to get this situation under control? Is it correct to characterize the violence we have seen occurring in Portland as a “myth” as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler did this week? Lora Reis, a senior research fellow for homeland security at The Heritage Foundation, joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss.

 

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A disturbing new trend has emerged among teenage girls. Abigail Shrier, author of “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters,” says some groups of young female friends are making the decision together that they’re transgender.

 

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How have identity politics, victimhood, and identitarian division contributed to the destruction of America? How can this ideology be rebuffed? Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation, joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss his new book, “The Plot to Change America.”

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There is currently a debate raging over how elections are to be held in the fall amid the coronavirus. Is a pandemic reason to hold an election by mail? Would widespread mail-in voting lead to voter fraud and skew election results?

 

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Lawyer and commentator Kurt Schlichter’s new book, “The 21 Biggest Lies About Donald Trump (and You!),” goes straight to the heart of why the political left has such a disdain for the president.

 

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On June 30, China imposed a so-called national security law that sparked protests across Hong Kong. How is this “national security law” impacting Hong Kong’s relationship with the U.S.? As a global financial center, how is this this law hampering Hong Kong’s influence? Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation joins the podcast to discuss.

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Shelby Talcott, a reporter for The Daily Caller, been covering the protests in the weeks since the death of George Floyd. She most recently has spent time in Portland, which has become extremely violent in the past weeks. She joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss what she has seen and experienced.

 

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“If we tear down every statue of every person whose viewpoints and whose behavior wasn’t always ideal, wasn’t always perfect, we’re … not going to know about many of the historical figures who, for better or for worse, shaped who we are and how we got here,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, says.

 

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As municipalities around the country ponder defunding their police forces, Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing back. The Texas Republican argues that more black lives will be lost and more black women will be sexually assaulted if law enforcement is cut or abolished in some communities. Cruz joins The Daily Signal podcast to discuss.

 

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“I am not a victim” is the message that conservative African Americans send to the left in the new film “Uncle Tom.”

 

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New York City has seen a 53.5% increase in shootings and a 27% increase in killings this year, according to GianCarlo Canaparo, a legal fellow with The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

 

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New York Times opinion writer and editor Bari Weiss is the latest victim of the cancel culture, resigning after what she calls bullying by more liberal colleagues at the newspaper. Jarrett Stepman, a contributor to The Daily Signal and co-host of “The Right Side of History” podcast, joins today’s show to talk about Weiss’ resignation, the goal of cancel culture, how you can fight it, and more.

 

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