“Democrats are intent on impeaching President Trump for something. It really doesn’t matter to them what it is,” says Heritage Foundation legal scholar Tom Jipping. He joins the podcast to explain why lawyers, not lawmakers, are doing much of the questioning, what’s next for the impeachment process, and what the main takeaways are from the hearing Wednesday.

 

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“I consider myself a liberal. I still consider myself a feminist,” says writer Meghan Daum. But the past few years have left her shaken. “I did not feel that the new left was necessarily representing my values all the time. There was a sort of purity-policing that interestingly we used to associate with the right,” she says. Between #MeToo, smugness on social media, the Covington high schooler incident, and an interest in the so-called “intellectual dark web”, Daum is carving out her own political path.

 

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In 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote–and lost the election. Cue a renewed interest from the left in demolishing the Electoral College. Now 15 states and the District of Columbia have joined the National Popular Vote Compact. Trent England, director of Save Our States, joins the podcast to discuss what his group is doing to increase enthusiasm for the Electoral College.

 

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When she was 21 years old, Claire Culwell found out a huge secret about her past: her biological mom had tried to have an abortion when she was pregnant with Claire and her twin. While Claire’s twin didn’t survive, Claire did–and that revelation changed her life. “I knew that I couldn’t stand for what abortion does. And so, I chose to take a stance and to speak out,” she says.

Plus, Dan Bartkowiak of the Pennsylvania Family Council joins the show to discuss what’s going on in the Keystone State.

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A 130-year-old bakery in Ohio was accused of racism after arresting an Oberlin College student for shoplifting. Hostilities and boycotts against Gibson’s Bakery have escalated into a court case debating free speech. Legal Insurrection, a must-read political and law website, has followed this case since its beginnings in 2016.

 

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None of us want to think about another attack on America. But nor do we want to be unprepared if such an attack occurs. Dakota Wood, the lead editor of The Heritage Foundation’s Index of U.S. Military Strength, explains that right now the military’s readiness status is

“marginal.” In other words, between aging equipment and other problems, we’re far from ready to fight if have to wage war against two

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President Donald Trump’s nominations of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh may be the most high profile judicial nominations he’s made, but they’re far from the only. “One out of every 4 active judges on the United States Court of Appeals have been appointed by President Trump,” says Adam Kennedy, deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of communications at the White House. “And the average age is actually a full 10 years younger for these justices than under President [Barack] Obama.”

 

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Free speech has seen better days on the college campus. Increasingly, conservative ideas are unwelcome and even shouted down. At some schools, religious groups are being kicked off campus for not allowing non-believers to run their organization. It’s a concerning state of affairs—and yet, many students are pushing back and winning in the courtroom. In today’s episode, I speak with Casey Mattox about upholding the First Amendment on campus. We also discuss whether tech companies have any role in protecting free speech.

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Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, skyscrapers, and freezing cold winters. Unfortunately, it’s also known for high crime, fiscal woes, and political dysfunction. Other major cities have reformed their political system over time, but not Chicago. The city remains stuck with an outdated political model where the mayor is essentially king, making it harder to address long-term problems. My guest today, Austin Berg, has co-authored a book about this that explains how Chicago can finally break free from its past.

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Those struggling with same-sex attraction or hoping to walk away from a homosexual lifestyle may find some encouragement from Liz Flaherty and Elizabeth Woning, who both once lived a lesbian lifestyle.

 

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As the national debt grows larger and larger, our lawmakers continue to spend obliviously–and even on frivolous things. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa., is not happy about how much government agencies are spending on swag, and she recently introduced legislation to end things like the government spending over $600,000 on coloring books.

 

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The New York Times’ 1619 Project is the latest attempt from the left to re-tell history. But Dr. Allen Guelzo thinks the Times made some key errors. ” The hope of many members of the Constitutional Convention, that slavery could be abolished, was linked to their conviction that the abolition of slavery was simply one more step that needed to be taken to free us from the inheritance of British colonialism and British imperialism,” Guelzo, a research scholar at Princeton University says. “The 1619 Project tends to invert that.” Guelzo also talks about reparations, capitalism and its role in our history, and more.

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Lynn Meagher has two adult children who identify as transgender. “A lot of these kids have concurrent mental health issues, and they find a place to fit in because as soon as you say that you’re trans, you get love-bombed,” she reflects. “You get love-bombed online, you get love-bombed on at school … As soon as you say you’re trans, you turn into a star. And kids are thirsty for that kind of affirmation.”

 

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The leader of ISIS is dead. The man who directed so many brutal killings, tortures, and atrocities took his own life in a tunnel after being hunted down by U.S. forces. What does that mean for the fight against ISIS, both in Syria and abroad? Today we discuss that with Jim Phillips, a Middle East expert at The Heritage Foundation. Plus: Kanye West’s full embrace of the Christian faith is doing pop culture a new one. We discuss his latest album and film.

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“I Like Mike” was the campaign Taylor University freshman David Muselman created when a handful of progressive students tried to keep Vice President Mike Pence from visiting Taylor’s campus.

 

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Andy Puzder has lived the American dream. Raised in a working-class home, he worked his way to become a CEO in the fast food industry. “What I didn’t think was, ‘That son of a b—- is stealing from us.’ Or, ‘He’s in the 1%,’ and we’re in whatever percent you were in when your dad sold Fords in the 1960s,” Puzder recalls of his childhood experience seeing a rich man’s mansion. “What I thought was, ‘I could do that.’ And thank God I lived in a country where I could do that.”

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More and more Democrats have come out in favor of impeachment, but it’s worth remembering that some wanted to impeach him from Day 1. Those voices are often associated with “the Resistance.” In today’s episode, Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal argues that the Resistance is the truly destructive force in American politics—not President Trump. Strassel is author of the new book, “Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America.”

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Today, we bring you a special edition of the podcast from President’s Club, an annual gathering of Heritage Foundation supporters in Washington. We sit down with three top political figures in D.C. The first is Congressman Mike Johnson, who serves as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a conservative caucus that’s rolling out a major health care initiative. We then shift to immigration and border security with two senior Trump officials: Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, and Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services. We hope you enjoy.

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Was there ever a valid reason for the Mueller investigation? What are the lessons for the country about this two-year process and how it unfolded? And what about this new impeachment push? We speak about all this with Andrew McCarthy, author of the new book, “Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.

 

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Working in politics is not the usual springboard into a singing career, but this was the unorthodox path of Christian conservative Mary Millben.

In today’s episode, Millben sits down with The Daily Signal to discuss her unique career path, and what it’s like to be a conservative in the entertainment industry. Millben also talks about her songs featured in the film “The Meanest Man in Texas,” and how her faith has shaped her journey.

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