What does it mean to be American? That was the question over 6,000 students attempted to answer through a short film in the 2019 C-SPAN StudentCam Competition.

The Daily Signal spoke with Eli Scott and Mason Daugherty, the grand-prize winners of the competition, to find out how they defined what it means to be American and what they learned as they spoke with political leaders and policy experts across the aisle.

As the son of communist refugees, Andy Ngo is no stranger to the dangers of that political ideology. The Portland-based journalist, known for covering Antifa–the term used to describe anti-facists who generally wear masks and often are associated with violence and destruction–was hospitalized last month after being physically attacked by masked agitators.

We also cover these stories:
• The Justice Department is bringing back executions.
• The governor of Puerto Rico resigns.
• Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks the Supreme Court should stay at nine justices.

Congress is staring at a massive spending deal reached by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—one that’s left fiscal conservatives deeply concerned. Today, we unpack the details and discuss how the bill matches up with spending levels under President Barack Obama. We’re joined by Heritage budget expert Justin Bogie. Plus: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., defends boycotting Israel on the House floor.

We also cover these stories:
-The White House is bullish following Robert Mueller’s lackluster performance before Congress.
-A new poll finds Democrats increasingly think the Mueller probe wasn’t conducted fairly.
-A senior software engineer at Google blows the whistle on tech bias.

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., joins the podcast to explain the downsides of the new spending bill and how his MAP Act would boost the economy. The CEO turned senator, a newcomer to Washington, D.C., also shares why it seems so hard to get any kind of spending control to occur in Congress.

We also cover these stories:
• The Trump administration takes action to close a food stamps loophole.
• Mark Esper was confirmed as the next Secretary of Defense in a 90-8 vote in the Senate
• The NAACP is now joining the liberal chorus for impeachment.

The Interior Department is relocating the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C. to Colorado. So, why move a federal bureaucracy to the other side of the country? Interior Secretary David Bernhardt discusses that, federalism, opening up 1.4 million acres for hunting and fishing, and more.

We also cover these stories:
• President Donald Trump’s feud with “the squad” continues.
• Massive protests calling for the governor to resign occur in Puerto Rico.
• Some liberal lawmakers are now announcing their preferred pronouns.

Young people across America are increasingly embracing socialism. A cloud of misinformation has led many Americans to think socialism is something it is not—a good system on government.

The Daily Signal interviewed Chris Wright, founder and president of the Anticommunism Action Team, to debunk the myths about socialism. The full transcript is available at DailySignal.com.

For Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, it’s important to make sure states–not the federal government–is making the calls on environmental issues when possible. He joins The Daily Signal for an exclusive interview to explain his views on federalism, regulation, and more.

We also cover these stories:
• President Donald Trump condemns the “send her back” chant from the crowd at his rally, in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
• The House passes legislation to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
• More kids want to be YouTube stars than astronauts.

House Democrats are poised to pass a $15 minimum wage this week—a policy that’s become more and more mainstream within the Democratic Party. But would it actually help workers? What effect would it have on the economy? And what effect has it already had in places where it’s been tried? We ask those questions and more in today’s conversation with Rachel Greszler, a labor expert at The Heritage Foundation. Plus: The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” removes a controversial scene depicting teen suicide. We discuss.

We also cover these stories:
-President Trump denies racism in weekend tweets, while Republican offer divided response
-Justice Department decides not to bring civil rights charge against New York police officer in death of Eric Garner
-Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduces bills aimed at reining in college tuition and student loan debt

Is it fair to distribute electoral college votes and congressional seats by counting all people, not just citizens? Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., is suing the federal government because he thinks Alabama will be hurt because of the current methodology of the census.

We also cover these stories:
• The Trump administration announces new asylum rules.
• President Trump defends his “go back” tweets, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemns him.
• Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley call on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate social media companies’ practices.

Jeanne Safer, author of the new book “I Love You, but I Hate Your Politics,” joins the podcast to discuss how we can maintain relationships with friends and family despite political differences.

Safer, a psychologist, should know: while liberal herself, she has long been married to National Review senior editor Rick Brookhiser.

Top Democrats have moved way beyond Obamacare and are now pushing Medicare for All—a single-payer, government-run program. Surveys show that Americans like the sound of Medicare for All until they learn what it would do. Daniel recently spoke with Grace-Marie Turner, a leading health care expert from the Galen Institute. She unpacked what’s wrong with Medicare for All and shared a conservative alternative. Today, we play that interview. Plus: Did a top U.S. soccer player lose a World Cup spot because of her Christian beliefs? Kate and Daniel discuss.

We also cover these stories:
-President Trump announces alternative plan to gather citizenship data
-ICE prepares to launch raids on illegal immigrants with deportation orders
-House panel issues 12 subpoenas to Trump aides and associates

Every year, colleges raise tuition prices yet again. That’s helped create the student debt crisis, and it’s causing more young people to skip college altogether. But what’s the government’s role here? Is it making things worse? And if so, what’s the solution? Richard Vedder, author of
“Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America,” shares his thoughts.

We also cover these stories:
• Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defends his handling of Jeffrey Epstein plea deal.
• An appeals court rules that President Trump’s hotel isn’t violating the emoluments clause.
• California is becoming the first state to offer Medicaid to young adult illegal immigrants.

Iran is forging ahead with its nuclear program, and that’s creating more uncertainty in the Middle East. So what’s the best way to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons? Today Luke Coffey of The Heritage Foundation has some ideas.

We also cover these stories:
• Democrat leaders call for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to resign over his 2008 deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein.
• President Trump defends Acosta, but says White House is looking at deal.
• BET founder Robert Johnson praises Trump on the economy, says Democrat party is becoming too extreme.

In the last 15 years, Texas has led the way among red states showing how small government is the path to prosperity. But the Texas economic miracle can’t be told without mentioning the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the leading conservative think tank in the Lone State State. Brooke Rollins built that foundation up to become a policy powerhouse promoting freedom and limited government. She talks about her years in think tank leadership, and how they prepared her for her current role in the Trump administration. Plus: A new poll shows Americans rarely seek guidance from their clergy.

We also cover these stories:
• Iran is officially in breach of the 2015 nuclear deal.
• New York takes another step toward exposing President Trump’s tax returns.
• President Trump isn’t happy with Britain or Prime Minister Teresa May, after the British ambassador’s unflattering comments about the Trump administration were leaked.

Jennifer Zeng grew up admiring the Communist Party of China and adhering to its stringent rules. But her life changed forever when she embraced religion and was swept up in a government crackdown on Falun Gong. Arrested four times as a young adult and held as a prisoner in a labor camp, she quickly woke up to the horrors of living in a socialist state. After being subject to brutal torture, Zeng managed to escape China and now tells about the evils of socialism and communism.

At a time when more Americans are embracing Karl Marx’s teachings, Chris Wright has helped Zeng share her story as part of a network called the Anticommunism Action Team. They recently spoke to The Daily Signal along with Darian Diachok, who escaped from Soviet-era Ukraine as an infant and has helped former Soviet satellite states democratize and overcome their failed communist systems.

Thanks for joining us this Independence Day! We hope you’re enjoying the barbecue and fireworks. President Donald Trump has said the firework display in D.C. will be “the show of a lifetime,” but of course, it hasn’t come without controversy. Many a liberal and libertarian has knocked the idea of military parade. Today we’ll consider what kind of July 4 celebration is most fitting with the American tradition. But first, we’ll play a historic Fourth of July speech from President Ronald Reagan.

We also cover these stories:
-Trump contradicts Department of Commerce on 2020 census, says he is “absolutely moving forward” with citizenship question
-Iran warns Europe it increase uranium enrichment even further if a new deal isn’t reached
-A judge blocks the Trump administration’s policy keeping asylum-seekers detained

Money in politics has gotten a bad rap, especially from the left — which is odd, because some of the biggest money around in politics is liberal money. The Capital Research Center has traced where the money is in U.S politics, and recently I spoke with their president, Scott Walter. He unpacked the idea of “dark money” and explained who’s paying who, and what kind of impact it actually has. Plus: As we approach Independence Day, national pride is at a new low. What’s up with that? We’ll discuss.

We also cover these stories:
• The House Ways and Means Committee has filed a lawsuit to get President Trump’s tax returns.
• The Border Patrol is saying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez misrepresented the detention facilities at the border.
• President Trump is promising planes–and tanks–at this year’s 4th of July celebration in Washington, D.C.

Are America’s best days behind it? Or is there a way to return to the values that our Founding Fathers and so many subsequent generations held? Tim Goeglein, co-author of the new book “American Restoration: How Faith, Family and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our Nation” is an optimist about the future–believing Americans can rebuild their culture from the ground up, starting in their own neighborhoods.

We also cover these stories:
• Iran announces it has more uranium than was allowed under the Iran agreement.
• President Donald Trump is mad at New York state, which he says is targeting him unfairly.
• Sen. Ted Cruz calls for Justice Department to investigate after a journalist is attacked by Antifa.

Brent Bozell and Tim Graham of the Media Research Center discuss their new book, “Unmasked: Big Media’s War Against Trump.” https://amzn.to/2JdFN6B

It is no secret that some of America’s most notable media personalities dislike President Donald Trump. Bozell and Graham have the research to prove it and break down why it’s so bad. They also reveal who tops the list and how the American people can find other sources of trustworthy news.

Today Daniel Davis sits down with The Heritage Foundation’s Jim Phillips, an expert in Middle Eastern affairs, to discuss what’s going on with Iran. Is war on the horizon? Why is Iran suddenly so aggressive? And what’s driving the conflict?

We also cover these stories:
• The Supreme Court hands down a major decision on gerrymandering.
• Twitter takes a step that could affect President Trump’s presence on the platform.
• Oregon GOP lawmakers aren’t showing up to work–because they’re trying to block a cap-and-trade bill.