President Donald Trump signed a new executive order on social media Thursday. Klon Kitchen, director of the Center for Technology Policy at The Heritage Foundation, joins the podcast to discuss what the order does, how it affects tech companies, and the future of free political speech online.


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Hillsdale College will be one of the only colleges, if not the only college, this year planning to hold an in-person commencement ceremony for its graduates. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College and a trustee of The Heritage Foundation, joins The Daily Signal podcast today to discuss why the college has chosen to take this stand. He also talks about why Hillsdale College plans to be welcoming students back in the fall, Generation Z, and more.

 

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Last week, Catholic bishops in Minnesota and Lutherans in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod united to go against Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota’s stringent order that only allowed 10 people at church services. Diana Verm, senior counsel with Becket Law, joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss the stand they took that brought Walz back to the negotiating table, and her law firm’s work on behalf of faith leaders in the state. Listen to the podcast, or read the lightly edited transcript below.

 

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China is proposing a “national security” law that is sparking protests across Hong Kong. Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, joins the podcast to discuss what is at stake with this proposed law, how it would effectively nullify the “one country, two systems” model between Hong Kong and China if enacted, how it would hamper Hong Kong’s presence as a global financial center, and more.

 

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The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was supposed to cut premiums, reduce the uninsured population, and provide the option to keep your plan and your doctor, but it has fallen short in all these areas.

 

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump met with national and Detroit-area African American leaders in Michigan to discuss how distressed communities can recover from COVID-19.

Ja’Ron Smith, deputy assistant to Trump and deputy director of the Office of American Innovation, traveled with Trump to his Michigan meeting and explained what steps the commander-in-chief is taking to revitalize underserved communities’ economies.

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Would you believe that over half of the counties in the U.S. have had no COVID-19 deaths? This, as it turns out, happens to be true. Drew Gonshorowski, a research fellow in the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation, and Kevin Dayaratna, a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, join The Daily Signal Podcast to talk about the data behind the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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Democrats passed proxy voting in their fourth coronavirus recovery bill on Friday. “Instead of 435 [people] representing districts across the nation… 20 people control all of Congress,” says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, referring to the effect of the Democrats’ proxy voting push.

 

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Franciscan University of Steubenville recently announced a new way it will help students: covering tuition costs for the fall 2020 semester for all incoming full-time undergraduate students enrolled in its on-campus programs.

Father Dave Pivonka, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, joins the podcast to talk about how and why Franciscan University chose to do this during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus he discusses what he thinks of Generation Z, and how to keep hope in these times.

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COVID-19 is a great equalizer in many ways. Almost everyone is susceptible to the new coronavirus, no matter race or socioeconomic status. But some, including African Americans, the elderly, and the recently incarcerated, are more at risk.

 

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Facebook recently announced the first 20 members of its new Oversight Board. The role of the board is to guide Facebook through decisions on what controversial content should be allowed to stay up or be deleted.

 

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The Supreme Court is hearing some major cases this term that could have longstanding implications. The cases span a variety of issues: President Donald Trump’s financial records, the Electoral College, and religious liberty. and more. Tom Jipping, deputy director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, joins the podcast to break these cases down.

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The U.S. Postal Service is feeling the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. It recently asked for $75 billion in taxpayer funding. President Donald Trump said that any bailout must be conditioned on reform.

Romina Boccia, a fiscal and economic expert at The Heritage Foundation who focuses on government spending and the national debt, joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss why a bailout of the USPS isn’t the way to go, what reforms the USPS should adopt, House Democrats’ request for $25 billion for the USPS in their fourth coronavirus package, and more.

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Medical practices have been forced to quickly adjust the way they care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In just one week, Dede Chism, the co-founder of Bella Health and Wellness in Englewood, Colorado, successfully shifted her practice to see half of patients using telemedicine in an effort to keep patients and doctors safe during COVID-19.

 

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Only about 20% to 30% of America’s churchgoers practice their constitutional right to vote, according Sean Feucht, the founder of Hold the Line.

 

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American workers are more than ready to get back to work, according to Rep. Trey Hollingsworth.

The Indiana Republican joins The Daily Signal Podcast to talk about how his state is handling the impact of the coronavirus, state bailouts, sheltering in place, what the economic effects of the coronavirus shutdown will be, and much more.

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Contact tracing is seen as one way to fight COVID-19. But does the tracing, which would mean tracking who a person had been physically near in recent days, involve giving up too much privacy?

Klon Kitchen, a senior research fellow in technology at The Heritage Foundation, joins The Daily Signal Podcast to how contact tracing how works, and whether it be used to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. He also discusses who would have access to the resulting information, privacy concerns, and more.

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The coronavirus crisis has taken a particular toll on the homeless community. Christopher Rufo, a documentary filmmaker and director of Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth and Poverty, joins the podcast to talk about how West Coast progressives have failed the homeless. He also discusses which, if any, areas in the country are handling the homeless crisis during coronavirus pandemic well, and what might happen if there is no change in policies on the west coast for the homeless.

 

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North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest thinks his state is ready to reopen. “I believe right now many of our counties could start to open back up and you could start to do that in a safe and healthy way,” Forest, a Republican, says.

 

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The $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus package and historic unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic is placing a strain on our economy and has greatly increased the national debt.

 

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