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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Accuracy in Media recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Founded by Reed Irvine to combat liberal media bias, Accuracy in Media has a new leader. Adam Guillette speaks to The Daily Signal about his plans for the organization, the threat of “fake news,” and the media’s attacks on President Donald Trump.

 

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Two years ago, the Supreme Court handed down a major ruling in the Janus decision. That decision freed up public-sector workers from having to pay unions against their will. But since then, a lot of states haven’t been complying — and unions have fought back. Alaska is leading the charge in the opposite direction — bringing its state into compliance with the Supreme Court decision. Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson joins the podcast to discuss. Plus: Peloton, the home workout bike, is taking heat after an ad that some say is offensive and sexist.

 

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“One of the biggest questions I have back home in the 10th District of Georgia is, ‘When are heads going to roll over all this corruption?’” says Rep. Jody Hice, a Republican. “People want justice.” Hice joins the podcast to discuss the new report released by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz. He also discusses government spending and the impeachment process.

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In the 1980s, Patricia Rucker’s family left Venezuela, planning that her father would work for a time in the U.S. “Venezuela to me was the most perfect country you could have on this earth,” Rucker recalls. “Not only beautiful weather–beautiful people, very moral, very safe, very free, never had an income tax. The Constitution of Venezuela was modeled after the U.S. Constitution.”

 

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Family members are grieving after a shooter killed three Navy servicemen at a Pensacola, Florida, Navy base. Details are just starting to emerge about the shooter, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Saudi Arabian air force pilot training in the U.S. Heritage Foundation scholar Cully Stimson discusses possible motives and the FBI investigation.

 

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It is no secret that Americans love to shop! Whether in department stores, small boutiques, or online – America is a powerhouse of consumerism. But it was not always this way. Professor Josh McMullen, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA explains the rise of consumer culture in America. McMullen delves into the striking similarities between advertising then and now, the influence of transportation and department stores on consumerism, and the importance of consumption in the battle against communism in the mid-1900s.

 

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Brad and Hilary Scott run a family jewelry business. They sell jewelry across state lines – and that’s become a huge liability. A recent Supreme Court says they—and other businesses—have to pay sales taxes to other states, which could potentially ruin small businesses like theirs. Daniel Davis recently spoke to them at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Phoenix.

 

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Schools are increasingly moving in a radical direction on sex-ed, LGBT activism, and more, “When we’re talking … about the transgender issues and education, you have to realize that you can bring those subjects up in any area. It can be taught in history, it can be taught during reading time,” says Lydia Gutierrez, a second grade teacher, and chair of the National Education Association Conservative Educators Caucus.

She wants to help parents understand how to both help their own children and how to work within the system for change.

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Amid declining church attendance, and cultural storms, do Americans still take faith seriously? “We’re a no longer deeply Christian country that is not yet post-Christian and is still heavily influenced by Christianity,” says Ross Douthat, a New York Times columnist and author.

 

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“After I began to volunteer with this alderman and learn the ways of the Democratic Party … I began to question some of the narratives,” says Gianno Caldwell, author of “Taken for Granted: How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed.” He found himself wondering, “Why is it that although these politicians come every year during election time, why is it the conditions and the communities never get better?” That was the beginning of his journey to the right.

 

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