Modern America is far from the only place where mobs have torn down statues. “During the French Revolution there were attacks on statues,” says Jarrett Stepman, author of The War on History.” “Of course, that devolved into attacks on people.” Stepman discusses France’s history of statue-toppling, Lincoln’s warnings on mob rule, and more.

 

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Andy Ngo, the editor at large for the Canada-based Post Millennial, who was badly beaten by antifa in June 2019, spent five days undercover in Seattle’s so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), also known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). It’s a self-declared “autonomous” and cop-free zone.

Ngo joins the podcast to discuss what he saw, the recent shooting in CHOP, the claims that the violence has been from “a right-wing attack,” and more.

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Eighteen state attorneys general have signed onto a letter requesting that Congress investigate China’s role in the coronavirus pandemic. One of the signatories of the letter, Leslie Rutledge, the attorney general of Arkansas, joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss why and how China should be held accountable. She also discusses the Supreme Court’s decision last week on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and more.

 

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Will Ford and Matt Lockett, authors of “The Dream King: How the Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. Is Being Fulfilled to Heal Racism in America,” met at a prayer meeting in 2005. Ford and Lockett spent 10 years developing a strong friendship and praying together for racial reconciliation. A decade into their friendship, Lockett made an incredible discovery about his ancestors, which sent the friends on a path of forgiveness and reconciliation with one another.

 

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The Trump White House is moving ahead to implement needed reforms and institute more opportunities for minority communities to succeed and overcome challenges.

 

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Friday marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day that slaves in Texas found out that they were freed due to President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Professor Lucas Morel, who is the head of the politics department at Washington and Lee University, joins the podcast to discuss the significance of this day, what all the Emancipation Proclamation accomplished, how he thinks it should be celebrated, and more. Listen to the podcast, or read the lightly edited transcript below.

 

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Some Americans are working to outlaw so-called hate speech. In a recent paper, Arthur Milikh, formerly the associate director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation, calls the left’s effort to ban hate speech “the new tyranny over the mind.”

 

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Kim Holmes, author of “The Closing of the Liberal Mind” and executive vice president at The Heritage Foundation, joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss the resignation of New York Times opinion editor James Bennet after he ran an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton, and the outraged reaction to J.K. Rowling’s essay on gender identity. Holmes also outlines the intellectual roots of the current speech and thought policing and why the left has become so close-minded.

 

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America needs a way forward after the unjust killing of George Floyd. Pastor Miles McPherson, author of “The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation,” joins the podcast to share his personal story of experiencing racism and how we can all move past the us versus them mentality to build relationships with those who look different from ourselves.

 

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In 1992 Star Parker ran a small publishing business in Los Angeles. Her business was destroyed by riots after four police officers were exonerated of charges after Rodney King’s beating. Star Parker, the president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and a columnist for The Daily Signal, joins the podcast today to talk about why she believes America isn’t racist.

 

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Armstrong Williams, host of “The Armstrong Williams Show” joins the Daily Signal Podcast to discuss racism in America, privilege, peaceful protests, and the way forward for America.

 

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Eric Hargan, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss the nation’s coronavirus recovery. Hargan also describes his priorities in cutting red tape at HHS, focusing on values-based health care that is primarily about outcomes and not just services, and making health care records more accessible for Americans.

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Louis Brown, an African American man, organized a “rosary walk” in Washington, D.C., in response to the death of George Floyd. Brown, who is the executive director of health care nonprofit Christ Medicus Foundation, joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss why he did this, and the importance of prayer in these times.

 

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The wisdom of leaders like 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass is critical at this moment in America’s history. The Rev. Dean Nelson, the executive director of Human Coalition Action and chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, joins the show to explain what Douglass’ message to America might be if he were with us today.

 

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The killing of George Floyd was “a tipping point for many Americans” says Kay C. James, president of The Heritage Foundation.

 

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As riots continue across America’s cities after the killing of George Floyd, local law enforcement and leaders struggle to stop the violence. Today, Ken Blackwell, the former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a board member of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, joins the show to discuss how state and local leaders can keep the peace. Blackwell also challenges Americans to remember our history in order to see the progress we have made and to rid our nation of racism once and for all.

 

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Derek Chauvin, the officer who arrested George Floyd and proceeded to press his knee into Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Some legal experts are raising questions as to whether or not these are the most appropriate charges to be brought against Chauvin.

 

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In the midst of outrage and shock over the death of George Floyd, many Americans want to respond in a way that will bring about positive change – they just don’t know how.

 

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Burt Quick, a retired California police chief, took a cruise with his wife last winter only to be quarantined on the ship for five days when other passengers got sick with COVID-19. Quick and his wife then spent two weeks quarantined at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia along with hundreds of other cruise ship passengers. Quick joins The Daily Signal Podcast to recount his experience.

 

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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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