• Sanders Says ‘Thousands’ to Die as Budget Chief Predicts Medicare Boost

    Sanders Says ‘Thousands’ to Die as Budget Chief Predicts Medicare Boost


    President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would extend the life of Medicare by eight years, the administration’s budget chief told a Senate committee Wednesday.

    But Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., had a sharp question during the Senate Budget Committee hearing.

    “How many thousands do you think will die because of massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid?” Sanders asked Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    Several Democrats on the panel also accused the Trump administration of wanting to cut Medicare. READ MORE...

  • Trump Budget Seeks More Border Wall Funding, Work Rules for Welfare

    Trump Budget Seeks More Border Wall Funding, Work Rules for Welfare


    President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal would eliminate the federal deficit in 15 years, add new work requirements for welfare recipients, and fund additional construction of a border wall.

    The reaction to the spending blueprint by Democrats was predictably negative.

    The $4.7 trillion proposal, which projects a $1.1 trillion deficit, also asks Congress to cut discretionary spending, something it hasn’t done in recent years, even when under Republican control.

    “You mention mandatory spending. It is a driver. We have more reforms than any other president’s budget in history, but, look, what has happened for far too long is that Congress has blamed mandatory spending and then increased discretionary spending, which they have a vote on every single year by large degrees,” Office of Management and Budget acting Director Russ Vought told The Daily Signal on Monday.   READ MORE...

  • Colorado Drops Second Case Against Christian Baker

    Colorado Drops Second Case Against Christian Baker

    Colorado baker Jack Phillips is 2-0 now after state officials dropped their second attempt to coerce him into baking products that violate his beliefs.

    Phillips, in turn, dropped a federal lawsuit.

    “I have and will always serve everyone who comes into my shop; I simply can’t celebrate events or express messages that conflict with my religious beliefs,” Phillips said in a statement Tuesday.

    “Today is a win for freedom,” he added. “I’m very grateful and looking forward to serving my customers as I always have: with love and respect.” READ MORE...

  • Trump Vows to Cut Funding to Colleges That Don’t Protect Free Speech

    Trump Vows to Cut Funding to Colleges That Don’t Protect Free Speech


    President Donald Trump prompted a thunderous chant of “USA, USA” from an audience of conservative activists Saturday when he announced actions to protect free speech on college campuses.

    Trump made the announcement after inviting Hayden Williams, 26, who says he was assaulted for his beliefs Feb. 19 at University of California, Berkeley, to come onstage and speak briefly at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    “He took a hard punch in the face for all of us, and we can never allow that to happen,” Trump said. READ MORE...

  • Perry, Chao Call Out Schumer for Obstructing Trump Nominees

    Perry, Chao Call Out Schumer for Obstructing Trump Nominees


    The booming economy could grow even more if Senate Democrats would stop obstructing President Donald Trump’s nominees, two Cabinet secretaries said Thursday.

    “One thing that has slowed us up a little bit is getting the nominations [through the Senate],” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Our friends on the Democratic side have not been quite as helpful as we’d like for them to be from the standpoint of getting nominations through.”

    Perry said seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates the energy industry and approved projects, should be filled. READ MORE...

  • Green New Deal, Socialism Would ‘Destroy the Economy’

    Green New Deal, Socialism Would ‘Destroy the Economy’

    Larry Kudlow, director of the president’s National Economic Council, called Thursday for putting socialism “on trial”—and convicting it.

    “I want you, and everybody in this room and your friends and your neighbors, I want you to put socialism on trial, that’s what I’m asking,” Kudlow said, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington.

    “I don’t want us to stand idly by,” he told the CPAC audience. “I don’t want to let this stuff fester. I want it challenged. I want it debated. I want it rebutted. I want to convict socialism.” READ MORE...

  • Audit Finds Signs of Fraud in New Mexico House Race

    Audit Finds Signs of Fraud in New Mexico House Race


    An audit of absentee ballots suggests fraud may have occurred in one of the closest House races in the country, The Daily Signal has learned.

    Democrat Xochitl Torres Small squeaked by Republican Yvette Herrell in the final results of the Nov. 6 election.

    On election night, Herrell declared victory in the race to represent New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. But as more votes were counted, Torres Small secured the win.

    The roughly 3,500-vote victory for Torres Small—out of about 200,000 cast in the southern New Mexico district—relied heavily on absentee ballots from Doña Ana County, the largest county in the district, including the Las Cruces area. READ MORE...

  • Trump Predicts Supreme Court Will Give Him a Win in Legal Fight Over National Emergency

    Trump Predicts Supreme Court Will Give Him a Win in Legal Fight Over National Emergency

    President Donald Trump predicted the Supreme Court will ultimately vindicate his declaration of a national emergency for constructing a wall on the southern border.

    “I’ll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office, and we will have a national emergency, and we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn’t be there, and we will possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling, and then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court, and hopefully we’ll get a fair shake and we’ll win in the Supreme Court,” Trump said in the Rose Garden Friday. READ MORE...

  • Supreme Court Expedites Citizenship Question in Census Case

    Supreme Court Expedites Citizenship Question in Census Case


    The Supreme Court will settle the question on whether the question of citizenship can be included in the 2020 census, bypassing an appeals court hearing.

    The high court announced Friday it will hear arguments in April, with a likely decision by June. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced last year the Census Bureau would add the question.

    Last month, U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman of the Southern District of New York ruled the Census Bureau could not ask about citizenship. The judge ruled the question would lead to undercounting illegal residents and Hispanics. READ MORE...

  • Voter ID Laws Don’t Deter Turnout or Fraud

    Voter ID Laws Don’t Deter Turnout or Fraud


    Yet another study has found that voter ID laws do not suppress voter turnout, but the study also asserted such laws have no clear effect on stopping voter fraud.

    The study was compiled by two professors, Vincent Pons of Harvard University Business School and Enrico Cantoni of the economics department at the University of Bologna in Italy. It was issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    “For all the heated debates around strict voter ID laws, our analysis of their effects obtains mostly null results,” the study says, adding: READ MORE...