• Business Coalition Cites 4 Reasons to Repeal Death Tax

    Business Coalition Cites 4 Reasons to Repeal Death Tax

    A bill to repeal the estate tax, often called the death tax, has the support of about 150 national business and trade associations that signed on to an open letter to the sponsors of the legislation.

    “We appreciate your work to lead the country towards a commonsense tax code that does not impose a destructive double or triple tax at death,” reads the letter Wednesday from the Family Business Coalition addressed to Sen. John Thune, R- S.D., and Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo.

    “The negative effects of the estate tax make permanent repeal the only solution for family businesses and farms,” the pro-business groups add.… Read More...

  • Virginia’s Attorney General Discloses That He Wore Blackface at College Party

    Virginia’s Attorney General Discloses That He Wore Blackface at College Party

    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring shook his state’s already-reeling Democrat power structure Wednesday by disclosing that he wore blackface to a college party in 1980 when he and friends dressed up as popular rappers.

    In a lengthy statement released by his office and on Twitter, Herring said he was a 19-year-old student at the University of Virginia when he and friends “put on wigs and brown makeup” to perform at the party “dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow.”

    “This was a one-time occurrence and I accept full responsibility for my conduct,” Herring, 57, said in the prepared statement.… Read More...

  • Eliminating Health Insurance Would Make Our Health Care Worse

    Why This Planned Parenthood Clinic Manager Walked Away

    Annette Lancaster decided she had to leave her job as manager of a Planned Parenthood clinic in North Carolina after a particularly tough conversation with a patient there.

    Lancaster, 41, says she had been recruited by a headhunter to manage the Chapel Hill clinic after losing her previous job.

    “The turning point for me was when I had a patient ask me in the procedure room, and look me dead in my eyes and ask me, ‘Do you think God is going to forgive me for this?’” Lancaster recalls.

    “I knew what I wanted to say, and I knew the answer that I had in my mind and in my heart,” she says.

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  • Seattle Couple Fears $16 Minimum Wage Could Doom Subway Franchise

    Seattle Couple Fears $16 Minimum Wage Could Doom Subway Franchise

    When Heidi Mann and her husband Karam took a leap of faith 15 years ago and purchased a Subway franchise in Seattle, they had no idea that one day their dreams could be shattered by the city’s required increases in the minimum wage.

    Nine years later, the Manns bought a second Subway sandwich shop in Kirkland, Washington, a suburb east of Seattle.

    But now their businesses are struggling as a direct result of the steady rise of the minimum wage in Seattle, now up to $16 an hour.

    The couple predict they will be forced to close their Seattle location by March 2020.

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  • Media Misses: Peddling a ‘Manufactured Crisis’ Narrative

    Media Misses: Peddling a ‘Manufactured Crisis’ Narrative

    The mainstream media has done it again. If you watched President Trump’s Oval Office address to the nation, you might be wondering: “Is there a crisis at the southern border?” But if you tuned into the news media’s coverage, you were led to believe that it’s a “manufactured crisis.”

    First, networks debated whether to carry the president’s formal prime-time address live, and now the mainstream media’s go-to talking point is that the Trump administration “manufactured” a crisis. Well, the United States does face a humanitarian and security crisis on our border with Mexico—regardless of whether the media wants to admit it.Read More...

  • Left Furious at White Women for Voting for Hispanic Cruz

    Left Furious at White Women for Voting for Hispanic Cruz

    If you were looking for a dramatic Senate contest, Cruz vs. O’Rourke in Texas covered all the bases.

    It began as a fairly tepid race, with incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, largely ignoring challenger Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke for months. It turned into a hotly contested, nationally watched race once the GOP realized O’Rourke was resonating with, and exciting, voters in the Lone Star State.

    Reminiscent of the celebrity infatuation in 2008 with another Democrat, then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, black-and-white “Beto” signs and shirts showed up not only in Texas, but across the country.

    But even in the face of the media fawning over O’Rourke, an 11th-hour endorsement from singer Beyonce, O’Rourke’s $30 million fundraising edge, and high voter turnout in liberal jurisdictions such as Harris County, Cruz pulled off a victory by 50.9 percent to 48.3 percent of the vote.

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  • A Faith-Based Alternative to Obamacare

    A Faith-Based Alternative to Obamacare

    Obamacare’s heavy requirements have hit businesses hard. They’ve also burdened the consciences of religious Americans who cannot in good faith pay for certain drugs and products. It’s no surprise, then, that thousands of Americans are turning to an alternative to mainstream insurance called Liberty HealthShare. We sit down with the founder and chairman of the company, Dale Bellis, to discuss a  concept that has gained traction.

    We also cover these stories:

    • Hurricane Florence is set to cause $30-60 billion in damages.
    • Mounting evidence from U.S. intelligence agencies point to Russia as the culprit behind attacks on diplomats in Cuba.
    • Leaked video shows Google executives grieving with employees after Donald Trump’s election victory.
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  • New York Times Op-Ed Sends Media Into Frenzy

    New York Times Op-Ed Sends Media Into Frenzy

    We break down the top media moments this week—and plenty of misses.

    This week’s news cycle has been dominated by the anonymous New York Times op-ed written by a Trump administration official with major news networks covering it nonstop, calling it a quote “constitutional crisis,” and some are suggesting a need for invoking the 25th Amendment. 

    Publishing this op-ed brings up questions of journalistic integrity for The New York Times. In 2016, The New York Times’ opinion section published an article that said its editors would be cracking down on anonymous sources because of frequent factual errors. The New York Times also only vaguely defined what it means to be a “senior administration official,” which could include thousands of people.

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  • Trump ‘Disrupted the Elites in Both Political Parties'

    Trump ‘Disrupted the Elites in Both Political Parties’

    Charlie Kirk, founder of the conservative organization Turning Point USA, sat down with The Daily Signal’s Ginny Montalbano on June 15 at the Young Women’s Leadership Summit in Dallas, Texas. He discussed what people misunderstand about President Donald Trump, the inspiration behind Turning Point USA, and his advice for young conservatives finding their way in the movement. Kirk worked on the Trump campaign in 2016.

    Ginny Montalbano: I’m here with Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA. Charlie, thank you. 

    Charlie Kirk: Thank you for being here.

    Montalbano: I want to start with Turning Point. You founded it back in 2012.

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  • In Surprise Visit to Texas, First Lady Looks After Children at Border

    In Surprise Visit to Texas, First Lady Looks After Children at Border

    After media fallout and heightened emotions over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the southern border, first lady Melania Trump decided to see for herself.

    The first lady touched down Thursday morning in the border town of McAllen, Texas, pulling off an impressive surprise visit that was not leaked beforehand.

    “I’m here to learn about your facility, [where] I know you house children in a long-term basis, and I’d also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible,” Trump said to officials at Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, which is run by Lutheran Social Services of the South.

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  • Mercedes Schlapp on Trump Successes and Media Bias

    Mercedes Schlapp on Trump Successes and Media Bias

    Mercedes Schlapp, assistant to the president and senior adviser for strategic communications at the White House, spoke exclusively to The Daily Signal’s Ginny Montalbano on Friday during the Young Women’s Leadership Summit organized by Turning Point USA in Dallas.

    Schlapp described the Trump administration’s successes, what the president expects from his team, and how the media covers powerful women in the administration. The transcript of the on-camera interview has been lightly edited for style and clarity.

    Ginny Montalbano: Thank you for being with us. It’s been 500 days with the Trump administration. To you, what are the biggest successes so far?

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  • Trump’s Populist Coalition Reshapes American Politics

    Trump’s Populist Coalition Reshapes American Politics

    Salena Zito and Brad Todd recently co-authored the book “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics”. They spoke to The Daily Signal’s Ginny Montalbano about who the Trump voters are, what motivated them during the 2016 election, and what they can tell us about the future.

    Ginny Montalbano: Your new book called “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics” just came out. Can we start with what inspired you to write this book and what it’s about?

    Brad Todd: I didn’t see Trump’s nomination coming in 2016 in the election. I was working for a different candidate.

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  • Her Family Hopes to Prevent More School Massacres

    Her Family Hopes to Prevent More School Massacres

    Julie Pollack, who lost her 18-year-old stepdaughter Meadow in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, is taking steps she hopes will prevent other students from dying in similar mass murders.

    Meadow Pollack, a senior, died during the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which a 19-year-old former student with a rifle killed 17 and wounded 17 more.

    Her stepmother spoke exclusively to The Daily Signal about the family’s experience since the massacre, their efforts to improve school safety, and the legacy Meadow left behind.

    “We wanted to be an advocate for parents for what to ask for from their schools for school safety,” Julie Pollack told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

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  • A Successful Restaurant CEO on How Trump Led Economic Comeback

    A Successful Restaurant CEO on How Trump Led Economic Comeback

    Andrew Puzder, former CEO of the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants, last week spoke to The Daily Signal’s Ginny Montalbano about his new book, “The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It.”  President Donald Trump tweeted about the book Friday night. A lightly edited transcript of the interview follows.

    Ginny Montalbano: Thank you so much for being with us today.

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  • Kimmel's Tasteless Attack on Melania

    Kimmel’s Tasteless Attack on Melania

    This week, comedian Jimmy Kimmel took aim at Melania Trump.

    Discussing the 140th Easter Egg Roll, Kimmel decided to mock the First Lady’s accent.

    He showed a clip of Melania reading to the children and mocked her accent with his sidekick, Guillermo. It’s an unoriginal hit that reflects poorly on Kimmel.  

    Kimmel’s strategy seemed to be belittling the first lady because of her her accent, something out of her control, during a well-organized, well-attended, and successful event.

    “Dis and dat,” he imitated, “Guillermo- you realize what this means, you could be first lady of the United States,” he laughed.

    And that wasn’t all Kimmel mocked.

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