• Absorbing the Loss of Notre Dame Cathedral

    Absorbing the Loss of Notre Dame Cathedral

    Editor’s note: The burning of Notre Dame Cathedral affected many in The Daily Signal’s audience, and featuring some of those responses seems appropriate this Easter. Don’t forget to write us at [email protected]—Ken McIntyre

    Dear Daily Signal: More than 850 attacks on Christian artifacts or churches in France in 2017, as Kate McKenna notes in her commentary from Paris (“In Paris, Our Cathedral Lies in Ruins”). Hmm. Yeah, nothing suspicious here, right?

    The fire starts right as they close Notre Dame for the day. It seems strategically placed so that the tall spire acted like one hell of a chimney, sucking masses of air into the inferno to make it out of control in mere minutes.… Read More...

  • Despite Differences, Civil Discourse Is Still Possible

    Despite Differences, Civil Discourse Is Still Possible

    America is divided. Nobody is listening to anyone else. All we want to do is have our own cognitive biases confirmed.

    America is doomed to an ideological civil war along racial, sexual, class, and religious divides. The best we can do is retreat to our own ideological bunkers and brace for the coming war.

    There’s nothing we can do to stop it. Or is there?

    I’m sure you’ve heard this kind of naysaying before, and to be fair, it’s not entirely unfounded.

    There are certainly significant divisions in our political landscape, more so than there have been in many years. But that has more to do with the rise of “outrage culture” on both the right and the left than it does with inherent deep divisions among Americans.… Read More...

  • Mueller Report: Trump Cleared, Media Condemned

    Mueller Report: Trump Cleared, Media Condemned

    The Mueller report was finally released this week and it’s good news for President Donald Trump and all Americans who believe in the sanctity of our elections.

    But it’s bad news for those, some in the media, who want to believe the president is a treasonous crook.

    The released and lightly redacted report by the special counsel found that Russians did try to manipulate the 2016 election, but that the president and the Trump campaign had nothing to do with it.

    As for allegations of obstruction of justice, Attorney General William Barr addressed them in a press conference.

    “The report recounts 10 episodes involving the president and discusses potential legal theories for connecting those activities to the elements of an obstruction offense,” Barr said.… Read More...

  • Tackling Questions About Colorado’s Red Flag Law and the Second Amendment

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, signed into law a bill this month that allows a person to be temporarily disarmed if a court finds that he or she poses a significant risk of harm to self or others.

    This makes Colorado the 15th state to enact such a law, known in Colorado as an extreme risk protection order and colloquially as a red flag law.

    The state Legislature’s push for red flag legislation came after a man with a long history of untreated mental health problems shot and killed a 29-year old sheriff’s deputy, Zach Parrish, who responded to 911 calls regarding a mental health crisis.… Read More...

  • Trump Preparing To Declassify Carter Page FISA Docs

    ‘Medicare for All’ Left’s Half-Truths and Lies About US Life Expectancy

    Ponder this: If self-styled “progressives” in Congress impose total government control over health care, will ordinary Americans enjoy a longer life span?

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chief sponsor of the Senate “Medicare for All” bill (S. 1804), often reminds us that the United States spends roughly twice as much per capita on health care as most other economically advanced countries, but American life expectancy is lower than that of almost all these high-income nations.

    Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., lead sponsors of the House’s Medicare for All bill (H.R. 1384) say, “The quality of our health care is much worse than [that of] other industrialized countries.… Read More...

  • I Was Born at 29 Weeks. That's Why I'm Pro-Life.

    I Was Born at 29 Weeks. That’s Why I’m Pro-Life.

    “My body, my choice.” This is a common slogan among those who are pro choice.

    It’s a handy little slogan. Any pro-choice woman can use it to immediately shut up a pro-life man, since his opinion doesn’t count, no matter the merits of his argument.

    But what about my story?

    On March 29, 1997, my parents were driving through Minnesota when my mom suddenly began having contractions. Immediately, they drove to the hospital, and two days later I was born—11 weeks early.

    When my mom gave birth to me at 29 weeks, I weighed just 2 pounds and 15 ounces, though I soon dropped down to 2 pounds and 9 ounces.… Read More...

  • Why the ‘Free the Nipple’ Win in Court Is a Loss for Women

    Why the ‘Free the Nipple’ Win in Court Is a Loss for Women

    A federal appeals court thinks there’s no difference between a man’s bare chest and a woman’s naked chest—and, despite what some feminists are saying, that’s bad news for women.

    Ignoring the real biological differences between men and women strips women of our rights to physical privacy. And even as more and more women are speaking out about their experiences of sexual harassment, the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit—that’s likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court—tells them that those experiences are not legitimate.

    As part of the #MeToo movement, women have shared wrenching personal stories of sexual harassment, ranging from unwelcome comments and touches to the extreme of rape.… Read More...

  • In Wisconsin, School Choice Has Unexpected Benefits

    In Wisconsin, School Choice Has Unexpected Benefits

    Elisha Doerr would not have had an opportunity to attend Wisconsin Lutheran High School, a Milwaukee-based private boarding school, if it weren’t for a school choice program.

    The school’s excellent curricula and the religious community were valuable to Doerr, 18, who now attends Harvard University and is deciding between majoring in government or computer science.

    Raised in rural Waupun, Wisconsin, with six younger siblings, Doerr’s choice for a superior education in his hometown appeared limited.

    His parents, who had homeschooled Elisha, looked at Wisconsin Lutheran High School for its religious affiliation, but they needed financial assistance to send their son there.… Read More...

  • Physician-Assisted Suicide Comes to New Jersey. Here’s Why It’s Badly Misguided.

    Physician-Assisted Suicide Comes to New Jersey. Here’s Why It’s Badly Misguided.

    In becoming the ninth jurisdiction to legalize physician-assisted suicide, New Jersey has unleashed a Pandora’s box on its residents—and the poor, weak, and disabled will suffer the most.

    The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act was signed into law by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, after it narrowly cleared both chambers of the state Congress.

    As of Aug. 1, 2019, terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or fewer will now be able to self-administer lethal concoctions of drugs in order to take their own lives.

    Murphy claimed in a statement that this bill would “[provide] terminally ill patients and their families with the humanity, dignity, and respect that they so richly deserve at the most difficult times any of us will face.”

    This could not be further from the truth.… Read More...

  • The Fight Over Trump’s Tax Returns Will End Up in the Supreme Court. Here’s Why.

    The Fight Over Trump’s Tax Returns Will End Up in the Supreme Court. Here’s Why.

    Should elected officials be allowed to gain access to the federal income tax returns of American taxpayers? When President Richard Nixon tried to do this to get dirt on his political opponents he was deservedly condemned and Congress passed a law in 1976 to bar the practice. But now Democrats want to ignore that law to get their hands on President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

    Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code guarantees the confidentiality of all our tax returns—yours, mine, and even Trump’s.

    A recent Congressional Research Service report notes that federal officials are prohibited from disclosing taxpayer returns and information without the taxpayer’s consent.… Read More...

  • The Natural Limits of Identity Politics

    The Natural Limits of Identity Politics

    Economist Herbert Stein’s old adage—“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop”—still holds.

    Take illegal immigration.

    There are currently somewhere from 11 million to 15 million immigrants living in the United States without legal authorization.

    Last month, nearly 100,000 people were apprehended or turned away while trying to illegally cross the southern border. Some experts suggest that at least that number made it across without arrest. At that rate, the United States would be gaining a fairly large city of undocumented arrivals each month.

    Most of the people who enter the United States illegally arrive without fluency in English, a high school diploma, competitive job skills, or money.… Read More...

  • Key Takeaways From the Mueller Report on Trump and Russia

    Key Takeaways From the Mueller Report on Trump and Russia

    The final report by special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, but details in the 448-page document provide fodder for congressional Democrats who want more investigations.

    The lightly redacted report released by the Justice Department states that President Donald Trump feared appointment of a special counsel would mean the “end” of his presidency.

    But it does not say conclusively that the president tried to obstruct the probe, and Attorney General William Barr determined that the evidence did not support criminal charges.

    House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Thursday that Barr will testify May 2, and that Mueller himself will testify shortly after that.… Read More...

  • Pro-LGBT Group at Brigham Young University Wants to Secularize the School

    Pro-LGBT Group at Brigham Young University Wants to Secularize the School

    Brigham Young University is known for a lot of things: a great football team, superior academics, but most of all, being the flagship school of the Mormon church (also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

    Yet today, BYU’s identity is being challenged. Not by political forces from Washington, but from within its own student body.

    What began as an effort to reform the enforcement of BYU’s honor code has morphed into a movement that could end up opening bathrooms to the opposite biological sex, and would compromise the school’s unique and defining mission.

    The honor code is a voluntary contract that students agree to before enrolling at the university.… Read More...

  • After San Antonio Blocks Chick-Fil-A, Texas Conservatives Reignite Fight for Religious Freedom

    After San Antonio Blocks Chick-Fil-A, Texas Conservatives Reignite Fight for Religious Freedom

    Chick-fil-A may cater, but not to the demands San Antonio liberals care about. Now, three weeks into the City Council’s decision to ban the restaurant from the local airport, Texas conservatives know: This case for their religious liberty bill was made to order.

    “Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport,” City Councilman Roberto Treviño told the media after the council’s 6-4 vote to boot the chicken chain from opening a shop in the terminal. Why? Because the owners dare to donate to charities like the Salvation Army. “Ridiculous!” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded on Twitter.… Read More...

  • Illegal Alien Sentenced to Prison for Running Elaborate Prostitution Operation

    Illegal Alien Sentenced to Prison for Running Elaborate Prostitution Operation

    Luis Bonilla-Hernandez, an illegal migrant from El Salvador, was sentenced to two years of prison on Friday for running a criminal sex operation right in the heart of the Washington, D.C., area.

    “Bonilla-Hernandez profited from the sexual exploitation of women who found themselves in difficult and vulnerable places,” G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a prepared statement after the sentencing. “The tears, pain, and mental anguish expressed by the victims in this case is heartbreaking. Additionally, this case is yet another example of an individual who is here in the United States illegally and committing serious crimes.”

    Law enforcement first arrested Bonilla-Hernandez in July 2018 after a law enforcement investigation revealed him to be leading a prostitution ring outside of his home in Northern Virginia.… Read More...