• How Louisiana Undermined Its Own School Choice Program

    “You couldn’t learn. There was so much bullying. Kids are bullying the other kids and they’re bullying you,” said Willie Augustus, who was relentlessly bullied in his public school in Louisiana.

    His parents unsuccessfully fought with the school board to address the school bullying. Eventually, they applied for and received a voucher for Willie to attend a private school of their choice in Baton Rouge through the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

    Willie’s story is not unique. Thankfully, school choice enables hundreds of thousands of children throughout the country to find safe and effective learning environments that are the right fit for them.… Read More...

  • I’ve Had 2 Abortions. Here’s Why I Support Alabama’s Pro-Life Law.

    I’m an unlikely person to be supporting Alabama’s new pro-life law. I was pro-choice for many years, and as a young woman I had not one, but two abortions.

    Both of my abortions would have been illegal under Alabama’s new law passed last week. The law bans abortion at all stages and allows an exception only to save the life of the mother. Other states like Missouri and Louisiana aren’t far behind Alabama—and I applaud them all.

    I’ve come a long way to get to this position. As I mentioned, I was once pro-choice. In 1972, I actually joined a high school walk-out march protesting the fact that Planned Parenthood wasn’t allowed to do a presentation at our school.… Read More...

  • Will Nation-States Make a Comeback in EU Elections?

    Poland recently enjoyed the so-called Long May Weekend—a local holiday weekend that combines Labor Day (May 1) and Constitution Day (May 3). The latter commemorates the enactment of the Polish Constitution in 1791.

    This year’s Long Weekend was of particular interest, as May 1 coincided with the 15th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union. That’s why today, in Polish public debate, much attention is being paid to the EU—to what it has given us and what it will look like in the future.

    Moreover, the European Parliament is set to hold election on May 26, and the campaign has reached its zenith.… Read More...

  • Today’s Left Is Worlds Apart From the Old Progressivism

    The following post is part of a symposium titled “Multiculturalism vs Patriotism,” which features an essay by Thomas D. Klingenstein and responses by David Azerrad, Matthew Continetti, Allen C. Guelzo, and Roger Kimball. The symposium appears in the Spring 2019 issue of the Claremont Review of Books and is available for immediate access here.

    Thomas Klingenstein has written a cri de coeur against the most powerful, pernicious, and suicidal ideology of our time: multiculturalism.

    Klingenstein sees it for what it is—“an insane exercise in self-flagellation” fueled by a hatred of America in general and of white men in particular.… Read More...

  • The Absurdity of Modern Monetary Theory

    As the campaign in the 2020 presidential race heats up, so do the promises, with each new candidate vying for who can offer voters the most goodies.

    But goodies don’t come cheap. Many of the promises being thrown around could prove quite expensive to implement. The implications for the economy should be obvious.

    Experts in fiscal policy can’t help pondering some important questions:

    • Should the federal government create additional fiat currency to directly finance government spending and then issue government bonds or raise taxes if this newly created currency begins to stoke inflation?
    • Should Congress enable the Treasury to unilaterally change tax policy to prevent inflation stemming from this spending largesse and to manage the business cycle?
  • Obstacles to a Trade Deal Come From Both Beijing and Washington

    It’s been almost two years since the U.S. and China entered negotiations, and those talks are still dragging on.

    No one knows the true progress of these talks except for what’s been reported through anonymous sources, or the occasional update from the White House. But as things stand, the talks have not sufficed to stave off a trade war.

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has already begun the process of levying a 25% tax on all things Americans buy from China.

    As far as anyone knows, tensions are escalating, and Americans can expect to see the current tariffs stay in place for at least another month, and even up to five more years.… Read More...

  • Equality Act Would Impose Sexual Orthodoxy, GOP Leaders Warn

    Democrats’ “gender equality” bill, a priority for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, actually would harm Americans if passed and not promote equal rights, Republican opponents said Thursday.

    The legislation, called the Equality Act, is expected to be voted on Friday in the House.

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a statement provided to The Daily Signal, called the bill “another mirage” created by Democrats.

    “The Democrats’ latest piece of legislation is another mirage, packaged with a deceiving title, that ultimately chips away at our religious freedoms, would jeopardize Title IX sports programs, and puts our children at risk by eliminating parental consent in life-altering medical procedures,” McCarthy said.… Read More...

  • Pompeo Seeks Strategic Agenda for Arctic, Cautions on China’s Intentions

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set out a new U.S. agenda for the Arctic last week—and warned allies about China’s growing influence in the region.

    In a speech delivered the day before the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting on May 7 in Rovaniemi, Finland, Pompeo explained how the Arctic region is changing.

    “The Arctic is at the forefront of opportunity and abundance,” he said, citing the untapped oil and gas, rare earth minerals, and other resources there.

    Pompeo also pointed to the rapidly increasing strategic significance of the Arctic Ocean, as reductions in sea ice create new shipping lanes that could become “the 21st-century Suez and Panama canals,” slashing travel times between Asia and the West.… Read More...

  • Congresswoman Unpacks Damage the Equality Act Would Do to Women

    I’m Rep. Debbie Lesko from the state of Arizona.

    The Equality Act—or I call it the Forfeiting Women’s Rights Act—takes away women’s and girls’ rights that we fought for for years.

    It requires organizations such as schools, churches, university dormitories, or nonprofit organizations to allow biological males in traditionally women’s spaces like women’s bathrooms, women’s locker rooms, women’s showers—even without any type of medical diagnosis or psychological diagnosis.

    This really infringes on the rights of women and girls to have their privacy and to have safety.

    The Equality Act would require doctors to give sex-change operations and sex-changing hormones to adolescents.… Read More...

  • Trump Seeks to Unify GOP Around Immigration Goals

    President Donald Trump hopes to unite Republicans behind new immigration goals that focus on border security and a merit-based system that keeps legal immigration at current levels.

    The president is set to deliver a Rose Garden address on the plan at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Trump wants more people coming to the country to fill new jobs in the expanding economy, and is concerned that Democrat lawmakers routinely stick together, especially in the Senate.

    Senior administration officials contend Trump’s plan will make legal immigration more fair and is in the national interest. They contend that it will bring in, and keep, the best and the brightest legal immigrants.… Read More...

  • Sebastian Gorka on How We Should Fight Socialism

    “The most powerful thing is … people who have actually lived under these systems and escaped,” Sebastian Gorka, a former White House aide turned radio host tells The Daily Signal, saying we need to share these stories. “People who’ve swam across shark-invested waters from Cuba, people who’ve, like the blind pro-life lawyer from China, escaped house arrest,” he adds. Read the full interview, which also includes his thoughts on the media’s handling of the Mueller report and immigration, posted below, or listen on the podcast.

    Rob Bluey: You have been quite busy on a daily basis with your new radio program.… Read More...

  • Trump Administration to ‘Shed Light’ on Secretive Practice That Costs Taxpayers Millions

    The Interior Department will publicly list attorneys’ fees paid out, often to environmental activist groups, for legal settlements, according to a recent memo from Principal Deputy Solicitor Daniel Jorjani.

    Jorjani’s memo states the Interior Department will develop a webpage within 30 days to publicly list details of legal settlements and cases, which the agency says is a big step in bringing sunshine to a nontransparent practice that the public is largely unaware is happening.

    “This is a big deal that will shed light on the millions of dollars the DOI pays out every year in attorneys’ fees” under federal laws, an Interior Department official said in an email.… Read More...

  • 6 Things to Know About the Prosecutor Investigating Spying on Trump Campaign

    John Durham, known for prosecuting FBI agents connected to infamous mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, is now a fourth attorney general’s pick to lead a special investigation into suspected government misconduct.

    The Justice Department confirmed to media outlets that Attorney General William Barr named Durham, now U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, to look into why and how department and FBI officials began investigating associates of President Donald Trump before the 2016 election.

    Durham’s resume includes investigating the mafia and crooked politicians.

    Attorneys general from the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama administrations all previously appointed Durham to lead special investigations.… Read More...

  • White House Criticizes Equality Act, but Stops Short of Veto Threat

    A Trump administration official criticized legislation supported by House Democrats that would gut a landmark 1993 religious freedom law while adding sexual orientation and gender identity protections to federal civil rights law.

    The White House has not yet issued a formal veto threat or a statement of administration policy about the Equality Act, which House Democrats are expected to pass this week, however.

    “The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” an administration official said in a statement issued to reporters late Monday.… Read More...

  • The Equality Act Could Let Schools, Not Parents, Make Decisions About Children

    It’s not an alliance the media is rushing to cover—and who can blame them? After weeks of talking up this phony consensus on the Equality Act, imagine if the story got out that it’s not just conservatives who are opposed—but grassroots liberals, too.

    Even in a country as divided as ours, there is no right or left when it comes to one thing—our children. And the message from these unlikely allies is simple: Hands off!

    We saw some of these unusual partnerships when President Barack Obama picked a fight over privacy. Even some of the staunchest activists realized that the debate wasn’t just about bathrooms—but kids’ safety, too.… Read More...