• Students Want Name of Clarence Thomas Off Building, but Can’t Say Why

    Students Want Name of Clarence Thomas Off Building, but Can’t Say Why

    Some students at a Georgia college continue to call for removing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ name from a campus building, but aren’t able to say why.

    “We should probably just take his name off of the building,” a young woman tells Cabot Phillips, Campus Reform’s media director, in a video posted Monday by the conservative student organization.

    “It’s not that big of a deal,” she says.

    The subject of the video is the Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation on the campus of  the Savannah College of Art and Design. READ MORE...

  • What to Do About Pending Release of 1 in 4 Terrorism-Related Convicts

    What to Do About Pending Release of 1 in 4 Terrorism-Related Convicts

    In the next five years, one-quarter of all those convicted of terrorism-related crimes in the U.S. will be released from prison, according to a new report from a former propagandist for radical jihadists who became a police official working in counterterrorism.

    The report from Jesse Morton, dubbed the “first former jihadi,” calls for the United States to engage in deradicalization programs similar to how prisons treat addiction and other inmate issues, as a way to prevent repeat terrorism offenders. READ MORE...

  • Pompeo Is Right on Sovereignty. His Council on Foreign Relations Critic Is Wrong.

    Pompeo Is Right on Sovereignty. His Council on Foreign Relations Critic Is Wrong.

    Stewart Patrick of the Council on Foreign Relations didn’t much like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s sovereignist speech on Dec. 4, and he lets you know it.

    In a rant titled “Tilting at Straw Men,” he faults Pompeo for being “disingenuous,” “selective and tendentious,” and “gratuitously” aggressive.

    It all came in a blog at the Council on Foreign Relations’ site, and leaves one wondering if anyone edits these things. Some wizened old hand could have looked up from his green eyeshades and suggested, “Stewart, do calm down. Are you not just disagreeing with the man, and guilty of these charges yourself?” READ MORE...

  • Illegal Immigrant Arrested for Murder Was Previously Deported at Least 8 Times

    Illegal Immigrant Arrested for Murder Was Previously Deported at Least 8 Times

    An illegal immigrant arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a co-worker in Oregon is discovered to have been deported at least eight times.

    Deciderio Vargas-Ortiz, 52, was arrested for the alleged murder of Renee Luis-Antonio. The two worked together at a creamery in Milton-Freewater, Oregon—a town in the northeastern part of the state—and reportedly had a long-running dispute. Investigators believe Luis-Antonio was shot on Nov. 26 while riding a tractor.

    Officers were able to locate and arrest Vargas-Ortiz a day after the alleged shooting. The suspect had fled to Washington state, where a SWAT team apprehended him in a local hotel. READ MORE...

  • How to 'Wield the Most Effective Weapon Against Tyranny'

    How to ‘Wield the Most Effective Weapon Against Tyranny’

    Editor’s note: We begin selections from the mailbag this week with a letter that gets at why The Daily Signal exists. See for yourself. Be sure to write us at [email protected]—Ken McIntyre

    Dear Daily Signal: Thanks to The Daily Signal and The Heritage Foundation for presenting articles such as Rob Bluey’s podcast interview with Sebastian Gorka on the threats, both foreign and domestic, to our great country (“Sebastian Gorka on the Biggest Threat Facing America and What Trump Is Doing About It”). READ MORE...

  • Thinking About What's Right in America

    Thinking About What’s Right in America

    Amid this holiday season of reflection, I’m thinking about America’s future.

    A new poll from Gallup serves up some sobering data regarding how young Americans feel about their country.

    Gallup asked the question, “Do you think the U.S. has a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world, or don’t you think so?”

    Eighty percent said “yes,” America is the greatest country in 2010, and 78 percent said “yes” in 2018.

    However, among 18- to 34-year-olds, 80 percent said “yes” in 2010, but this dropped by 18 percentage points in 2018 to 62 percent. READ MORE...

  • These Swing Elections May Not Really Be Wave Elections

    These Swing Elections May Not Really Be Wave Elections

    BEAVER FALLS, Pa.—Mike Mikus speculates there are a fairly decent number of voters around here who have voted over the past 20 years in turn for Ron Klink, Melissa Hart, Jason Altmire, Mark Critz, Keith Rothfus, and Conor Lamb.

    That is, they’ve swung their congressional vote from Democratic to Republican to Democratic, and then Democratic to Republican and now back to Democrat.

    “While it is not like an overwhelming majority, but I bet you about 15-20 percent of the voters that at one point have voted for each one of those winners of that seat,” said Mikus, a Pittsburgh-based Democratic strategist who worked for two of the eventual winners, Altmire and Critz, who would eventually lose the seats to Republicans. READ MORE...

  • Christian Teacher Fired for Refusing to Use Transgender Student’s New Pronouns

    Christian Teacher Fired for Refusing to Use Transgender Student’s New Pronouns

    A Virginia high school teacher was sacked Thursday for allegedly misgendering a student, marking the first time in the state that an educator has lost a job for using biological pronouns to refer to a student.

    The West Point School Board voted unanimously 5-0 to fire Peter Vlaming who teaches French at the school, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    Vlaming, 47, was charged with discrimination after failing to use male pronouns to address a biologically female student. Vlaming did not intentionally misgender the student, but avoided using any pronouns to address or talk about the student in order to accord with his Christian faith, the Times-Dispatch reported. READ MORE...

  • Wealthiest Counties All Surround Washington

    Wealthiest Counties All Surround Washington

    The five counties with the highest median income are all suburbs of the nation’s capital, according to numbers released by the United States Census Bureau Thursday.

    The rankings are a result of a five-year study called the 2013-2017 American Community Survey and measured over 40 features, including housing, demographics, as well as health insurance rates and education levels.

    According to the study’s findings, the Washington, D.C., area seems to promote some of the healthiest counties in the country. The Census Bureau found that Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Howard County, Falls Church City, and Arlington County—all in Virginia—are the top five counties with the wealthiest households, as measured by median income. READ MORE...

  • Obama and the Perpetual Presidency

    What the New Socialists in Congress Need to Know About Poverty

    In a few short weeks, America will welcome the 116th Congress.

    Among the loud and celebrated voices in the new Congress are those who not only accept socialism as a viable option for America, but also those who celebrate their ties to organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America. Incoming Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are members of the Democratic Socialists of America who will caucus with the Democrats.

    Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib no longer represent a fringe movement on the left. An August 2018 Gallup poll revealed that over the last two years, capitalism has taken a dive while socialism has soared among 18- to 29-year-olds. READ MORE...