• Canadian Man Who Insists on Using Male Pronouns Ordered to Pay Transgender Woman

    Canadian Man Who Insists on Using Male Pronouns Ordered to Pay Transgender Woman

    There’s no such thing as “free” speech in Canada. If Christians want to express themselves, it’ll cost them. And the going rate isn’t cheap. According to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the price tag for agreeing with the Bible—and biology—on gender is a whopping 55,000 Canadian dollars.

    Bill Whatcott’s crime wasn’t being a Christian. It was refusing to hide it. When a biological man ran as a woman in a Vancouver-False Creek election, Whatcott started a campaign to expose the transgender agenda. Leading up to the vote, he printed 1,500 flyers about the harms of Morgane Oger’s lifestyle, complete with Scripture references and pictures.… Read More...

  • Ex-Gay Pastor's Counseling Could Be at Risk With Equality Act

    Ex-Gay Pastor’s Counseling Could Be at Risk With Equality Act

    Ken Williams represents what some activists say is impossible: Previously gay, he’s now married to a woman and has kids. He says God has helped him change. Williams now works at a church and counsels people who face their own unwanted sexual attractions—but some say his work should be illegal. Read our interview, posted below:

    Katrina Trinko: Joining us is Ken Williams, a Christian pastor from California, and a man who once lived a gay lifestyle, but now councils those who want to leave it. Ken, thanks for joining us.

    Ken Williams: Thank you for having me.

    Trinko: You once lived as a gay man.… Read More...

  • Nancy Pelosi’s 'Equality Act' Would Undo Trump’s Most Significant Achievements

    Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Equality Act’ Would Undo Trump’s Most Significant Achievements

    Back in October, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told an audience at Harvard University that if the Democrats retook the House, one of her top legislative priorities would be to pass the misnamed “Equality Act,” a bill that would impose radical sexual ideology on the nation.

    Democrats took the House, and Pelosi wasn’t bluffing. She’s now pushing a bill that would undo some of the most significant achievements of the Trump administration. Here’s how.

    The Equality Act adds the phrase “sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity)” to our nation’s civil rights laws that ban discrimination on the basis of race.… Read More...

  • A Higher Minimum Wage Fails in California

    A Higher Minimum Wage Fails in California

    Issues such as job losses and automation have become concerns for the American people as technology transforms our economy.

    Some have proposed universal basic income and other policies  to salve these problems, but they risk sapping the dignity of work and creating a kind of bifurcated warehouse society with huge numbers of people barely skating by on welfare.

    The false notion that America must inevitably become a nation of welfare dependents and the super rich is toxic to the idea of the American dream.

    Instead, we should look to avoid policies that harm Americans’ potential to enter the job market.

    Minimum wage increases are supposed to be great for low-income workers and a boon to working-class Americans.… Read More...

  • Parsing the President’s Tweets on Tariffs Amid China Trade Talks

    Parsing the President’s Tweets on Tariffs Amid China Trade Talks

    It’s crunch time in U.S.-China negotiations, and President Donald Trump may have just thrown negotiators under the bus.

    Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that perhaps trade talks with China
    aren’t going as well as we’ve been led to believe. This prompted domestic and
    international markets to respond with pessimism.

    For almost a year now, tariffs (or a tax) have been placed on certain imports Americans buy from China. A total of $50 billion worth of imports were taxed at 25%. Another $200 billion worth of imports are taxed at 10%.

    The president declared that the tax on the $200 billion in imports will increase to 25% by Friday.… Read More...

  • Hillary Clinton Says Election Was ‘Stolen’ From Her

    Hillary Clinton Says Election Was ‘Stolen’ From Her

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a Los Angeles event Saturday that the 2016 election was stolen from her.

    The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee spoke with her husband at “An Evening With The Clintons” event.

    “You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” she said, according to CNN.

    Clinton has suggested that she unfairly lost the 2016 election numerous times but also criticized President Donald Trump for saying the election was rigged against him.

    “Every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is rigged against him,” Clinton said in October 2016.… Read More...

  • Republican Study Committee Offers Bold Vision for a More Prosperous Future

    Republican Study Committee Offers Bold Vision for a More Prosperous Future

    As news circulated Tuesday that President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are eyeing a $2 trillion infrastructure spending package, the House Republican Study Committee introduced a budget proposal that recognizes that America’s $22 trillion—and rapidly growing—national debt is unsustainable, and that Congress must change course.

    Preserving American Freedom,” the Republican Study Committee’s comprehensive fiscal 2020 budget proposal, would rein in Washington’s spending addiction by prioritizing core constitutional functions.

    By reducing inappropriate and wasteful spending and right-sizing the federal government, the committee’s proposal would balance the budget in six years and start paying down the national debt.… Read More...

  • A High School Girl’s Life After Transgender Students Join Her Sport

    A High School Girl’s Life After Transgender Students Join Her Sport

    When two high school athletes who were born male but identify as female took first and second place at Connecticut’s girls indoor track championship this year, it wasn’t just a local news story.

    To some, it was a story of triumph and courage. The winner, a junior from Bloomfield High School, set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds in the 55-meter dash, and went on to win the New England titles in both the 55-meter dash and the 300-meter dash.

    To others, it was a story of shock and disappointment: Is this the end of women’s sports?

    To Selina Soule, a 16-year-old runner from Glastonbury, it was personal.… Read More...

  • This Venezuela Native Has a Message to Americans Who Want Socialism

    This Venezuela Native Has a Message to Americans Who Want Socialism

    Socialism is just a theory, an ethos, for many born and raised in the United States.

    But for Ricardo Pita, who was born and raised in socialist Venezuela and came to America about a decade ago, socialism is not just theoretical. He has a message for those who haven’t experienced it and think it will improve their country.

    “What we try to tell others, having lived under a socialist regime, is that they sell it as a gamble; it’s a gimmick,” Pita said. “They will tell you this nebulous word of socialism, they promise you the moon, and then it never comes around.”

    “It’s not worth the gamble; [socialism] only works for those in charge of implementing it,” Pita said.… Read More...

  • Why Clinton Might be Fixated on Maintaining Collusion Falsehood

    Why Clinton Might be Fixated on Maintaining Collusion Falsehood

    Hillary Clinton recently editorialized about the second volume of special counsel Robert Mueller’s massive report. She concluded of the report’s assorted testimonies and inside White House gossip concerning President Donald Trump’s words and actions that “any other person engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted.”

    Psychologists might call her claims “projection.” That is the well-known psychological malady of attributing bad behavior to others as a means of exonerating one’s own similar, if not often even worse, sins.

    After 22 months of investigation and $34 million spent, the Mueller report concluded that there was no Trump-Russia collusion—the main focus of the investigation—even though that unfounded allegation dominated print and televised media’s speculative headlines for the last two years.… Read More...

  • This Labor Department Decision Could Save Uber, Lyft, and Other App-Based Platforms

    This Labor Department Decision Could Save Uber, Lyft, and Other App-Based Platforms

    Internet platforms and their workers are facing a tough question that is unique to our time: Are gig workers, such as Uber drivers and TaskRabbit providers, independent contractors or employees?

    The answer to that question has far-reaching implications, including potentially the end of gig work altogether. If gig workers are deemed “employees” under law—as some activists would like—it would hurt gig workers’ ability to be their own bosses and establish their own working conditions, undermining the entire flexible gig economy model.

    This week, the Department of Labor weighed in for the better.

    In an opinion letter issued on April 29, the department’s Wage and Hour Division applied a six-factor test, based on Supreme Court precedent, to conclude that workers who supply their services through a “virtual marketplace company” or internet platform are, in fact, independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act.… Read More...

  • The Equality Act and the LGBT Agenda

    The Equality Act and the LGBT Agenda

    Editor’s note: The Daily Signal’s audience had much to say about our coverage of House Democrats’ Equality Act, which would create civil rights protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity rather than simply sex. A sampling leads off this week’s mailbag.

    Dear Daily Signal: Other than the usual protections of property and people (against violence and assault), there is no basis for granting special protection for transsexual behavior, the subject of the hearing on the Equality Act covered by Rachel del Guidice (“5 Key Moments From Equality Act Hearing”).

    It is a whole different question than protecting people because of their innate qualities such as skin color.… Read More...

  • ‘Blame America First’ Crowd Undermines Fight for Freedom in Venezuela

    ‘Blame America First’ Crowd Undermines Fight for Freedom in Venezuela

    Have you ever watched that inspiring speech at the 1984 Republican National Convention by Jeanne Kirkpatrick, the great conservative scholar and ambassador to the United Nations?

    The one where she defended President Ronald Reagan’s actions to save the Caribbean island nation of Grenada from terror and totalitarianism?

    Kirkpatrick scorched Reagan’s critics who refused to blame Cuba or the communists—the actual culprits—”for threatening American students and murdering Grenadians—they blamed the United States instead.”

    As she said prophetically, they always “blame America first.”

    Well, they’re back.

    The villains haven’t changed, just the location of the crime.  A little further south of Grenada, in Venezuela, where courageous young freedom fighters such as interim President Juan Guaido are being undermined by the same old “Blame America First” crowd.… Read More...

  • Advancing Economic Freedom Is Key to Realizing Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

    Advancing Economic Freedom Is Key to Realizing Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

    Highlighting her recent trip to Africa, Ivanka Trump penned a commentary that makes a strong case for the Trump administration’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.

    “Despite the incredible difficulties they face, women in Africa are already transcending poverty, creating jobs, and pioneering a brighter future,” the first daughter wrote in an op-ed for CNN. “Now, we want to empower them, and their sisters, to unleash even greater economic prosperity and peace for the people of Africa, for our country, and for the world.”

    The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which has involved the National Security Council, the State Department, and other relevant agencies, seeks to support women in the workplace, helping them succeed as entrepreneurs, and by advancing legal reforms that will create greater gender equality.… Read More...

  • The Real Reason Democrats Hate William Barr

    The Real Reason Democrats Hate William Barr

    On the day of Attorney General William Barr’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, there was, as always, a selective leak dropped into the fray. With bated breath, we learned special counsel Robert Mueller had sent the attorney general a sternly worded letter grousing that Barr’s four-page March 24 explanation of the core conclusions of the Mueller report “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Mueller’s “work and conclusions.”

    The customary histrionics followed. Posturing Democrats on the judicial committee gave long soliloquies on Barr’s treacherous behavior. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, accused the attorney general of abusing his office and lying to Congress, and many others demanded his resignation.… Read More...