The Daily Signal Podcast

The Daily Signal Podcast

Our daily news podcast brings you top news stories, plus analysis and insights from reporters and scholars about the state of play in America’s hottest policy debates. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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November 23, 2022 14 min

We have all heard lots of stories about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, but the true religious roots of the holiday are often overlooked. 


On today's show, we talk with Adam Carrington, Hillsdale College associate professor of politics, about the history of Thanksgiving, and how freedom and a spirit of Thanksgiving work in tandem together.


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The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that could have dire consequences for religious freedom. 


The so-called Respect for Marriage Act goes beyond codifying same-sex marriage in federal law to make the acceptance of gay marriage compulsory. 


“The so-called Respect for Marriage Act will just simply lead to more attacks on Americans' religious liberty,” says Jay Richards, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation. (T...

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  • Dr. Fauci’s last White House briefing before retirement 
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s trip to the southern border
  • Potential retribution to Senators who voted for Sen. Rick Scott over Sen. Mitch McConnell 
  • Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo labels Randi Weingarten as “the most dangerous person in the world”

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    Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been restored to him. The former president's Twitter account is one of several high-profile ones to be resurrected following entrepreneur Elon Musk's takeover of the social media platform.


    "I think [with] Musk getting in and seeing what was happening behind the scenes, he realized pretty quickly that the content moderation rules that had been put in place by the previous regimes were ac...

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  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says, if given the opportunity, he will block three Democrats from joining any committees in the next Congress. 
  • The man who shot up an LGBTQ night club over the weekend faces multiple murder and hate crime charges. 
  • A group of doctors and medical organizations sue the Food and Drug Administration over approval of chemical abortion drugs.
  • President J...
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    Ken Timmerman is author of a new book, “And the Rest Is History: Tales of Hostages, Arms Dealers, Dirty Tricks, and Spies.

    As a longtime investigative reporter and war correspondent, Timmerman has a unique take on the news media given his own journey from the political Left to the Right during his lifetime. We discuss his experiences in hostile places like the Middle East as well as newsrooms in America. He also offers his take on ...

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  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, is running for House Minority Leader. 
  • Biden administration asks Supreme Court to move forward with student loan forgiveness plan.
  • Virginia lawmaker introduces bill requiring state schools base sports teams on biological sex rather than gender.
  • Rep. Ronny Jac


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    Dallas Jenkins was considering hanging up his filmmaking hat after his movie “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” bombed at the box office in 2017. 


    “I got to a place that weekend where I didn't know if I would ever make another movie again,” Jenkins says. “When you have a failure, it's hard to find people who are eager and willing to finance your next venture.”  


    With the support of his church, the film director decided to jump...

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  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has led the House Democratic Conference for almost two decades. Today, she announced she is stepping down from the role. 
  • Now that Republicans have control of the House, they plan to investigate President Joe Biden’s involvement in his son Hunter’s business dealings. 
  • Hispanic voters believe the U.S. government should do more to enforce immigration laws, acco...
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    It’s been a little more than a week since the 2022 midterm elections.

    The Republican Party is projected to win a narrow majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, while the final partisan split of the U.S. Senate remains up in the air after the Georgia Senate race advanced to a runoff election, to be held on Dec. 6. 

    The 118th Congress is set to convene on Jan. 3, and a trio of incoming freshmen—Reps.-elect Laurel Lee, R-Fla.; Jo...

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  • Former President Donald Trump is running for president again 
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell wins re-election for the Senate Minority Leadership position 
  • The latest updates on Title 42
  • The Senate advances the so-called ‘Respect for Marriage Act’

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    China is vying to become the world's No. 1 superpower, a distinction long held by the U.S. The communist country "is threatening American innovation and national security by exploiting weaknesses in U.S. patent protection, and Big Tech is letting them get away with it," according to a synopsis for a new documentary film, "Innovation Race," which opens in theaters Wednesday.

    Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spa...

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  • The House GOP elections 
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responds to criticisms from former President Donald Trump
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares an “invasion” af the U.S. southern border
  • Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas says the southern border is “secure.”


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    Americans have been losing trust in key institutions for nearly two generations. The reality is that those institutions—government, media, corporations, and education—have been in a state of decay for decades, the real-world effects of which are beginning to manifest on increasingly large scales.


    Yuval Levin joins Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts to detail the origins of the current state of our institutions, why American...

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  • Conservatives urge Republicans in 118th Congress to delay House and Senate leadership elections 
  • President Biden holds three-hour meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping 
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence says former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric leading to Jan. 6 attack on U.S. Capitol was “reckless”
  • Suspected UVA shooter taken into custody


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    Bridget Ziegler was among the 30 school board candidates to earn the endorsement of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this year.

    It was a novel approach for a governor to endorse school board candidates, but one that paid off big time for conservatives who support education freedom and parental empowerment. Nationwide, many first-time candidates won election to school boards. And in Florida, all six DeSantis-endorsed candidates on the Novem...

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    An Air Force veteran is giving back to and assisting the veteran community, one tweet at a time. 

    "We are a unique, one-of-a-kind, social media-driven, veteran nonprofit," Gretchen Smith, founder of Code of Vets, says. "We operate purely on Twitter and a few other platforms, but primarily we are Twitter-driven." 

    "We have assisted roughly 5,000 veterans and I have raised $6.5 million in the past four years, so it&...

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  • Democrat’s pledge to put $7 million behind Sen. Raphael Warnock‘s runoff campaign. 
  • Votes are still being counted in the Arizona and Nevada Senate races. 
  • American families have lost upward of $7,000 due to inflation. 
  • Hurricane Nicole made landfall in Florida Thursday morning and has now weakened to a tropical storm. 
  • Russia announces a retreat of troops from the strategic port city of ...
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    As results from Election Day continue to trickle in, it's still not clear whether Republicans or Democrats will control the next House and Senate, and by how much. However, it's clear that Republicans suffered both major wins and major losses in midterm elections across the nation.

    "Some of the big wins we saw in Florida. [Gov. Ron] DeSantis got about 19 [percentage points] over [Democrat Charlie] Crist, which is a massi...

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    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reelection

    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s defeat of Republican Tudor Dixon

    Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s victory over Dr. Mehmet Oz

    Voters in Michigan approved the pro-abortion Proposal 3

    New York’s 17th Congressional District flipped

    Georgia’s senate race heads to a run-off this December


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