Your support is allowing Heritage to share the conservative message effectively with an ever-growing audience.

One of the latest ways this is being done is through our five regular podcasts that explain the conservative stance on the issues of our day.

Podcasts allow us to reach people who don’t have the time to read articles or prefer listening over reading. Podcasts have become a very effective tool to keep our audience informed on the latest developments in today’s quickly-changing world.

You can listen to Heritage’s podcasts below:

Mass Ave – A weekly Heritage podcast giving listeners insight from the latest policy news from the steps of Capitol Hill.

SCOTUS 101 – A Heritage podcast breaking down what’s happening at The Supreme Court, and what the justices are up to.

The Daily Signal podcast – A daily podcast dedicated to bringing you insight on the biggest news stories of the day from the Conservative point of view.

The Right Side of History – A Daily Signal, bi-weekly show dedicated to discussing and often defending American history and first principles.

Problematic Women – A Daily Signal podcast, shines a spotlight on strong conservative women, current events, and the hypocrisy of the “feminist” left.

Thank you for making this possible.

Where do you get your news on what’s happening in our nation?

Your support has allowed Heritage’s news outlet, The Daily Signal, to play a major role in becoming an alternative source to the mainstream media.

I had the opportunity to interview Rob Bluey, editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal and vice president of communications for Heritage.

I learned about how he came to Heritage, why the organization started The Daily Signal, and what motivates him to fight for the conservative cause day-in and day-out.

Read his story below:

Steven: Tell us, if you can, in one sentence, what you do here at Heritage.

Rob: I see my role as motivating the team to create inspiring content about conservative ideas, and also being on the cutting edge of communications.

Steven: Talk us through the idea behind The Daily Signal and the impact that it has.

Rob: Several years ago, as we reviewed the communications operation at Heritage, we decided to take our message directly to the American people.

We already had a blog featuring commentary from Heritage experts, but we wanted to expand it. We started to shift the editorial strategy in 2014.

We worked with an industry leader in publishing to create The Daily Signal, and as we were building it, we started hiring talent. We brought on a managing editor, news editor and a team of reporters.

We started in June of 2014 with the investigative reporting of Sharyl Attkisson, who had left CBS News and helped establish our identity as a serious and credible news outlet. We continued to publish op-eds from Heritage scholars, just as we had done previously on our blog. But now we also had a news team that could go out and report stories about different events and Heritage priorities.

Steven: Why do you love working at Heritage?

Rob: The top reason in my case is that everybody is driven by our mission. The team is motivated to accomplish a set of goals. It’s more than just showing up to do a job.

At Heritage, there’s an incredible collaborative spirit and great teamwork to achieve our mission. I’ve worked at nonprofits and for-profits before this, and I just haven’t ever experienced anything quite like what Heritage has to offer.

Steven:   Are you a morning or an evening person?

Rob: Can I say both? With kids at home, it’s always a balancing act when to get things done. I’m up early because I want to have as much done by the time the kids wake up and working late after they go to bed because the news never stops. Fortunately, I focus on them when we’re together—whether it’s doing homework, practicing piano, or playing baseball.

One of the things that’s been important about working at Heritage is the family-friendly nature of the organization. Because my wife Melissa works here at Heritage as our creative director, we’re often  juggling responsibilities at home. Heritage has been great in that respect.

Steven: How did you get involved in politics? Talk us through the path that you took.

Rob: I was in high school. In 1996, I volunteered for the local congressman in upstate New York where I’m from. He was a Republican, albeit a very liberal Republican, but I was just fascinated by the whole process. Our family visited Washington, D.C., on summer vacations, and I just loved the city. I was also at the time editor of my high school newspaper, so the combination of journalism and politics was really my passion.

I started working at a weekly newspaper in Clinton, New York, called the Clinton Courier, and covered the local political scene. That experience early on in my career just kind of struck me as something that would be fun and exciting. All these years later, I’m still enjoying it.

If you could ask Rob one question what would you ask him?

Your support helps combat “fake news” media.

The Daily Signal, Heritage’s online news outlet, has reached over 100 million video views on Facebook this year.

Launched just three years ago, The Daily Signal brings conservative reporting and commentary on the most important policy debates to multimedia platforms around the world.

We are often breaking the news on under-reported stories that news outlets then use in their reporting.

Here are our videos from this year that have received the most views:

Our online news organization continues to grow. Plans for the future include more multimedia productions, younger and more diverse audiences, and of course, fighting fake news.

You can subscribe to the Daily Signal for free here.

Do you believe the Mainstream Media is doing a good job of reporting the news? Why or why not?

Your support helps strengthen ties between nations that defend the free world.

Last year, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a movement known as “Brexit”.

That decision to leave the EU strengthened the partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom.

If this new alliance between the United States and Britain is to thrive, then the Trump administration must make clear that Brexit is positive and will strengthen the trans-Atlantic alliance.

That’s what Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. and Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, testified about before the House Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Committee on Wednesday.

You can watch his testimony here >> 

From trade to security, the Trump administration is in the process of negotiating our country’s new relationship with the newly exited Britain.

Committee members heard from Gardiner on the Anglo-American relationship and its role against international terrorism and rogue states.

Great Britain and the United States need to stand together so they can not only maintain their own trade deals, but to stand strong in the global war against ISIS and al-Qaeda, as well as threats from Russian.

The world stage needs U.S.-British leadership to defend its democratic freedom.

How can the U.S.-UK relationship be strengthened? 

At Heritage, we believe the religious beliefs of both individuals and organizations should be respected by law.

Your support helps protect religious liberty by defending citizens’ consciences from government overreach.

When Jack Phillips, a cake artist and baker from Colorado, declined to make a custom cake for a same-sex wedding, the gay couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The Colorado judge determined he had engaged in sexual-orientation discrimination. But all Jack wanted to do was run his business in accordance with his religious beliefs.

In September, Jack came to Heritage to discuss the challenges of creating art, doing business, and stay true to his conscience in modern times. Now, his legal battle has made its way to the Supreme Court.

In this case, Justices will decide whether states can compel business owners like Jack to create speech that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

In Jack’s view, the creation of a cake for a gay wedding is a form of speech; it conveys a message about the validity of gay marriage.

This message violates his sincerely held religious belief that marriage is a sacred promise made between a man and a woman.

Jack believes he should be able to run his business in accordance with his beliefs, and that the state should not compel him to express views that violate his conscience.

Oral arguments were held this past Tuesday at the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, Heritage hosted an event titled “Free Speech Takes the Cake: Can States Compel Speech?”

Kristen Waggoner, the Senior Vice President of Alliance Defending Freedom and Counsel for Jack Phillips was present, alongside Ilya Shapiro, a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, and Lloyd Cohen, a law professor at George Mason University.

You can watch a livestream of the discussion here >>

The stakes of this case are high. The future of free speech and the government respecting its citizens’ religious beliefs hangs in the balance.

Creative professionals all over the country have filed amicus briefs supporting Jack and the rights of artists to utter – and not utter – messages that align with their values.

Artists who care about their right to decline to use their creativity on projects that violate their consciences should stand with Jack.

We need to protect religious freedom so that the pursuit of truth can unfold naturally in public discourse, without government intervention and punishment.

Your support helps protect people like Jack, who live their faith even when it’s counter-cultural.

Should Jack be forced to bake a cake for a ceremony that goes against his religious conscience?

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