TheBlaze Radio Network’s Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe filled in for Glenn on Tuesday’s Glenn Beck Program and ended the year by taking a poignant look back at those we lost.

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With Glenn on vacation for the holidays, we’re counting down the top Glenn moments of 2013. What were this year’s highlights? Stay tuned to the Glenn Beck Newsletter to find out! Sign up for Glenn’s free daily newsletter HERE.

In his quest to focus on what unites us instead of what divides us, Glenn has shared the stage with some pretty remarkable and insightful individuals this year. From the future of libertarianism to the art of being unmistakable, the truth about David and Goliath to the singularity, no topic was off limits as Glenn sought to find common ground and learn from some of this nation’s most fascinating thinkers.

In November, illusionist, author, and actor Penn Jillette joined Glenn to discuss how new technology has allowed people to explore and create outside of the established system. Penn also explained the advantages of technology and why the singularity isn’t necessarily as scary as it sounds:

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Earlier this year, Glenn sat down with Penn, who is an atheist, and Rabbi Daniel Lapin to debate morality, faith, and religion.

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Glenn has been long been a fan of Judge Andrew Napolitano, and he joined Glenn in September to talk about the future of the libertarian movement in the United States. As the Republican and Democratic parties continue to fail the American people, Judge Napolitano explained why libertarian ideals have the power to appeal to both sides of the political spectrum. Small government, personal responsibility, and individual liberty is not partisan – its principle.

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For weeks, Glenn talked to his audience about an enlightening book he had stumbled across called The Art of Being Unmistakable by Srinivas Rao. Glenn and Srinivas probably would never have crossed paths had it not been for this book. In fact, it’s probably safe to say they would not run in the same circles. But that is not a barrier to sharing and promoting similar ideals. In October, Srinivas sat down with Glenn to discuss why living an unmistakable life is as much about making things different as it is making things better.

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Best selling author Malcolm Gladwell joined Glenn in November to discuss the importance of out-of-the-box thinking and “the art of taking down giants”. In Malcolm’s book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, he explains there are three weapons that the “powerless” can use to overcome overwhelming odds: faith, courage, and determination. And he surprised Glenn with his insightful interpretation of the story of David and Goliath.

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Plus, Malcolm shares the one question he would ask God:

BONUS from 2012: Glenn sat down with well-known futurist Ray Kurzweil for a wide-ranging interview. Watch a portion of the conversation below:

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Did you miss any of the ‘Top Glenn Moments of 2013’? See the Day 1 highlights HERE, Day 2 highlightsHERE, and Day 3 highlights HERE, Day 4 highlights HERE, and Day 5 highlights HERE.

On Monday night, Will Cain and a small Real News crew made the trek rom New York to Kentucky to meet with our nation’s youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, Dakota Meyer, and learn what exactly made him into a hero. It’s easy to acknowledge any of our nation’s incredible heroes without actually seeing or understanding the man in the uniform. Will sat down with Dakota to get a sense of who he is and where he came from. Below is a highlight from the interview:

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TheBlaze’s national security editor Buck Sexton opened Monday’s Glenn Beck Program with a simple question: Will 2014 be the year America says enough is enough? As Buck explained, the United States has been teetering on the edge of big government progressivism for quite some time now, and soon the weight of a bloated government and overregulation will prove to be too much for this country to bear. With the midterm elections just around the corner, 2014 provides the opportunity to take a step back and reevaluate the current state of this country. Will Americans finally be ready say enough is enough?

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Full transcript of the monologue below:

Now, Barack Obama promised Dmitry Medvedev that he’d have more flexibility after the 2012 election. You remember that. And they turned out to be truer words than I think even any of us could have imagined.

It was quite a harbinger for 2013. I mean, I thought Mr. Fundamental Transformation couldn’t get much worse after round one which brought us, let’s just take a little joyride through the wreckage, shall we? ObamaCare, we know how that’s been, QE ad infinitum, the QE, the easing that can never stop, Solyndra and the never-ending parade of green investment fails because it’s not their money, so why do they care? It’s your money.

Benghazi, we know that Hillary Clinton says it doesn’t make much difference, right? What difference does it make at this point that Benghazi happened? A lot, Hillary, a lot, we’re going to remind you of that in 2016. That’s what we’ve had to deal with over the past year, these issues, including Fast and Furious and others like them. I mean, this is right here, if you will, this is the pinnacle you would think of the problems this administration could possibly offer for us. But he was actually just getting warmed up.

Tonight, we take a look back at 2013, but more importantly, we’re going to look ahead to 2014 as well. And here’s my question, is this the year? Will 2014 be the year the pendulum finally swings back away from Progressives? Can Conservatives finally retake the high ground? It should be the year. Look, how many more big government failures and scandals does one need before they realize it ain’t working?

I bet you’ve forgotten more Obama scandals and debacles than most administrations ever have. In 2013, we saw tremendous amounts of scandals. Now, of course there was the IRS targeting scandal, right? The Associated phone records scandal, that was the thing that Eric Holder, by the way, said he had no idea, right? But he did have an idea, just like he said he learned about Fast and Furious through press reports, but I thought he knew about it before that – hmm, silly me. Oh, there was the ObamaCare rollout, after the NSA spying. NSA spying of course, there we go, and NSA spying, we know that that’s now something that the administration says they’re going to do something about.

What are they going to do about it though? They’re contesting it in court. They say okay, maybe we went too far. And the ObamaCare rollout, wow, even the staunchest Marxist left wing I-don’t-even-think-America-should-be-pretending-to-be-capitalist kind of guy knows that the ObamaCare rollout was a disaster, the round two of the Obama administration, the round two.

Now, if Conservatives cannot turn this disaster that we’ve talked to you about here into a winning message, if we can’t transform it into some kind of story for the American people that makes them trust Conservatives with government power so that they can limit government power and restore some semblance of liberty, we deserve our fate. We’re toast.

So something needs to change fast, because the other side is relentless. They’re pushing for more bills. They’re pushing for more huge comprehensive bills on immigration, for example, on climate change, also known as amnesty, and yet another redistribution of wealth scheme. There’s tons of those going around.

So 2014 is going to be a fight. It’s going to be a fight against the Marxist administration that we see now increasingly trying to take money from some people and give it to others. But the biggest fight for 2014 isn’t against Obama per se, there is also going to be a fight, because this is a midterm election, between the establishment increasingly progressive GOP with the Ted Cruzes of the world, the conservative members of Congress.

We have a choice that we’re going to have to face on our side, go with the moderate establishment Republican who can win or go with the candidate who stands on Tea Party conservative principles. Will we go with the Ted Cruz type even if the outcome doesn’t look all that great? I remember when Ted Cruz’s outcome didn’t look all that great. He had to win the primary against Dewhurst during Texas.

See, we’ve seen the lesser of these two evils approaches before. We know where it’s gotten us. And not only now are we in a dire fiscal situation, we’re approaching dangerous territory when it comes to centralized power in general. I mean, everybody should be appalled at how the president has been haphazardly ad hoc tinkering with the Affordable Care Act law.

Look, like it or not, it’s a law. As they have said so many times when there was the government shutdown and the fights over it, it’s the law. Well, they know that for Conservatives, for constitutionalists, that has meaning that it’s the law. When we read the words on the page that are supposed to be the law that Congress has passed, we care about those.

We find ourselves increasingly in a place where there is not a moral necessarily issue with what’s going on. We don’t feel like we have to give into this because the government is doing good. We have to give in because the government has force, can make us do these things.

So the president can go in and change a law as he pleases, it seems. Those are the sorts of things that maybe a Hugo Chavez or a Robert Mugabe may do. Now, last week President Obama changed the healthcare law again, this time extending the deadline for people to choose plans and relaxing the rules for those who had their plans canceled.

The press is so hyperfocused on making this stupid law work that they’re overlooking the fact that the administration thinks nothing of just changing laws without Congress or any process whatsoever. Remember all that talk in the first term about being tempted to do it on my own? President Obama said it over and over again, he’s going to do it on his own. I’m going to do it on my own, all this gridlock in Congress.

It looks like Obama has given himself over to his temptations. By the way, he was also tempted to enroll at least as sort of an act of good faith in his own ObamaCare law. By the way, he chose a bronze plan. Oh yeah, I don’t think he’s going to get that level of care. Now to be fair, the White House said that the military is still going to give the commander-in-chief his medical care, but that really tells us a lot, doesn’t it?

The president thinks that it’s an act of solidarity to pretend to sign up under the healthcare law that he’s making millions of Americans sign up for after getting millions of their plans canceled. He thinks that’s solidarity. He thinks that should make us feel better, even though it will never touch him or his family or anybody that he knows. It will never be a problem for them.

Oh, but it’s all about political theatre then. It’s all about the president saying I picked my bronze plan. He picked a bronze plan. Let’s be serious for a second. This is the President of the United States. It was all ridiculous, but it shows you how out of touch they are with your problems, with your healthcare concerns. Because this president can’t resist the flexibility offered to him in his second term. He just can’t.

Now look, Bill Clinton, he was maybe a little powerless against the sexual advances he received from a zoftig intern. This president apparently is tempted whenever a chance to override Congress walks by in something low-cut and lacey. You know Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would be going all oh, the Constitution, the separation of powers, the prerogative of the legislature, if it was a Republican in the White House.

If the next conservative president announced that he was going to alter income tax rates to 10% or let’s make it 1%, hey, across-the-board 1% to help people in a tough economy…hang on a second. I want to take a moment to reflect on a 1% tax. As Glenn would say, that’s some good old-fashioned conservative red meat right there. It shouldn’t matter if you agree or disagree with the changes made. Everyone should be alarmed when a president goes around Congress.

A 1% flat tax, if President Obama can change the ObamaCare law all the time willy-nilly as he sees fit, why can’t all of a sudden we just have a president declare that the IRS is only going to enforce a 1% tax rate? Well, there’s no good reason, and in fact, this might actually be a really good idea. This could help people. I would love to pay a 1% tax per year.

But you see, changing laws without any accountability, changing laws without even consulting the representatives of the people, changing laws that absolutely blur any sense of separation of power into government, that’s what dictators do. So back to the original question if I can for a moment, is this the year?

Is 2014 the year people drop their allegiance to party? Is this the year even those on the left realize that government has grown too dangerous and unprecedented levels of control? Is this the year people say enough is enough? I sure hope so, because there’s only so much big government Progressivism this country can withstand, and we are teetering close to the edge.

With Glenn on vacation for the holidays, we’re counting down the top Glenn moments of 2013. What were this year’s highlights? Stay tuned to the Glenn Beck Newsletter to find out! Sign up for Glenn’s free daily newsletter HERE.

Glenn has been known to give some pretty eye-opening and entertaining monologues over the years, and 2013 was no different. Looking back at the year that was, Glenn delivered two particularly epic monologues that could not have been more different.

In June, when a bout with vocal paralysis left him unable to speak, Glenn used cue cards to present a powerful silent monologue that grappled with the question: If today was the last day I had a voice, what would I say? Watch Glenn’s emotional ‘final words’ below:

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Exactly one year after the re-election of President Obama, Glenn was in rare form delivering an off-the-wall Wizard of Oz-themed monologue involving ruby slippers, flying monkeys, and melting witches. Oh my! As Glenn explained, we are living in an upside down world in which the America we know and love no longer exists. “It’s almost like we’re in a movie, and I just want to go home,” Glenn said. Do you ever wish we had our own ruby slippers and could simply click our heels and say, There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home? Check out Glenn’s trip to Oz:

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Did you miss any of the ‘Top Glenn Moments of 2013’? See the Day 1 highlights HERE, Day 2 highlightsHERE, Day 3 highlights HERE, and Day 4 highlights HERE

If you have followed Glenn for a while, you have probably heard him talk about his good friend and photographer George Lange. George recently co-authored a bestselling book: The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life. He has enjoyed success few photographers can hope to achieve – working with celebrities and politicians with his work appearing in Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times among others.

George recently sat down with Mark St. Amant at The Good Men Project and spoke about what it is like to work with such large personalities – chief among them, Glenn. Given that George describes himself as a prototypical ‘card-carrying New York liberal,’ St. Amant questioned how he and Glenn could become such good friends. But, as George described, the relationship has nothing to do with politics.

“See that’s the thing: we don’t talk about politics much. We don’t see each other in terms of labels… We find other ways in,” George explained. “We talk about being parents a lot. We talk about love, which is the most important thing to me of all. All of my work is about loving my subjects, trying to show what makes them so special, trying to find that place that we all connect. How can you love the ‘most hated man in America?’ Our relationship is all about trust.”

George also opened up about one of the most surprising things to come out of his work with Glenn: The remarkable support he has received from Glenn’s fans.

“One of the greatest joys of working with Glenn has been how his audience has embraced our work together,” George said. “Glenn jokes on the air… about me being his communist friend. His audience knows my politics, they know where I come from, and yet they’ve opened their arms to me. I haven’t tried to hide my politics. I stay loyal to my own beliefs. But more important, I’ve searched for the place we’re all connected.”

“But seriously, how does such a liberal become so close with Glenn Beck,” St. Amant asked one final time.

“This is how: My brother had a heart attack in Boulder last May. He’s fine now, but was in a coma for three weeks in the ICU… Every single day, Glenn would reach out to me asking if he could help, offering to come to Boulder and visit, whatever I needed,” George explained. “After days of his offers, I told my mother (also a big liberal) about Glenn’s offering to help. She was pretty raw going through this whole period with my brother and she blurted out, ‘Yes he can help: tell Glenn to vote Democratic and cut the BS!’ The next day I told Glenn what she’d said and he replied, ‘George, I’d do anything for you . . . but that’s never gonna happen.'”

You can read the entire interview HERE.

On of the primary themes of George’s new book is to share some of what he has learned throughout the years about taking a truly special photograph. When it comes to photography, George has one mission in mind: Take the unforgettable photo, not the perfect one. During a recent interview with CBS This Morning, George explained the last thing we should be doing this holiday season is trying to take the “perfect” photograph.

“The least interesting picture is the person standing there smiling, staring at the camera – it’s the least revealing,” he said. “You want to show what makes us human, what makes us special. And we’re trying to take pictures of what makes our lives amazing.”

While we have all grown accustomed to saying ‘cheese’ and smiling directly into the camera, George suggested people start looking for the interesting instead of the posed.

“We are always trying to set up this perfect picture, and meanwhile all the really interesting pictures are kind of orbiting around that … These are the really special moments,” George explained. “This is what’s never going to happen again.”

Another pro-tip: Shy away from using the flash unless you absolutely have to. ““We have amazing light going on in our houses,” George said. “All we have to do is be aware of it.”

Check out the full interview with CBS This Morning below:

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On October 1st, America witnessed two simultaneously disastrous political events: The botched rollout of the healthcare.gov and the beginning of the partial government shutdown. Since we continue to be inundated with stories that prove the Obamacare rollout is nothing short of a black eye for the Obama Administration, today we will take a look back at the impact of the government shutdown. While Democrats and Republicans bickered in the halls of Congress over whether or not World War II veterans should be allowed to visit their memorial, Glenn delivered an impassioned monologue urging non-progressive Democrats and Republicans to come together and defeat the progressive disease that has overtaken both parties.

Glenn reacted to the stunning shuttering of the World War II memorial:

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Despite all the ills of Washington, Glenn attempted to remind the American people and the well-intentioned politicians that God is always the answer:

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While the media attempted to claim evil Republicans like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) were solely to blame for the shutdown, President Obama’s approval rating plummeted as the Obamacare nightmare and lack of leadership soured the American public. That culmination of events led Glenn to question: How do you deal with a President who is hell bent on destroying America?

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There was, however, some good to come out of the utter dysfunction in Washington D.C. The American people came together in a way that proves there are still decent, hardworking Americans to be found. One such example is Chris Cox, a man who became known as the “Memorial Militia” because he has took it upon himself to care for and maintain the memorials and monuments during the shutdown.

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Glenn joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), FreedomWorks, and members of the TEA Party Patriots for a ‘National Day of Service’ on the National Mall. “We have to be the people who show the new way,” Glenn told those gathered as they picked up trash and tended to our national treasures. You can see photos from the event HERE.

Check out Glenn’s speech from the event below:

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We have become so accustomed to hearing about the bad in the world we often forget to recognize and celebrate the good things that happen. On Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, David Barton filled in for Glenn and decided to take a look back at some of the stories that show the best mankind has to offer. These stories involve ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and on the precipice of this new year, we could all learn a thing or two from these exemplary individuals.

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On tonight’s special edition of Real News, TheBlaze’s national security editor Buck Sexton took a look inside an intelligence community technique known as ‘red cell’ where experts on a number of hot zones around the world wargame out the possible scenarios that could endanger United States interests. Buck sat down with Middle East affairs analyst Hussein Ibish to discuss potential conflict scenarios in the region’s near future.

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