All signs point to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) throwing his hat into the ring in 2016. He recently won the straw poll at CPAC and generally polls well. Sen. Paul watched his father, former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), struggle to connect on the national stage. But, thus far, Sen. Paul’s outreach to groups that do not typically align with Republicans has been well received.

His focus on issues like the Fourth Amendment and NSA surveillance techniques resonate with people on both sides of the aisle. Furthermore, many of his positions are embraced by young people – as evidenced by the warm reception he enjoyed during a speech at the University of California, Berkeley earlier this month.

In theory, Sen. Paul sounds like a candidate with remarkably widespread appeal. But is America ready for a libertarian president? Glenn believes we are. But prominent libertarian Kevin Williamson of National Review thinks otherwise. In an article for POLITICO entitled “Ready for Rand?,” Williamson argues Americans “hate” Sen. Paul’s libertarianism – they just don’t know it yet. On Monday’s Glenn Beck Program, Williamson joined Glenn to further discuss the topic.

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Earlier this month, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced a bill that would require the Department of Energy to expedite and approve exports of natural gas to Ukraine and other nations. The purpose of the legislation was to thwart Russia’s control over energy supplies in the region. On radio this morning, Rep. Poe joined Glenn to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and the threat Russia poses not just to the region but to the world.

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“I introduced a bill… that the United States expedite the sale of natural gas to foreign countries, especially to the former Soviet republics… Most of that part of the world… gets natural gas from Russia,” Rep. Poe explained. “I was in the Ukraine several years ago when the Russians turned off the gas in winter. It got cold. And it was dark. And so if we could do this, it would help give them an alternative to depending on Russia. And we have an abundance of gas in the United States and we could sell it.”

Much like Glenn, Rep. Poe believes Vladimir Putin has his sights set on a new empire that stretches far beyond Crimea. As a result, the Obama Administration would be best served recognizing the Russian threat and acting on it.

“Putin is not through… When [I] look at Putin, I still see [KGB] across his forehead because that’s what he still is. This is my belief,” Rep. Poe said. “His philosophy is not trying to go back to the communist days of taking all these republics. He wants to go further back than that. He thinks he’s the new czar of Russia… So the west has to do something.”

The most effective sanctions against Russia will be those that involve isolation, and offering Eastern Europe an alternative to Russian energy could help with that goal.

“We have to isolate Russia,” Rep. Poe concluded. “And, of course, [we must work] to make sure that those former Soviet republics have an alternative form of energy because that’s the number one source of income to Russia – the sale of energy to other countries. Let’s compete against that.”

Just when you thought you had seen it all, the White House has now vowed to regulate cow flatulence as part of its climate agenda. According to the Daily Caller, as part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama Administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. Forget about the fact that methane emissions are at all time lows, we need to spend time and resources targeting gassy cows.

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“So out of all the things in the country we have to fix, all the problems that are facing us… Where does – and I’m just asking you this off the top of your head – where does cow flatulence rank,” Glenn asked on radio this morning.

“Right at the top,” Pat joked. “Number one.”

In a press release entitled “FACT SHEET: Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions,” the White House laid out its “all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution” as to ensure “a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations.”

One of the “key steps” formulated by the Obama Administration involves working in partnership with the dairy industry, the USDA, EPA and DOE to release a “Biogas Roadmap” outlining “voluntary strategies to accelerate adoption of methane digesters and other cost-effective technologies to reduce U.S. dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.”

When you consider food prices are already up a staggering 19% in 2014, the consequences of the President’s climate agenda could truly be dire.

“Milk and meat are up 19%. This is before the regulation of the cow farts,” Glenn concluded. “So we have to regulate the cow farts, which means you will not have dairy – because this is dairy cows. Your dairy – your milk, your cheese – will go through the roof. Your meat will go through the roof. It’s already up 19%. I will give you this promise: Your dairy products and your meat products will necessarily skyrocket. Congratulations.”

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) tends to fly under the radar, but it is important to remember he is essentially the heir apparent of Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). Rep. Cantor is up for reelection this year in Virginia’s 7th congressional district, and TheBlaze Radio’s Doc Thompson joined Glenn on radio this morning to share some information that should ensure “there’s no way [Cantor] wins reelection.” What does Rep. Cantor, insider trading, and George Soros have in common?

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Last night, Doc teased on Twitter that he would be exposing the truth about Rep. Cantor Monday morning at 7am ET on The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson:

This morning, Doc made good on that promise.

“First of all, I used to live in Eric Cantor’s district so I’m familiar with him. And Eric is, trust me, familiar with me,” Doc explained. “And Eric has been a problem for a long time. But there’s three main things going.”

He proceeded to explain the three pieces of the puzzle:

1. Going against the will of Virginians

“His district is stacked Republican. I mean they have protected him… Eric Cantor is, number one… playing shenanigans when it comes to the Republican Party and trying to slate these people for positions within the Republican Party in the different districts,” Doc explained. “They say, ‘Okay, who here is Republican? We’re going to go ahead and put these people in these party chairs.’ And they do have this fail-safe that in case some crazy Democrats try to, you know, stack the deck… Last Monday night in Henrico County, which is part of Eric’s district west of Richmond, the people said, ‘No, we’re going to have any of this stuff.’ And they flooded the place and it kind of went the other way. Number one, he’s playing those political games.”

2. Support of congressional insider trading

Most people may not be familiar with Rep. Cantor’s involvement in the controversial STOCK Act.

“Most people had no idea that congressmen, their staff, and their families could go ahead and trade on [nonpublic] information. You find out a company is going to do get a big deal with the Pentagon, hey, you go buy the stock. Most people had no idea that was going on,” Doc said. “So when it broke a couple of years… both Republicans and Democrats said, ‘Our people are ticked at this. We got to do something. This is going to be bad for us.’ The President signs it into law. But Eric manipulated [the STOCK Act] so the House version… left family members able to still do this. And then when asked about it, he was like, ‘Oh, you know, we were juggling around some of the different things and that one just kind of fell out.’”

3. A connection to George Soros

RedState.com reported John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and 25 other members of Congress were flying to Amelia Island to collaborate with The Republican Main Street Partnership’s offshoot “Main Street Advocacy” – a group dedicated to defeating conservatives in Congress.

“This is really odd. The Main Street PAC that was started by… Steve LaTourette,” Doc explained. “And their stated goal is to go after the TEA Party and take these people down.”

The goal of Mainstreet Partnership is to “bolster our incumbents who are under attack from the far right, and ensure that we hold on to seats represented by pragmatic Republicans that we would otherwise loose if there was an ultra-conservative in the general runoff.” According to RedState, the group has received money from left leaning unions, George Soros back organizations, and a major Democrat contributor.

“It looks like [John Boehner] has dropped out,” Doc said. “It remains to be seen if the others will attend.”

Doc’s primary goal is to bring this information to the forefront to ensure Virginia voters and the American people understand who Rep. Cantor really is.

“The biggest problem is people don’t know this stuff,” Doc concluded. “If people want the full story [go to] TheBlaze.com/DocThompson. You can hear the podcast where all the information is laid out.”

Listen to Monday’s podcast of The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson HERE.

Following years of strained relations between the Obama Administration and the Catholic Church, Pope Francis and President Obama met for the first time at the Vatican last Thursday. The meeting got off to an interesting start when the President presented the Pontiff with a chest filled with fruit and vegetable seeds used in the White House garden. And the aftermath of the jaunt has resulted in a bit of a schism – with the Vatican and White House giving starkly different versions of Thursday’s conversation.

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“The President goes to the Vatican and he says, ‘Man, we talked about socialism and how great it is. And that is pretty much all we talked about. And the Vatican comes out and says, ‘No, we talked about religious freedom,’” Glenn explained on radio this morning. “Obama said that didn’t even come up… Now, which one do you believe?”

“Oh, this is a tough one,” Stu quipped. “You’re putting me on the spot like that.”

The Washington Times reports:

The president’s account downplayed the Catholic Church’s concerns about religious freedom in the United States and Obamacare’s mandate to pay for contraception.

The pontiff and the president were cordial in the televised portions of their meeting, but a subtle competition to set the agenda played out after the meeting, which went well beyond its scheduled half-hour.

“We actually didn’t talk a whole lot about social schisms in my conversations with His Holiness,” Mr. Obama said at a press conference in Rome. “In fact, that really was not a topic of conversation.”

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The Vatican, however, issued a statement after the meeting saying the president’s discussions with Francis and two other top Vatican officials focused “on questions of particular relevance for the [Catholic] Church in [the United States], such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection” — issues that have fueled divisions between Mr. Obama and the church.

“Who goes to see the Holy Father and then lies about it? That is absolutely incredible,” Glenn concluded. “And, Catholics, are you even outraged? Was anybody saying: Wait a minute. He lies about the meeting with the Pope? So much of the pope and the Vatican have and Pope have to come out and say, ‘No, that’s not what happened.’ That’s unheard of.”

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Last Wednesday, Glenn shared a poignant message on his Facebook page that explained he was “chasing the sun” as he flew from New York City to Washington state to join his siblings at his father’s bedside as he neared the end of his life. On Saturday, William “Bill” Beck passed away at the age of 86. On radio this morning, Glenn was back in Dallas, and he explained what the last few days have been like for him and his family.

While Glenn’s relationship with his dad had undergone quite an evolution over the years, he described his father as his “best friend.” The two men differed in “profoundly meaningful ways” – chief among them, their relationship with God. Glenn explained that when it came to faith, his father always kept an open mind, but he wasn’t sure what the end would bring.

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“He told me once, ‘Son, I’ll keep an open mind, but I will tell you this: I don’t think there’s going to be angels that are going to come down and greet me,’” Glenn recalled. “I told him at the time, ‘I beg to differ with you, Dad.’”

The end of Bill’s life, however, was nothing short of a miracle.

“My father slipped in and out of unconsciousness for a while. He hadn’t said anything for a while. And then sat up in bed, looked up at the ceiling corner as if someone was there, and he said, ‘Yes. Okay. I understand. I’m ready. Take me with you.’ And he closed his eyes,” Glenn explained. “They weren’t just greeters. They were escorts. God lives. And it is all true.”

Ultimately, Glenn concluded this morning’s emotional reflection with words of gratitude.

“Thanks, Dad, for teaching me how to work; for not teaching me what to think but how to think,” he concluded. “And when you were dead tired, thank you for driving your boy to the radio station to pursue his dream.”

Watch Glenn’s moving tribute to his dad below:

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It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that Glenn’s father passed away at the age of 86. Glenn’s father was a man who understood hard work, believed in the promise of America and will be missed by his children and grandchildren. Times like these remind us what is important in life and Glenn and his wife are deeply grateful for your thoughts and prayers. Glenn asks that, in lieu of flowers or donations, you would do one act of kindness for someone in your life and help spread the universal message of love.

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include Glenn’s interview with FreedomWorks’ executive vice president Adam Brandon from Monday’s Glenn Beck Radio Program.

On radio this morning, Adam Brandon, the executive vice president of FreedomWorks, joined Glenn to discuss why the group decided to withdraw its support of Shane Osborne, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), and endorse the candidate supported by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Ben Sasse.

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“In the back of our mind… when we are endorsing… you are asking yourself: Who is going to caucus with these leaders for the ‘Freedom Caucus.’ By that I mean the Mike Lees, the Ted Cruzs, the Rand Pauls. Who are we most convinced will be connected to the grassroots, understand their issues, and, when they get to Washington, they will be beholden to those folks, not the power brokers,” Brandon explained. “When Mitch McConnell did fundraisers for Shane Osborne, it made us a little more uncomfortable.”

“As time went on, I know you have activists listening now from the state of Nebraska, they were calling us often… So we took another look at the race,” he continued. “And we looked at the reasons why originally we endorsed Osbourne… and decided: Hey, actually the other guy is probably the one who will be the one caucusing with your heroes and champions, and we need to be there.”

Brandon also ran through some of the other races that have strong conservative candidates, like Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Chris Daniel in Mississippi, and Greg Brannon in North Carolina. FreedomWorks is working hard to ensure those candidates have the resources they need ahead of this spring’s primaries.

This weekend, Glenn will be joining FreedomWorks and other prominent conservatives in Kentucky for FreePAC Kentucky – an opportunity to connect with citizen activists from around the country dedicated to restoring the American dream.

“The FreePAC event in Louisville on Saturday, I will be there along with everybody else. Make sure you join us. This is the kickoff for FreedomWorks for the fall campaign,” Glenn said. “Now it’s time to energize each other because we got a lot of work to do… If you want to join us, it’s great kickoff event. It is happening Saturday. FreePAC.com for all the tickets and details. We’ll see you there Saturday.”

Learn more about FreePAC Kentucky HERE.

Original story below:

FreedomWorks PAC has announced that they are withdrawing support of Shane Osborne in the Nebraska Senate Race and have chose to endorse Ben Sasse “as the most consistently conservative candidate.” FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe attributed the change to Osborne’s shift away from grassroots organizing.

Kibbe said, “Both Osborn and Sasse are great people, and this was not a decision taken lightly. The question at the heart of this decision is, who would caucus with the Freedom Caucus, and who would fall in line with the establishment?”

He continued, “At this point, it is clear that Shane Osborn formed allegiances with Mitch McConnell and the K Street lobbying class. For us, that progression away from the grassroots has tipped the balance. FreedomWorks PAC has a responsibility to endorse the most reliable candidate for liberty, and after following the evolution of this primary, it’s clear that Ben Sasse is the man for the job.”

Fans of ‘The Glenn Beck Program’ will remember Sasse from his appearance earlier this week on TheBlaze. You can watch his interview with Glenn below:

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Pat has already made a compelling argument for why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is, in fact, “the worst living human being on the planet.” And he added further fuel to that fire this week when he blatantly lied on the Senate floor. At this point, one can’t help but wonder: Is Sen. Reid evil, senile, or both?

The America Rising PAC put together a telling video that compares comments Sen. Reid made on February 26, 2014 to remarks he made on March 26, 2014. In the timespan of exactly one month, Sen. Reid went from blaming all negative Obamacare testimonies on the evil Koch brothers to denying he ever said such a thing. The reversal is actually pretty spooky:

“Something is either wrong with him or, as I’ve maintained, he’s the worst living human being on the planet,” Pat said exasperatedly. “Something is radically wrong with him. If that’s the case, get him out of office. Seriously. Get him out of office. Something is wrong with him.”

Pat and Stu likened Sen. Reid’s penchant for telling boldfaced lies to that of his former Democratic colleague, President Bill Clinton. President Clinton sat in front of a camera and emphatically denied having any “sexual relations with that woman,” and yet we quickly learned that was 100% false.

CLINTON: I want to you listen to me. I’m gonna say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman. Ms. Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time. Never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people.

“He’s so good,” Stu said of Clinton. “I listen to that now and believe him.”

“The way he puts it at the beginning, it’s so emphatic,” Pat added. “I mean how definitive a statement and how emphatically he says it are just unbelievable when you know now, in retrospect, it was an absolute flat-out lie.”

When you consider the frequency with which politician spew outright lies, it’s any wonder how they maintain an ounce of credibility.

“And this is what they do over and over and over and over,” Pat concluded. “And people seem to buy it every day – every single day. I don’t know how it happens. How do you have one ounce of credibility with anyone?”

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