House fails to extend PATRIOT Act

Yesterday, the House of Representatives failed to extend provisions of the PATRIOT Act. Glenn gave his reaction on radio this morning.

“House Republicans they say now suffered an embarrassing setback when they fell seven votes short of extending provisions of the PATRIOT Act.  This is a vote that served as the first small uprising of the Tea Party Block,” Glenn read.

“The Bill to reauthorize key parts of the counterterrorism surveillance law which expires at the end of the month required a supermajority to pass under special rules served for noncontroversial measures but it fell short of the required 2/3 after 26 Republicans bucked the leadership, eight of them freshmen elected in November.  Most Democrats opposed the extension.  The final tally was 277 in favor of the extension, 148 oppose,” he continued.

So what did Glenn think of Tea Party Congressmen blocking the extension?

“Is this a setback, or is this a move forward?  These are the kinds of questions, these are the kinds of tough decisions that we are now going to have to make,” Glenn said.

Glenn believes that it’s easier to make decisions on this kind of legislation when terrorists are launching attacks and everyone is united behind the same things, but nearly ten years removed from 9/11 this is not necessarily the case.

“It's much easier when you say, ‘Hey, Islamic terrorism is here and we're all screwed,’ and we all believe in the same basic thing.  We all believe in the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Glenn said.

“But we can't all say that now, can we?”

Glenn said that we are at the point where we can’t trust the federal government to not turn the PATRIOT Act against its own people.

“Now we're looking at foreign and domestic enemies of the Constitution.  That is the problem.”

“Our job has just gotten harder because now we cannot trust the government to do what they are charged with doing and that is keeping us safe.  We can no longer trust that we can exchange a little bit of freedom for a little more security because we will lose both and we will deserve neither.”

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

Watch a clip from the full interview with Matthew Yglesias below:


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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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