Glenn recaps emotional service for Chris Kyle

Glenn attended the memorial service for American Sniper Chris Kyle at Cowboys Stadium yesterday afternoon and described the event on radio today. Glenn choked up as he read the touching notes written by Kyle’s children, which were on the back of the program. It’s tough for anyone to take, but it’s toughest on the family.

"I was in a sea of uniforms yesterday because I was at Chris Kyle's funeral, which was unbelievable and powerful. I don't know who I was more impressed with: His wife, who was a rock for her children; the Navy SEALs and all of the other military that would ‑‑ the honor that was in that room was staggering," Glenn said.

"It was truly, truly remarkable," Glenn said.

Glenn has been working with Mercury One to raise money for Chris Kyle's family, and has already raised over $600,000 to go to a memorial fund and to the FITCO Care Foundation. More details can be found here.

"I was trying to think last night, what do I take away from all of this as we close this chapter? What's the takeaway? What is the story I will tell my 8‑year‑old son? And as I was thinking last night, I thought, 'Maybe it's this.' I didn't get home until 11:30 last night, and tonight maybe I will kneel at his bedside and tell him: 'Son, there was once a boy whose daddy gave him a BB gun. He was little, he was about your age, and he learned to shoot it. And he got really, really good at shooting. It's one of those talents that God gives you. But then he asks you in the end, What did you do with your talent? And I know what you're thinking, buddy: Shooting a gun can come from God? Yes, son. It can."

"Everybody gets their own talents from God, but that one has to come with another talent because it comes with such responsibility. If God is going to give somebody the gun gift, he has to make sure that another gift is already in place and that's discernment. The gift of discernment. The gift of knowing good from bad in a second. I pray that you will never have to pull a trigger, son. But if you do, you'd better be right. Your head better be clear enough to ask God for an answer and to trust what you feel. The little boy whose dad gave him a BB gun grew up to be a hero."

"Chris had discernment. He was crystal clear about the good guys and the bad guys, but killing guys was not all there was to Chris Kyle. He was a hero for how he loved as well. He gave away his chance to be rich so that his friend's mom could have a house and food. His friend had just died in battle."

"Once in the car his sweet wife confessed her weaknesses, she said, 'I'm a mess, Chris.' But her husband didn't make her pay for that. He loved her mess. He said, 'Babe, you're a package deal.' His legend was growing as a warrior but rather than build on it, he left from the military to be a dad."

"You see, Raphe, when God told Chris it was okay to shoot, he did. When God told him it was time to sheath his sword, learn how to love even better than he shot, he listened and obeyed and did that too. It's discernment. Knowing the difference between right and wrong. Having the courage to be honest."

"It's like Sir Galahad: My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure."

" And then when my story is told and my little boy's eyes are closed, I will probably stay on my knees a little longer than usual, and lay my head on that little boy's chest and thank God out loud that I've been given this gift of a son. And I will quietly once again ask God to help this dad be just a little more like Chris Kyle."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.