UPDATED: New report says Saudi Arabia warned U.S. of Tsarnaev brothers

UPDATE: TheBlaze is now reporting the Saudi Arabian government has formally denied sharing any information, written or otherwise, with the United States regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev. In a statement, the Saudi embassy said:

“The Saudi government had no prior information about the Boston bombers. Therefore, it is not true that any information, written or otherwise, was passed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or any other US agency in this regard. The Saudi government also does not have any record of any application by Tamerlan Tsarnaev for any visa to Saudi Arabia.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the White House had already denied receiving any information regarding Tsarnaev or the Boston Marathon bombing from the Saudi government.

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We already know that Russia tried to warn us (on multiple occasions) of the potential radicalization of the Tsarnaev brothers. And this morning we found out Saudi Arabia may also have tried to alert the U.S. government to the national security threat the older brother, Tamerlan, posed.

TheBlaze.com reported:

As news about the Tsarnaev brothers continues to emerge, it seems Russia may not have been the only foreign nation to warn the United States that the older brother, Tamerlan, was a potential security risk. A senior Saudi government official told Daily Mail that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sent a written warning to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012. According to the source, the letter was pertaining to Tsarnaev and potential terror threats.

The report was allegedly “very specific” and warned the U.S. government that “something was going to happen in a major U.S. city.”

The Department of Homeland Security and the White House have both categorically denied ever having seen or received such a report from the Saudi Arabians.

“It's just another exciting day with some developments that definitely did not happen with Saudi Arabia. Pay no attention to Saudi Arabia, they are a dear, dear, close wonderful, almost like family kind of relationship country to us,” Glenn said sarcastically to open the radio show this morning.

“So somehow or another, Saudi Arabia knew about this guy, but we didn't. We had no idea,” he continued. “The Saudi warning was separate from the multiple red flags raised by the Russians. And this one was based on human intelligence developed independently by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Citing security concerns, the Saudi government also denied entry of the elder Tsarnaev brother when he hoped to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.”

We can all remember the days following the Boston Marathon bombing, when the FBI went on TV with photos of Tamerlan and Dzokar Tsarnaev practically begging the public to help them identify the brothers. But we have since learned we had warning from the Russians and Saudi Arabians, in addition to the FBI having personally looked into Tamerlan in 2011, and yet we still are led to believe the FBI had no idea who these men were.

“Is anybody else insulted by this,” Glenn asked.

The answer, sadly, seems to be NO. “It doesn't make any sense. You're being lied to from top to bottom,” Glenn said.

For those Back to the Future fans out there, Glenn compared this moment to the steam train in Back to the Future Part III. “Remember when they get on the steam train,” he asked. “And they have to hit these certain marks and have to be going a certain speed, otherwise, the train tracks end and the train goes off and they don't go back to the year 1985? That's kind of like where we are now.”

Unfortunately, when our train goes off the bridge, the implications are far worse than zooming back to 1985. “We end up in the canyon,” Glenn said. “We don't zoom back to 1985, even though that would be pretty sweet.  Ronald Reagan would still be president. Instead, we just go off into the canyon.”

“But there is a mile marker that we have hit,” he concluded. “And it's not only just the Saudi Arabians and our denial and our press.”

This story has been updated.

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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