Trifecta: Obama’s third major scandal in just days

The Department of Justice illegally tracked twenty phone lines at the Associated Press in order to track down identity of a whistleblower. For years Glenn has highlighted how this administration went after whistleblowers - this sends a clear warning message to anyone thinking about ratting on the government. Glenn went through the latest scandal plaguing the administration on radio this morning.

TheBlaze reported:

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and home phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.

"This administration is going after whistleblowers like there is no tomorrow. So there was a whistleblower they went after; they seized all of the records. Now the AP says that this is outrageous," Glenn said.

"Now, will the press actually care? Because members of the press, it used to be just people like me. This is what we warned. When we asked the president ‑‑ the White House said that they were monitoring the communications of some members of the press, and I remember we called the White House: Could we find out who's on that list? Are we on the list? Neither confirm, nor deny. And we were passed back from agency to agency. Okay. And I remember saying on the air, 'Members of the press, don't you care about this? You don't care that they have said members, some members of the press are being monitored. You don't have a problem with that?' No. Well, now all of a sudden the AP has a problem," Glenn said.

Glenn said he hoped this scandal prompts a wider investigation into what information is being gathered on American citizens, not just those in the press. He pointed to stories that have been out there for years where agencies like the NSA have been collecting information on private citizens.

"AP, you should be ashamed of yourself. All of a sudden you care. We have people, we have several sources that we have to meet with, and they have met with us at their own peril. They're not talking about ‑‑ they're not talking about just being fired. They're talking about being fired, they're talking about losing their life, losing their livelihood, losing their reputation, possibly going to jail for the rest of their life," Glenn said.

"We used to have whistleblower protection laws. We don't. We don't anymore because the press will not cover it," he continued. "This is not a game. This is not conspiracy stuff. This is stuff I grew up watching in movies. It's happening, America. And the AP is worried about their phones being monitored or their records being taken for a month. "

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.

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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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