John McCain isn't happy with Senators Mike Lee & Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz is making quite a name for himself these days. Not one who minces words, Cruz is not afraid to stand on his own against the political parties that control United States politics. Earlier this year, the conservative senator from Texas served as Rand Paul's wingman during the epic 13-hour filibuster. Wednesday, he took a stand against (very) senior Republican Senator John McCain.

The debate started over the start of the House-Senate budget negotiations. Senator Cruz objects to starting the negotiations unless Democrats take a debt limit increase off the table, while Senator McCain, on the other hand, wants the American people to 'totally trust' the GOP to cut spending and keep the debt limit down.

…because a current debt of 16 trillion+ is a reminder that they're so trustworthy.

Cruz had a few things to say about the Arizona Senator's advise to "trust" the GOP.

“The senior senator from Arizona (John McCain) urged this body to trust the Republicans. Let me be clear, I don’t trust the Republicans,” Cruz said on the Senate floor. “And I don’t trust the Democrats.”

Cruz continued, "Unfortunately, one of the reasons we got into this mess is because a lot of Republicans were complicit in this spending spree. And that’s why so many Americans are disgusted with both sides of this house. Because we need leaders on both sides…to roll up our sleeves, to compromise, to work together and fix the problem, fix the enormous fiscal and economic problems. Stop bankrupting our country.”

“And every Republican who stands against holding the line here is really saying, let’s give the Democrats a blank check to borrow any money they want with no reforms, no leadership to fix the problem,” he added.

"I love Ted Cruz," Glenn professed after hearing Ted Cruz strike down John McCain's statement.

"You have to thank the Lord for Ted Cruz, don't you?" Pat asked rhetorically.

Ted Cruz is not only unafraid to stand against the Democrats, he's more than willing to call out the GOP when they're not following the principals they claim to uphold. And while this makes him incredibly popular among the American people — especially grass roots conservatives — the congressional leadership is Washington isn't as receptive to his boldness.

Senator Mike Lee, another Senator actually fighting for the people in Washington, was the bearer of Senator McCain's frustrations to the new guard of conservative Senators making life a little less easy for Republican leadership.

Like Cruz, Senator Mike Lee of Utah also objects to initiating the House-Senate budget negotiations unless the debt-limit increase is taken off the table which seems to be frustrating Sen. McCain.

Thursday, John McCain took to the senate floor to "lecture" Sen. Mike Lee (and others) for 'paralyzing process'.

“Obviously you've got to ‑‑ you can predict the outcome.  The senator from Utah keeps talking about back room closed‑door deals.  It's the process of the Senate to appoint conferees and the House to appoint conferees, and those conferees come to agreement and then subject their agreement to an overall vote of both bodies.  If the ‑‑ if the senator from Utah wants to get rid of the, quote, back room, all of the other adjectives and adverbs that he used, then what is, what is the process?  What is the process?  How do we reconcile legislation that's passed by one body and the other body?  There's ‑‑ that's what we've been doing for a couple of hundred years. ”

McCain continued, “so all I can say is, has the senator from Utah got another way of reconciling legislation between the House and the Senate?”

"Yeah, my guess is he does," Pat responded about Lee after hearing the audio of John McCain. "Yeah, without the back room closed‑door deals.  I'll bet you Mike Lee could come up with a way."

"I bet you he can," Glenn added. "And to have John McCain lecture him on the rules and on the Constitution.  Mike Lee is a constitutional scholar.  And to have him be lectured by this guy who sold his soul to, you know, a party and a system years ago is obscene, and you should be ashamed of yourself, the senior extraordinarily, extraordinarily senior senator from John McCain."

The statements McCain made about Senators like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz "paralyzing the system" by refusing to move forward with negotiations are why conservative and libertarian Americans find this new class of congressmen so refreshing. Americans are sick of the system. They think it should be paralyzed or at the very least 'cleaned up.' The 'go-with-the-flow' attitude of congressional leaders, on both the right and the left, have gotten the country nothing but more debt and more divisiveness.

Senators like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul understand that you have to meet in the middle on some issues…they also understand that you don't have to comprise your principals to do that.

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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