What a relief!?! Holder tells press he'll stop spying...

According to the Washington Post, in an 'off the record' meeting with the press (most of whom boycotted), Attorney General Eric Holder said, "We won't spy on you anymore."

Who feels better?

As much as we'd like to, Eric Holders pattern of lying is hardly reassuring. Not to mention, "sorry, I won't do it again." would hardly cut it if there was a roll reversal. That's the problem when you give government too much power, they don't have to play by the same rules.

This morning on radio, Glenn read a report on the meeting that described the discussions that took place.

"Marty Barone, the executive editor of the Washington Post, said the news executives told the department officials that reporters were concerned about using their email and concerned about using their office telephones. Barone said it was a constructive meeting, they expressed their commitments to the President's statement that reporters would not be at legal risk for doing their job," Glenn explained. "The Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal noted that there was also renewed commitment to support federal shield laws for journalists."

Glenn continued, "After the meeting, Jim Warren, the Washington Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News, said: "Who knows what's going to happen if they practice what they seem to preach and try to change some laws, but we still feel they are very relevant. I think it's sort of an opening gambit. There was some specifics talked about, more of a legal and statutory nature."

Not exactly reassuring...

"For the love of Pete, what is wrong with you stupid people?" Glenn exclaimed after going through the report.

Judging by the attending media's comments, the concern seems more centered on what the government can do to protect them than about government overreach.

Glenn referenced In the Garden of Beasts, a book that depicts how the horror of the holocaust were able to occur through the culture of the German people and the silence & complacency of the press. Focusing on the importance of remembering history and what happens when it's ignored and society allows itself let the government obtain massive amounts of control bit by bit, Glenn noted that journalists should make the connection to what's happening with the DOJ now to history.

"It's such a ridiculous thing to dismiss history," he said.

But not only is history being disconnected by the current generation of journalists, Glenn explained that students in schools all across the country are being taught to dismiss the important events in history that serve as a reminder of what can happen when too much power is given to the state.

On tonight's Glenn Beck Program, Glenn sits down with recent college grads, one of which took a history class that taught by a self proclaimed communist...in Texas.

"He said, 'I'm a communist.'  And the commies are coming. And everybody laughed. Nobody got up and said, 'Why would I learn American history from a communist?  What is wrong with my university? How could you possibly expect me to pay for a world history class being taught by a communist? Wait a minute.  You mean the people who have burned books, who have distorted history?  Those people?'" Glenn explained.

Most young adults don't understand the danger communism poses on their individual rights. They don't fear an overreaching, tyrannical government.

And what the students ask Glenn tonight is this: How do we possibly fight people when most don't think that government is bad or scary?

These students, and many others like them, are being taught that the government doesn't go bad. President Obama even gave a recent commencement speech where he encouraged young graduates not to worry about tyranny.

Of course, days later scandal after scandal began to unfold around his administration. Scandals of intimidation, overreach, and targeting. So maybe Americans should listen to the voices warning of the possibility of a government becoming tyrannical if given too much power.

Stu noted how remarkable it is that teachers and the media would scoff at the idea of an oppressive government in a world where one of the most powerful countries is living under tyranny: China.

"A place where you can't have a certain amount of children. That's current. We're not talking about the '50s or the '20s. That's going on right now," Stu said. "That's China. That's a communist government. That's tyrannical over its people. They won't let you move freely around the internet and they block out free speech."

"They kill their own people — just shoots them," Glenn added. "China had a TV show about executions."

Not only did China have a TV show about the executions (still taking place in their country at an overwhelming rate), it was one of their most popular television programs.

"They had people come on that are like, 'I should have known better and I'm really sorry,' and at the end of the episode — boom," Glenn explained. "And it was their highest rated show, "The Execution Hour."

But, despite the current scandals, most roll their eyes at the thought of government tyranny ever being a possibility in the United States of America. And while it may be something to roll your eyes at in today's time, people are no longer being taught why they can roll their eyes at that. There isn't a good understanding of the Bill of Rights and why America is different.

"What is it, the state of man?" Glenn asked. "Does man always get better or does the natural state of everything in the universe shake it apart or does it build man up? It decays.  Everything decays."

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.