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."

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs

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I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.