One contestant heads to prison, the other to a bar on this week's Pursuit of the Truth

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By Steve Krakauer

We enter the second episode featuring our semi-finalists with a look at two vastly different filmmakers and subjects for their films. Joshua Ligairi, making the film "Plan 241," is based in Utah, and will focus on a militia leader in Alaska who was arrested by the FBI for what he said, not what he did. Dan Quigley, who is directing the renamed-film "As Much Truth As One Can Bear," is based in New York City, and will focus on the journey of a transgender heavy metal rocker.

Their task as semi-finalists is to complete a two-minute sizzle reel, giving the judges and the audience a taste of what would be to come. Will they make the cut to become finalists?

Ligairi had a tough task to find relevant subjects for his movie, especially in such a short amount of time. He had three prospective people to interview - but all were imprisoned around the country. WIth that challenge on the table, the major issue he encountered was separate but no less daunting - he ran out of gas while on the road.

Ligairi worked that out, and began shooting some recreation scenes in a decommissioned prison. The look and feel was important - Ligairi hoped it wouldn't look like a "lame PBS thing." Following the shot there, he spent some time with his wife and two young kids before heading out for Alaska.

Over in Brooklyn, Dan Quigley was working on his sizzle reel at a bar/performance space, with Mina Cuputo, his film subject. Mina was formerly Keith Cuputo, lead singer of the band "Life of Agony" - that once was so big it toured with Metallica.

Dealing first with sound issues, then with hopeful bar patrons and finally with dogs, it was tough to get through interview #1 of the day. But with one done, and another with noted rock producer and talent scout Michael Alago, it was time for a quick Mina performance. "I would have to die for this film not to get made," said Quigley.

Will these two filmmakers make it to the finals? Find out in two weeks! But first, next week's episode features Chris Bell's film on prescription drugs and Kelvin Owens' film on the economy.

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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