Ted Cruz wants to make sure the IRS can’t limit your freedom of speech

On radio this morning, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined Glenn to discuss what he is doing to ensure those responsible for the IRS targeting of conservatives is held accountable. He also explained why is optimistic about 2016.

“Is anybody doing anything at all on the IRS,” Glenn asked. “I mean weren't we supposed to have some answers by now?”

“We were. And the current state of affairs with the IRS is, is shameful. This week, Glenn, I sent a letter to attorney General Eric Holder pointing out that it's now been eight months since the Department of Treasury Inspector General concluded the IRS had improperly targeted conservative and Republican Party groups,” Sen. Cruz said. “The day that news broke, President Obama told the country he was outraged, he was angry, and he was going to get the bottom of it... in the 8 months that's followed, not a single person been indicted.”

Instead, the person leading the investigation at the Department of Justice has been revealed to be an Obama campaign donor, and the FBI has publically said it does not plan on bringing charges against anyone involved. In his letter to Attorney General Holder, Sen. Cruz asked him to stand up and appoint a special prosecutor with “meaningful independence” to investigate the criminal conduct. Ultimately, Sen. Cruz believes the American people deserve answers so that they can be sure it will never happen again.

“Wait a minute, Senator. It's still happening,” Glenn interjected. “Read the New York Times today. They are targeting Hollywood. I mean this is the new McCarthyism. They are still targeting today and nothing is being done.”

“Actually on this one, I don't think it's a case of complicity as much as it is a case of just being ineffective on this,” Sen. Cruz responded. “In my view, the House of Representatives should appoint a select committee following the Watergate model.”

Sen. Cruz takes issue with the current model of committee hearings in which representatives have just five minutes to try to ask a question – typically without follow up – and the questions have no continuity because it is every man for himself.

“I'll give you an example. The head of the IRS under President Obama testified before the House and it was discovered that his name appeared on the White House visitor’s logs 157 times. Now that's more than any cabinet member under the Obama Administration… The head of the IRS during the comparable period under George W. Bush visited White House twice,” Sen. Cruz said. “Now, if we had a select committee in the House with the chief counsel who was an experienced prosecutor, he would bring that individual in and say, ‘Okay, we're going to walk through all 157 times. I want to see your notes. I want to see your agendas. I want to see who was there. We're going to talk about what was discussed at each one of those meetings.’”

On his website, Sen. Cruz has set up an information portal for concerned citizens who would like to learn more about what is being done in regards to the IRS scandal. The website allows citizens to comment through February on the IRS regulations that are looking to limit free speech.

You can access the website HERE.

Switching gears to the 2016 presidential election, Glenn expressed concern over the plummeting approval rating of the Republican Party. While Sen. Cruz was confident the Obamacare disaster and lack of leadership will haunt Democrats in the midterms and beyond, Glenn wasn’t so sure.

“A period of time I would look to for inspiration and encouragement is the late 1970s,” Sen. Cruz said. “I think where we are now is eerily similar to the late 1970s with a president in office with failed economic policies producing malaise and stagnation with affectless foreign policy and with a Republican Party that has lost its moorings.”

“If we're in the late 1970s that would assume that there was a Ronald Reagan on the horizon, somebody that might say, ‘I want to run for president. I have very strong values, and you can look at my track record,’” Glenn interjected. “Do you know of anybody like that that's thinking of running for president of the United States?”

“Well, look, what I'll say on this is: I hope there are an abundance of Reagans out there,” Sen. Cruz said laughing. “I think every person who might be thinking about it, the path that they ought to follow is to stand up and help lead the fight.”

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Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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WATCH: Dem goes to Trump rally and realizes Dems are screwed in 2020

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.


After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.


Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."


There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.


Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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