Cruz on Bergdahl release: We've effectively put a bounty on our servicemen

On Saturday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took 30% of the vote in a straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. He edged out Dr. Ben Carson for the honor. After appearing at the conference (you can watch his speech HERE), Cruz headed to New York City for several small fundraising events.

TheBlaze’s Mike Opelka attending one of the private events during which Cruz spoke about the actions the Obama Administration took to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Opelka recorded a portion of Cruz’s remarks, and after gaining permission from the Senator’s camp, Glenn played the comments on radio this morning.

“He's been bouncing all over this city doing fundraisers and talking to small groups… I sent it to Ted's people and they didn't have a problem with [playing] it,” Opelka explained. “I told them no faces will be seen, video is going to be shown, and no one's identified in the group. You can just hear Ted speaking.”

Listen to the audio below:

CRUZ: This morning I was on the George Stephanopoulos show. We spent a lot of the time talking about this exact exchange. Ambassador Susan Rice was on the show right before me saying what a wonderful, terrific thing it was, but it's not like we've changed our policy that we don't negotiate with terrorists.

Now, it's interesting. It had been U.S. pressure – we were pressuring the Taliban. ‘We won't talk with you unless you renounce all ties to Al-Qaeda.’ The Taliban responded, ‘Hell, no.’ And we said, ‘Okay, never mind.’ So we are negotiating with people that are openly affiliated with Al-Qaeda terrorists and negotiated for the release of five senior Taliban terrorists.

Now, one question that I would ask is: How many soldiers lost their lives to capture those five terrorists? What would this sergeant say to the men and women in his company who are dead in Afghanistan because they risked everything to go after these people, who, I might remind everyone, were responsible for slaughtering over 3,000 innocents on September 11th in New York and Virginia and Pennsylvania?

And we've also set a precedent. Every terrorist who's got someone at Gitmo, they want to set free. They know the way to do so: Just go find a serviceman. We've effectively put a bounty on our servicemen.

And so should we have gone after our soldier? Yes, we should have gone in there and killed the bastards that were holding him.


“I love that,” Stu said. “It's hard to disagree with that statement.”

Glenn also agreed with Cruz’s sentiment, though he admitted his statements might not go over well in some circumstances. As Glenn explained, even Jimmy Carter attempted to extricate American hostages.

“That's what the United States of America does,” Glenn said “You want your soldier back? The United States of America goes in and gets him. That's what it does. I mean you don't have a right to take our soldier.”

“Even Jimmy Carter made a lame attempt,” Pat added. “He gave it a shot. Not this guy.”

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COVID is back! Or that is what we’re being told anyway...

A recent spike in COVID cases has triggered the left's alarm bells, and the following institutions have begun to reinstate COVID-era mandates. You might want to avoid them if you enjoy breathing freely...

Do YOU think institutions should bring back COVID-era mandates if cases increase? Let us know your thoughts HERE.

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Both of Upstate Medical's hospitals in Syracuse, New York

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There was a time when both the Left and the Right agreed that parents have the final say in raising their children... Not anymore.

In the People's Republic of California, the STATE, not parents, will determine whether children should undergo transgender treatments. The California state legislature just passed a law that will require judges in child custody cases to consider whether parents support a child’s gender transition. According to the law, the state now thinks total affirmation is an integral part of a child’s “health, safety, and welfare.”

We are inching closer to a dystopia where the state, not the parents, have ultimate rights over their children, a history that people from former Soviet nations would feign repeating.

Glenn dove into the law AND MORE in this episode titled, "Parental Advisory: The EXPLICIT plot to control YOUR kids." To get all the research that went into this episode AND information on how YOU can fight back, enter your email address below:

If you didn't catch Wednesday night's Glenn TV special, be sure to check it out HERE!

The Biden admin has let in MORE illegal aliens than the populations of THESE 15 states

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There are currently an estimated 16.8 MILLION illegal aliens residing in the United States as of June 2023, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). This number is already 1.3 million higher than FAIR's January 2022 estimate of 15.5 million and a 2.3 million increase from its end-of-2020 estimate. Even Democrats like New York City's Mayor Adams Mayor Adams are waking up to what Conservatives have been warning for years: we are in a border CRISIS.

However, this isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010. In the first two years of the Biden administration alone, the illegal alien population increased by 16 PERCENT nationwide, imposing a whopping net cost of $150.6 BILLION PER YEAR on American taxpayers. That is nearly DOUBLE the total amount that the Biden administration has sent to Ukraine.

This isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010.

These large numbers often make it difficult to conceptualize the sheer impact of illegal immigration on the United States. To put it in perspective, we have listed ALL 15 states and the District of Colombia that have smaller populations than the 2.3 MILLION illegal immigrants, who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration. That is more than the entire populations of Wyoming, Vermont, and South Dakota COMBINED—and the American taxpayers have to pay the price.

Here are all 16 states/districts that have FEWER people than the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration.

1. New Mexico

Population: 2,110,011

2. Idaho

Population: 1,973,752

3. Nebraska

Population: 1,972,292

4. West Virginia

Population: 1,764,786

5. Hawaii

Population: 1,433,238

6. New Hampshire

Population: 1,402,957

7. Maine

Population: 1,393,442

8. Montana

Population: 1,139,507

9. Rhode Island

Population: 1,090,483

10. Delaware

Population: 1,031,985

11. South Dakota

Population: 923,484

12. North Dakota

Population: 780,588

13. Alaska

Population: 732,984

14. Washington DC

Population: 674,815

15. Vermont

Population: 647,156

16. Wyoming

Population: 583,279

POLL: Should the Government control the future of AI?

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Earlier this week, tech titans, lawmakers, and union leaders met on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of AI regulation. The three-hour meeting boasted an impressive roster of tech leaders including, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and others, along with more than 60 US Senators.

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The meeting was closed to the public, so what was exactly discussed is unknown. However, what we do know is that a majority of the CEOs support AI regulation, the most vocal of which is Elon Musk. During the meeting, Musk called AI "a double-edged sword" and strongly pushed for regulation in the interest of public safety.

A majority of the CEOs support AI regulation.

Many other related issues were discussed, including the disruption AI has caused to the job market. As Glenn has discussed on his program, the potential for AI to alter or destroy jobs is very real, and many have already felt the effects. From taxi drivers to Hollywood actors and writers, AI's presence can be felt everywhere and lawmakers are unsure how to respond.

The potential for AI to alter or destroy jobs is very real.

Ultimately, the meeting's conclusion was less than decisive, with several Senators making comments to the tune of "we need more time before we act." The White House is expected to release an executive order regarding AI regulation by the end of the year. But now it's YOUR turn to tell us what YOU think needs to be done!

Should A.I. be regulated?

Can the government be trusted with the power to regulate A.I.? 

Can Silicon Valley be trusted to regulate AI? 

Should AI development be slowed for safety, despite its potential advantages?

If a job can be done cheaper and better by AI, should it be taken away from a human?

Do you feel that your job is threatened by AI?