Will this man unseat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor?

UPDATE: David Brat has defeated Eric Cantor. Full story via TheBlaze.

Primary season continues on Tuesday with voters in Virginia heading to the polls. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who represents Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, faces a formidable challenger in economics professor Dave Brat. While Brat has appeared on Pat & Stu and The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson, this morning marked his first appearance on The Glenn Beck Radio Program. Glenn spoke to Brat about his conservative beliefs and why he offers an important alternative to Cantor.

Glenn explained that he has been largely disappointed with the results of many primary races this election cycle. While Brat did not need to convince him that Cantor has over-sold and under delivered, Brad did need to convince Glenn that he is the candidate that deserves his support.

“You don't have to convince me that Eric Cantor is a guy who has sold us a load of goods,” Glenn said. “What you have to do is convince me why should I reach into my pocket and give you money today or do any work because a lot of people are listening to us going, ‘I don't believe in any of this stuff anymore.’ I mean I'm waiting for the hand of God. Why should I do that?”

“I’m on what I call the Plato plan. Plato said wait until you are 50, and you’re done with wine, women, and song. Eric Cantor has been a lifetime professional politician. I went to seminary. I have a PhD in economics,” Brat explained. “I am running on term lists for myself and everybody else. That is a huge differentiator. I'm running with a pledge to meet… people in every county once a month. I have nine counties in the city. That is a huge commitment to actually meet and represent the people. That's the job description: To be the representative of the people. It is that a clear. It’s that decisive.”

“He's backing big business 100%. He's throwing the people in the district under the bus with low wages, losses in jobs due to amnesty, Obamacare, regulations… and he’s doing nothing on entitlements,” he continued. “It’s why our country is in the ditch… We need free market principles, freedom loving conservative to get in office. I will do my best to tell the truth and make it happen.”

Cantor has been open about his support of immigration reform, and Stu asked Brat if he believes Republicans will have a tough time winning national elections in the future if immigration reform is not passed.

“We are told that they are never going to vote you. If the percentages continue to go in the way that they are going now, you are never going to win another national election,” Stu said. “So how do you do nothing here? What do you do to make people come along to your side of the argument, without breaking your principles?”

“It's easy. The Hispanic community has one awesome thing in common with us that, of course, our Republicans are too wimpy to point out: The Judeo-Christian tradition… They are great family people. They believe in the rule of law… We are making the assumption that they are in favor of some sort of illegal act. That's absolutely false. If we go down that road, it would be the worst thing we did,” Brat explained. “So we need a compassionate society, but it has to be built on the rule of law… We need to go to all people and sell the Republican principles. There's one reason all the people are coming here. We are the richest nation on earth. China is feeding 1.2 billion people. How did that happen? Because they are finally going free market.”

While Brat trails Cantor in the polls, he has cut Cantor’s lead to just 13 points. The GOP establishment is squarely in Cantor’s corner, outspending the Brat campaign 25 to 1, and Glenn encouraged his listeners to consider supporting Brat in anyway they can.

“Dave, the best of luck to you tomorrow. We need people like you to be able to get in and hold some of these guys’ feet to the fire,” Glenn concluded. “The Republicans are doing everything they can to destroy the idea of small government… For it to be this close says an awful lot.”

Learn more about Brat’s campaign HERE.

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.