The Saudi King is dead - but who’s replacing him?

The king of Saudi Arabia is dead at the age of 90 today and there’s been lots of conversation about his legacy today. But who is the new king set to replace him? Given he’s known as the ‘war prince’ what does this mean for the future prospects of stability in the Middle East? Glenn had his researcher join the show to discuss.

Below is a rough transcript of this segment:

GLENN: So we brought Jason in. He's one of our researchers. Jason, what did you do in the military.

JASON: I was military intelligence, both counterintelligence and analysis.

GLENN: So -- so here's what -- here's what Jason said. He's on our research team. And he kind of poked his head in during the break when we said, what do we know about the new Saudi -- the new Saudi king, on replacement, the prince? What do we know?

JASON: We have been looking at him for a little bit. He's basically considered the war prince. He --

GLENN: Hang on there. That sounds good, doesn't it? That's a positive move. We got the war prince in.

STU: I'd be very upset if he was known as the peace prince.

GLENN: That would be terrible.

JASON: So he and two other of the next successors to the throne are all pretty militant.

GLENN: How do you mean militant? Islamic militant.

JASON: No, not Islamic militant. They've been pushing for solidarity and attacking radicalism --

PAT: That's good, right.

GLENN: Notice he did not say yes.

JASON: It's hard to say when you're talking about the Saudis and which way they'll take it.

PAT: Yeah.

JASON: One day they that I they're going to attack ISIS and behind the scenes --

GLENN: They're attacking us.

JASON: On the other end.

GLENN: So the war prince is the guy coming in. What does it mean that Yemen is collapsed today? Are these two related at all and what does it mean?

JASON: Very interesting to see how aggressive he'll get with that because Yemen has basically been toppled by Houthi rebels and the Houthis are a branch of Shiites -- there's not 12ers. I think they're considered 5ers, actually, so there's close to Sunis than say Iran is.

GLENN: Okay.

JASON: But Iran has been rumored to and they most probably are supporting.

PAT: So they're waiting for the 5th Imam not the 12th Imam squares after that they don't recognize.

GLENN: So bizarre, so bizarre.

PAT: So is he in a well also?

GLENN: No, just the 12.

PAT: Just the 12th, all right.

GLENN: Are you mocking?

PAT: Not at all.

GLENN: All right.

PAT: Not at all.

GLENN: Because we know what whens when you mock. You dare mock the fifth, the seventh, the ninth, the first, or the 12th. Dangerous stuff.

JASON: It's not uncalled for at all for a more militant Saudi king to see a Houthi government that's backed byane in Yemen -- by Iran in Yemen for him to see it as a clear and present danger and want to do something about it.

PAT: How long have they been talking about anotheris? I lost a toothi and I put it under you are my pillow.

STU: Take a sand here, Jason. Are they youth or not. Don't say they're Houthi. Are they youth or are they not Houthi.

JASON: They are Houthi.

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GLENN: Let me ask you this, Jason. Does this -- does this accelerate the instability and chaos in the Middle East? Or is it business as usual?

JASON: It definitely has the potential to escalate it depending on how he handles -- if he's not as reserved as -- the former king is, it definitely has the potential to.

GLENN: To destabilize.

JASON: Yes.

GLENN: So let me switch gears. I sent you a piece of information yesterday. I saw -- I'm at the Billy Joel concert and I'm sending Jason a research something. I said, could you verify this for me. It's a missile that, quote, has just been found on a platform. Almost like an Atlas or ICBM rocket just been found by satellites. In the deserts just outside of Torhan. And the president just said, oh, they've halted you a that stuff. They're not -- all that stuff. They're not doing any of that. And now there's this missile sitting on a launchpad. And A, did you verify that that picture is real? Do you know yet?

JASON: Looks real.

GLENN: Okay. And what does that mean? Where did this come from? Did that come from the Israelis? The Israelites or the Jews?

JASON: So that was released via an Israeli news station, like Channel 2 News I believe it was. It definitely appears to be real. I highly doubt that they stumbled on that by themselves.

GLENN: So is this -- is there a connection at all to the president is not going to meet with -- and this is really bad. The president is not going to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu. I guess there's some leaked information back and forth that we're all pissed about and they're pissed about. Boehner is having him up to speak to the Congress. He's getting obviously the snub from the president. Is this going to play -- is this a thumb in the eye, this -- you know, released picture now of -- showing the president doesn't have a clue or is lying to the American people?

JASON: I would say no question about it. I mean, the president came out in the State of the Union and said their nuclear program had halted since they signed the agreement. It was no longer active, you know. The day after -- you know, Boehner invite Netanyahu to come talk to Congress, and then a day after that -- and specifically that he invited them come and talk about the danger that Iran posed. A day after that he made this invitation, this video of this ICBM, 100-foot ICBM gets leaked to Israeli news. I guarantee you that's going to be one of the main points of discussion that he brings up.

GLENN: With us last thing. Let me change gears here. What's our next special. Is it on the NSA and spying, the history of spying? Squares that's right.

GLENN: That's next month? Squares I believe it's February the 10th-ish.

GLENN: Jason is a brilliant guy. Been with me a long time. But we decided to do a series of specials called the roots and we just did one on Russia and I wanted to do one on the history of spying because you know, everything -- there's going to be no secrets here soon. But I'm going up to New York and I have never heard of this. And you know me, I love history and I love New York history. Where is the place you're taking me to do part of this special next week?

JASON: The Black Chamber.

GLENN: Listen to this. Tell the story quickly.

JASON: So there was a really brilliant man. His name is Herbert Yardley. He was recruited back in -- when the you know entered World War I. He went and broke most of the German codes during that time. Brilliant, brilliant man. Came back to the states after the war was over and then as soon as the war was over, he should have been shut down but he wasn't. Instead, they made a deal under the table with the state department to keep his program alive. You would think that you know, just hearing about a -- you know, the -- you know, the NSA spying in on their own citizens started now around the Edward Snowden times, when all actuality, it started back in 1999 with this guy named Yardley.

GLENN: Woodrow Wilson. And this is a townhouse. The Black Chamber?

JASON: I think today it's being used as a townhouse, an apartment building. You'd never know what it was just by looking at it.

GLENN: what it was is all of the messages, Western Union, and everything, correct me if I'm wrong, Western Union and everything, it all came in to that place and they were reading all traffic. 1919. Nothing has changed.

PAT: It's amazing.

GLENN: Nothing has changed. The Progressives do what the Progressives do. Over and over again. Thanks, Jason. I appreciate it.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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