Glenn uncovers Ted Cruz's secret skill allowing him to quote Mitch McConnell exactly

During his visit to Glenn's studio last week for a one on one sit down conversation for TheBlaze TV, Senator Ted Cruz revealed something about the way his brain works most people probably didn't know about.

The skill? "Audiographic memory."

Glenn shared the details of what he learned on radio Wednesday.

"We had this really deep, philosophical kind of conversation about what it means to connect with people," Glenn said.

As Glenn's listeners might attest, Glenn told Cruz he connects with people with the heart, through stories. Cruz on the other hand said he tends to connect with the head, relying on his ability to remember and articulate all kinds of facts.

To that, Glenn questioned Cruz, "You have a photographic memory?"

"No, 'audiographic memory.' It's different," was Cruz's response. "I can remember every conversation exactly the way it happened."

Cruz then explained to Glenn that's what allowed him to put Mitch McConnell on the hot seat.

"He said, 'I can tell you exactly what Mitch McConnell said, and I can tell you it's exact,'" Glenn said.

While Glenn said he thinks having "audiographic memory is a massive plus," Cruz is apparently not comfortable talking about it.

"He's like, 'I just feel like everybody is going to think I'm a robot.' And I'm like, 'Ted, this is not a cross or a burden,'" Glenn said, "This is a good thing!"

Watch the clip below for more.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: So when -- when Ted told me this -- and, again, this is just a conversation we're having around the stage here before or after the interview. This is not a -- you know, this is just us sitting here chatting before takes. And I said, "You have a photographic memory?" He said, "No, audiographic memory. It's different." He said, "But when I hear something, and they say, this is what this bill means," he said, "as long as I've heard that bill, I can remember every conversation exactly the way it happened. And I can -- what comes down in my head comes down as file 305, and it's there."

PAT: That's why he could rattle off word-for-word what Mitch McConnell said to him.

GLENN: Correct. He used that as an example. He said, "I can tell you exactly what Mitch McConnell said, and I can tell you it's exact."

PAT: And that's why nobody disputed him. Because they know he's right.

GLENN: Correct. Because they know he's right. So he has this audiographic memory. And he said, "What happens is, when somebody says -- I always look prepared because when somebody says, well, this is what we're going to do." And I'll say, "Well, no, you're actually wrong for these six reasons." He said, "Because that's the way I think." He said, "File 305 comes down, and I can remember it, and six things pop out immediately. And I know, they're wrong six ways. And it makes me look like I'm just blustering. Because who can remember six things out of that?" He's like I can.

PAT: That's impressive though. That's incredible.

GLENN: What he was saying though -- and I was like, "Ted -- he's telling me, and my head is spinning. And he's telling me. "So like when I get down there -- you know, I pause or something because I'm trying to think, how can I say this differently because -- I can repeat what happened to me exactly the same way as it happened every single time." And he's like, "I just feel like everybody is going to think I'm a robot." And I'm like, "Ted, this is not a cross or a burden that the president -- this is a good thing." And he doesn't -- he's not comfortable talking about it. I guess somebody in the Wall Street Journal pointed this out.

JEFFY: Yeah, they talked about him winning the senatorship here in Texas and doing his 21-hour monologue. And they called it his near photographic memory. But as a side note, it also talks about how in high school he traveled around Texas reciting the Constitution and the words of the Founding Fathers. So, I mean, he knows it pretty good.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah, as long as it's been said to him out loud. As long as it's been read out loud, I think even if he reads it out loud, he told me that it imprints on him an audio file. That's -- I mean, are you kidding me? To be able to sit down -- if you could just watch all the tapes of Vladimir Putin, nobody is getting around him, man. You're sitting down, "Actually, no, that's not what you said." Yes, it is. "No, it's not. No, it's not." To have someone with a photographic or, in his case, an audiographic memory is a massive plus. A massive plus.

PAT: If I had to guess, I would think the only other president to probably have something like that would be Thomas Jefferson.

GLENN: Probably.

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."

Watch the videos below to hear Glenn's top takeaways from the president's defense team:

Part 1: Why the president's defense is 'very compelling'

Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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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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