An inside look at what's been happening at Mercury Studios

I just had a surreal day.

Films and TV shows are made here. Prison Break and Walker: Texas Ranger to name two.

Dinesh D'Sousa is filming his new movie on one of our stages and we have a film called The Revolutionary in production.

revolutionary Crews scout set locations for the film 'The Revolutionary' on horseback.

Over the last 60 days I have spent two intense hours with many of the GOP candidates. I have really gotten to know and respect Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Walker, Jindal, Santorum, Paul and Fiorina.

21804320441_e1a446d014_k Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina sits down for a one on one interview with Glenn.

I think the interviews with each have been some of the most informative interviews on who these people really are, not just their policies.

I have had many opportunities to do some pretty cool things, like two weeks ago someone asked if they could rent my Oval Office for a major film shoot and we are rebuilding it for them, and then today the Ted Cruz people were filming a doc on stage two. (We film many things on this stage. From episodes of "Dallas" and "GameStop" to national TV commercials.)

When I arrived to work today, I asked if I could see what they had planned. They allowed me to help set the shots and work with the crew. It was a crew that shot all of the mini docs for the Olympics. It was cool to be around such pros.

Pretty soon ADL came in and before we knew it, we were helping out on a pretty major piece for a guy who could be the next president! This is what I love about my staff. Some of them wouldn't vote for a Republican, but we all want to make these guys look their best and who they really are!

22308643178_7b3f4e0a83_o Presidential candidate Ted Cruz sits down for a one on one interview with Glenn.

It is a nice thing when you trust that the American people will figure it out. You never have to slight someone or film one in good light or the other in bad, like so many on the left do. (See Newsweek and the famous John McCain photo.)

It was about his faith and most of it was with his father. What a powerful story. Many in the audience were crying. The amazing thing is how closely it matches in exact reverse Barack Obama's story.

Every presidential candidate that has come by, I have offered our studios to and offered my help as there are so many in my company that believe that one of these guys could be the one that saves the Western way of life. There are many that we all (Mercury) would volunteer for. We need a good candidate.

We are so blessed. We have many really good candidates to chose from. Never in my life has there been a better field.

I said to one of the candidates before the debate last week, "please don't attack each other."

22483135862_49b4de45ef_k Presidential candidate Rand Paul sits down for a one on one interview with Glenn.

I wish we could get to a point to where they would all say, if I didn't win, I will help this guy win. I think the field is split in two. Establishment progressive Republicans and Constitutional conservatives.

You know that Kasich and Lindsay Graham would support Jeb. And Ted, Carson, Paul, Jindal and Santorum could support each other. Wouldn't it be nice if they would all move more as a block and explain the difference in choice with out tearing each other apart?

BTW, I also had a few minutes to speak with Ted about his memory thing. It is so cool. More on Monday.

Also, I think Marco Rubio is with me later this week for a couple of hours. I am very excited.

Who will be the first to speak about the immorality of capitalism as we are living it?

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Posted by Glenn Beck on Friday, October 30, 2015

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.

President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job of keeping his campaign promises so far. From pulling the US from the Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the president has followed through on his campaign trail vows.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

Watch the video above to hear Glenn Beck, Sara Gonzales, Doc Thompson, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray discuss the story.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar brings white fan onstage to sing with him, but here’s the catch

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a fan to come onstage and sing with him, only to condemn her when she failed to censor all of the song's frequent mentions of the “n-word" while singing along.

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“I am so sorry," she apologized when Lamar pointed out that she needed to “bleep" that word. “I'm used to singing it like you wrote it." She was booed at by the crowd of people, many screaming “f*** you" after her mistake.

On Tuesday's show, Pat and Jeffy watched the clip and talked about some of the Twitter reactions.

“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."