Three Things You Need to Know - September 19, 2017

Russia returns.

Like your crazy ex who just won’t go away, Russia is back.

Last night we received two bombshells in the Russia investigation: 1. US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election. 2. Mueller prosecutors told Manafort that they planned to indict him.

Let’s start with number one.

According to sources that spoke with CNN, Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation in 2014 that looked into a number of consulting firms that did work with Ukraine’s former ruling party.

The second surveillance warrant came after the government intercepted communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives.

And number two.

On top of investigating Trump associates’ communications with Russian operatives, Mueller has Manafort under investigation for possible violations of tax laws, money-laundering and requirements to disclose foreign lobbying.

After the FBI raided Manafort’s house, investigators told Manafort he would face criminal charges.

Bottom line: if these reports are true, that level of corruption close to the president is disturbing. Especially since the corruption is tied to our number one geopolitical foe. But to be clear, these reports don’t mean Manafort is guilty of anything. Yet.

Pelosi got what was coming to her.

If you live by lawlessness, you die by it.

That’s the double-edged sword Democrats are starting to be cut by.

Nancy Pelosi experienced it first-hand yesterday at a Dreamer press conference in San Francisco. She looked helpless and even scared as pro-immigration activists shouted her down using the same tactics Occupy Wall Street used on conservatives just a few years ago:

How did Pelosi not see this coming?

When Democrats used hurricane relief funding as ransom for a budget deal, hardly anyone on the left batted an eye. But now, they’ve basically done the same thing with DACA. They’ve shelved it to pursue legislation that’s already failed. In other words, they’re holding it ransom while they watch the political fallout from another failed bill.

Does anyone who believes in open borders and mass amnesty still think Democrats care about DACA children? Of course they don’t and more people on the left are waking up to that.

Sure, Trump, Schumer and Pelosi are making deals. The problem is that they’re bad for both sides. A vast majority of those on both the left and right want radical change. What happens when all they get is four to eight more years of the status quo? And maybe the better question is, who will rise up to promise them something different?

College diversity crisis?

Diversity, for diversity’s sake, is meaningless.

For America’s college education industry, however, diversity is very meaningful. And apparently, diversity at America’s elite colleges is in jeopardy.

According to The New York Times, 15 percent of American 18-year-olds were black and 22 percent Hispanic in 2015, yet college freshmen at elite colleges were only 6 percent black and 13 percent Hispanic. Those numbers were lower than they were in 1980.

For progressives, this signals a crisis. The New York Times says these colleges need to go above and beyond affirmative action to fix this problem.

A Georgetown law professor says elite colleges will only reflect America’s overall diversity when colleges “blow up the system” of admissions. She even proposes that colleges stop using standardized test scores in the admission process.

We’ve got to stop it with the diversity hand-wringing. Affirmative action is inherently unfair. Perhaps it started with good intentions, but like most progressive ideas, it imploded.

How about an admissions system that is simply merit-based? That may be too much to ask at this point.

Maybe it’s time to look at how much we’re paying for an education. College is insanely expensive. Even though our elite colleges have endowments in the billions of dollars --- all tax-exempt --- tuition is more expensive than ever. College is big business and progressivism and affirmative action are all part of the game.

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Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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WATCH: Dem goes to Trump rally and realizes Dems are screwed in 2020

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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(Part One) . (Part Two). (Part Three).

Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.

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After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.

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Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."

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There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.

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Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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