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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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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