Three Things You Need to Know - November 15, 2017

Death of the individual mandate.

Susan had a decision to make.

She could buy healthcare for her and her husband or not.

It was a difficult decision because both options would hurt them financially.

She calculated that she would have to spend more than $12,000, including premiums of nearly $500 a month and a $6,850 deductible, to get anything beyond preventive benefits from the cheapest exchange plan available to her through the Affordable Care Act.

That was a great deal more than paying the $1500 penalty.

So, Susan decided to take a chance and not buy healthcare. Instead, she would pay for her family’s doctor’s visits out of pocket and if something catastrophic were to happen, she said: “I feel like it’s better just to die.”

It may be a little dramatic, but Susan’s situation is not unique. In 2016, 6.5 million Americans, in order to comply with the individual mandate in Obamacare, decided to just pay the penalty instead of buying healthcare.

The individual mandate has been an unconstitutional nightmare since it was signed into law.

But today there is hope that we can forget this whole mandate fever dream for good.

The Senate Republicans have added the repeal of the individual mandate to their tax reform plan.

It’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Stopping unconstitutional laws and not starting them is a good rule of thumb for this administration.

Roy Moore Update

How many more hits can Roy Moore absorb before he drops out of his Senate race?

Last night, the RNC withdrew its financial support of Moore’s campaign.

Also, yesterday Paul Ryan called for Moore to withdraw from the race and Mitch McConnell said if elected, Moore will face an immediate Ethics Committee investigation – yes, the Senate actually has one of those.

Moore tweeted that “the fight has just begun” and that McConnell’s days as Senate majority leader are numbered. He used the catchy hashtag “DitchMitch.”

Moore’s wife, Kayla, has been using Facebook to try to defend her man. She shared a story yesterday claiming the “Olde Hickory Restaurant,” where one of the alleged sexual assaults by Roy took place, did not exist. A few minutes of research in an old-fashioned establishment called the town library, however, confirmed that the restaurant did in fact exist.

Mrs. Moore also shared a letter signed by 53 pastors urging people to vote for Roy. The letter praises Moore for things like “his immovable convictions for Biblical principles.” That’s good, right? Yeah, except that letter was written in August. And Mrs. Moore’s re-post left out the date, implying that this endorsement is current. So far, three pastors have said they’d like their names removed from the letter.

Despite this circus, Moore still leads his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, by 6 points.

The fact that Moore is still ahead tells us exactly what’s wrong with our politics. And it’s not that Moore is guilty, yet still in the race because we don’t know that he’s guilty for a fact. I believe these women’s stories, but we don’t know for certain he actually did those things. Our problem is a total lack of consistency – on the Left and the Right. Listen to what Jake Tapper said about this on CNN…

Thank you! Finally. Was it that hard for someone on the Left to admit this? In the 1990s, Bill Clinton’s accusers described events that had happened within the previous 10-20 years. Roy Moore’s accusers are talking about things that happened 40 years ago. Why then, have the Moore allegations received nearly instant acceptance, even though the allegations are twice as old? Again, I find the Moore accusers believable. But we must be consistent on both sides of the aisle. If we don’t, we are lying, and we lose all credibility.

Is this the end of Robert Mugabe?

This is not a military takeover. I repeat, this is not a military takeover.

That was what Zimbabwe Defense Forces announced yesterday when their military vehicles and more than 100 troops crowded the capital and at least three explosions were set off.

Mugabe’ army explained that they were, “only targeting criminals around Mugabe who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.”

Sure…sounds a lot like a military takeover to me.

The turmoil within Mugabe’s army comes after the 93-year-old dictator fired his deputy and longtime ally last week, who had the military’s support.

That deputy was next in line to run the country in the event of Mugabe’s death when he was swiftly dismissed and the ancient dictator appointed his wife Grace to that role instead.

That move is usually a big no-no within unstable dictatorships. That’s like “Dictator 101.” You can’t willy-nilly appoint your wife to the next highest position at the last minute and screw over your friends and not expect repercussions.

For 37 years, Mugabe has ruled supreme without a whisper of a military coup. But it looks like that is about to change, finally.

Maybe this will be a good thing. I have to imagine anyone overthrowing Mugabe will do a better job for Zimbabwe. But I could be wrong.

A spokesman for the Zimbabwe Defense Forces announced that "As soon as we accomplish our mission we expect the situation to return to normalcy.”

The problem is, the people of Zimbabwe have never known normalcy. And whatever the Zimbabwe Defense Force’s idea of normal is—it’s nowhere close to the normal we know.


A town in Sweden is under fire after denying requests to ring church bells in the 1990s and the 2000s but recently approving a mosque's request to conduct a weekly Islamic call to prayer.

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Authorities in the town of Vaxjo in southern Sweden have given the local mosque a one-year permit to recite the call to prayer every Friday for about four minutes. But Fr. Ingvar Fogelqvist of St. Michael's, the local Catholic church located about a mile from the mosque, says similar requests to ring church bells were denied.

On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this story and favorable bias toward the Muslim faith. The issue isn't that the Islamic call to prayer is allowed; it's that all religions are not being treated equally.

Somebody might want to check the temperature in hell, it might be just a tad chillier than normal.

If you missed Friday's episode of The Glenn Beck Program, you missed something you probably never thought you'd see in this timeline or any other. Glenn actually donned President Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" hat and laid out the case for why he thinks Trump will win in a landslide in 2020.

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Bottom line: Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media may have pushed Glenn to this point, but believe it or not, Trump's record will make this next election a walk in the park for number 45. At this point, the sitting president has done enough to earn even Glenn's vote.

Glenn broke down what he thought were the 10 biggest campaign promises that — unlike those made by most politicians — Trump actually kept.

10. Impose a 10% repatriation tax to bring jobs back to America

Not all of Trump's promises were good ones, but regardless of what the consequences may be — he did keep this one.

"Now, I think this one is dangerous," Glenn said on radio Friday. "He did it. Ten percent. Bring all of your money back into the United States. It will create jobs. Yes. It will also create inflation. But it's creating jobs."

9. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

This has been one of Trump's most passionate issues.

"The stop the TPP. Uh-huh. Right. Sure you are. Uh-huh. Yes. He did," Glenn admitted.

8. Withdraw from the disastrous Paris Climate Accord

Glenn found himself eating crow on this.

"I'm on record saying he will never do that because his daughter is a huge global warming person and he only listens to the family. Eh. Wrong," Glenn said with a puff of crow feathers coming from his mouth.

7. Bring North Korea to the table and rein them in

This looked impossible. Not so.

"'I'm going to bring North Korea to the table.' Are you? Everybody has tried to do that," Glenn said. "Now, they're at the table. We don't know what's going to happen. So the result of that is unknown. But has anybody else done that?"

6. Stop over-regulation and jump-start the economy

It's the economy, stupid.

"Does anybody feel like America is beginning to get on track somewhat economically? You know why? Because he fulfilled another promise," Glenn said. "Stop over-regulating the American people. Give them their money. Give the companies the opportunity to expand and bring their money back into the country, and maybe they'll build buildings. Maybe they'll build offices. Maybe they'll build new products. Maybe they'll build new factories. Maybe they'll hire a bunch of people."

Glenn went on.

"Now, I know Seattle is trying to do everything they can to make sure everybody in their city is homeless and unemployed, but the rest of the country is enjoying the feeling of, wow, maybe things are going to be okay."

5. Reverse Obama's executive orders

If you're like Glenn, you've gotten used to politicians promising "no new taxes," but you can really tell they're lying if their lips are moving. Guess what? That's apparently not Trump.

"The executive orders? Yeah. He's reversed a lot of Obama's executive orders," Glenn said. "These are outrageous promises."

4. Pull out of the Iran nuclear deal

No big deal...

"'I'm going to cancel the Iran Deal.' Yep. None of these are small. You know, I've got maybe ten minutes. I think we can get that done in the first term. And they did," Glenn said.

3. Give tax cuts to middle-class Americans

Maybe this could have been better, but we'll take it.

"I don't like the tax cut. I think he could go a lot further," Glenn said. "But that's not even his job. His job is to sign things that Congress puts in front of him. Not to design it. You Republicans in Congress, you disgust me. You disgust me. 'Imagine what we could do if we had the House and the Senate and the White House.' I can imagine what you'll do — nothing. You'll do nothing."

2. Change strategy and defeat ISIS

The mainstream media have been radio silent on this.

"How about the president's — well, I know I can defeat ISIS. I know I can do it. I'll defeat ISIS. He did," Glenn said. "And did you notice no one in the press even talked about it? All of a sudden, we're not talking about ISIS anymore. How come? Oh, I know. President Trump. That's why."

1. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy

This one is a true game-changer.

"Now, every president will say to you, when he's running, 'I'm going to make Jerusalem the home.' Well, really? The home of the embassy. Really, are you? Because everybody says that, nobody does it. He did it," Glenn said. "And I think that's going to go down as the biggest game-changer possibly in my lifetime. This is going — it already is — it is changing the game in Iran."

Glenn continued.

"And when it does, this president is going to come out and say something directly to those people, that we support them," he said. "And that's going to add fuel to the fire. And you might see a regime change and a collapse of the Islamic regime in Iran. And it will be 100 percent Donald Trump that made that responsible. One hundred percent. You're going to see changes because of this. He kept that promise. A promise I said, he's not going to do that. Nobody is going to do that. He did."

One chapter of ISIS has ended, but another may be starting


For the most part, ISIS has fallen in Syria and Iraq. But before we celebrate the demise of this awful terrorist group, before we let our guard down, we should zoom out a bit, because ISIS is spreading. ISIS has largely just scattered out of the region as if someone turned on the kitchen lights and they scrambled.

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The Wall Street Journal spoke with Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang University in Singapore. “Although Islamic State's ideology has suffered, it still has a huge potential," he told them. “Islamic State has entered a phase of global expansion, very much the same way al Qaeda extended globally in late 2001."

ISIS has spread into West Africa, and throughout much of Southeast Asia, and, as is typical of ISIS, they have done it violently, with a sick venom.

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

Again, from the Wall Street Journal: “One chapter of ISIS has finished and another is beginning," said Hassan Hassan, a specialist on Islamic State at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington. “Their resurgence is coming sooner than expected."

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.