Atlanta is being held hostage by hackers. Should they pay up?

Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program to bring you a special bulletin: The city of Atlanta has been struck by intelligences greater than man’s. No, it’s not science fiction.

In fact, based on the paltry media coverage the incident has garnered, it doesn’t even seem to be all that sensational. But, nearly a week after a group of hackers led a ransomware attack on Atlanta, city government officials are still unable to use their computers.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told the press, “We are dealing with a hostage situation.” The hackers, who have not been publicly identified, have demanded a $51,000 ransom in bitcoin. When asked if the city is willing to pay the ransom, Mayor Keisha said, “Everything is up for discussion.”

The cyber attack on Atlanta, with a metro area population of roughly 6 million people, follows similar city-wide attacks, like last year’s cyber attack on Dallas, which triggered tornado sirens throughout the city. Cyber attacks have affected Japan, Israel and Canada.

Martians could land in the middle of Times Square and nobody would even notice.

In an increasingly technology-dependent world, the stakes are getting higher by the minute. For most of us, the threat is identity theft, and it doubtlessly is a problem. But the threat of cyberattacks on cities and nations often seems underplayed.

It would appear that a real-life War of the Worlds–type invasion would pass by as one more story in our inundated newsfeeds. At this point, Martians could land in the middle of Times Square and nobody would even notice.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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