Glenn Beck talks with Dirk Kempthorne


Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne

GLENN: 888-727-BECK, it's Closed Line Friday. We have the secretary of the interior, Dirk Kempthorne, on with us. Hello, Dirk, Mr. Secretary, I'm sorry.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: I'm good, Glenn. And call me Dirk. That's fine.

GLENN: I really want to like you, I really do but you hack me off with the polar bear thing.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: We had that discussion.

GLENN: I know we did. I just, I can't believe that there was nothing you could do about keeping them off the endangered species list.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: Yeah. The problem is, Glenn, their habitat is the ice and it's melting and we have the NASA and the USGS satellite photographs and everything. That's why I put them on the threatened, not endangered.

GLENN: Right. But doesn't their population count at all?

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: It does.

GLENN: Population has gone up from 5,000 to 25,000.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: It has. And much of that is based on hunting has been restricted. In this ruling we found oil and gas activity has no effect on the polar bear and since 1972 we have been operating under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which is more stringent than the Endangered Species Act. So on this ruling I simply married the two together so that the activities of those that have been operating for 30-plus years under Marine Mammal Protection Act, they understand how it works and so it doesn't change how they operate.

GLENN: Okay. Let me talk about what the President didn't do that I don't understand. Why didn't the President say, enough of no offshore drilling, let me rescind my executive order. I know that it wouldn't start it up but at least it would have been the first step towards it.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: That's correct. He wanted to find an incentive for congress that would say, all right, I'm now ready to lift my withdrawal, you do the same thing and let's get going. It also allows for the states to have input and the President being a former governor, respects the rule of states and so he said he's ready to put the key in. He will turn his -- and we just need congress to now do the same.

GLENN: But why wouldn't it put more pressure on if he turned his key?

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: Again it's not an incentive to say there's a factor. You can't use an executive order with regard to withdrawal. That's not a factor. We're ready to go and let's send a signal.

GLENN: But wait, it's not like a nuclear -- we are not sending nuclear missiles, you don't have to turn the key at the same time. Let's just say Barack Obama gets in but, you know, we have a Republican congress for, you know, some -- hey, a meteor could hit us in the middle of the night and we now have an executive order key that hasn't been turned but we do have a congress key that we could turn and now we're stuck again. Why wouldn't he just turn his key?

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: Well, let's hope that we get enough pressure on congress to do something that the American families let congress know that this $4 a gallon gas just is having a real impact on us and the President has now said his withdrawal is ready to go. It's not a factor and let's have congress now cooperate. We need to do it cooperatively and that is something we do need to establish in Washington and this also gives the states an opportunity for input.

GLENN: Okay. Tell me a little bit about the resources that we do have here in the country.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: Off the coast we have 85% of developable resources that are off limits to development currently, 85%. For us in this supply and demand predicament to say to the foreign producers of oil, you need to increase your supply, when we don't do it here at home is not right. And so we have the technology which we've demonstrated. We know how to do it with the greatest of environmental sensitivity and we now need to say let's get going.

GLENN: Is it true that there is more seepage, natural seepage at the bottom of the sea coming up from oil than there would be if we were drilling for oil?

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: We have 150 times more natural seepage than we get seepage from the oil and gas platforms.

GLENN: So it's a naturally occurring event to get the seepage.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: Oh, yes, absolutely. And in fact, up in the tundra, in the Alaska you have seepage and for decades and decades they will cut out pieces of the tundra with that oil in it and they use it as fire starter.

GLENN: And the CO2 from coal, can that now be sequestered safely and put down back into the ground?

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: Well, the science is being developed and, you know, it looks like great promise.

GLENN: Is it possible to be energy independent in this country with all of the resources that we have?

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: I don't know when we would achieve that independence, Glenn, but I'll tell you we could make significant strides in reducing our reliance on foreign sources of our energy. That's what we should be doing. We need to get going on the oil and gas development. And again, you look at the record down there in the Gulf of Mexico. 4,000 oil and gas platforms. When Katrina and Rita hit, which was the worst hurricane in our history, 3,000 of those oil platforms were in the direct line of fire of those hurricanes. All systems worked. The valves under the floor of the ocean were shut off. No major seepage. No loss of life. It just shows you that we do have the technology when we get going. In the United States where we're on the land and doing this, we now what used to traditionally be 10 acres were wellhead, we're getting it down to now 1/2 an acre per wellhead because of directional drilling which we've learned to do from the offshore activities. You can go down and go in any direction up to 10 miles underground and tap the reserves.

GLENN: Harry Reid says that this is just more of the failed policies of the past, going we can drill our way out of this problem.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: We need to have a mixed portfolio but the President has directed this department. We're doing a variety of things on alternatives such as geothermal, solar, wind-power, looking at wave currents, et cetera. But on the alternative, and renewable sources of power, but I don't think anybody believes that we're going to somehow overnight not need the fossil fuels for the foreseeable future. They are very much a part of our necessity for economic activity and our national security.

GLENN: If you don't think anybody believes that, then explain to me what the Democrats do believe.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: We're in a political climate right now and again, the President's been very forthcoming in saying, all right, his withdrawals, his executive order are not an issue. He's ready to lift them.

GLENN: I understand that, but -- because the only -- look, Mr. Secretary. We're looking for somebody to tell us the truth. We're looking for somebody to make sense to us, and the only thing that we can make sense, that makes sense to most people is let's start looking for our own resources, let's develop other things, let's go ahead and put nukes on the table, let's put wind on the table and solar power but so many people in Washington won't do that, the Democrats won't do those things but, you know, honestly, Mr. Secretary, the answer of the President not turning his key doesn't make sense to me but, you know, I'm not going to get a straight answer, I don't think, on that. Will somebody please do something.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: It's not a matter of not getting a straight answer. We've given you a straight answer. I'm just not going to try to articulate why the Democrats won't do it. I don't understand it.

GLENN: No, I don't, either. I'm not asking you to speak for the Democrats. I was on the President but, you know, that's a different story. I got the answer to that.

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: Okay.

GLENN: I just can't figure it out. And we are in deep, deep trouble, are we not, sir, if we don't move?

INTERIOR SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE: My goodness. Ask American citizens. Ask the men and women that are trying to run a business that now have the rising energy costs and what it's doing to their bottom line.

GLENN: Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary.

Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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