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VOICE: And now, another scenario in which common sense was clearly not applied.

GLENN: Let's go to Brian Wilson from WSPD in Toledo, Ohio. Brian Wilson, what is happening in Toledo?

CALLER: Glenn, if I knew the answer to that, I'd be God.

GLENN: Or Barack Obama.

CALLER: Well, you are right, there is a synonymous thing there. You have become the actual Johnny Appleseed of freedom up there. You've morphed from deejay when I knew you the first time to talk show host to writing books like Common Sense and scattering them all around the country, maybe little seedlings of inspiration will grow in the minds of citizens.

GLENN: I hope to God you're right. I hope to God you're right. So Brian, I'm watching TV yesterday and I see that you're now enforcing a law in Toledo, Ohio that if you have a gravel driveway, you can get a ticket for parking on it.

CALLER: That is correct, sir. Well, as Judge Napolitano pointed out the other day, it's about a 50 year old law, might have extreme difficulty in actually getting it enforced, but when you're dealing with a guy our mayor here is kind of like Obama Light, no pun intended. He's an unvarnished version. He is a narcissist, he is a megalomaniac, he just doesn't have that Harvard training and community organizing polish that the president has.

GLENN: Sure, sure.

CALLER: That's the way it works. He's managed through his own fiscal irresponsibility the kind of axis of evil that we have here is kind of a Trifecta between the owner of the newspaper, the politicians, the union thugs to spend us into a 12, somewhere between $12 and $21 million deficit for the year, and his desperation for money is to send out his henchmen and try and make up the difference 25 bucks at a time.

GLENN: How exactly, Brian, does this guy keep getting reelected?

CALLER: Well, that's a great, that's a great question. It would probably take a whole segment to explain it to you the way Rust Belt cities have had drain brains and general economic depression, the people who said back, you know, stayed in town generally were the people who were being subsidized by the city at one end. The older people who lived here have their families here, retired here, own their homes here at the other end, and this big chasm in the middle of people from 18 to 55 years of age who all said, I've got to get out of here and find a place where I can make a living and have some fun and raise a family and, you know, in a great environment. And as a consequence the people who are left behind are totally dependent on the government, easy to scare, easy to encourage. They will vote for the guy who says I'll make the gravy train run on time, and there it is.

GLENN: How much trouble is Toledo in?

CALLER: Well, I think we reached the tipping point. You know, they have got an election coming up here. The radio station, WSPD, was successful in leading a recall effort against this guy. It's a little Draconian, but we were successful. Not as successful as we wanted to be as far as getting the problem immediately resolved but nevertheless it's on the record. It's there. I think this fall when the city council is up for election and the mayor's up for election and so on, we have an opportunity to actually change the direction 180 degrees and start realizing some of the potential that the area really has, which is bodacious. I mean, we've got a river, a lake, a port, we've got highways, we've got the crossroads of America with interstates and turn pikes, we've got airports, we've got truck lines. We've got everything we need to be an economic colossus. But the politicians stand in the way because they can't figure out a way to get the credit or to get in the pipeline for the money to make it all happen. That can change the fall.

GLENN: How do you think it's going to change in Ohio itself? I mean, you have a Republican Party that was just a nightmare.

CALLER: Yeah. Well, Ohio, Ohio has its own problems from the standpoint of not being a right to work state. You know, it's not business friendly. We've got a Democratic governor who is talking about education reform on one hand while attacking all of the positive aspects of charter schools, for example, that are doing great jobs here. Why would you want to move? Why would you want to move here? There are a lot of reasons you want to move here until you get to that boulder in the middle of the crossroads that is government regulation and idiots in office and things along that order. It's a difficult situation.

GLENN: Do you see anything changing? I mean, when the guy got busted in his own driveway for parking his car, who was it? Do you know?

CALLER: I don't know his name off the top of my head but he had been there for 45 years, when he bought that place, you know, that part wasn't even part of the city. They ingested, that they annexed that over the years.

GLENN: And he's always parked his car there?

CALLER: Always.

GLENN: And somebody had to go through the record books to see what laws they could enforce because that hasn't been enforced for 45 years. It actually came from a time when the gravel would hurt tires and so they didn't want you parking on the gravel because then it would make your car unsafe. So it's a completely outdated law. Somebody had to go through and try to find laws that they could enforce that nobody would know and basically entrap people. What happened when they started to enforce that? What's been the ramification of that?

CALLER: Well, the interesting part is one of our council folks that has a spine, a guy by the name of Michael Collins, it's in his district predominantly, he tried to get it resolved. He said, you know, this is a misapplication of a law that was in effect way back when. This is out of jurisdiction of the individual who wrote the citation; why don't we just go ahead and put this off to the side until the city council can reconsider the regulation and modify it so to bring it up into the 21st century. No. No, they are going to do that. Typical bureaucratic morass. But that's what happens when you get into a narco tyranny. Nevertheless he's tried to move the ball down field, constantly meeting resistance, mayor holds a press conference, got all the national headlines where's going to take behind this little Mermadon he's got working for him and stand by these citations, et cetera, et cetera.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

CALLER: It's just the way it is when you've got a petty tyrant on the second floor.

GLENN: Brian, great to talk to you, Brian Wilson, afternoons and program director at WSPD, great radio station in Toledo, Ohio that I think all of our listeners are outside the city limits of Toledo, Ohio. We'll talk to you again, my friend.

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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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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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