Glenn Beck: A good guy in Washington?

Congressman Chaffetz from Utah

GLENN: We have a guy who -- I don't know if he's a refounder or not because they don't tell me who the refounders are. He should be a refounder. Jason Chaffetz is a Congressman in Washington DC. He's from Utah and he's one guy who gets it and is always on the front line fighting for the right things. He has been helping us on the freedom of information to be able to find out what the hell is going on with Freddie and Fannie, especially in relations to the cap and trade business and the climate exchange, the Chicago climate exchange. Jason, Congressman, welcome to the problem

CHAFFETZ: Hey, thanks for having me on, Glenn.

GLENN: You are introducing a bill today?

CHAFFETZ: Today, yes.

GLENN: What is it?

CHAFFETZ: It's called the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack Transparency Act of 2010 and what it would allow us to do is issue FOIA, the freedom of information requests that the public can ask for, members of Congress, anybody can ask for to get the documents that are within Fannie and Freddie. Amazingly enough, they don't believe that they're subject to the questions -- even as a member of Congress, I'm on oversight government reform, I'm a ranking member and they won't answer my questions. So, we're going to have to change the law.

GLENN: And why do they say that?

CHAFFETZ: Well, I love this quote from this letter. You know, they're subject now to the Federal Housing Finance Agency and their general counsel, this Alfred Pollard, sent me a letter --

GLENN: Wait just a second. Hold on, hold on, hold on. Somebody in the watchdog community, do your research on -- what's his name?

CHAFFETZ: Alfred M. Pollard, P-o-l-l-a-r-d.

GLENN: And he's currently with whom?

CHAFFETZ: He is the general counsel for the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

GLENN: Find out what his connections are, find out where he came from and tweet that to us.

CHAFFETZ: I would love to know. I would love to know.

GLENN: Go ahead.

CHAFFETZ: All right. So, he sends me a letter and I'm asking for information specifically about Franklin Raines and what they are doing with -- what in the world they were doing getting passed for cap and trade issues, but he said by his determination it, quote, would be costly, burdensome and potentially unproductive, end quote. So, he's decided unilaterally that even though I'm requesting it as a member of Congress, he is not going to provide me any documents.

GLENN: Costly and unproductive?

CHAFFETZ: And burdensome.

GLENN: And burdensome. Well, I hate to burden them. They're already burdened enough with $1 trillion worth of debt. Jason, what have you find out on the outlet lock that they have the patent on?

CHAFFETZ: Well, they say in this letter that, oh, this is just a guy on staff and they were using it to try to make sure that it doesn't, you know -- it doesn't allow surges on computers. Well, bologna. I went, they went so far to get all their attorneys engaged and they went and got these patents and what it does is it allows you to take an individual unit, you can go up to the actual outlet and it says it's for home. It doesn't say it's for business.

GLENN: Right.

CHAFFETZ: And they go into their home and they can actually turn off your energy so you -- literally it locks down your energy in your home and the concern that some of us have is that if they're pursuing cap and trade, this would allow them to also go and say, do you know what, you've used to much energy this month, you're not going to be able to access the very outlet that's in your home.

GLENN: I mean, you are such a conspiracy theorist. By the way, have you purchased The Overton Window? It's available at book stores everywhere today. The conspiracy here is that you -- that that would ever happen, but if you look at all of the facts, cap and trade is done by all of the usual suspects through the carbon climate exchange. What they're doing is they're trying to sell communities and people this new technology, for instance, Van Jones says we're going to have criminals come out of prison and then they'll start making solar panels. Then they'll sell them to individuals. So you in your home, what they'll say is for your savings, you just pay us the difference on what your energy bill is now, you pay us how much you're saving and give us that money and we'll put all of the technology in your house. So, they go into your house, they put the technology of the solar panels in, they change your outlets, et cetera, et cetera. That's one piece of the technology they own the patent on. The second piece is the way to measure the carbon that you are burning in your home. Then they come at the end of the month and they say, okay, great. Energy cost is this. You know, you would have paid -- you would have paid this without this technology. So, pay us 10% of the difference. That's how they get paid, but if you don't pay, if you -- if something happens or if you use too much energy, this outlet can only be opened with a special tool that only they have the patent to. So, if they lock down your outlets, how do you get electricity?

CHAFFETZ: I love what they say. This is what Alfred Pollard wrote to me just on June 7th. He said, quote, the device prevent unauthorized or unqualified personnel from connecting equipment to outlets such as vacuum cleaners or heaters which may cause circuit overload, tripped circuit breakers and result in the loss of alteration of data residing on the computer systems powered by the same electrical network.

GLENN: Excuse me. When did we have a -- when did we have an outbreak -- why is Fannie Mae or Freddie Mack, why are they all of a sudden concerned about my circuit breakers in my home if my wife plugs in the vacuum?

CHAFFETZ: Well, she may be unqualified or unauthorized. You know --

GLENN: This is ridiculous.

CHAFFETZ: We smile and we laugh but at the same time, I take this very seriously because you have one of these very large organizations going out and getting a patent for this. What in the world were they thinking about whether they went and did this?

GLENN: You know what they were -- wait, wait. You know what they were thinking. This was Franklin Raines, one of the biggest -- he is -- and stop me if you disagree with this, Jason, but he is only next to -- what's the guy who's doing prison now? -- Bernie Madoff in scams. $90 billion in bonus money because he went and inflated all of the earnings. This guy should be in jail but because he has so many favors and so many friends, that he didn't go to jail, he just had to pay some of it back. The guy cooked the books at Freddie and Fannie. He's part of the whole climate exchange and, also, which goes down to emerald cities, which is all labor unions and leftist think tanks and they're the ones that are going to be installing the new outlets, the new carbon measuring in your home, and the new solar panels. Congratulations.

CHAFFETZ: Well, we have to get this bill passed, because the American people, the media, you know, members of Congress, we have to be able to look at the records in Fannie and Freddie. They're in conservatorship as of September 2008. We're on the lines of nearly a trillion dollars. We deserve to be able to look through their records and their correspondence.

GLENN: Real quick, do people need to do anything? Do they need to call or is this going to pass or what?

CHAFFETZ: Well, yeah. We're going to need to get them fired up. You can go to jasoninthehouse.com. I'll have information up there. We've got it out on americaspeakingout.com and we'll get a bill number and get it introduced. I'm thankful to ranking member Lamar Smith out of Texas, ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Darrell Issa. We're going to keep going.

GLENN: All right. Let me ask you real quick. You were on hand with Wiener when he was attacked by a goat. We're very concerned. Is he going to be okay?

CHAFFETZ: I think he'll be all right.

GLENN: All right. Why were you doing a press conference with a goat and more importantly, why would you do a press conference with Wiener?

CHAFFETZ: You don't think two goats and a guy named Anthony Wiener is a formula for success? Come on.

GLENN: Jason, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again. All right. There are good guys in Washington and Jason Chaffetz is one of them.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs

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I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.