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Okay. We can do that or we can listen to the mayor of Minneapolis who says we shouldn't let our cars idle for more than three minutes. What? Yeah. Well, you know, you shouldn't let your cars let me get the exact quote because I think this is fantastic. I think this guy's got it down. City council and mayor R. T. Rybak approves changes on Friday to the vehicles, the city's vehicle idling ordinance. I'd hang myself if I lived in Minneapolis. I mean it. Mary Tyler Moore, little miss sunshine, would hang herself! She's only throwing her hat up in the air at the end so she can go and reach for the noose.

They approved changes on Friday to the city's vehicle idling ordinance that aims to reduce air pollution. Arghhh! The ordinance limits most vehicle idling to three minutes except in traffic.

Okay, let me ask you a question. When are you just letting your car run for 10 minutes? When it's in traffic. That's when you're letting it happen. Unless now, call me crazy, unless you want to start your car and warm it up. Then you let it idle for more than three minutes because you want the car to warm up a little bit before you go out. But you'd have to live in some place crazy. I mean, not everybody lives in a place like that. You've got to live in a place where it's 20 below frickin' zero! Can't think of a place like that. Oh, wait a minute. Minneapolis. Mary Tyler Moore in other news hung herself about 3:30 Friday afternoon. For the driver, the mayor says, reducing idling saves money. Oh, well, I didn't know that. Thank you, Mr. Mayor. "On the average a car will burn more than half a gallon of fuel for every hour spent idling." That's what's happening to all of my gas! I forget to turn the car off when I go in! Sometimes I just drive into my garage, you know, and just go inside the house. I forget to turn the car off. My kids, I've noticed, I left them sleeping in the car. They've been sleeping for an awfully long time now. I wonder if the two are connected! A car will burn more than half a gallon of fuel for every hour spent idling, is there any what we have 8 million listeners! Is there a soul that has left their car idling for an hour? "Yeah, I'm just going to run in, get some milk." Well, then we got to talking, next thing you know, I looked down at my watch, "It's 1:00 a.m.? What! I went into the store and it was 4:30 in the afternoon! Carol, I gotta run. My gas tank is empty. Did somebody take and siphon out all this gas?" Nobody's that stupid! "In these times of high gas prices," says Mayor Rybak, "In these times of high gas prices it's a way to save fuel. If you are sitting in an idling car, you are getting 0 miles to the gallon." Really? If I just turn on my car but leave it in park, I won't arrive at my destination? Wow, that's why he's the mayor and I'm not. I didn't know that. Zero miles to the gallon? Wait a minute. Mr. Mayor, let me ask you this. If I get into my car at my house and I turn the car on and then I leave it in park and I they the it idle for an hour, in my destination was my house, would I arrive at my destination?

Meanwhile, in other unrelated news, the mayor of Minneapolis' head blew up about 4:30 this afternoon. He asked me a question. His starting and ending place was the same. I didn't know how many miles to the gallon he got. He was just idling but he wanted to go some place. But where he wanted to go was the place that he started. I didn't know what to think (gunfire).

So we could build an oil refinery or we could turn our cars off. Which one I should choose. We have more than that choice. Fairbanks, Alaska, the mayor there wants to build a coal gasification plant. All right, Fairbanks, Alaska, build a coal gasification plant. So in other words, take coal, which we have three times the amount that oil of coal than Saudi Arabia has in oil, three times the amount. What do you say we live the high life? What do you say we live like they do in Dubai right now. I mean, we could do it. All we need to do is get the coal that they have. Wouldn't you like to carry the big machete things, walk around in little pointy curled slippers, robes? Yep, and we could just import a bunch of people to do all of our jobs? No, wait a minute, we already do that one. We're halfway there to being Saudi Arabians! All we have to do is get our coal! So the mayor of Fairbanks, Alaska says they want to build a coal gasification plant. So you have that choice. Or you could listen to the mayor of San Francisco. He says they're going to impose a modest fee of 4.4 cents per ton of carbon dioxide. Now, it probably won't be enough to force companies to reduce their emission but backers say it sets an important climate change and could serve as a model for regional air districts nationwide. That's great, 4.4 cents per ton of carbon dioxide? Oh, if I was just underinformed or noninformed, I would think, 4.4 cents per ton? That's no big deal. But unfortunately I read. So I know that they are already charging about 46 bucks a ton in Europe and already in Europe remember the politicians said, oh, it will never be more than 40 that's crazy talk! The headline on the Financial Times on Saturday was the Europeans are now saying it's got to be about $200 per ton of carbon dioxide. That way we can really stop global warming. By the way, at $200 per ton of carbon dioxide, it would cause the price of your car to go up dramatic everything is about five fold. They want to take the carbon dioxide emissions, charge you for what they're charging, five fold. They are saying this would make the price of hydrogen cars reasonable.

I just want to because I didn't explain this in the article, but oh, I called the mayor of Minneapolis and I said, could you explain this to me, Mr. Mayor? So I figured it out on my own because his head exploded. Here's what it means. If they're increasing the price of carbon dioxide emissions five fold and that will make the price of a hydrogen car and hydrogen technology look reasonable or more affordable is their exact word, that means this carbon tax doesn't lower the cost of a hydrogen car or hydrogen technology. It just makes it more affordable. So what that means is you're going to be paying a lot more for a hydrogen car, but that's going to be more reasonable than what you're going to pay for gasoline. No, I don't think that's the idea, no, uh uh, no, no. I think we should drill through the head of George Washington, we should employ those 1800 wait until I get to the unemployment figures. The unemployment went up. You haven't heard this in the mainstream media. They don't want you to know what's caused the unemployment rate to go from 5 to 5.5. Oh, but I will. Yes, and what's surprising is we talked about it, I think about a year and a half and we said, you know what, congress? If you do this, this will happen. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Guess who was right. Congress or common sense? I don't know. We should call up the mayor of crazy town in Minnesota. Oh, yeah.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.