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GLENN: How many times have I said it, too, that I don't say the things that I do because I want to. I don't want to believe these things but do you remember, America, when we were told we were crazy, when we -- could you please play the -- this is the Obama supporter during one of the campaign rallies, and we spent quite a few minutes on this and, boy, did I get the heat from saying, "Look what the man is creating." Listen to this.

VOICE: It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment. Because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he's going to help me.

GLENN: If I help him, he's going to help me. Now, I want you to look at this in two ways. Stu, write this down so I don't forget. One, what is he creating; and two, disenfranchisement. Come back to disenfranchisement of this individual, okay? "If I help him, he'll help me." "I never have to worry about paying my gas or my mortgage. If I help him, he'll help me." Do you remember how we talked about that and how many of your friends said to you, "Oh, please, stop calling him a Marxist, stop calling him a socialist. He's not going to turn us into that." Well, he may not -- if he's not a socialist, if he's not a Marxist, then he must be a heroin dealer. I believe our new president is pushing a much more powerful version of heroin, and he is getting people all strung out. Anybody see Taken? Did you see the movie Taken? Stu, you saw it, right?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Holy cow.

STU: It was good. You didn't like it?

GLENN: I've got daughters. I've got three daughters. I don't want to go see Taken. Oh, my gosh. I was sitting there like... I don't want to watch this.

STU: Yeah, it was intense.

GLENN: Yeah, really intense. So what happened in Taken real quick? You got, you know, a split family, blah, blah, blah. Two girls go over to Paris. What happens?

STU: Well, one of them gets -- or both of them get Taken, hence the title.

GLENN: Kidnapped.

STU: Yeah, kidnapped. And without spoiling too much, basically they are taken into custody where they are going to be going into this sex slavery ring, and the way that they do that to get them to acquiesce to this is essentially get them hooked on heroin, therefore they're so dependent on the heroin that they --

GLENN: They will do whatever.

STU: They are easy to manage.

GLENN: Yeah, they are easy to manage. Get them hooked on heroin and these girls will be prostitutes because they are going to need the heroin. You think it's outrageous to say the president of the United States is pushing heroin. The heroin that he is pushing is government. Get them so strung out on government aid that they just can't live without it. Let me show you three examples. This is from his town meeting. If anybody's not watching his town meetings, boy, you should be watching them because you're seeing the future of America. Here are three questions that came at the new president Barack Obama yesterday. Question number one.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Go ahead.

VOICE: Oh, this is such a blessing to see you, Mr. President. Thank you for taking time out of your day. Oh, gracious God, thank you so much.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right, what's --

GLENN: Stop.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: Oh, gracious God, thank you so much. Are you thinking, wonder if I can get that guy's resume. Anyway, here he goes.

VOICE: Mr. President, my name is Julio Osegueda. I'm currently a student at Edison State College at my second semester. Okay, I've been at the same job which is McDonald's for four-and-a-half years.

GLENN: Stop. Who's surprised by that? Is there anybody? I have to tell you I was because I know managers at McDonald's. I can't imagine them keeping this guy around for four-and-a-half years. But oh gracious god, Ron decided, "I'm a clown. I wear big red shoes. Why not have somebody else take the focus off me for a while."

VOICE: Because of the fact that I can't find another job. Now, with the fact that I've been there for as long as I've been there, do you have any plan or any idea of making one that has been there for a long time receive any better benefits than what they've already received?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I tell you what, first of all --

GLENN: Stop. Stop, stop. Listen to what he's asking. I've been there... for four years... and I can't, I can't find another job. There might be a reason for that. Some people, you know, they're going to be working at McDonald's, and that's okay. There's nothing wrong with -- I was going to tell you a personal story, but I can't. Let me just tell you this. When did we become a nation where we find shame in working at McDonald's? When did we become a nation where it's just not good enough to work at a car dealership or a grocery store or whatever, that everybody has to be rich? Where, when did we become a nation where we all deserve the same thing? Or, we're all capable of the same thing? All men are created equal and they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights: The pursuit of life, liberty, of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You've got a life, you have liberty, and you can pursue your happiness. It goes back to one of our principles. The principles that we've been asking you to sign up for, that goes back to the principles. You're not guaranteed an equal outcome. You are guaranteed the right to pursue your happiness. But what is he asking for? An equal outcome. I've worked there for four-and-a-half years. I want more benefits. Do you have a plan? And the answer is -- I don't know what his answer is, but the answer is yes, it's card check. But card check really isn't even their plan. Oh, it's much more insidious than just card check, believe it or not. That is -- card check is what they're throwing out there and hoping that everybody will pay attention to card check because they've got another plan, and I'll share that in the upcoming days. But it ain't card check, gang.

So do you have a plan? No. No, I don't. No, I don't. You're just going to have to keep working, brother. You keep studying, you keep going to school. You got a job, you're going to school, good for you. You keep working. I don't have a plan for you to get extra benefits; you're working at McDonald's. The benefits are the benefits. I don't have anything to say about McDonald's, period. That's what the president should say. But what does he say?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: A couple of things I'd like to say. Number one, the fact that you are working as hard as you're working at a job that I know doesn't always pay as well as some other jobs is a source of pride for you that shows that you're doing a right thing.

GLENN: Good for you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Now, the second thing is, is that you will actually benefit from the tax breaks that we're talking about. So you'll be able to keep a little bit of extra money because we're going to offset your payroll tax. That's going to --

GLENN: Stop, stop. I'm going to offset your payroll tax. So I am -- here I am, Uncle Obama. I'm here to give you something. So you're going to go ahead. You're going to benefit from voting for me.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: That's going to help. I don't -- I assume that you're not getting healthcare through your job and so one of the things that we want to do is reform the healthcare system so that you will have access to healthcare in your job. But the thing that I'm really --

GLENN: Okay, stop. Do you know how much a McDonald's hamburger is going to be if McDonald's has to pay for this guy, pay for his healthcare? I don't know what his -- I mean, I don't know what his deal is. He might be part time. I mean, now Obama is going to go ahead and either force McDonald's to pay for healthcare or -- no, no, no, he's going to make sure that all of us pay for this guy's healthcare. That's what Uncle Obama's going to do for you. He is Uncle Sam, and you should trust him as much as you trust Uncle Sam. And if you trust Uncle Sam, you're a dope.

Speaking of dope, how about our next heroin user? Can we go to the next? This is all from the press conference yesterday. There was this man that was, oh, praise Jesus that you're here. And then there's this individual.

VOICE: I respect you and I'm so grateful for you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.

VOICE: I've been praying for you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I believe in prayer. So I appreciate that.

VOICE: I have an urgent need.

GLENN: Good for you.

VOICE: Employment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in. We need urgent, and housing authority have two years waiting list and we need something more than a vehicle and the parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well --

GLENN: Stop, stop. Please help. Now, let's be cold in a minute. First here's a woman who's living in her car. To tell you the truth -- and I hope she doesn't mind me sharing this. I won't identify. I have a member of our staff that lived in her car. She lived in her car with her mother. It's a long story, but she went to school with people not knowing that she lived in her car. The reason why she wanted to get into radio is because she used to hear my voice and she said it gave her hope that she could accomplish anything. She got to a radio station, our paths crossed, I heard her story much later but she told me the first time, "I want to work for you." I said, "Well, work hard." Every time our paths crossed, I was impressed by what she did. She wasn't just saying, "What can you do for me." Every time our paths crossed, I couldn't believe the accomplishments that she had done. So the last time I saw her, this is I think last Christmas a year ago, I got -- we were on the plane and I said to my whole team, "I want each one of you guys -- don't say anything. I just want each one of you guys to spend a few minutes with her. We get back on the plane, I want a report from all of you guys." "Well, what are we looking for?" "I just want you to find out if she's solid." Got back on the plane. I said, "Would she be somebody that could work with us? Is she good enough to work with with all of you guys?" They all had rave reviews. I hired her. A girl who lived in her car through high school. Government wasn't involved. I never gave her a handout. She earned it. She deserves to have self-respect because nobody brought her on. In fact, when we hired her, I told her immediate supervisor, "You be very clear with her. She could come out and she could fail, and we don't play a game of if you fail, you're gone. So this could set her back. She's got to succeed, but it's going to be up to her." She has succeeded. So here is the thing. You could have sympathy and you could allow people to continue to live in that state or you could encourage them and say, "You know what, I know it's really hard for you, but I'm the president of the United States. I see everybody. I'm not hear to help and give anyone a kitchen. I can't imagine what your life is like living in your car and having a kitchen. But you hold on and you keep working hard and don't you give up."

Now, people will say that's cold. In the long run that's what keeps somebody off of the heroin of government aid and that is slavery. Instead what does Obama do? Listen up.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I -- listen. What's your name? What's your name?

VOICE: It's Henrietta Hughes.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Okay, Ms. Hughes, we're going to do everything we can to help you, but there are a lot of people like you and we're going to do everything we can. I'll have my staff talk to you after this, after the town hall, all right?

GLENN: Stop. For what? For what? I'm going to have her talk to you about what? What is the president of the United States going to do to get this woman a kitchen? And if he gets her a kitchen, how about me a kitchen? How about you a kitchen? Do you need a microwave oven? Have you had a flat tire? Could we call the president? And then can we just play the last one, Cut 4.

VOICE: Also, welcome, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.

VOICE: And my question to you today is as you stated earlier, there are many of us here in the area that are unemployed and have been unemployed for sometime and probably some of us have large families.

GLENN: Listen to this family.

VOICE: And we have had the opportunity to receive unemployment but yet we have not been able to get any other type of governmental assistance to help us during this crisis so that we can kind of be able to take, you know, funds that we do have in unemployment to pay our bills. Usually what happens is when you apply for governmental assistance, they say, well, you make too much money. If you go from making $3,000 a year, a month to $1100 a month, how are you able to take care of your families? Why can't we have that to be automatic that goes along with your unemployment tenure that you can get government assistance that's an automatic for you?

GLENN: It's an automatic. How can I survive if I only get $1100 a month? I need $3,000 a month. Can't we get that automatic?

Look, I am for doing good for the poor. We just happen to disagree. I have a difference of opinion. I think the best way of doing good for the poor is to not make it easy in poverty but to lead people out, drive them out of poverty, make them uncomfortable. By the way, those words were not from just a hate monger like me. Those words were actually, that's a quote from Benjamin Franklin. What an evil kite-flying white hate monger. Look where we've come and how far away we are from our principles.

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.