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GLENN: Dateline Washington D.C., residents mourning the victims of September 11th attacks this morning heard an eerie echo just an hour later. Reports that a Coast Guard vessel had fired shots at a boat in the Potomac river near the Pentagon. Let's see here. But after -- why is this -- but after an hour of anxiety, the Coast Guard and the local police said the whole thing was a training exercise and that no shots were fired. Network news programs broke into regular morning shows to report the incident and CNN went to blanket coverage as word spread of false alarm, Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security advisor with Bush administration got angry, calling the exercise felony stupidity. Why hold a drill on September 11th with Memorial services still in progress? A Coast Guard information officer John Edwards said that it was part of standardization training drill. Bullcrap.

STU: You are saying it didn't -- wait, what do you mean bullcrap?

GLENN: Bullcrap. This is -- I agree with the former Homeland Security. This is -- you know, I've got to go with CNN -- I mean, I can't believe I'm saying this, but the CNN audio of Coast Guard speaking to a suspicious boat, blah, blah-blah, they went with wall-to-wall coverage and they're getting hammered for it. CNN panic in D.C. on 9/11 anniversary. Let me click on the White House Gibbs lecturing the press.

STU: I have that up here actually.

GLENN: You have it?

STU: Yeah. Gibbs said the reporting was based on listening to a police scanner and wasn't verified before being reported. Asked if 9/11 was an appropriate day for such a training exercise, Gibbs said, I tend not to question law enforcement trying to keep the nation safe. He said the media should check before reporting.

PAT: Really? They have the unmitigated gall saying they tend not to question law enforcement?

GLENN: Hold it just a second!

PAT: I'm sorry, I thought the police acted stupidly.

GLENN: Hold it just a second.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: I want you to know that there's no investigations on ACORN. I want you to know that there are absolutely no investigations in Van Jones. There's no investigations in the NEA. There's none of that. There's no investigations. But according to the Associated Press -- and I quote -- twelve people from across the country have been chosen to serve on an independent panel to review the arrest of a black Harvard scholar at his home by a white police officer. City leaders have created a panel after the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., triggered a national debate over racial profiling. Healy said the panel members were chosen based on their diverse professional backgrounds, their experience with community relations and conflict resolution. Cambridge police commissioner Robert Haas has said the newly named panel will give an independent assessment of the July 16th arrest. Cambridge wants to take away something meaningful from this process. The committee is scheduled to meet for the first time early next month. It is unclear how long the reviewer will take.

Don't give me that bullcrap!

STU: That is really bad.

PAT: Oh, no, we tend not to question law enforcement agencies.

STU: And we covered the entire history, the entire career. The reason he was a communist of Van Jones was questioning law enforcement for trying to keep the country safe. Constantly accusing them of racism for doing so. And then not to mention -- I mean, he's talking about the Coast Guard. How many times have we heard the military being questioned?

GLENN: How about CIA? We tend not to question.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: We tend not to question law enforcement as they're trying to keep the country safe. CIA.

STU: What a great point.

PAT: Unbelievable. Unbelievable.

GLENN: How about FBI. Local police, you name it. This administration --

PAT: That's all they do.

GLENN: -- is questioning all the time.

STU: It's part of a stump speech for these people. That is unbelievable how --

GLENN: You know what? Let me tell you something --

STU: Wow.

PAT: I tell you, the Pillsbury spokesboy, worst, worst White House spokesman of all time.

STU: Wait, wait. Worse than McClellan?

PAT: Worse than McClellan.

STU: I don't know about that.

PAT: I stand by that, Stu.

STU: Wow.

PAT: I stand by it.

STU: We may have to have a --

PAT: We may have to have a worse off.

STU: -- a March madness worse off.

GLENN: Hold it just a second. Hold it just a second. How is he supposed to be any good? How could you possibly --

PAT: He's got tough material to work with, there's no doubt.

GLENN: Exactly. You couldn't be... you couldn't be Beelzebub and be able to get through this stuff.

STU: Wait a minute, no. If someone says to you, hey, is 9/11 the appropriate day for a training exercise near a Memorial.


STU: You could say --

PAT: Probably not, no.

STU: Or you could say, look, we're checking into it, the Coast Guard is looking into it, blah, blah. I tend not to question law enforcement, when that's all you do! That's all you seem to do! I don't think that's the best way of phrasing that. So yes, he's terrible.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

PAT: Yeah. That's --

GLENN: The unmitigated gall.

PAT: Mind-boggling.

GLENN: The unmitigated gall of these people.

STU: I give CNN 0 break on that. If someone says --

GLENN: Absolutely. 9/11 -- so you know, this was going on while the presidential motorcade was going over one of the bridges.

PAT: You've got to cut to that coverage.

GLENN: I mean, how do you not?

PAT: The question is why didn't Fox? And MSNBC and CBS, NBC.

STU: Everybody else. You know, it all depends on what -- they apparently were covering this area anyway. So I don't know what Fox was maybe covering something else.

PAT: Yeah, maybe they found out by the time they were going to that something --

GLENN: I will say this. I don't hold it against anyone for holding out and saying, "Wait, wait, wait, let's not cause panic."

STU: Sure.

GLENN: Okay? But I also don't hold it out against CNN for going to it. It's unreasonable to assume that while the president is on his way to a 9/11 event that the Coast Guard would be holding terror exercises right by the Pentagon!

PAT: There's no way. There's no way.

GLENN: There's no way. Great there's no way.

GLENN: There's no way anyone insane came up with that idea.

STU: That's amazing, how you would think that that's the right thing. But again, you know, it's good to see that it turned out that way. I mean, there's no reason for me at least at this point to believe that it was anything other than an actual training exercise. And at least we have that. It's better than the alternative.

PAT: Yes, it is. I will tell you this. I think that there are -- I wrote in Common Sense about the enemies within. America, there are enemies on so many sides within. There are anarchists, there are communists, there are people that are on the right to the really, really, really far right that are dangerous. It doesn't matter. The extremes are very dangerous. Then you introduce all the people that wish us harm from other countries outside. I mean it when I say our republic is so fragile that it could be shattered with anything above the sound of a whisper. I ask sincerely that you remember what you were like and what you felt like after 9/11. Go back to church. Go back to God. Fall to your knees and pray. And pray for our president. Pray for our secret service. Pray for our officials in Washington. Pray for protection on the mall tomorrow or any of these 9/12 events. Pray for protection. We need it. Because little things, little things can shatter this republic. A big thing could just take us down in flames forever. Pray for safety. I tell you I have some answers for you. I'll share them with you next week, and it's good news. But pray for time and safety.

Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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The violent crime rate in the United States has continued to decline every year since 1991 and last year the violent crime rate nationwide was down another 3% from the previous year.

Unfortunately for the people living in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, represented by Ilhan Omar (D), this trend toward a safer and more secure America does not apply in Minneapolis. In fact, Minneapolis police report a 53% increase in robberies since the controversial congresswoman took office in January 2019.

Minneapolis has also become the terrorist recruitment capital of the U.S. More people in Rep. Omar's district have either joined or attempted to join terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, al-Shabab, and ISIS, than any other place in the nation.

So, how is Rep. Omar addressing these issues? Is it just a coincidence that Minneapolis' representative in Congress is known for sowing division and hatred?

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