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GLENN: So, I don't know exactly what's up with the Michelle Obama's trip to Spain costing a ton of cash but don't worry. It's only for you. It's costing you $75,000 a day. The White House is firing back that she took a vacation with just a dear friend whose father died recently and there aren't 40 friends so, the media has it all wrong

PAT: Really?

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Just her a dear friend.

GLENN: Her and a dear friend.

PAT: Oh, wow.

GLENN: And 60 or 70

PAT: Not so dear

GLENN: Secret service. They're saying it's just the staff and

PAT: Oh, okay. Well, she does have I mean, we've seen that list, too. Supposedly she does a staff of 40 people.

GLENN: A cost of thousands.

PAT: Who were dear friends that she just employed at up to $100,000 or more a piece.

GLENN: Right. So, she's got that going for her. So, she was just going with a dear friend who has just lost her father.

PAT: Oh, man.

GLENN: And that's what's happening.

PAT: In Spain?

GLENN: Well, I don't know about in Spain but she's probably just, you know, holding her and rocking back and forth in Spain. I'm not sure how this is working, but some would say this is lavish, but we'll get the word because do we have the guy who actually helped lay this whole thing out on the phone, right? Yeah. We have him? Yeah. We'll go to him in just a second.

First let me play Chuck Todd. This is Chuck Todd on MSNBC talking about well, how did this thing actually happen?

TODD: You know, look. This is one of those things where you get the sense that it doesn't matter what the political guys or the west wing guys would have said about this, this was a private decision to do this and that's probably why this was a little more you know, sometimes when it's a political decision, you can say, defend it easily or criticize it easily and you get the sense here that there was something more to this than just pure politics.

GLENN: Like what?

PAT: Hey, like, wait, Chuck, like what?

VOICE: Chuck Todd just answered that question.

VOICE: I mean, this is in a very uncomfortable position. As I say I'll just be blunt about it I want my first family happy. So but they are the first family. So, they're going to be criticized, but this is part of a bigger narrative, isn't it, about Michelle Obama.

PAT: It's uncomfortable for MSNBC because they find themselves in a position that's untenable and unsustainable for them.

GLENN: Well, a lot of things are unsustainable, I hear. This vacation only happened because of George Bush. This vacation, I believe, was booked by the Bush administration.

PAT: Inherited.

GLENN: Inherited this Spanish vacation.

PAT: Holy cow.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: So, this was supposed to be Laura Bush's vacation and he just inherited it?

GLENN: Sure.

PAT: Whatever.

GLENN: Sure.

PAT: Uh huh.

GLENN: Really? And I think that, if you want to get into the politics of the past, we can look at past vacations of past Presidents, you know.

PAT: I don't remember George Bush or Laura ever going to Europe.

STU: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: I think she did. Yeah, I think she did, but you're saying this is lavish?

PAT: I'm saying he went to Crawford and chopped wood a lot.

GLENN: And what did he do? This President went back to Chicago and hung out with Oprah Winfrey on his birthday.

PAT: And NBA stars. So

GLENN: And what man doesn't say, Hey, I want to go and hang out with Oprah Winfrey on my birthday? I mean, seriously. Stu, can you think of a man who doesn't say Oprah Winfrey on my birthday would be a

STU: It's her or Rachel Ray. That's who I want to hang out with.

GLENN: No. Seriously. You get into your Ford F 150 and you say, I'm going to Oprah's house. It's my birthday. I don't care what you say, Woman. I'm going and hanging out with the O lady.

STU: Sounds hot.

GLENN: It is. It's great. Now, we have Franc on the phone oh. It's not Franc. Who is it?

CALLER: It's Richard.

GLENN: Hi. Richard. How are you?

CALLER: I'm fantastic. I would say fabulous.

GLENN: You would say fabulous?

STU: In three words, fab u lous.

GLENN: You are the designer of this vacation?

CALLER: Well, I put this whole thing together for and I'm resenting a great deal. You're calling it lavish. There is nothing to be further from the truth. Today, for instance, let me just go over some of her schedule.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: Here's what I've arranged, a hot oil and platinum massage for the first lady and her entourage.

GLENN: Wait, wait. Hold it just a second. Wait, wait.

CALLER: She's sleeping on sheets made from the screens of beluga caviar.

GLENN: Wait, wait. Hold on just a second.

CALLER: You can actually eat her bed sheets. That means that saves us, you know, expensive chefs, you know, having to cook the beluga caviar in the morning.

GLENN: You don't cook beluga caviar.

CALLER: actually take the food from the plate to her mouth. And, of course, rather than having the first lady have to move on her own, because she is the first lady, you don't expect her to have to do that, so, we have four Eunuchs whose job it is to manipulate her limbs for her.

GLENN: Okay. I'm just wondering, who are the 40 friends that the White House is now denying that there are 40 friends with her? She says it's just

CALLER: There's just one dear friend.

GLENN: One dear friend. Who is the one dear friend?

CALLER: Just one dear friend who just lost a loved one and she's comforting her.

GLENN: Who is that? Do you know?

CALLER: I don't I can't I can't divulge her name.

GLENN: Now, how long has this been in the planning.

CALLER: This has been in the planning since the Bush administration.

GLENN: Since the Bush admission. So, did she know

CALLER: She would have been happy comforting this dear, dear friend in Washington or Chicago, but this is something she's inherited from the Bush administration. I have to tell you something. She hates all of this. I mean, every time every time she has to go on a vacation such as this, she weeps for the plight of the poor non First Family peasants in America.

GLENN: Really?

CALLER: That have nothing since the failed polls in

GLENN: Okay. The first night in Spain, the menu was sea bass tartar, strawberry gazpacho, sardines, and then the main course you know, everybody knows that wasn't the main course. Then the main course was lobster with sea weed risotto.

CALLER: And what's your point?

GLENN: Well, I'm just I'm thinking that maybe

CALLER: There should have been some filet in there, too?

GLENN: No. I'm thinking that may be a little over the top when we have an economy could I may I ask

CALLER: Sort of a surf and turf sort of feeling?

GLENN: Let me ask you this: I know that the President sold a lot of books, a lot of books, and I know you can make a lot much money selling a lot of books.

CALLER: There's nothing wrong with that, by the way.

GLENN: There is nothing wrong with that. You can sell all the books you want, but they're spending an awful lot of that money, you know. Where how did where do they get all the money for these kinds of I mean, it's like her sixth vacation in two months.

CALLER: And so what's your point?

GLENN: Well, she's got a designer coat coming from England. They called her and just said, Hey, let me design. She seems to spend a lot of money.

CALLER: Well, they're reimbursing taxpayers for over $350.

GLENN: What are you talking about?

CALLER: They're going to reimburse the taxpayers for $350.

GLENN: For what exactly?

CALLER: For the expenses of this trip.

GLENN: I think it's more than $350 that this trip cost.

CALLER: Well, yes, but some of this is because she's the first lady. This is I mean, you can't expect her to, what, take a canoe over to Europe? You can't expect her to sleep in a Motel 6 in Europe.

GLENN: Well, no, but I wouldn't mind if she took a I mean, you remember they flew over to you know, for the climate exchange thing, they flew overseas in the 747. You know, they could have done, you know, a phone conference on that. They seem to lecture us about, you know, how tough things are and also, you know, how unsustainable things are and cutting back and then also on greenhouse gases. Air Force 2 is $11800 an hour. That's

CALLER: Yes, but all of these things are paid for and so much more. All of these things are taken care of through the generosity of the social programs that they are working on passing for the American people.

GLENN: What are you hang on. What?

CALLER: All of these things are just they're all taken care of by the taxpayer, by the generosity of the Obama family making sure the people are taken care of by this government.

GLENN: So, you're saying that the 40 friends are over as part of a social program?

CALLER: Of course they are. Of course they are. This is all part of first of all, I told you at the beginning that she's helping a friend who is grieving right now.

GLENN: Yes.

CALLER: And there are 40 other people, not close personal friends but 40 other people who are also there who are being taken care of by the generosity

Glenn: So, this is a job program almost?

CALLER: Exactly right. She is saving and creating 40 jobs.

GLENN: So, this is like a vacation job, like you could be hired to go on vacation

CALLER: That's right. By the Obama family who have created and saved all of these jobs for the American people.

GLENN: Do you think maybe

CALLER: It makes me weep just thinking about the generosity.

GLENN: Do you think maybe she could have created those jobs and stayed a little closer to home and gone to the gulf?

CALLER: No. Because they would have been in the way.

GLENN: They would have been in the way of what?

CALLER: They would have been in the way in the gulf and it would there just would have been such a scene down there and you can't expect the Obamas to get in the way of the people who are doing their job, not removing oil because all the oil is pretty much gone.

GLENN: And so then you had to go to Spain? That was the only other

CALLER: They had to go to Spain. This was important for them to have to go to Spain to get out of the way of the gulf.

GLENN: They could have gone to California. California is struggling. They could have gone there.

CALLER: Create 40 jobs for people who are vacation job workers. This is a beautiful thing that she is sacrificing for the American people.

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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