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GLENN: Do you have the Fred Upton thing?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Listen to this. This is a Republican. This is a Republican that is now looking for the chairmanship of the energy committee.

PAT: Wow, where do you even start with this guy? Like many Republicans who lost in a primary this year, Upton voted for the $700 billion TARP bailout. One of just 18 Republicans to vote a year later for Barney Frank's bill to give the Obama treasury department wide latitude in spending the remaining in $350 billion in TARP funds.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

PAT: In 2005 he was one of 11 Republicans to subject tax cuts to a 60-vote threshold in the Senate and he was one of only nine Republicans who voted against substituting tax cuts for the $787 billion stimulus plan. On spending, Upton was one of only 16 Republicans to vote for the Pelosi omnibus spending bill in 2009, voted against slashing, against slashing $355 billion in spending from the stimulus. He was a backer of the government SCHIP healthcare plan, National Endowment For the Arts and the wasteful public subsidies for Amtrak.

GLENN: I mean, this is a Republican.

PAT: He has occasionally thrown pro lifers from the train. He has a number of votes in favor of federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood, the country's largest abortion advocate. We all know about that. He voted to overturn the first President Bush's ban on federally funded abortion counseling. He is a proponent of taxpayer-supported embryo destructive research.

GLENN: Okay, this is Fred Upton. He is the guy who was the co-sponsor of the fluorescent light bulb.

PAT: Yeah, we didn't even mention that.

GLENN: The incandescent light bulb ban.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: And now he's -- wants to be the chairperson for the energy committee. No, I don't think so. I don't think so. And Freedom Works, the reason why I bring it up is because Freedom Works is leading the challenge on this one, and what is the web address again? DownwithUpton? I haven't even been there.


GLENN: Good. Good. This is exactly the kind of guy that the Republicans need to avoid or they'll destroy themselves. Look, the Democrats have already destroyed themselves. They have already destroyed themselves. They have destroyed themselves, you know, by getting into bed with these progressives. And the progressives have won. Have you read, who is it, Krugman this weekend? Did you read what they are saying now about Barack Obama, that he's actually a conservative?

PAT: Yeah.

STU: (Laughing).

PAT: You make that case.

GLENN: They are.

PAT: Come on.

GLENN: That he's a conservative and now he's showing his colors because he's come out for the Chamber now? After an election where he says they're in bed with foreign governments trying to destroy, now after the election he's come out and said, "You know the chamber may not be that bad" and that makes him a conservative. No, I think that makes him sane. That doesn't make him a conservative.

PAT: And a little late. Maybe he could have said that before the election.

GLENN: Oh, this is ridiculous.

PAT: Come on.

GLENN: -- to me. They are actually -- and you know what this is? This is the Overton Window. What the left is doing is they're radicalizing and they are now trying to make the commander-in-chief look like a conservative so he can be moderate. Without him moving. He doesn't move. They move. And it makes it appear as though he's moderate. It's the Overton Window. These guys are brilliant. They really are. The left, you must give them this. The left is brilliant. I was reading another article today, this morning on the drive in on, yeah, what's your problem? You don't read -- you don't read on your Blackberry when you're driving? It's traffic. What?

PAT: (Laughing). Oh, is that what you were doing? You were reading as you were driving?

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: Physically operating your vehicle?

GLENN: Here is the --

PAT: Huh, that's hard to do.

GLENN: Here is the article from The Spectator on Jim Wallis. This thing is amazing. You know, can we put the Jim -- the he had Upton story on the newsletter at and the honey, Jim Wallis shrunk the church story. It came from this summer but I just read it this morning and you have to read it. Jim Wallis was a member of SDS and then he finds Jesus. These guys are brilliant at what they're doing. We'll put these two stories in our free e-mail newsletter at Don't miss it. More in a second.


It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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