Morning Brief 2022-07-22

BOTTOM OF HOUR 1

GUEST: Eric Schmitt
TOPIC: Missouri Sheriff refuses to release gun owner info to the FBI, even at the risk of his career.

TOP OF HOUR 2
GUEST: Bill O'Reilly
TOPIC: Bill's top stories of the week!

BOTTOM OF HOUR 2
GUEST: Michael Malice
TOPIC: How self-defense continues to be criminalized.

TOP OF HOUR 3
GUEST: Steve Deace
TOPIC: WATCH OUT: The Left is going to turn monkeypox into the next pandemic. Plus, Steve gives a sneak peek at BlazeTV's explosive special on COVID-19 vaccines.

CB, RR, JB, SK, BM

Domestic News...

Is the Hunter Biden probe delay to protect Dems in the midterms?
DOJ memos warn of “election year sensitivities” in relation to indictments. Yet the probe has stretched out for years now; there’s been plenty of time to make announcements.

Hunter Biden investigation developments 'don't add up', former federal prosecutor says
"None of this adds up. None of it makes sense. Indictments should have been brought when you first started calling witnesses and close thereto, that's standard," former U.S. Attorney for Utah Brett Tolman said.

Officials Identify First Case Of Polio In United States In Years
The first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade was identified in New York Thursday.

Townhall: 10-Year-Old Rape Victim's Mom Is in Domestic Relationship With Child's Alleged Rapist
As the heartbreaking rape case involving an impregnated 10-year-old child unfolds, Townhall has revealed additional details about the exploitative environment the little girl was—and might still be—subjected to.

Steve Deace: Underground training for 'abortion doulas' and DIY abortions in Iowa exposed
An organization calling itself the Iowa Jane Collective recently held "abortion doula" training and instructed participants on how to perform do-it-yourself abortions at home and support women seeking to terminate their pregnancies as states move to restrict the procedure.

Bodycam shows 4-year-old shooting at police while they were arresting his father at McDonald's
Police said the child told them, “I grabbed my dad’s gun and tried to shoot the police so he could be free and do what he wanted.”

Starbucks employees attacked in LA by the homeless
LA Starbucks barista reveals homeless people attacked staff with metal chairs in woke Democrat-led city where illicit drugs are being 'handed out like crack pipes' after firm said it'll shutter 16 stores in US due to violence

Massive brawl breaks out at Disney World between families on line
Two families got into an argument while waiting in line, sparking a fracas that landed at least one man in the hospital.

Politics...

Trump gave order to 'make sure' Jan. 6 rally was 'safe event,' Pentagon memo shows
Gen. Milley’s recollection undercuts months-long effort by Democrats to suggest Trump wanted to incite violence.

Voter confidence in elections has plummeted since Jan. 6: CNN poll
Republicans, the poll showed, saw a modest increase in electoral confidence

GOP Rep. Zeldin attacked at New York gubernatorial campaign event
“I’m OK,” Zeldin said in a statement. “Fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him.” The attacker climbed onto a low stage where the congressman spoke. A video shows the two falling to the ground as other people try to intervene.

Marjorie Taylor Greene rips Dems for 'incredibly hostile work environment' at 'dangerous' Capitol
Greene has had three security incidents near her office that required Capitol Police investigation, plus numerous death threats.

Biden’s pathetic anti-crime package is an empty press release
This is barely a press release, with the headline “$37 billion” and “100,000 new police” numbers meant to sound bold to those not paying attention, even as more than half the cash would go for stuff the left keeps pushing instead of actually getting tough on crime.

Florida Democrats paint DeSantis as 'dictator' and 'a disaster' in primary debate
"He is a disaster of a governor, he's the worst governor in modern Florida history," Crist, who trails DeSantis in the polls by 8-points, said.

In South Texas, Democrats go back to their party's racist roots
Democrats are rapidly losing their hold on the Hispanic vote. A genuine realignment is afoot. It's not enough anymore for Democrats to hurl ethnic insults such as "Tio Taco" and "Coconut" at the candidates in order to intimidate their peers out of voting Republican.

PA Democrat John Fetterman To End Absence From Campaign Trail Two Months After Stroke
Fetterman gave his first media interview since May to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday — emphasizing that although he may “miss a word” or “slur two together” from time to time, he’s “feeling really good” and has “nothing to hide.”

Paul Pelosi's trading demonstrates the need to toughen up the STOCK Act
Just days before the Senate was to vote on a bill benefiting the chip manufacturing industry, financial disclosures show that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi, purchased up to $5 million of stock in a top semiconductor company.

Mike Pence to run for President in 2024: adviser
An adviser to Pence told CNN on that Pence has "aspirations" to run for President, stoking further speculation about a 2024 Presidential Election bid.

Lawsuit: Illinois Gov’s Office Made Secret Payments To Former Campaign Aide
Payments were made after she was caught stealing from taxpayers, the lawsuit claims.

Economy...

BlackRock, The King Of ESG, Lost $1.7 Trillion Of Clients’ Money In Just 6 Months
The massive sum is the largest amount of money lost by an individual investment firm over that time period.

Nearly half of small businesses are in hiring freeze, citing inflation and costs
The small business network Alignable released its July Hiring report which found that "45% of small businesses are halting their hiring, largely because they say they can’t afford to add staff.

Trucker strike in the Port of Oakland threatens supply chain disruptions
“The cargo won’t flow / until AB5 goes!” rhymed the protesters.

Tesla sells 75% of its bitcoin amid crypto collapse
“The reason we sold a bunch of our bitcoin holdings was that we were uncertain as to when the COVID lockdowns in China would alleviate, so it was important for us to maximize our cash position,” Musk said in an earnings call on Wednesday.

Central Park’s iconic Boathouse to close due to rising costs
He further cited increased labor and insurance costs as the predominant economic hardship the business faced. Recently, these proved too much to overcome, despite the eatery’s consistent popularity.

Border...

DC feels sting of Biden border policy
The flow of illegals, encouraged by Biden and supported by most Democrats, has taxed the resources of border states. What Abbott and Ducey have done, by sending illegals to Washington, which is, after all, a sanctuary city, is spread the burden around.

WAR News... 

Ukraine and Russia to sign grain export agreement, Turkey says
Will sign an agreement Friday to restart grain exports that had been blocked in the Black Sea, according to a Turkish government official.

NPR: Corruption concerns involving Ukraine are revived as the war with Russia drags on
Zelenskyy's dismissal of senior officials is casting an inconvenient light on an issue that the Biden administration has largely ignored since the outbreak of war with Russia: Ukraine's history of rampant corruption and shaky governance.

Ukraine pushes for debt freeze to dodge hard default
Ukraine has asked its creditors for a two year payment freeze on its international bonds in a bid to focus its dwindling financial resources on repelling Russia.

COVID-19...

Biden Takes Maskless Photo In West Wing After Testing Positive For COVID
President Biden took a maskless photo in the White House just hours after officials announced he has symptomatic COVID and would be isolating.

"No One Wants Kamala": Twitter Gets Fooled By Parody Trump Statement
"Doctors described my fight against the China virus as Herculean, and not meaning the woke Disney Hercules but rather the Kevin Sorbo one. The Lou Ferrigno one as well. Joe, I wish you a speedy recovery, even though you are taking America in the wrong direction. No one wants Kamala!”

NIH accidentally unmasks official who hid Chinese-submitted coronavirus data in March 2020
Agency asks court to seal records related to FOIA lawsuit that name NIH "curator" who approved removal request and Chinese researcher who submitted it. Whistleblower support activist says names were publicly available to researchers, not "classified information."

Entertainment...

Russell Brand Rants Against The ‘Great Reset,’ Green Energy ‘Agenda’ to European farmers
“The objective isn’t to get the farmers to behave in an organic, responsible ecologically apposite manner, no, far from it. It’s in order to bankrupt the farmers so that their land can be grabbed,” he said.

Meghan insisted Harry compare her plight to Diana’s, book claims
“Knauf suggested that over-dramatizing Meghan’s distress would backfire, but Harry was adamant. If Meghan’s wish to be equated with Diana was not satisfied, insisted Harry, he would probably lose her. Knauf acquiesced.”

Pat Benatar won't play “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” on tour because of gun violence
There's enough demand for Pat Benatar to go on tour?

Media...

Van Jones on Biden's economy being worse for Black Americans
Remember when the economy under Trump saw record employment for Black Americans?

NY Times columnist admits he was 'wrong' about Trump's supporters, says Russian collusion story was a 'hoax'
Despite this revelation, columnist Bret Stephens argued that he would not be "morally" wrong to "lambaste Trump’s current supporters"

CNN Boss Begs Lawmakers To Do Media Hits On His Network
Chris Licht reportedly met Tuesday with under a dozen lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill to enhance their relationships with the network.

Chris Cuomo Launches Podcast
Will it last longer than CNN+?

Europe...

Million-Dollar Wine Heist Ends With Mexican Beauty Queen Arrested in Europe
Priscila Lara Guevara, former Miss Earth 2016 for Mexico State, and her partner spent months on the run after stealing the bottles from an upscale restaurant hotel in Spain.

Middle East...

Biden’s Failures In The Middle East Are A Gift To American Adversaries
Putin teaches Biden an important lesson: America’s deterrence of adversaries around the world depends on its leadership in the Middle East.

US allies think Iran is playing Biden for time at risk of war
Iran is manipulating international nuclear talks to buy time for its weapons research, according to U.S. allies monitoring the need for a military strike against the regime.

Top Middle East Air Force official expects Iran to resume attacks on US
The top US Air Force general in the Middle East warned on Thursday that Iran-backed militias could resume attacks in the region against the United States and its allies as tensions rise - assaults that could lead to a new Mideast escalation.

As West ignores Iran protests, Iranian dissidents gather for major rally
As the U.S. and its Western allies remain largely silent about ongoing anti-government protests raging across Iran, the world's biggest Iranian resistance movement is set to hold its annual rally this weekend.

Environment...

A Biden Climate Emergency Would Unleash Unconstitutional Actions
The powers Biden is considering invoking are considerable, though none of them were intended by Congress to do what administration is preparing to do.

LGBTQIA2S+...

The Left’s Trans Agenda Is All About Erasing The Past To Control The Future
The left doesn’t just want you to deny biology in the present. They want you to ignore that it was ever valued as reality in the past.

Education...

LA schools implement 'Queer Theory into K-12 pedagogy': Christopher Rufo
"Los Angeles Unified has adopted a year-round program glamorizing transgender identity and promoting an uncritical, ‘trans-affirming’ culture in the classroom."

50 School Districts Granted $10,000 By LGBT-Group To Promote Ideology In Schools
An LGBT organization awarded 50 school districts nationwide a $10,000 grant to promote gender ideology and support “Gender Sexuality Alliance” clubs.

Student behavior among major reasons teachers are leaving their jobs: survey
Of those that said pay was a secondary reason though, 447 teachers said that student behavior was their primary reason for leaving, while 128 said their reason was progressive political activity.

Health...

Big Pharma May Have Made Billions Based On A Falsehood About Depression, New Research Shows
New research from the University College London is calling into question whether widespread prescription of antidepressants is truly an effective way of treating depression.

Technology...

YouTube to remove abortion ‘misinformation,’ add ‘context and information’ to related content
"We’re also launching an information panel that provides viewers with context and information from local and global health authorities under abortion-related videos and above relevant search results."

James Lindsay locked out of Twitter for saying 'ok, groomer'
Author and mathematician Dr. James Lindsay was locked out of Twitter on Thursday for responding to a Media Matters journalist's tweet with the words, "ok groomer."

Science...

Mysterious bundle of string on Mars' surface found by Perseverance rover
Officials at NASA said that they believe the object to be a string left over from Perseverance's landing.

Sports...

Woke NASCAR launching electric racing series in 2023
NASCAR hasn't hidden its intention to electrify stock car racing in the coming years, but it may happen sooner than expected.

Animals...

NY Fishing Restrictions May Have Played A Role In Recent Shark Attack Spike
“The reason why people are interacting with sharks more often this year and more than last year is because of conservation efforts over the years [that] has protected a food source known as the Atlantic Menhaden,” an expert told the NY Post.

July 22, 2008 - Glenn filled in for Larry King last night on CNN... The media will destroy its credibility pushing Obama... Glenn's new green programming... Americans could show up at the Capitol with pitchforks and torches at any moment...

July 22, 2013 - Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman fallout... Glenn mocks Geraldo’s selfie in towel... Why don't progressives care about Chicago murders?...

Here are 3 ways the 'Inflation Reduction Act' WILL impact you (Hint: NOT by reducing inflation)

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The Senate has passed President Joe Biden's $740 billion "Inflation Reduction Act" over the weekend, but the only way this deceptively-named bill will reduce inflation is by crushing your buying power. The massive spending bill includes the largest climate spending package ever passed and will allocate a whopping $80 billion to make the IRS bigger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol combined. And just wait until you see how the bill will affect our farmers.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck broke down three rather "terrifying" components of the 755-page bill and how they will impact you.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter had a shocking moment of clarity Sunday when he acknowledged what everyone but the liberal media has known since before the 2020 presidential election: President Joe Biden's son Hunter has been up to some seriously dubious dealings overseas, and his father was almost certainly involved despite his repeated claims to the contrary.

On "Reliable Sources" Sunday, Stelter spoke with first lady Jill Biden's former press secretary, Michael LaRosa, about whether Biden is likely to seek a second term in 2024.

“I hope he runs, and I know he’s going to run. I think he's planning to run ... I don't see why he wouldn't run,” LaRosa stammered.

"What about his son? What about Hunter?" Stelter cut in. “Hunter [is] under federal investigation, charges could be coming at any time. This is not just a right-wing media story. This is a real problem for the Bidens."

Unluckily for Stelter, "The Hill's" Joe Concha can remember all the way back to the fall of 2020:


On a recent episode of Glenn TV, Glenn Beck discussed the most recent findings in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Don't get distracted by the seemingly endless stream of scandalous photos and videos, Glenn warns, it's what's coming out about Hunter's overseas business dealings that should be all over the media, because Joe Biden is involved too.

Watch the video clip below or find the full episode here.

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VOTE: You decide who gets a Badge of Merit (Round 3)

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The Purple Heart in George Washington's time was not given for being wounded. This award went to ordinary soldiers for doing something of merit—something that would find favor in the eyes of God. Washington knew they couldn't win if they weren't on God's side. And if they were on God's side, God would bless them.

I've been looking for people who deserve a George Washington badge of merit. Many of you have submitted nominations. Thank you for the love, respect, and consideration you have shown in doing so.

From your hundreds of nominations, we have narrowed it down to three finalists. Now, it's up to you to decide who gets this honor.

Here are the candidates:

1. Dana, the Mom to Many

Dana and her husband Brian run a nonprofit called Dogwood Ranch in southwest Missouri. According to their website:

Dogwood Ranch was created by family, for family. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to live the life for which they were created. Our mission is simple: to provide support for survivors of trauma as they journey towards wholeness. This includes creating a new heritage for foster children and youth who have been abused and neglected, by providing them with safe and healthy forever families. We are also committed to offering a place of belonging for foster teens through individualized transitional living services. Additionally, we offer specialized support through our equine assisted counseling program, which focuses on bringing restoration to foster youth and other at-risk populations, including our honored military veterans and their families. Through the operation of Dogwood Ranch, our desire is to allow those we serve a new way to experience life, family and true redemption. Everyone deserves a chance to find their way home.

According to her nominator, on top of their work at the ranch, they personally foster young girls and have had "over twenty foster girls they now call family."

Her nominator wrote:

They take the toughest cases that come up. On several occasions, I would reach out to see if she could go out, and she would say she couldn’t because they were on suicide watch that night. Young girls have tried to stab her, have stolen her car, and have come to call her Mom…She is an incredibly hard worker, no-nonsense, and full of life and joy. She is constantly making our community and our world a better place.

2. Francine, the Joyful Servant

Francine, who also goes by “Frannie,” and “Fran,” not only has multiple names, but wears multiple hats. At home, she is the mother of two boys with serious disabilities. At work, she is a caretaker for the elderly, and everywhere she goes, she is a ray of sunshine.

Her nominator entrusted her mother, who has since passed, to Francine's care at a nursing home. She said, whenever Francine was working, she would breathe a sigh of relief. She wrote:

While most of the aides looked at the work as just a paycheck, and some of them were actually cruel to the most needy patients, Fran treated each and every one of them like royalty. She saw each individual as unique and worthy of love and understanding. Every patient adored her, because they knew they were in good hands.

Her nominator wrote that she saw treatment of elderly patients that “made her skin crawl.” There was a woman at the nursing home with severe dementia who had become so antagonistic that other aides, to avoid feeding her by hand, would simply not feed her. When Fran was working, she made sure to sit with her while she ate. She even hosted “dinner parties” with multiple residents to ensure they were fed, and happy.

Her nominator wrote:

When Fran was on shift, people who needed help going to bed never had to wait long. Besides, they didn't mind waiting for FRANNIE. She always did everything with such love and care and class! Then, after a long eight hours (or sometimes a double shift!) she would go home to more of the same routine. And in spite of it all, she did it all with a smile on her face. I've never known anyone like her. She was a godsend to my mother. If it hadn't been for her, and a handful of others, Mom's time at the home would have been unbearable. This woman really does deserve an award.

3. Michael, the Godly Father

Michael was nominated by his three children for modeling how a true man of God lives, loves, and serves his community. After serving as a corpsman in the Vietnam War and then working as an elementary school teacher, his children say he was the “solid, and consistently Godly male role model” in his grandchildren’s life. His children wrote:

My father helped raise his grandkids when my sister was a single mom, even though he had already raised his own kids.

Michael shares the gospel in one-on-one Bible studies with young people who have just gotten out of jail. He raises donations for clothing, food, and blankets for the homeless. He meets weekly with young men for Bible studies, to mentor them, and help them mature into men of God.

Michael has taught true love to his children by the way he treats their mother–his wife of 42 years. They wrote:

He is a solid rock of unwavering love for her, which has had a huge impact on how my brother and I treat our own wives. Mike's steadfast love for our mother has taught us the meaning of loyalty, love, commitment, sacred covenant, compassion, honor, and what a true husband looks like.

Most importantly, they say their father "instilled in us an absolute love for our Creator and compassion for our fellow man. He is our number one role model showing us what a godly man is.”

Who do you think deserves a badge of merit? Cast your vote below.


'Really SCARY': The IRS just spent $700,000 on AMMO — and plans to add 87,000 new 'enforcement' agents

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The Democrats' wonderfully named "Inflation Reduction Act," which passed in the Senate on Sunday, includes a massive expansion of the IRS. President Joe Biden wants to hire 80,000 new agents, and of course, this is for totally non-nefarious reasons, like cracking down on all those evil billionaires committing tax fraud.

Financial expert and author of "The War on Small Business" Carol Roth joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain who she believes this expansion will really target.

"The Democrats like to pretend that they are the party of the middle and working class, and the Biden administration has continued to find ways to extract wealth from the middle and working class," Carol began. "We saw it in the American Rescue Plan, where they raised the reporting threshold for any sort of hobby site you might have ... down to $600. Now, and this was part of Build Back Better which we thought was dead but now is just coming back in pieces, and this piece has survived — $80 billion for the IRS. Half of that ... is going to hire 87, 000 agents for 'enforcement,' okay? We don't need 87, 000 agents to go after what was 800 or 900 billionaires ... so, who do you think they're coming after?" she added.

"They're going to come after you," Carol warned. "You should pay your taxes that are due, but that doesn't mean you're not going to get audited, and that doesn't mean you're not going to have to justify every single thing that you do and waste your time and money so they can try and extract a few more dollars from you."

Glenn mentioned that the IRS has recently purchased nearly $700,000 worth of guns and ammo to go along with these 87,000 new "enforcers."

"That is really frightening," Glenn said. "They're not going after the rich ... they're going to go after anyone who disagrees with them. And because it's now public-private partnerships, any business that doesn't agree with them."

"Yeah, this is really really scary," Carol agreed. "And the crazy thing is the number of people who gave feedback and said, 'Well, if you're not a tax cheat, what do you have to worry about?' You've hit the nail on the head, Glenn. The politicization of this is they're going to come after people, they're going to harass you, they're going to tie up your time, they're going to tie up your money, regardless of whether you have followed the rules or not."

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