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  • Glenn Beck explains the ‘I Choose Hope’ event happening on Nov. 19
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Next week will be all about a four-letter word — “hope.”

    On Nov. 19, all three outlets — TheBlaze.com, TheBlaze Radio Network and GlennBeck.com — will be spotlighting stories of hope. The social media accounts of the various outlets are encouraging everyone to use the hashtag #IChooseHope when sharing inspirational stories.

    All of TheBlaze Radio shows will be putting hard news and politics on the sidelines for the day … unless they are, of course, stories of hope.

    Ahead of the big day, Beck stopped by “Pure Opelka” (my radio show on TheBlaze Radio Network) to talk about the event.

    During the course of our conversation, we explored the roots of our friendship (now in the middle of its third decade), the ups and downs we shared, and the curious outfit he was wearing the first time that I met him.

    Mike Opelka (left) and Glenn Beck (right) talked about the upcoming "I Choose Hope" event on PureOpelka. (Photo credit: TheBlaze.com)

    Long-time friends Mike Opelka (left) and Glenn Beck (right) talked about the upcoming “I Choose Hope” event on PureOpelka. (Photo credit: TheBlaze.com)

    When Beck first announced his plan for “I Choose Hope,” I wondered why: Why choose a word that was so instrumental in getting Barack Obama elected?

    Beck explained that Obama’s hope “wasn’t based in truth, it was based in image … based in smoke and mirrors.” He continued, “Real hope comes from truth. Let’s look for things that are authentic.”

    Beck shared his belief that real hope and fulfillment comes from “service to others.” He referenced Charlie Chaplin’s 1952 film “Limelight.” The Internet Movie Data Base summarizes the story (Chaplin wrote, directed and starred in) as, “A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.”

    About the movie, Beck said, “It’s Charlie Chaplin’s story, I think … and he’s wondering if anything he did means anything at all.” He continued, “And he ends up serving somebody else. He falls in love with somebody else and serves them and gives them hope.”

    We talked at length about giving hope to others through service and the power that such service can create.

    Beck wrapped up our discussion saying, “In the end, it’s not about the collective, it’s about the individual.”

    “If we as individuals change, it sets off a ripple that becomes Niagara Falls,” Beck said.

    Listen to my interview with Glenn Beck (Note: the Beck portion starts at the 7:45 mark of the recording):


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  • Number of unaccompanied children at the border drops in first month of FY 2015
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Department of Homeland Security reported Friday that border officials apprehended 2,529 unaccompanied immigration children in October, the first month of fiscal year 2015.

    That’s a 40 pct drop from October 2013, and a possible sign that the flood of child immigrants may be slowing down.

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  • 10 actual statements from Mary Landrieu on the Senate floor as she continues to lag in Louisiana polls
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is facing a runoff election in December in which she might lose her Senate seat to Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

    To avoid that outcome, Landrieu spent the week pushing for Senate approval of the Keystone pipeline. Democrats had opposed a clean vote on the project for years, but reversed course and agreed to give it a try in the hopes it might help Landrieu keep her seat.

    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill in Washington. Lithuania's energy minister pleaded with U.S. officials Tuesday to release natural gas resources into the world market to counter Russian influence in his country across Europe. Lithuania is completely dependent on Russia for natural gas and pays 30 percent more than other European countries, the energy minister told senators at a hearing Tuesday. "This is not just unfair. This is abuse.'' Landrieu held the hearing Tuesday _ her first hearing as chair of the Senate energy panel _ to focus on economic and foreign policy benefits of exporting natural gas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File

    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) would like you to know she is behind the Senate push to pass the Keystone pipeline. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

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  • Golf’s trick shot experts execute another ‘epic’ shot
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Brothers George and Wesley Bryan are well known to golf fanatics. The South Carolina-based Bryans have made a name for themselves by creating and executing some of the wildest golf trick shots the world has seen.

    Image: YouTube

    Image: YouTube

    For their latest trick, the guys wanted to see if Wesley could hit a golf ball in midair after George tossed it from inside a classic 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I that was circling — “doing donuts.”

    Image: YouTube

    Image: YouTube

    A stunt driver was enlisted to circle Wesley at a high rate of speed in the Mustang.

    George would lean out of the passenger window and lob a golf ball towards his brother.

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    Image: YouTube

    After three failed attempts, the car’s engine began smoking and the driver and his crew decided they could handle one more try.

    On the fourth and final effort, George not only made contact with the golf ball, he hit a drive that most golfers would be elated with.

    Image: YouTube

    Image: YouTube

    Unfortunately, the car did not fare as well. Revving the engine at high speeds for a prolonged time, so the tires would spin in the dirt, destroyed the Mustang’s engine. One of the people attending to the classic car announced, “We’ve blown a head gasket guys.” Adding, “The engine’s toast.”

    Image: YouTube

    Image: YouTube

     Watch the full video.

    To see more trick shot videos from the Bryan Brothers, visit their YouTube channel.
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  • More video shows Jonathan Gruber dismissing voter concerns about government-run health care
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Additional video evidence surfaced on Friday showing that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has little regard for voters who are worried about the destructive effects of government-run health care systems.

    Gruber has been in trouble all week for saying the “stupidity of the American voter” helped Obamacare pass in Congress. That has led to more scrutiny of his past comments, such as those he made in Vermont in 2011 that can be heard in a video posted by Watchdog.org.

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  • Defense Secretary Hagel sustains wound in cabinet meeting, but not with Obama
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 10:50 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel admitted Friday that he received an open wound on his left cheek when one of his kitchen cabinets struck him in the face.

    “I had an incident with a cabinet door in the kitchen, he told reporters. “I know that’s not an exciting story.”

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  • Reports of veteran’s death by the VA are greatly exaggerated
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 10:10 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    An 81-year-old Army veteran in Wisconsin was told incorrectly that he was dead last week, in a letter that was just one of several that continue to pour out of the Department of Veterans Affairs insisting that people have died before their time.

    “It said I was dead and not to cash any more checks,” Kenneth Brunner told the Wisconsin State Journal last week. “I read that and I said holy…”

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    Kenneth Brunner holds up the letter he received from the VA saying he had passed away.
    Photo credit: AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold

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  • Lawmaker calls for full review of Secret Service after security blunders, abuse of authority
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 8:52 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has proposed the creation of an independent panel to conduct a full review of the U.S. Secret Service, after a series of events showed the organization is failing to adequately protect the president, and is abusing its authorities.

    Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) introduced legislation that would establish the panel and require it to investigate several key incidents that have taken place over the last few years, and report back to Congress with recommendations after 18 months.

    A U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officer stands between the temporary barricade and the fence line of the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2014. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    A U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officer stands between the temporary barricade and the fence line of the White House in Washington, DC. The barricade was put in place after a fence-jumper made it into the White House before being taken down by an off-duty employee. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • The one thing Glenn Beck wants Americans to remember when his work is finished
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm by Erica Ritz

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    After a week of deeply personal shows, Glenn Beck invited an audience to his studios in Dallas for a live question and answer segment about his journey and the future of his company.

    One audience member noted that Beck is doing all he can to teach the youth about history, asking: “When all is over — so let’s say it’s 60 years from now — what’s the one thing you want myself, my boy, my wife to learn?”

    Beck laughed, saying he would be 110 by the man’s 60-year estimate, before growing more serious.

    “That God lives, and that he is good and gracious and — surrender to him,” Beck said. “Just surrender to him. And everything, you will go through anything with him by your side. Anything. And that’s the one story we’re not teaching. We’re not teaching that at all.”

    Glenn Beck speaks on his television program November 14, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    Glenn Beck speaks on his television program November 14, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    Beck on Monday announced that he has been struggling with severe health issues for almost five years, but after receiving treatment at the Carrick Brain Centers, recently received a clean bill of health. His struggles have only made him more determined to accomplish what he believes he is meant to do: impact the culture, telling stories of “love and courage where the good guys win.”

    Beck said that in addition to beginning work on a show called “History House,” a movie about the background of Santa Claus, and a Spanish-language film called “The Revolutionary,” he also plans to completely revamp his 5 p.m. show.

    “For months, we’ve been working behind the scenes to revamp this program,” Beck said. “I told you that five years ago, I started to hear ‘you’re standing in the wrong place.’ That didn’t just mean, ‘you have to leave Fox.’ That meant, ‘you’re doing the wrong thing.’”

    Beck said he will continue to cover the news, and all that they are planning will be in addition to what they already do. He hopes to unveil the new show in September of 2015.

    “The changes that we’re making are not simple, formulaic changes,” he said with a smile. “It is a feeling, and you will know it when you see it.”

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  • ‘We’re going to fight the president’: Boehner says GOP exploring options to stop Obama on immigration
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans are in the middle of discussing ways to stop President Barack Obama from acting alone on immigration, and promised the GOP would fight “tooth and nail” to stop Obama’s plans.

    “We’re going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path,” Boehner told reporters. “This is the wrong way to govern. This is exactly what the American people said on election day they didn’t want.”

    FILE - This May 16, 2013, file photo shows House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, indicating a tall stack of paper which represents the 20,000 pages of regulations of the Affordable Care Act regulations during a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington. Confused by the health care law or the debate over government surveillance? You're not alone. Most Americans think the issues facing the country are getting more complicated. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File) AP Photo/Molly Riley, File

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that Republicans would fight ‘tooth and nail’ to stop Obama’s immigration plan. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

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  • We should all know the name ‘Rich Weinstein’
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    Today on Pat & Stu we had Rich Weinstein join us. Who is Rich Weinstein? He’s the guy who unearthed all of those clips of Jonathan Gruber talking about Obamacare. Could he be the unlikely hero to bring down the ACA?

    We talked to him about his diligence in locating then releasing the stunning video clips to the masses — then realized our own employees here at The Blaze may be responsible for Obamacare’s continued existence!

    Watch it here:

    You can also take listen to the full show below:

  • Why is Mark Cuban tweeting about Ayn Rand?
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    In the continuing debate over net neutrality, Mark Cuban, the billionaire who made his fortune as an internet entrepreneur during the dot-com boom, has planted his stake in the ground firmly on the side opposed to such potential FCC regulation.

    Cuban’s mini-Twitter tirade on Thursday began with his suggesting the “one article you should read to understand the Net Neutrality debate,” which led to an exchange with some Twitter users who challenged Cuban’s position:

    This led then to a Twitter rant in which Cuban argued that net neutrality was something straight out of Ayn Rand’s novel, ”Atlas Shrugged.”

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  • Controversial Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid $400,000 in July…to design another health care system
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who has touted the “stupidity of the American voter” as a reason why Obamacare passed, was paid $400,000 in July to advise Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) on how to finance a government-run health care system in that state.

    According to Watchdog.org, Shumlin’s office announced in July that it would pay that amount for advice on how to proceed. But the website said Shumlin’s office has declined to reveal anything about its plans for nearly two years.

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  • McConnell: GOP won’t threaten government shutdown in immigration fight with Obama
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that Republicans would not fight President Barack Obama’s unilateral move on immigration by threatening a government shutdown.

    McConnell was asked by the press if Republicans might consider holding up government funding if that move helps them fight back against Obama’s pending immigration move. But McConnell indicated that was not part of the GOP’s plan.

    “We will not be shutting the government down, or threatening to default on the national debt,” McConnell said.

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  • Pelosi sees sexism in questions about whether she’ll step down as Dem leader
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday implied that it’s sexist of reporters to ask if she is considering stepping down from her leadership post, after three elections in which Democrats failed to win back the House.

    “What was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell, when they lost the Senate three times a row… aren’t you getting a little old Mitch, shouldn’t you step aside?” she said to reporters.


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  • GOP to Obama: Boots on the ground must be an option against the Islamic State
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 10:42 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee warned the Obama administration Thursday that the House will not support a new Authorization for Use Military Force to fight the Islamic State that bans the use of U.S. ground troops, and said attempts to include this limitation will fail.

    President Barack Obama is expected to ask Congress for an updated AUMF to fight the terrorist group, and continues to insist that no U.S. ground troops will be used in that fight.

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    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, was told by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), right, that the House won’t support a military plan against the Islamic State that doesn’t include a ground troops option.
    Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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  • The music video for any mom who has struggled to keep the house clean
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 10:40 am by Liz Klimas

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    Every mom at some point can relate to feeling like they can’t keep up with both housework and kids.

    So put down the sponge and sit back for five minutes to watch the parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” by the YouTube group “Laughing Moms by Alisha found Eden.”

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    “[I]t’s been stuck in our heads for weeks and naturally flowed into our daily routines, such as struggling to keep our houses clean! This is a tribute to everyone who has struggled to clean their house!” the group of “happy, fun-loving moms who love to sing and laugh and plan on changing the world one laugh and one diaper at a time” wrote.

    Watch the hilarious music parody:

  • Dozens of House Republicans demand language blocking Obama’s immigration move
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 10:01 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    More than 50 House Republicans on Thursday called on House appropriators to add language to a government spending bill that would block President Barack Obama from implementing his controversial immigration plans later this year.

    Funding for the federal government runs out in mid-December, and Congress will have to pass some kind of funding bill to keep it running.

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    President Barack Obama is planning an executive action on immigration, but Republicans say he isn’t listening to the voters, and are trying to pass legislation to stop him.
    Photo credit: AP Photo/Khin Maung Win

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  • ‘We got our butts kicked’: House Democrat says Dems lost because they abandoned their economic message
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 8:53 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said Thursday Democrats lost the midterm elections last week because they failed to talk about how they would continue to improve the U.S. economy, and said Democrats wouldn’t win again until they return to that message.

    “We got our butts kicked,” Ryan said on C-SPAN Thursday morning. “I think when Democrats don’t talk about economics, we usually lose elections.”

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  • Blaze poll: Do we need a maximum age limit on the presidency?
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Does age matter when it comes to presidential candidates?

    Our youngest president, John F. Kennedy was 43-years-old when he was elected. On the other end of the spectrum, Ronald Reagan was 16 days shy of his 70th birthday when he took over as commander-in-chief.

    Both men are highly regarded, some might even say revered.

    The 22nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution placed term limits on how many years someone can serve as president. There is also a minimum age of 35 required to hold the office. However, there is no maximum age restriction.

    But looking ahead to the 2016 election, age has suddenly become a topic.

    Earlier this year, as Hillary Clinton began to emerge as a frontrunner for Democrats, there were several opinion pieces on the subject of age, and age and gender as it related to presidential candidates.

    In March, conservative commentator Michael Medved’s USA Today opinion piece asked, “Is Hillary too old?” Medved pointed out, before Reagan, the last president to be elected and be older than 65, was William Henry Harrison — and he died of pneumonia a month after his inauguration.

    CNN/Daily Beast contributor David Frum wondered if it was “sexist” to talk about Hillary’s age.

    The National Journal also addressed Hillary’s age in an April 23 piece from Stephanie Stamm and Patrick Reis, calling the comparisons to Reagan’s age, “nonsensical.”

    Earlier this week, Mediate took note of Fox News’ Neil Cavuto calling out Sen. Rand Paul for what he called a “condescending swipe” at Clinton’s age.

    On Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said, “It is stupid to bring up Hillary’s age”:

    The fact of the matter, if Democrats select Hillary Clinton and Republicans pick Mitt Romney to represent them in 2016, voters would be faced with choosing between two 69-year-old candidates (barring a competitive third party candidate).

    So, we pose the question again: Does age matter when it comes to presidential candidates?

    We invite you to participate in our Blaze poll on the topic and share your opinions in the comments section below:

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  • ‘For the Record’ live blog: ‘Biological Battlefield’
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm by Steve Krakauer

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    While you watch tonight’s new episode of For the Record, “Biological Battlefield,” about bioterrorism, join the conversation here with producers and reporters at TheBlaze. We’ll have behind-the-scenes pictures and details, related links, polls and much more. The live blog begins at 8 p.m. ET.

  • Mitch McConnell: Obama’s action on immigration would be a ‘big mistake’
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned from the Senate floor Wednesday that an executive action on immigration from President Barack Obama would undermine the trust Obama needs to build with the new Republican Congress.

    “Working together requires trust,” said McConnell, who will become the new majority leader in the next Congress. “I think President Obama has the duty to help build the trust we all need to move forward together, not to double-down on old ways of doing business.”

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    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Wednesday that a White House move on immigration would be a ‘big mistake.’
    Photo credit: AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI

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  • Why won’t Israel listen to the State Department on east Jerusalem settlements? Don’t ask the State Department.
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The State Department on Wednesday refused to answer why Israel ignores State’s recommendation against building more settlements in east Jerusalem, and indicated it’s not really sure why.

    The Israeli government announced Wednesday that it had approved the construction of 200 more homes in east Jerusalem, a move some say will make it even harder to restart peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday afternoon that the U.S. is again “deeply concerned” by Israeli’s announcement for that reason.

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    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki indicated she doesn’t know why Israel is ignoring its advice on settlements in east Jerusalem.
    Photo credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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  • Which media outlet compared Glenn Beck’s new show ‘History House’ to Pixar?
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm by Erica Ritz

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    The Huffington Post on Tuesday compared Glenn Beck’s recently-announced show “History House” to a Pixar creation, which Beck said Wednesday was a “huge compliment.”

    “We released four minutes of a piece of [the show], and it’s going to be on Johnny Appleseed,” Beck explained on his radio program. “The Huffington Post posted it yesterday with something amazing. They said it was very reminiscent of Pixar, which is a huge compliment for us.”

    In case you missed it, you can see the clip the Huffington Post references, below:

    Beck recently received a clean bill of health after roughly five years of debilitating health issues. During that time — when doctors told him he may only have five functional years left — Beck asked Ben McPherson, who heads the American Dream Labs, to tell all the stories he had written if the time came that he could no longer remember them.

    Among the stories Beck hoped to tell are those that will be featured on History House, in addition to a remarkable story that explains the background of Santa Claus.

    Now that he is well, Beck said he and his company are ready to start creating the stories “of love and courage where the good guys win.”

  • Jeff Sessions dares Obama to veto bill blocking funding for amnesty
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 10:43 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday night said there is growing support in the Senate to deny President Barack Obama the funding he needs to executive his immigration plans, and said Obama’s veto of that legislation would not be supported by the American people.

    Sessions said on the Mark Levin Show that Republicans will be looking to pass a government funding bill that prevents Obama from using any money to implement an amnesty program for millions of illegal immigrants. Sessions admitted that passage of this language might have to wait until next year, when Republicans take over the Senate.

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    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Tuesday night that vetoing language to stop President Barack Obama’s planned immigration move would not go well for Obama.
    Photo credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

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