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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Is The TSA Backing Off?
Sean kicked off his last show before the Thanksgiving break talking about recent actions by the TSA that may suggest the administration might be backing off its hard stance on new security screening rules. John Pistole, the head of the TSA released a statement saying "We are constantly evaluating and adapting our security measures, and as we have said from the beginning, we are seeking to strike the right balance between privacy and security. Pistole also apologized to a Michigan man who said airport screeners in Detroit refused to listen to him about his medical condition and accidentally ruptured a bag full of urine under his clothes. “I think it’s our job to stand up and say ‘enough is enough’ and use better procedures and demand the government use them,” Sean said adamantly. “The pressure is starting to build…it’s starting to mount on the TSA, they’re beginning to buckle. The first step in stopping which is ultimately going to be political bleeding for the Obama administration is underway.”

America By Heart
Former Governor Sarah Palin joined Sean to talk about her latest book, “America By Heart.” Palin told Sean of all the cities, towns and military bases she’s visited over the past two years and of all the talks and speeches to small groups and at massive rallies. The former Alaska Governor explained to Sean how fortunate she’s been to meet thousands of Americans—ordinary men and women who have shared with her their hopes and dreams, their love of country, and their fears about what lies ahead. Palin, inspired by these encounters, celebrates in her new book the enduring strengths and virtues that have made this country a beacon of liberty and hope for the rest of the world. America By Heart is a remarkable book that gives us a close-up view of an extraordinary woman who is not afraid to speak out and defend the American values in which she so deeply believes. For more on Palin’s latest book please click here.

Obama Weak On Defense?
North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island this morning, killing one person, setting homes ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South's military went on top alert. Sean asked “The Architect,” Karl Rove, who joined the show via the NewsMaker Hotline, if he felt this meant we were headed for war. “It’s not clear,” said Rove, “but we have entered a different stage in our relationship with North Korea. They’re going through a transition in North Korea and the rising leadership needs to show that it is as hard and tough as the old regime so they are going to be looking for places and ways to express that. ” Part of the issue, Rove explained, is that many leaders feel President Obama is weak on national defense. “We’ve seen over the last two years now little that will give people around the world a sense that he is a strong and determined leader who knows what the interests of the United States are and is somebody not to be trifled with. They instead have seen somebody they think they can bend, ignore or thumb their nose at and that’s not good for the world and that’s not good for the United States, ” Rove concluded.

Show Guests

Sarah Palin

Sarah Louise Palin ( ˈpeɪlɨn ( help · info ); née Heath ; born February 11, 1964) is an American politician who served as Governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009 . She was the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States in 2008. Palin was a member of the Wasilla, Alaska , city council from 1992 to 1996 and the city's mayor from 1996 to 2002. After an unsuccessful campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska in 2002, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 until her resignation in 2004. She was elected Governor of Alaska in November 2006. Palin became the first female governor of Alaska and the youngest person ever elected governor of that state. In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose Palin as his running mate in that year's presidential election , making her the second female candidate and the first Alaskan candidate of either major party on a... More >

Karl Rove

Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush until his resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison , and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives . Since leaving the White House , Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News , Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal . For most of his career prior to his employment at the White House, Rove was a political consultant almost exclusively for Republican candidates. Rove's campaign clients have included Bush (2000 and 2004 presidential elections, 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial elections), Senator John Ashcroft (1994 U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (1986 Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (2002 U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (1990 Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (1982... More >