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Monday, January 31st, 2011

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional
A U.S. district judge ruled Monday that the health care law was unconstitutional because it violated the Commerce Clause. Judge Roger Vinson said as a result of the unconstitutionality of the "individual mandate" that requires people to buy insurance; the entire law must be thrown out. “The Plaintiffs in this case represent more than half the state so this case (in Pensacola) has more prominence than some of the two dozen lawsuits filed in federal court over the health care law. This will ultimately make its way to higher courts,” Sean said. “Eventually it’ll end up in the Supreme Court. But this is why it was so important that all these states got involved in this. This is a very good sign.” You can read the text of the entire ruling by clicking here. For more on this developing story please click here.

Muslim Brotherhood Blames America
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood yesterday asserted itself in anti-government protests, blaming America for the unrest because of its support for President Hosni Mubarak. Esam al-Erian, a senior member of the executive council, said the West's fears for Egypt's future were due to America's "foolish policies". Sean invited former ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino to the program to discuss the latest developments in Egypt. “I think the risk here is that in a crisis situation a well-organized organization like the Muslim Brotherhood could seize power. I think we’re a long way from that point but I don’t think anybody should underestimate the gravity of the situation.” Perino thought that Obama may have boxed himself into a corner. “There was so much desire to be the anti-George Bush during the 2008 campaign that anything that President Bush may have done, even if it meant promoting more openness in a suppressed society, was something Obama was going to try forge his own way on. In some ways maybe we’re paying a price for that now,” Perino added.

Gingrich On Crisis In Egypt
In the show’s final hour, Sean welcomed Newt Gingrich to the program to discuss the crisis in Egypt. “We’ve had very bad developments in Lebanon, continuing erosion in Turkey, significant problems in Tunisia and now the unrest in Egypt. We have to be really concerned about what is going on and what the potential ramifications are for American security. The United States should try to facilitate the movement to a system that promotes democracy, but we shouldn’t kid ourselves. We do not want to see Egypt go the way of Iran and have a pro-Western ally replaced by a radical Islamist organization that is clearly dangerous to our future and could cause enormous instability in the region,” said Gingrich.

Show Guests

John Bolton

John Robert Bolton (born November 20, 1948), is an American conservative and nationalist political figure who has served in several Republican presidential administrations. He worked as the interim Permanent US Representative to the UN from August 2005 until December 2006 on a recess appointment. He resigned in December 2006 when his recess appointment would have ended because he was unable to gain confirmation from the Senate. Bolton is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Fox News commentator, and of counsel to the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, in their Washington D.C. office. He is also involved with a broad assortment of other conservative think tanks and policy institutes, including the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Institute of East-West Dynamics, National Rifle Association, US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and the Council for National Policy (CNP).... More >

Dana Perino

Dana Perino was White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush from September, 2007 to January, 2009 and before that Deputy Press Secretary. Before joining the Bush administration, Perino covered the state assembly of Illinois as a television journalist and worked in the private sector in San Diego, including at Porter Novelli. She attended graduate school at the University of Illinois-Springfield, where she obtained her masters in public affairs reporting. She then worked in Washington, DC, for Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO) as a staff assistant before serving nearly four years as the press secretary for Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO), who then chaired a House Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power. After the 9/11 attacks, Perino served as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice. She later worked as director of communications at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) where she provided strategic counsel on message development, media relations, and... More >

Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >