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The Good News
Sean began the show sharing some good news about the economy. “Texas added 732,800 jobs in the last ten years and no other state tops 100,000,” began Hannity, “Why do you think that happened – try low taxes and a business friendly environment.” Sean continued, “More people work from home or out of their house, for example we advertise for Regis - these virtual offices – you can have an office and fly into New York on American Airlines and it’s a straight shot out of Dallas and you’re there.” Sean’s point here is that the world is becoming increasingly small and the need to live in a state that’s not business friendly decreases by the day. Sure, New York City is the financial center of the world but now you don’t have to live there to partake in its business. Where does your state stack up on the job creation scale? Click here to find out.

Kate Obenshain and Mercedes Colwin
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz made headlines earlier this week by calling conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham a “right-winged slut.” Kate Obenshain and Mercedes Colwin joined Sean to hash out this scandal. “What would happen if a conservative talk radio host had used the word slut to talk about a liberal commentator or a female politician,” asked Hannity. Colwin answered first saying, “Certainly the corporation will step in and do something as MSNBC has done.” Obenshain was much more disdainful, “Somebody called Sarah Palin the c word like Bill Maher did and there’s only a minor rap on the knuckles and the difference is what is so stunning.” If you’d like to join the growing conversation on this issue, check out the Hannity forums here.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
Senator Paul stopped by to give an update on his plans for 2012 and to defend against recent attacks by Senate Majority Leader. When discussing the renewal of the Patriot Act, Senator Reid attacked Senator Paul saying, “When the clock strikes midnight tomorrow, we will be giving terrorists the opportunity to plot against our country undetected. … The senator from Kentucky is threatening to take away the best tools we have for stopping them.” Senator Paul defended himself to Hannity saying, “My argument is that we are doing so much random searching and we’re not spending enough time focusing on those who are attacking us.” “This is a lot about gun rights, “Paul continued, “I don’t want the government going through my records to know that I have a gun because someday there may be a person in government who may want to take away my gun.” To read more about this debate, click here.

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Rand Paul

Randal Howard "Rand" Paul (born January 7, 1963) is an American ophthalmologist and politician who describes himself as a "constitutional conservative". He is the third child of Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. Paul is the chairman and founder of Kentucky Taxpayers United. In August 2009, Paul officially announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat held by retiring Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky. Paul, a lifelong Republican, won the party's primary election on May 18, 2010. He then defeated Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the general election on November 2, 2010.