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First an earthquake, now a hurricane?

Earthquake Shakes NYC-DC
An hour before taking the air, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled the East Coast sending shockwaves as far as Boston and North Carolina. The quake's epicenter was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County, about 90 miles away from DC. The Pentagon and Capitol Building in Washington, DC, were evacuated at 1:51 p.m., shortly after a powerful tremble was felt. Sean spoke with Tom Rockwell, Professor of Geology at San Diego University about the quake at the start of the show. “We experienced a rare earthquake in the Northeast which is rare, but not unprecedented. There have been strong earthquakes that have hit Boston in the past as well as North Carolina along old fault lines. The Midwest and the East have been struck by historical earthquakes and geologic studies do indicate that we have them rarely but when they do happen they can be damaging,” said Rockwell. Rockwell explained that structures built on the West Coast are built to more stringent building codes and are more likely to sustain less damage after an earthquake than those on the East coast. In fact as Sean took the air, reports from the U.S. Capitol Police stated that the Washington Monument may have been damaged with some stones coming loose. For Sean’s reaction to the quake and to listen to Rockwell’s interview please click here.

First An Earthquake, Now A Hurricane?
First an earthquake, now a hurricane? That’s right, Hurricane Irene is headed north towards the Florida coast, and it looks more and more likely the storm will make a big splash on the D.C. region this weekend. Sean was joined by Joe Bastardi, chief forecaster at WeatherBell, to give his predictions about Irene. “I want people to understand that we are long overdue for a major hurricane in the Northeast. It’s not a matter of hype; it’s simply a matter of identifying the elephant in the room. When the Pacific begins to cool like it is now, and the Atlantic gets warm the major hurricane track tends to shift to the eastern seaboard.

How Will U.S. Address Libya Going Forward?
Sean was joined by “War Stories” host Col. Oliver North on ‘Hannity’ to discuss the situation in Libya. North agreed with Sean that Obama doesn’t appear to have any short or long term plans for Libya. “Well, clearly from what Obama said today, he doesn't have [a plan],” Col. North said. “We still don’t know where Qaddafi is. I think what we can look at is several days, if not months of chaos in what is today Libya. What I think we are looking at is the possibility that Libya becomes a Somalia with oil with tribal warlords and of course piracy, the kinds of things that we've seen in the past. There's no guarantee that this is going to turn upward as everybody predicted after what happened in Egypt,” North concluded. To watch Sean’s entire interview with Col. Oliver North, please click here.

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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 >