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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

US Poverty Rate Hits Record High
The Census Bureau's annual report released Tuesday offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2010. America's poor swelled to almost 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new historic high as long-term unemployment left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in more than two decades. The overall poverty rate climbed to 15.1 percent, or 46.2 million, up from 14.3 percent in 2009. The official poverty level is an annual income of $22,314 for a family of four. “If you want to talk about a malaise in this country, if you want to talk about an Obama Depression – this is it!” Sean exclaimed. “The poverty rate over the past three years has risen faster than any other three year period in decades. And it cuts across every demographic – it rose among all racial and ethnic groups except Asian-Americans, that’s it,” said Sean. “We’re experiencing, as a country, tremendous human hardship. Unnecessary hardship. This is misery for people. There is no group absorbing more pain and more blows than the very constituency that Democrats often lecture everybody about – poor people. The people who are least equipped to deal with this crap that they’re dumping on us. It’s almost incomprehensible at this point. It’s a disgrace!” an audibly upset Sean said. To read more about the Census Bureau’s annual report please click here.

Bachmann Attacks Perry Over HPV Mandate
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) went after Rick Perry during last night's GOP debate for his 2007 executive order mandating that young girls in Texas be vaccinated against HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease and one that can lead to cervical cancer. "To have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just flat out wrong. That should never be done. That's a violation of a liberty interest," she said. Bachmann joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss the debate and her attack on Perry. She also argued that Perry had a conflict-of-interest because one of his top staffers was a lobbyist for Merck, the drug company that manufactured the vaccine. “Perry himself admitted it was a mistake and now the circumstances behind this that his chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck.” Bachmann was pleased with the outcome of the debate. “I think it was handled fairly and professionally. I think we’re beginning to see the layers peel off and people are beginning to find out who has been the consistent conservative in the race,” Bachmann added. Listen to Sean’s entire radio interview with Michele Bachmann by clicking here.

Is Obama Losing His African-American Base?
The 2012 election is just around the corner and President Obama seems to be losing support among African-American voters. Tavis Smiley, host of “Tavis Smiley Reports” on PBS, joined Sean to discuss the reasons why “The Anointed One’s” support seems to be dwindling. “I don't think Barack Obama would say that he thinks I like him given the critique I've had of him of late. A lot of people would laugh at that, certainly inside the White House on poverty and on black unemployment, on these wars that we're still engaged in, I've had some critiques of the president,” Smiley told Sean. “When you put together a deal that doesn't raise a single cent of new revenue, no taxes on the rich or the lucky, doesn't close a single corporate loophole, doesn't extend unemployment benefits. I oppose that deficit reduction package. The one we just passed a few weeks ago,” Smiley added. You can watch Sean’s interview with Tavis Smiley by clicking here.

Show Guests

Michele Bachmann

Michele Marie Amble Bachmann (born April 6, 1956) is the United States Representative of Minnesota's 6th congressional district and member of the Republican Party . She is the third woman and first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She defeated her Democratic challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg , in the 2008 election in a race that had gained national attention following her controversial televised call for the media to investigate members of Congress for perceived anti-American bias, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama . The 6th congressional district includes the northern far suburbs of the Twin Cities along with St. Cloud . She won 50 percent of the votes in the 2006 election , defeating Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Patty Wetterling and the Independence Party 's John Binkowski . Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007.

Ann Coulter

Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American social and political commentator , best-selling author , and syndicated columnist . She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events. Well-known for her conservative political opinions and the controversial ways in which she defends them, Coulter has described herself as a polemicist who likes to "stir up the pot" and, unlike "broadcasters," does not "pretend to be impartial or balanced."

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