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Friday, January 18th, 2013

What’s Going On?
Sean kicked off Friday’s show examining the controversy surrounding Notre Dame defensive star and Heisman Trophy runner-up, Manti Te’o and his made-up girlfriend. The future NFL draftee allegedly was involved in a hoax where his online girlfriend had passed away from leukemia. This story was picked up by NBC and became an underlying theme throughout Notre Dame’s stellar season culminating in the National Championship game. Sean was joined by legendary Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz to cover this story. “I can’t really explain what happened here,” laughed Hannity, “I think it’s important that we get an answer but moreover the media learned a lesson, nobody checked the validity of this story!” “I had Coach Holtz on TV last night and he said that Notre Dame did some investigating,” continued Hannity, “So I’m having some hope there, I’m hoping that this is just some kid who didn’t want to ad mit he didn’t have a girlfriend and this is kind of reflective of the world we live in, what is this online generation?” Sean continued on this topic saying, “I’ve always said this on my show but take the world of pornography, which is a multibillion dollar business and people are addicted, but I say go deal with a real person, go deal with a real relationship, what are you doing?” “I’m not sure what the ultimate fallout will be here but it will definitely be interesting to see,” concluded Hannity, “There’s a lot of confusion here.” You can watch Sean’s entire interview with Coach Holtz here.

Executive Order Abuse: Senator Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul has been a vocal opponent of President Obama’s abuse of power as it relates to the number of Executive Orders that have been produced by The White House. “I went through a series of examples, like the Dream Act, where Obama doesn’t get where he wants and does these orders to bypass Congress,” began Hannity, “What can happen here, would Democrats support?” “Clinton tried to do this,” offered Paul, “One of his orders even overturns part of Obama Care, and we think we may need to pursue court action here.” “I’m concerned by this arrogance,” added Senator Paul, “The President needs to know that Congress won’t let him usurp our power.” “Advancing his agenda, in his mind, is the ends justify the means,” noted Hannity, “Where are your colleagues on this, I was disappointed to see only five were opposed to the fiscal cliff.” “My point on the fiscal cliff was that it’s just bad government,” a frustrated Paul said, “We had ten years on this and it took us ten years one hour and thirty six minutes to come up with a crummy law that even added to spending.” Senator Paul has been very critical over the last few weeks. For more on Senator Paul’s plans to fight Executive Orders, click here.

Ghouse and Gabriel on Algeria
Sean was joined by Mike Ghouse and Brigitte Gabriel to discuss the latest hostage crisis in Algeria and what President Obama is doing to solve this issue. “I thought Al Qaeda was on the run,” sarcastically commented Sean, “I’m kidding, I never thought this was over.” “The way I see this is that our enemies see Israel as weaker,” continued Hannity, “As we look at the rise of radicalism, we need to ask how widespread this is.” “Exactly,” agreed Gabriel, “There were forty four wars going on between Muslims and Non-Muslims in 2006 and we’re even worse off now and yet we hear nothing from the West.” “Radical Islamists have figured out that our President doesn’t have the stomach to take them on,” concluded Sean, “He just doesn’t.” “The majority of people are good people,” countered Ghouse, “What we need to do is keep the good people on our side.” While another war is far from what America needs right now, one thing is clear and that’s our need to stand up to radical Islamists who’re hell-bent on trying to destroy America and yet, keep an open arm to those “good people” who are on our side. For the latest on the Algerian hostage situation, click here.

Show Guests

Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel is one of the leading terrorism experts in the world providing information and analysis on the rise of global Islamic terrorism. She lectures nationally and internationally about terrorism and current affairs. Her expertise is sought after by world and business leaders. She has addressed the Australian Prime Minister, members of The British Parliament/House of Commons, members of the United States Congress, The Pentagon, The Joint Forces Staff College, The US Special Operations Command, The US Asymmetric Warfare group, the FBI, and many others. In addition, Gabriel is a regular guest analyst on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, and various radio stations daily across America. She serves on the board of advisors of the Intelligence Summit. Ms. Gabriel was Keynote speaker for Homeland Security Certification annual conference in 2009 in Las Vegas. Ms. Gabriel is founder, president and CEO of ACT! for America, the largest national security grassroots... More >

Mike Ghouse

Speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, foreign policy, islam, interfaith and cohesive societies. He offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at . Mike has a strong national and local presence in the tv, radio and print media, details at , a personal site.

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.