Sean Hannity talks to Glenn about who he likes in 2016 and his ‘conservative solutions’

Sean Hannity joined Glenn on radio this morning for a wide-ranging interview on the state of politics and political discourse in America today. From who he likes in 2016 to the common sense ‘conservative solutions’ he has laid out, Glenn and Sean found they are “on the same page” on some of the most important issues.

It is no secret Glenn is a big fan of Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Sean is as well. When it comes to 2016, however, strategy will play a key role, and the senators could not be more different.

“So let me talk to you about Rand Paul and Ted Cruz because everybody says to me, ‘Which one do you like?’ And my response is ‘Both,’” Glenn said. “But they have different strategies… Which one do you think has the better strategy? The one that's going kind of the traditional way that might pull some more middle ground, or the guy who's just saying this is wrong and I'm standing against it?”

“It's too early to tell. I'm not convinced Cruz is in yet. I am convinced that Rand is in,” Sean said. “Ted Cruz… [is] the one that kept his promise and he's the bad guy. So I admire him just for the fact that he's standing on his principles. You know, he's got a problem because I think they are trying to do to him what they did to Governor Palin, what they've done to you and Rush and talk radio in general. I think they want to smear, slander, besmirch, attack, demonize.”

If the choice was between Sens. Paul and Cruz, Sean was more willing to commit:

GLENN: The candidate: It would be between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

SEAN: Ted Cruz.

GLENN: And I don't know.

SEAN: We're on the same page.

GLENN: Yeah, it's one of those two.

SEAN: Yeah.

Ultimately, Sean is interested in getting a conservative-minded person into office who will stand for smaller government and personal responsibility.

“The American people have to decide this: Are they willing to accept an America where 15 million Americans are on food stamps, the labor participation rate's the lowest since 1978, one in five American children are in poverty, one in six adults are in poverty? Are they willing to accept more of that, or are they now open to the idea that we've gone in the wrong direction and America needs conservative solutions to change,” Sean asked. “I've often heard you say on your show it's not about left or right; it's about right and wrong. I would argue that conservative principles are the right ones that will work, if applied.”

On his radio program, Sean is working on finding and implementing the common sense solutions that will help get this country back on track. His Conservative Solutions Caucus 2014 lays out a pretty straightforward plan.

The crux of Sean’s plan involves cutting one penny of every dollar the government spends for six years (at which point you actually balance the budget) and focusing on energy independence.

“If you did, Glenn, those two things: If we tapped into our energy resources and we cut one penny out of every dollar, we'd save Social Security, we'd pay down the deficit, we'd stop robbing from our kids,” Sean said. “You hear these stories about these Sheiks that get on these Boeings 767s and they fly to the United States and they buy up every store and they take all the crap back because they can't buy it in their countries. Every American would be that wealthy. There would be no need for any social safety net except for those that are truly needy, and we'd have more money to take better care of them.”

So why aren't we doing it?

“Because the Republican Party is uninspiring. They are timid and afraid of their own shadow,” he concluded. “And like the Democrats, they seem most concerned about one thing and one thing only and that's their own political power.”

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.

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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet


Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.