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Rush Limbaugh moved out of New York to escape the city’s astronomical taxes, but that didn’t deter him from making a rare public appearance in the Big Apple this week.

By all accounts his speech was well received, except for a handful of protesters picketing outside the venue. These protesters dispersed when it started to rain, leading Rush to quip to the audience at his sold out show, “The Occupy people are finally getting a shower.”

On the air, Limbaugh reminded listeners to ignore what the media is saying about the current GOP candidates, because they said all the same things about Ronald Reagan – who won in a landslide (FREE audio).

Michael Savage

Animal lover Savage denounced Congress for ending the ban on slaughtering horses for food.

“While you were celebrating Thanksgiving,” Savage announced, “President Barack Hussein Obama signed a law allowing Americans to kill and eat horses,” adding that Obama had made a campaign promise never to allow such slaughter in America (FREE audio).

Savage’s listener numbers have taken another dramatic leap. The November trend report at Talk Stream Live has Savage up 18 percent over the previous month, with other conservative talk radio programs showing only very slight increases or drastic drops. This back-to-back double digit growth over two months keeps Savage solidly in the No. 2 position. Because these figures record the number of people tuning in on streaming audio, this means Savage dominates the all-important universe of online listening.

Sean Hannity

Former Gov. Mitt Romney joined Sean to talk about his recent attacks on fellow Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. He told Sean, “I like Newt and his wife. I was asked about differences between us, and I explained our biggest difference is probably our life experience. He has spent his last 30 or 40 years in Washington and is a career politician, and I spent my life in the private sector – and I don’t think he’d disagree with that” (FREE audio).

Hannity had a delightful chat with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The African-American commentator told Sean that he had to defend his friendship with him over Thanksgiving dinner with his family (FREE audio).

Mark Levin

Levin surprised some listeners when he chided Congressman Allen West for saying it was time for Herman Cain to get out of the race. Both West and Levin later clarified their positions, with the radio host reiterating his profound respect for West as “a man of integrity” (FREE audio).

What should voters be asking the candidates? Levin suggested looking beyond gossip, polls and trivia and advised them to ask themselves, “Who will keep this nation together when it begins to crumble?” (FREE audio).

Laura Ingraham

Laura asked former Governor (and Republican presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee to reveal his first choice for the upcoming nomination. One of those candidates, Michele Bachmann, joined Ingraham to talk about her proposal to fix the illegal immigration crisis.

The show served up a “special presentation”: an imaginary “Holiday Letter” penned by the president, in the spirit of her bestselling humor book “The Obama Diaries,” complete with sarcastic quips by Laura. Then Ron Paul came on to contrast his conservative philosophy with those of his competitors (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

With the latest revelation of alleged infidelity concerning Herman Cain, Glenn Beck declared that it is probably too late for him to revive his campaign for the GOP nomination.

On the same topic, Beck gathered his male and female staffers for a spirited and revealing on-air debate about men and women. Beck’s controversial conclusion: “Women are nuts” (FREE webcam).

And now, from the left side of the dial …

Say what you like about “progressive” talker Ed Schultz: He’s one classy guy!

When he found out he’d made GQ magazine’s annual “least influential” list, Schultz reacted with a class tirade against the publication and touted a weird theory that somehow, CNN’s Anderson Cooper might have been part of a “conspiracy” to embarrass him (FREE audio).

“I know that Anderson Cooper floats around in that GQ crowd,” Schultz said. “I don’t know if he’s behind it or whether their publicist at CNN, but let me just say, I’m kicking his ass, OK?”

Some might hear that use of the word “floats” as vaguely “homophobic”? Being a proud leftist, Schultz couldn’t have possibly meant listeners to get that impression, could he?

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