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Gingrich lights up AM airwaves

Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh was impressed by Newt Gingrich’s performance during the South Carolina debate. Gingrich got a standing ovation, because, as Rush explained, he did something he’d never done before: He responded to racially charged questions with blunt force simplicity (FREE audio).

Wisconson’s Gov. Scott Walker called in to Rush to talk about the union-led recall campaign against him and explain how his reforms are actually improving the economy. In fact, the state has gone from running a deficit when he took office to showing a surplus (FREE audio).

Michael Savage

According to one analysis, Michael Savage’s website remains the 7th most popular conservative site in America, outranking the official sites of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

Savage didn’t take Martin Luther King Jr. Day off this week. Instead, he cautioned listeners against looking at the late activist as a saint and told them why the holiday should be renamed “Civil Rights Day” (FREE audio).

Sean Hannity

Author, comedian and podcasting pioneer Adam Carolla brought his candid thoughts about the concept of “paying your fair share” to Hannity’s show. As someone who grew up on welfare and is now “literally a millionaire,” Carolla’s perspective is a valuable one (FREE audio).

Mark Levin

Levin told The Daily Caller that he has no plans to leave talk radio behind and run for public office.

“I actually think that, from my perspective, I can have more influence, get more information out there than any single United States senator,” he told Jamie Weinstein, adding, “plus, to be honest with you, I don’t want to deal with phone calls asking me about missed Social Security checks and everything like that.”

Levin’s new book, “Ameritopia,” is now on the shelves. At the American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord said it should be considered a companion piece to Levin’s previous smash hit, “Liberty and Tyranny,” adding it is essential if sobering reading for anyone wondering how America got into its current situation.

Laura Ingraham

Newt Gingrich talks with Laura about why Newt believes he is more electable than Rick Santorum and why he thinks every American citizen should pay the same 15-percent tax rate that Mitt Romney does.

Laura welcomed also Rick Santorum to the show. He says Mitt Romney is “perpetuating lies” about him and had something to say about Romney’s tax returns (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

This week, Glenn Beck debuted his new block of primetime programming on GBTV. The shows include “Real News from The Blaze” and a reality show called “Independence USA” about a family trying to “live off the grid.”

And now from the left side of the dial …

Is Arianna Huffington changing political sides again? The former conservative-of-convenience-turned-progressive media mogul sounded more like Rush Limbaugh this week when she criticized the first lady’s posh fundraisers.

“I’d love [Michelle Obama] to be more [like] Eleanor Roosevelt right now,” Huffington said, “because the country needs an Eleanor Roosevelt who’s going to go around and at the same time that she’s doing fundraisers in Beverly Hills and Bel Air, she should go to South Central [Los Angeles].”

Brian Maloney of Radio Equalizer predicts that her words will disappear down the memory hole, as do other comments (rare as they may be) that criticize the White House from the left.