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Friday’s Headlines recap: Obama uses executive order to protect illegal immigrants; reports says Americans not in favor of gay PDA; Glenn Beck rants about AP interview with Bill Cosby

11.21.14 at 8:45 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

— President Obama worked around Congress and used an executive order to protect millions of illegal immigrants in the United States from deportation. During his address to the public Thursday night, Obama said the immigrants would be temporarily protected and could “come out of the shadows.”

Said Minihane: “It’€™s over. We are joined, thanks to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, for making this happen.”

“You mean the 44th-best President of the United States,” replied Dennis.

“He’€™s definitely one of the 44 best,” said Minihane.

Replied Callahan: “Yeah, he’€™s in the top 44.”

The hosts said Obama overstepped his bounds and did something the public didn’t want to happen.

“There’€™s nobody for it,” said Callahan. “There’€™s like no one for it. No one can defend it. He has not much support on this one.”

“[Joe] Biden thinks it’€™s stupid,” added Dennis.

The hosts then played a segment of Obama’€™s Thursday night address. He offered a safe life, at least temporarily, for people who meet qualifications he laid out, especially ones who have had children in this country.

“It’€™s a good deal, think they’€™re going to take it?” asked Minihane.

Said Callahan: “All you’ve got to do is cross the border, have a baby, you get to stay.”

— A report completed by the American Sociological Review found that most people are OK with gay couples as long they don’€™t show public displays of affection. Of 1,000 people surveyed, 70 percent were in favor of equal rights for gay couples, although only 55 percent only approved of a gay couple kissing in public.

Said Dennis: “I would say this, they should have every right to have public displays of affection. But don’€™t you feel awkward when you see some guy down his girlfriend’€™s throat? Get a room.”

“Forget gay couples, when straight couples make out it’€™s uncomfortable,” agreed Minihane.

“What makes it worse is if they’€™re doing a public display of affection to get a reaction, whether it’€™s heterosexual or homosexual,”  said Dennis.

Said Callahan: “It is awkward, that’€™s what people are saying. Awkward to see public displays of affection between two guys. Two girls it’€™s OK, two guys it’€™s weird. … It’€™s not uncomfortable, it’€™s confusing [for young kids.]”

Glenn Beck ranted Thursday after he alleged The Associated Press “raped” Bill Cosby with its treatment of him. During an interview with the AP, Cosby asked a sympathetic reporter if he could disregard and edit out the part on sexual assault allegations. The section of the interview eventually was made public, and this incited an angry Beck.

“A fool that Beck is,” said Minihane.

“You can’€™t blame the media in this case because there are victims going on the record telling their stories,” said Callahan. “People are turning on recorders and cameras and saying, ‘Tell me your story.'”

Said Minihane: “To the AP reporter’€™s point, there were no guidelines set before the interview, Cosby talked about it, the cameras were rolling and they played it.”

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Thursday’s Headlines recap: More Bill Cosby sexual assault accusations; Cosby gives interview with AP; Michael Phelps’ girlfriend reveals she was born a boy

11.20.14 at 8:25 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

— Another person has come forward accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, as Tamara Green, 66, is the fifth person to now come forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault.

“I didn’t know how far he was going to take it, he had drugged me, I thought he could do anything, I thought he could kill me,” Green told Mail Online.

“Is there a question that the two of you have that you could share to me about this whole situation, when is the legal system going to drop the hammer on this pervert? Is it the statutes of limitations?” Dennis asked.

“They are reluctant to press charges,” Callahan replied. “They were reluctant 10 or 15 years ago. … You think the people 10 or 15 years ago are going to step forward and say, ‘arrest that man?'”

— The hosts continued yesterday’s discussion of CNN host Don Lemon’s interview with another one of the Bill Cosby sexual assault accusers, Joan Tarshis, who said she was forced to perform oral sex on Cosby. Lemon said there could’€™ve been a way for her to not perform the act, using her teeth as a ‘€œweapon.’€

“Why didn’t she respond and say, ‘you stupid fool, he would have beaten me … and then drugged me and killed me,'” Callahan said.

— On Nov. 6, Cosby gave a video interview with the Associated Press and was asked about the accusations. Cosby never really responded and then following the interview asked the reporter to “scuttle” the segment about the rape allegations, as he believed the interview had ended. The AP has released the video.

“What a manipulative piece of garbage,” Dennis said.

“He’s just a monster,” Callahan replied.

Michael Phelps‘ girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler revealed she was born a boy and was named David Roy Fitch. She was born with both sets of reproductive organs and she identified as a boy until her teenage years.

Phelps is currently in currently in rehab, as well as serving a six-month suspension from USA Swimming after his second DUI in late September. She said she told Phelps via email and he’s yet to respond.

“Well, I’d rather be Phelps than Cosby today, I’ll say that,” Dennis said.

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Wednesday’s Headlines recap: CNN host interviews Bill Cosby accuser; Chris Hemsworth named People’s Sexiest Man Alive; Charles Manson to get married in jail

11.19.14 at 8:56 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, Gerry Callahan and guest host Mike Mutnansky. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

—  CNN host Don Lemon had an interview with another one of the Bill Cosby sexual assault accusers, Joan Tarshis, who said she was forced to perform oral sex on Cosby. She claimed, like many others, that Cosby drugged her. Lemon said there could’ve been a way for her to not perform the act, using her teeth as a “weapon.”

Said Callahan of Lemon: “This guy’s out of his mind.”

“How does he have his job?” asked a stunned Minihane.

Said Mutnansky: “You’re a TV star, isn’t there a producer most of the time in your ear. Like some producer saying, ‘Maybe don’t go down this road about biting this guy’s crank off.’ … Give me a break.”

“Don Lemon, I think he’s almost embracing this madness, though,” said Minihane. “I don’t know how well it’s going to end.”

Replied Callahan: “That’s the last hope of someone who actually watches CNN. Anderson Cooper isn’t getting it done.”

— People magazine named its annual Sexiest Man Alive this week. The hosts had differing opinions on who should take the title, but the winner turned out to be actor Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in “The Avengers.” He beat out finalists Chris Pratt and Matthew McConaughey for the award.

Callahan said he liked how McConaughey was a final candidate.

“That’s a good choice, but he’s a little too trendy right now,” Callahan said

“Too skinny now, too. I like a man with a little beef,” replied Minihane. “I like a little beef, something to love. Isn’t McConaughey too skinny?”

Said Callahan: “He was, I don’t know that he still is. He was skinny for a part, for a role.”

When Callahan found out the winner was Hemsworth, he could not think of more than one character the actor played: “What else is he besides Thor?”

Said Minihane: “He was in that Ron Howard movie, the race car movie Ron Howard did. Remember that?”

“No,” replied Callahan.

— Charles Manson’s fiancee’s mother said she will not attend the couple’s upcoming jailhouse wedding and won’t buy the two a gift for their marriage. Afton Elaine Burton, 26, plans to marry the criminal, and her mother, Melissa Burton, does not exactly approve.

After hearing a clip of Afton Elaine talking, Minihane was a bit skeptical of her as person.

“Could you, like, hang out with her?” asked Minihane.

“No. I don’t think Manson is spending a lot of time with her either,” replied Callahan.

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Monday’s Headlines recap: Unlicensed 16-year-old girl drives 118 mph in wrong lane; Bill Cosby asked about sexual assault allegations on NPR

11.17.14 at 9:13 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Monday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

— A 16-year-old girl without a license was caught driving southbound in a northbound lane on two highways in New Hampshire on Sunday morning. This girl reached a speed of 118 mph as she drove her family’s Toyota RAV4 on interstates 93 and 293. State troopers chased her down until she ran over spike strips that stopped her.

“A Toyota SUV can do 118 [mph]?” asked a shocked Dennis.

“And the story says through the tolls,” said Callahan.

Said Minihane: “Yes, she went right through the tolls.”

“You better have good aim,” replied Dennis.

Replied Callahan: “This is the craziest teenager, and I feel bad for her parents, must be tough. But have you ever heard of anyone this nuts? … A RAV4, at 118, with cops chasing in the wrong lane down 93, it’s a miracle she’s alive. And you know the next shoe to drop? We’re going to find out she was texting. Probably texting her boyfriend.”

“She’s a pretty good driver, could be a stunt driver,” replied a sarcastic Minihane.

The hosts played a news clip in which the girl’s mother spoke about the incident. The mother had no idea what her daughter was doing and said the 16-year-old told her that she left something in the car in order to get the car keys in the first place.

“She left something in the car?” asked Dennis

Replied Callahan: “Yeah, her brains.”

— A couple refused to leave Ten’s Show Club in Salisbury after security guards said the two engaged in inappropriate behavior and touching. After the couple did not leave when asked by the club’s staff, responding police officers arrested the two for disorderly conduct.

Said Minihane: “I feel like everything should be in play here. So what, you’re at a strip club, it’s a sexual place. Why not?”

“It’d be messier than this studio if they allowed them to do anything,” Callahan said.

“Get a room,” said Dennis.

Asked Callahan: “Isn’t that part of the fun, you go there, you get aroused and go home or you go to your hotel room?”

Minihane said he isn’t the biggest fan of going to strip clubs.

“Why would you walk into a strip club, now?” asked Minihane. “Doesn’t it feel antiquated, strip clubs, almost?”

“They were inspired, they were inspired,” replied Dennis.

— Bill Cosby faced questions this weekend after more allegations emerged about his possible sexual assaults. His appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” was canceled and the comedian was asked if there were any truth to the accusations during an NPR interview. Cosby only shook his head and did not provide a verbal response to the questions.

The hosts were not pleased with the way host Scott Simon apologized to Cosby for asking the questions.

“What’s the name of this stooge again? Did he apologize enough?” asked Callahan.

The hosts mocked Simon’s voice and how he said, “This question gives me no pleasure.”

Said Callahan: “That’s how you should start Tom Brady off, ‘This gives me no pleasure.’ “

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Friday’s Headlines recap: Wife of oil mogul appeals $1 billion divorce settlement; Bill Cosby faces more sexual assault allegations

11.14.14 at 8:34 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

— The ex-wife of oil tycoon Harold Hamm was awarded $1 billion in a divorce settlement earlier this week. But Sue Ann Hamm is appealing the decision, as she believes she deserves to receive more of her husband’€™s wealth.

“At every level, nothing changes,” said Dennis.

Said Callahan: “It’€™s amazing, right? It’€™s not enough for you, Honey?”

When the hosts found out Mr. Hamm is worth $18 billion, Dennis, with a hint of sarcasm, changed his opinion on how much money the ex-wife should get in the settlement.

“Well then she’€™s right,” Dennis said. “She should get 9 [billion].”

“You think that’€™s fair?” asked Dennis.

“Yeah, fair,” replied Dennis with more sarcasm. “Well keep in mind, she ran the household, she set aside her career, she stayed home, she raised the kids, she paid the bills, she shopped for the groceries, she let the maid in, she did all the stuff and she subjugated her career.”

— More allegations came out against comedian Bill Cosby about his alleged sexual assaults. In an essay for the Washington Post, Barbara Bowman detailed her experiences with the comedian and is wondering why it took so long for the public to believe the accusations against him.

Bowman describes one occasion in particular when Cosby tried to brainwash her into thinking he was a father figure. During the incident, she claims Cosby drugged her.

“Her point is, and I think it’€™s a fair point, is it takes a long time for these women to get the courage to stand up to these guys, and by the time this happens, it’€™s over,” said Minihane.

Replied Callahan: “What are you blaming the victim now, Minihane?”

“No, quite the opposite,” said Minihane.

The hosts ran a clip of Cosby’€™s comedy act where he’€™s speaking gibberish.

“How could you resist that?” asked Dennis “Sweet talker that he is.”

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