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Need To Know News: Longtime Senators Lieberman and Conrad on way out
January 19th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Need To Know News: Longtime Senators Lieberman and Conrad on way out

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" will put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For January 19, 2011, longtime Senators leaving, Giffords update, Palin unfavorables.

• Senators Joe Lieberman and Kent Conrad announced they are leaving when their terms are up. Reports Ed Henry: "Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, is planning to announce Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, according to two knowledgeable Democratic sources. The move by the former Democratic vice presidential candidate could add even more murkiness to the party's hopes of hanging on to its slim majority in the Senate in the 2012 election, especially coming on the heels of Sen. Kent Conrad's, D-North Dakota, that he will not seek re-election at the end of this term."

• Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues her recovery, and is likely to move to a rehab center at the end of the week. Her husband says she feared being shot. From CNN: "We've discussed it a number of times," Mark Kelly told CNN affiliate KVOA in an interview Tuesday. "She felt that, that was a possibility, pretty much exactly what had happened ... there have been threats against her and other members of Congress."

Sarah Palin – never far out of the news cycle – has found her unfavorables at an all-time high. Reports Paul Steinhauser: "A new national poll indicates that 56 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin, an all-time high for the former Alaska governor. That 56 percent unfavorable figure is up seven points from just before the midterm elections, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning."

• Chinese President Hu Jintao is meeting with President Barack Obama today. From CNN: "Chinese President Hu Jintao is on a three-day trip to the United States for talks on trade, currency and North Korea. It will be the eighth face-to-face meeting between the two leaders."

R. Sargent Shriver has died at the age of 95. From CNN: "He had suffered for years from Alzheimer's disease. After overseeing the Peace Corps launch in the early 1960s, Shriver went on to serve subsequent presidential administrations and kept up his activism throughout his life, becoming a chief architect of President Lyndon B. Johnson's war on poverty and later heading the Special Olympics, which was founded by his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver."

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  1. ulla b. soehle

    piers morgans line up of first week interviews was otrocius. how bloody boring and predictable with ophrah w. having her as first guest is a poor testament of morgans uncertainty to hold an audience by sheer force of his own personality. so, he is chosen o. as a sure bet??
    or howard stern. howard stern????? are you out of your mind??? this overinflated doushbag has nothing to say of interest to anyone. the only legit guest might be cloney and father for their political involvement in the sudan and the worthwhile cause they are persueing.
    so, the first week was a boring washout. not interesting not challenging, not relevant. and something morgan promised not to be. well, god luck for the second week. there are truly greats in this world who have something to say or teach. find them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or this show is toast and justifyably so.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Kiki McGaha

    Excellent interview, keep up the good job Piers, the reason they don't like you its because you are a Brit, don't worry, I am French and I like you....

    January 19, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Sanni

    What a breath of fresh air Piers Morgan has been in his first 2 interviews. Slick, professional and heartwarming he drew the best out of both his first guests. May CNN continue to air real, meaningful interviews. Incisive, crisp and funny – no soapy drama. Don't lose him – he's a gem! A real delight.

    January 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. debra parker

    Am I the only person who thinks Piers Morgan stinks? His accent is so thick, at times, he's hard to understand. He mumbles and runs his words together. I had to rewind my DVR several times just to try to figure out what he said, I got sick of trying so hard to enjoy a show. I, for one, will never tune in again.

    January 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kiki McGaha

    Yes, he has a British accent, and if you make the effort to really listen, you will understand...

    January 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Janet, Canada

    Piers, actually speaks ENGLISH PROPERLY! CLASS Act!

    LKL was a ZOMBIE on a STICK! In all the years he was on, may of watched about 10 minutes! His use of the "so called english language,' was lost in translation!

    January 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dupremuse

    I take exception with the statement "...will put together the news you need to know –" but I understand the thought
    I like the show.. its like new age Larry King

    January 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. sdorttuii plmnr

    I carry on listening to the news update speak about getting boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the best site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i find some?

    June 18, 2015 at 4:00 am | Report abuse | Reply

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