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Need to Know News: Rebekah Brooks resigns over UK phone-hacking scandal; Obama set to give speech on debt talks
July 15th, 2011
09:39 AM ET

Need to Know News: Rebekah Brooks resigns over UK phone-hacking scandal; Obama set to give speech on debt talks

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

For July 15, 2011 – California Governor Jerry Brown signs bill requiring schools to teach gay history, New York man charged in boy's death placed under suicide watch, Spotify is broken down...

Rebekah Brooks resigns over UK phone-hacking scandal: "Rebekah Brooks, former News of the World editor and chief executive of News International, has resigned in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, News International said Friday. Brooks, who was editor at the time of some of the most serious allegations against the newspaper, has been under pressure to step down since the scandal broke."

• Obama to speak on debt ceiling Friday: "President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET Friday to provide an update on the status of marathon negotiations to raise the federal debt ceiling - a subject which has brought partisan tempers to a boil over the past week. Obama told congressional leaders Thursday he expected them to consult with their respective caucuses and find agreement over the next 24 to 36 hours on how to proceed."

• California governor signs bill requiring schools to teach gay history: "Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he had signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans."

• New York man charged in boy's killing placed under suicide watch: "Levi Aron, arraigned in a New York court Thursday on charges of murder and kidnapping in the first degree in the killing of an 8-year-old boy, was remanded under suicide watch until a mental evaluation is completed."

• What's this Spotify thing all about? "First, a little background: Spotify - the name is a combination of "spot" and "identify" - is a music streaming service, which means it lets you play songs off the Internet. So it's kind of like Pandora, except that you can search for songs and create playlists from a catalog of 15 million tracks..."

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  1. Ernest Lederman

    I don’t think Ann Coulter should be banned because of her rudeness and contempt. I want her to be encouraged to rant in venues other than Fox. Hosts/interviewers who do not share her views can probe her for the fear, hatred, and greed that motivate her.

    July 15, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. IKHAN

    Murdoch and his goons have had it good for too long, time of reckoning cometh.
    Although he is reported to buy people left & right, I hope the FBI is allowed to proceed with its investigation into the sordid affirs of his holdings in US.
    I remember him admitting blatantly on Fox news on Jan 15,2008 that he manipulates his media for agenda & propaganda including Bush's Iraq war.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Paul

    Particularly brutal is the media in the U.S. and the UK. They act as if there were no rules. They destroy people. Man does not count. Media can even kill. It happened in the case of a Michael Jackson. Michael was terribly persecuted. That is why the fans are waiting for a revolution in the media. We want the media to serve the people. We want changes in the media and we expect an apology.
    Heal the world

    July 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ANN west

    Piers is just as guilty as rebekah brooks. I hope he's next. Anything to end his show.

    July 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. anth

    Piers, you need to address the Murdoch scandal on your show. I realise you are probably caught between a rock and a hard place, because of your history with Rupert Murdoch. But you are in an unique position someone who knows that world and can enlighten the rest of us mere mortals!!! So stop having movie stars and B list rock stars on your show and show us some interesting TV. OK Piers, Thanks

    July 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  7. Private Personal Training Long Island

    Does any one know how many people were fired for this phone-hacking scandal?

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