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Need to Know News: Syrian residents brace for 'full-blown war'; Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum tied in polls
February 14th, 2012
10:13 AM ET

Need to Know News: Syrian residents brace for 'full-blown war'; Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum tied in polls

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 February 14, 2012 – Syrian residents brace for 'full-blown war', Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are tied in the polls and Floyd Mayweather says Jeremy Lin gets more attention because he is Asian...

• Syrian residents 'brace for 'full-blown war: "Fear and horror paralyzed residents in the Syrian city of Homs Tuesday, with snipers preventing anyone from moving and heavy shelling blasting through the air, opposition activists said. 'The snipers are even targeting those who intend to get bread from the bakeries,' said one activist, who uses the pseudonym Abu Omar."

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum tied in polls: "The race for the Republican presidential nomination appears to be all tied up between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, according to two new national surveys."

Whitney Houston's family prepares for funeral: "A hearse and a large police procession arrived just before midnight at a New Jersey funeral home that is handling the funeral arrangements for singer Whitney Houston. The hearse was escorted by police from Teterboro Airport to Whigham Funeral Home in Newark late Monday as a large crowd gathered. Cissy Houston, the singer's mother, was waiting inside the funeral home, police said." We're live at 9pm ET/PT talking with those who knew her best.

Obama continues push for payroll tax cut extension: "President Barack Obama continues his push Tuesday to get Congress to extend a payroll tax cut, a day after House Republican leaders agreed to remove an obstacle in the passage of the tax cut extension. Obama released Tuesday a video about what he called the need to extend the tax cut by the end of the month or a family making about $50,000 a year could lose $40 in every paycheck."

Floyd Mayweather says Jeremy Lin gets more attention because he is Asian: Fox Sports writer Jason Whitlock was forced to apologize this weekend after making a controversial remark on Twitter about New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin’s Asian-American heritage. Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have to do the same after recently tweeting that Lin gets more attention than African American players because of his racial background."

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  1. Sigrid WYly

    When you appear on a talk show, i.e., The View, please unbutton your jacket when you sit down. Seeing the end of your tie peeking out from under your jacket, looking like a mini-loin cloth, makes you look ridiculous. It's obvious that you want to appear to be a classy guy, so please listen. I know you appreciate my advice and you're very welcome.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. julie alexander

    i love pierce morgan. he just asked depak chophra how demi moore was doing and depak said he couldn't talk about that. pierce wished her the best and LET IT GO! WHAT CHARACTER AND RESPECT. most other journalist would have kept on and on, trying to get a story. he does everything with so much taste and tack.
    thanks pierce you are by far by favorite journalist ever!

    February 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nancy

    It was very refreshing to see Piers not only ask the hard questions but to voice his own anger around the hangers -on not only with Whitney Houston but all the other deaths of obvious addicted people. There is a responsibility on both sides when you are involved with an addict. We all know that addiction produces manipulative and strong willed behavior to get to the drug of choice and unfortunately those same traits generally produce "stars" as well. It still does not allow people around them to abdicate and become enablers just so they can feel good about themselves.

    February 15, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Laurel

    Regarding the conversation about Whitney Houston, I agree with Piers Morgan that the people surrounding Whitney for the week preceding the awards had an ethical responsibility to not supply her with alcohol or any other drug. Whitney Houston was a self admitted addict, which we all know is a disease. Addiction as a disease should be treated as any other disease – would you give a diabetic a box of candy? No, that would be absurd and cruel. We all need to take responsibility for working with other human beings and encourage the right path, possibly by having an immediate intervention.
    I wish the best to her family.

    February 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rahma

      Seriously, I absolutely eeynjod reading your blogpost. You have convinced me to subscribe to your blog, but where can I find the RSS feed?

      March 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Walter

    Give me a break no one force her to take those drugs,,,,,she was not a teenager,,,,,come on people put the blame where the blame belongs on her,,,,she was not a kid,,,,,is nobody foult,,,,it s so sad how you guys kiss ass to celebrities ,,,this people are a bad example for our kid o but our society still on denial,,,let me tell you something is not the addict who needs help but us,,,,,we need to grow as a society,,, and stop giving free passes to celebrities,,,,,,,,and this media people when a regular person commits a crime and was in drug ohhh men they crucify them but cuz is witney Houston they so afraid to say she died cuz of her own actions,,,,

    February 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Daniel

    I have not seen it anywhere, eheitr. If you find it, come back and post a link here.thanks! >PAul

    March 3, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse | Reply

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