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June 29th, 2012
04:05 PM ET

Web Extra: Janet Evans on her comeback: "It feels good to have goals again and improve, I improve every single day"

In advance of this week's U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed legendary distance specialist and three-time Gold medalist Janet Evans for an honest and revealing face to face interview.

Nearly a quarter century since her epic performance at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the 40-year-old has come out of retirement, seeking to make one more splash on the world's biggest stage:

"Well, you know, I retired. I did everything I wanted to in the sport of swimming," she told Piers Morgan. "And then I wanted to do all the things you want to do when you're 24 years old, which is when I retired. So I saw the world, I got married, I had babies. And a couple of years ago, I thought, well, gosh..."

Evans struggled in Tuesday's preliminaries of the women's 400-meter, finishing seventh in her heat, and 80th overall. Clocking in at 4 minutes, 21.49 seconds, the mother of two is still a long shot to qualify for a trip to London. But her comeback has been bolstered by the knowledge that not too much has changed since she climbed out of the pool in Atlanta 16 years ago: FULL POST

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June 29th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

Filmmaker Oliver Stone compares his film "Wall Street" to Wall Street today

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the prolific and controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone for an in-depth and revealing interview.

Stone, who is in-studio to promote his new film "Savages", talks to Piers Morgan about the comparison's between his film "Wall Street" and Wall Street today. “The banks were doing what Gekko was doing in the 80s," says Stone about his fictional character Gordon Gekko and today's large banks.

"I couldn’t believe it when I went back to do 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,' 20, 25 years later," continues Stone, "that the numbers that are hundred million dollars were a huge amount back then became a billion dollars and billions of dollars and these corporations were wheeling and dealing without any – without the ownership issue is gone."

Watch the clip and tune in this evening as Stone shares his view on the economy, unemployment and "easy headlines."

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June 29th, 2012
01:05 PM ET

Mark Wahlberg on going back to school: "I know nothing about, I'm going to start from scratch there"

Next week, Piers Morgan rolls out the red carpet, welcoming actor and producer Mark Wahlberg for a candid and honest primetime interview.

The star of such well-known films as "Boogie Nights" and "The Fighter," the Boston native dropped out of school at the age of 13, a choice he's admitted to regretting. Now, nearly three decades since that decision, the father of four has recommitted himself to hitting the books:

"The principal of my old school contacted me, from Copley High, and she said 'Hey, you know, we have this new program, and you can do it, on-line.' And I said, 'I'm in,'" Wahlberg reveals. "She said, 'Are you okay with talking about it?' I said 'Sure, we try to encourage as many people as possible to go back and get their education.'"

While filming his movies, Wahlberg will log in and learn between takes, and a tutor will help him navigate a full course load. The actor's newfound focus on eduction was met with words of encouragement and caution from his mother: FULL POST

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June 29th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Only In America: Talk to the hand

On Thursday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to unveil the most-revealing of all wedding bands, describing it as "a sure-fire way to stay faithful."

Statistics say that out in every five American men will break their marriage vows, and step out on their wife.

Rolling video of the previous night's interview with Rielle Hunter, the mistress of John Edwards, Morgan noted that infidelity can wreak havoc on one's mental state:

"I don't think he was in his right mind when he did that," Hunter had said, referring to Edwards, the affair, and the attempted cover up. "He was all over the place. He was temporarily insane."

In the words of the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host, cheating on wife Elizabeth harmed every aspect of the former North Carolina senator's life:

"Adultery cost Edwards his Presidential run, his marriage, his reputation and very nearly his liberty."

The consequences were heavy for Hunter as well. FULL POST

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June 29th, 2012
12:11 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Rick Santorum on "Romneycare" and Patrick Kennedy on his dad's passion for health care for all

On Thursday evening, Piers Morgan spoke with former presidential candidate Rick Santorum about the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the controversial health care law often referred to as "Obamacare."

Santorum, who endorsed Mitt Romney for president, applauded Romney's promise to repeal the law if elected to office. "Trust me, we will hold him [Romney] at that word," said Santorum. "And I believe that he will keep it."

When Morgan pointed out the similarities between Obamacare and Romney's Massachusetts state health care law, informally known as "Romneycare," Santorum was quick to note that Romney was no longer in support of his former mandate and that Romney has "learned from those mistakes."

"I'm using his language," continued Santorum. "He has made it very clear that this [Obamacare] is something that he would oppose, that he would repeal. And let me assure you that Republicans in the House and Senate will be chomping at the bit to do just that if we're successful in November."

Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Ted Kennedy, was also on the program on Thursday to discuss the SCOTUS decision. "I think he would have been thrilled," said Kennedy. FULL POST

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Need to Know News: Colorado wildfire turns deadly; Obama plans visit; Kofi Annan optimistic as world leaders prepare for latest talks on Syria
June 29th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Need to Know News: Colorado wildfire turns deadly; Obama plans visit; Kofi Annan optimistic as world leaders prepare for latest talks on Syria

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 June 29, 2012 – Colorado wildfire turns deadly; President Barack Obama plans visit, Kofi Annan optimistic as world leaders prepare for latest talks on Syria and NBA draft night winners, losers... FULL POST

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June 28th, 2012
10:30 PM ET

Charles Blow to Katie Plavich amidst Obamacare debate: "The truth will set you free!"

In the aftermath of Thursday's dramatic decision by the Supreme Court, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a host of experts, analysts, and industry insiders to add their perspective on the health care law.

Joining Piers Morgan live, "The New York Times" columnist Charles Blow shared his thoughts on what he classified as "disingenuous" reactions from those opposing Obamacare:

"This is a tax they're not even going to have to pay," insisted Blow. "The idea that you are now championing for these people, the very people who all of the Republican policies basically take a knock at, is ridiculous!"

In her response, conservative columnist Katie Plavich suggested that Blow said Obamacare was not a tax, an accusation to which he objected:

"Who said that?" he asked. "What we won't be doing, is putting words in somebody else's mouth...the truth will set you free!"

As the best-selling author of "Fast and Furious" continued, things once again turned lively: FULL POST

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June 28th, 2012
04:40 PM ET

How the media covered, and reacted to, Piers Morgan's interview with Rielle Hunter

On Wednesday, Rielle Hunter gave her first cable news interview, speaking face to face with Piers Morgan.

In a riveting, and extraordinarily candid conversation, the 48-year-old revealed intimate details of her extramarital affair with former presidential candidate John Edwards.

But on the heels of yesterday's fascinating sit down, how did the rest of the media world react to the cable exclusive?

» New York's "Daily News" picked upon open Hunter's claim that Edwards had gone "temporarily insane."

» Mediaite seemingly touched on every topic that Morgan covered in the interview, including Elizabeth Edwards, and specific details on the sex.

» The Daily Mail noted that Hunter claimed Edward's was not in his right mind after the affair was exposed.

» The Washington Post picked up on Hunter's request to not talk about Edwards.

» The Huffington Post shared Hunter's apology for any pain caused by the extramarital affair with Edwards.
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June 28th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Only In America: Staying cool in the summer

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to crown the country's coolest mayor.

Thanks to his unique automobile apparatus, and a red-hot photo seared into the front page of the New York Post, Michael Bloomberg earned the honor.

Initially earning criticism for the environmental implications of idling his car, the mayor has taken a creative approach towards keeping his all-black S.U.V. "green."

Instead of pumping the A.C. from within, Bloomberg now counts on an external A.C. unit, fitted into the driver's side window:

“The contraption for a Mayor who prides himself on being 'green' is about as ridiculous as you could possibly get,” Morgan said.

While it may be ridiculous, it's anything but easy. Just getting the air conditioner into the car has become a process. It's wheeled over to the vehicle, propped up, and plugs into an outlet inside City Hall courtesy of extension cords. FULL POST

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June 28th, 2012
01:52 PM ET

Nora Ephron's close friends remember and honor her legacy

In the aftermath of Nora Ephron's passing, on Wednesday Piers Morgan welcomed two of her closest friends – Barbara Walters and Arianna Huffington – to share their memories of the acclaimed screenwriter.

Producing a list drafted by Ephron, Walters shared a collection of the things she insisted she wound not miss upon passing:

"Dry skin, Clarence Thomas, the sound of the vacuum cleaner, and panels on women in film."

Contrarily, Walters presented an assortment of things her dear friend wrote she would miss:

"Taking a bath, coming over the bridge on the way to Manhattan, pie, my kids and [her husband] Nick."

Kept in the dark about the severity of her friends illness, Huffington understood why Ephron was so private: FULL POST

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