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September 17th, 2012
11:27 PM ET

Jesse Ventura on SEAL's sharing details: "I don't want to hear from bureaucrats...I would like to hear from boots on the ground"

On Monday, with a live studio audience hanging on every word, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Jesse Ventura for a primetime exclusive interview.

Prior to careers in professional wrestling, and then politics, Ventura first served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, ultimately earning a place as a reservist with the SEAL Team.

Sitting across from host Piers Morgan, Ventura fielded a question that called for his specific brand of expertise:

"Mr. Ventura, my question to you is, as a former Navy Seal, do you agree or disagree with the recently released book by the six member SEAL Team and the objections of the Pentagon?" inquired audience member Oliver Reynolds.

"I don't have a problem with it. The Op. was over over a year ago, and I feel I have a right to know what went on," answered the 61-year-old former governor of Minnesota. "Our entire military is paid by my tax dollars, and I believe I have every right to know what they spend my tax dollars on."

Citing First Amendment rights, Ventura explained that SEAL Team members are permitted to speak freely about a completed mission, assuming it doesn't put anyone in jeopardy. More so, Monday's guest argued that it's the military personnel themselves who can most accurately convey the details of an operation: FULL POST

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Jesse Ventura is live in studio tonight!
September 17th, 2012
02:44 PM ET

Jesse Ventura is live in studio tonight!

He’s an outspoken, independent thinker who’s not afraid to say exactly what’s on his mind. Tonight, Piers Morgan sits down for a lively interview with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.

Does government control too much of our lives? Are the two political parties just as bad as each other? Should the US have more Independents? From guns to government to who should win the election, Jesse Ventura is speaking out and taking your questions!

Tweet your questions for Jesse Ventura to @PiersTonight and use the hashtag #JesseVentura to be heard. Tune in tonight at 9pm EST for a special, live studio audience with Jesse "The Body" Ventura.

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September 17th, 2012
01:16 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Steve Wynn on self-esteem and T.Boone Pickens on U.S. natural gas reserves

On Sunday, peak performance business strategist and best selling author Tony Robbins rolled his chair into the studio, serving as this round's final "Piers Morgan Tonight" guest host.

As part of Robbins' special appearance, the 6'7" 52-year-old welcomed American business magnate Steve Wynn to share his thoughts on the secret to a successful company.

Explaining that he tries to cultivate a "very familial kind of organization," the chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts went on to add:

"The notion that a single person, acting alone without anybody watching, can change the course of an enterprise is probably true as much for a company as it is for a country...anything that increases someone's self-esteem is much more powerful than money."

Also as part of Robbins' Sunday show, oil magnate T.Boone Pickens joined the program, sharing his plan to wean the United States from OPEC oil and invest in domestic energy, specifically natural gas:

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September 17th, 2012
01:10 PM ET

Clips From Friday: Robin Wright on her late friend Chris Stevens; Former Ambassador Mark Ginsberg on Sinai

On "Piers Morgan Tonight" Friday, guest host Wolf Blitzer sat down with prestigious author Robin Wright and former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg to discuss the building protests and rising anti-American sentiment in the Middle East.

Wright spoke fondly of the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, saying Stevens was able to diffuse even the tensest of situations:

“Once when he was based in Jerusalem ... he was in the middle of the second intifada and a time of real tensions,” Wright explained, citing bombings by Palestinians in Israeli bus stations and Israeli raids on villages as indicators of the stress in the region. “He and a colleague went out in the middle of a rare snowstorm in Jerusalem and started lobbing snowballs at each other. And the Israelis and Palestinians on both sides of the divide got involved and it was a moment that broke what was one of the tensest times in relations.”

Blitzer continued the conversation on the protests in the Mideast, asking Former Ambassador Marc Ginsberg if it was time to get the roughly 750 Americans soldiers out of Sinai. Ginsberg, the President of Layalina Arab TV, noted that the real problem stemmed from the power of these radicals. FULL POST

Need to Know News: New protests rage over anti-Muslim film;  Obama hits China with trade complaint
September 17th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

Need to Know News: New protests rage over anti-Muslim film; Obama hits China with trade complaint

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 September 17, 2012 – Afghan protest over anti-Islam film turns into melee, Obama hits China with trade complaint and Disney to serve beer, wine inside Magic Kingdom...

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