With the passing of each day, America teeters that much closer to the proverbial "fiscal cliff." On Wednesday evening, with only 27 days remaining until the tax rates and spending cuts in question take effect, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a pair of men well-versed on a variety of topics, and equally qualified to share their insight into the nation's most-pressing economic issue.
Describing the subject as he sees it, Piers Morgan began by summarizing the situation:
"Come the fiscal cliff moment, if it goes over, Republicans are letting middle-class Americans be taxed higher, to save the backsides of the two percent of wealthiest Americans," he presented. "That's a nightmare politically."
Seated directly across from the host as part of a live interview, Larry Kudlow had no choice but to concur:
"Speaking as a Reagan conservative, I must admit, I rather agree with you. I probably shouldn't, but I do," revealed the host of "The Kudlow Report" on CNBC. "I think that divided government is very difficult. And there's some principles that Speaker [John] Boehner is fighting for with which I actually agree. But I think politically, the risk here for the GOP, is that they become the party of rich people, and that they give up the Middle Class to the Democrats."
Joining both Morgan and Kudlow in the program's New York City studio, Nick Kristof further detailed the potential political implications tied to the debate that has Washington, DC deadlocked:
The New York Times columnist is a regular contributor to the program, in the past having offered opinion on everything from the death of Muammar Gaddafi, Barack Obama's debate perfomance, and Japanese culture.
Also this evening, Gordon Brown returns to the program. Fresh off his his new appointment as United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education, the former British prime minister talks with Piers Morgan discusses child labor laws and the recent attack on Malala Yousufzai.
And Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights sits down with the host for an in-depth interview about her family, her work with the foundation, and her unique perspective on American politics.
Tune in this evening at 9, as Piers Morgan welcomes an array of fascinating guests covering today's news both domestic and around the world.
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On the heels of nationwide record high temperatures for this time of year, on Monday Piers Morgan opened the program up for a spirited debate on global warming, inviting a pair of experts whose respective opinions place them on polar opposite ends of the spectrum.
"When I was 9 years old, the earth's population changed from 2.999 billion to three billion," said Bill Nye, more affectionately known by his television moniker "The Science Guy." "In my lifetime, it's now seven billion. People trying to live the way we lived in the developed world and we're just burning carbon and spewing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at an extraordinary rate."
Dismissing Nye as a "Global Warmist" who lacks facts, Marc Morano presented an alternate theory regarding the impact, and concern, associated with carbon dioxide:
"CO2 is rising. No one's disputing that. What Bill Nye just did was waste everyone's time explaining that CO2 is rising. The question is what impact does CO2 have on the weather, what impact does CO2 have on climate change," exclaimed the publisher of climatedepot.com. "That is where you look at the geologic record. We've had warmer periods where it's been - with higher - with lower CO2 and we've had colder periods with higher CO2. And you have to go way back for some of that but the bottom line is hundreds of factors are dictating our climate ... so the idea that Bill Nye is just going around saying CO2 is up, therefore global warming is dangerous, we should be concerned, it's not. It's not dangerous."
Meanwhile, after Nye and Morano concluded their debate on global warming, "Piers Morgan Tonight" turned to the day's other burning topic, the "fiscal cliff."
Joining the program for a live interview, Newt Gingrich offered his trademark blend of political insight, and candid commentary:
"I am, frankly, not at all encouraged by what I see and a little bit worried by it. I think, first of all, let me lay my cards on the table: I think that no deal is better than a bad deal," said the former Speaker of the House. "I think going off this cliff is less dangerous than letting things build up for a year or two years to have an even bigger cliff."
As his discussion with Morgan continued, the one-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination offered some advice for the GOP: FULL POST
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