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December 13th, 2012
09:42 PM ET

Rudy Giuliani on Susan Rice: "I said, 'is this woman out of her mind?'"

This evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to offer his candid insight and unique perspective on the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice.

Earlier today, Rice withdrew her name from consideration for Secretary of State saying "the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive, and costly - to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country."

"I see that [Rice's withdrawal] as good news for the President," Giuliani began, "because a battle to get her confirmed would have offered the perfect opportunity to open up this whole Benghazi thing, where no answers have yet been given."

As Giuliani watched Rice make the rounds on the morning shows he couldn't believe what he was hearing. FULL POST

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December 13th, 2012
05:27 PM ET

Damien Echols on life after prison: "I really didn't even have an idea of how difficult it was going to be"

Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan sits down with Damien Echols for a candid and revealing primetime, face to face interview. A central figure in the infamous "West Memphis Three" case which polarized a community, and in some ways a nation, Echols was imprisoned for more than 18 years, before being released in August 2011.

"I really didn't even have an idea of how difficult it was going to be," Echols says of reintegration back into normal life. "For the first at least three months that I was out, I was in a state of extreme shock and trauma. I couldn't do anything by myself or for myself ... It was like a complete and absolute shock to the system."

Since Echols has rejoined society, he's gained 60 pounds. However, the man who turned 38 on Tuesday still suffers physical side effects from being confined to a cell for 23 hours, including extreme sensitivity to light, which has him wearing dark sunglasses at all times. Nerve damage and kidney ailments stemming from beatings while incarcerated continue to plague Echols, who was sentenced to life in prison, only to ultimately be released under the terms of the Alford plea.

While in prison in 1999, Echols married Lorri Davis, who joined her husband in studio to share her thoughts on his attempted return to normalcy thus far:
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December 13th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Tonight: Damien Echols

Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan sits down with Damien Echols, his wife Lorri Davis and producer Amy Berg to discuss their new documentary "West of Memphis."

The film, which was executive produced by "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" director Peter Jackson, documents the West Memphis Three murder case which resulted in the faulty 1994 conviction of Echols, who was 18 at the time, and his two friends Jason Baldwin, 16, and Jessie Misskelly, 17, for the murder of three eight-year-old boys.

Echols, Berg and Davis share with Morgan their experience of filming the documentary and the events that occurred including the sudden release of the convicted trio in August 2011 by way of the “Alford Plea".

Also on the program this evening, Morgan talks to businessman and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett about his foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, his father Warren Buffett and his take on the fiscal cliff. FULL POST

December 13th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Barbra Streisand on Republicans, Obama and Hillary Clinton

Coming up soon, Piers Morgan sits down for a face to face discussion with one of the most-decorated and respected women in the history of Hollywood and the arts, Barbra Streisand. Joining "Piers Morgan Tonight" for an hour-long primetime interview, the 70-year-old icon, and staunch Democrat, reveals that romance and politics aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.

"Have you ever been in love with a Republican?" asks the host.

"Never," Streisand responds.

"Could you ever be?," follows Morgan.

"No," she insists. "Well, I mean unless there was an enormous sexual chemistry and, you know, and I had to - we never talked about politics, maybe. But I can't quite imagine it, no."

A supporter of gay rights, and a woman who's on the record as always having identified with minorities, on Friday the star of 1964's Broadway hit "Funny Girl" opens up about President Barack Obama and the aspects of his platform that have made her most proud:

"His stance for women. Women, the power of women, or not allowing - just for that one reason. You know, in my show I would say, well, I'm not going to tell you ... who to vote for, but if you want clean air, you want, you know, good food and so forth, and if you believe that a woman has a right to choose what happens in her own body - in other words, or you think that your body belongs to the state. There's a clear choice."

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December 13th, 2012
12:39 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Response to the Oregon Mall Shooting

In the aftermath of another fatal shooting, this time inside the Clackamas Town Center Mall in Happy Valley, Oregon, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Faye Aleshire, a childhood friend of the gunman Jacob Tyler Roberts.

"I didn't believe Jake was capable of such a thing," said Aleshire. "We all knew him as a kind person. He was generous, he was the guy - if you were having a bad day he could make you laugh no matter what."

"Jake was the last person on my mind that I could have ever thought who would do something like this."

Sandy Phillips, the mother of Jessica Ghawi - a victim of the Aurora shooting, and her husband Lonnie also spoke to Piers Morgan on Wednesday and shared their thoughts on guns in America in light of this most recent incident.

"It's a horrible state of affairs we're in in America right now and it really needs to be addressed," FULL POST

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Need to Know News: Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers; N. Korea's launch causes worries about nuke, Iran and the Pacific
December 13th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Need to Know News: Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers; N. Korea's launch causes worries about nuke, Iran and the Pacific

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 December 13, 2012 – Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers, North Korea's launch causes worries about nukes, Iran and the Pacific and the nominees are announced for the 70th annual Golden Globes...
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