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February 28th, 2013
10:43 PM ET

Jack Welch on Marissa Mayer: "I commend her for the guts"

As telecommuting proponents continue to voice their dismay over Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer's mandate that the company will no longer allow employees to work from home, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Jack Welch to the program to get his expert insight and perspective on the issue.

The former Chairman and CEO of General Electric praised Mayer for making "a bold move to move the company forward."

"She's got to take some action that goes against the grain, said Welch. "She's got to get the majority of people on the team developing a new culture to win."

"I commend her for the guts and I hope it works."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Welch tells Morgan that he knows Mayer will use "good judgment."
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February 28th, 2013
06:43 PM ET

All Things D's Kara Swisher on Marissa Mayer's new policy: "You want to be at the workplace to create collaboration and innovation ... Yahoo!'s been lagging for years"

On the heels of heavy backlash following Marissa Mayer discontinuing the telecommuting option enjoyed by many Yahoo! employees, this week "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited two women professionals to share their reaction and insight on the CEO's recent announcement.

As profiled in an "Only in America" segment in July, the 37-year-old Mayer took the top job at the tech giant and announced her pregnancy on the same day. With a baby boy born in late September, Meyer briefly worked from home, but has since returned to corporate headquarters.

According the Kara Swisher – the co-executive editor of All Things D who broke the story of the internal memo – in announcing her new policy this week the young executive has drawn the ire of many, despite having practical reasons:

"The concept of what she's saying is true: you want to be at the workplace to create collaboration and innovation. And Yahoo!'s been lagging for years," explains Swisher, who knew of the policy even before Yahoo!'s own staff. "The way she did it? It's a very hot-button issue. I think was a little bit – maybe inexperienced CEO – or a little too abrupt for people."

Serving to only add more fuel to the public fire, Mayer has built a private nursery adjacent to her office, where she and her personal nanny can easily care for her child. FULL POST

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February 28th, 2013
03:53 PM ET

John Lott Jr. calls Piers Morgan a "cherry picker," asks him "Why am I on?"

On Wednesday evening, economist and pro-gun advocate John Lott Jr. returned to the program for another round of contentious debate with Piers Morgan.

Continuing their on-going difference of opinion regarding firearm crime and death statistics, the author of "At the Brink: Will Obama Push Us Over the Edge" and the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host seemingly picked right up where they left off during December's town hall-style "Guns in America" special.

In discussing the effectiveness of gun legislation, Morgan referenced a 1996 Australian firearm ban that came in response to to a string of double-digit killings over a ten-year period: FULL POST

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February 28th, 2013
03:18 PM ET

Piers Morgan readies for his return to "The Celebrity Apprentice"

As the first-ever winner of NBC's hit reality program "Celebrity Apprentice," Piers Morgan holds a special place in the heart of Donald Trump, the show's creator, and ultimate decision-maker.

As such, the man known by his contestants as simply "Mr. Trump" has invited his first-ever celeb. champ to serve as an "advisor" on the upcoming sixth season.

Premiering this Sunday at 9 p.m., the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host will join fellow former winners Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers, and John Rich in guiding a cast of returning All-Stars that includes the likes of Lil Jon, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, and the infamous Omarosa.

In advance of this weekend's debut, on Tuesday, Trump joined late-night host Jimmy Fallon, sharing some details about Morgan's return:

"Piers is great. Piers came back, and they went at it," said Trump, referring to Morgan's legendary feud with Omarosa, a woman voted "the most evil person in the history of reality television."

Describing it as "something that I don't think we've ever had to that extent on 'The Apprentice,'" Trump watched as Fallon rolled a clip from the upcoming first episode.

Seated across from the table in the show's famed boardroom, Morgan says of his Season One nemesis: FULL POST

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February 28th, 2013
01:42 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: More details and analysis on the Cannibal Cop trial; Sandy Hook emergency room doctor demos gun injuries

On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Marcia Clark to the program to discuss new details revealed during the trial of New York City police officer, Gilberto Valle, who is accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat dozens of women, including his wife. The defense claims that Valle's graphic emails that described in gruesome detail his plans are only fantasies and that the emails were private conversations with co-fetishists.

"My prediction is the jury is going to convict him and it's going to be reversed on appeal," said Dershowitz. "It is not a crime to intend. It is not a crime to plan. It is only a crime to agree with another person. That's what he's charged with, conspiracy."

"The only two possible ways they could get him for anything relating to murder is conspiracy to murder or attempted murder."

Clark agreed with Dershowitz adding, "they need someone to agree with. If they have that person, he will go down for conspiracy."

"When you look at it from a legal principle, and purely that, you look and say, look, we don't have thought police, and you don't punish people for having bizarre thoughts and fetishes."

Dr. William Begg, a physician who was in the emergency room on the day of the Sandy Hook massacre also joined the program Wednesday evening and spoke about his testimony on Capitol Hill earlier in the day regarding gun injuries. FULL POST

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Need to Know News: Pope Benedict XVI pledges 'unconditional obedience' to new pope; Bob Woodward says he was threatened by White House
February 28th, 2013
11:17 AM ET

Need to Know News: Pope Benedict XVI pledges 'unconditional obedience' to new pope; Bob Woodward says he was threatened by White House

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 28, 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI pledges 'unconditional obedience' to new pope, Bob Woodward says he was threatened by White House and deadly winter storm moves into Maine...

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February 27th, 2013
09:38 PM ET

Dianne Feinstein on damage done by assault weapons: "There's blood and matter just spread all over...bodies get hacked apart"

With the nation roughly two and a half months removed from the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the gun debate and prospect of firearm regulation continue to remain divisive and polarizing issues amongst policymakers specifically, and Americans on the whole.

Despite a plan by the Republicans to delay any decision-making, the Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to consider various gun bills as early as Thursday, and in advance of such potential movement, today Dianne Feinstein was granted a courtesy hearing in Washington, D.C.

A long-time, outspoken gun control advocate, the Democrat from California has penned a proposed assault weapons ban, and following today's emotional event, she joined "Piers Morgan Tonight" to explain why she feels so passionately about the issue:

"When it happens to six year olds, it's time for this country to take action. I think it's a matter of public policy," said the 79-year-old with more than two decades of Senate experience.

"Weapons that are designed to kill large numbers of people in close combat don't belong on the streets of our cities."

While experts suggests Feinstein's bill is unlikely to pass, the former mayor of San Francisco told Piers Morgan that she remains staunch in the reasoning behind her stance:
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February 27th, 2013
05:47 PM ET

Tonight: The bizarre cases of Jodi Arias and Gilberto Valle

As a pair of equally graphic and polarizing stories unfold simultaneously in separate court rooms, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites a handful of legal experts and broadcast veterans to share their perspective and insight on all things Jodi Arias and Gilberto Valle.

As the former stands trial in Phoenix, Ariz. for the alleged murder of her ex-boyfriend, for a second straight night Jane Velez-Mitchell will use a live platform to share her trademark brand of candid commentary with Piers Morgan.

Following the award winning television journalist and bestselling author, the primetime program will then welcome the return of Gloria Allred and Alan Dershowitz, veterans of the show who also appeared Tuesday as part of continuing coverage.

Three days into an aggressive cross-examination that has touched upon everything from KY jelly to nude photos, this evening the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host and his cast of seasoned analysts will evaluate the latest courtroom developments.

Meanwhile, tonight's episode may also bring about a wave of nostalgia with a nod to yesteryear, as Dershowitz will be reunited with his old legal counterpart, Marcia Clark. FULL POST

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February 27th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Pizzeria owner's discount for gun owners and a Sandy Hook victim's father addresses Congress

As the gun debate continues as an important hot-button issue on Capitol Hill and among the American public, "Piers Morgan Tonight" spoke to Jay Laze, a pizzeria owner in Virginia Beach who gives customers a 15 percent discount if they bring their firearms into his restaurant.

The owner of All Around Pizzas and Deli told Piers Morgan that having gun owners in his store "actually makes me feel more safe."

"It makes me feel more safe because these are responsible people," said Laze. "And if a criminal decides to do anything funny, I have these people to back me up."

Neil Heslin and Stephen Grich also joined Tuesday evening's program to discuss their meeting with members of Congress regarding the assault weapons ban. Heslin's 6-year-old son was killed at Sandy Hook and Grich's son was also a tragic victim of gun violence, killed just days before Sandy Hook, during a home invasion near Clemson University. FULL POST

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February 27th, 2013
02:23 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: The disturbing case of the cannibal cop; Mark O'Mara on George Zimmerman's upcoming trial

On Tuesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed CNN national correspondent Deborah Feyerick, best-selling crime novelist, Linda Fairstein and attorney Alan Dershowitz to discuss the disturbing case of the cannibal cop, a NYPD police officer who is on trial for plotting to kidnap, kill and eat dozens of women. The defense claims that the police officer had no intention of executing his plans and that he was simply engaging in fantasies.

"People don't like to hear this, but cannibalism exists," responded Fairstein. "There have been other cases of it."

"So it's very repellent to a jury and they may want to think it's a fantasy and I think the prosecution has a difficult job. But I think this is as good a case short of a murder that you are going to find with this fact." FULL POST

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