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February 18th, 2013
10:57 PM ET

John Taft on Chris Christie: "If you need a proof point of the fact that being a large individual is no impediment to serving in high office, my grandfather is that proof point"

As the United States recognized President's Day, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a trio of all whom share last names, and family trees, with former inhabitants of the Oval Office.

Joined live by John Taft (great grandson of U.S. President William Howard Taft,) Michael Reagan (adopted son of U.S. President Ronald Reagan,) and Margaret Hoover (great granddaughter of former U.S. President Herbert Hoover,) Piers Morgan hosted a conversation that reflected on the historical significance of the day, while also calling for some insight, and perspective, as America moves forward.

As the host suggested that his guest might perhaps be feeling a little "tingly" on such a day, Reagan began by sharing an idea for the ways in which the members of his fraternity might be able to celebrate their similar situations:

"I was saying in the green room, I said it would really be nice if the family members of "First Families," that are living, really get together, have their own party at the White House for a charitable cause that they like, instead of always listening to the fathers and whomever get together and do something good for the world," said the son of the 40 commander in chief. "We had to live it – or are living it as we speak."

Turning next to the panel's lone female, Morgan asked Hoover if she had spent her President's day "strut[ing] around," announcing that she is "related to a president."

Laughing, the 35-year-old political strategist set the record straight: FULL POST

Tonight: Texas Abortion Debate and Presidential Panel
February 18th, 2013
03:44 PM ET

Tonight: Texas Abortion Debate and Presidential Panel

As much of the nation looks at the Lone Star State in reaction to a recent story about a pregnant 16-year-old girl, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes a handful of live guests, all charged with providing various points of perspective and context on the unmarried Texan who sued her parents as they attempt to force her to abort the pregnancy.

Joining Piers Morgan from Houston, Greg Terra and Stephen Casey will speak on behalf of the 16-year-old girl. Additionally, the father of the unborn child will offer his view of the situation, while Civil Rights Attorney Gloria Allred will bring her wealth of legal expertise, and extensive history of acting as an advocate on behalf of women.

Meanwhile, as Monday is President's Day, this evening the program will welcome a trio of guests, all whom share last names, and family trees, with former inhabitants of the Oval Office. FULL POST

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February 18th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Not so smooth sailing for one Carnival Triumph passenger while another shares her evacuation story

On Friday evening at 9, Ashleigh Banfield guest hosted "Piers Morgan Tonight: Triumph and Tragedy." The first half of the one hour special focused on stories from the passengers of the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship. On the third day of a four day cruise flames erupted in the engine room of the Triumph, sending the ship adrift for day in the Gulf of Mexico.

Once the Triumph docked in Mobile, Ala. Thursday, passengers were transported by charter bus and plane to their original destination of Galveston, Texas.

Unfortunately for some of the passengers, including Jacob Combs, their journey from Mobile to Galveston was hardly "smooth sailing." Introduced as one of "unluckiest travelers you'll ever meet," by Banfield, Combs' charter bus from Mobile to New Orleans broke down and his charter plane to Galveston was delayed for over an hour due to an electrical problem.

"You know, it started out nice, sun shiny, thought it was going to work out well, but you know, with all of the problems that come with the ship, to add the plane problems and the bus problems with it, too, seems pretty par for the course this week," said Combs.

Thankfully, Combs maintained a great sense of humor about his ordeal saying, "But you have to sometime, you've got to laugh about it when those things come up."

Also on the program, fellow Carnival Triumph passenger Rachel Alderete spoke with Banfield about her medical emergency and her harrowing experience evacuating the ship days before it reached the shore.

"I need a kidney, so I needed to do dialysis," explained Alderete. "I was supposed to be here on Monday. And then Tuesday go to a dialysis, when I was supposed to go. But that's when, you know, the boat got caught on fire on Sunday." FULL POST

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Need to Know News: Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend shot 4 times through bathroom door; President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela
February 18th, 2013
09:55 AM ET

Need to Know News: Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend shot 4 times through bathroom door; President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela

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 18, 2013 – Official says Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend shot 4 times through bathroom door; President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela and country star Mindy McCready dead of apparent suicide...

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