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On Tuesday evening, upon the news that Angelina Jolie, one of the most celebrated and admired women in the world for her physical beauty, announced that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carried a mutation of the BRCA1 gene that sharply increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz, Dr. Arlene Sussman, director of women's imaging at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, and Krista Smith, the west coast editor of "Vanity Fair."
Wasserman Schultz, Sussman and Smith who are personally or professional familiar with breast and ovarian cancer each shared their reaction to Jolie's announcement.
"I thought this was a tremendous thing that she did," said Smith, whose mother and aunt both died from ovarian cancer. "It is such a gift. It is so bold. It's so brave. And she was so candid in it, as well, which I was really surprised. People have just rallied around her."
"It's not an easy decision," said Sussman about Jolie and other women who chose the same path that Jolie took to minimize their risk of cancer. "You make that decision. It's brave, difficult decision. And it's a long process. And it's painful. It's not simple to go through. So they should be applauded for their efforts."
Wasserman Schultz also pointed out the issue that Jolie's procedure, although courageous, is still a luxury. "There are so many women who can't make the same decision that Angelina and I were able to make," Wasserman Schultz noted, "because they can't even go and get themselves to a doctor when they have a lump in their breast because they couldn't afford the co- pays."
Also on Tuesday evening, as an obtained document from the IRS's treasury inspector general revealed that the agency deliberately targeted some conservative groups applying for federal tax exempt status, Piers Morgan spoke to CNN's Dana Bash and Jessica Yellin in Washington D.C.
"This is a pretty damning report," said Bash. "We knew some of what was going on from congressional sources throughout the week, but the bottom line is that it says that IRS agents simply targeted these groups because of words like Tea Party, like Patriot, because of their political affiliation."
And Yellin reported on the reaction from the White House telling Morgan that President Barack Obama "issued a statement that's somewhat clinical in that it's a lot of words, but he's not taking any direct action."