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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Spelling Bee rule change, U.S. as global top cop, Law & Disorder on Zimmerman trial

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  • "Can you use it in a sentence?": New Spelling Bee rule

On the eve of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday's program saw Piers Morgan cross his "t's" and dot his "i's," as he invited a pair of former champs to offer their reaction to the newest rule change:

"I think it furthers the intended purpose of the Spelling Bee, to improve kids vocabulary. And I think it's a nice implementation," said 1999 champ Nupur Lala, referring to the new update which will force contestants to not only spell their words, but also define them. "The only thing that they have to be careful of, is that they pick words that, you know, kids can maybe use in 10-15 years."

Answering honestly, Lala admitted to being glad the newest rule didn't exist during her run to the title more than a decade ago:

"I think that I probably would not have won. Let's put it that way. There are some words where - yeah, I think inevitably within 'The Bee,' there's going to be at least one word that ever competitor sees that they will not know. So it will be interesting to see how this choice plays out."

  • U.S. to step back?: Haass on America's role as global cop

As various nations around the globe, including China, Brazil and India begin to establish themselves as global superpowers, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan asked Richard Haass is he suspected such countries might adopt the role of "global policemen" from the United States, allowing America to focus on more domestic issues:

"In principle, they should be. In reality, they won't. They're not prepared to step up to it," said the president of the Council on Foreign Relations. "So the alternative to a U.S.-led world, quite honestly, for the foreseeable future, is a world that isn't led, which is a world that is likely to be more chaotic than not. So my argument is the United States still needs to take the lead, but we've got to be selective in what we do and how we do it and where we do it."

  • Law and Disorder: Dershowitz and Allred on upcoming Zimmerman trial

With George Zimmerman's trial set to begin in roughly two weeks, on Tuesday Piers Morgan used his "Law and Disorder" segment to welcome legal veterans Alan Dershowitz and Gloria Allred, each of whom offered their insight into what figures to be one of the most-polarizing courtroom dramas in recent memory.

"I think we have to keep the evidence relevant to the law of self-defense. This can't be turned into a civil rights case, because if it's a civil rights case, then you're rooting for an outcome," explained Dershowitz. "You know what the result has to be. We have to see where the evidence fits."

Allred meanwhile, agreed with her colleague, if only to a degree:

"I do think that it is a criminal case, it is not necessarily a civil rights case and shouldn't be viewed that way," she stated. "On the other hand, we cannot ignore the history of discrimination and violence against young black men, sometimes because of their race. I'm not saying that that's what exists in this case - but sometimes because of their race in this country. That's always part of the conversation, whether it's part of this case is another issue."

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  1. worldcares

    To, socially, judge Trayvon, post humus, would be considered a defamation of character ,in a court of law.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Private Personal Training Long Island

    "I think it furthers the intended purpose of the Spelling Bee, to improve kids vocabulary. And I think it's a nice implementation,"

    I couldn't agree more.

    January 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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