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November 8th, 2012
08:03 PM ET

Tonight: Tim Pawlenty

Tonight at 9, “Piers Morgan Tonight” welcomes Tim Pawlenty back to the program where the former Governor of Minnesota shares his perspective on the budgetary conundrum looming over Congress. At midnight on December 31, 2012, the Budget Control Act of 2011 will go into effect, triggering the implementation of tax increases and budgetary cuts known as the “fiscal cliff."

“As we try to heal and solve this very big divide, that has resulted in stalemate and polarization, we should have the finesse and sense of grace and timing to solve this in a way where everybody can live in the real world,” said Pawlenty.

Pawlenty advises the media to be patient with Congress as they work to resolve the government’s budgetary issues. “As a member of the media and a commentator, allow people to be in the space where they can actually find common ground and part of this is letting them get to that place without cornering them ahead of time,” Pawlenty asked Piers Morgan.

Watch the clip and tune in tonight as Pawlenty considers Morgan’s proposal to debate the issue on a mountainside cliff.

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June 29th, 2012
04:05 PM ET

Web Extra: Janet Evans on her comeback: "It feels good to have goals again and improve, I improve every single day"

In advance of this week's U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed legendary distance specialist and three-time Gold medalist Janet Evans for an honest and revealing face to face interview.

Nearly a quarter century since her epic performance at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the 40-year-old has come out of retirement, seeking to make one more splash on the world's biggest stage:

"Well, you know, I retired. I did everything I wanted to in the sport of swimming," she told Piers Morgan. "And then I wanted to do all the things you want to do when you're 24 years old, which is when I retired. So I saw the world, I got married, I had babies. And a couple of years ago, I thought, well, gosh..."

Evans struggled in Tuesday's preliminaries of the women's 400-meter, finishing seventh in her heat, and 80th overall. Clocking in at 4 minutes, 21.49 seconds, the mother of two is still a long shot to qualify for a trip to London. But her comeback has been bolstered by the knowledge that not too much has changed since she climbed out of the pool in Atlanta 16 years ago: FULL POST

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May 25th, 2012
01:06 PM ET

Web Extra: Dara Torres on her training regimen

On Thursday, Piers Morgan teamed with Olympic champion Dara Torres, forming one of television's most unorthodox relays.

A 12-time medalist, and training for a sixth Games, the 45-year-old adheres to a rigorous regimen, both in and out of the pool:

"With my recovery, what I do now is I make sure I get lots of rest. I make sure that I do stretching, which is called ki-hara stretching, which really kind of stretches out your body to get the lactic acid out," explained the former Florida Gator. "And I make sure when I have muscle aches and pains, I use - get Bengay."

An official ambassador of the analgesic rub, Torres lists it as one of the key elements to her training: FULL POST

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April 10th, 2012
05:56 PM ET

Web Extra: Exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Piers Morgan and Bubba Watson in a putting duel

Coming up this evening on "Piers Morgan Tonight," Bubba Watson puts his brand new Green Jacket on the line in a special edition of "Only in America."

After staring down Augusta National, safely navigating "Amen Corner," and crushing an epic escape shot on Sunday's second playoff hole to defeat Louis Oosthuizen, tonight the 2012 Masters Champion faces his toughest challenge to date: a putting contest with host Piers Morgan.

Watch this behind-the-scenes video, as the Floridian southpaw goes stroke for stroke with the British television personality.
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February 13th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

PMT on SNL: Saturday Night Live Spoofs Piers Morgan Tonight

General consensus says you know you've made it in pop culture and Hollywood, when you earn your own "Saturday Night Live" parody.

If that theory holds, Piers Morgan has made it. On Saturday evening, actor and comedian Taran Killam rolled out his debut impression of the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host, poking fun at Morgan's accent and voice.

Review the sketch here, and offer your opinion of Killam's rendition.

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February 11th, 2012
11:18 PM ET

Clive Davis on Whitney Houston's talent: "It's hard to make comparison"

This afternoon Whitney Houston was found dead at the age of 48 in her Beverly Hilton hotel room in Beverly Hills, CA. Houston was scheduled to attended Clive Davis' Grammy party tonight. He helped Houston get her career started when she was only 20 years old. Just last night Piers Morgan sat down with Davis and Jennifer Hudson on the eve of Grammy weekend.

Piers asked Davis if Hudson or any other artist could beat Houston at her peak. "It's hard to make comparison," Davis said. Hudson says she feels honored to work with Davis because of the divas he has worked with over the years. "As a kid - I was sitting and creating duets between Whitney and I, with her 'I Will Always Love You,' Hudson recalled.

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February 8th, 2012
06:38 PM ET

Web extra: Tom Morrisey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party

Amidst the excitement of Rick Santorum's three-state caucus sweep on Tuesday, Piers Morgan welcomed Tom Morrissey for his insight into the current race for the GOP nomination.

"It's another day in the life of Republican primary season," said Morrissey. "I'm a little surprised at the outcome, but not terribly surprised."

The Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Morrissey also looked ahead to the upcoming primary in his backyard: "It is a different 'kettle of fish,' we are a different part of the country, we have a different dynamic, and we have different challenges than other parts of the country."

In the above web extra, Morrissey goes on to reveal specific details about Arizona that may favor one of the candidates.

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January 20th, 2012
01:38 PM ET

Web Extra: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter tell Piers Morgan about their goal of eradicating guinea worm

Only one infectious disease has ever been eradicated: smallpox.  But thanks largely to the efforts of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, the former president told Piers Morgan that guinea worm will soon be the second.  "We found 3-and-a-half million cases of guinea worm still existing, and now we have less than a thousand cases, so we'll soon eliminate guinea worm from the face of the earth," said Carter.

After visiting more than 26,000 village in 200 countries, Carter looks forward to the end of his crusade.  FULL POST

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January 18th, 2012
08:31 PM ET

Web Extra: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter give Piers Morgan an exclusive tour of the former president's Oval Office replica

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan enjoyed an exclusive, guided tour of the Carter Center in Atlanta, which features an exact replica of the Oval Office as it appeared during President Carter's time in the White House. Asked what's it's like to walk through the office today, Carter says "It makes you feel at home. It brings back a lot of memories."

One particularly noteworthy item in the office is a large globe that is featured prominently next to his desk: FULL POST

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January 16th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Piers Morgan's first year at CNN: "Driven by the incredible news cycle" and "great interviews with big stars"

Piers Morgan and the staff of "Piers Morgan Tonight" are celebrating the first year of shows at CNN, with an anniversary week kicking off tonight at 9pmET/PT with Chelsea Handler interviewing Piers, Rosie O'Donnell is a guest Tuesday and former Pres. Jimmy Carter is on Wednesday. In this web video he looks back at the first year, and ahead to year two. "It's turned into much more of a news show," says Piers. "That was driven by the incredible news cycle we've had, and by the fact that my training and background is all news journalism."

Piers said the formula will remain in 2012: "When there's news, we'll do it very well, and when there's no news, we'll do great interviews with big stars." How did he get into TV? FULL POST

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