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Need to Know News: The wedding of the century; Obama to visit battered Alabama
April 29th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Need to Know News: The wedding of the century; Obama to visit battered Alabama

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 April 29, 2011 – Introducing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Obama to assess damage in Alabama, Endeavor set to launch today...

CNN presents The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: "Prince William of Wales slipped a gold ring onto the finger of Catherine Middleton Friday, and the couple vowed to love, comfort, honor and to keep each other in London's biggest royal wedding in three decades." The wedding is be replayed on We've also got full coverage on the royal wedding page.

• Obama heads to Alabama: "President Barack Obama plans to visit Alabama on Friday, the hardest-hit of six states ravaged by a series of storms and tornadoes that killed 300 people and left entire neighborhoods in ruins. The president's scheduled visit is taking place as emergency responders in Alabama and five other states continue to assess the damage wreaked by one of the worst outbreaks of violent weather in the southeastern United States in decades, experts said."

• Final launch of space shuttle Endeavor set for Friday: "When Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts into space for the final time Friday, the launch will be particularly emotional for the commander on board. Back on the ground, Cmdr. Mark Kelly's wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will watch the shuttle's ascent. Three months ago, Giffords was clinging to life after a gunshot wound tore through her brain in January's Tuscon, Arizona, mass shooting." Liftoff is scheduled for 3:47 p.m. ET.

• Clock ticking for Obama's security team: "When President Obama unveiled his revamped national security team in the East Room, he quickly joked about how badly Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been itching to finally get serious about retirement."

The original Will and Kate: "Katie and William Beaty’s connection to Prince William and Kate Middleton goes beyond having the same names. The Marietta, Georgia couple was married on April 29, 2000, so they will share an anniversary with the other William & Kate."

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  1. maria isabel zimmermann

    Pierce Morgan, the Royal wedding was absolutely wonderful !! Congratulations and thank you, and all the team, for making it possible to enjoy so much such a fascinating historical event, I watch you every night, from Brazil, Maria Isabel Zimmermann

    April 29, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Linda Bell

    CNN commentary for the Royal Wedding. I have yet to see a more pompous, big headed, name dropping person than Piers Morgan. I think you could have done better among the British looking for work in america. He can't wait to finish everyone's sentences and thinks he knows it all and he knows very little. You are not much better off with Cat Dealy either and when my ears were actually aching from the cackling and talking over one another in the background, I finally tuned into the BBC and
    breathed a sigh of relief at a more cultured commentary.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Greg W.

    You should have been hosting the show. Anderson is just too serious for such a happy day. Every time he spoke I thought I was fighting with the rebels in Libya or ducking to avoid a tornado. He is great, but not for this. We needed a taste of Britain from the British; look forward to your show tonight.

    April 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Peearsmorgan

    This royal BS has some interest for Pears ( coming froma Royal family!!), but why do we care??? WHy CNN is wasting its prime time with this kind of nonesense?? Isn't that the truth that if we are to make any advances in society we need get this crap behind us and stop being slaves of this ( as one time we all were)??? The world we live in today is lot better than the royal time!! Giveme a life CNN.

    April 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kumbaya

    Why we waste all this money and time for anything like this that has nothing to do with us? We should just let the couple ( royal or otherwise) just do it in private and enjot themselves like rest of us do anyway!! What s this nonesense. Like every poltical candidate has his /her suppporters, they do have some maniacs whoe is struck with this obsession. But most of us have better thing is life than this crap!! Give me a life CNN!!!

    April 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. IKHAN

    Irony is that not a day passes that we do not demean the President of the United States and take perverse pleasure insulting him but can't wait to kneel down before the British royalty.

    Their princes & princesses make us salivate. Perhaps some deep seated inferiority complex??

    April 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sunjoy Dunlop

    From: Sunjoy Dunlop
    28 Gorsebrook crt.
    Brampton, Ontario L6X 2R8
    Tel: 416-276-8365


    I just watched the royal wedding between Williams and Kate. Many comments and views are coming. Most are cogratulatories, few are critical. Whether U.K. need any monarch or not that's debatable issue in U.K. But apart from excellent entertainment I think these young couple bring some relief from the daily mudane of present world where almost everything is negative. The couple's love seem to be genuine as they know each other since last ten years. These couple seems to be not only royal but also very down to earth while behaving in public. I was amazed at couple's innocence, honesty and love at the wedding ceremony.Both the royal brothers probably inherited some of the finest sensitivities from their mother Diana.

    Some people commented that they have united the Britain. I think they reunited the not only Britain but also united the whole world through their fairt tale story of love, innocence and honesty.
    Thank you.
    Sunjoy Dunlop

    April 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Nana Brown

    Absolutely beautiful and amazing how well the Royal Wedding went and the coverage by Pierce Morgan and Anderson Cooper was spectacular. CNN has some great gems though we would love to see Amanpour back.

    Please stop covering Trump from trumpeting his horn. Trump lacks all Presidential quality at least Sara Pailen is silly in her own way and we do enjoy a good laugh with out going to a comedy show.

    April 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. wagger

    thanks piers morgan for great coverage and your deflection at any attempts by your American co-host to diminish this great British occasion. Americans have such mixed emotions about British events, especially ones like this where they just don't fully comprehend the history that runs deep in our blood. Monarchy and our history is a living organism , not just pageantry. Englishmen have stood at the gates of the palace for hundreds of years to show their pleasure or not-unlike in the US where there is nothing to compare. Chelsea Clinton or Brad Pitt getting married. just doesn't cut it

    April 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. IKHAN

    " Monarchy and our history is a living organism". Well good for you.

    We Americans who are all commonres are pretty happy without a monarchy.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    contact me ? +92-3016841022

    May 1, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Rosa Maria

    congratulations piers, I am colombian and believe that you capture the best images achieve a wonderful wedding.

    May 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Raudiaus

    Obama to Osama
    The green revolution and the Great Empire should not shiver under the brain child of the distruction.We have to find our own way out

    October 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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