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Need to Know News: Congress passes payroll tax cut extension; Suicide bombers strike government buildings in Syria
December 23rd, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Need to Know News: Congress passes payroll tax cut extension; Suicide bombers strike government buildings in Syria

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 December 23, 2011 – Congress passes payroll tax cut extension and suicide bombers strike government buildings in Syria...

• Congress passes payroll tax cut extension: "Both chambers of Congress passed an amended version of the two-month payroll tax cut extension Friday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama's desk and handing Democrats a hard-fought victory on an issue - taxes - that has historically favored their Republican counterparts."

• Suicide bombers strike government buildings in Syria: "Two suicide car bombs shook the seat of Syrian power on Friday, said state-run media, a strike the government blames on terrorists and opposition forces call the work of the Bashar al-Assad regime. Bombings carrying 'the blueprints of al Qaeda' exploded outside the offices of two security branches in the Syrian capital of Damascus, state-run media reported."

• Bush 41 carefully backs Romney: “Mitt Romney had "no idea" George H.W. Bush was going to publicly support his bid for the White House Thursday, saying at an event in New Hampshire the backing from the former president meant more personally than it did politically."

String of quakes rattles New Zealand city of Christchurch: “A series of earthquakes struck New Zealand near the city of Christchurch on Friday, causing damage and disruption in an area still recovering from a powerful quake in February. The tremors have injured at least two people and resulted in the closure of the Christchurch airport, said Vince Cholewa, spokesman for the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management."

Taylor Swift's CoverGirl ad pulled: “The singer’s ultra-glossy CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ad has been yanked after it caught the attention of an ad industry watchdog group. The offense? Excessive Photoshopping.”

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  1. Viewer

    Piers Morgan rose above his competence and talent level.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Viewer

    Piers Morgan is NO Larry King, that's for sure. If his talent had been half the size of his head, he would have been fantanstic. However, at this point, some senior executive needs to pull this guy off the air as we can not take much more of this arrogant ass.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nana

      Why should Piers Morgan be pulled out? Pierce is no Larry King for sure..... he is Pierce Morgen and he is fantastic.Now who made you the authority? Must be moth balls !

      December 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Amir

    I'm pretty sure that she will not have any problems finding a man who is willing to go along with the long term relationship with her..............................drag it out as long as you can. : )

    December 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Elaine

    Whoopi was on Piers Morgan show and feels that you should be able to do what you want in your home even when your being paid for good behavior and good image. Sorry when you take a job and get paid for it, you need to do what's expected of you or give up the job. I do agree parents should be the ones who should be the person who children look up to.

    December 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. LEONARD SAMS

    Piers WHY don't you INTERVIEW JONATHAN IVE on your TV program AMERICANS think APPLE was all Steve Jobs when most of the work was done by the ENGLISHMAN JONATHAN IVE. Not only that ME, BECKHAM, And IVE, ARE ALL from CHINGFORD. JOBS JUST HAD A BIG EGO
    LEN SAMS

    December 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. dillon

    I now hate CNN. CNN is all about them selves. It sucks, I need a reliable news source.

    January 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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