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Need to Know News: Olympic badminton players disqualified for trying to lose; Bashar al-Assad tells army to restore order to Syria
August 1st, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Need to Know News: Olympic badminton players disqualified for trying to lose; Bashar al-Assad tells army to restore order to 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 August 1, 2012 – Olympic badminton players disqualified for trying to lose, President Bashar al-Assad tells army to restore order to Syria and Michael Phelps cements legacy as one of all-time Olympic greats...

• Olympic badminton players disqualified for trying to lose: "The players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were accused of playing to lose in order to face easier opponents in future matches, drawing boos from spectators and warnings from match officials Tuesday night.

• President Bashar al-Assad tells army to restore order to Syria: "Syria's president exhorted his country's armed forces on Wednesday to restore stability to his nation, reeling from a growing grass-roots armed resistance."

• Polls say Obama over 50%, in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania: "The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times polls showed Barack Obama leading his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Florida 51%-45%, in Ohio 50%-44%, and in Pennsylvania 53%-42%. Florida and Ohio are considered toss-ups in November's general election, while Pennsylvania is rated 'lean Obama' on CNN's Electoral Map."

• ADP jobs report say private employers added 163,000 jobs: "Businesses added 163,000 jobs last month, according to payroll-processing company ADP. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com predicted the figure would come in at 125,000."

Michael Phelps cements legacy as one of all-time Olympic greats: "On Tuesday, Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal, more than many countries have ever won. He wraps up a career as the most decorated Olympian ever, perhaps the greatest ever."

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  1. Beth

    Piers, As the lack of comments show, we like you better when you are talking politics. Nothing against the Olympics, but it is time for you to get back to the U.S. and dig in to the campaign that is getting more interesting by the minute.

    August 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. NOBAMA2012

    Eat at Chick-fil-a.

    PAID FOR BY THE RE-ELECT AN IDIOT (obama your welfare momma) CAMPAIGN

    August 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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