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Need to Know News: Controversial private fund-raiser video shows candid Romney; Al Qaeda calls death of U.S. ambassador a 'gift'
September 18th, 2012
10:24 AM ET

Need to Know News: Controversial private fund-raiser video shows candid Romney; Al Qaeda calls death of U.S. ambassador a 'gift'

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 September 18, 2012 – Controversial private fund-raiser video shows candid Mitt Romney, Al Qaeda calls death of U.S. ambassador a 'gift' and magazine fined for topless Duchess of Cambridge photos...

• Controversial private fund-raiser video shows candid Mitt Romney: "Mitt Romney on Monday said his controversial statements caught on tape were "off the cuff" and "not elegantly stated," but he defended the main message of his remarks."

• Al Qaeda calls death of U.S. ambassador a 'gift': "As the fallout from an online film that mocks Islam's holy prophet continued Tuesday, al Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa urged Muslims in the region to kill U.S. government representatives and called the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens a 'gift.'"

Obama's jobs record is better than Bush's: "Mitt Romney is accusing President Barack Obama of overseeing the worst jobs recovery since the Great Depression. And months of disappointing jobs growth means the president could face Election Day with fewer workers than on the day he took office. But Romney's accusation is wrong –"

Investors pull back on U.S. stocks: " Stocks dipped in early trading, as worries about Europe and the global economy made investors wary. The Dow Jones industrial average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq edged 0.2% lower."

• Magazine fined for topless Duchess of Cambridge photos: "A French magazine has been fined for publishing topless photographs of Britain's likely future queen, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and ordered not to distribute the magazine in print or online, a French court ruled Tuesday."
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  1. Tony Capp

    I looked at the Jesse Ventura interview online. It looks like Piers and Jesse have joined the Obama re-election campaign. Instead of looking at the facts about the 47% number they both make comments to stir up the emotions of the electorate. The old and weary Obama line that Romney is out of touch with the american people. First of all Romney was responding to the statements made BEFORE the ambassor was knwon to be killed. Second more than 40 percent of the so-called taxpayers don't reallly pay any taxes. Then Jesse making comments about people having to pay 35 bucks for a government ID floors. In a lot of states they are free, including tgrasportation to get to the DMV. Morgan dosen't challenge Ventura on any of these issues.

    Regards, TC

    Just so you know, I'm retired living on social security and a small pension. I also grew up in a housing project in East Boston and am a viet-nam veteran (first air calvary) and still pay taxes on my income. It looks like CNN has already decided that Obama is in for the next four years when listening to Morgan, Solidad Obrien, and sometimes Blitzer.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andy Bedio

      Out of touch with the American people, how about out of touch with the world! Mitt Romney believes that God took a white race, and turned them black with a curse. Don't believe me ? Then check it out for yourself. In the Book of Mormon, that was written in 1830, thats 180 years ago, it states, in 2nd Nephi, chapter 5, verses 20-24, page 66, you can read all about it. Furthermore, there have many, many printings of the book, and up to this day, these verses have not changed. I repeat, that is 180 years, Why is the most important question you could aske. Oh, and just so you know, I'm retired and on social security, and a small pension. How's that for bringing the people together!!

      September 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Arlie

        Did you have a problem with the "preaching" of Obama's minister as well? Apparently O found "GD America" fine as he kept attending that church.

        September 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • david clark

      why blame american citizens for not paying taxes anymore? america is 700 TRILLION dollars in debt. even if we were taxed 100% of our pay, we cannot repay our debt, more less the INTEREST we pay to the federal reserve (which isnt even a federal listing). why is the GOVERNMENT letting private corporations print our money? why doesnt the GOVERNMENT print their own money

      September 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Robert Moore

    Pierece Morgan is one of the most blatant liberal Obama such ups I have seen on TV. Morgan if your going to be on
    TV learn that every body watching doesn't agree with your left leaning propaganda.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Andy Bedio

    Arlie, yes I did have a problem with Obomas minister, but as you well know, he distened himself from the preacher. Romney has yet to do so!

    September 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Pete

    Is it just me or did everyone miss the other portion of Romney' s gaffe? The part where he is targeting the 4 or 5 percenters and refers tothem as being more thoughtful.....was he inferring the 47% were less thoughtful(not as smart, dumb, have not obtained a higher education). I think this was as incendiary as the other opinions he has expressed!

    September 19, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Carl

    Morgan's bias shows to the degree that he would no doubt feel more comfortable at MSNBC, although CNN does a pretty good job of bashing Republicans as well! Overstating Romney's comments while ignoring the gaffes of Obama is truly pathetic! How can a supposedly intelligent person, coming from a socialist country no less, endorse the US becoming a nanny state, which he obviously does by promoting left-wing ideology! Sad, no wonder the ratings are tanking!

    September 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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