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May 15th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Response to Angelina Jolie's preventative measures against breast and ovarian cancer; The White House reacts to the IRS controversy

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Dr. Arlene Sussman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Kristina Smith applaud Angelina's choice to get a double mastectomy

On Tuesday evening, upon the news that Angelina Jolie, one of the most celebrated and admired women in the world for her physical beauty, announced that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carried a mutation of the BRCA1 gene that sharply increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz, Dr. Arlene Sussman, director of women's imaging at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, and Krista Smith, the west coast editor of "Vanity Fair."

Wasserman Schultz, Sussman and Smith who are personally or professional familiar with breast and ovarian cancer each shared their reaction to Jolie's announcement.

"I thought this was a tremendous thing that she did," said Smith, whose mother and aunt both died from ovarian cancer. "It is such a gift. It is so bold. It's so brave. And she was so candid in it, as well, which I was really surprised. People have just rallied around her."

"It's not an easy decision," said Sussman about Jolie and other women who chose the same path that Jolie took to minimize their risk of cancer. "You make that decision. It's brave, difficult decision. And it's a long process. And it's painful. It's not simple to go through. So they should be applauded for their efforts."

Wasserman Schultz also pointed out the issue that Jolie's procedure, although courageous, is still a luxury. "There are so many women who can't make the same decision that Angelina and I were able to make," Wasserman Schultz noted, "because they can't even go and get themselves to a doctor when they have a lump in their breast because they couldn't afford the co- pays."

  • CNN's Dana Bash and Jessica Yellin on the latest news in the IRS scandal investigation

Also on Tuesday evening, as an obtained document from the IRS's treasury inspector general revealed that the agency deliberately targeted some conservative groups applying for federal tax exempt status, Piers Morgan spoke to CNN's Dana Bash and Jessica Yellin in Washington D.C.

"This is a pretty damning report," said Bash. "We knew some of what was going on from congressional sources throughout the week, but the bottom line is that it says that IRS agents simply targeted these groups because of words like Tea Party, like Patriot, because of their political affiliation."

And Yellin reported on the reaction from the White House telling Morgan that President Barack Obama "issued a statement that's somewhat clinical in that it's a lot of words, but he's not taking any direct action."

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  1. Griff.

    "What shoulde happen?? That which you can't hold when you go to the toilet. Barack Obama is still in the toilet and asking for more toilet-rolls!"

    May 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. shepherdgregory

    This page is on mastectomies,Griff,why don't you stick your HEAD down the toilet,drip on the computer,and short-circuit
    the damn thing 'cos it's REALLY GETTIN' TEDIOUS Griff,strange person in double-quotes...

    May 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. David Dees

    Dear Bozo the Clown. Once again your makeup and oversized clown shoes are getting in the way of a substantive interview. You’re interviewing Donald Rumsfeld as I write this and you’re feeding this war criminal, a man who should have been tried in the World Court for war crimes, more of your lame soft-ball questions with no follow up. This is why I stopped watching CNN. You accept what the Rummy Puppet says today like CNN did in 2003 during the run up to the 3 trillion dollar plundering of the US Treasury. Rummy claims Hillary Clinton and John Kerry and many democrats and Americans supported and voted to invade Iraq. True. Piers, the follow up to this is: People voted for war because the Bush administration lied to Congress, the UN and the American people with made up intelligence for months...and convinced me and the media that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. These lies continue to go unanswered. Rummy, where did you get this information from? Who told you Iraq had weapons of mass destruction? I want names. I want your sources. Poor Piers. You sit there, star struck and laugh it up with this crook and afraid to lose sponsors. I have a degree in journalism from Hofstra University (site of the second presidential debate) and I probably would have choked Dummy Rummy with my Hofstra diplommy!

    May 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      WMD is the albatross round Tony's neck too...

      May 16, 2013 at 8:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
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