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June 6th, 2013
03:19 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Gingrich against big government, Paris Jackson's cry for help, and Heroic Haley of Okla.

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.

  • Newt says "No" to big government, says it has tendency to "run amuck"

On the heels of the revelation that the National Security Agency has "been secretly collecting phone records of tens of millions of Americans," on Wednesday Newt Gingrich had himself a seat on "The Grill," and, in the process, got fairly fired up when voicing his opposition to big government:

"Frankly, I think increasingly I distrust all bureaucracies. Because the record we have with the IRS, the record we have at the environmental protection agency where we just learned today that they we're actually giving individual names of farmers to activist lawyers. I mean, every time we turn around, there is a new bureaucratic, big government scandal that I think is deeper and more than President Obama," said the former House Speaker. "I think it's part of the whole problem of giant government. So I'd want to know that this was walled off, and I would want some kind of criminal sanctions against anybody who used this information for anything, except counter-terrorism."

Admitting his distrust spanned multiple administrations, including George W. Bush's tenure in the White House, Gingrich's bi-partisan statement shocked the host:

"I think big governments are inherently dangerous. That's why as a conservative, I like much smaller government, because I distrust big bureaucratic governments. They run amuck," he noted.

Such a fact sent the hosts jaw to the floor:

"I'm staggered. I love the fact you didn't trust the Bush administration."

  • Gingrich okay with information collection, but only to prevent terrorism

As part of an interview that covered multiple topics, and spanned multiple segments, the one-time Republican presidential candidate detailed the circumstances under which he does support the government's monitoring of its citizens:

"I think if what you're trying to do is avoid the kind of terrorism that occurred in Boston or the kind of terrorism that almost occurred in Times Square a couple years ago, I'm for whatever it takes as long as it's restricted to the National Security Agency and doesn't get involved in looking for criminal behavior or other kind of things," he told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "The problem you have is between the total failure of Attorney General [Eric] Holder and his team and the IRS scandal and all the other things we're watching, why would anyone trust the government to keep its word?"

  • One night of Paris: Jackson daughter cut wrist

    On the backdrop of Paris Jackson’s hospitalization following a dramatic "cry for help," on Wednesday evening Piers Morgan invited Dr. Charles Sophie and Shaun Robinson to put the incident into perspective.

    A number of theories have been presented as to why Jackson resorted to self-inflicted violence, but Sophie suggested that long-standing, deeply rooted emotional causes were “layered upon each other”:

    “There is a lot of pressure on this young girl,” noted the Medical Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. “So, yes, these are the kind of things that can lead to these cries for help.”

    Robinson, meanwhile, of Access Hollywood, maintained that the losing her father Michael, a reality that “has been weighing on this girl ever since the day it happened,” served as a vital role in her emotional instability. Testimony from classmates provides additional insight, claiming that Jackson “has described herself as a loner” and an “outcast." According to Robinson, “in school, she has even talked about being bullied and not fitting into certain groups."

  • Heroic Okla. teacher Suzanne Haley: On the road to recovery

Wednesday night's program saw heroic teacher Suzanne Haley – alongside her daughters Ashlynn and Miranda – speak live with Morgan, discussing her road to recovery since surviving Oklahoma’s record-breaking tornadoes.

Just days after Suzanne was impaled by the leg of a desk while protecting her classroom full of students, she joined the program live from her hospital bed. Weeks later, and thanks in part to the insurance company that promised to cover her medical bills, Suzanne says she is “taking on new treatment and just taking it day by day. And the prognosis is looking good for full recovery.”

Luckily, the Haley’s were able to avoid any major damage caused by the second series of Oklahoma tornadoes, which arrived precisely as Suzanne was being released from the hospital. The single mother of two noted tha she “had been released that evening, just in time to get back home and get into our storm cellar.”

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  1. sm

    Really, the GOP of all people are against the federal govt' tapping our cell phones that your computer and google all the way to Yahoo and amazon track your every move. SO WHAT, if it helps track down Terrorists, Do what ever. Don't come crawling back with your tail between your legs after the next terrorist attack and say our govt' should have known it was coming!!!! Don't be a Hippocrite!!!! I guess if its only in your interest to raise money for your cause than its all good " GOP" Were listening and if you are up to terroists activities, I can sleep at night knowing our govt' probably is one step ahead of you. Should be good for you if you don't got nothing to hide!!!

    June 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. sm

    Do you know the US Chamber of Commerse is not a federal agency at all? You sign everyday on your phone bill, Loans, Anything you buy or sign your name to is connected to the corruption of an illegitamite group that schemes you into agreeing to arbitration instead of you local, state, or federal court system to satisfy and decide any, ANY and Every defect, problem and wrong any and most every business company states in the fine print of your contract you sign everyday. go ahead and read the fine print in your contacts and loan agreements. the GOP schemes the business and federal judges to lean their way on an outcome against your complaint in ARBRITRATION. Remember that word, because its going to get the Best of you, guaranteed! U.S Commerence means judges in Businesses back pockets and will take you to the BANK! Know your complaining about the govt' tracking you on cell phone to weed out TERRORISM!

    June 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. sm

    Your being watched in your city and state every time your out with video cameras tracking you ( and it works in tying loose ends in the war on crime) Do you complain to your local govt' ? We want it anyway. the 1st amendment dint write any protection for phones , computers and the internet in 1776 , Did they!!!!!!! People need to get their own house in order before being Hippocrites and downing progress. We need to write new laws to govern the new technology to all be on the same page. The 1st amendment dosent consider this wrong or right at all. people need to really let go of claiming 1st and 2nd amendment rights the first time they Don't like something and they don't like the out come. Is anybody getting the point and agree? Lets here your words and see what you think and don't like, and we can tell your core morales and maturity level.

    June 6, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Katharine Koch

    Piers – LISTEN!! – no Interruptions PLS – to Dershowitz re the self-righteous indignation (including yours ) re USG access to phone numbers/ websites etc of Americans, starting w/his assessment of the sensationalist Guardian reporter. As a retired USG employee w/ TS etc clearances + to the left of your Sen. (I) of VT, seems to me that no American one other person in US should be worried about NSA etc listening if they have nothing dangerous to hide. You overreacth- for ratings? – a bit too much. How dare you pontificate on our country. Don't like it? Go Home, Pls !!

    June 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Your being held Hostage by a phony U.S dept of Commernce that is not a legitament federal agency ( Do you know the word " arbritration" ) , your being videod in your city ( that helps solve crimes) and our fore fathers didn't know what a cell phone, comuter, or internet meant in 1776 referring to the 1st amendment. So if you got something to hide then sure you concerned for this federal cell phone monitoring! It should be newly drafted laws that our worked out by our government elected officials now! Quit being a Hippocite! Heard of yahoo and google tracking your every move, but that's ok, Right?

      June 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    WHY is a child's life more important than an adult's? At what age does this start or is it before birth? Also, there are a number of medical reasons why transplanting various adult organs in children can be a bad choice.

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