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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."
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?"
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."
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.”