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October 24th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Operating on the Vice President, Jake Tapper from "The Outpost"

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.

  • Operating on the VP: Dick Cheney's cardiologist

Dick Cheney's myriad of health problems have been well-chronicled, especially on the heels of the former vice president's interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on “60 minutes.”

However, despite all the answers he's given, one question still remains: how was he able to sustain one of the most important jobs in the world, all while suffering through the trials and tribulations of heart disease?

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan invited the man behind the medical miracles, Cheney’s cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner. Reiner treated Cheney during his political career, and still looks after his heart today.

Joining Morgan live, Reiner noted that Cheney's health offers a window into the evolution of medical science:

“You can trace this remarkable history of really medical miracles through the life of this extraordinary patient who got very sick at a very young age, but still managed to really live this incredibly, you know, vigorous life.”

Known for his political toughness, the "Piers Morgan Live" host also wondered about the emotional soul and spirit beneath Cheney's hardened exterior:

"What was he like when he's going through such quite regular life and death scenarios in his own private life,” he asked.

Reiner revealed that Cheney's personal battles were fought with much the same character used in his work:

“Incredibly courageous,” he began. “It’s one thing to have a disease but it's another thing entirely to let the disease have you, and clearly heart disease never got Dick Cheney.”

  • Jake Tapper updates us on the men from "The Outpost"

Piers Morgan spoke with fellow CNN Anchor Jake Tapper Wednesday to discuss his critically acclaimed book, “Outpost, An Untold Story of American Valor.” Tapper’s book takes readers behind the front lines to discover the tear-jerking and inspirational story behind one of America’s deadliest battles during the war in Afghanistan.

Since the release of the book, former Staff Sergeant Ty Carter and current Sergeant Clint Romesha have been awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest honor in the United States of America that a military personnel can ever receive for their acts of courage and valor. For Tapper, seeing this has been “remarkable,” he told Morgan on Wednesday.

Tapper mentioned that while writing the book, a year after the battle occurred, nobody seemed to know about the brave and spirited actions that had occurred on October 3rd, 2009.

“The world couldn’t have cared less,” mentioned Tapper. “And since that happened, obviously the book the came out but more importantly, these men and their families have started to get the recognition that they deserve for their incredible actions.”

Receiving the Medal of Honor for going above and beyond the call of duty is a rare and remarkable thing when it happens in our country’s history. And for Tapper, he sees it as “a remarkable testament to these men and it's great that the country is finally recognizing what they've done for this country.”

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