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Bill Clinton: Chelsea Would Make Better President Than Hillary.

Former President Bill Clinton says his daughter Chelsea could eventually make a better president than his wife Hillary.

Asked on CNN’sPiers Morgan Live” Wednesday night which of them would do the better job as the nation’s chief executive, Clinton responded, “Day after tomorrow — my wife because she’s had more experience.

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But, he added, “Over the long run, Chelsea. She knows more than we do about everything.

“There was a time in her childhood when I thought maybe she thought she did when she didn’t. Now, it’s highly embarrassing because she, in fact, does. So I feel like I’m going to school every day when we have conversations.”

The comments from her father came not long after Chelsea Clinton opened the door to a possible political career. She told CNN in August that she one day might consider running for office.

For now, though, she seems content working for the family’s Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, and as a special correspondent for NBC News.

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By Dan Weil

Bill Clinton: Putin ‘Kept His Word’ in Deals.

While President Barack Obama and other members of the U.S. government wonder whether Russian president Vladimir Putin can be trusted to broker a deal on Syrian chemical weapons, former President Bill Clinton says Putin always kept his word.

“You work for the best and prepare for the worst in this business,” Clinton said Wednesday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” “But I think it would be a terrible mistake not to take advantage of the opportunity” to get rid of Syria’s chemical weapons.”

Calling Putin “very smart,” Clinton said he and Putin had a “brutally blunt” relationship.

“He kept his word in all the deals we made,” Clinton said. Putin was Russia’s prime minister at the end of Clinton’s second term.

Putin’s government has suggested working with its ally, Syria, to rid that country of its chemical weapons and avert a U.S. military strike. Critics fear Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad may be stalling in an effort to hide the weapons. 

The United Nations says Syria gassed more than 1,400 of its own civilians in August. Syria denies it, but has finally admitted it has chemical weapons as part of the Russian-backed deal.

Clinton said the deal is worth pursuing.

“You should try everything,” he said. “Never shut anything off. It is not necessary to trust somebody to take them up on a good offer. Just pay attention to what’s going on.”


Turning to the current disharmony in Washington, Clinton says he was able to get things done with Republicans by cutting side deals while the House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the GOP attacked him publicly.

“We worked it out when he was trying to run me out of town,” he said of Gingrich. “We were still working together. It was a game to him.”

Gingrich once told Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, “The difference between us is that we’ll do whatever we can, and you won’t do that. You think there are things you shouldn’t do,” Clinton said. “And once I realized what the deal was, I let him do whatever he could, and we did business on the side.”

Clinton said today’s Republicans are different. The GOP Congress in the ’90s shut the government twice and wanted to keep their jobs, he said, so they thought they had to show up for work and get something done.

Reapportionment has created a climate in the House, and in some states that are led by Republicans, he said, that they don’t believe they have to get anything done – just “demonize the opposition.”

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By Greg Richter

Rick Warren: I ‘Forgive’ Person Who Sold Illegal Gun to Mentally-Ill Son.

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, have become crusaders for helping the mentally ill since their 27-year-old son Matthew committed suicide in April.

The couple told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Tuesday they always feared their son one day would take his own life, but felt powerless to prevent it.

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Matthew Warren bought a gun illegally over the Internet and used it to shoot himself in April 2013.

“We’re devastated, but we’re not destroyed,” Kay told Morgan.

“I have cried every single day since Matthew died,” Rick added. “But that’s actually a good thing. Grief is a good thing; it’s the way we get through the transitions of life.”

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Rick had planned a sermon titled “What to do on the worst day of your life” for the upcoming Sunday, not knowing he would experience the worst day of his own life before he would have the chance to deliver it.

“The day that I had feared might happen one day since he’d been born, and the day that I’d prayed would never happen, happened,” Rick said.

The Warrens knew their youngest child had a mental illness from childhood. He was eventually diagnosed with borderline personality.

He struggled for years with emotional pain, his parents said, and tried to kill himself with a drug overdose twice. He wrestled with suicidal thoughts for years.

Matthew told his parents about the gun he bought, but warned them if they called the police he would use it on himself before police could reach him.

Matthew didn’t want to die violently, and tried to buy poison over the Internet to make a more peaceful transition, Kay said. He spent thousands of dollars, but online dealers never sent him the poisons.

“It’s the world’s loss that he’s not here,” Rick said, describing his son as a loving, funny person who could go into a room and find the person in the most pain and cheer him up.

The Warrens said they are grateful that California’s tough gun laws kept weapons out of Matthew’s hands for as long as they did. One of the hardest things they had to do was forgive the person who sold him the gun, Rick said, “because I didn’t want to forgive him.”

“He preyed on a desperate person,” Kay said of the online gun dealer.

Rick said he has to forgive the dealer, not for the dealer’s sake, but for his own.

“I forgive, first, because I’ve been forgiven by God. Second, unforgiveness makes me miserable. And third, I’m going to need more forgiveness in the future.”

“I don’t want to be tied emotionally to that person for the rest of my life,” Kay said.

Still, Kay says she doesn’t have problem with the Second Amendment.

“I’m not saying guns should be outlawed completely,” she said. “I do believe our Constitution has that there for a reason.”

But she believes in laws that protect the innocent and vulnerable. She would like to see guns come with warning labels about the dangers of suicide and instructions to keep them away from family members with mental illnesses.

The Warrens said they want to help others who have gone through what they have, and they want to help prevent future tragedies. Current laws, Rick said, give so much liberty to people suffering from mental illness that their families are often powerless to help them.

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And while he is glad God can use his family’s loss to help others, it doesn’t completely ease the pain.

“You say, are you happy it’s making a difference? Of course I am,” Rick said. “I still want my son back.”

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By Greg Richter

Rick Warren: Got on Knees and Prayed Over Navy Yard Shootings.

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren said he prayed for the victims and families of the Washington Naval Yard shootings the moment he heard about it.

“When I heard about those deaths, at the naval yard, the first thing I did was get down on my knees and pray for those families, of the victims, those who died, and those who are wounded,” Warren told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview to air Tuesday. “My heart went out to them.”

Warren lost his 27-year-old son, Matthew, to a gun-inflicted suicide just after Easter this year. He took 17 weeks away from the pulpit of his 20,000-member church before returning to preach a series titled, “How to get through what you’re going through.”

Warren is also a best-selling author.

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By Greg Richter

Christie: Homosexuality Innate, Not a Sin.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who has opposed same-sex marriage, said that gay people are born that way and it is not a sin.The statement was released as he signed a bill banning therapy that tries to change a minor’s sexual orientation. Christie said such efforts pose “critical health risks including, but not limited to, depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.”

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“Exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate,” Christie, 50, said Monday in the statement.

Christie, who is seeking re-election for governor in November and appears to be positioning himself to run for president in 2016, has walked a fine line on issues surrounding homosexuality as polls show a majority of Republicans oppose gay marriage amid broader acceptance of the practice.

A Gallup poll last month showed about two-thirds of Republicans are against making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 U.S. states. The survey of about 2,000 adults found that 52 percent of all voters favor such a measure.

Christie told CNN’s Piers Morgan in 2011 that while he is Catholic and his church believes homosexuality is a sin, he doesn’t share the view. “If someone is born that way, it’s very difficult to say then that that’s a sin,” he said, a quotation reproduced in today’s statement.

Yet on Feb. 17, 2012, Christie vetoed a same-sex marriage bill, saying he believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Three weeks earlier, he nominated Bruce Harris, a Republican and openly gay lawyer, to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Senate Democrats declined to confirm Harris after the nominee said he would recuse himself from any matters involving gay-marriage issues.Christie has said he’d support a referendum on gay marriage. Democrats have balked at a statewide vote on a matter that they say is a civil right.

Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the governor, declined to comment on why the governor has divided philosophies on conversion therapy and same-sex marriage. Colin Reed, a spokesman for the governor, said in the prepared statement that Christie’s action on conversion therapy “is consistent with his belief that people are born gay and homosexuality is not a sin.”

New Jersey permits same-sex civil-unions under a 2006 law, one that Christie has said he supports. Seven gay couples sued in 2011, claiming in state Superior Court that the statute has made them a separate legal class whose rights aren’t fully understood or recognized.

On Aug. 2, Christie’s administration filed a brief in that case, saying the state had made a “rational decision to reserve the name of marriage for heterosexual couples.”

As the court case plays out, Democratic lawmakers are pushing for an override of Christie’s veto.

Christie is a Roman Catholic. In July, the faith’s leader, Pope Francis, opposed a stance by his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who had written that gays shouldn’t be priests.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” the Pope told reporters on a return flight to Rome from Brazil.

Republicans nationally have emphasized opposition to gay marriage as a central tenet of the party, which is heavily influenced by the social-issues activists — including many evangelical Christians — who dominate early presidential contests such as the Iowa caucus that select its presidential contenders.The 2012 Republican Party platform endorsed efforts to protect “traditional marriage,” asserting that it was best for children and that its erosion ultimately led to bigger and more costly government.

Yet following their 2012 election losses, when Republicans failed to win the White House or take over the U.S. Senate, many party leaders are rethinking their approach. A March report on remaking the party argued that it “must, in fact and deed, be inclusive and welcoming,” or risk alienating young people, women and others “who agree with us on some but not all issues” — a recommendation seen as a call for Republicans to tone down their rhetoric on gay marriage.

The party’s social conservative wing rejected that approach, demonstrating its sway the month after the report’s release at a gathering in Los Angeles, when the Republican National Committee approved a resolution affirming core values, including that marriage should be between a man and a woman.Still, Christie isn’t alone among potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders in distancing himself from the party’s core supporters on gay marriage. Sen. Rand Paul of South Carolina, backed by the small-government tea party and known for his libertarian views, has come out in opposition to a national law banning same-sex marriage, saying the matter should be left to the states.

New Jersey becomes the second state, after California, to ban gay-conversion therapy. The law, which passed New Jersey’s Democratic-controlled legislature in June, prohibits licensed professional counselors — including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and social workers — from engaging in practices designed to change the sexual orientation of anyone under age 18.

California’s law is being challenged in court by therapists who say the state can cite no specific evidence that the therapy is bad for kids and the law illegally quells doctor-patient speech.New Jersey’s law was crafted to avoid such a challenge, according to Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality, a Montclair-based advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Stevenson cheered Christie’s support of the gay-conversion therapy ban, and said he hopes the governor will come around and support same-sex marriage. Christie is seeking a second term in November in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans and a majority of residents support gay marriage.

Advocates are emboldened by two rulings in June by the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down a federal law that denied benefits to same-sex married couples and cleared the way for weddings to resume in California.

“The best way to ensure our LGBT youth are protected from the abuse of being ostracized is to provide them with full equality,” Stevenson said in a statement. “We must provide all [New Jersey] youth with acceptance, with hope for the future, and yes, the promise of the dignity to marry the person that they love.”

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Rachel Jeantel: ‘Angry’ Over Zimmerman Verdict.

Rachel Jeantel, the so-called “star witness” for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, said she was “dissapointed. Upset. Angry,” after the jury returned a not guilty verdict late Saturday night.

“B.S. Just B.S.,” Jeantel said of her opionion of the verdict on CNN’sPiers Morgan Live” Monday night.

Jeantel was talking to the victim, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, on the phone when Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader began following him because he thought he was acting suspiciously.

Zimmerman said he got out of his car when he lost sight of Martin on a dark, rainy night in February 2012. Martin jumped him and began beating his head against concrete, saying he was going to kill him, Zimmerman said, so he pulled out his gun and shot the teen once, killing him.

Several acts of vandalism had taken place in the Sanford, Fla., neighborhood before Zimmerman noticed Martin walking through the neighborhood on his way home.

A jury member told Anderson Cooper that race never was never discussed during their deliberations, but Jeantel said Zimmerman never would have suspected someone who wasn’t black.

“It was racist,” she said. The jurors couldn’t see that because they were either white or Hispanic, she said.

Jeantel responded to people who have said Martin was a dope-smoking thug:

“First of all, Trayvon is not a thug,” she said. “They need to know the defintion of a thug.”

Teenagers, including herself, post all sorts of things online just to brag, she said, and all of them should not be believed.

“That’s just brag – it’s not true,” she said.

Jeantel talked to Martin all day almost every day, and described him as “a calm, chill, loving person.” The two mostly talked about “what we were going to be in life,” she said.

Though she said she never heard Martin talk about guns, she admitted he smoked marijuana about twice a week. But, unlike the defense hoped to prove, she said it didn’t make him act “crazy” – it only made him hungry.

Asked by Morgan about her view of defense attorney Don West, with whom she had an adversarial relationship during the trial.

“Don West,” she said. “Hmm. I’m gonna have to say, lucky I’m a Christian.”

Jeantel’s testimony was ridiculed by some because she was difficult to understand. She blamed an overbite she hasn’t had surgery for yet. She blanched when Morgan played video of a juror telling Anderson Cooper she felt sorry for Jeantel because she is uneducated and lacks communication skills.

She described Zimmerman as, “Weak. Scary.

“If you were a real man you would stand on that stage and tell what happened,” she said.

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By Greg Richter

Gingrich: 8 Million People of Calif. More Alienated from Washington.

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By Paul Scicchitano

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared on Wednesday that eight million people of California who voted for the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage “have a pretty good reason to be a little more alienated from Washington than they were yesterday.”

Appearing on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” along with fellow co-hosts of the all-new “Crossfire” program, Gingrich came out swinging from host Piers Morgan’s opening salvo.

“Newt Gingrich you must be absolutely thrilled at the Supreme Court’s decisions today?” asked the liberal Morgan, who put up no pretense of where he stood on the issue of gay marriage and the two rulings handed down by the high court earlier in the day.

“I was thrilled that you are missing the core point that eight million Californians voted a particular way,” snapped Gingrich, who sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in a fierce primary battle in which he honed his reputation as a masterful debater.

“Their governor and their attorney general refused to defend them — and as a result the court didn’t actually decide the substance of the case,” said Gingrich, referring to the court’s decision on technical grounds to leave in place a trial court’s declaration that California’s Proposition 8 ban was unconstitutional.

In a second 5-4 vote, the court wiped away part of the Defense of Marriage Act — a federal anti-gay marriage law — that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health, and pension benefits that are available to married couples.

Gingrich insisted that he is not opposed to “gay people having the right to have a relationship,” but said that he believes as a Christian that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

“But Cardinal (Timothy) Dolan described it as a tragedy for America. A tragedy that two loving people of the same sex can get married just like you and me? That’s a tragedy for America,” pressed Morgan.

“If you want to reject the right of the Catholic bishops collectively — not just Dolan, to actually stand up for their values — and you want to trivialize them, that’s your right. But in fact I do believe states are making arrangements,” said Gingrich.

“What I object to in this case is very clear-cut. You had a 5 to 4 decision to reject eight million Californians on the grounds that eight million people have no standing before the Supreme Court,” he added. “That’s a huge mistake.”

Liberal co-hosts Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter were respectful, but nevertheless disagreed with Gingrich.

“First of all, I just want to say as a Christian if you are concerned about traditional marriage, Kim Kardashian has done more harm to traditional marriage than any gay person,” quipped Jones, the founding president of Rebuild the Dream, an organization that searches for ways to improve the U.S. economy.

“The people who brought the dignity and the honor back to the institution are the lesbian/gay community,” he said. “And the problem that we have now is just because you put something on the ballot — if you had put on the ballot civil rights in 1950 — we wouldn’t have had them. The courts have a job to do to protect people. I’m glad they did the job.”

Cutter, who served as the deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s re-election campaign, agreed that the court’s ruling was contrary to the wishes of eight million Californians, but said that people “have voted before and they’ve been wrong.”

She called the Supreme Court action a “check” to ensure that people have equality in California and noted the celebrations in the state over the rulings.

Conservative co-host S.E. Cupp acknowledged that she supports gay marriage, but agreed that the court’s ruling on the California ban was a “rejection of the voices of the people.”

Cupp, a syndicated columnist, pointed to the high court’s deferential language concerning the rights of states as a “huge victory for federalism and if you believe in small government and conservatism with a “C” then you have to see that as at least a silver lining,” she said.

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Trump: China ‘Having a Field Day’ Because of Snowden.

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A TV screen at a shopping mall in Hong Kong shows a June 14 news report about Edward Snowden.

By Todd Beamon

Donald Trump said on Thursday that “China is having a field day” right now because of American surveillance secrets reportedly handed them by former U.S. spy Edward Snowden.

“Over the last year, we have been talking about them hacking us — and now, all of a sudden, China is talking about us hacking them,” the billionaire businessman told Piers Morgan on CNN. “We do far more than they’ve ever done — and they’re having an absolute field day.

“But the bigger field day is what is Snowden giving them,” Trump added. “How much information is Snowden giving them? It sounds like he’s got just about all the information we have in this country.”

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In hiding in Hong Kong, Snowden reportedly has shown The South China Morning Post “unverified documents” describing an extensive U.S. campaign to obtain information from computers in Hong Kong and mainland China.

He also has promised “explosive” new revelations about Washington’s surveillance targets.

U.S. officials have confirmed that Snowden, a former subcontractor for the National Security Agency, may have more secret material. He initially revealed the agency’s secret monitoring of Internet and telephone data of millions of Americans.

“Of all the places he goes for protection is Hong Kong, which is a little interesting, because that’s not a place where actually he should get that kind of protection,” Trump told Morgan. “It looks like they’re going to protect him.

“I don’t know what information he’s given them, but it could be very serious,” Trump added. “He’s a bad guy. I have no doubt that he’s a bad guy.”

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White House raises petition signature requirement to 100,000.

In what seems to be an effort to curb time spent on outrageous petitions, the White House late Tuesday quadrupled the signature threshold for “We the People” petitions to 100,000.

Thank goodness we got an answer on the Death Star before the new rule took effect.

Previously, 25,000 signatures were required to garner an official response from the White House on a petition posted at the “We the People” website.

Macon Phillips, White House director of digital strategywrote in a blog post that the decision was a direct response to the booming popularity of the “We the People” site:

When we first raised the threshold — from 5,000 to 25,000 — we called it “a good problem to have.” Turns out that “good problem” is only getting better, so we’re making another adjustment to ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve.

The 25,000 signature limit meant the White House was directed to give official responses to bizarre petitions such as one to build the Death Star. (White House response: “No.”)

The new limit applies only to newly created petitions.


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White House denies petition to deport Piers Morgan.

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The White House has responded to the petition seeking the deportation of Piers Morgan with a statement from press secretary Jay Carney explaining the First Amendment.

The petition, which received well over 100,000 signatures (25,000 are required for a White House response) was led by conservative radio host Alex Jones. He wrote, “British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”

In Carney’s statement explaining the White House’s decision to allow Morgan to remain in the U.S., he acknowledges that the Second Amendment does guarantee citizens the right to bear arms, but reiterates the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of the press.

Carney wrote:

Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment—or any other matter of public concern.

We recognize that the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, sparked an intense, and at times emotional, national conversation about the steps we can take as a country to reduce gun violence. In fact, your petition is one of many on the issue, and President Obama personally responded by sharing his views on this important issue.

Earlier this week, Jones appeared on Morgan’s CNN program where he declared, “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! America was born on guns and whiskey. It’s true we’re a violent society. … You’re a foreigner. You’re a redcoat. You’re telling us what to do.”


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