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Tea Party Debate Gets Weird as Audience Cheers Idea of Uninsured Man Dying (VIDEO)

When CNN decided to name its second Republican Party debate the Tea Party Debate, you just knew things were bound to get weird. But in an evening that featured ten minutes worth of heated discussion about the HPV vaccine as the vultures circled newly-crowned frontrunner Rick Perry, one unsettling incident stood out out as the signature moment of the evening. Televised debates rarely veer into such dramatic -- and unsettling -- territory. CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical question about health care to libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul: say a 30-year-old man gets struck with a catastrophic illness, but has made the choice to not buy healthcare. Who should pay for his care, if he's, say, in a coma? Read More... //

Piers Morgan Lines Up Strong Guest List

Piers Morgan knows he has his work cut out for him on ratings-challenged CNN. So as the British host, best known in the U.S. as a judge on America's Got Talent , prepares to take Larry King's timeslot, he's lining up marquee names for his first week of guests after kicking things off with Oprah Winfrey. After the daytime talk queen appears on the first Piers Morgan Tonight (debuting Monday, Jan. 17 at 9/8c on CNN), those appearing on Week 1 will be ... //

Larry King Announces Fall Exit from CNN Show

After 25 years on the air, Larry King will step down from his nightly CNN show this fall, the TV anchor announced via Twitter Tuesday. "I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them I would like to end Larry King Live, the nightly show, this fall," King, 76, said in a statement on "CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids' little league games." The announcement comes two weeks after CNN shot down reports that America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan was close to a four-year deal to replace King in the fall. Morgan, 45, also hosts a British news program called Piers Morgan's Life Stories and is a former editor of Britain's The Mirror. If chosen to succeed King, he would be the first British journalist with an American primetime news program. To Read More Click Here .

Campbell Brown Steps Down from CNN Show, Citing Ratings

CNN's Campbell Brown is ending her CNN show, and being blunt about the reason why. "I knew on the day that I accepted my job at CNN that a ratings victory at 8 p.m. was going to be a formidable challenge. As I have been told over and over, this is the toughest timeslot in cable news," Brown said in a statement Tuesday. "Of course I pay attention to ratings. And simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be. It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down as anchor of CNN's Campbell Brown." Brown, who moved to CNN in 2008 after 11 years with NBC News, emphasized that the decision was her own, and said she didn't want to make excuses. "I could have said that I am stepping down to spend more time with my children (which I truly want to do). Or that I am leaving to pursue other opportunities (which I also truly want to do). But I have never had much tolerance for others' spin, so I can't imagine trying to stomach my own," she said. "The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else." To Read More Click Here .

Laura Bush Supports Gay Marriage, Abortion

Laura Bush says she supports gay marriage and a woman's right to choose, and thinks a law allowing the former "will come" in due time. "I think there are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman," Bush told Larry King on his show Tuesday. "But I also know that ... when couples are committed to each other and love each other that they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has." To Read More Click Here .

Sen. John McCain said Sunday he's "very happy" with the way his campaign is going, despite his "unde

"We're going to be in a tight race and we're going to be up late on election night. That's just -- I'm confident of that. I've been in too many campaigns, my friend, not to sense that things are headed our way," McCain said Sunday on Fox News. Sen. Barack Obama leads McCain by 6 points, according to CNN's latest average of national polls. "I love being the underdog. You know, every time that I've gotten ahead, somehow I've messed it up," the Republican candidate said. Asked if Gov. Sarah Palin has become a drag on his ticket, McCain said, "As a cold political calculation, I could not be more pleased." "She has excited and energized our base. She is a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America. She has a wonderful family. She's a reformer. She's a conservative. She's the best thing that could have happened to my campaign and to America," he said. In response to a question from Fox's Chris Wallace, McCain said he has considered the possibility that he could lose, but added, "I don't dwell on it." "I've had a wonderful life. I have to go back and live in Arizona, and be in the United States Senate representing them, and with a wonderful family, and daughters and sons that I'm so proud of, and a life that's been blessed," he said. "I'm the luckiest guy you have ever interviewed and will ever interview. I'm the most fortunate man on earth, and I thank God for it every single day." McCain said if things don't turn out his way on Election Day, "Don't feel sorry for John McCain, and John McCain will be concentrating on not feeling sorry for himself." CNN's latest poll of polls shows Obama drawing 49 percent of voters nationwide, while McCain stands at 43 percent. The 6-point lead represents no change from a CNN poll of polls released late last week, though it is 2 points smaller than one week ago. The national poll of polls consists of three surveys: Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 15-17), Gallup (October 15-17) and Diageo/Hotline (October 15-17). It does not have a sampling error. Obama on Sunday was campaigning in North Carolina, a once reliably Republican state in presidential contests that is now up for grabs. The last Democratic presidential candidate to win North Carolina was Jimmy Carter in 1976. The most recent CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll in the state has the contest deadlocked at 49 percent for each candidate. At his event in Fayetteville, Obama shot back at McCain, who has hinted that he thinks his rival's policies are "socialist." Read what McCain said In his interview with Fox on Sunday, McCain said, "I think his plans are redistribution of the wealth. ... That's one of the tenets of socialism. But it's more the liberal left, which he's always been on." Obama brushed off the charge Sunday, saying he just wants to give the middle class a tax cut. "John McCain thinks that giving these Americans a break is socialism. Well, I call it opportunity, and there is nothing more American than that," Obama said Sunday. Obama's campaign events come on the heels of a big endorsement from Colin Powell, the former secretary of state.