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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 11, 1977
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(Studio) 5 Carter appointments appear before Senator cmtes. for confirmation hearings today. Republican Robert Bergland is approved as Agriculture Secretary Attorney General-designate Griffin Bell is put on defensive.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Major opposition to Bell with regard to conservatism on civil rights; Bell denies this; statements noted with regard to Georgia law with regard to desegregation of schools he helped draft in 1950's. [BELL - says law made to keep schools open.] [South Dakota Senator James ABOUREZK - remarks with regard to law.] Bell comments with regard to support of G. Harrold Carswell for Supreme Court noted. [BELL - notes letter he wrote for Carswell.] [IN Senator Birch BAYH - asks if Bell would consider appointment of person who FBI and press reported as having racist tendencies.] [BELL - says he'd study matter; notes time can change men.] Bell says it's ultimately matter of trust. [BELL - cites reason for or against confirmation.]
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Senator Armed Services Committee questions Harold Brown with regard to Carter defense spending cut plans.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Brown questioned with regard to cuts and USSR build-up; Brown comments noted. Senator Henry Jackson asks with regard to USSR intentions. [BROWN - cites contd. Russian build-up; notes action United States must pursue.] Brown calls for additional NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) conventional forces. [BROWN - cites importance of conventional forces.] Brown positions on B-1 bomber, cruise missile, troops in Korea, military unions and woman in combat noted.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee questions Cyrus Vance.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [VANCE - says he's sure he'll be informed on everything and that he won't mislead Congress] Vance comments noted with regard to strategic arms agreement with USSR , international economy, and Mid. East, especially Palestinian claims but not PLO. Then remarks on Vietnam war. [VANCE - says Vietnam was mistake, but initially not for evil motives.] Quick approval of Vance expected.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Comments of designated chairperson of economy advisers cncl., Chas. Schultze, with regard to economy and unemployment noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred;
Kalb, Marvin;
Pappas, Ike

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