NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 19, 1980
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(Studio) Drew Days, head of Justice Department's civil rights section, reported telling Associated Press that Carter administration plans to file several more suits against school systems that have stalled on their busing for school integration plans prior to Ronald Reagan taking office; recent House and Senator approval of anti-busing legislature recalled. Days' response to Reagan's assessment of busing plans noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Reagan's continued Capitol Hill activities examined; films shown. Reagan's alleged remark to Representative Willis Gradison with regard to President's concession phone call noted.
(DC) CIA director Stansfield Turner's briefing of Reagan on security matters and congress luncheon featured. [Senator Howard BAKER - comments.] His later stop at Supreme Court mentioned; possibility that Senator John Tower will be appointed as Defense Secretary cited. Reagan's later meeting with Senator Edward Kennedy reported [KENNEDY - comments.] Reagan and President Carter noted meeting for 1st time tomorrow.
REPORTER: John Palmer
(Studio) Reagan's visit to Supreme Court with George Bush discussed; Chief Justice Warren Burger mentioned. Interpretation of his visit considered; possible Republican influence on Court, considering ages of Chief Justice and Justices William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall, noted. Reagan's recent denouncement of Supreme Court with comparison to Watergate recalled; new Senator Judiciary Committee chairperson Strom Thurmond mentioned.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Impact of March decision by Supreme Court with regard to firing of government workers due to political party affiliation and Reagan's efforts to populate government job spots with Republicans examined; recent Carter administration memo to transition chief Edwin Meese outlined on screen. Specifics of court ruling and possible legal consequences in light of Reagan aides' preparations for dismissals discussed.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
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