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ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 04, 2009
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced. {Note: local weather bulletin on screen from the start to 5:32:50.}

(Washington: Martha Raddatz) North Korea's pardoning of two imprisoned journalists Laura Ling & Euna Lee, after former President Bill Clinton met with Korean leader Kim Jong Il featured; details given of the roles of former Vice President Al Gore & Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in securing their release & of the criticism of the administration. [New Mexico Governor Bill RICHARDSON - comments on this "coup."] [White House press secretary Robert GIBBS†- says it is a private mission.] [Two weeks ago, H. CLINTON - says the women are regretful.] [Former State Department official Peter BROOKES†- calls sending a high profile person to North Korea a mistake.] The nuclear issue mentioned.

(Studio: Charles Gibson; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) How this mission came about, what may have happened at the Clinton-Kim meeting & White House concern about what Iran may do discussed; photos shown of the journalists & their families.

Gibson, Charles;
Raddatz, Martha;
Stephanopoulos, George

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