This program is 29 minutes long
(Capitol: Nancy Cordes) The change in AARP’s position with an announcement that it is ready to make a deal on cutting Social Security benefits examined; statement from policy chief John Rother quoted; ad shown. [AARP’s David CERTNER- says we don’t need to affect anyone who is retired today or near retirement.] [Fiscal Commission co-chair Erskine BOWLES- says Social Security is operating in a cash-negative position.] [Senator Johnny ISAKSON- proposes moving the eligibility out.] [MAN – says Social Security is an insurance.] Why AARP is doing this now discussed.
(New York: Anthony Mason) Changes in the government in Greece in an effort to restore confidence after a violent week featured; scenes shown of protests against austerity measures; details given about the global debt crisis; unemployment in Spain and debt amounts in Portugal and Ireland cited. [White House press secretary Jay CARNEY – offers support to Greece.] [Economist Michael DARDA- describes the impact on the US economy.]
(Pentagon: David Martin) A terror plot discovered on a laptop carried by al Qaeda leader Harun Fazul when he was killed in Somalia featured; scenes shown from the site where Fazul was gunned down; details given about the plan to attack hotels in Europe that was inspired by the Mumbai attack in 2008.
(Yayledagi, Turkey: Wyatt Andrews) Continuing demonstrations in Syria against President Bashir al-Assad despite the crackdown on protestors featured; scenes shown of a protest in Hama, the army shooting at crowds in Homs, refugee camps in Turkey, people living outdoors, a Syrian woman describing atrocities by the army. The Turks’ fear of publicity due to concerns about a flood of Syrians discussed.
(Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) The progress in the war on illegal drugs that was started 40 years ago by President Richard Nixon examined; the federal drug control budget in 1971 and today compared; statement from the Global Commission on Drug Policy quoted; statistics on the rise in cocaine and opiate use cited. [In treatment center, “GINA,” her dad “RALPH” – comment.] [Former drug czar Bill BENNETT- says when you keep the pressure on things can get better.]
(Chattanooga, Tennessee: Armen Keteyian) The end of DEA funding to help states clean up methamphetamine labs featured; details given about the “shake-n-bake” method of making meth and the decline in lab seizures; scenes shown of a bottle of “shake” exploding. [Under arrest, Marcus PRITCHETT- says he cooks and sells dope.] [Pritchett’s girlfriend “KIM” – says meth has taken away the last 3 years.] [Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force Tommy FARMER says it’s a drain on society and resources.]
(Studio: Scott Pelley) The increase in the number of people jailed for drug offenses cited.
(Providence, Rhode Island: Steve Hartman) The documentary “Gold Star Children” featuring children who lost a parent to war that was produced by Mitty Mirrer, who lost her own father in the Vietnam war, reviewed; film excerpts shown. [MIRRER – says by sharing the story it validates the experience.] [Fallen soldier’s daughter Cierra BECKER- talks about losing her dad.]