This program is 29 minutes long
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The talks between President Obama and Congressional leaders on the debt crisis updated; scenes shown from their meeting at the White House; details given about the divide over taxes and Obama’s willingness to change entitlement programs. [OBAMA – says he’s prepared to take heat from his party to get something done.] [Speaker of the House John BOEHNER – says the House cannot pass a bill that raises taxes on job creators.] The pressure on Boehner from Tea Party Republicans noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(White House: Chuck Todd) The status of the negotiations reviewed.
(London: Stephanie Gosk) The growing scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s media empire with claims that an officer sold information on the royal family to the “News of the World” and that “The Sunday Times” pursued information on Prime Minister Gordon Brown featured; scenes shown of a demonstration against Murdoch and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg meeting with the family of murdered teen Milly Dowler, whose phone was hacked by reporters; details given about the impact on Murdoch’s business, including a deal to buy a British TV network. [ITN political editor Tom BRADBY- suggests Brown is getting revenge on Murdoch.] [CLEGG – says he would tell Murdoch to reconsider the deal.]
(Baghdad: Jim Miklaszewski) Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s visit to Iraq featured; scenes shown of flag-draped coffins of Americans killed by Iraqi extremists; details given about Panetta’s brash style. [PANETTA – tells US troops his responsibility is to protect them; says he has the authority to defend US soldiers; says we’re within the reach of defeating Al Qaeda; calls Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden a son of a bitch.]
(Nalut, Libya: Mike Taibbi) The fighting in Libya between the rebels and Muammar el-Kadhafi’s forces updated; scenes shown of rebels training and injured fighters in Nalut, Kadhafi supporters and women training in Garyan; map shown.
(Somewhere on the 405, California: Lee Cowan) The anxiety in California over this weekend’s “Carmageddon,” when the busy 405 freeway will be shut down for maintenance, featured. [WOMAN, David RIZZO, traffic REPORTER – comment.] [Actor Erik ESTRADA- tells drivers to stay home.] [South restaurant owner Adam MILSTEIN, T-Man Tattoo owner Howard TEMAN- comment on business specials.]