This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Kelly O’Donnell) The countdown to the deadline on a debt deal featured; details given about Speaker of the House John Boehner’s addition of a balanced budget Constitutional amendment in order to win support from conservatives. [Representative Darrell ISSA- states he hopes they act as adult leaders.] [Representative Phil GINGREY- says he is now a yes.] [Senator Richard DURBIN- criticizes the amendment.] [President OBAMA – calls for pressure on lawmakers.] [Congressional STAFFER – notes people will call and wait for 60-90 minutes.] [Senator Harry REID – says compromise is not a bad word.] [BOEHNER – says he stuck his neck out to get an agreement with the president.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(White House: Chuck Todd) The long weekend ahead in Washington previewed; details given about negotiations between Reid and Senator Mitch McConnell and about the Republican senators working with Reid on a compromise bill.
(Studio: Lester Holt) GDP figures cited; Stock Market Report.
(Studio: Lester Holt, David Faber) The depth of the recession, the weakness of the economy and consumer nervousness discussed.
(Detroit: Ron Allen) The concerns of business owners and consumers about the economy due to the anxiety over the debt crisis examined; details given of concern about rising interest rates. [In Detroit, 1917 American Bistro owner Donald STUDVENT- says he wants to continue growing.] [In Chicago, machine factory owner Craig SHIELDS- notes Washington doesn’t understand how uncertainty affects you.] [Realtor Donna SCHWAN- notes buyers are nervous.] [Financial planner Gwendolyn KIRKLAND- notes clients are waiting for the deal to be inked.] The possibility the US credit rating will be downgraded noted.
(Studio: Lester Holt) Program Note
(Queens, New York: Anne Thompson) An agreement between President Obama and auto makers to make cars more fuel efficient by 2025 featured; current standards, new standards and fuel savings cited; details given about the cars we will drive.
(Dadaab, Kenya: Rohit Kachroo) The suffering of the children featured; scenes shown of an infant who had been abandoned as a newborn and taken in by another mother in a refugee camp. [Save the Children Mohamed ADEN- says we pray the baby doesn’t remember.]
(North Padre Island, Texas: Mike Seidel) The hope that Tropical Storm Don will bring rain to drought-stricken Texas featured; maps and diagrams shown.
(Seattle: Lee Cowan) The increase in donations to the online water drive started by 9-year-old Rachel Beckwith after she was killed in a car accident featured; scenes shown from the accident site. [Eastlake Community Church assistant pastor Jeremy JOHNSON- says her goal was to raise 300 dollars so 15 kids in Africa could have clean water.] [WOMAN – says we all want to do whatever we can.] [Salon Edge owner Bob BAKKE- reacts to Rachel’s story.] [Charity: Water CEO Scott HARRISON- comments on Rachel’s inspiration.]