This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Kelly Cass) The incoming cold weather previewed; weather and temperature maps shown.
(Des Moines: Ron Mott) The quest for voter support in Iowa featured; scenes shown of Representative Michele Bachmann in church, the surging Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. ["Des Moines Register" Kathie OBRADOVICH- outlines what the presidential candidates need to due: make connection.] ["Meet the Press,' SANTORUM - speaks about the others.] The whereabouts of Representative Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman noted.
(Studio: Kate Snow) Report introduced.
(Des Moines: Andrea Mitchell) The importance of Iowa for presidential candidates reviewed; scenes shown from Iowa of Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama four years ago and Jimmy Carter in '76. [NBC political analyst Mike MURPHY- says Iowa is a winnowing-out process.] [Some VOTERS - explain why they came out.] [Political analyst David YEPSEN- says the heartland gets to look at the candidates.]
(Studio: Kate Snow; Des Moines: Chuck Todd) The three unknown factors for the Republican caucuses discussed.
(Los Angeles: Mike Taibbi) The anxiety about the three nights of arson fires in Los Angeles featured; scenes shown of flames, firefighters and investigators. [L.A. fire department assistant chief Patrick BUTLER- talks about the fires.] [County sheriff's office Capt. Kelley FRASER, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew SMITH- comment on the investigation.]
(Washington: Pete Williams) New voter ID laws; California's age ban on tanning clinics; cell phone use ban for truck drivers; an Illinois seat belt law; Social Security cost of living increase; San Francisco's minimum wage over 10 dollars and an Illinois ban on electronic junk reviewed. [Mississippi sate senator Joey FILLINGANE- talks about voter identification.]
(Los Angeles: George Lewis) The awful year at the movie box office reviewed; film clips shown; details given about new technology and movie attendance and the challenge for Hollywood. [Hollywood.com Paul DERGARABEDIAN- cites the low box office year.] ["New York Times" critic A.O. SCOTT- talks about industry anxiety.] [MOVIEGOERS - talk about the cost.]
(Dallas: Kristen Dahlgren) How pro football player Jason Witten has made a difference through his Score Foundation that provides help for victims of domestic violence featured; scenes shown from his Dallas support Christmas party. [WITTEN - talks about the environment he grew up in.] [Grandfather David RIDER- recounts what he told Jason about manners.] [Score participants Keesha HARRIS, Kassidy HARRIS- comment.]