This program is 29 minutes long
(Studio: Chris Jansing) Signs the economy is improving examined; scenes shown of applicants at Dollar General in Ontario, Canada and at Walmart in Covington, Georgia; statistics on jobs added, layoffs and unemployment claims cited; details given about companies that are hiring. [3 APPLICANTS – comment.] [CNBC’s Steve LIESMAN- says fewer people are being fired and more people are being hired.] [Challenger, Gray and Christmas John CHALLENGER- comments on government and military job cuts.] [Representative Jim WARD- comments on the closing of a Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas.]
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) President Obama's new strategy for the military examined; details given about the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the cutbacks for the Pentagon and servicemembers. [OBAMA – talks about maintaining military superiority.] [Secretary of Defense Leon PANETTA – notes the debt/deficit problem is a national security risk.] [NBC military analyst retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY- worries about telling adversaries about US capabilities.] The reaction from House Republicans noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Live in-studio discussion held with NBC military analyst retired Col. Jack Jacobs about Obama’s strategy. [JACOBS – says to save money you have to make the Army smaller; predicts we will continue to call on the National Guard and the Reserves.]
(Charleston, South Carolina: Peter Alexander) The Republican presidential race updated; details given about Mitt Romney's campaigning in South Carolina while his opponents remain in New Hampshire; scenes shown of Rick Santorum with a combative college crowd; Rick Perry’s ad attacking Gingrich and Romney shown. [Newt GINGRICH – criticizes Romney; says he’ll go to the NAACP convention and talk about why African Americans should demand paychecks and not food stamps.] [SANTORUM – comments on gay marriage.] [Jon HUNTSMAN – says he believes in ideas and leadership.] [ROMNEY – criticizes President Obama.] [South Carolina Governor Nikki HALEY- supports Romney.] A video from Ron Paul’s camp questioning Huntsman’s American values noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) The upcoming debate noted.
(Los Angeles: Kristen Dahlgren) The story of Oklahoma teen mother Sarah McKinley, who called 911 to ask permission to shoot a home invader, presented; 911 call played; photo shown of intruder Justin Martin; map shown of states with deadly force laws; scenes shown of Martin’s accomplice. [McKINLEY – says she chose her son over him.] [Grady County dispatcher Diane GRAHAM- describes Sarah’s call.] [NBC correspondent Pete WILLIAMS – explains the Oklahoma Castle law.] [Loyola Law School Laurie LEVENSON- comments on the murder charges against the accomplice.]
(The Weather Channel: Jim Cantore) This mild winter featured; maps with temperatures and snow cover shown; details given about the role of the jet stream.
(Okemo Mountain, Vermont: Kevin Tibbles) The return to the slopes for snowboarder Kevin Pearce 2 years after a near-fatal crash featured; scenes shown of Kevin then and now. [PEARCE – says he’ll never remember what happened that day; says it feels good after so much hard work.] [Parents Simon and Pia PEARCE – comment on Kevin’s recovery.]