This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Norah O’Donnell) A change in President Obama’s contraceptive policy allowing employees of faith-based institutions to get free contraceptives paid for by insurers examined; details given about his effort to maintain support from Catholic voters and the division within the White House along gender lines; statement from Archbishop Timothy Dolan quoted. [OBAMA – says religious liberty will be protected and the law will not discriminate against women.] [Planned Parenthood president Cecile RICHARDS- assesses the policy.]
(Washington: Chip Reid) The efforts of the Republican presidential candidates to win support from conservatives featured; scenes shown from the CPAC conference where Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum spoke. [ROMNEY – touts his conservative constants.] [Voter Allen CULL- says he doesn’t know if he can trust Romney.] [SANTORUM – wonders why an undecided voter would vote for a candidate the party is not excited about.]
(Inside Syria: Clarissa Ward) A moment of relief from the violence featured; scenes shown of boys leading chants against Syrian President Bashir al-Assad after Friday prayers, the demonstration in the “free zone” where government forces have been pushed out, women calling for freedom, the burning of photographs of the leaders of Russia and China who support Assad’s regime. [WOMAN – says she lost her brother.] The stories from the people in the square discussed.
(Studio: Scott Pelley) Some background information on Assad, who took over for his father, Hafez al-Assad, presented. The diplomatic activities of US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford reviewed; photos and footage shown. [From Paris, FORD – explains the US role in Syria; says the Syrian government has organized gangs that haul people out of their homes and air power won’t solve a problem like that; says we want to find ways not using military force to bring a solution.]
(San Diego: Bill Whitaker) The plight of homeowners with Veterans Administration loans who do not qualify for help offered in yesterday’s agreement between states and major banks featured; scenes shown from a Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America event in San Diego. [Veteran Ron YEE, wife “JAMIE” – worry about losing their home.] [NACA founder Bruce MARKS- notes government-owned mortgages, including FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are excluded from the agreement.]
(New Orleans: Mark Strassmann) The invitation for the US salvage company Bisso Marine to bid on moving the ship featured; underwater scenes shown. [Company owner Beau BISSO- predicts it will not be a cruise ship again; explains the ship would be cut up; says he would not risk his family’s business on that job.]
(Steven's Point, Wisconsin: Steve Hartman) How 12-year-old Noah Lamaide saved his grandmother Janice Sparhawk’s home from foreclosure through donations to his Noah’s Dream Catcher Network website featured; scenes shown of the house in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin, where Sparhawk cared for about 100 foster kids and of Noah signing the checks. [LAMAIDE – says she gets kids that get dropped off in the middle of the night and it would be more than him that suffered; says there are a lot of good people in the world.] [SPARHAWK – says it restored her faith.]