This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Norah O’Donnell) The boost for Obama, especially among independents, due to the good economic news featured; poll findings cited; details given about his push for economic fairness and his Buffett rule proposal for raising taxes on the wealthy. [OBAMA – says the economy is growing stronger.] [Chicagoan Kathy MALONEY, Delaware voter Bud FAIRCLOTH- express views on Obama and the economy.]
(Studio: Scott Pelley, John Dickerson) The surge in the poll for Rick Santorum, who now leads Mitt Romney, and whether this race is hurting Republican chances against Obama discussed; poll findings cited.
(Studio: Scott Pelley) Poll figures showing a majority, including Catholics, approve of Obama’s contraception policy cited.
(Capitol: Nancy Cordes) A pending deal to extend the payroll tax cut featured; statement from top House Republicans quoted; details given about the gridlock over how to pay for the cuts. [February 7, Speaker of the House John BOEHNER – says this spending should be offset with reductions elsewhere.] [Senator Mitch McCONNELL – says this conference seems not to be getting anywhere.] [Representative Dennis ROSS- says we’ve missed the mark.] [President OBAMA – opposes Washington standing in the way of America’s comeback.] The status of unemployment benefits noted.
(Pentagon: David Martin) A botched terrorist operation targeting a bomb factory in a house in Bangkok, Thailand reviewed; details given about the 3 Iranian agents, the discovery of bombs similar to the ones used in attacks against Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia and the series of retaliatory attacks; scenes shown of the wounded agent. [Secretary of Defense Leon PANETTA – says Iran is supplying arms to others to engage in terrorist activity.]
(Studio: Scott Pelley) Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz noted.
(Aboard the USS Cape St. George: Allen Pizzey) A view of the strait from on board the USS Cape St. George presented; details given about the activity in the waterway. [Cape St. George Capt. Don GABRIELSON- worries about the Iranians’ small, fast attack craft.] [Gunner's Mate Richard GULLICKSON- says we’re looking for small boats and aircraft.]
(Muscatine, Iowa: Wyatt Andrews) Xi’s plan to visit Iowa featured; details given about his visit to Muscatine 27 years ago as part of an agriculture delegation. [Muscatine visit organizer Sarah LANDE, Muscatine Foods president Doyle TURBANDT- recall Xi's first visit.]
(Studio: Scott Pelley) China’s process of choosing a president reviewed.
(Boston: Seth Doane) Treasure hunter Greg Brooks’ discovery of the wreck of the British merchant ship Port Nicholson that sunk after being torpedoed during World War II, which he believes hold 3 billion in platinum, featured; animation shown of the ship going down off Cape Cod, Massachusetts; scenes shown of the wooden boxes underwater. [BROOKS – says in 1942 they did not have the technology to retrieve it; comments on the chance the boxes contain something worthless; comments on protecting from pirates.]