This program is 29 minutes long
(Seattle: Kristen Welker) President Obama’s effort to capitalize on his public support for gay marriage examined; scenes shown of him arriving in Seattle; campaign ad targeting rival Mitt Romney shown; details given about campaign donations; e-mail from social conservative Mike Huckabee quoted. [Former Democratic National Committee deputy finance director Erica PAYNE- says it’s an economic election.] [On Fox News, ROMNEY – says he hopes the issue is not a source of fundraising.] Vice President Joe Biden’s apology to Obama for his earlier comments noted.
(Washington: Chuck Todd) A “Washington Post” article charging that presidential candidate Mitt Romney bullied a fellow student in high school examined; scenes shown from the Cranbrook School; remarks from former classmate Phillip Maxwell quoted; details given about President Obama’s admission of youthful indiscretions. [Romney campaign advisor Ed GILLESPIE††- says Romney doesn’t remember that incident.] [ROMNEY – says he had no idea this person might have been gay; admits he did stupid things in high school.] [Political analyst Stu ROTHENBERG†- says it will be difficult to criticize Romney for something he did when he was 18.] [Voice of OBAMA – says he drank beer and tried drugs.]
(Studio: Richard Engel) The violent day in Syria with 2 suicide car bombings in Damascus reviewed; scenes shown from the damage and a demonstration by supporters of President Bashir al-Assad with U.N. monitors in the crowd. [U.N. Syria Mission chief Maj. Gen. Robert MOOD- says this is going to create more suffering.] [Voice of Syrian ACTIVIST – says the Free Syrian Army declared it is not behind these explosions.] The worsening of the situation with Islamic militants responding to the opposition’s call for support discussed.
(Greensboro, North Carolina: Lisa Myers) The trial of former Senator John Edwards updated; details given about former advisor Leo Hindery’s testimony about Edwards’ efforts to be named as then-candidate Barack Obama’s running mate or become attorney general; courtroom sketches shown. [Former federal prosecutor Kieran SHANAHAN- says it came across as Edwards was detached from reality.] [In 2008 ABC interview, EDWARDS – denies Rielle Hunter’s baby is his.]
(Elbow Lake, Minnesota: Anne Thompson) A new clue in the disappearance of honey bees examined; details given about research suggesting they may be victims of neonicotinoid insecticides. [Beekeeper Steve ELLIS- notes the importance of bees in food production.] [Farmer Jerry LEIBEL- says they have gone down in numbers.] [Purdue University Dr. Christian KRUPKE- notes the insecticide can create an environment that is hostile to the honey bee.] [Bayer CropScience environmental toxicologist David FISCHER- says the insecticide does not cause colony collapse disorder.]
(London: Stephanie Gosk) The new popularity of Britain’s royal family featured; scenes shown of Prince Charles and Camilla delivering the weather forecast on TV, Prince William and Kate, Prince Harry receiving an honor from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Queen Elizabeth with Corgi dogs. [NBC News royals expert Camilla TOMINEY- comments on the newfound affection for the royal family.] [HARRY – comments.]