This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: David Kerley) The countdown to the first debate in the presidential election campaign between President Obama and Mitt Romney introduced; details given about how both sides are trying to lower expectations before the debate. [New Jersey Governor Chris CHRISTIE- says Romney comes through in debates.] [Vice presidential nominee Paul RYAN - praises Obama as a speaker; refuses to answer tax questions.] [On "This Week," two POLITICIANS - offer advice.]
(Studio: David Muir, Matt Dowd) Three things to watch for in this debate with attention paid to the style rather than substance, how Senator John Kerry raised his chances after the first debate and how this is a real authentic moment discussed; scenes shown from the 2000 debate between President George Bush and Vice President Al Gore as depicted by comedian Jon Stewart.
(Studio: David Muir) ABC News coverage of the debate on Wednesday outlined on screen.
(Afghanistan: Muhammad Lila) The firefight between US troops and Afghan soldiers at a checkpoint just before the 11th anniversary of combat in Afghanistan reviewed; photos shown.
(New York: Mark Greenblatt) The breach of security at the nation's airports with two incidents of loaded gun getting by TSA screeners examined; details given about the specifics of the two incidents out of New Orleans and Orlando, Florida. [TRAVELLER - reacts.] [Representative John MICA - worries about reports about airports.] ABC News tracking of a missing iPad to the home of a TSA agent recalled. [ABC News consultant John NANCE- assesses TSA hiring.]
(Washington: Reena Ninan) The shooting of a woman, Valeria Alvarado, by a plainclothes Border Patrol agent reviewed; scenes shown from the Cula Vista, California, site; details given about the investigation into the incident. [Four PEOPLE - react and describe what happened in the shooting.] [Border Patrol deputy chief Rodney SCOTT- says our agent was run down by a vehicle.] [Husband Gilbert ALVARADO- wants justice.]
(Lake Pentenwell, Wisconsin: Jim Avila) The toxic bloom in the nation's lakes known as blue green algae examined; scenes shown of the lake slime; details given about the case of a dog killed and his owner partially paralyzed and how the algae comes from farm pesticides. [Wisconsin marina's Tom CORRAN, dog owner Dan JENKINS - comments.] [Ohio State's Dr. Jeffrey REUTER- comments on the algae problem creating human health problems.]
(Studio: John Schriffen) The return of regular referees after the end of the NFL labor dispute featured; scenes shown of the blown call made by a replacement ref in the Green Bay-Seattle Monday night game and from a "Saturday Night Live" skit. [Replacement referee Mike PEEK- defends the referees.]