This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The political fight over news that the unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time since President Obama took office reviewed; Tweet from former GE chairman Jack Welch accusing the “Chicago guys” of changing the numbers quoted. [OBAMA – says it shouldn’t be an excuse for the other side to talk down the economy.] [Presidential candidate Mitt ROMNEY – criticizes the jobs numbers.] [Mesirow Financial Diane SWONK- says we take the numbers with a grain of salt.] [WELCH – says it seems coincidental that one month before the election they would end up at 7.8.] [Secretary of Labor Hilda SOLIS- reacts to Welch.] [Economist Douglas HOLTZ-EAKIN- says there is no way these were manipulated for political purposes.] Romney’s effort to repair the damage from his comment about the 47 percent who don’t pay taxes noted. [On Fox News, ROMNEY – says he said something completely wrong.]
(Studio: Brian Williams, Sue Herera) Stock Market Report. The significance of the jobs report, the possibility of manipulation and how the numbers are generated discussed.
(Bisbee, Arizona: Mark Potter) The view of investigators that the shooting death of US Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was a case of friendly fire featured; Ivie photo and scenes from the US-Mexico border shown.
(Burbank, California: Kristen Dahlgren) The skyrocketing gas prices in California featured; average prices cited; details given about station shutdowns and refinery problems, including Valero’s suspension of spot sales of gasoline. [3 DRIVERS, gas station manager Setrak OURSALIAN– react.] [Gasbuddy Patrick DeHAAN- predicts it will get worse.] The high prices in New York and Connecticut mentioned.
(Washington: Tom Costello) The status of the inspections of American Airlines planes after seats came loose on 3 flights reviewed; details given about wear and tear plus coking that kept pins from locking in place.
(New York: Stephanie Gosk) The confession from American speed skater Simon Cho that he cheated in the 2011 world championships featured; details given of his claim that his coach, Jae Su Chun, pressured him to tamper with the skate of Canadian skater Olivier Jean. [CHO – says in the Asian culture when an elder makes a request it’s very difficult to deny.] [US Speedskating general counsel Steve SMITH- says we don’t believe there is sufficient evidence that Jae Su directed Cho to tamper with the skates.] [“Chicago Tribune” Olympic sportswriter Philip HERSH- says it’s a tremendous black eye for US speed skating.]
(London: Keir Simmons) The 50th anniversary of the James Bond films and the Beatles’ release of their first record “Love Me Do” featured; film clips and music performance scenes shown; scenes shown from the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. [Actor Sean CONNERY††, Bond theme music composer Monty NORMAN†- comment.]