This program is 28 minutes long
(Capitol: Kelly O'Donnell) The lack of a deal to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff examined; details given about the compromise on taxes and about what will happen at midnight. [President OBAMA, Senator Mitch McCONNELL – comment on the negotiations.] [2 WOMEN – comment.]
(Studio: Kate Snow; White House: Chuck Todd) Why these negotiations dragged on until the last minute and the outlook for more of the same when the next Congress comes in discussed.
(Studio: Kate Snow) Stock Market Report
(Studio: Kate Snow; CNBC: Steve Liesman) The economic impact of heading over the cliff and what will change for individuals discussed.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The health scare for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has a blood clot in her head, featured; details given about her recent health problems, including a stomach virus and a concussion, and a previous clot and the impact of her health on the hearings on the Benghazi, Libya attack. [President OBAMA, Senators Dianne FEINSTEIN, KERRY – comment on Hillary.] [Senator Lindsey GRAHAM – says it makes sense for Clinton to testify about Benghazi before Kerry is confirmed as her successor.]
(Studio: Kate Snow) Report introduced.
(New York: Robert Bazell) What is known about Clinton's clot and her prognosis discussed; diagram shown.
(Washington: Tom Costello) The safest year ever for air travel in 2012 featured; details given about improved pilot training and technology. [Aviation expert John COX- notes the improvement in safety over last year.] [NTSB chairman Debbie HERSMAN- says we’ve learned from accidents; notes the lessons from the Colgan Air crash in 2009.]
(Acton, California: Mike Taibbi) Maj. Gen. Pat Brady and Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall, who are part of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s character development program that trains teachers how to translate the values learned a half century ago in combat to today’s youth, featured; details given about their bravery during the Vietnam war; scenes shown from a school in Acton, California. [BRADY – says it’s to make heroes out of young people like you.] [GIRL – says she will have the courage to say no to drugs or alcohol.] [NBC military analyst retired Col. Jack JACOBS – says if we don’t translate notions like service and patriotism to the next generation then all the sacrifice will be for naught.] [CRANDALL – says it’s harder to wear the medal than it is to get it.] [GIRL – says they did make this world a better place.]
(New York: Ron Mott) New Year's Eve around the world featured; scenes shown from New York City’s Times Square, New Zealand and Australia, Tokyo and Beijing, Mobile, Miami and Atlanta, a special crystal honoring the late Dick Clark, the security presence; details given about how to uncork champagne; diagrams shown. [Several PEOPLE – comment.] [New York City police commissioner Ray KELLY- says Times Square is the safest location in America.] [Parlor hair salon owner Gwenn LeMOINE- comments on donating part of the day’s proceeds to Hurricane Sandy survivors.] The list of banished words for 2013 and the cold weather tonight noted.