This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Margaret Brennan) The meeting between U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who is President Obama’s choice to become Secretary of State, and her Republican critics to explain her remarks made after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya featured; Rice’s statement about the talking points quoted. [Senators John McCAIN, Lindsey GRAHAM, Kelly AYOTTE– express concerns about Rice.] [2 weeks ago, OBAMA – says McCain and Graham should go after him.]
(Studio: Scott Pelley) Rice’s background reviewed.
(Capitol: Nancy Cordes) The disagreement between President Obama and Congress over how to avoid the fiscal cliff examined; details given about the rift between the White House and liberal Democrats and the argument over cuts to Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security. [Senator Patty MURRAY – says we are not going to accept an unfair deal that hurts the middle class and protects the wealthy.] [Senator Mitch McCONNELL – says the hard left doesn’t want to change anything, ever.] [Senator Harry REID – criticizes Republicans.]
(Studio: Scott Pelley; Cairo: Holly Williams) The anger and division across Egypt discussed.
(Damascus: Elizabeth Palmer) The devastation in Homs, Syria from the fighting between the Syrian military and the opposition featured; scenes shown of damaged buildings, the destruction in the Baba Amr†† neighborhood, tanks and soldiers, a curtain set up to block snipers’ views. The dictatorship’s failure to put down the rebellion and the encroachment of the civil war toward Damascus discussed.
(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The impact of lowering the cap for the maximum deduction for interest on mortgages in order to help reduce the deficit featured. [Realtor Debbie SCULLY, home seller Stacy LITOW- react.] [Economist Diane SWONK- says she’d rather see lower tax rates or deductibility for investment in our future.]
(Cairo: Holly Williams) The global trade in smuggled ivory from elephant tusks driven by wealthy Chinese buyers featured; scenes shown of ivory traders in Cairo, Egypt, tusks being spray painted to look like wood or metal, tusks confiscated by the Egyptian government. [Shop OWNER – talks about Chinese government officials who bought ivory.] [Illegal wildlife trade activist Tom MILLIKEN- comments on the battle against Chinese criminal gangs.]