This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Chuck Todd) The negotiations between President Obama and Congress on how to avert the fiscal cliff updated; details given about the Fix the Debt campaign that is seeking spending cuts. [OBAMA – says if Congress does nothing every American will see their taxes go up.] [Campaign to Fix the Debt co-founder Erskine BOWLES- says we got a long way to go and few days to get it done.] [Representative Tom COLE – supports Obama’s tax proposal.] [Speaker of the House John BOEHNER – opposes raising taxes on the top 2 rates.] [Representative Eric CANTOR- says there’s been no serious discussion by the White House on entitlements.] The White House Twitter campaign mentioned.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Washington: Tom Costello) The impact of the fiscal cliff on Medicare examined; details given about the options to cut costs, including raising the eligibility age and changing the means test. [Kaiser Family Foundation Tricia NEUMAN- says as individuals and employers pay more, the government saves money but total costs rise.] [AARP’s David CERTNER- says we want to see improvements that lower health care cost.]
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The power struggle between Congressional Republicans and President Obama over U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Obama’s choice to become Secretary of State, featured; details given about Rice’s background and controversies. [OBAMA – praises Rice.] [Senators Susan COLLINS, Bob CORKER- express concerns about Rice.]
(New York: Stephanie Gosk) The rush to buy Powerball Lottery tickets featured; scenes shown of people lined up; details given about where ticket sales money goes, including Georgia’s Hope scholarship and taxes. [Several PEOPLE – comment.] [“Reason” magazine Katherine MANGU-WARD- says poor people play more than rich people.] [Georgia State University student Hannah GRANT – comments on her scholarship.] [Powerball winner Brian LOHSE- offers advice.]
(Rockaway, New York: Katy Tur) The continuing hardship for Rockaway, New York residents a month after Hurricane Sandy featured; details given of concern about the dust from the debris and its impact on the air quality and about the plight of local businesses that won’t be able to reopen for the holidays; scenes shown of people wearing masks.
(Kamilo Beach, Hawaii: Miguel Almaguer) The debris from the tsunami in Japan almost 2 years ago that is washing ashore in Hawaii featured; scenes shown of the garbage at Kamilo Beach; details given about the impact on wildlife; diagram shown of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. [Hawaii Wildlife Fund Megan LAMSON- says we are the hub for loads of marine debris.] [Hawaii Wildlife Fund Stacy BREINING- says you keep digging and you keep finding more.] [Oceanographer David HYRENBACH- says every bird we open has plastic.] [Biologist Michelle HESTER- comments on plastic found in fish we love to eat.] [NOAA’s Carey MORISHIGE- comments on trash expected this fall and winter on the West Coast.]
(Pasadena, California: Mike Taibbi) The excitement over a big announcement coming next week about a discovery made by the Curiosity rover on Mars featured; photos from Mars shown. [Voice of lead scientist John GROTZINGER-says this is going to be one for the history books.] [“Explore Mars” Chris CARBERRY- says if they find evidence of life it would be extraordinary.]