This program is 29 minutes long
(Supreme Court: Pete Williams) The Supreme Court decision to hear 2 cases involving same-sex marriage examined; scenes shown of gay couples celebrating in Washington state; details given of the legal battle over California’s Proposition 8 and the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex married couples; map shown of states that permit same-sex marriage. [Supreme Court expert Tom GOLDSTEIN- says the Supreme Court is going to say something about gay marriage for the first time ever.] [Gay widow Edie WINDSOR- reacts to receiving an estate tax bill because her marriage to Thea Spyer was not recognized.] [In June 2011, President OBAMA – opposes the federal government poking its nose into what states are doing.] [National Organization for Marriage Brian BROWN- supports marriage only between a man and a woman.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) The new jobs report examined; details given about the economic impact of Superstorm Sandy; statistics on people unable to work due to bad weather in November cited. [Rockaways, New York restaurant manager Chris MILES- reacts to being on unemployment.] [Mesirow Financial Diane SWONK- notes people giving up looking for work isn’t the best reason to see a decline in unemployment.] [Aphelion Precision Technologies Bill BLACK- comments on not finding anyone willing to work for 12 dollars an hour.] [Sendgrid’s Jim FRANKLIN- says in the technology sector there’s full employment.]
(Arlington, Virginia: Kristen Welker) The anxiety of small business owners over the uncertainty about the fiscal cliff featured. [Speaker of the House John BOEHNER, Representative Nancy PELOSI – comment on the stalemate.] [Goody’s Pizza owners Nick and Vanessa REISIS- worry about a tax increase.] [At Goody’s MAN, WOMAN – criticize Washington.]
(Gaziantep, Turkey: Richard Engel) The momentum of the rebels in the fight against the forces of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad featured; details given about the government’s efforts to seal off Damascus, the seizure of better weapons by the rebels and concern that Assad will use chemical weapons; scenes shown of rebels in the streets, a car bombing, an overrun military barracks, bread lines in Damascus and Aleppo.
(London: Michelle Kosinski) The tragedy in Britain after the suicide death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who took the hoax phone call from 2 Australian DJs imitating Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles in order to find out the condition of Duchess Kate, featured; prank call played; statements from St. James's Palace and the radio station quoted. [Kind Edward VII Hospital chief executive John LOFTHOUSE- praises Jacintha.] [On the street in Britain, MAN – reacts.]
(New York: Katy Tur) How NBC News viewers reaching out to groups and individuals highlighted in the Making a Difference series featured; details given about donations to the One Simple Wish organization that helps foster children, Bill Austin’s hearing aid program, and the Graybeards group of men who are helping rebuild their Rockaway, New York neighborhood after Hurricane Sandy. [One Simple Wish founder Danielle GLETOW- reacts.] [Graybeards president Steve STATHIS- comments.]