This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Pete Williams) A GAO report on the TSA’s disciplinary actions against agents who break the rules, including sleeping and stealing, reviewed; the rise in misconduct cases cited; photo shown of an Orlando screener who was fired for stealing. [Representative Jeff DUNCAN- says TSA chose to go easy on those who find it hard to stay awake while protecting the American people.] [GAO Stephen LORD- outlines TSA’s actions.] [TSA deputy administrator John HALINSKI- says if we can prove it they’re out the door.]
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) Congressional hearings on the NSA’s surveillance programs reviewed; details given about the release of documents about the collection of phone records and the “hop” analysis technique; scenes shown of NSA director Keith Alexander being heckled at a conference in Las Vegas. [Senator Dick DURBIN – comments on the reach of the program.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY- questions why no one was fired after leaker Edward Snowden’s release of classified information.] [NSA deputy director John INGLIS- responds to Leahy.] [Senator Al FRANKEN- comments.] [ALEXANDER – advises the heckler to read the Constitution.]
(Studio: Ron Mott) Major League Baseball’s plans to suspend players, including Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, for using performance-enhancing drugs featured. [“Sports Illustrated” S.L. PRICE- comments on the end of A-Rod.] [From “60 Minutes” in December 2007, RODRIGUEZ – denies using drugs.] [Sports columnist Mike LUPICA- says Rodriguez has put himself in this situation.]
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The debate in the Republican Party between Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie featured. [CHRISTIE – criticizes Paul & Senator Ted Cruz over their isolationist views.] [Several times, PAUL – responds to Christie.] [On the Senate floor, PAUL – speaks against sending foreign aid to Egypt.] [Senator John McCAIN – says the debate is going on for the heart & soul of the Republican Party.] [In NBC interview, PAUL – predicts he will win with voters.] [Republican strategist Steve SCHMIDT- says Paul & Christie are going to be major candidates in 2016.] McCain’s remarks about voting for Paul or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016 noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Reporter Mitchell’s 35 years of service at NBC acknowledged.
(Yosemite: Harry Smith) The National Park Service’s effort to reduce traffic congestion along the Merced River in Yosemite National Park by eliminating concessions, bike rental, horseback rides and rafting featured; scenes shown of crowds of tourists. [Representative Tom McCLINTOCK- opposes moving amenities.] [Environmentalist Greg ADAIR- says we keep getting plans that walk around the issues.] [Ranger Scott GEDIMAN- says we want to make sure the plan reflects what the people want.]
(Chicago: Kevin Tibbles) The launch of the new DOGTV channel for dogs featured; clips shown from the 24-hour network. [DOGTV’s Ron LEVI- notes dogs suffer from stress & anxiety when they’re home alone.] [Escondido Humane Society Sally COSTELLO- notes the dogs’ quieter behavior when watching.] [K-9 Fitness Club Tricia MONTGOMERY- says we’ve become a nation of couch potatoes.]