This program is 29 minutes long
(Studio: Stephanie Gosk) Evidence showing that members of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s staff, including aide Bridget Anne Kelly, intentionally caused an enormous traffic backup on the George Washington Bridge as political revenge against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich examined; statement and e-mails between Kelly & Port Authority official David Wildstein quoted. [New Jersey Assembly deputy speaker John WISNIEWSKI- says the documents show government at its worst.] [SOKOLICH – says families in Fort Lee deserve an apology.] [Politico’s Anna PALMER- notes the scandal could be a drag on Christie’s political future.]
(Studio: Brian Williams; White House: Chuck Todd) The timing of this scandal with Christie being a likely presidential candidate discussed.
(Chicago: Kevin Tibbles) The impact of the record-setting cold weather reviewed; scenes shown of tugboats on the icy Chicago & Hudson Rivers, trucks stuck in the snow in Indiana; weather-related death toll cited; details given about the cost to the US economy, including the airline industry. [WMAQ meteorologist Brant MILLER- says the polar air is starting to retreat.] [Chicago SCHOOLKID, taxi DRIVER, Atlanta plumber Jamie ESTEP– comment.] [America’s Dog owner Manolis ALPOGIANIS- comments on lost business.] [Weather Analytics Paul WALSH- comments on the demand for heating fuel.]
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Another visit to North Korea by former pro basketball player Dennis Rodman reviewed; scenes shown of him singing “Happy Birthday” to Korean leader Kim Jong Un and playing basketball with other former NBA players against a North Korean team; details given about his criticism of American hostage Kenneth Bae. [RODMAN – comments on Bae.] [Bae's sister Terry CHUNG- says this is not a game.] [Former U.N. Ambassador Bill RICHARDSON- says Rodman may have given North Korea cover for keeping Bae longer.]
(Bangui, Central African Republic: Ann Curry) Fears of genocide in the Central African Republic due to growing violence between Christians & Muslims examined; scenes shown of orphaned children in refugee camps, including a girl who saw her mother shot.
(New York: Anne Thompson) The renewed debate over global warming examined in light of the recent spate of severely cold weather; diagrams shown; details given about the heat waves in Brazil & Australia; scenes shown of animals eating popsicles at the zoo in Rio de Janeiro. [MAN – says he does not believe in global warming.] [Weather Underground Jeff MASTERS- says you can’t look at a single event.] [National Center for Atmospheric Research Kevin TRENBERTH- comments on the drought in California.] [Comedian Jon STEWART – jokes about the doubters.]
(Pulaski, New York: Katy Tur) Examples of people helping others in the brutally cold weather presented; scenes shown of North Dakotan Ava Stissel knitting hats, a tow truck driver helping a man taking his son to dialysis in Buffalo, a man helping cows out of frozen water in Missouri, an Indiana restaurant that opened to the homeless, Roland Fowler checking the temperature in Embarrass, Minnesota. [STISSEL, KID, cow HELPER snow SHOVELER – comment.]