This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Jim Wooten) Mtg. of President-elect George Bush with Representative Jim Wright featured; details given of Bush's decision to step away from Nicaraguan Contras, scenes shown. [WRIGHT - comments on policy towards Nicaragua.] [At post-elec. press conf., BUSH - says aid to Contras will have high priority.] Paper by Bush transition team reported taking different approach to Nicaraguan problem. Mtg. between Secretary of State George Shultz and successor-in-waiting James Baker noted; probable exit of Elliott Abrams from State Department mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Justice Department brief reported seeming to take sides for Oliver North and against special prosecutor in Iran/Contra affair case. Report introduced.
(DC: Dennis Troute) Justice Department stmts. about North's upcoming trial reported [Assistant Attorney General Doug. KMIEC - comments on principles.] Issue of pres. authority and North's actions described. Indep. cnsl. Lawrence Walsh reported noting President Reagan's administration took no action in matter until after elec.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Former Representative Mario Biaggi reported sentenced for extorting money from Wedtech Corp.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Amt. spent by Americans on health care in 1988 reported
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Voter approval of Proposition 103 in California to cut car ins. rates recalled. Report introduced.
(Los Angeles, California: Brian Rooney) Status of conflict between California legislature, auto insurance companies and consumers featured; details given, scenes shown. [California state senate Ed DAVIS - says insurance industry public relations have been lousy.] [Proposition 103 Harvey ROSENFIELD - says insurance industry is blackmailing drivers.] [Travelers Ins. representative Ronald FOLEY - says industry is losing money.] [California state senate David ROBERTI - accuses insurance industry of trying to run over voters.] [Century insurance Vice President - says cab driver told him California drivers should be treated, not insured.] State supreme court noted set to consider legality of Proposition 103.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) USSR reported stating it would recognize independent Palestinian state, but would not extend diplomacy relations to it because of its efforts to improve relations with Israel. Report introduced.
(Jerusalem, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Israel reported continuing efforts to control Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories and launch diplomatic counteroffensive to block PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) abroad. [Israeli foreign minister Shimon PERES - says there is misunderstanding.] [European community ambassador Gwinn MORGAN - says Israel said there was nothing positive in Palestinian statement] Reasons for condemnation of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) action by political rivals, Peres and Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir, detailed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Results of treason trial for group of blacks, include leaders of anti-apartheid group, United Democrat Front, reported; details given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Problems in keeping drugs from entering United States noted; President Reagan reported signing new anti-drug bill. Report introduced.
(Miami, Florida: Mark Potter) Failure of United States interdiction programs to keep drugs out of United States featured; scenes shown of smugglers' home videotape of cocaine air drop. [In shadow, ex-drug SMUGGLER - calls interdiction a total failure.] Details given of interdiction methods on air, sea and land; scenes shown of radar balloons and smuggler-chasing planes. [Customs air branch chief L. Roger GARLAND - talks about flights across border.] Problems of containing smuggling by sea noted; details given, scenes shown of roles of Coast Guard and United States Customs Service. Problems along Mexico-US border reviewed; scenes shown. [Arizona customs chief Tom McDERMOTT - shows road that is port of entry for smugglers.] Intergovernmental disorganization explained; General Accounting Office report mentioned. [DEA spokesperson David WOOD, GARLAND - discuss issue of who's in charge] Costs of interdiction reviewed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Smugglers' use of unmanned submarine to smuggle drugs explained; scenes shown from Boca Raton, Florida. Disclaimer that "American Agenda" series is not related to group using that name, which is chaired by ex-presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter to assess major problems facing US noted. Vice President George Bush mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tenth anniversary of mass suicide and murder in Guyana of followers of Jim Jones announced. Report introduced.
(San Francisco, California: Ken Kashiwahara) Remembrance of victims of Jonestown featured; gathering at mass grave in Oakland, California, for victims shown. [Man who lost 27 relatives, Fred LEWIS - says it was a nightmare; talks about coming to grave site and living alone now.] Scenes shown of Lewis.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse featured on his 60th birthday; scenes shown from "Steamboat Willie" cartoon that introd. Mickey. [Psychologist professor Sandra CALVERT - says Mickey offered comic relief.] Role of Disney and animator Ub Iwerks in creating Mickey recalled. [Animator Ward KIMBALL - discusses Mickey's success.] Cartoons showing Mickey's development over the years shown. [CALVERT - discusses violence in cartoons.] ["MICKEY" - talks about slapstick and changes in American]