This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan and vice president George Bush reported subpoenaed to appear at Oliver North's trial. Report introduced.
(DC: Tim O'Brien) Covert operation illegally funnelling funds to Nicaraguan Contras reviewed; details given of statement from White House cnsl. Arthur Culva house about president's subpoena. [North attorney Brendan SULLIVAN - discusses issue of relevant information from president] [NORTH - testifies that he believes president was aware of what he was doing.] Historical cases of president subpoenas reviewed; cases involving Thomas Jefferson and James Madison mentioned. [SULLIVAN - comments on trial.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Denial by both Reagan and Bush of any knowledge of sale of arms to Iran reiterated.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) United Nations Security Council reported urging international cooperation in finding those who bombed Pan Am plane. Report introduced.
(DC: Jim Slade) Investigation into how bomb was set off featured; details given of various theories on how device was triggered, scenes and animation shown. [Explosives expert Peter ROUTLEDGE - comments on source of detonator.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Bailing out of 7 more savings and loan insts. reported Report introduced.
(NYC: Ken Prewitt) Fin. aspects of savings and loan bailouts explained. [Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, Incorporated Tim HURCKEY - talks about impending change in tax laws for buyers.] Guarantees by Federal Savings and Loan Ins. Corporation (FSLIC) noted. [Representative Henry GONZALEZ, Senator Don. RIEGLE - express concern over liabilities for federal government created by bailouts.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Monthly figs. on home sales and index of economy indicators given. Stk. Mkt. Report
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Plans by Health and Human Services Department to create computer bank to keep rap sheet on problem doctors reported Report introduced.
(DC: George Strait) Data bank with information about incompetent doctors and dentists reported; case study of Dr. Richard Scott cited. [Health and Human Services Secretary Otis BOWEN - says health practitioners will no longer be able to withhold adverse data on their competence.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Link between drunk driving accidents and New Year's Eve and Day noted. Report introduced.
(Cincinnati, Ohio: Kathleen deLaski) Ignition interlock system, car device that prevents intoxicated driver from starting vehicle, featured; scenes shown of George Martin using breathalyzer device. [Cincinnati municipal court judge Deidra HAIR -says device gives some control over drunk drivers.] [Repeat offender Mike GREENWELL - comments on device.] [Cincinnati municipal court judge F.D. ALBANESE -says he will still suspend licenses.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Announcement by government leader Najibullah that government troops will begin cease-fire in Afghanistan on New Year's Day reported; USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev mentioned.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : David Ensor) Conviction of Yuri Churbanov, son-in-law of former Soviet president Leonid Brezhnev, for political corruption featured; details given of bribery chgs. against Churbanov and others; scenes shown from USSR ctrm. [Soviet journalist Nikolai LUTSENKO - says if Brezhnev were alive, he would be on trial, too.] Yesterday's announcement that all memorials to Brezhnev will be renamed noted. Efforts by Mikhail Gorbachev to get rid of symbols of Brezhnev's rule examined.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Monte Carlo casino reported throwing out its slot machines.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(NYC: Richard Threlkeld) Review of news events of 1988 given; scenes shown from campaign '88. Quotations from Jesse Jackson, Governor Michael Dukakis, Vice President George Bush on taxes, Senator Lloyd Bentsen on John F. Kennedy, Mikhail Gorbachev, President Reagan, Tammy Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Attorney General Edwin Meese, Secretary of State George Shultz on Panama's Manuel Noriega, Nancy Reagan, Robin Givens, television personalties Morton Downey, Geraldo Rivera, Phil Donahue and Oprah Winfrey played, shown. Yr. in sports reviewed; scenes shown. Photos of people who died in 1988 shown. Quotations from PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat, builder Mimi Silbert played, shown.