This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported ordering CIA to begin airlifting weapons to Contras in Nicaragua. Contra leaders noted agreeing to begin direct cease-fire talks with Sandinistas. Reports introd.
(DC: Bill Plante) Reagan's order discussed; White House memo illustration Nicaraguan president Dan. Ortega Saavedra's commitment to democrat noted doubted. [REAGAN - comments on peace plan's success.] Reagan noted planning to ask Congress for more military aid to Contras. Ortega's promises to uphold Central American peace plan reviewed. [Senator Alan CRANSTON - criticizes Reagan's order.] Reagan strategy discussed.
(San Jose, Costa Rica: Juan Vasquez) Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez reported being pessimistic regarding President Reagan's renewed pressure for more Contra aid. [ARIAS SANCHEZ - comments on aid to Contras issue.] Sandinistas reported arresting more opposition leaders [Contra leader Pedro Joaquin CHAMORRO - explains Sandinista motives behind apparent cooperation.] Ortega mentioned declaring state of emergency; details given, scenes shown. [Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel D'ESCOTO - comments on aid to Contras issue.] Costa Rican peace talks and Reagan's request for more Contra aid mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Israeli government reported preventing food convoy from entering Gaza Strip. Defense minister Yitzhak Rabin quoted. Report introduced.
(Gaza, Israel: Bob Simon) Israeli troops shown firing upon Palestinian refugees in Ramallah, Israel. Palestinians noted portrayed as only victims in struggle. Victimized Israeli families featured; Shlomo Sakah's murder mentioned. Asrael Barrach's story featured. [BARRACH - says children were killed because were Jews.] [Mohammed ROSWANA - says also victim.] Details given of daughter's murder by Israeli troops. [ROSWANA - says daughter died for no reason.] Uncompromising nature of Palestinian and Israeli victims discussed. [Ex-mayor of Nablus, Israel, Bassam Alabama-SHAKAA - comments on having legs blown off by Israelis.] Shakaa's career discussed. [BARRACH - says was forced to keep order.] [ROSWANA - says lost everything.] Struggle noted being over land.
(Studio: Dan Rather) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat reported meeting with Greek prime min. regarding Gaza Strip, Israel, crisis. Report introduced..117
(Cairo, Egypt: Doug Tunnell) Arab leaders' policy with regard to aiding Palestinians discussed. Egypt and Syria's policies toward Palestinian dilemma discussed; details given, scenes shown. Lebanese Arabs noted claiming will support Israel's Palestinians. [Johns Hopkins Univ. spokesperson Fouad AJAMI - says Arab world has turned away from Palestinian problem.] [Advr. to President Hosni Mubarak, Osama El BAZ - denies Ajami's assertions.] Jordan's King Hussein I noted crushing emergence of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) in 1970; scenes shown. [Sociologist Saad Eddin IBRAHIM - says Palestinians will fight for rights.] Egyptian support for Palestinians discussed. [Egyptian WOMAN - says Egyptians have lost enough.] Arab efforts to settle problem peacefully noted failing. [Egyptian government advisor Tahsin BASHIR - says Arabs could have done more for peace.] Situation noted having no obvious solution.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Supreme Court reported rejecting Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North's challenge to independent prosecutor Lawrence Walsh's investigation of Iran/Contra scandal involvement; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Rhetorical battle between cands. Vice President George Bush and Robert Dole discussed. Dole quoted regarding Iran/Contra scandal. Report introduced.
(Des Moines, Iowa: Bob Schieffer) Presidential candidate Jack Kemp reported airing TV ads. unfavorable to Vice President George Bush and Robert Dole; scenes shown. [Bush Iowa WORKER - denies Kemp's assertions.] Kemp noted claiming to have saved Soc. Sec. [DOLE - dismisses Kemp's assertions.] [KEMP - says ads. aren't negative.] Pollsters quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) campaign. promises featured. Report introduced.
(Des Moines, Iowa: Lesley Stahl) [Senator Paul SIMON - comments on jobs.] [Vice President George BUSH - comments on education] [Richard GEPHARDT - comments on handicapped.] Cands. reported promising spending programs without revealing how such programs to be funded. [Bruce BABBITT - ridicules Simon's budget reduction plan.] Simon quoted. [Committee for Balanced Budget president Carol COX - dismisses Simon's program.] [Michael DUKAKIS - comments on taxes.] Econs. quoted. [BABBITT - urges tax increase] Walter Mondale mentioned urging tax increase [Gary HART - calls for higher taxes.] Democrats and Republicans' views on taxation discussed. [BUSH - comments on line item veto.] Bush quoted. [COX - doesn't think Bush's plan can succeed.] Dole's budget plan detailed. Econs. quoted. [DOLE - comments on homeless.] [Ex-President Jimmy Carter's domestic advisor Stuart EIZENSTAT - comments on Americans' contradictory views of taxation and balancing budget.] Cands.' advrs. mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR reported announcing Israeli delegation to visit Moscow for first time since 1967.
(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR foreign minister reported announcing American couple being granted political asylum in USSR . USSR spokesperson quoted. Report introduced.
(Erie, Pennsylvania: Richard Roth) Theodore and Cheryl Branch being granted asylum by USSR featured; details given, scenes shown. [Mother Laverna BRANCH - says son needed job.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says Branch free to make own decisions.] Branch noted working at Mt. Dora, Florida, radio station [Ex- Colorado-WORKER - says Branch unremarkable.] Branch noted telling parents in Erie family was moving to Moscow. [Father Clarence BRANCH - comments on living in USSR .] [Laverna BRANCH - wants son to work, not starve.] Econs. noted being cause of Branch's action.
(Studio: Dan Rather) California sex discrimination ruling reported concerning State Farm Ins. denying women job opportunities; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Federal Reserve Bd. reported announcing factory capacity figures. Inflation &Japanese trade surplus detailed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Scenes shown of snowfall and tornado damage across country
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Denver, Colorado: Bob McNamara) Cowboy hats featured. [PEOPLE - comment on hats.] Denver, Colorado, stock show featured; details given, scenes shown. Gary Brumbaugh shown styling hats. [BRUMBAUGH - comments on hats.] [Ex- rodeo cowboy Larry MAHAN - says hat covers balding head.] Hats noted changing attitudes of wearer. [WOMAN - comments on husband wearing hat.] [MAN - says more arrogant when wearing hat.] [MAN - says always wanted hat.] Cost of hats mentioned.