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(Studio: Dan Rather) Group called Islamic Revolutionary Brigades reported claiming responsibility for Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins' kidnapping in Lebanon. Lebanese militia leader quoted regarding group's holding other United States hostages in Beirut. President Reagan quoted. Reagan aides quoted. Reports introd.
(DC: Terence Smith) Reagan reported intimating United States considering direct mil. response to Higgins' kidnapping. [REAGAN - says will do all can.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - comments on situation.] Secretary of State George Shultz quoted. [SHULTZ - says Beirut has become terrorist haven.] Father William F. Higgins reported dying of heart failure without being cognizant of son's capture. Reagan reported calling wife Robin. [Bro.-in-law Harold FISHER - comments on situation.] White House officials quoted regarding Americans being assigned to duty in Lebanon.
(London, England: Tom Fenton) Amal members shown helping United Nations troops seal off area where Higgins was taken. [Voice of Lebanese radio BDCSTR. - says org. claims Higgins member of CIA.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - denies association with CIA.] Lebanese President Amin Gemayel quoted. [Justice minister Nabih BERRI - says will try to help win Higgins' release.] [UN undersecy Marrack GOULDING - comments on situation.] French government reported removing officers from UN observer force. [UN force spokesperson Timor GOKSEL - comments on situation.] Factions' relations noted complex; Amal, PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and pro-Iranian fanatics mentioned. British terrorism experts quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather, Doug Tunnell) Lebanese military activity discussed. UN sources quoted regarding presence of ships off Lebanese coast. Pentagon noted refusing comment on ships in area. Search for Higgins mentioned. Hypothetical military rescue of Higgins from south Lebanon illustration Israeli and sympathetic Lebanese aid mentioned. Rescue attempt risks recognized. Islamic fundamentalists noted most ruthless of captors. Expert quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan quoted regarding budget. Report introduced.
(DC: Phil Jones) Reception of President Reagan's '89 budget at Congress featured. [Senator Lawton CHILES - comments on budget.] [REAGAN - says wants to work with Congress] Budget illustration and discussed. Federal deficit during Reagan admin. illustration '87 budget summit recalled; scenes shown. [REAGAN - says budget doesn't increase taxes.] [Representative Dan ROSTENKOWSKI - comments on budget.] Elec. year factor mentioned. [Senator Ernest HOLLINGS - comments on election year] Elec. year reported keeping economy pessimism to a minimum.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Budget's defense spending and SDI/Star Wars provisions discussed. Report introduced.
(DC: David Martin) Budget deficit's impact upon United States naval forces discussed; details given, scenes shown. [Defense Secretary Frank CARLUCCI - comments on situation.] [Senator Sam NUNN - comments on budget and Carlucci's realism.] Naval size reported being reduced. [San Diego, California, mayor Maureen O'CONNOR - says reducing Naval forces will hurt San Diego's economy] Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base noted having to deactivate F-16 jet fighters because of budget cuts. [Representative James BILBRAY - says actions will harm Nevada economy] Mil.'s expansion hopes during Reagan administration noted being dashed by Carlucci. [CARLUCCI - comments on situation.] Congress reported now deciding issue.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Cands. Bruce Babbitt and Pete du Pont reported withdrawing from race. Jesse Jackson noted urging Babbitt endorsement. "Super Tuesday" discussed. Paul Simon and Jackson mentioned. Report introduced.
(Atlanta, Georgia: Eric Engberg) Michael Dukakis reported being south dark horse. Jackson noted being considered front-runner across south [Jackson's Georgia manager Eugene WALKER -says will win Georgia.] Jackson's support noted comprised of blacks and white liberals. [Ex-Georgia Democrat chairperson Bert LANCE - comments on primaries.] Albert Gore quoted. [Richard Gephardt's campaign manager William CARRICK - belittles Gore's campaign strategy.] Gephardt and Gore reported contending for same votes. [Gore's campaign manager Fred MARTIN - criticizes Gephardt.] Dukakis' south strategy outlined. [Dukakis aide Debbie WILLHITE - comments on campaign] Georgia Democrats quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) House Ethics Committee reported recommending expulsion of New York Representative Mario Biaggi. Expulsion procedure described. Biaggi's charges recalled.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Supreme Court nominee Anthony Kennedy shown being sworn in by Chief Justice William Rehnquist at White House Abortion, affirmative action and separation of church and state issues reported facing Kennedy.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Fort Smith, Arkansas: Bob McNamara) White supremacists' trial in Fort Smith, Arkansas, featured. Justice Department reported charging defendants with sedition; details given, scenes shown. Defendants quoted. [Defendant Robert MILES - comments on trial.] Defendants Richard Butler and Louis Beam mentioned. [Ex- US attorney Asa HUTCHINSON - comments on trial.] Defendants David Lane and Bruce Carroll Pierce reported convicted of murdering Denver, Colorado, talk show host Alan Berg in 1984. Statements made during trial quoted. Ku Klux Klan marches shown. Trial noted expected to take months. Prosecutors quoted. (Artist: Howard Brodie)
(Studio: Dan Rather) Secretary of State George Shultz' Moscow visit reported to address USSR 's withdrawal from Afghanistan. Shultz' proposals discussed. State Department officials quoted. Afghan leaders quoted. USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev quoted regarding economy
(Studio: Dan Rather) Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan, reported announcing record earnings; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Chicago, Illinois: Frank Currier) Live telephone party lines featured; ad. shown. [OPERATOR - talks to teen.] [Sharon KRAHLS - says wanted to kill daughter Angie for expensive conversations.] Columbus, Ohio, teen Rick Carter's bill noted costing thousands. [CARTER - says didn't realize would cost so much.] Illinois families reported forming protest organization [MOTHER - tells how much telephone bill was last month] [OPERATOR - reminds kids of cost.] Ind. reported exploiting teens' propensity for conversation. [KRAHLS - discusses scheme.] Party line operations detailed; scenes shown. [Connections Talkline spokesperson Adam MAXTED - comments on business] Lawmakers in many states reported seeking ways to block access on request. [Illinois Bell spokesperson Robert LIGETT - comments on bill adjustments.] [Voices of MOTHERS - discuss phone bills.]