This program is 26 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) Memo reported surfacing with regard to Attorney General Edwin Meese's alleged attempt to bribe Israeli officials so that Iraqi oil pipeline could be built. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Memo from E. Robert Wallach to Meese featured. Memo reported discussing Swiss busman. Bruce Rappaport. Proposed Iraqi oil pipeline illustration Memo quoted on screen; Shimon Peres, then prime minister, mentioned. Justice Department sources quoted with regard to Meese's possible violations of foreign corrupt practices act by failing to report bribery attempts. Meese noted refusing comment. [On February 1, '88, MEESE - says memo not illegal.] Peres noted denying any knowledge of bribe. [Ex-Justice Department attorney Reid WEINGARTEN - comments on documents.] Indep. council James McKay reported continuing investigation. McKay reported refusing comment. Peres and Meese reported embarrassed by situation. Memo noted asserting claims that Israel attained release of hostage Benjamin Weir and United States owes favor.
(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Rita Braver) McKay investigation and possible Wallach testimony discussed. Wedtech Corporation scandal mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Israeli government reported issuing statement denying any connection to Iraqi oil pipeline.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins' kidnappers reported releasing video tape of hostage. Higgins noted repeating kidnappers' demands on tape. President Reagan reported not conceding to terrorists. Report introduced.
(DC: Bill Plante) Video tape excerpts shown; demands illustration [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - comments on stmts. being made under duress and release attempts.] [Higgins' sister Linda MILLER - comments on tape and kidnapping.] [Higgins' sister Mary FISHER - pleads that brother be released.] Amal militia shown searching vehicles in Tyre, Lebanon; details given. US sources quoted with regard to Higgins being in south Lebanon. [Ex-CIA deputy director Ray CLINE - says United States helpless.] Iran/Contra scandal mentioned; White House officials quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Navy Secretary James Webb reported resigning and denouncing of Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci's budget cuts and leadership Report introduced.
(DC: David Martin) Webb's resignation featured. [WEBB - says disagrees with budget cuts.] Ships being removed from active service reported causing Carlucci-Webb disagreement. Unpopularity of Carlucci's decision noted. [Ex-Navy Secretary John LEHMAN - says USSR won't be reducing its navy.] Webb's letter to President Reagan quoted. [WEBB - comments on Carlucci.] [Senator James EXON - says Webb acted correctly by resigning.] [Senator Carl LEVIN - praises Carlucci.] Webb's "Fields of Fire" and reporter position covering Marines in Beirut, Lebanon, discussed. Webb noted not well-suited to Pentagon duties. Carlucci aides quoted. White House aide William Ball reported replacing Webb.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Morton Thiokol, Incorporated reported postponing testing of redesigned space shuttle rocket booster; details given. US-built payload for commercial research reported carried into space by USSR space station Challenger explosion recalled. Report introduced.
(Studio: Morley Safer) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) reported criticized for extreme caution. NASA officials quoted with regard to Discovery's August launch. Critics quoted; Rogers commission report recalled. [Aeronautics specialist Jerry GREY - defends NASA's caution.] Space exploration's risks discussed; scenes shown. [Ex-Johnson Space Center director Christopher KRAFT - says NASA's delay between launches too long.] Kraft quoted. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration James FLETCHER - defends NASA's hiatus.] [GREY - says country has become fearful of experimentation.] NASA's new escape mechanism featured; scenes shown. Critics quoted. Pressure upon shuttle program examined.
(Studio: Dan Rather, Morley Safer) Impt. of Discovery launch discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart reported meeting with Assemblies of God church officials after admitting to sexual misconduct charges. Report introduced.
(Baton Rouge, LA: Bruce Hall) Swaggart shown arriving for meeting with church officials in Alexandria, LA. Swaggart allegedly had encounter with prostitute in New Orleans hotel last year [Sociologist Jeffrey HADDEN - comments on subsequent damage to television evangelism.] [Assembly of God Rev. Glen COLE - says Swaggart was conquered by sinful urges.] Church officials expected to be lenient. [SWAGGART - apologizes to family, fellow evangelists and God.] Evangelical experts quoted. [Religious historian David HARRELL - says Swaggart will return to ministry.] Swaggart's accusations against Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker recalled. [Jim BAKKER - comments on Swaggart.] Swaggart's television broadcast discussed. Swaggart shown on Nicaraguan crusade speaking to President Dan. Ortega Saavedra. Repercussions of Swaggart's indiscretions predicted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Secretary of State George Shultz quoted with regard to meeting with USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev during Moscow visit. Tentative Reagan- Gorbachev spring summit mentioned. Shultz quoted regarding USSR withdrawal from Afghanistan.
(Studio: Dan Rather) South Dakota and Minnesota primaries announced en route to "Super Tuesday" CBS News-"New York Times" poll results given. Democrat and Republican results illus.; cands. listed. Report introduced.
(Minneapolis, Minnesota: Bob Schieffer) Robert Dole shown campaign in Moorhead, Minnesota. [DOLE - comments on campaign] Vice President George Bush shown campaign in SC. [BUSH - campaigns.] CBS News-"New York Times" poll results illustration Bush noted doing better in polls than Dole. [DOLE - says will visit all states.] Dole quoted with regard to south strategy. [Senator Strom THURMOND - endorses Dole.] [BUSH - comments on Thurmond's endorsement.] Pat Robertson shown campaign; poll results illustration with regard to Robertson. Republicans quoted with regard to Robertson possibly upsetting Dole in Minnesota primaries.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Supreme Court reported rejecting Tennessee families' appeals re: deletion of secular ideas in publisher school textbooks. Justices reported refusing to allow Texas hospital to withhold blood donors' names after baby died from AIDS-contaminated blood transfusion. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy reported beginning term today.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Muleshoe, Texas: Bob McNamara) Maggie Reynolds shown announcing news on cable channel 6 while getting children ready for school; details given, scenes shown. [Father Gil LAMB - announces sweetheart winners and Mule Train News.] [REYNOLDS - comments on work.] [CHILDREN - sing birthday song on air.] Mule Train News tape shown; details given. [LAMB - comments on aging and signs off.]