This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) Several Justice Department officials reported resigning. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Attorney General Edwin Meese reported refusing comment with regard to resignations. Sources noted claiming resignations resulted from controversies surrounding Meese. Arnold Burns and William Weld mentioned highest ranking officials to resign. Burns and Weld noted giving resignation letters to White House chief of staff Howard Baker. [WELD - says had mtgs. with Baker and Meese.] [Justice Department spokesperson Terry EASTLAND - comments on Meese's reaction to resignations.] Burns and Weld allegedly told Meese that his legal problems were impairing work of Justice Department; sources quoted on screen. Issues for which Meese being investigated listed on screen and discussed. Resigning officials quoted on screen with regard to Meese's improprieties. Sources reported stating independent council is issuing subpoenas to determine if E. Robert Wallach used improper influence to get Ursula Meese position with Multiple Sclerosis Society of DC. Wallach's other indictments mentioned. [Senator Carl LEVIN - calls for Meese's resignation.] [Senator Strom THURMOND - comments on situation.] Meese's staff noted asserting Attorney General not planning to resign.
(Studio: Dan Rather) White House's reaction to resignations discussed; President Reagan and Vice President George Bush mentioned. Report introduced.
(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Bill Plante) Sources report that Burns and Weld sought help last week from Baker and asked if administration would pressure Meese to resign noted. Baker noted explaining Reagan believes Meese victimized by political enemies. Men who resigned reported former Meese supporters. Reagan reported aware of situation's gravity but action not expected.
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan quoted with regard to meeting between journalists and opposition leaders in Panama City, Panama. Speculation with regard to United States military intervention reported increase Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Richard Roth) Naval sources quoted with regard to warship entering Panama Canal; details given, scenes shown. General strike noted continue [Voice of opposition leader Aurelio BARRIA - tells ambassador Juan B. Sosa in Washington, DC that opposition movement running out of time.] Mil. spokesperson quoted re: beating and detention of protestors and journalists. Catholic leaders noted now calling for general Manuel Antonio Noriega to resign. Banks noted planning to open for restricted business Thursday Dockworkers reported ending strike and returning to work. Banks opening and some workers returning to jobs noted strengthening Noriega's position.
(DC: Wyatt Andrews) [SOSA - calls for United States military mission to oust Noriega.] National security planning group noted meeting to discuss options. White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen with regard to last night's beatings and arrests in Panama. [REAGAN - says administration doing its best to rectify situation.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - threatens Noriega.] Admin. noted asserting economy pressure upon Noriega ultimately more effective than mil. force. United States noted would employment military if either Panama Canal or Americans were threatened. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - urges Noriega's removal.] Noriega noted being pressured by request for military action; United States airlift to Honduras recalled.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Caribbean leaders meeting in Venezuela reported calling for Reagan to end economy sanctions against Panama; leaders quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Assemblies of God leaders reported agreeing upon punishment of television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's sexual misconduct. Report introduced.
(Springfield, Missouri: Frank Currier) Assemblies of God leaders reported deciding to suspend Swaggart from pulpit for year with 2 years of rehabilitation. [Assemblies of God superintendent G. Raymond CARLSON - announces punishment.] Swaggart reported possibly planning to defy rule. Swaggart's misconduct recalled. [Last month, SWAGGART - acknowledges sin.] Monetary worth of Swaggart's ministry discussed. [Reverend Mike EVANS - comments on Swaggart.] Swaggart noted expected to resign affiliation with Assemblies of God and resume ministry. [Center for Christian Activism spokesperson Pat MAHONEY - comments on Swaggart.] [Last Sunday Frances SWAGGART - says husband will be back soon.] Impact of Swaggart's indiscretions upon his ministry and Assemblies of God organization discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Albert Gore reported criticizing Jesse Jackson. Michael Dukakis mentioned needing to win Connecticut primary. Robert Dole reported withdrawing from race. Report introduced.
(Studio: Bruce Morton) [In NYC, GORE - attacks Jackson.] Gore noted asserting Jackson and Dukakis too inexperienced. [JACKSON - accuses Gore of discrimination.] [GORE - rejects Jackson's claim with regard to Israel and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and attacks Jackson's embrace of Fidel Castro and Yasir Arafat.] [JACKSON - says Gore desperate.] Gore's strategy outlined. Jewish voters noted recalling Jackson's slur with regard to New York City during campaign '84. [DUKAKIS - campaigns.] Dukakis noted attempting to appear more spontaneous. [DUKAKIS - refuses comment on Jackson's inexperience.] Jackson shown with Stevie Wonder and Bill Cosby. Upcoming primaries discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Schieffer) [DOLE - announces withdrawal.] Dole's success in Iowa caucuses recalled; details given, scenes shown. Vice President George Bush's negative television ads. with regard to Dole discussed. [Senator Warren RUDMAN - comments on ads.' impact upon Dole campaign] Dole's internal campaign problems mentioned. President Reagan's coattails noted too long for Dole to combat effectively. [Senator Nancy Landon KASSEBAUM - comments on Reagan's coattails.] Dole noted endorsing Bush and calling for party unity. [DOLE - says is beaten but not defeated.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Commerce Department's leading economy indicators and home sales figs. illustration and discussed. Analysts noted asserting United States avoiding recession.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Towson, MD, judge reported sentencing ex-Amtrak engineer Ricky Gates for role in January 1987 accident; death toll given. Gates noted admitting to smoking marijuana while on job. Accident's details recalled; scenes shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) New York City judge reported ordering convicted heroin dealer to give millions to rehabilitation of drug addicts. Report introduced.
(Quantico, Virginia: Harold Dow) Federal drug agents shown firing machine guns to better combat drug dealers. [DEA spokesperson Robert BRYDEN - says aims to arm every DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agent with machine gun.] Submachine guns discussed; scenes shown. [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spokesperson Robert CREIGHTON - comments on dangerous situations DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents face.] [BRYDEN - comments on assaults on DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents last year] Last month's killings of DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents in California recalled. [WITNESS - describes shooting.] Drug dealers noted carrying automatic weapons and not hesitating to use them. [Voices of undercover AGENTS - say dealers have no respect for human life.] [CREIGHTON -comments on confiscated weapons.] [Weapon and drug DEALER - comments on money he made while dealing.] Police depts. across country reported switching to semi- automatic pistols. [Baltimore Cnty., Virginia, police chief Cornelius BEHAN - comments on risks taken when police armed with semi-automatic weapons.] DEA officials quoted with regard to war on drugs becoming more dangerous.
(Studio: Dan Rather) House of Representatives reported agreeing upon humanitarian aid pkg. for Contras and child victims of fighting; details given. Pkg. noted going to House floor for vote tomorrow.
(Studio: Dan Rather) More Palestinians reported being wounded by Israeli troops in occupied territories, Israel. Residents in Gaza and West Bank noted unable to travel; scenes shown of empty sts. Govt. officials noted asserting restrictions necessary to prevent violent demonstrations on Land Day. Israeli army noted indicating restrictions could be indefinitely extended.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(NYC: Susan Spencer) Ronnie Barnes shown playing; details given of Barnes being born prematurely with blinding disease called retinopathy. New treatment of disease featured. [National Eye Institution Dr. Carl KUPFER - discusses treatment.] Disease's effects and treatment illustration [Ophthalmologist Dr. William GILBERT - comments on treatment.] More comprehensive understanding of retinopathy reported resulting from doctors being able to save more premature babies' lives. [DC's Children's Hospital Dr. Gordon AVERY - comments on documenting retinopathy.] More children noted being able to see as result of retinopathy treatment.