This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Recent communist guerrilla ambush of police in Philippines recalled.
(No location given: Jon Alpert) Reporter's experience while accompanying guerrillas who ambushed police featured; scenes shown. [GUERRILLA - describes ambush plan.] [PEASANT - comments on family's hiding in anticipation of battle.] Ambush shown. [GUERRILLA - (thru translator) explains purpose of fighting.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Est. strength of communist guerrilla movement during Ferdinand Marcos' reign described. Jaime Cardinal Sin mentioned believing insurgency will lose power with new government "Today" announced.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan reported nominating James Fletcher as new NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration; Fletcher recalled holding that post under Richard Nixon. His support for President's Star Wars program and development of space shuttle mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Status in House of President Reagan's request for incrd. mil. aid to anti-government Nicaraguan guerrillas reported
(DC: Chris Wallace) Reagan's propaganda campaign said backfiring on Capitol Hill; Secretary of State George Shultz's continued lobbying efforts today mentioned. [Representatives Dave McCURDY, Jim SLATTERY - believe administration's shrill rhetoric is counterproductive; suggest Patrick Buchanan be silenced.] Buchanan, in "Washington Post", recalled accusing administration opponents of being communist sympathizers. [Senator Nancy KASSEBAUM - agrees with critics of administration] [Representative Michael BARNES - comments.] [REAGAN - attributes Congress's support of communists due to their deception.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Richard Nixon's assessment of Mikhail Gorbachev's dual tasks in Nicaragua outlined. [NIXON - comments on Patrick Buchanan's rhetoric; endorses Reagan's request for military aid to rebels; comments on President Corazon Aquino's release of communist prisoners, chief of staff General Fidel Ramos; his perception of own image problems.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) USSR ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin reported appointed to communist secretariat along with Alexandra Biryukova by Mikhail Gorbachev; details given,. scenes shown.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Swedish police sketch of suspect in assassination of Prime Min. Olof Palme shown, discussed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Recommendations of president task force on terrorism reported
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Shoot-out last year between Philadelphia police and MOVE cult recalled; commission investigating incident said recommending grand jury consider criminal chgs. against Mayor Wilson Goode.
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Jennifer McLogan) Cmsn.'s findings and recommendations examined. [Chairperson William BROWN - condemns authorities' handling of confrontation.] Circumstances of incident reviewed; scenes shown. [BROWN - considers police tactics inexcusable.] Cmsn.'s report quoted on screen. [GOODE - defs. his leadership abilities.] [PEOPLE - disagree on issue.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Boston, Massachusetts: Lisa Myers) Home buyers' reaction to falling mortgage rates examined; benefits for home owners refinancing loans as well noted. [Bank president Peter BLAMPIED - considers it a national phenomenon.] [MAN - calculates his savings.] Mortgage rates since 1978 graphed on screen.] [Econ. David WYSS - attributes drop in oil prices to inflation's collapse; elaborates.] Buyer Verna McElderry mentioned. [Realtor Jayama WELSH - ests. impact on monthly payments now.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Decline in legal abortions since 1982 outlined, discussed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President's commission on organized crime said referring to Justice Department Teamsters president Jackie Presser's possible relationship with organized crime through Cleveland movie theater investment; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Photos taken by USSR probe of Halley's Comet shown, discussed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Studio: John Chancellor) Commentary concerns United States policy in Latin America; Treasury Secretary James Baker, administration rhetoric about opponents of its Nicaragua policy mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Death of artist Georgia O'Keefe reported; her career reviewed, scenes shown.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced
(E. Sierra, California: David Burrington) California program to revive population of endangered bighorn sheep examined; scenes shown. [Bighorn Sheep Society spokesperson George TAYLORSON - praises animal.]