This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Navy Secretary James Webb reported resigning in protest of Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci's budget cuts. Report introduced.
(DC: Fred Francis) Webb reported resigning due to budget removing many ships from active naval duty. Webb's reputation as war hero and writer noted adding credibility to criticism. [WEBB - describes defense budget absorbing much of total cuts.] Webb's accusations with regard to Carlucci quoted. [WEBB - says going into next century unprepared.] Webb's remarks with regard to Carlucci quoted on screen. [Senator Carl LEVIN - praises Carlucci.] Webb's Persian Gulf criticism recalled. Reagan administration noted relieved by Webb's resignation. Many military experts reported sharing Webb's view that too much emphasis being placed upon Europe and not enough on emerging growth areas.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Secretary of State George Shultz' visit to Moscow, USSR , re: START and tentative Reagan-Gorbachev summit discussed. Negotiators reported given treaty deadline. Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : John Cochran) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev shown greeting Shultz. United States reported making major concession to USSR with regard to START treaty. US reported considering limitation of mobile land-based missiles; details given. Verification dilemma mentioned. USSR reported agreeing to provide information on strategic arms in exchange for United States spy technology concessions; details given, scenes shown. [SHULTZ - comments on progress of START treaty effort.] Shultz reported asserting Gorbachev sincere with regard to USSR withdrawal from Afghanistan. [SHULTZ - comments on withdrawal.] Gorbachev mentioned supporting Shultz' peace mission to Mideast. Gorbachev quoted. USSR military program shown celebrating 70th anniversary of USSR armed forces.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Video reported released of hostage Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins. White House officials quoted with regard to video. Report introduced.
(S. Lebanon: Martin Fletcher) Higgins' video shown. Higgins' poor grammar reported indicating he didn't write message and read statement under duress. Captors' demands listed. More tape excerpts shown. Lebanese sources quoted with regard to Higgins' kidnappers; details given, scenes shown. Amal militia's efforts mentioned. Amal security chief reported defecting to Hizballah and now believed accountable for Higgins' kidnapping; composite drawing shown. United Nations and Amal officials noted believing Higgins still in south Lebanon. [UN Forces Colonel Epeli NANILAU - comments on kidnapping and search.] Most hostages noted held in south Beirut. Kidnapping pattern outlined.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan expected to comment on Higgins' kidnapping and other timely events during news conference Wednesday night.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Pvt. memo from attorney E. Robert Wallach to Attorney General Edwin Meese reported released by Meese's lawyers. 1985 memo noted dealing with proposal to build Iraqi oil pipeline and prevention of Israeli attack. Report introduced.
(DC: James Polk) Memo quoted on screen. Swiss oil busman. Bruce Rappaport and then Israeli Prime Min. Shimon Peres mentioned in memo. Wallach's memo quoted on screen. [On February 1, '88, MEESE - denies any illegalities in memo.] Wallach quoted. Peres' stmts. quoted on screen. [RAPPAPORT - denies any wrongdoing.] Meese's lawyers quoted. Situation noted embarrassing for Meese.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Supreme Court reported rejecting Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North's attempt to challenge special prosecutor's role in Iran/Contra scandal investigation. Supreme Court noted agreeing to review law enabling appointed of independent cnsl. Supreme Court noted also ruling religion freedom of students not violated by textbooks parents consider too secular.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart reported appearing before Assemblies of God leaders after admitting to sexual misconduct. Swaggart's role in demise of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's ministry recalled. Report introduced.
(Alexandria, LA: Kenley Jones) [SWAGGART - says Lord is good.] Swaggart's meeting with church officials featured. [SWAGGART - admits to sins and apologizes.] Swaggart quoted. Repercussions of Swaggart's actions discussed. Church leaders quoted. [Arkansas Reverend Merl HARRIS - comments on forgiveness.] [California Reverend Glen COLE - says Swaggart has fought sinful urges for years] Possible penalties discussed. Church officials quoted re: Swaggart's punishment; Bakker and Jessica Hahn mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) railroad engineer Tom Connor, worker who ran away after causing Amtrak accident in Chester, Pennsylvania, reported testing positive for several drugs. Reporter Robert Hager noted obtaining information from railroad sources.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Floods and rainstorms in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, discussed; scenes shown. Death toll given. Rescue workers quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) High winds in Calgary, Canada, reported causing ski and bobsled competitions to be postponed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Presidential candidate Jesse Jackson reported meeting with South Baptist mins. in Georgia. Jackson's appeal to black voters noted. Report introduced
(DC: Ken Bode) Jackson shown campaign in Tallahassee, Florida. [JACKSON - asks for whom audience will vote.] South black voting habits discussed. Jackson's "Super Tuesday" network outlined; details given, scenes shown. Birmingham, Alabama, mayorRichard Arrington mentioned. Jackson's hopes of gaining white support while maintaining black loyalty noted. Jackson's populist message mentioned. [JACKSON - comments on trade and big. corps. like General Elec.] [JACKSON - talks about company owning RCA and NBC.] [JACKSON - praises American workers.] Jackson's south strategy illustration White opposition noted split between Michael Dukakis, Paul Simon, Albert Gore, and Richard Gephardt; Pat Robertson mentioned. Jackson expected to do well in south [JACKSON - bdcsts. to Birmingham, Alabama.] Jackson noted relying heavily upon local media coverage. [JACKSON - comments on Reaganomics.] "Dallas Morning News" poll results given. [Pollster Peter HART - says Jackson might win Illinois.] Likelihood of Jackson winning nomination considered.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Vice President George Bush reported having more money than other cands. Federal Election Commission figs. given. Michael Dukakis' funding figs. given. Paul Simon and Richard Gephardt noted in debt.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) High-tech. veterinarians featured. Report introduced.
(N. Grafton, Massachusetts: Fred Briggs) Animals shown receiving medical care comparable to treatment of humans; details given, scenes shown. [Tufts Univ. spokesperson Franklin LOEW - says animals need same medical care as humans.] Animals shown being treated; maladies described. Expense of treatment discussed. California ins. company reported only business in country covering animals' medical costs. [SECRETARY. - discusses insurance costs with client.] Owners' love of pets noted. [Edward COOPERMAN - describes enormous debt incurred from treating Spaniel "Cuddles."] Dutch miniature bunny shown being treated. [Tufts Univ. Dr. Andrew ROWAN - comments on love shown by animals.] Dog shown playing piano. [Owner Vonda CUPIT - says dog would have died without pacemaker.] Human medical breakthroughs reported saving many animals' lives.