This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Aaron Brown) "The Whip" introduced.
(Fallujah: Jane Arraf; Washington: Bob Franken; Atlanta: Elizabeth Cohen) "NewsNight"'s major headlines previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) After the whip; more stories previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The deadliest month in the war in Iraq reviewed; scenes shown of fighting, including executed bodies in Mosul, weapons found by the US military in Fallujah; details given of the latest car bombings in Baghdad & Ramadi & of the call from the Sunni minority for a delay in elections. ["Los Angeles Times" Pentagon correspondent John HENDREN- explains why the Iraqi national guard is ineffective.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - outlines what is being done for elections.] US casualty figures for November updated.
(Near Fallujah: Jane Arraf) The situation in Fallujah as Marines search the buildings while going house-to-house updated; scenes shown from atop a bombed-out house where prisoners may have been kept, a former school where hostage Ken Bigley may have been held & a house that contained a chemical laboratory. [1st Marine Div., 7th RCI commander Col. Craig TUCKER- outlines what was found in the house.] [1st Marine Div. commander Maj. Gen. Richard NATONSKY- says the evidence indicates someone may have been kept here.] The presence of conventional weapons in this city reviewed & the discovered chemicals that may have been used to try to make weapons discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Washington: Bob Franken) The case before the Supreme Court about medical marijuana examined; courtroom sketches shown; details given of the case against & for marijuana outlined by acting solicitor general Paul Clement & marijuana users' lawyer Randy Barnett & of positions taken by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Stephen Breyer. [Brain tumor patient Angel RAICH- talks about how cannabis helps her.] [Drug Free America Foundation Calvina FAY- says they want all drugs legalized.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Further coverage of the medical marijuana issue previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Supreme Court's refusal to overturn a Massachusetts law that legalized same-sex marriage noted.
The latest American casualties in Iraq listed on screen.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The discovery of the body of NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol's son, Teddy, who died in the charter plane crash in Colorado; crash of a Blackhawk helicopter near Ft. Hood, Texas; the charges against Laotian deer hunter Chai Vang for the Wisconsin murders reported; crash scenes shown.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Washington: Bruce Morton) The recent vote in Alabama against repealing the constitutional law requiring separate schools for white & colored children examined; Alabama civil rights era footage shown. [Christian Coalition of Alabama president John GILES- questions the fuzzy legal language.] [Southern Christian Leadership Conference Charles STEELE- says we still have some work to do in Alabama.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The issue of marijuana for medical use examined in light of the Supreme Court consideration of a case.
(Atlanta: Elizabeth Cohen) The state of the medical research on marijuana examined; details given about how it works on the brain & of the side effects. [Utah Dr. Glen HANSON- explains how marijuana can bring the appetite back & reduce pain.] The prescription drug Marinol noted & the scientific efforts to develop a marijuana-mimicking drug without the side effects discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with author University of Arizona's Dr. Andrew Weil about medical marijuana. [From Tucson, WEIL - explains why marijuana is less toxic than other drugs & the development of a marijuana spray; states people in our society react to marijuana as a symbol linked to deviant sub-cultures; indicates it should be up to the medical profession to decide to use marijuana as a drug.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) President Bush's nomination of Kellogg CEO Carlos Gutierrez to be Secretary of Commerce reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The JM Smucker Co.'s plans to restructure reported.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The possible takeover of the drug company Merck, whose stock has dropped since it pulled the arthritis drug Vioxx from the market; a possible dip in oil prices as Saudi Arabia plans to up production & Stock Market Report reported.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live in-studio interview held with "Hard Times: The Scandal at the 'New York Times' & Their Meaning for American Media" author Seth Mnookin. [MNOOKIN - talks about the Jayson Blair scandal, the changes made by Howell Raines at the newspaper, how he was forced out, the importance of the "Times" not crusading, but objectively reporting what is going on in the country & the world; describes how his book is a kind of detective story.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Photographer Chris Jordan's current project entitled "Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of America in Mass Consumption" featured; photos shown of trash, containers, crushed cars, mountains of sawdust. [JORDAN - talks about images of our mass consumption, how patterns convey scale.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The headlines of tomorrow's morning newspapers presented; front pages shown from the papers from the "Stars & Stripes"; the "International Herald Tribune"; Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Colorado & Chicago.