This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) The traditional start of the campaign season and the number of seats up for election in the House & Senate noted.
(Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) The fight for control of Congress featured; details given about hotly contested races and the balance of power in the House & Senate; scenes shown of Representative Nancy Pelosi, who could become the first female Speaker of the House, on “Late Night with David Letterman.” [CasualObserver.net founder Rick HINTON- comments on his Website focused on campaigns; notes Representative Christopher Shays’ standing in the Connecticut congressional race.] [PELOSI – speaks of a new direction for the American people.]
(Washington: Jim Axelrod) The 2008 presidential campaign featured; scenes shown of former Senator John Edwards and Senators John McCain & Hillary Clinton campaigning; details given of potential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire & Iowa. [EDWARDS – notes the importance of New Hampshire.] [McCAIN – jokes.]
(Studio: Russ Mitchell; Washington: Sharyl Attkisson; Washington: Jim Axelrod) The early start in the presidential race & the impact of a Democratic takeover of Congress discussed.
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) The death of "crocodile hunter" Steve Irwin reported.
(London: Mark Phillips) Irwin’s career and his death from a stingray’s barb featured; excerpts shown from his TV show; details given of his contributions to conservation. [Sydney Aquarium Grant WILLIS, wildlife filmmaker Nigel MARVEN- react to his death.] [IRWIN – defends holding his baby in a crocodile pen.]
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) The casualties in Iraq and the discovery of the bodies of Iraqi men in & around Baghdad reported.
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) A deadly friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in which US war planes accidentally strafed NATO troops noted.
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) Rallies in several cities by immigrant rights supporters noted; scenes shown from San Francisco.
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) The formation of a storm that could become Tropical Storm Florence noted; map shown.
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) Live interview held with Georgia Aquarium marine biologist Ray Davis about the death of "crocodile hunter" Steve Irwin after being spiked by a stingray; scenes shown of stingrays. [From Atlanta, DAVIS – shows a stingray barb; offers advice for swimmers; agrees this was a freak accident.]
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) Report introduced.
(Studio: Armen Keteyian) The reluctance of some House members to end secretly requested funding projects known as earmarks examined; scenes shown of President Bush signing the 2005 transportation spending bill that was loaded with pork projects; examples cited of profits for Representatives Ken Calvert & Gary Miller from highway projects. [Representative Jeff FLAKE- says it’s easy for a member to enrich himself.] [Taxpayers for Common Sense Keith ASHDOWN- says it’s about focusing on personal wealth.] [Congressional ethics advisor Stan BRAND- says the standard is what the public sees.] [Voice of Representative Ralph REGULA- comments on earmarks.]
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) The European Space Agency’s planned crash landing of its spacecraft on the moon noted.
(Washington: Bob Orr) The hope that the space shuttle Atlantis can be used for a servicing flight to the Hubble Space Telescope featured; Hubble photographs shown. [NASA scientist Dave LECKRONE- comments on the universe.] [NASA administrator Michael GRIFFIN- says he wants to fix the Hubble.] [NASA’s Michael KIENLEN- comments on the failing batteries.]