This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: David Gregory) Bush’s decision to allow more time to consider the impact of a change in direction in Iraq featured; details given about a suicide attack in Baghdad; scenes shown of Bush with Iraq’s Sunni Vice President and from the bombing site in Baghdad; statement from Senator Harry Reid quoted. [BUSH – says our job is to help the Iraqi government deal with the extremists.] [Secretary of State Condoleezza RICE- says it makes sense for the president to take whatever time he needs.] [Former presidential advisor David GERGEN- says it looks like Bush is going to go for victory.]
(Eastern Afghanistan: Jim Maceda) The hunt for resurgent Taliban fighters in Afghanistan featured; scenes shown of the US 1st Battalion, 32nd Regiment at their base, fighting and talking to villagers. [1-32 Infantry Capt. Rob STANTON, S/Sgt. Gui LAMB, Lt. Michael HARRISON, Spc. Thomas ZIRKEL- comment on intelligence on a “winter cell” of fresh Al Qaeda fighters, the use of Raven unmanned aerial vehicles and casualties.]
(Washington: Pete Williams) The federal raids on Swift and Co. meat packing plants targeting illegal immigrants involved in an identity theft ring reviewed; scenes and map shown; details given of the lack of a system to discover when stolen identities are used to get jobs. [Immigration and Customs Enforcement Greg PALMORE- states anyone who doesn’t have a valid status will be taken into custody.] [WOMAN – says this is not right.] [Immigration reform advocate Steven CAMAROTA- notes a crackdown would deny the business community access to illegal alien labor.]
(Mt. Hood, Oregon: George Lewis) The rescue operation on Oregon's Mt. Hood for 3 missing climbers, Kelly James, Brian Hall and Jerry Cooke, featured; scenes from the mountain and map of the men’s route shown; details given of the detection of a cell phone signal. [Hood River County Sheriff Joe WAMPLER- comments on the search.] [Brother Frank JAMES- says today is a day for courage and prayers.]
(New Orleans: Mike Boettcher) Students at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans who are living on their own until their parents, who evacuated after Hurricane Katrina, can find housing or a job featured; scenes shown from the school; details given of the problems, including an assault at the school. [Principal Donald JACKSON††, mother Rachelle HARRELL†, teacher Wilfred WRIGHT††- comment on coming back.] [Comedian Bill COSBY – lectures the kids.]
(Washington: Lisa Myers) The investigation finding that some charities funded by the Combined Federal Campaign owe back payroll taxes reviewed. [Government spending analyst Steve ELLIS- notes contributions may be lying in the pocket of some tax cheat.] [Charity Navigator president Trent STAMP- criticizes the federal government’s system for vetting charities.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) More on the NBC News Website noted.