This program is 29 minutes long
(London: Ned Colt) British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s announcement that Britain is pulling troops out of Iraq featured; details given of the British attitude toward the war; “Times of London” poll findings cited; scenes shown of a British soldier’s funeral. [BLAIR – says the next chapter in Basra’s history will be written by the Iraqis.] [Father of British soldier Reg KEYS- supports the drawdown.] [Parliament member Sir Menzies CAMPBELL- reviews the situation in Iraq.] The consideration of a drawdown by Denmark and Lithuania noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(White House: David Gregory) The reaction to the British pullout featured; statement from Senator Hillary Clinton quoted. [In Germany, Secretary of State Condoleezza RICE- says the British have transferred security responsibilities to the Iraqis.] [In Japan, Vice President Dick CHENEY- says there are parts of Iraq where things are going pretty well.] [Brookings Institution Michael O’HANLON- wonders why Blair doesn’t send his troops to Baghdad to help the US.] [From ABC News, presidential candidate John EDWARDS- says it is time to stop President Bush’s escalation of the war.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Concern about insurgents’ use of bombs containing chlorine and the downing of another US helicopter noted; scenes shown from the site of a Baghdad attack.
(Washington: John Yang) The continuing controversy over outpatient conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center examined; scenes shown of Building 18. [Army vice chief of staff Gen. Richard CODY, Walter Reed commander Maj. Gen. George WEIGHTMAN- accept responsibility.] [Iraq war veteran Paul RIECKHOFF- states the bureaucracy needs to reach down to the soldiers.]
(Austin: Don Teague) The controversy over the push to make Merck’s Gardasil, a vaccine that will prevent cervical cancer, mandatory for adolescent girls examined; map shown of states considering HPV laws. [Texas state representative Jessica FARRAR- says it’s going to save lives.] [Merck medical affairs Dr. Richard HAUPT- explains why Merck backed off on its lobbying campaign.] [Parents Lucio CALZADA, Terri BLEVINS- offer differing opinions on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s order to require the vaccine.]
(Studio: Brian Williams, Nancy Snyderman) The concerns about the vaccine and the dilemma facing many parents discussed.
(Gaithersburg, Maryland: Anne Thompson) The issue of long-term care insurance to help pay for the needs of aging parents featured; figures on yearly premiums cited. [Son Matthew CARDILLO- comments.] [Retiree Julia CARDILLO- says her apprehension was over affording it.] [Financial planner Thomas CURTIS- says he calls it “wealth insurance.”] [Geriatric care manager Dr. Marion SOMERS- outline factors influencing whether to buy it.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Tomorrow’s segment previewed.
(Tampa, Florida: Mark Potter) The crackdown on illegal Internet pharmacies in Florida featured; scenes shown of a raid on a pharmacy in Tampa; photo shown of teen Ryan Haight, who died from an overdose of drugs bought online. [DEA investigator Chris GRUSH- comments on confiscated hydrocodone.] [DEA special agent Mark TROUVILLE- says they’re out to make money.] [In shadow, MAN – explains how he bought Xanax and Valium online.] [Ryanscause.org founder Francine HAIGHT- says kids are still dying and getting drugs on the Internet.]