This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Jim Axelrod) The setback for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales from damaging testimony from his former aide Kyle Sampson about the firing of 8 US attorneys featured; scenes shown from the Senate hearings. [To Senator Arlen Specter and Charles Schumer, SAMPSON - disputes Gonzales’ story about his involvement in meetings and discussions; denies Gonzales’ claim that he withheld information.] White House statement quoted.
(Studio: Katie Couric; Washington: Bob Schieffer) The outlook for Gonzales to save his job and the effect of the situation on fund raising for both political parties discussed.
(Capitol: Sharyl Attkisson) The battle between President Bush and Senate Democrats over the war in Iraq examined; details given of the emergency spending bill that sets a timetable for troop withdrawal; scenes shown of Bush and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in a conversation at a ceremony for the Tuskegee Airmen. [BUSH – calls for supporting troops and commanders.] [Senator Harry REID – notes Bush will be undermining troops if he vetoes the bill.] [Senator Trent LOTT- notes the uncertain fate of funding for the troops while Congress is on Easter break.]
(Pentagon: David Martin) Iran's capture of 15 British sailors updated; details given of the decision not to release female hostage Faye Turney; Turney’s letter calling for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq quoted. [Washington Institute for Near East Policy Simon HENDERSON- says people have started to harden their positions.] [Former CIA officer Bruce RIEDEL- comments on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s involvement in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.] [Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas BURNS- says Ahmadinejad is an odious figure.]
(Studio: Jon LaPook) A federal panel’s endorsement of the experimental vaccine Provenge to treat prostate cancer featured; diagram shown of how the drug works; study results cited. [Cancer patient Eduardo GARCIA– says it worked for him.] [University of Washington School of Medicine Dr. David PENSON, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Dr. Mitchell BENSON- comment on the treatment.]
(Dallas: Hari Sreenivasan) The impact of the tornadoes in the Central Plains featured; scenes shown of funnel clouds, damage in Beaver County, Oklahoma, and Holly, Colorado. [Rancher Terry FINLEY- comments on the deaths of his neighbors, Vance and Barbara Woodbury.] [Holly RESIDENT – reacts to the storm.] [Victim’s sister Victoria ROSALES- comments on the death of Rosemary Rosales.] [Accuweather senior meteorologist Bernie RAYNO- explains what happened with the storm system.]
(Atlanta: Mark Strassmann) The wicked allergy season in the Southeast featured; scenes shown of pollen in the air and on cars in Atlanta. [Allergy patient Deborah GREEN- describes her difficulty breathing.] [Pollen lab WORKER – says the pollens are laying on top of each other.] [Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic Dr. Stanley FINEMAN- cites statistics on pollen allergies.]
(Washington: Richard Schlesinger) The long-awaited honors for the Tuskegee Airmen, who were awarded Congressional gold medals, featured; historical footage shown; details given about their heroic fighting in World War II while facing racial discrimination at home; scenes shown of the ceremony at the Capitol, where President Bush saluted them. [Airman Roscoe BROWN– explains the job of the black fighter pilots.]