This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: David Gregory) The political pressure on President Bush over strategy for the Iraq war featured; details given about a possible compromise on a funding bill and his meeting with 11 Republicans. [BUSH – agrees benchmarks for the Iraqi government make sense; says commander Gen. David Petraeus’s plan ought to be given a chance.] [Representative Tom DAVIS- asks what is Plan B.]
(London: Keith Miller) Blair’s tenure reviewed; scenes shown of his good-bye speech; details given about his alliance with the US after 9/11 and criticism over his support of the Iraq war. [BLAIR – says he did what he thought was right.] [Blair documentary maker Michael COCKERELL- comments on his bond with President Bush.] [Former Foreign Minister Lord Douglas HURD- says he misled us into a wrong and foolish war.]
(St. George, Georgia: Dawn Fratangelo) The impact of the fires featured; scenes shown from Moniac, Georgia, where the Raulerson family refuses to evacuate; details given about the drought. [RAULERSONS – comment.] [South Florida Water Management District Carol WEHLE- notes there could be a crisis if it doesn’t rain soon.] [US Forest Service Andy McBRIDE- notes the windy and dry conditions make it hard to fight fire.] Charges against 2 boys for starting fires in Georgia noted.
(Justice Department: Pete Williams) The admission by drug maker Purdue Pharma that it lied about the addictiveness of its painkiller OxyContin featured; fines against the company and executives cited.
(Washington: Lisa Myers) The investigation into accusations that student loan providers paid colleges and officials to steer business to them reviewed; details given about the involvement of the bank JPMorgan Chase and the suspension of Columbia University’s head of financial aid. [New York attorney general Andrew CUOMO- says big money was made at the expense of students.] [Columbia student Raphael GRAYBILL- reacts.] [To Representative George Miller at a Congressional hearing, Education Secretary Margaret SPELLINGS – defends her department.]
(New York: Nancy Snyderman) A Tufts University experiment in which the town of Somerville, Massachusetts, took steps against childhood obesity featured; results cited. [Friedman School of Nutrition Dr. Chris ECONOMOS- says we changed the world the children lived in.] [Mayor Joe CURTATONE- says the mindset has changed.] [Kid Ruthie GROSSMAN- outlines how she made her life healthier.]
(Davidson, North Carolina: Bob Faw) An exchange via video hookup between students at Davidson College in North Carolina and Baghdad University students in Iraq about what their lives are like featured; scenes shown from the session moderated by the Arab American Institute’s Jim Zogby. [Iraqi STUDENTS – talk about the danger of living in a war zone.] [Davidson STUDENTS – react.] [ZOGBY – comments on the debate over whether the US should stay in Iraq or leave.]
(San Diego: John Larson) The decision by teachers at San Diego’s struggling Sunnyslope Elementary School to donate personal time to teach more featured; scenes shown from the school near the Mexican border and the “Sunnyslope 12” teachers. [Teacher Nancy MACKEY- says if we had more time we could do more.] [Principal Shelley BURGESS- notes dramatic gains in reading and writing.]