This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Soledad O'Brien: Baghdad: Nic Robertson; Studio: Michael Ware) The success of the surge in Iraq, the need for a political compromise while there is a lull in the fighting, the significance of the shift in Iraq with the surge doing some good things, how the US has sub-contracted the fight against Al Qaeda to Iraqi tribes and militias, the potential for a civil war with better organized Sunni and Shiite forces, the building blocks for a proxy war discussed.
(No location given: Randi Kaye) Lung damage from a grout sealing product examined; details given about the refusal of the Consumer Products Safety Commission to talk about the consumer issue, consumer complaints about the Stand 'n Seal spray and about how it was allowed to stay on store shelves. [Injured by Stand 'n Seal, Dr. Walter FRIEDEL- recounts what happened when he used the spray; says he had no knowledge the product had been recalled.] [Product Safety Consumers Union director Don MAYS- says the CPSC dropped the ball in the Stand 'n Seal case.]
(No location given: Randi Kaye) Lung damage from a grout sealing product examined; details given about the recall of Stand 'n Seal and how the Consumer Products Safety Commission allowed the product to stay on the shelf despite the health issues until March when The Home Depot pulled the cans. [Injured by Stand 'n Seal, Dr. Walter FRIEDEL- comments on the serial numbers on the cans; states the CPSC did not do the job.] Exchange with the CPSC hotline played. [Product Safety Consumers Union director Don MAYS- says the agency is understaffed and underfunded.] [In September, CPSC acting chairman Nancy NORD- defends the recall process.]
(Studio: Soledad O'Brien, Randi Kaye) The reaction of the CPSC to the proposed legislation with Nord calling for a vote against the measure that would increase the agency's authority and budget discussed. [Today, NORD - expresses concern about litigation coming out of the legislation.
(Studio: Soledad O'Brien) The raw data on the CPSC outlined on screen.
(Washington; Drew Griffin) The taxpayer-funded mule events in Bishop, California, and the restoration of the W.A. Young and Sons foundry in Pennsylvania featured; details given about the annual mule festival and plans for an earmarked project to create a mule museum there. [Mule Assn. Bob TANNER-BISHOP- comments on the mule.] [In Rice Landing, Pennsylvania, Gary SMITH - comments.] CNN's efforts to get members of Congress to talk about their earmarked projects discussed.
(Washington: Drew Griffin) Earmarked projects for museums in their districts asked for by members on Congress featured; project statistics cited. CNN's efforts to get members of Congress to talk about their earmarked projects reiterated; photos show of three Democrats who were too busy to talk. [Republican Representative John BOEHNER - talks about controlling the earmarked projects.] The reaction to the CNN stories discussed; statement from Representative Buck McKeon about his mule community museum and earmarked projects quoted.
(Studio: Soledad O'Brien) President Bush's criticism of Congress for failing to do the people's work noted. [BUSH - says Congress is not getting its work done.]
(Washington: Candy Crowley) Why the government seems to be broken examined; scenes shown from Congress while the day's House and Senate business is reviewed. [In suburban Chicago, Richard GANTT- says nothing changes as members of Congress live a fantasy life.] CNN poll findings on the public's dim view of Congress outlined on screen. [Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Mayor Craig JOHNSON- calls Congress "inept."]
(Washington: Candy Crowley) Why the government seems to be broken examined; examples of what Congress has done so far this year cited. [Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Mayor Craig JOHNSON- reads the Senate resolution honoring football player Brett Favre; criticizes Congress.] [Representative Steny HOYER - speaks about the first 100 hours.] [George Washington University Sarah BINDER- outlines what is not being done by the Democratic Congress.] [Illinois voter Richard GANTT- comments on his Congressman.]
(Studio: Erica Hill) The forecast from Tropical Storm Noel; a stay of execution from the Supreme Court for Mississippi death row prisoner Earl Berry; the announcement by embattled New Orleans district attorney Eddie Jordan he will resign due to the crime rate; another problem at the International Space Station with a rip in a solar panel and the decline in the stock market reported.
(Washington: Tom Foreman) President Bush's attack on the Democratic Congress; the deficit being run up by the GOP; the view from former Senator John Edwards of the corruption in Washington represented by Senator Hillary Clinton; the selection of retired Army doctor James Peake to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs and Representative Ron Paul's first TV ad in campaign 2008 reported. [BUSH - speaks out.]
(Atlanta: David Mattingly) The story of Leandra Pitts, whose brain was damaged in an automobile accident, presented; scenes shown from their Atlanta church where she was being and videotaped by auto insurance company detectives. [PITTS - says she was terrified of everything.] [Husband Bill PITTS - cites their beliefs.]
(Atlanta: David Mattingly) The story of Leandra Pitts, whose brain was damaged in an automobile accident, presented; scenes shown from their Atlanta church building where she was recorded by the Progressive auto insurance company detectives. [Minister Ken KING- talks about the subjects of the private meeting; states the Pitts feel guilt, anger and fear.] [Husband Bill PITTS - reacts having their trust violated.] An apology from the Progressive insurance company CEO Glenn Renwick about the handling of the Pitts case quoted. [Pitts attorney Wayne GRANT- comments on the lawsuit against Progressive.]