This program is 29 minutes long
(Studio: Lester Holt, Erin Burnett) The two big issues facing the economy, housing and energy prices, including higher oil and gasoline prices, discussed.
(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(New York: Pat Dawson) The economy and projected holiday shopping expenditures examined; details given about markdowns by Wal-Mart, online shopping and the drop in consumer prices due to falling home prices. [Two CONSUMERS, CNBC's Vera GIBBONS, online SHOPPER - react.] [KMPG Corp. Bruce ALTMAN- talks about how people finance via home equity loans.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Tomorrow's "Today" look at America's oil addiction noted.
(Crawford, Texas: John Yang) A change in US diplomatic relations with Europe about the nuclear situation in Iran featured; scenes shown from the meeting of President Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy; details given about the new pragmatism in the US foreign policy. [BUSH - says we will work together to solve the problems with Iran.] [January 22, 2003, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - defines "old Europe."] [Brookings Inst. Jeremy SHAPIRO- says France takes a risk in reaching out to Bush.]
(Islamabad: Richard Engel) The situation in Pakistan updated; scenes shown of anti-Musharraf demonstrations; details given about the future for elections. [In Islamabad press conference, MUSHARRAF - says emergency law will ensure fair elections; talks about the path to democracy and US relations.] [In Lahore, former Prime Minister Benazir BHUTTO - says we must restore democracy.]
(Baghdad: Tom Aspell) The fallout from the military surge in Iraq examined; scenes shown from the site of a roadside bomb in Baghdad and from the now Shiite-Sunni divided city; statement from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki about the improving situation in Iraq. [Army Maj. Gen. Rick LYNCH- says we will continue aggressive offensive operations.] [International [Rescue Committee Melissa WINKLER- says exiled Iraqis won't consider returning home now.]
(Des Moines: Mika Brzezinski) The importance of the Iowa caucuses for the presidential election campaign examined; scenes shown of the many campaigners; details recalled of prior Democratic campaigns there. [Presidential candidates Senator Hillary CLINTON, New Mexico Governor Bill RICHARDSON - campaign.] [Drake University professor Dennis GOLDFORTH- assesses the Iowa voting by dedicated political activists.]
(Washington: Pete Williams) What the captured Saddam told his American debriefer FBI agent George Piro examined; details given about what Saddam said about Iran, his chemical and biological weapons, his hopes to pursue nuclear capabilities and how Saddam was handled by his captors. [Investigative reporter "The Terrorist Watch" Ronald KESSLER- comments on Saddam's goal of containing Iran; outlines what Saddam told Piro.]
(Montclair, New Jersey: Contessa Brewer) The story of 91-year-old World War II/Korean War veteran Harold Dinzes' return to school to study history presented; scenes shown of Harold at Montclair State University. [DINZES - says he feels fantastic about school.] [Professor Prudence JONES, student Jesse James HARRIS- talk about Harold, the student.]