This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Maria Bartiromo) Tomorrow’s meeting of the Federal Reserve Board previewed; details given of the expectation that interest rates will be lowered. [Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan GREENSPAN – worries about the decline in housing prices.] Greenspan’s new book mentioned.
(Studio: Brian Williams) A CNBC interview with Greenspan noted. Stock Market Report.
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The Iraqi government’s order for the Blackwater security firm to leave Iraq after a shootout that killed civilians reviewed; animation shown of the incident in the Mansour district of Baghdad; details given of concerns about private armed contractors. [Blackwater vice-president Martin STRONG- comments on what happened.] [US Ambassador Ryan CROCKER – notes the need for the contractors.] [Military analyst Peter SINGER- says the contractors are unpopular to Iraqi civilians.]
(Studio: Brian Williams; Beirut: Richard Engel) The role of security contractors in Iraq and the danger of their work discussed.
(Duluth, Minnesota: Lee Cowan) President Bush's nomination of retired federal judge Michael Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General noted.
(Las Vegas: George Lewis) The arrest of O.J. Simpson after a confrontation in a Las Vegas hotel reviewed; details given of the specific charges; excerpt from an audiotape from TMZ.com played. [Court spokesperson Judge Nancy OESTERLE- explains why Simpson is being held without bail.] [NBC News legal correspondent Dan ABRAMS- states he isn’t allowed to go in there with guns.] [Also arrested, Walter ALEXANDER- says he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.]
(Greenland ice sheet: Anne Thompson) The alarming rate of ice melt on Greenland due to climate change examined; scenes shown of the ice-covered island; details given about research involving vertical caves; diagram shown of the impact of water being trapped between the ice sheet and the bedrock; time lapse video from Jason Amundson† shown of a collapsing glacier. [Climatologist Konrad STEFFEN††- says the increase in melt and thaw is related to the increase in temperature; comments on calls from people with beach property seeking advice.]
(Phoenix: Jennifer London) The kidney donor chain Paired Donations featured; details given about how the program developed by the University of Toledo’s Dr. Michael Rees works; statistics on kidney disease cited. [Kidney donor Matt JONES – says you do it because it’s going to help somebody.] [Kidney recipient Barb BANELL- praises Matt.] [REES – states his hope for more transplants.]