This program is 29 minutes long
(Seattle: George Lewis) The impact of a severe storm system in the Northwest reviewed; scenes shown of a sinkhole in Seattle, floodwaters, the closed interstate, rescue helicopters, airplanes and a lumber company under water, a mudslide, people cheering for a salmon swimming across a flooded road. [Flood survivor Arland MILLER; Cedar River Forest Products Dave RAMSEY; Oregon Governor Ted KULONGOSKI; Woodinville, Washington, resident Alicia BARNEY- comment.]
(White House: David Gregory) Questions about what and when President Bush knew about intelligence stating Iran has no nuclear weapons program featured; details given of the administration’s continued warnings about Iran’s threat. [BUSH – stresses the danger from Iran.] [Former CIA official Kenneth POLLACK- speculates on what Bush might have been told.] [October 23, Vice President Dick CHENEY – warns Iran of serious consequences.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The intelligence community’s dramatic reversal of its assessment of Iran’s nuclear program examined; details given of new evidence and the timeline of events.
(Kabul, Afghanistan: Jim Miklaszewski) The increase in terrorist attacks in Afghanistan examined; scenes shown from the bombing site; US death toll and statistics on Taliban fighters cited; details given of the Pentagon’s proposed new strategy that is based on lessons from Iraq. [GATES - says our enemy is hardened and resilient.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) President Bush’s plans to travel to the Middle East in January noted.
(Des Moines: Kelly O’Donnell) The increased media focus on presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who is emerging as the Republican frontrunner in Iowa, featured; details given about his record as governor of Arkansas. [HUCKABEE – campaigns; responds to questions about his record.] [“Club for Growth” Pat TOOMEY- says he is not an economic conservative.] [“Arkansas Business” editor Gwen MORITZ- questions Huckabee’s acceptance of gifts.]
(Washington: Lisa Myers) Congressional hearings on interest rate increases for credit card holders who have never had a late payment reviewed; details given about the practice of risk repricing and how rate hikes can be triggered. [At hearing, Discover card holder Janet HARD- testifies.] [Senator Carl LEVIN- comments on customers’ rights.] [To Senator Claire McCaskill, Bank of America Card Services Bruce HAMMONDS- defends the practice.]
(Moorpark, California: Mika Brzezinski) Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, profiled; scenes shown of Ann riding her horse; details given of the focus on the Romneys’ Mormon religion. [A. ROMNEY – says the American people are fair and good; talks about her multiple sclerosis and equine therapy; responds to Elizabeth Edwards’s public battle with breast cancer.]
(Princeton, New Jersey: Nancy Snyderman) The awarding of the top prizes to young women in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology featured; scenes shown of Janelle Schlossberger and Amanda Marinoff accepting their prize and at their Long Island, New York, high school and from Whitefield Academy near Atlanta; details recalled of Harvard University President Lawrence Summers’s 2005 comments on women lagging behind in science. [SCHLOSSBERGER, MARINOFF – comment.] [Teacher Mary Lou O’DONNELL- says the girls are more organized, conscientious and open to constructive criticism.] [MIT biology professor Nancy HOPKINS- states the stereotype that girls don’t like science isn’t true.] [Whitefield student Lila KNIGHT- comments on competing with the boys.]