This program is 28 minutes long
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The campaigning by the Democrats in the presidential race featured; details given of Senator John Kerry’s endorsement of Senator Barack Obama and the withdrawal of Governor Bill Richardson. [KERRY – backs Obama.] [OBAMA – campaigns.] [NBC News correspondent Lee COWAN – comments on Kerry’s impact on Obama’s campaign.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Charleston, South Carolina: Ron Allen) The Republican race in South Carolina reviewed; details given of the battle between Senator John McCain and Mike Huckabee and the issues of the Iraq war and illegal immigration; scenes shown of McCain campaigning and Huckabee jogging. [Greenville resident Deirdre FARRA- comments on McCain.] [South Carolina Republican Party chairman Katon LAWSON- comments on the urgency between the campaigns.]
(CNBC headquarters: Trish Regan) Concern about a recession despite possible rate cuts by the Federal Reserve Board examined; December retail sales figures cited. [Fed chairman Ben BERNANKE – says we stand ready to take substantive additional action.] [Mesirow Financial chief economist Diane SWONK†- says it will help to jump start an economy that looks a little weak.] [CNBC financial commentator Bill SEIDMAN††- comments on consumer behavior.] A possible merger between mortgage lender Countrywide and Bank of America noted. Stock Market Report.
(Los Angeles: George Lewis) California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts to make up for his state’s deficit reviewed; debts for several states cited. [SCHWARZENEGGER – says it doesn’t please everybody.] [Political commentator Sherry Bebitch JEFFE- says people will become upset when things close to them are cut.] [California Partnership Nancy BERLIN- worries about more homelessness, poverty and suffering children.]
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The status of security in Iraq one year after President Bush’s announcement of his surge strategy examined; details given about the new offensive against insurgents; video of US air strikes shown. [A year ago, BUSH – says his strategy will change America’s course in Iraq.] [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES – says there will continue to be tough days...] [Retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY- expresses uncertainty about Iraqi security forces.] [Foreign policy analyst Jon ALTERMAN- says the national government is getting weaker and local warlords are getting stronger.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) The risk from reverse mortgages, which are often marketed to seniors and allow them to borrow against their home equity, examined; details given about a class action lawsuit based on claims of financial abuse of the elderly. [Homeowner and daughter Mary and Rose MUNOZ- comment.] [Munoz attorney Ingrid EVANS- says the number of people hurt by reverse mortgages is skyrocketing.] [AARP Robin TALBERT- says you don’t want to outlive that equity.]
(Jerusalem: David Gregory) Bush’s decision to make an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal a priority of his last year in office examined; scenes shown of Bush with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on board Marine One and at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. [In speech, BUSH – says there should be an end to the occupation that began in 1967.] [In interview, BUSH – explains how his effort is different from that of former President Bill Clinton; comments on the message of change in the US presidential race.]
(Bangkok: Ian Williams) The debut in New Delhi, India, of the world's cheapest car, the Tata Nano†, featured; scenes shown. [Tata Group chairman Ratan TATA†- says we pursued our vision to give India an affordable people's car.] [Delhi RESIDENT – reacts.] [Center for Science and Environment Sunita NARAYAN†- worries about pollution and congestion.]