This program is 29 minutes long
(New York: Michelle Franzen) The impact of the massive, deadly storm featured; scenes shown of flooding in Missouri and Arkansas, sandbagging in St. Louis County, stranded airline passengers in Dallas; statistics cited on the dead and missing. [NBC weatherplus.com meteorologist Jeff RANIERI- comments on the historic flooding in Missouri.] [Flood victim Carla HARRIS- comments.] [NBC News correspondent Peter ALEXANDER- comments on flight cancellations.]
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The toll of the war reviewed; scenes shown of the homecoming at Fort Bragg for 82nd Airborne soldiers; statistics on cost, troops, amputees, and post-traumatic stress disorder cited. [President BUSH – says removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision.] [Marine veteran DJ EMERY, Army veteran Michael WALCOTT- comment.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Anti-war protests noted; scenes shown from Washington, DC, New York and San Francisco.
(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The situation in Iraq featured; scenes shown of a busy café, a Chinese restaurant, Baghdad Bingo; statistics on population, displaced Iraqis, civilian deaths, attacks, unemployment and electricity cited. Iraqi attitudes toward the war and the Americans discussed.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Live interview held with retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey about the future for Iraq. [From Washington, McCAFFREY – comments on the uncertainties regarding security and the political situation; comments on the status of the US military.]
(Huntington, West Virginia: Ron Allen) The race between Democratic presidential candidates Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama updated; scenes shown of Clinton with veterans in West Virginia on this 5th anniversary of the Iraq war; details given of Clinton’s push for Michigan and Florida to hold new primaries and the release of her schedule as First Lady. [OBAMA, CLINTON – outline plans for withdrawing troops from Iraq.] The race for superdelegates and Representative John Murtha’s backing of Clinton noted.
(Jerusalem: Kelly O’Donnell) Senator John McCain’s campaign reviewed; scenes shown of the commotion during his visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, meeting with US troops in Baghdad, Senator Joe Lieberman whispering a correction after his incorrect assertion that Iran is aiding Al Qaeda. [In interview, McCAIN – expresses his views on the strategy for the Iraq war and troop levels; says his goal as president is to reduce and eliminate American casualties; says he corrected his mistake immediately and denies lacking knowledge about Sunni and Shiia.] [Senator Barack OBAMA – criticizes McCain.]
(Albuquerque: Robert Bazell) Research into the brain chemistry of violent criminals like Ted Bundy examined; details given about neuroscientist Dr. Keith Kiehl’s study of prisoners at Western New Mexico Correctional Facility. [KIEHL – outlines characteristics of psychopaths.] [Stanford University bioethicist Hank GREELY- worries about the concept of screening adolescent boys for psychopathic tendencies.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) The impact on travelers of problems with the airlines featured; details given about the increased cost of jet fuel; prices cited. [“Today” travel editor Peter GREENBERG- comments on fewer seats and higher fares.] [Airline industry analyst Richard ABOULAFIA- notes additional oil cost has to be passed to the public.] [Passengers Debra SONDERMAN, Cori CHEARS- react.] [Travelocity editor-at-large Amy ZIFF- promotes package deals.]