This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The contentious race between Democratic Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama updated; details given of Clinton’s criticism of Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and Obama’s criticism of her claims about her time as First Lady. [OBAMA – defends his position on Wright.] [Former State Department spokesman Jamie RUBIN- comments on Clinton’s trip into a war zone.] [Voice of C-17 pilot retired Col. William CHANGOSE- recalls the flight to Bosnia.] [Several times, CLINTON – speaks of sniper fire.] [Yesterday, CLINTON – says she misspoke.] [In December, 2007, CLINTON – says she brought people together in Northern Ireland.] Clinton’s role in the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams; Washington: Tim Russert) Findings of the latest NBC News/”Wall Street Journal” poll on the race between the Democrats and against Senator John McCain cited and discussed.
(Los Angeles: Kelly O’Donnell) Senator John McCain’s campaign reviewed; details given of his efforts to appeal to a broader range of voters by revealing a more personal side and explaining his views on the Iraq war and President Bush’s policies. [In Los Angeles, McCAIN – says he hates war; talks about the military service of his father and grandfather; says we have incurred a moral responsibility in Iraq; explains how his views differ from Bush’s.]
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The intense battle in Basra, Iraq, between Iraqi forces and Shiite militias reviewed; scenes shown of the fighting and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Basra. [National Security Advisor Stephen HADLEY- says Iraq is now responsible for security in Basra.] [CSIS Kathleen HICKS- notes a failure by Iraq’s government will dampen expectations.] [Retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY- notes the pressure on the administration over Iraq.] The view that the prolonged war in Iraq is hampering efforts in Afghanistan noted.
(Dallas: Don Teague) The strain on the airline system examined; details given about the chaos when American Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights for safety inspections; statistics on capacity and passengers cited. [2 PASSENGERS – react.] [Aviation analyst Terry TRIPPLER, bestfares.com CEO Tom PARSONS- comment on the ripple effect of airline problems.]
(Los Angeles: George Lewis) Increased concern about global warming when a huge chunk of ice broke away from the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica featured; scenes, map and satellite photos shown. [University of Colorado Ted SCAMBOS- says it’s a sign the area is getting warmer and the ice is going to retreat; notes the worry over sea level rise.] [British Antarctic Survey David VAUGHAN- says we should learn lessons from what’s going on down there.] [Last year, ITN reporter Mark AUSTIN- reacts to falling ice during his report.]
(Studio: Robert Bazell) Questions about a major lung cancer study that was funded by the tobacco industry examined; details given about a "New York Times" report that Dr. Claudia Henschke’s study was partially funded by the Liggett tobacco company through the Foundation for Lung Cancer; statement from the Vector Group Ltd. quoted. [Tufts University Dr. Jerome KASSIRER- says there was no disclosure.] [In December, 2006, HENSCHKE – comments on screening.] [Brigham and Women’s Hospital Dr. Jerry AVORN- notes a possible motive for the tobacco industry support.]