This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The race between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton reviewed; details given of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s remarks on race, Senator Bob Casey’s endorsement of Obama and calls for Clinton to drop out; footage shown of Casey’s father at the 1992 Democratic convention responding to not being allowed to speak by the Clintons; campaign ad for Republican Senator John McCain shown. [RICE – speaks of a “birth defect."] [On “The View,” OBAMA – comments on remarks from Rev. Jeremiah Wright.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY – worries Clinton is helping the other party.] [CLINTON – cites poll figures.] [Democratic National Committee chairman Howard DEAN†- comments on the race.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Chelsea Clinton’s declaration that her mother would make a better president than her father and her criticism of President Bush noted.
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The involvement of US forces in Iraq’s operation to shut down Shiite militias featured; scenes shown from Baghdad’s Sadr City and Basra; details given about the infiltration of Iraqi police by militants. [President BUSH – says this is a defining moment.] [Military analyst Christine WORMUTH- comments on the impact of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s offensive.]
(Studio: Brian Williams, Steve Liesman) The Federal Reserve Board’s response to the struggles in the banking system discussed.
(Bogota: Mark Potter) Colombia’s kidnapping crisis examined; videos shown of a hostage emerging from an underground prison and of American hostages Thomas Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell; details given of the government’s offer to release rebel prisoners in exchange for former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt. [Colombian Vice President Francisco SANTOS- comments on kidnappings by FARC guerrillas.] [Mother Lynne STANSELL- criticizes the US government for not reaching out to the families.] [US Ambassador to Colombia William BROWNFIELD- says our objective is to bring our people home safely.]
(Houston: Janet Shamlian) The skyrocketing cost of college featured; tuition averages cited; scenes shown of a student protest at the University of Louisville. [University of Houston student Tally JOHNSON- reacts to borrowing money.] [University of Houston provost Donald FOSS- says we try to take steps to make college affordable.] [Higher education analyst Luke SWARTHOUT- notes the expansion in students borrowing and the size of the debt.]
(New York: Lee Cowan) Senator Barack Obama’s relationship with his parents, Barack Obama, Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham, featured; family photos shown. [OBAMA – talks about his mother and father.] [Half-sister Maya SOETORO-NG, friend of Obama’s mother Susan BLAKE- comment on Barack and Stanley Ann.]
(New York: Rehema Ellis) The personal finance curriculum developed by Muriel Siebert, the “first woman on Wall Street,” to teach high school students about savings, credit and banking featured; scenes shown from Cardozo High School in New York City. [3 STUDENTS – comment.] [SIEBERT – says the kids had never been taught; says we wouldn’t have the sub-prime mess if older people had known something; comments on her push to make the course required.]