This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Jeff Greenfield) The implications of Obama’s trip featured; details given of the challenge for him in meeting with Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus; Senator John McCain ad challenging Obama’s foreign policy record shown. [McCAIN – says Obama opposed the surge.] [Political analyst Joe TRIPPI- says this is a high stakes game for Obama.] The saturation of media coverage of Obama’s trip noted. The potential pitfalls and political opportunities discussed.
(Studio: Anthony Mason) The crackdown on credit cards by banks because consumers cannot pay their bills featured; default rate for Capital One cited. [Credit.com John ULZHEIMER- notes more people are past due on payments than ever.] [Edmunds.com Jesse TOPRAK- notes the result of more stringent lending criteria for auto loans.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Oil prices cited.
(Chicago: Cynthia Bowers) The impact of high fuel costs on airlines featured; details given about the elimination of flights, cuts in seats and ticket price hikes cited. [Passenger Kathy COLEMAN- comments.] [Orbitz.com Jeanenne DIEFENDORF- comments on decreased capacity.] [Southwest Airlines Patty KRYSCHA- advises buying holiday travel tickets now.]
(Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) Allegations that classified Congressional earmarks meant to target IED networks in Iraq cost American lives examined; details given about contracts given to MZM through secret earmarks from Representative Duke Cunningham; photo shown of MZM owner Mitchell Wade, who bribed Cunningham. [Air Force Maj. Eric EGLAND- states the unqualified contractors failed to provide the right people, resources and capability; says the process was based on sneaking a contract to a company that gave bribes and political contributions; warns it could happen again.]
(Tokyo: Barry Petersen) The increase in obesity in Japan featured; details given of the government’s requirement that companies get employees to slim down and how the companies are doing this; waist measurement goals cited. [Juntendo University School of Medicine Dr. Yasuhiko TOMINO- says the body weight of Japanese people has increased due to the westernized lifestyle.] [Airline maintenance manager Thomas OSUKA- reacts to his improved health.]
(Reno, Nevada: Steve Hartman) 85-year-old Thelma Tavares, who runs the boxing program at the Boys and Girls club of Reno, Nevada, despite her arthritis featured; scenes shown of Thelma coaching kids from her wheelchair; details given about her promise to help keep the boxing program alive after her husband Ray died. [TAVARES – says she’s tough, but she loves them to death.] [2 KIDS – comment.] The fact that Thelma and Ray fostered over 150 children noted.
(Studio: Katie Couric, Steve Hartman) This story and next week’s segment discussed.