This program is about 1 hour long
(Kennedy Space Center: Rick Leventhal) NASA’s hopes to launch the space shuttle Discovery tonight for a mission at the International Space Station featured; scenes shown of the shuttle at Cape Canaveral, the astronauts. [NASA administrator Michael GRIFFIN- talks about the importance of the space station.]
(Fox Weather Center: Chris Knowles) The weather conditions for tonight’s launch noted; national forecast given; weather maps and data shown on screen.
(Washington: Steve Centanni) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s final trip to Iraq before leaving his post reported; scenes shown of Rumsfeld with troops; details given on his town hall meeting at the Pentagon yesterday and his successor Robert Gates.
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) Report introduced.
(Washington: Julie Kirtz) President Bush’s plan to develop a new strategy in Iraq reviewed; details given on the Iraq study group report; Bush’s scheduled briefings this week outlined on screen. [In radio address, BUSH – comments on the pending reports on Iraq from the Pentagon, State Department, and National Security Council.] Democratic response by Representative Silvestre Reyes quoted on screen.
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) The number of people applying to be former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s executioner noted.
(Manchester, New Hampshire: Molly Line) The beginning of Democratic presidential campaigns in New Hampshire reviewed; live scenes shown from an event for Senator Evan Bayh; details given on Senator Barack Obama’s appearance at an event tomorrow and Bayh’s background.
(Pearl Harbor, Hawaii: Adam Housley) The ballistic missile defense ship USS Lake Erie featured; scenes of missiles being fired and animated diagrams shown; details given on the ship’s ability to shoot down incoming missiles. [Adm. Brad HICKS- comments on the ships capabilities.] [CMC. Mack ELLISON, Capt. Randall HENDRICKSON- comment.]
(Baghdad: Clarissa Ward) The latest violence in Iraq reviewed; details given on Saddam Hussein’s nephew Ayman Sabawi’s escape from prison, the attack on a Shiite shrine in Karbala, the mortar attack on a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, and the Iraqi football team’s victory in the Doha Asian Games; scenes shown of chaos and the burning car in the street outside the shrine and damaged homes in Mahmudiyah.
(Washington: Rudi Bakhtiar) The tax and trade bills passed by the lame duck Congress in their final hours reviewed; passed House bills listed on screen; details given on the US/India civilian nuclear cooperation pact and the leftover budget. [Undersecretary of State Nicholas BURNS- says the US and India should be working together.] [Senator Judd GREGG- speaks about the budget.]
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) The bill to impeach President Bush introduced by Representative Cynthia McKinney noted.
(New York: Reena Ninan) The Connecticut police department’s program for civilians to exchange guns for gifts featured; scenes shown of guns and Wal-Mart; details given on previous buyback programs. [New Haven police chief Francisco ORTIZ- comments.] Gun exchange rules listed on screen.
(Montgomery, Alabama: Marianne Silber) The debate over whether to say “merry Christmas” or “happy holidays” this season examined; scenes shown of the parade in Montgomery, Alabama. [Montgomery Mayor Bobby BRIGHT- says the people wanted a Christmas parade rather than a politically correct one.] [Resident Michael STINSON- comments.] Rasmussen Reports poll cited. [Wal-Mart’s Michael MILLS- says customers want to celebrate Christmas.]
(Jerusalem: Mike Tobin) The Hamas Party’s response to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expected call for early elections examined; details given on the embargo that stops aid to Palestinians. [Palestinian legislator Mustafa BARAGHOUTI- says the door will remain open to form a unity government.]
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) Scenes shown of pro-government supporters protesting in Lebanon.
(New York: Todd Connor) The pollution debate over whether outdoor wood boilers are bad for the environment and public health examined; scenes shown of the units and smoke; details given on the EPA’s guidelines for boiler use. [Wants more regulation Kevin BOWMAN, outdoor furnace owner Rod PERRY- comment.]
(Kennedy Space Center: Rick Leventhal) Live discussion held with former astronaut Tom Jones about NASA’s preparations for the launch of the space shuttle Discovery; live scenes shown of the shuttle. [JONES- talks about the astronauts, last week’s cancelled launch due to bad weather.]