This program is about 1 hour long
(Springfield, Illinois: Ed Henry) The withdrawal by Senator Judd Gregg of his nomination to be Commerce Secretary and the reaction to it featured. [In Springfield, Illinois, President OBAMA - says Gregg had a change of heart.] [GREGG - says withdrawing in unfair, but....] [OBAMA - says common ground exists.] A statement from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quoted. [Just now, OBAMA - speaks about Abraham Lincoln and jokes about the Commerce Secretary.] What the administration was looking for from Gregg in round two of the economic stimulus program and the coordination between the White House and Gregg about the latter's press conference and why the Commerce Secretary became a big deal discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The question of whether the Republicans have declared war on Obama raised.
(Washington: Tom Foreman) The Republican assault on Obama's initiatives starting with the stimulus bill examined. [Senator Lindsey GRAHAM - speaks out.] ["Weekly Standard"'s Stephen HAYES- says Republicans are NOT declaring war.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, Joe Johns and John King about Gregg, Obama and the program. [GERGEN - calls this an embarrassment for Gregg, but the Obama team rushed into this--that there are great philosophical divides in Washington.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, Joe Johns and John King about Gregg, President Obama and the politics of the cabinet. [KING - says it is an embarrassment on both sides; comments on the political importance of the census issue and Gregg felt his influence would be undermined.] [JOHNS - says Gregg was getting pressure from Republicans and Obama was taking heat from the Congressional Black Caucus.] [GERGEN - says there are hotheads on both sides, but it comes back to the political culture in which Gregg was ostracized; states Obama needs a CEO at Commerce to oversee the spending.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(Washington: Candy Crowley) The economic stimulus plan that Obama is getting compared to what he wanted examined; details given about the middle class tax break, the lack of bipartisanship on the bill and the next phases. [In Peoria, OBAMA - talks about the plan; talks taxes.] ["The Hotline" Amy WALTER- talks about the public view of Obama and the House leadership; jokes there is no more money left.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The withdrawal by Senator Judd Gregg of his nomination to be Commerce Secretary and the reaction to it noted. Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, Joe Johns and John King about Gregg, President Obama and the politics of the Republicans. [KING - says there is a pattern to the Republican position of opposing Obama on big government spending.] [JOHNS - says the problem is the Republicans are not in control of Congress and there are Democrats causing trouble for the president.] [GERGEN - says the worst hostility and divide comes in the House; adds Obama has scored a victory with the stimulus package, but what is the cost going forward.] Other material: [In Springfield, OBAMA - speaks about the rejection of any common endeavour.]
(Studio: Randi Kaye) The death threats against Suleman featured; audiotape played; details given about fertility recommendations. [Spokeswoman Joanne KILLEEN- characterizes the death threat calls.] [NYU Fertility Center Dr. Jamie GRIFO- cites the fertility guidelines.] "Chicago Sun-Times" report that Jolie is creeped out by Suleman outlined and the reaction of the spokeswoman about Jolie discussed.
(No location given: David Mattingly) The tarnished image of music superstar Chris Brown because of reports he attacked his girlfriend Rihanna examined; photos shown; details given about Brown's arrest and the dropping of endorsements. ["Extra" Jerry PENACOLI- talks about Brown's image and allegations of domestic violence.] [Sister Lytrell BUNDY- talks about Chris.] [On KIIS-FM, voice of Kanye WEST- defends Rihanna.]
(Studio: Randi Kaye) A court ruling dismissing a link between childhood vaccines and autism; the Stock Market Report; signs the South Carolina police are building a drug case against Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and an act of kindness for Florida homeless woman Henrietta Hughes reported. [HUGHES - expresses gratitude.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Air Force One shown back at Andrews Air Force Base from President Obama's trip to Springfield, Illinois, where he gave a speech on the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln; statement from White House press secretary Robert GIBBS about the withdrawal of Senator Judd Gregg as Commerce Secretary nominee quoted.