This program is 29 minutes long
(Sderot, Israel: Richard Engel) Arab outrage after Israel’s attack on a U.N. school in Gaza featured; scenes shown of the chaos in Jabalia, wounded and grieving Palestinians. [Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Zalman SHOVAL- claims the building was used as storage for explosives.] [U.N.’s John GING- says both sides have made our schools battlegrounds.] [Israeli cabinet member Avi DICHTER- comments on the rockets launched toward Israel.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Tel Aviv: Martin Fletcher) The humanitarian crisis in Gaza featured; scenes shown of volunteer Dr. Mads Gilbert caring for the wounded at Gaza's Shifa hospital. [GILBERT - describes the difficult conditions; comments on the child victims; states this is the worst war he has seen.]
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The convening of the new Congress featured; details given about the showdown in the Senate with Roland Burris being denied President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant seat; scenes shown of Burris surrounded by reporters, swearing-in ceremonies, Senator Joe Biden being sworn in, Senator Edward Kennedy and his son Senator Patrick Kennedy, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi surrounded by children. [BURRIS - says he will not be permitted on the floor.] [Senator Harry REID – comments on the Burris situation.] The dispute between incumbent Senator Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken over the Minnesota seat and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s support for Burris noted.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Obama’s choice of Leon Panetta to head the CIA featured; details given about Panetta’s background in the Clinton administration and current policies he is likely to cancel. [OBAMA – comments on changes in the intelligence community.] Obama’s naming of new Justice Department lawyers to rewrite intelligence guidelines noted; "New York Times" video shown of Muhammad Saad Iqbal, who was held at Guantanamo Bay without charges. [IQBAL – claims he was tortured.] [Former CIA official Mark LOWENTHAL- expresses doubt about the changes.]
(New York: Robert Bazell) The challenge for President-elect Barack Obama to reform the health care system during this financial crisis examined; details given about provisions in the economic stimulus package. [In December 2008, OBAMA – questions how we can afford not to fix it.] [Families USA Ron POLLACK- comments on the broader health reform issue.] [Kaiser Family Foundation Drew ALTMAN- comments on this moment of opportunity.] [America’s Health Insurance Plans Karen IGNAGNI- says we want to work with other stakeholders.]
(New Orleans: Ron Mott) Louisiana Representative Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American in Congress and the first Republican to win the seat representing New Orleans, profiled; details given about his background. [CAO – recalls the reunion with his parents years after being airlifted out of Saigon; comments on challenging powerful Democrat William Jefferson.] [Political analyst Silas LEE- describes how everything came together for Cao.] [Mary Queen of Vietnam church Pastor Vien NGUYEN- says all the Vietnamese-Americans in the country are rooting for him.]
(San Pedro, California: Chris Jansing) The mysterious illness of endangered brown pelicans along the Pacific coast featured. [Marine Wildlife Rescue Peter WALLERSTEIN, International Bird Rescue Julie KING- comment on the sick and dying birds.]