This program is 29 minutes long
(Peoria, Illinois: Chip Reid) Senator Judd Gregg’s withdrawal of his nomination to be Commerce Secretary featured; statement from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quoted; details given about his differences with the administration and criticism from fellow Republicans. [GREGG – says to go forward would have been a bigger mistake.]
(Studio: Katie Couric; Washington: Bob Schieffer) Gregg’s decision and the administration’s vetting process discussed.
(Capitol: Nancy Cordes) President Obama's economic stimulus plan examined; details given about the payroll tax credit, tax breaks for big purchases, credit for low-income workers. [Market Lunch owner Tom GLASCOW- notes it’s good for business for people to have disposable income.] [Tax Policy Center Roberton WILLIAMS- says the poor need every dollar they can have; comments on the elimination of Obama’s proposal for a tax credit for hiring new workers.]
(Scranton, Pennsylvania: Seth Doane) The guilty plea from 2 Pennsylvania judges for taking payoffs to send teenagers to privately run detention centers featured; scenes shown of Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan outside the Scranton courthouse; details given about how the kickback scheme worked. [Former juvenile offender Bernadine WALLACE, mother Flo WALLACE- react.] [Civil rights attorney Barry DYLLER- outlines civil rights violations.]
(Los Angeles: Sandra Hughes) Growing anger against Nadya Suleman†, who has given birth to 14 children, including octuplets, while receiving public assistance examined; details given her about hospital costs, the professional guidelines for implanting embryos and the fertility doctor, Michael Kamrava††. [California taxpayer Sherrie RODRIGUEZ†- reacts.] [Suleman’s publicist Michael FURTNEY†- comments on death threats.] [From NBC, SULEMAN – says she believes her food stamps will end when she graduates.] [USC assistant professor of obstetrics Dr. Karine CHUNG†- explains the decline in multiple births.] [Chicago-Kent College of Law Lori ANDREWS†- calls for laws limiting embryos.]
(Florida: Armen Keteyian) Scams involving companies that promise to reduce monthly payments for homeowners examined; details given about the scheme run by Outreach Housing of Fort Lauderdale. [Florida attorney general special counsel Scott PALMER- comments on the increase in foreclosure fraud.] [Homeowner Frank ROSA, several VICTIMS – comment on their losses.] [Florida attorney general Bill McCOLLUM- says it was greed.] [Former Outreach Housing director Blair WRIGHT- says the banks are the bigger villain.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.
(New York: Jeff Glor) Honors for Lincoln on his 200th birthday featured; scenes shown of children reading the Gettysburg Address, the new Lincoln penny and stamps, an exhibit at New York’s Federal Hall, life and death masks. [Lincoln collector Jonathan MANN- says he rose above humble beginnings to achieve greatness.] [Library of Congress Lincoln curator John SELLERS- notes Lincoln most wanted to be remembered for the Emancipation Proclamation.]