This program is 28 minutes long
(White House: Savannah Guthrie) President Obama's announcement of a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq featured; troop numbers cited; details given about the post-combat mission. [At Camp Lejeune, OBAMA – says by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end; praises the troops.] [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES – comments on Obama’s decision to let military commanders decide on the pacing of the withdrawals.] [At Camp Lejeune, MARINE – reacts to Obama’s visit.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Kabul: Richard Engel) Obama’s plans to provide additional troops for the Afghanistan war featured; scenes shown of the 10th Mountain Division, whose mission is to defend a key highway to Kabul. [S/Sgt. Rick ZIMORA- comments.] [10th Mountain Division Col. David HAIGHT- predicts there will be more enemy activity in the spring.]
(New York: Scott Cohn) The government’s effort to rescue Citigroup featured; details given of the buyout of shares and the restructuring plan.
(Leonia, New Jersey: Steve Liesman) How we will know the economy is recovering examined. [Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben BERNANKE – describes how he will know banks are getting better.] [Economist Michelle GIRARD- comments on consumer confidence.] [“Supercapitalism” author Robert REICH- comments on the comeback of high-paying jobs.] IBERIABANK’s announcement it is ready to return the government’s loan noted.
(Fall River, Massachusetts: Rehema Ellis) The Teach! Southcoast program designed by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth to address the shortage of math & science teachers featured; scenes shown from Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts. [Durfee principal Ralph OLSEN- says we’re competing against schools that offer higher salaries and better proximity to Boston & Providence.] [Science teacher Kristen COTE, math teacher Erin O’CONNELL- explain why they changed careers.] [Teach! Southcoast director Karen O’CONNER- says the teachers are learning to teach in context.]
(New York: Robert Bazell) One family’s use of a service dog to detect and protect allergic 8-year-old Riley Mers†† from peanuts featured; scenes shown of Riley with Rock'O††, and of Portuguese water dogs being trained. [Mother Sherry MERS††- recalls Riley’s reaction to peanut exposure. [R. MERS - says he lets her go places and not worry.] [Florida Canine Academy dog trainer Bill WOODSTEIN‡- says the dogs pick it up pretty easy.] [Biscuits & Bath Lauren CAMERINI††- comments on the water dogs.]
(Schaumburg, Illinois: Jeff Rossen) Waterfront Community Church in Schaumburg, Illinois, which donates its entire collection to needy people in the community, featured; scenes shown of the service that is held in a high school. [Recipient “SHANELLE” – reacts to receiving help from the church.] [Pastor Jim SEMRADEK- comments.]