This program is 29 minutes long
(Nairobi, Kenya: Andrea Mitchell) North Korea's release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee after former President Bill Clinton met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il featured; photos shown; details given of secret negotiations and the role of former Vice President Al Gore. [White House press secretary Robert GIBBS – says our focus is on the safety of the journalists.] [Former New Mexico Governor Bill RICHARDSON – says it’s a coup for Kim Jong Il.] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shown arriving in Nairobi for her tour of Africa. Her role in the release of Ling and Lee discussed.
(Studio: Nancy Snyderman) The strategy for defending against the H1N1/swine flu virus updated; details given of the possibility that 2 shots will be necessary in addition to a 3rd shot for seasonal flu, and who is most at risk. [HHS Secretary Kathleen SEBELIUS- notes the availability will be based on clinical trials.] [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony FAUCI- comments on guidelines for schools.]
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The upcoming Senate vote to extend the popular Cash for Clunkers car trade-in program featured; details given about the top clunkers and top sellers. [DEALER, Senator Debbie STABENOW- comment on the success of the program.] [Transportation Secretary Ray LaHOOD- says we are not stopping the program.] [Car buyer Wally WALINTARSKY- comments.] [Senator Jim DeMINT- opposes more spending.] [Senator Harry REID- says we’ll pass Cash for Clunkers.]
(Nawa, Afghanistan: Jim Maceda) The mission of US Marines in Helmand province featured; scenes shown from Nawa, which is being rebuilt after the Taliban left; details given of the concern about the Taliban returning. [Marine Col. Bill McCULLOUGH- says he did not expect things to pick up as quickly.] [1/5 Marines L/Cpl. Brandon GAMBLE- states it’s a matter of time.] [1/5 Marines Sgt. Marcelino BARAJAS- comments on discovering IEDs.] [MARINE – says the “hold” will be a lot of work.]
(Weather Channel: Julie Martin) The sudden flooding in Louisville, Kentucky, following heavy rain featured; scenes shown of water everywhere, including Churchill Downs, floating cars and rescues. [RESIDENT, rescue WORKER – comment.] [Mayor Jerry ABRAMSON- says all the pumping engines are working.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) Kidney transplants for 7 patients in a series of 14 surgeries over 4 days orchestrated by Georgetown University Hospital’s Dr. Keith Melancon featured; statistics cited; details given about the shortage of donors; scenes shown of the donors and recipients meeting. [Donors Larry McPHATTER, Linda RUSSELL, Jordan BREAUX, patients Elizabeth McPHATTER, Daysha PINKER- comment.] [MELANCON – says we have an epidemic of kidney disease; comments on the procedure that reduces organ rejection among minorities.]