This program is 29 minutes long
(Studio: Savannah Guthrie) President Obama’s reappointment of Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke featured; details given about the rise in the deficit projection. [OBAMA – praises Bernanke.] [In March 2007, BERNANKE – says the crisis in the subprime market seems likely to be contained.] [Former Fed governor Susan BIES- notes the Fed needs to be careful not to stop the recovery.] [Brookings Institution Bill GALE- notes the impact of the deficit on health care reform.] Obama’s choice of Bernanke over economic advisor Lawrence Summers discussed.
(Kabul: Richard Engel) Charges of fraud in Afghanistan’s elections featured; video purportedly showing supporters of President Hamid Karzai stuffing ballot boxes and photos of children voting shown; details given of Afghanistan’s growing problems, including violence, the resurgence of the Taliban and the war; scenes shown of a bombing site in Kandahar. [Presidential candidate Abdullah ABDULLAH – shows a pre-marked ballot.] [Government advisor Hamidullah TARZI- says this is outrageous.]
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The debate over the effectiveness of the controversial tactics featured; remarks from former Vice President Dick Cheney quoted; details given of Cheney’s defense of the use of waterboarding on 9/11 suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. [Former Secretary of State Madeleine ALBRIGHT- says Cheney’s statements are pathetic.] [Amnesty International Tom PARKER- says Mohammed made stuff up to mislead his interrogators.] Senator John McCain’s criticism of the decision to investigate CIA interrogators noted.
(Atlanta: Robert Bazell) Viewer-submitted questions on the H1N1/swine flu addressed; details given about how it compares to seasonal flu, the risks for pregnant women, the recommendations for parents of children with allergies to eggs, protecting newborn babies, recurrence of the illness and the safety of the vaccine. [CDC's Dr. Daniel JERNIGAN- offers guidance.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) More answers online noted.
(Chicago: Rehema Ellis) The growing shift toward year-round education featured; details given of the push in Chicago schools due to low test scores among children from low-income families. [Parents Julie MARTZ, MOTHER - support the program.] [Thomas B. Fordham Institute Michael PETRILLI- explains why there is not more improvement for year-round students.] [Smyth Elementary School principal Ronald WHITMORE- says it allows them to retain more information.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The impact of the movie’s success on the sales of Julia Child’s book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” noted; excerpt from “The French Chef” shown.
(New York: Mike Taibbi) The spectacle for people walking in New York City’s High Line park from sexual activities seen through the windows of the Standard Hotel featured; statement from the hotel quoted. [MAN, MOTHER, VENDOR, etiquette expert Samantha VON SPERLING, neighbor Judy SILVERSTEIN– comment.]