This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Chip Reid) President Obama's decision on a war plan for Afghanistan after a long time of discussion previewed; details given about a prime time address next week & about the challenges in Afghanistan. [OBAMA - says he intends to finish the job; states the American people will be supportive.] [Representative David OBEY - speaks about the cost of war.] [CBS national security analyst Juan ZARATE - says it will take time.]
(Studio: Maggie Rodriguez) Report introduced.
(Kabul: Mandy Clark) The tough job of training a strong Afghan national army to bring stability to the country featured; scenes shown of the basic training of Afghan troops; details given about US commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal's plan, the problem of finding soldiers & keeping them from switching to the Taliban side. [Army Capt. Bill SPURLOCK- says we have to leave a sustainable army.]
(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) The issue of housing prices & "negative equity" examined; statistics on one family's mortgage being "under water" cited. [Los Angeles homeowners Diana & Lorne MONTAG - comment on their plight.] [USC Lusk Center for Real Estate director Richard GREEN- says people are stuck.] [Beacon Economics Christopher THORNBERG- cites the option of walking away.]
(Capitol Hill: Nancy Cordes) A look at the realities of the Senate & House health care bills presented; CBS Poll figures on concerns about health care reform cited; details given about whether the plans would pay for themselves, who would pay for it via taxes, whether they will hurt Medicare, whether reform would cut costs, the coverage in a public option, the tax credits. [Several AMERICANS - offer their views on health care.] [Brookings Inst. Henry AARON†, Senator Kit BOND, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Maya MacGUINESS†, Kaiser Family Foundation vice president Diane ROWLAND†- offer views on costs.]
(London: Elizabeth Palmer) The nightmare for a Belgian man, Rom Houben††, who was apparently in a coma for 23 years after an auto accident featured; scenes shown of the man in the hospital; details given about coma, consciousness & Houben's condition. [University of Liege coma science group Dr. Steven LAUREYS†- says PET/SMRI scans indicated he was not in a vegetative state.]
(San Francisco: John Blackstone) The population explosion of sea lions at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf featured; scenes shown of the noisy sea lions on the dock used by fishermen & pleasure boaters; details given about the laws protecting the animals. [Hyde Street Harbor Pier harbor master Hedley PRINCE, tourist Sarah NAHN, WOMAN - talk about the sea lions.]