This program is 29 minutes long
(Studio: Robert Bazell) A breakthrough with the conversion of skin cells into stem cells without the involvement of human embryos featured; diagrams shown; details given about the research potential. [Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dr. John GEARHART says this is technology that can be done in thousands of laboratories.] [University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics Dr Arthur CAPLAN talks about the research.] The ethical implications discussed.
(Washington: Pete Williams) The Supreme Court case involving the handgun ban in Washington, DC, reviewed; the Second Amendment of the Constitution quoted. [NRA Wayne LAPIERRE- says this will be the clearest decision we’ve ever had.] [Washington Mayor Adrian FENTY- discusses homicide statistics.] [Residents’ lawyer Alan GURA- says people have the right to defend themselves and their families.]
(White House: David Gregory) Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s book "What Happened" about the leak of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame previewed; excerpt listing 5 high-ranking people, including President George Bush, who gave him false information quoted.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The race between Democratic presidential candidates Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama featured; Republican National Committee memo quoted; findings of a “Washington Post”/ABC News poll on the gender gap cited. [CLINTON - criticizes Obama’s lack of foreign policy experience.] [Former Iowa Governor Tom VILSACK- praises Clinton’s foreign affairs record.] [Iowa pollster Ann SELZER- says Clinton is vulnerable on issues of integrity.] [Emily’s List Maren HELSA- notes Clinton acknowledged her challenge in Iowa.]
(Boston: Diana Olick) The agreement by lender Countrywide Financial to renegotiate loans for homeowners facing foreclosure examined. [Boston resident Ariel MONGES- comments.] [Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America Bruce MARKS- says it’s a borrower-based solution.] [Countrywide BROKER – comments on working with NACA to help Monges.] [Countrywide executive managing director Sandor SAMUELS- notes the cost of foreclosure is greater than renegotiating.] [Former HUD official Howard GLASER- says the market has gone global.]
(Baghdad: Damien Cave) The reporter’s view of life in Baghdad, Iraq, today, presented; scenes shown of children at a library, a woman and her husband at their home. [Iraqi WOMAN – expresses concern about the reporter’s safety.] [Iraqi WOMAN – comments on her desire to stay in Iraq.]
(Minneapolis: Joel Fryer) The decision of 9-year-old Nick Nelson, who was born with popliteal pterygium syndrome, to have his leg amputated to make it easier for him to walk, featured. [NELSON – says sometimes you have to make hard choices.] [Mom Greta NELSON- says it’s hard.] [Dad Gary NELSON- says it’s the right decision.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Nick’s status updated.