This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Savannah Guthrie) The revolt from liberal Democrats over the Senate’s health care reform bill featured; details given about former DNC chairman Howard Dean’s call to kill the bill. [White House press secretary Robert GIBBS, voice of White House advisor David AXELROD – respond to Dean.] [NBC political analyst Charlie COOK- doubts progressive Senators will kill it.] [Senator John McCAIN – says he is in agreement with Dean.] Former President Bill Clinton’s support for the bill noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The scramble by Senate Democrats to get a bill passed by Christmas featured; scenes shown of Senator Al Franken cutting off Senator Joe Lieberman. [Senators Richard DURBIN, Ben NELSON, Bernie SANDERS – offer views.] [Senator Mitch McCONNELL- comments on rushing it through.]
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The setback in the child custody case for David Goldmanafter a judge blocked his son’s return from Brazil featured; scenes shown of the media swarm at the courthouse. [GOLDMAN, Representative Chris SMITH – react.]
(Copenhagen: Anne Thompson) The efforts to get a deal on climate change at the global summit in Copenhagen, Denmark featured. [Secretary of State Hillary CLINTON – announces the US commitment to mobilize funds for developing countries; evokes a Chinese proverb about being in a common boat.] [China’s Vice Foreign Minister HE Yafei- says we can consider international exchange, dialog and cooperation.] [Union of Concerned Scientists Alden MEYER- expresses optimism.]
(New York: Robert Bazell) The CDC’s new report on H1N1/swine flu reviewed; statistics on cases, hospitalizations and deaths cited; details given of fears of a third wave over the holidays. [CDC director Dr. Thomas FRIEDEN- comments on the greater number of children and young adults killed.] [St. Louis Rams coach Steve SPAGNUOLO- comments on cancelling football practice because players are sick.] [HHS Secretary Kathleen SEBELIUS – comments on increased vaccine supply.] [East 13th St. Family Practice Dr. Steven LEVINE- notes demand for the vaccine has dropped.]
(Miami: Mark Potter) The victory for Mexican President Felipe Calderon with the death of drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva in a shootout in Cuernavaca featured; scenes shown of fighting in the streets and the bullet-ridden apartment; details given about his drug trade with the US, his extreme violence and his role in corrupting Mexican officials. [DEA intelligence chief Anthony PLACIDO- says Beltran Leyva wasn’t a big fish, he was a whale.] The ongoing hunt for cartel leader Joaquin Shorty Guzman noted.
(Gig Harbor, Washington: Miguel Almaguer) The Totally for Troops program started by veteran Diana Putnam that provides hand-made greeting cards for deployed troops to send back home featured; scenes shown of volunteers. [Soldier’s SON, soldier’s wife Yvette MENDOZA– comment.] [PUTNAM – says there is a lot of care and love in the making of these.] [Army S/Sgt. Mario BANKS- explains what the cards mean.]