This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Jonathan Karl) A bipartisan commission draft proposal to deal with the deficit examined; details given about a gas tax hike, cuts in Social Security, defense spending with base closings and farm subsidies. [National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairman Erskine BOWLES- likens the debt to a cancer.] [Representative Jan SCHAKOWSKY- opposes the plan.] Statements about the proposal from Senator Richard Durbin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the White House quoted; anti-debt TV ad shown. How this will be a serious test for Republicans who ran against debt discussed.
(London: Miguel Marquez) The university student protests in England against tuition increases featured; scenes shown from the streets of London; college cost statistics cited; details given of government efforts to promote cuts to reduce the national debt. [Theater student Bebe William DANIELS- comments.]
(San Diego: California: David Wright) The fate of the crippled cruise ship Carnival Splendor after the ship lost power off the coast of Mexico featured; scenes and photos shown. [Voice of passenger Joey NORIEGA, Carnival Cruise Lines president Gerry CAHILL, passengers Gordon GILBREATH, Chris DeSAULNIERS- comment on conditions on the ship.] [Coast Guard Capt. Thomas FARRIS- comments on the tugboats.]
(Studio: Linsey Davis) An anti-smoking shock treatment that will feature new cigarette labels examined; sample packs shown; details given about the targeting of teen smokers. [American Lung Assn. president Charles CONNOR- calls this a watershed event.] [HHS Secretary Kathleen SEBELIUS- says the packs will reflect the risks of smoking.] A list of countries featuring disturbing graphic warnings on cigarette packages outlined on screen. [Two STUDENTS - react to the label pictures.]
(Studio: Brian Ross) The scam aspects of the financial appeals from the United States Veterans Assn. with 100 million dollars in donations now missing examined; scenes shown of the charity's Washington mailbox at a UPS store; details given about how the scam scheme worked. [Ohio attorney general Richard CORDRAY- likes the fraud to that of bernie Madoff; states Bobby Thompson is a shadowy figure using assumed identities.] [Center for Responsive Politics director Sheila KRUMHOLZ- comments on the scheme.]
(New York: Sharyn Alfonsi) Long-lost footage of Ronald and Nancy Reagan shot in 1967 before he became president featured; rare footage from the late 1960s of Governor Reagan and his wife shown.