This program is 29 minutes long
(New York: Michelle Franzen) The record snowfall in the Midwest moving East and bad weather in the West featured; scenes shown of snow in Minneapolis, the Metrodome roof collapse in Minneapolis, windy Lake Michigan etc. [Two PEOPLE, Weather Channel Scott WILLIAMS, CHICAGOAN - comment on the snow.] [Weather Channel Eric FISHER- talks about rain in Seattle.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(Beachwood, Ohio: Mike Seidel) The cold and snowy weather in the Midwest reviewed; weather and snowfall map shown.
(London: Tazeen Ahmad) The trouble at sea on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean featured; photos and scenes shown of the Brilliance of the Seas off Egypt. [Voices of passengers Michael SOLIN, Alesha CIRILLO- describe what happened on the ship.] Other recent cruise ship troubles reviewed and shown.
(White House: Chuck Todd) President Obama's compromise deal with Republicans over tax cuts and the opposition from liberal Democrats featured; details given of the elements of the tax plan. [Yesterday, former President Bill CLINTON - says this is a good deal.] [On CNN, White House advisor David AXELROD- says economists say this will boost the economy.] [On Fox, Representative Chris VAN HOLLEN - comments on the estate tax and high income tax cuts.] [Representatives Raul GRIJALVA, Anthony WEINER- call it disappointing.] The schedule for votes on the bill and other issues under consideration outlined. The administration's review of the deadline for the war in Afghanistan discussed.
(Kabul: Atia Abawi) A deadly day in the war in Afghanistan with the suicide bombing in the south that killed Americans reviewed; photos from the bomb scene shown; details given of Taliban claims of retaliation.
(New York: Scott Cohn) The suicide of Mark Madoff, the son of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff, on the second anniversary of his Bernie's arrest featured; Madoff video shown; details given of lawsuits against the Madoff family and suspicion about Mark's lavish lifestyle. [Parking ATTENDANT - comments.] [Network for Investor Action and Protection Ilene KENT- reacts.] [Former US attorney Brad SIMON- wonders what secrets he knew.]
(Denver: Trish Regan) The legal sale of medical marijuana in some states featured; details given about marijuana-related businesses and the issue of the legalization of pot. [Denver cannabis entrepreneur Wanda JAMES, Scott DURRAH- comment on the marijuana industry.] [Concerned parent Stacey HOWELL- says it is still an illegal drug.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Further coverage of the story on "Marijuana USA" noted.
(Hollywood: Lisa Cowan) How actors are embodying the role of characters they portray in movies examined; scenes shown of actress Natalie Portman who trained for her ballet role in "Black Swan"; Christian Bale for "The Fighter" and "The Machinist" and Tom Hanks in "Castaway." ["Entertainment Weekly" Adam MARKOWITZ- talks about Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning role.] [BALE - comments on roles.]