This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Lisa Myers) The plan from President Obama's commission on how to cut government spending examined; details given about proposals involving Social Security, the mortgage interest deduction, defense spending and a gas tax. [Commission co-chair Alan SIMPSON- says we have harpooned every whale in the ocean.] [AFL-CIO president Richard TRUMKA- says the chairman of the commission just told working people to drop dead.] [Commission co-chair Erskine BOWLES- says this debt is like a cancer.]
(Studio: Brian Williams, David Gregory) The feasibility of the commission’s proposals discussed.
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The Pentagon’s explanation about the mystery launch over California featured; statement from Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan calling it a condensation trail from an aircraft quoted; details given about speculation that it was a US Airways flight. [Globalsecurity.org director John PIKE- says the characteristics make it look like a jet contrail.] [Aviation expert Jim TILMON- refers to the Skunk Works, where military planes have been developed.] [Aerospace analyst Marco CACERES- says he’s left with the conclusion it was a missile.]
(Studio: Rehema Ellis) A Harvard University report finding that American students rank shockingly below other industrialized nations in math skills examined; statistics cited; scenes shown from Boston’s Weston High School. [Harvard’s Paul PETERSON- says math instruction isn’t what it is in other countries.] [Weston Schools superintendent Cheryl MALONEY- says we have to look at teaching and instruction and make sure we’re meeting their needs.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) A new law requiring large graphic warnings on cigarette packages featured; sample images shown; statistics on smoking and smoking-related deaths cited; details given about the response from RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris USA. [FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret HAMBURG, HHS Secretary Kathleen SEBELIUS – comment on the warnings about the risks.] [Advertising executive Jerry DELLA FEMINA- predicts the labels won’t work because they’re dealing with addicts and young people.]
(New York: Mike Taibbi) The stories of 2 older workers who lost their jobs in this recession presented; details given about former advertising executive Michael Gates Gill, who went to work for Starbucks and wrote “How Starbucks Saved My Life,” and Betsy Breckenridge, a former TV host who now sells house contents. [GILL, BRECKENRIDGE – comment on their new lifestyles.] [Rutgers University Heldrich Center director Carl VAN HORN- says an older worker may realize they may never work again.] [Psychiatrist and life coach Dr. Janet TAYLOR- talks about health care.]