This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Cables released by WikiLeaks exposing problems in the US-Russia relationship examined; details given about uncertainty about the power-sharing between Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev, questions about Putin’s work ethic and concerns about corruption; cables quoted. Putin’s response noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Washington: Lisa Myers) Interpol’s search for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange featured; scenes shown from news broadcasts around the world; details given about allegations of sex crimes in Sweden. [American University Law School Stephen VLADECK- explains Interpol’s message.] [Assange’s lawyer Mark STEPHENS- says we’re in a surreal Swedish fairy tale.] [In Stockholm, NBC’s Peter ALEXANDER – says the Swedish prosecutor is not commenting.] [“New York Times” John BURNS- says he is skeptical that this is a political issue.]
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The money talks at the Capitol reviewed; details given about the fight over tax cuts and unemployment benefits and the proposals for reducing the federal deficit. [Senator Mitch McCONNELL – says we need to show Americans we care more about them than special interest groups.] [President OBAMA – says he is confident we will get it done.] [Senator Kent CONRAD – warns about the national debt.] [Debt Commission co-chair Alan SIMPSON – says no more fun and games.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The views of Debt Commission co-chairs Simpson and Erskine Bowles on cutting the deficit presented. [SIMPSON, BOWLES – talk about the scope of the debt problem and the need to act; respond to criticism from economist James K. Galbraith.] [SIMPSON – says sober up or sleep in the streets.]
(New York: Jim Cantore) The severe weather and the impact on air travel featured; weather maps and diagrams shown.
(Carol Stream, Illinois: Kevin Tibbles) The plight of the jobless who are losing their unemployment benefits featured; details given about the money raised from unemployment insurance. [Unemployed Toni BUCHNER, Christie SMITH- comment.] [Moody’s Analytics economist Mark ZANDI- says these families have run through all their financial resources.]
(Trenton, Michigan: Chris Jansing) The Little Dresses for Africa program started by Rachel O'Neill that provides dresses for children in Africa and elsewhere featured; scenes shown. [O’NEILL – laughs about not being able to sew; reacts to the outpouring of help.] [VOLUNTEER – says every dress we make is special.]