This program is 29 minutes long
(Chicago: John Yang) The relentless cold featured; scenes shown of vehicles being cleared from a trucking route from Canada, stranded travelers; details given about deadly crashes in Alabama, power outages in Kentucky, the fight against freezing temperatures by Florida produce farmers, rising prices. [MAN, stranded driver Brandon JUSTIN, farmer Eric HOPKINS- comment.] [The Weather Channel’s Chris WARREN- says it could be days before we see relief.]
(Panama City, Florida: Mark Potter) The incident at a Panama City, Florida, school board meeting in which Clay Duke pulled a gun and shot at members reviewed; scenes shown from the meeting of board member Ginger Littleton attacking Duke with her purse and the shooting; superintendent Bill Husfelt heard pleading with Duke to let the others go; details given about the actions of school security chief Mike Jones. [LITTLETON, HUSFELT – comment on what happened.] [School board attorney Franklin HARRISON- praises Littleton.]
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The arguing in Congress over what can get done before Christmas featured. [Senators John THUNE, Jon KYL, Harry REID- argue about Christmas.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Studio: Andrea Mitchell) Earlier interview held with Vice President Joe Biden during his visit to the U.N. [BIDEN – responds to Kyl’s claim it is disrespectful to vote on the START treaty before Christmas; says this is the nation’s business and national security is at stake.]
(Washington: Chuck Todd) The findings of the latest NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" poll on the tax cut deal, the START treaty, whether the country is on the right track, President Obama, the 2012 presidential election and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin examined.
(New York: Mike Taibbi) The Operation Santa program in New York City’s post office, where volunteers led by Pete Fontana read letters sent to Santa Claus and fill the requests of those with real needs, featured. [FONTANA – reads letters; says there is a force at work.] [Volunteers Rosemarie HAYWARD, Lauren POSOVSKY- comment on helping.]