This program is 28 minutes long
(White House: Savannah Guthrie) The ceremony for President Obama to sign the bill to extend the Bush era tax cuts featured; scenes shown of the signing that was attended by Senator Mitch McConnell but not by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or Senator Harry Reid; details given about what is included in the package. [OBAMA - speaks of the nature of compromise.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The political battles over the agenda for the lame duck Congress reviewed; details given about the debate over the START treaty and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
(Los Angeles: Kristen Welker) The "Grim Sleeper" serial murder case in Los Angeles reviewed; “Los Angeles Times” newspaper and images taken from suspect Lonnie Franklin's home shown. [Los Angeles police Chief Charlie BECK- comments on the photos.] [Detective Dennis KILCOYNE- comments on the time gap in the killings.] [Photo identifier LeTonya CLARK- wants answers.] [First African Methodist Episcopal church Rev. John HUNTER- says we would have seen a more aggressive investigation had these been upper middle class white women.] [Detective Michael MORIARTY- comments on the investigation.]
(Atlanta: Chris Warren) The forecast for severe weather on the East and West coasts this weekend featured; maps shown.
(Studio: Brian Williams) The snow inside the Iowa home of Steve and Betty Ehlers shown.
(Los Angeles: Lee Cowan) The debate over the toys in McDonald's Happy Meals featured; details given about the class action lawsuit claiming McDonald’s uses the toys to bait children; McDonald’s statement quoted. [Toy collector Leslie REISS- says something to play with that doesn’t cost much is a good thing.] [Filed lawsuit, Monet PARHAM- wants her children to make decisions about food aside from a toy.] [Parent Denise BOBCOMBE- wonders who is the parent.] [Pacific Legal Foundation Timothy SANDEFUR- calls it a frivolous, absurd lawsuit.]
(LeRoy, Minnesota: Boyd Huppert) The surprise in Leroy, Minnesota when retired farmer Loren Krueger bestowed his fortune to the town when he died featured; details given about his donation to the senior citizens center, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the First Presbyterian Church and other churches, the fire department and the ambulance service, and about how the churches and the seniors spread the money around. [LeRoy residents Eileen EVANS, several PEOPLE, fire chief Rick DOHLMAN– talk about Loren’s frugality; react to the money.]