This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Chip Reid) 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 – says it’s real money and will make a real difference in people’s lives; speaks of the nature of compromise.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.
(Capitol: Nancy Cordes) The opposition of Democrats to this deal featured; details given about the effort to pass other priorities before the Republicans take control of the House. [Representative John BOEHNER – says Congress has opted to stop the tax hikes.] [PELOSI, Representative Lloyd DOGGETT- speak against the deal.] [Senator Joe LIEBERMAN – expresses confidence on repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.] The status of the earmark-filled funding bill noted.
(New York: Armen Keteyian) The agreement by the family of investor Jeffry Picower to repay billions to the victims featured; statement from widow Barbara Picower quoted. [US attorney Preet BHARARA, trustee for liquidating Madoff assets Irving PICARD- comment on the agreement.] [Madoff victim George NIERENBERG- reacts.]
(Scarsdale, New York: Anthony Mason) This year’s holiday shopping reviewed; statistics cited. [2 SHOPPERS – comment.] [BMO Capital Markets John MORRIS- notes the increase in self-gifting.] [D’Errico Jewelers owner Sal D'ERRICO- says it’s picking up.] [Economist Lakshman ACHUTHAN- says the confidence feeds on itself.]
(San Francisco: John Blackstone) Google’s database of over 5 million books published since 1500 featured; details given about how the system tracks word usage; graphs shown. [University of California Berkeley linguist Geoff NUNBERG- says you can see how phrases wax and wane.]
(Salem, Virginia: Wyatt Andrews) The sacrifice made by Rowan University football player Matt Hoffman, who gave up his junior year season to donate bone stem cells to cancer patient Warren Sallach, featured; scenes shown of the 2 men meeting, Hoffman on the football field. [SALLACH – agrees Hoffman saved his life.] [HOFFMAN – says football games come and go and it was easy to choose.] [Wife Becky SALLACH – says now we have hope.]