This program is 30 minutes long
(White House: Mike Viqueira) The meeting of President Obama and leaders of Congress to make a bargain about the debt ceiling before August 2 examined; details given about the issues preventing a deal so far. [Treasury Secretary Tim GEITHNER - talks about the deal and possible catastrophic damage.] [Senator Mitch McCONNELL - questions the tax idea: a job killer.] [Representative Kevin McCARTHY - opposes taxes.] [White House chief of staff Bill DALEY- says Medicare will run out of money in five years.] [Representative Chris VAN HOLLEN- criticizes the Republicans of extortion.]
(Studio: Lester Holt; Washington: Chuck Todd) The role of the Tea Party in getting Republicans to back away from a grand bargain, the decision by Representative John Boehner not to risk splitting the party over taxes and spending cuts and the options for the president discussed.
(Baghdad: Jim Miklaszewski) The "forgotten war" in Iraq for the US featured; scenes shown from the site of recent attacks on US troops; details given of the likely Iraq request for US forces to stay behind to help with security and training, [Secretary of Defense Leon PANETTA - wants Iraq to go after extremists.]
(New York: Kevin Tibbles) A vicious new wave of violence in the drug wars in Mexico reviewed; scenes shown from the sites of a shooting in a bar, a murder of a dozen and more incidents. [NBC military analyst retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY- says Mexico matters to the US.] The number of Mexican people killed in the crossfire of this lucrative war noted.
(Los Angeles: Kate Snow) The end of the visit to California and Canada by Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, reviewed; scenes shown of the royal pair touring skid row in inner city Los Angeles and the arts center, a military families gathering and with Hollywood royalty last night . [Young DANCERS, Mission Serve Russ COHEN, actress Mary-Louise PARKER- react to the royal visit.] [WILLIAM - speaks.]
(Washington: Pete Williams) The trial of former baseball player Roger Clemens on charges of lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs previewed; details given from the past hearings before Congress. [In 2008, CLEMENS - denies using steroids or HGH.] [Former trainer Brian McNAMEE- says he injected drugs for Clemens.] [Former federal prosecutor Pat ROWAN- outlines the defense strategy.] ["Boston Globe"'s Dan SHAUGHNESSY- outlines what could have happened for Clemens.]
(Atlanta: Ron Mott) The early push for back to school sales featured; scenes shown from a store in Atlanta; retail sales statistics cited. [Student Autumn WITTER, Staples Tom FRANCISCO- comment.] [Retail analyst Brian SOZZI- comments on the market.]
(Los Angeles: George Lewis) California's plans to shut down part of the I-405 freeway that is being widened and how it will affacet traffic featured; map, highway and PSA from actor Erik Estrada shown. [CALIFORNIANS - react.] [L.A. County metropolitan transit authority Dave SOTERO- explains the highway.]