This program is 29 minutes long
(Philadelphia: Mike Taibbi) Palin’s One Nation bus tour examined; scenes shown of her visiting historic sites, on a motorcycle outside the Pentagon, in a coffee shop. [PALIN – says she doesn’t know if she is running for president.] [Palin supporter Maggie WALSH- says she’s an important person for the conservative movement.] Her dinner tonight with Donald Trump noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Washington: Chuck Todd) The unsettled Republican field for the 2012 presidential election featured; scenes shown of former Senator Rick Santorum and Representative Michele Bachmann greeting voters; photos shown of other potential candidates and non-candidates; ad for Herman Cain shown. [PALIN – says competition breeds success.] [Former Governor Tim PAWLENTY – says he wants the field to be set.] [Former Governor Mitt ROMNEY – criticizes President Obama.] [BACHMANN – says she’ll be making her announcement in Iowa.] [Political analyst Stuart ROTHENBERG- calls Romney a frail frontrunner.] [NBC political analyst Charlie COOK- says there’s a huge vacuum.] The dinner for Iowa Republicans hosted by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie noted.
(Chicago: John Yang) The state of the housing market examined; statistics cited on home prices and ownership. [Luxury Living Chicago owner Aaron GALVIN- notes the uncertainty in the market is driving the decision to rent rather than own.] [University of Pennsylvania Susan WACHTER- says today Americans see financial risk in owning a home.] [Renter Austin CLARK- says owning a home is still an aspiration.]
(Joplin, Missouri: Ron Allen) The search for shelter for the homeless after the tornado in Joplin, Missouri featured; scenes shown of a circus elephant helping move debris, a mobile clinic, the damaged Home Depot and the high school with a “Hope” sign. [Joplin resident Tina DUDLEY- says we need housing but we also lost our cars.] [FEMA’s Libby TURNER- says we want to enable people to stay as close to the city as possible.] [Restaurant owner Zim HAMITI- says we’re looking for a grand reopening soon.]