Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Saving Medicare...is it possible? What do the candidates have to say? That story tonight on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric


“White man builds big fire, stands back. Indian builds little fire, huddles close”
- Author Unknown

The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, 'Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.'


Here’s an early look at what we are working on for tonight’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News from Anchor and Managing Editor, Katie Couric:

Hi everyone,

One week out from Election Day and the Keystone State is priority number one for both John McCain and Barack Obama. Both campaigns are holding rallies in Pennsylvania today, persevering through wicked downpours and even a smattering of snow. But why is Obama campaigning so hard when he's ahead in the polls … in what’s traditionally a blue state? Dean Reynolds has that story and Chip Reid takes a close look at the fight Senator McCain is putting up there.

Later in our broadcast, we'll take a closer look at Pennsylvania's unlikely new status as a battleground. Both campaigns seem to see the state's 21 electoral votes as essential - and Jeff Glor explains what it will take to win them.

Continuing our special series, Where They Stand, we'll look at what Barack Obama and John McCain propose to do with Medicare. The candidates each have a plan to heal this ailing program - and our Nancy Cordes crunches the numbers to see how they would affect you and your community.

Also in our broadcast tonight, we'll look at the new consumer confidence rating, now at its lowest level since it began being monitored four decades ago. We’ll have that - and the latest news on the stock market and the housing downturn.

Finally tonight: Throughout the wild roller-coaster ride that's taken Wall Street's stocks up, down and sideways over the past few weeks, there's one man who can really, truly, with a straight face say "been there; done that." He's been working the markets for nearly three quarters of a century - and as Anthony Mason reports, he’s got a hot tip for investors.

See you tonight, Katie

For more information on these stories, please click on the following links:

McCain, Obama Battle For Pennsylvania
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Consumer Confidence Plunges To Record Low
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And here's an early look at one of the stories we are working on for Wednesday’s broadcast: Our final round of questions for the Candidates. I asked Senators Barack Obama and John McCain...when was the last time you fired somebody...and why? You'll hear their surprising answers to that question...and others, as we conclude our special series, Presidential Questions, That's Wednesday night, only on the THE CBS EVENING NEWS.

If you would like more information on any of these stories or the broadcast, please click on the following address and e-mail us: evening@cbsnews.com


Join Dave tonight with TV host Regis Philbin... PLUS musical guest James Taylor!


Julie Chen, Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith, Russ Mitchell will anchor the EARLY SHOW from New York. Lonnie Quinn will bring us the weather. Dave Price is on assignment.

Along with the top stories, we are currently working on the following segments:

BAIT CAR THAT IS CATCHING THIEVES- A thief sees an easy mark for a car to steal and take to a chop shop. What the thief doesn't know is it's a bait car---equipped with a GPS tracker, remote shut off, streaming video camera, alarms and cops on his heels. The crook in locked in the car and the cops haul him away. Donated to 14 police departments by Allstate Insurance...it's a new anti-theft, high tech program. We’ll show you a live demo.

EARLY AWARENESS MOMS AND DAUGHTERS- Actress and Susan Komen ambassador Cynthia Nixon will join us to talk about her involvement in breast cancer, which is very personal to her, as her mother had breast cancer twice. Nixon was also diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2006, and since then has been in full recovery. As we wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness month, Cynthia will talk about ways that people can donate to the fund.

HARD TIMES AND HIGH HEELS - For some women, skimping on shopping and buying wants in a time of need includes a pair of fabulous high heel shoes. And various trends have shown that the harder the economic times, the higher the heels. Laurel Pinson is editor of Lucky magazine will be here to help explain why some women find power in their heels when money is tight.

ARETHA FRANKLIN PERFORMS LIVE - Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin is in the studio to sing a song from her first album of classical music covers. She will also be playing a song from her first ever upcoming Christmas album, and one of everyone’s old favorites - RESPECT!

WAR DOGS - Resident veterinarian Debbye Turner visited a military hospital/training facility where war dogs are being treated back to health. We will meet a real life war dog named Axel, who has spent years in Iraq, and has recently been deployed due to a broken ankle. We will take a look at all of the new technologically advanced ways that vets are treating these dogs, such as underwater treadmills, etc.

If you would like more information on any of these stories or the broadcast, please click on the following address and e-mail us: earlyshow@cbs.com

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