Friday, December 5, 2008

CBS News Sunday Morning: Stop-Loss


Friday, Dec.  5, 2008

This holiday season, from the Korean peninsula to the desserts of Iraq, hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women will be far from home. And for many, their return to friends and family has been delayed by military order. In our Sunday Morning Cover Story, correspondent Tracy Smith examines the policy known as “Stop-Loss” which gives the government the authority to order military personnel to remain with their units for months, even years, after their tours are scheduled to end.

Back in the late 1970s after President Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency in disgrace, a young journalist from Britain, David Frost, conducted the first interview with the fallen President. What followed would become history-making television. Thirty years later, correspondent Anthony Mason interviews the interviewer, now, Sir David Frost, about his encounter with Mr. Nixon and the upcoming film that is based on it, "Frost/Nixon."


Horse racing may be the sport of kings, but yacht racing is the sport of billionaires. And the crown jewel of the sport is the America’s Cup, the world’s oldest international trophy. Correspondent Jerry Bowen spends some time with American businessman Larry Ellison who is sinking millions of his fortune into a high-tech boat he believes will leave his Swiss competitor in its wake, enabling him to sail away with the coveted Cup.


New York City socialite Brooke Astor was sitting on a fortune of her own before her death at age 105. Not only was Astor a member of one of the richest families in America, but one of the most generous. Her philanthropic donations were legendary. But as correspondent Erin Moriarty tells us, in Astor’s waning years a family feud erupted over what remained of her fortune, leading to a court battle that has taken some strange twists and turns.  


The holidays are a time for giving and for music. Correspondent Allen Pizzey has the story of three priests from Northern Ireland who have found a way to combine both. They are simply known as The Priests, three Irish tenors whose CD of classical Church music sung in Latin, is already on its way to becoming a holiday hit.


Those stories and more, this Sunday Morning


Listen for the trumpet.


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