Evening Newscast Wrap

NBC's David Gregory reports that President Bush had a vote of confidence from Australian Prime Minister John Howard before he left. Howard assured his continued support in Iraq. Bush meets with the Pope in Italy then Chirac in France, but the center stage remains at the UN. There is still resistance from France who wants Iraqis to have the final say. In a sign of how unpopular Bush remains in Europe, Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi warned Bush of protests.

CBS' Bill Plante previews the massive protests that are expected to greet President Bush as he tries to line up more European support for the war in Iraq. Georgetown Prof. Kupchan offered his opinion that Europeans are not going to "do Bush any favors" and that they're "not going to do anything to help his re-election." Plante included Bush's interview with a French magazine in which he said "I've never been angry at the French" and that French President Chirac is welcome to come to Crawford, Texas to "see some cows." Plante closed his piece by suggesting that Bush is going to have a hard time convincing countries who already have troops in Iraq to keep them there.

Bush Seeks Lawyer

Williams V/O: "Director Tenet's resignation comes a day after the White House announces that Bush has met with a lawyer. President Bush confirmed that today and said it was a serious investigation.

Swingtown USA

CBS's John Axelrod's package was negative for Bush, depicting female voters who had been solidly in the president's camp now undecided and giving Sen. John Kerry a closer look. Jim Axelrod noted that the economy tops the list of voter concerns but that the single greatest predictor of how someone will vote is how they feel about the war in Iraq. The biggest gripe about Iraq: the mounting casualty rate and the image that things are getting worse, not better. The final interview was with John Annoni, a Republican who in April was leaning towards the President but who is now looking at Iraq and who isn't so sure. Annoni summed up Kerry and Bush as "a rookie coming to bat for the first time" and "a guy who has been in the major leagues for some time" but who has been "in a slump."

OPEC Meeting

ABC's Betsy Stark reports that the conference decided to increase "the OPEC production ceiling." They say that they will pump another two million barrels of oil a day. Ann Thomson reports that oil inventories hit their highest levels since 2002. The government says gas prices have already started to fall.

Stem Cell Research

CBS' look at the California ballot measure on stem cell research devoted more time to the pro-stem cell research side.


Jennings in Virginia

1. Tenet (Martha Raddatz, Washington, PKG)

2. Tenet's Record (Dan Harris, New York, PKG)

3. Tenet (Jennings/Stephanopolus 2-way)

4. Sistani on interim government (Peter Jennings, Virginia)

5. The OPEC Oil Summit (Betsy Stark, New York, PKG)

6. Spelling Bee (Peter Jennings, New York)

7. Obesity Summit (Peter Jennings, New York)

8. Kids Ads (Bob Woodruff, New York PKG)

9. Closer Look: Obesity (John McKenzie, Lithonia Georgia, PKG)

10. D-Day Remembrance (Jim Wooten, France, PKG)


Brokaw in Normandy, France; Williams in New York

1. Tenet's Resignation (Andrea Mitchell, Washington, D.C. PKG)

2. Tenet's Records (Pete Williams, New York, PKG)

3. Bush in Italy (David Gregory, Rome, PKG)

4. Bush Seeks Lawyer (Brian Williams, New York)

5. Sistani (Brian Williams, New York)

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