All three newscasts assigned their Congressional correspondents to update the lame duck voting that saw out-of-the-closet gays allowed to serve in the armed forces. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell saw the Senate juggling ratification of START with the $6bn healthcare fund for World Trade Center workers. ABC's Jonathan Karl had picked up on Jon Stewart's campaign on The Daily Show on behalf of WTC workers' compensation on Friday and now CBS' Nancy Cordes joins in. Here is the playlist of six other nightly news reports on the toxic conditions at Ground Zero over the past three years.
ABC's Karl meanwhile switched from Lame Duck action to one of those annoying features that lavishes disproportionate attention on minuscule line items in the federal budget in order to heap sarcasm on waste-fraud-and-abuse. Karl's inspiration was Wastebook 2010, published by Sen Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican. Yet the pricetag attached to the printing press, the neon museum and the totem pole that so riled Karl could not even reach $30m (with an M) in annual spending.
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