• Power Players

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the scandal over the George Washington Bridge lane closures has brought him closer to his family through a process of soul searching.

    “It's brought me to reevaluate some of the way I've spent my time,” Christie told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview Thursday. “You can get caught up in this world and in this life pretty easily, in a public life that becomes so public. And I'll tell you that what it's done for me is just, I'll spend a lot more time at home than I ever have.”

    “And not only that I needed to, but I wanted to,” he later added. “And sometimes in this business, what you want takes a back seat, at times, to what other people tell you you need to do. And I'm taking more control over what I want to do.”

    Christie sat down with Sawyer in his first television interview since January’s George Washington bridge scandal, during which it was discovered that two members of Christie’s staff were involved in lane closures that

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  • The Fine Print
     
    When she went into premature labor last year, getting to the hospital quickly was a matter of life and death for Etta Kuzakin and her unborn child. 

    But Kuzakin was delayed by gusty winds and the fact that there is no road from her home in the remote Alaskan village of King Cove to the nearby town of Cold Bay, where an all-weather airport makes emergency flights to Anchorage.
     
    The residents of King Cove would like to build a one-lane gravel road that would provide a reliable route to the Cold Bay airport, but the federal government is blocking the project. A group of locals came to Washington to make their case.
     
    “I had to have the Coast Guard come in and get me … Had they not come in and get me, more than likely, both me and my daughter wouldn't be here,” Kuzakin told “The Fine Print,” tearing up as she recounted the story. “I have two older children that I couldn't tell anything to, because you don't want to have to tell your kids that mom may not be coming

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  • On the Radar

    As President Obama and world leaders conclude the Nuclear Safety Summit in Europe, “On the Radar” travels to the frozen plains of Nebraska and Wyoming to meet the men and women in charge of the US nuclear missile arsenal. 

    “Our mission is to provide the president with an option to launch nuclear weapons,” Capt. Mark Wullshleger explained during a tour of a 20th Air Force underground missile bunker. “If he wants to utilize us, we're always here, and we're always on alert.”

    We traveled underground to a Missile Alert Facility, a capsule secured behind blast doors and five-foot thick concrete walls. Eight times a month, officers like Wullshleger “pull alert,” going 60 feet underground for a 24-hour shift at the launch controls for the world’s most powerful weapons of mass destruction.

    “Pulling alert, it's a different animal,” Wullshleger said. “Going underground for 24 hours at a time without seeing daylight is kind of an experience.”

    Launching a nuclear weapon isn’t as simple

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