Things You Should Know, with John Matthews: Rep. Mike Thompson applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation is enacting tough new airline passenger protections. A monstrous Hurricane Irene tightened its aim on the Eastern Seaboard today, threatening 65 million people along a shore-hugging path from North Carolina to New England. Actress Jaime Pressly has been sentenced to three years of informal probation after pleading no contest to drunken driving.