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The Daily Nightly began on May 31, 2005. As Brian wrote in his first post it aims to provide a narrative of the broadcast day and a window into the editorial process at NBC Nightly News. Brian weighs in every weekday and NBC News correspondents and producers post regularly.

Brian Williams became the seventh anchor and managing editor in the history of NBC Nightly News on December 2, 2004. Read his full biography.

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In recent years House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., has seen fit to send a member of his GOP leadership team off campus during the State of the Union speech, a la the president and a member of his cabinet. As with the administrative branch, the idea is that if the unthinkable were to happen and the Capitol and all of us in it were obliterated, then the nation would be afforded some kind of political continuity, led by those who survived. In recent years the Democrats have also followed this practice.

Anywho, this year the Republican individual charged with carrying on should Congress be wiped out is Rep. Eric Cantor, a Republican from Richmond, Va. Cantor is currently the chief deputy majority whip. If that doesn't impress you, he is expected to move up to majority whip when the House GOP holds its leadership elections on Thursday.

The missing Democrat will be Rep. George Miller, Calif., perhaps Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's closest confidant in the House Democratic caucus.

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The President does a fantastic job directly addressiing Congress to do their jobs, bipartisnly. That's what we vote them in to do, not to play party politics like they do. The President is doing a good job, and touched on proper issues that CONGRESS is supposed to do. I'm am so sick of politicians blaming whatever President is in office for failing to do they obligations to their constituents. There is more to say, but will stop here.

I was impressed by President Bush's speech. He came across as a strong leader tonight. I think most Americans agree with much of what he said. Partisan politics needs to stop.

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