IS THE COCKTAIL WORKING?
I commend to your attention the pictures of the G-8 leaders that we have for you tonight, (they apparently all had drinks together on the beach tonight) and the accompanying journalism of David Gregory who is in Germany with President Bush. The Bush/Sarkozy boardwalk conversation just LOOKED fascinating ... so is the material out of there today. Then there's the prognosis for immigration reform -- it appears that the last, best hope for a deal during this session will crash into the ground. It may be that this evening will end with this issue in a total muddle. If that happens we'll stay on it.
We'll look at some interesting reporting on what passes for information over the Internet (in the hands of our enemies), and at the mounting cost of an American generation coming of age. We'll also examine the charmed life and business complications of Prince Bandar, and our promoted piece on modern-day crimestoppers.
Nobody mentioned Paris Hilton at our afternoon editorial meeting. She won't make the broadcast tonight, but if there's a larger, legitimate story to be done concerning allegations of a two-tier justice system, perhaps we'll do that someday. It's not like there will be any shortage of coverage for those who can't live without the details: just stick around until the shows that follow ours on our many different affiliates.
TO THE LINKS
So much great reading out there to call attention to today: starting with our friend Michael Yon, the U.S. Special Forces veteran who is a freelance journalist covering the war. His latest dispatch on his tour with British troops is required reading. Fantastic stuff. As is the new posting on Slate for all those who have considered vacationing on (or what life is like on) an offshore drilling platform. Finally, today's piece on Huffington by Marty Kaplan gets right to the heart of our new controlling dynamic. It begins with mention of the name not mentioned at our afternoon editorial meeting.
Apologies to our friends on the West Coast for two NBC Sports hockey pre-emptions this week. We do hope you took advantage of our Netcast or Podcast.
Please also take time to read the story of Medal of Honor recipient Hector Cafferata. If the stories of these men have proven valuable to read, please write us and tell us. Surveying the landscape of our society right about now: I don't see how we can't learn a few valuable lessons from these guys -- the best men I've ever met.
We hope you'll be with us for tonight's broadcast.
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