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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.

"Death to America!"

NBC News Correspondent Ian Williams writes in our sister blog "World Blog" about his experiences in Tehran: "Tens of thousands of fists punched the air as the chant reverberated around the vast tent-like mosque at Tehran University..."

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Chlorine Attack

We are following new development in Iraq tonight.  In the Anbar province 3 suicide bombers with chlorine-laden trucks killed 2 Iraqi policemen... and forced 350 others to seek treatment for exposure to the gas.  NBC's Tom Aspell is in Baghdad.

Also... we'll show you the war protests in Washington and other cities today.

We're following the latest controversy surrounding U.S. Attorney General Gonzales.  There have been calls from Democrats and one Republican lawmaker for his resignation.  NBC's John Yang has that story.

The impact of the big winter storm that hit the northeast last night is still being felt today.  Airlines canceled hundreds of flights... and stranded passengers were still hoping for a way out of airports today.   NBC's Ron Allen reports.

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The real Katrina fatigue

What would you give up for your dream job? That's right. I said "give up." When most of us think of our dream jobs, I think we think about what we would get: more security, a bigger paycheck, a chance to put more away for college or retirement, to take that incredible vacation.
Tonight on Nightly News, you will meet Persharon Dixon, a pediatrician who had those dreams too, but traded them in to take care of kids with little or no access to healthcare. In this case, the children along the Mississippi coast whose lives remain uprooted by Katrina. 
               

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In the midst of protest

Even a wet handkerchief around my face didn’t help.  My eyes were burning so that I could no longer see, my throat was on fire and I couldn’t stop coughing.  And even as I tried to run away, clouds of it followed me.  The tear gas was awful.
Things slid out of control today in Islamabad, Pakistan's quiet, leafy and manicured capital. A planned demonstration by  lawyers and opposition parties in support of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who was fired last week by President Pervez Musharraf ,went horribly wrong.

Some of the demonstrators slipped through the barbed wire and concrete barriers sealing off the roads leading to the Supreme Court building and the government offices, and began throwing stones at the police. The police responded with tear gas and later stormed the studio of GEO, a private TV channel transmitting those pictures to the nation.

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March Madness sans basketball

It's March Madness on the East Coast, and I'm not talking about basketball. It is the return of winter, after a week of spring-time temperatures for those of us here in New York.  The forecast is for up to two feet of snow in some places, but the real headache is travel.  Hundreds of flights have been cancelled today because of the snowstorms. JetBlue preemptively cancelled many of its flights to try to head off a repeat of their February mess when passengers were stuck on runways for hours. We will keep an eye on the storm and the travel problems and update you tonight.

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Early Nightly is up

Earlynightly_95NBC's Andrea Mitchell takes over today's vlog duties, previewing some of the stories we're working on for tonight's broadcast.

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How the news is shaping up

Today we are keeping our eye on developments on Capitol Hill. As I write, the Senate is voting on three Iraq resolutions. The  most controversial is offered by Democrats and sets a timeline or "goal" for withdrawing most troops by March, 2008. It failed by a close vote moments ago. We will keep watching and have the details tonight on today's other votes.

In other news, we will have a full report on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaida suspect who claims responsibility for the Sept. 11 attacks. According to Pentagon documents, he says he also beheaded American journalist Daniel Pearl. He is admitting involvement in more than 30 plots or attacks, but is he telling the full truth?

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Recognition for 'Fallen Heroes'

Editor's note: "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" recently won eight National Headliner Awards. You can read more details here. Mike Mosher produced one of the stories, part of our "Making a Difference" series. The spot introduced viewers to Michael Reagan, a Vietnam vet who sketches portraits of servicemen and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can read and watch the award-winning story here.

Ssg_patrick_lybert_michael_reaganAwards are special, but what really is overwhelming are thoughts like a note I received from a mother touched by Michael Reagan's work. I cannot stop looking at this photo of Cheryl Lee Patrick-Nussberger standing beside the portrait of her son Patrick. It's beautiful. And it's really true that pictures do tell stories words cannot begin to describe.
 
I asked Cheryl to share the photo and the e-mail message she sent me after she heard about the National Headliner Award.

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Wednesday's top stories

If you asked the producers of Nightly News (and we did) how many occasionally rely on sleeping pills, far more than a few (try 99%) would say they indulge. A lot of us don't think it is indulgence, but rather necessity. So today's news about some of the most popular sleeping pills brought all of us to attention. The FDA is calling for new warnings for 13 different prescription sleeping aids -- Ambien and Lunesta among them. The big risk -- engaging in potentially harmful behavior like "sleep-driving" while on the drugs, and then having no memory of the experience. There is a lot more to this and we will have a full wrap up for you tonight, along with some other big health news involving heart attacks and a potential shortage of cancer doctors.

From Washington tonight, Pete Williams will have more on the fallout over the firing of the federal prosecutors and what seems to be an evolving explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Roger O'Neil will look at an effort underway to get all of us to switch from traditional light bulbs to more environmentally friendly ones. And Bob Faw has a fascinating piece tonight about a recently discovered new world of microscopic marine life. Scientists are looking at whether this world could help us develop new antibiotics or even new energy sources.

We will see you tonight.

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Early Nightly is up

Campbell Brown continues in the anchor chair tonight. The lead story is likely to be the furor in Washington over the U.S. attorney firings. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales acknowledged again today that "mistakes were made." If you missed his interview on TODAY, click here to watch.

And click here to watch Campbell deliver the vlog.

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