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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.

Early Nightly -- Independence Day edition

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'Nightly News' Director Brett Holey offers a behind-the-scenes, off-hours glimpse of the construction of our new studio here at 30 Rock. It's a little holiday treat from us to you. Happy Independence Day.

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Happy independence day

070703_fireworks_hmed_6a Wednesday's broadcast will take place as usual with Lester Holt substituting for Brian, but the blog will take a pseudo-hiatus this Independence Day.
Our one post -- the Early Nightly -- by director Brett Holey will offer you a down-time tour of the construction zone of our new broadcast studio. And, of course, you should feel free to peruse some of the previous postings you might have missed, including our continuing recognition of the living Medal of Honor recipients.

So, until tomorrow, all of us here at NBC Nightly News wish you a happy, safe and festive Independence Day.

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GETAWAY TUESDAY

The London/Glasgow investigation and the Libby commutation aftermath continue to dominate our news, and we have our best correspondents on both stories.  We'll have reporting from our London team, and a special look by Andrea Mitchell tonight at this President's legacy.

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Early Nightly is up

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Brian previews some of the stories we're working on for tonight's broadcast.

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Medal of Honor: Bernard F. Fisher

MohbookEvery weekday for 110 straight days we will feature a different living recipient of the Medal of Honor. These are the men who have received their nation's highest military honor. Brian is a board member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. The words and photos are courtesy of Artisan Books, publishers of "Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty by Peter Collier with photographs by Nick Del Calzo.

BERNARD F. FISHER
Major, U.S. Air Force  1st Air Commandos
Fisher_85 After serving briefly in the Navy at the end of World War II, Bernard Fisher spent 1947 to 1950 in the Air National Guard, then joined ROTC while he was a college student in Utah. Commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1951, he served as a jet fighter pilot in the Air Defense Command until 1965, when he volunteered to serve in Vietnam.

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HOT OFF THE RENTED COPY MACHINE

   
For the president's traveling press corps, the story Monday was supposed to be the complex U.S.-Russia relations with the visit of President Vladimir Putin to the Bush family compound.

But a news jolt snapped me back to the Libby case.

When the president learned that a court refused to let former
Cheney advisor, Lewis "Scooter" Libby remain free during his appeal, Mr. Bush was with Putin. 

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POOTIE AND THE BLUEFISH

The headline worked until I realized that whoever speculated on the radio this morning that President Bush would take President Putin fishing for Blues was totally wrong. I saw the pool video feed come into the building this morning, and I noticed 41's boat "Fidelity III" was idling just off the rocks at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Me.  That can usually only mean one thing, as veterans of New England salt water fishing well know: striped bass. Apparently, Putin caught the only striper (a helluva fish -- an estimated 30-incher), which led someone at our editorial meeting to speculate that KGB divers actually hooked it for him under the boat.  It was worth watching the video this morning just to see the clothing of the participants: the president in a blue jacket with "43" emblazoned on the front, and Putin wearing what you'd expect the former head of the KGB to wear fishing: a kind of action-figure outfit, later shown to be a rather form-fitting, short-sleeve shirt under a windbreaker.  In truth, the two men have some very serious business to transact during their 13th meeting, and we'll report on that tonight.

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When a job is life changing

Can you imagine your child saying "Mommy, I wish I had cancer?”  Believe it or not, that is what Tommy Watson once said to his mother Dianne. When she asked him why, her son said, “because then at least there would be a chance I could be normal.”

She told me that story as we were sitting at a picnic table outside the new Walgreen's distribution Center in Anderson, S.C., and I was dumbfounded. But it was also the moment I fully understood the magnitude of the story I was covering that day.

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Medal of honor: John W. Finn

MohbookEvery weekday for 110 straight days we will feature a different living recipient of the Medal of Honor. These are the men who have received their nation's highest military honor. Brian is a board member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. The words and photos are courtesy of Artisan Books, publishers of "Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty by Peter Collier with photographs by Nick Del Calzo.

JOHN W. FINN
Aviation Ordnance Chief, U.S. Navy
Finn_82John Finn dropped out of school after the seventh grade and worked at various jobs until a few days before his seventeenth birthday, when he joined the Navy. It was 1926, and the world seemed permanently at peace, without even a rumor of war. What Finn wanted was to travel. Over the next few years, he got his wish, serving on a variety of ships that took him up through the Panama Canal and six hundred miles up the Yangtze River.

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Early Nightly is up

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Brian admits in today's vlog he was tempted not to come to the office because it's just so beautiful outside, but the news of the day made that impossible (as it does most days for Brian). Here he previews some of the reasons he's not relaxing poolside.
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