A very busy Saturday a week before Christmas. There has been a flurry of political activity in Washington this weekend. It is unusual for Congress to work through the weekend... and unusual for the President to deliver his radio address "live" before the TV cameras. But that's what happened today. The hot topics are security and civil liberties. The debate in Congress continues over the Patriot Act. But the other surprise today was the President's announcement in his radio address that he had authorized the National Security Agency TO SPY on Americans and others with links to al-Qaida, calling it a vital too in the war on terror. NBC's Rosiland Jordan will have the latest from the White House and NBC's Chip Reid will bring us reaction from "The Hill."
Also... NBC's Richard Engel will give us a behind-the-scenes view of the voting and the violence on the ground in Iraq, leading up to Thursday's election. We'll have the story of the "Band-Aid Bandit." He's been robbing banks in Florida and continues to eluded police.
And we just received news of the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and self-described muckraker Jack Anderson. He died today at his home in Maryland. Anderson was 83. We'll look back at his life.
That's where we stand this Saturday. We hope to see you tonight.