Not to build false suspense, but there are many moving parts as we go through the afternoon approaching airtime. In the time since our afternoon editorial meeting, our planned story rundown has changed substantially... and to watch CNBC at this hour is to get nervous over the immediate future of the economy.
Wall Street is making news, the NASDAQ is down to levels not seen since 2004. The Dow is down a full 3% in just nine days, erasing all its highs so far this year. Google stock (and keep in mind: you can buy a very nice color television set for less than the cost of a single share of Google) dropped almost $37 a share.
Remember the No. 2 man in al-Qaida who was supposedly inside the building leveled by that U.S. missile strike a week ago today? He has just released an audio tape. Yesterday's Bin Laden tape is still with us, in terms of the questions it raises about our security: questions we will pose in a live interview with a high-level official in the federal government on tonight's broadcast. Also tonight, the passing (safely, we pray) of the Jill Carroll deadline, the continuation of our series of reports on stroke, the hubbub in the River Thames, and we continue our popular series "Making A Difference."
Sorry for the late post... too many people in my office, promo to tape, and now items to write for the broadcast. Off we go, and we hope you can join us for our Friday edition. Have a good weekend.