It's been a long time since we last saw what happened today. Federal judge Samuel Alito's nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but only by a strict, party line vote. It now goes to the full Senate where, without big, notable and newsworthy defections, the Dems just don't have the math on their side. Barring a last-minute exigency, Justice Alito will become the next identifiable swing vote on what is now the Roberts Court. Pete Williams will likely start us off there tonight, unless our story order changes between now and airtime.
We are just back from New Orleans, and tonight, we will air a conversation we had with a resident of the Ninth Ward. We will also take a moment for something we didn't really do last night, prompted in part by a friend of mine, a television producer, who asked me today, "Is it still really bad down there?" We'll try to point out just how bad it is down there. As the local axiom goes, "It's the day after Katrina." In the Ninth Ward, it most certainly is.
Also in tonight's broadcast: a progress report on the re-building effort in Iraq, a preview of tomorrow's Palestinian elections, the fallout from yesterday's Ford Motor announcement, and the Congressional investigation into preparedness warnings that could have made a huge difference in how Katrina was handled. Also tonight, we'll air the first installment of our new series on a problem faced by so many of us of a certain age: parenting our own children while caring for our own parents, to varying degrees.
We hope you can join us for all of it.