A substitute in the anchor chair tonight and on The Daily Nightly... have no fear though, Brian will be back tomorrow.
An interesting story in our broadcast tonight... and some debate internally over how to cover it. Dawna Friesen is going to update us on a controversy that started in Denmark. It involves published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The cartoons, which first appeared back in September, have been reprinted this week in other European newspapers, prompting new outrage from the Muslim world. One of the images shows a depiction of the prophet wearing a hat in the shape of a bomb. The newspapers cite their right to freedom of expression, but the protests are growing and becoming violent. Reuters is reporting that a dozen gunmen in Gaza surrounded the offices of the European Union demanding an apology, and that gunmen kidnapped and later released a German citizen from a hotel in the West Bank. Some newspapers in Germany had reprinted the cartoons. After some discussion in our editorial meeting, we have decided not to show the cartoons explicitly. We are trying to treat this issue with care and sensitivity while still bringing you the story. I am sure we will get some feedback on this. Looking forward to it.
In addition... a lot of news out of Washington tonight. Iran's nuclear weapons program and almost certain referral to the U.N. Security Council; more debate over the NSA surveillance program; and a new majority leader in the House of Representatives. We will have all the details in the broadcast. Hope to see you then.