Brian is en route to Torino, Italy this evening... and will be anchoring the broadcast from there tomorrow night. So while he travels, I'll substitute in the chair tonight.
We will begin in Washington where there were fireworks on Capitol Hill with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales making the case for the Bush administration's domestic spying program. Gonzales denied that the President broke any laws with the warrantless wiretaps... and called the program "necessary" and an "early warning system" against terrorist attacks. But there were tough questions from both Democrats and Republicans... with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., suggesting a special federal court review the program's legality. Chip Reid will have the highlights for us tonight.
Other major news out of Washington... jury selection began today for Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person in the U.S. ever charged in connection with the 9/11 hijackings... and Moussaoui's behavior seemed to mimic Saddam Hussein. He was led out of the courtroom several times for disruptions, interrupting the court to state "I'm al-Qaida" and calling the courtroom a circus. The judge has set a timetable of about a month to seat a jury, with prosecutors acknowledging how hard it will be to find impartial people who can put emotions aside. Pete Williams will have all the details.
Also... Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell with new developments on the administration's effort to stop Iran's nuclear program, White House Correspondent Kelly O'Donnell with details on the Bush budget for 2007. Hope to see you tonight.