For the first time since arriving (admittedly, very early) for these games, it's beginning to feel a lot like the Olympics. In the plaza across from Torino City Hall, some local folks are starting to party and celebrate -- and it feels as if a million people are about to descend on this place. The presence of the torch literally lit up the downtown area, and now it feels like the run-up to a global event at the foot of the Italian Alps.
As we put the broadcast together tonight, here's how it looks: We'll take a good look at the story surrounding the President's comments about a foiled plot in Los Angeles (and the mayor's comments, saying in effect: a lot of this is news to HIM). We'll cover the ongoing troubles caused by the editorial cartoons, and the deal to renew the Patriot Act... a development that took place during our afternoon editorial meeting. We'll look at the newest wrinkle in e-mail... paying for the privilege to prevent spam... and we have a fascinating piece tonight on efforts to save the nearby glaciers. The global warming evidence that is just being published is reverberating loudly throughout the Italian Alps.
We will join you tonight from one of the many piazzas here in Torino, on what is shaping up to be another cold night (predicted temperature during tomorrow night's Opening Ceremony is 22 degrees), and as always, we hope you'll join us.