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Tonight we'll tell the story of the safe release of journalist Jill Carroll. She has already commented extensively on camera, and we'll have that for you tonight. We'll also take a look at how the conflict has changed on the ground in Baghdad: the rise of "organized crime" gangs on the streets, as if the insurgency needed a new wrinkle. David Gregory will report from the 3-way summit in Cancun, and Mike Taibbi will look at the heat that's been turned toward Barry Bonds... or has it?

Dawn Fratangelo will bring us some of the just-released 9/11 tapes (they are beyond chilling to hear, even in their edited form) and George Lewis has a fascinating look at one aspect of the immigration debate.

There is much coverage available concerning the dinner that brought 2,300 of us together in Washington last night (the reason our broadcast originated from there), including this from fishbowlDC. We arrived back in New York to find a number of good stories simmering on the Internet. Among them: the "gesture" as performed by Justice Scalia while emerging from church services last weekend. The Boston Herald continues to run with the story, helped along greatly by the publication of the photo in question today. Then there's Don Powell's quote today about the recovery of New Orleans and his prediction of that city a quarter century from now. Treasury Secretary Snow finds himself anonymously fired again (that has to be a record) and we will ignore for now the e-mail campaign that has struck several of us today. It has to do with allegations that Jill Carroll was somehow complicit in her own abduction. As I exited the Washington Hilton this morning, I remembered that history was made there 25 years ago today. While the door that Ronald Reagan exited that morning has since been reconfigured, it's still striking to stand on that site.

Just when you start to think that some time has passed since the 9/11 attacks, evidence presents itself, as it has this week, that would indicate otherwise. Here in New York, city officials say construction workers found HUMAN REMAINS from 9/11, apparently on the roof of the Deutsche Bank building, across from what used to be the World Trade Center. Think for a moment about what that means. Think about the acquaintance of mine who lost her son on that day, and was forced to bury the only remains that were ever recovered on the site: a jaw bone. And now all those families are forced to wonder all over again.

And how has air travel changed since that day? Let's look at one vignette from earlier today and ask how we've advanced the cause. The scene: Washington Reagan National Airport. An elderly man (a member, if I might say, of the Greatest Generation) arrived at the security checkpoint in his wheelchair. Absent a system in place to screen those in wheelchairs, he was forced to sit in a glassed-in bullpen and wait until a TSA agent was free to conduct a hand search. Veteran fliers know there's a certain indignity about the "bullpen" -- especially this one, as it's the focal point of all those passing through security. It has a vaguely criminalizing effect on even the most innocent of temporary inhabitants. And while common sense might perhaps dictate that this individual posed the least risk to aviation safety of anyone going through that checkpoint at that hour of the morning, he waited without complaint and endured a hand search that many would consider intrusive. Behind him a woman walking with the aid of a cane waited her turn for the same treatment. As one traveler muttered while retrieving his briefcase, coat, shoes, belt, watch, wallet, cellphone and pager from a flotilla of gray bins, "there has GOT to be a better way." While the TSA agents are following orders and procedures as they must, and while "a better way" in this case must come from science and industry, the question could fairly be posed: how far have we come since 9/11?

We hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast.