Due to the fact that we are moving people and equipment all over the planet to cover the escalating Mideast conflict, this will have to be brief today. If you saw our broadcast last night, or have watched any of MSNBC's coverage today, you know our folks are right there in the action, with the story covered. We'll check in with at least four of our correspondents on this story. We have every single aspect of this story covered tonight. I thought the Friedman piece in The New York Times was interesting today -- though not everyone will agree with his premise. This is an explosive issue with hardened opinions on both sides... as a glance at our average daily viewer e-mails would instantly prove.
Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., appearing on CNBC, just called on the administration to send a high-level emissary to the region to get involved in this. He mentioned Colin Powell and James Baker for starters. CNBC is quoting a senior aide at the White House as saying the U.S. is "walking into deep water" on this -- a reference to the various ways this crisis could break and the dangers for all involved and their sponsors.
Also tonight, the effect on oil prices. That is how this story will resonate in this country, even for those who don't make it a habit to stay in touch with developments in the Middle East.
Domestically tonight, we will also look at what has happened to crime rates and why. We'll check in on the fires in California. And we'll close tonight with our popular segment MAKING A DIFFERENCE. Mike Taibbi has an extraordinary story on one of my favorite subjects: veterans.
We hope you will join us tonight, have a good weekend, and we'll see you on Monday... wherever the news sends us by then.