John Seigenthaler is under the weather so I'll be anchoring tonight's broadcast.
We are keeping pace with today's fast moving events in the Middle East, which include deadly strikes on both sides of the border, including the Lebanese town of Tyre, and the Israeli city of Haifa.
I just spoke to our Beirut bureau chief, Richard Engel, who says the Israeli attacks inside Lebanon are becoming more intense and that the targeting appears to be less specific. Meantime Martin Fletcher is in Haifa, where 8 people were killed by Hezbollah rockets. The strike is fueling concerns that more and more Israeli cities may be in reach of Hezbollah missiles.
On tonight's broadcast, Richard brings us an interview with Lebanon's Prime Minister Fuad Siniora. Siniora tells Richard that there is not much he can do to stop the Hezbollah attacks. He is calling for a ceasefire and international intervention. While Lebanon has a standing army it is not considered a match to the well-armed Hezbollah fighters.
On that point, we've asked Mike Taibbi to put together a special look at Hezbollah, from their political strength to their military capabilities. His piece will be our "In-depth" segment tonight.
One other note on the Middle east. Brian Williams will be on the ground shortly, and will be anchoring Nightly News from the region beginning Monday.
We're also watching NASA preparations for tomorrow's landing of the space shuttle Discovery. I'll be anchoring NBC's live special coverage of the landing tomorrow morning around 9 eastern time.