The headline worked until I realized that whoever speculated on the radio this morning that President Bush would take President Putin fishing for Blues was totally wrong. I saw the pool video feed come into the building this morning, and I noticed 41's boat "Fidelity III" was idling just off the rocks at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Me. That can usually only mean one thing, as veterans of New England salt water fishing well know: striped bass. Apparently, Putin caught the only striper (a helluva fish -- an estimated 30-incher), which led someone at our editorial meeting to speculate that KGB divers actually hooked it for him under the boat. It was worth watching the video this morning just to see the clothing of the participants: the president in a blue jacket with "43" emblazoned on the front, and Putin wearing what you'd expect the former head of the KGB to wear fishing: a kind of action-figure outfit, later shown to be a rather form-fitting, short-sleeve shirt under a windbreaker. In truth, the two men have some very serious business to transact during their 13th meeting, and we'll report on that tonight.
We continue our reporting on the London and Scotland bombing attempts, and the very basic question: how could those responsible for these spectacular failures be at all affiliated with the spectacular attacks we associate with al-Qaida? We have several correspondents on the story and will have comprehensive coverage tonight.
And while we can't say too much, our own Richard Engel has a rare and exclusive look inside al-Qaida tonight.
Seeing the town of Coffeyville, Kan., in the news all day due to flooding made me think back to my time in Kansas in my first TV job. I was once the proud owner of a car I purchased from Coffeyville Motors. It was the only thing on the lot that I could afford -- a beige Ford Escort. Can you say chick magnet? My wife actually married me despite the fact that I was still driving that car when we first met. Coffeyville is a great town undergoing an awful tragedy, and we'll have a report tonight.
There's also some fascinating data tonight on the link between stress and obesity, and Mika Brzezinski will have a great piece on a big-name American employer deciding to do right by those with special needs.
TODAY IN HISTORY
President Garfield was shot on this date in 1881 -- he died later that summer at the Jersey Shore of his injuries. Rest assured: the Jersey Shore normally has restorative powers. Garfield's problem was the sheer number of physicians who probed his wounds with unwashed hands. Not even the Jersey Shore could save him.
MEDAL OF HONOR
We have dual distinctions before us today. First, there's our biography today of one of America's Medal Of Honor recipients. John Finn is the oldest living recipient -- and was the first to emerge from the Second World War, as his acts of extraordinary bravery came during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Finn, as he's known, is an unbelievable character, with the looks of Kirk Douglas coupled with the demeanor of Mickey Rooney. At our last big meeting in New York this year, Finn volunteered to get up and speak -- because as he put it, he didn't know how much longer he'd be around. My money's on Finn.
Our other task here today is to remember. As a member of the board of the Medal of Honor Foundation, I received an e-mail Saturday night, the last line of which read, "there are now 109 living recipients." One of the great submarine warriors in U.S. history has died. Adm. Gene Fluckey was a Medal of Honor Recipient. Now there are 109. Keep them all, living and dead, in your thoughts and prayers.
We hope you can join us for our broadcast tonight.