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Breaking News

By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor

The "breaking news" banners are up on all the cable networks as a result of what we learned toward the end of our afternoon editorial meeting, when our own Kelly O'Donnell called in from the White House to report a health abnormality regarding the vice president.  While to simply report that he was taken to George Washington University Hospital is a bit misleading, because his doctor is based there, it does appear he has an electrical problem with the upper chamber of his heart -- an irregular heartbeat.  Many Americans live regular lives with such a condition (ideally one that is properly treated) but because Vice President Cheney is who he is -- doctors are taking all precautions.  We are right now re-arranging the broadcast to fit this story in -- we also have stories tonight about transportation, politics, the economy, Russia and more including the first of our special series on African-American women.  Because my time is short and the hour is late, I'm thrilled that this is one of those days when my friend and co-conspirator Andy Franklin has written the great piece below.

As Time Goes By

There haven't been many movies made so far about the war in Iraq -- or the war in Afghanistan.  And the ones that do get made usually struggle to find an audience. That was pretty much the case during the war in Vietnam as well; most of the movies we associate with that war -- Apocalypse Now, Platoon, The Deer Hunter -- came out years after the war itself was over. That wasn't the case with World War II. Perhaps because it was a more popular war, or because it was fought in an era before television, the Second World War was repeatedly dramatized and mythologized on the big screen even as its battles were being fought. One of the best examples of that also happens to be one of the most beloved films of all time: Casablanca, which premiered in New York City on November 26, 1942 - 65 years ago today.