by Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
If you've been anywhere near a TV this past week you've heard plenty of references to the 'R' word – as if the word recession is some sort of profanity – or that actually saying it will make it come true. Economist say if we're not there yet, we are, in fact, close to a recession. Either way, it's certainly nothing we should be talking around. A new AP-Ipsos poll finds the economy has now tied the war in Iraq as the issue of most concern to Americans. Tonight on Nightly News we will show you how the faltering economy is putting enormous pressure on both the White House and Congress to act, and why there could be a rare moment of cooperation to get something done quickly.
The economy is also on the lips of the Republican presidential candidates making their way through Michigan this weekend. Michigan has lost a lot of jobs, and that will be on the minds of voters in next Tuesday's primary. NBC's Ron Allen will set the scene for us there tonight.
We will have a late update this evening on a story many of us have been following involving a missing pregnant Marine. The burnt remains of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach were recovered today from the backyard of a fellow Marine, along with the remains of the unborn baby she had been carrying. That fellow Marine, who Lauterbach had accused of raping her, is now wanted for her murder. NBC's Martin Savidge is working that story for us.
We'll also have Dawn Fratangelo's look at what a military tour of duty in Iraq is like through the eyes of the children who watch their moms and dads march off to war.
I hope you can join us tonight for the Saturday edition of NBC Nightly News.