By Hoda Kotb, NBC News Anchor
Greetings from sunny Manhattan. Lester Holt (the hardest working man in television) is off today, enjoying some much deserved time with his family. I'm Hoda Kotb and I'll be filling in for Lester this evening. With regards to my name, it's HOE-duh KOT-bee (imagine being me during elementary school roll call).
We are following several stories this afternoon, among them the economy. It is so tough for so many Americans right now. In response, the federal government is announcing some sweeping changes in the way it regulates financial markets. Savannah Guthrie will join us to iron out the details. Along with the economy, we're hot on the political trail this weekend. As you very well know, no one rests in the world of politics. Ron Allen is with Hillary Clinton while Lee Cowan is with Barack Obama. Each will join with updates from the campaign trail.
Finally, one piece you won't want to miss. Skateboarding, often frowned upon, even forbidden in some places, is beginning to show up in school gymnasiums. I hope you'll join me tonight.