By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
We're in Atlanta tonight -- as I'll say somewhere in the body of the newscast, I'm here for a big dinner honoring 35 of the 105 living Medal of Honor recipients tonight (on whose board I serve) and so the broadcast comes with me.
I'm linking to an interesting piece of writing by a friend: correspondent Ron Allen has written this piece on the fly from the Clinton campaign, as detailed and interesting analysis piece as you'll see out there today.
The weather here is just awful. Steady and heavy rain, and we're all watching the weather radar on MSNBC as the bigger stuff moves north and east from Alabama. This could get interesting: the thunderstorms are due to arrive just about the time we go on the air. I haven't visited Atlanta since the tornado that tore through the downtown section, and the sight is striking: so many hi-rise buildings have missing windows -- while duct tape covers large cracks in some of them, others are just gone -- some replaced by plywood, some not. It's not unlike the sight of the New Orleans skyline when we first emerged from the Superdome the morning of Katrina. We of course never associate twisters with crowded, built-up metropolitan areas -- this was an aberration, and a strong one. The damage is still very visible.
We have a full broadcast for you tonight -- from Israel to Washington to California to China to Chicago. We hope you can join us.