By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
There aren't that many unprocessed, genuine moments in politics anymore -- but something very close took place this afternoon, when Ted Kennedy returned to the well of the Senate and received a spontaneous, bi-partisan standing ovation. He returned chiefly for the Medicare vote -- and the tableau of the Senate floor drove home what strange bedfellows that body of 100 members can produce. We're also watching a breaking story involving Rev. Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama. As they say...developing...
Our time is short this afternoon due to committments that many of us had that took us away from the newsroom in the middle of the day -- we're all back and about to hunker down. I heartily recommend the writing of my Washington colleague, veteran NBC News producer (and U.S. military veteran) John Rutherford. It has to do with a great American story.
We hope you can join us for the broadcast tonight.