By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
It's hard to believe that a week ago tonight we were reporting on tense negotiations to find a buyer for troubled investment house Lehman Brothers. As we now know, Lehman turned out to be one portion of a house of financial cards that came tumbling down last week. Tonight we'll report on where lawmakers stand as they try to finalize a proposed $700 billion bailout plan.
The financial crisis continues to drive the talking points of the presidential campaign. Lee Cowan will wrap things up from the campaign trail.
My colleague Ann Curry will be with us tonight from Islamabad with more on Saturday's Marriott Hotel bombing. In addition, we'll get a progress report on recovery efforts in the hurricane zone, as millions continue to seek normalcy after Ike's devastating visit a week ago.