By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
Good afternoon from New York. Brian is taking a few days off and I'll be sitting in for him.
I've been keeping one eye on the auto loan hearings going on in Washington today. The fact the company CEO's drove from Detroit, not to mention arrived with detailed plans of action, has contributed to a somewhat less contentious tone in today's congressional hearings than their last appearance. There have been plenty of mea culpas offered too. Formalities aside however, it's also clear to anyone listening that the industry's request for thirty four billion dollars is flying in the face of some pretty stiff head winds. We will bring you some of that testimony on the newscast tonight.
There are also more big layoffs in the news, and fresh pain in an industry that traditionally leads the economy. On a related note we also have story tonight on how some seasoned war veterans are successfully battling the depressed job market.
Thanks for checking in. I hope you can tune in later for NBC Nightly News.