By Natalie Morales, NBC News anchor
Good evening, I'm Natalie Morales in for Brian, who continues to enjoy some time off.
On the broadcast tonight, fresh off his west coast trip, the President is calling for a new beginning and reaching out with diplomacy to Iran-- a nation once labeled by the Bush adminstration as part of the "Axis of Evil." In another historic move, the President broadcast his message to the Iranian people in a videotape subtitled in Farsi, urging both nations to come together, after decades of strained relations. Andrea Mitchell will report on the significance of this change in foreign policy and how the President's message is being received in Iran and the rest of the world.
Chuck Todd will also take a look ahead at what will be another pivotal week for the President as he continues to sell the country on his $787 billion economic stimulus plan with another prime time address on Tuesday in prime time (8 Eastern). After another week of outrage over the bonuses paid out to AIG executives, the president today said his program "will not be an excuse for waste and abuse." Meanwhile, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke also is speaking out today against perverse incentives and compensation packages given to executives at several ailing companies that received bailout money.
On that front we continue to dig deep into the current financial crisis and how we got here. Tom Costello reports on what has become ground zero for AIG's meltdown... which originated out of it's London office. There, selling unregulated insurance products exploded into millions of dollars for the company and several of its employees. We also have an exclusive look at what went wrong in the multi-trillion-dollar mortgage business and what some describe as the match that lit the fuse. A 15-year industry veteran and former senior executive is speaking out for the first time. Dateline NBC's Chris Hansen reports.
Another busy day here. Hope you'll join us for the broadcast tonight.