Okay, I've got to be honest. I was kicking myself earlier for agreeing to fill in for Brian tonight, for no other reason except it's a spectacular summer day in the city: bright and breezy and not too warm.
But now, as the brainiacs of Nightly debate the order of the stories we have to tell you tonight, I feel lucky I decided to stay inside.
The conversations are intensely passionate, assessing all the topics of what has become an illuminating news day:
New GDP numbers out today are giving us some important clues about where our economy is and where its headed.
Our brave Jim Maceda offers some powerful reporting up close in Afghanistan, where today's casualties made this month the deadliest of the 9-year war.
People in Los Angeles say they can now smell smoke from a fire burning just 50 miles away, we are having to stay on top of on that.
In a sudden unexpected burst New York Congressman Anthony Weiner came unglued in the debate over a health care bill for 9/11 workers. Thank goodness for the talents of Kelly O'Donnell who'll give us the all important context we need to understand his rant.
Lisa Myers has been investigating the impact of those chemical dispersants on the oil in the Gulf, and her findings are telling, so we are trying to give her the time she needs for her story.
And get this. It turns out that so many of you responded to our Making a Difference report last week about how hard the recession has hit America's poor – including the woman who started a food bank in response – that the Nightly News producers want me to give you a little update tonight. I bet it makes you smile.
So we are not outside in the sun. But from our window, we get to see the whole world, and in spite of everything, there is so much beauty.