In The Line of Firings: Who knew -- when he pushed the "No Child Left Behind Act" -- that President George W. Bush was really looking out... for himself. Our fifth story on the Countdown: the President's petulance against Congress, Democrats, and anybody else he sees thwarting his "id," devolving from last week's buffoonish door-slamming, to a level meriting the use of the word "tantrum." He has accused his critics -- of wasting his time.
You Say Dubai, I say Hello: Rudy Giuliani's travel schedule seems to finally be getting to him. He tells voters in New Hampshire that the Democrats will invite Osama Bin Laden to their inaugural parties. Huh? And wait until you hear what one of his top foreign policy advisers is saying about those who aren't jumping on the attack Irahn bandwagon. That and what's at stake in tonight's democratic candidate presidential debate.
ODDBALL: A streaker at Wembley, high heel racing, and a deer on the loose in Cincinnatti
The GOP Horserace: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's spokesman today denied that her department gave Blackwater mercenaries immunity from prosecution for their deadly shooting of 17 Iraqis last month. But in our number-three story tonight, the spokesman did not deny yesterday's story from the Associated Press...
TiVo Alert! And breaking news of sorts to begin our nightly round-up of celebrity and entertainment stuff... A judge's decision about Britney Spears' kids... presumably made without consideration of the newest publicity photos of her, appearing to seduce a priest.
WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD: Nancy Nord, Billo, and Norman Podhoretz
The Littlest Idol: Just minutes now, until the Democratic Presidential Debate from Drexel University in Philadelphia... here on MSNBC... Moderated by our own Brian Williams, who will be joined by Tim Russert. It will be the seventh Democratic gathering of this campaign season to use the term "Debate". It comes in the wake of a day of rare unison from the top-tier Democrats... in opposing the confirmation of the Attorney General-nominee... Judge Michael Mukasey... Two days after a second-tier candidate had done the same.