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updated 4/14/2005 12:01:21 PM ET 2005-04-14T16:01:21

5 p.m. ET
Our main studio, the one Monica broadcasts from, isn't located in New York City.  We are just outside in a nearby town in New Jersey.  There is basically nothing around here besides a smattering of outlet malls, and how many times can you go to Mikasa?

As there are no restaurants within walking distance and I drive like Mr. Magoo, I take all my meals in our cafeteria, cleverly known as the "Dot Commissary."  Oh, those corporate office guys are a hoot.

This place has set a record on how many things you can do with chicken, but their warm buffalo chicken wrap is inspired.  It is the only item they sell that can literally get these people to line up like its audition day for American Idol.  It's damn good.

So, the DeLay dilemma seems to be getting stickier.  I'm not sure that he is guilty of anything that most U.S. Congressman don't also do, and we will discuss that.  But I think more important than whether or not he accepted free trips from lobbyists is what kind of reform is necessary on the House Ethics Committee.  This is really an equal opportunity kind of scandal and both sides of the aisle are culpable. 

There was also an interesting story today about the U.S. openly sending funds to pro-democracy groups in Iran.  Monica tells me that this has been going on covertly for years, but coming out of the proverbial closet with it is interesting.  Funding insurgency can be risky business.  It certainly backfired when we chose to support the Taliban in their battle against Soviet occupation.  How do we know we are on the right side?  We'll discuss.

And this week marks the 60th anniversary of FDR's death at Warm Springs.  We'll be joined by historian Doug Brinkley for a really provocative conversation.  What if he had kept Vice President Henry Wallace instead of dumping him for Harry Truman?  Hiroshima may never have happened, for starters.  For better or worse, the world would be a different place.

Send us your thoughts.  

12 p.m. ET
After 14 years of marriage, Senator Russ Feingold and his wife are calling it quits.  This spells the end of any hopes for a 2008 White House bid according to many analysts.  Why? President Reagan had been divorced.  Senator Lieberman was divorced, as was John Kerry.

Divorce is now a reality of American life that transcends blue and red state issues.  Neither party has the moral high ground on failed marriage.  Would you vote for a divorced candidate?  Chances are you already have.  We'll discuss the issue today.

And tonight NBC airs the first installment of a new miniseries based on the last book of the Bible, Revelations.  It chronicles a nun and a scientist on a mission to read the signs that the Apocalypse is approaching.  It's just the latest in a trend of pop culture religious works like "The Da Vinci Code" and "Passion of the Christ."  To what extent do Americans watch and read these works of fiction and declare them historically accurate?  We'll explore.

Later, yet another recording industry lawsuit, this time against college students downloading music off of Internet2, a kind of campus to campus network.  As soon as someone explains to me Internet2 is, we'll bring you the story.  I'm kidding.  Sort of.

Send us your e-mails: Maciulis@MSNBC.com or Connected@MSNBC.com.

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