updated 6/29/2005 9:57:04 AM ET 2005-06-29T13:57:04

5 p.m. ET

In our afternoon edition, a look ahead to tonight's primetime speech—the President live from Ft. Bragg. 

And later in the hour, the "Gray Lady" is hoping to add a touch of red.  "The New York Times" is hoping to appeal to more conservative readers in an attempt to boost credibility.  Will it work?

On the blogs today, reaction to a hearing that is underway at the Federal Elections Commission.  Bloggers Mike Krempasky from Red State as well as Kos and others are explaining why they feel the Internet, and particularly blogs, should be exempt from campaign finance reforms that would restrict speech.  Bloggers were able to blog live from the hearing.  Some interesting stuff to share.

And Ian, The Political Teen, has launched a fantastic new site all about Natalee Holloway who has been missing in Aruba for a month.  The case has tons of twists and turns and Ian has been on top of every one.  I'll share that site and others on the subject.

Join us for a great show.

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Tonight the President addresses the men and women of Ft. Bragg, as well as the nation, and MSNBC will bring you that speech live at 8 p.m.

Of the many questions about the Iraq war that I would like him to address, one in particular stands out: Is the insurgency in its "last throes?"  According to Dick Cheney, the opposition forces are breathing their last, hiding in holes and rapidly dissipating.  But then I heard Rumsfeld say that the insurgency could last for up to twelve years.  Which is it?

We'll discuss this today, and also throw in some chat about the need for patience.  As Monica stated so eloquently yesterday, the problems Iraq is facing are no different than those encountered by other budding democracies including our own.  We cannot measure success in days.  It will take years.

Should the U.S. be there every step of the way?

And later, a subject I am eager to bring to you.  Atlanta is cracking down on panhandlers in an effort to keep them off the streets near tourist attractions.  Opponents say the laws are racist and target the poor.  That last part seems obvious as I don't happen to know very many rich panhandlers, but there is certainly a debate to be had.  Panhandlers are annoying, I won't lie to you.  I'm not sure if I feel they should be arrested.  We'll discuss.

And on the heels of a confusing set of rulings on The Ten Commandments, we'll chat with Roy Moore, the former Alabama Chief Justice, to get his take on the developments.

Join us and email me.

Maciulis@MSNBC.com

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