Nightly News | November 17, 2011
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: And maybe this will heal the partisan divide in Washington . The Washington Post reports six lawmakers have organized the Senate 's first ever secret Santa gift exchange. How cute is that? So far more Dems than Republicans have signed up. Minnesota Democrat Al Franken was a primary backer of the effort which the paper says is meant to inspire collegiality. They've placed a $10 limit on gifts.
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: In a tangentially related item, the National Debt Clock cranked past $15 trillion this week and still no agreement on budget cutting in Washington . Up