Good afternoon, everyone. This is Maggie Rodriguez filling in for Katie.
There’s quite a showdown developing over Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. Embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich defied Senate leaders today and appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the seat. Blagojevich said the law requires him to make the appointment, but Senate Democrats say they won’t let Burris serve. Cynthia Bowers reports on the dramatic announcement in Chicago.
So what happens next? Senior Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield shares his analysis.
Turning to the Middle East, new reports indicate Israel is considering a 48-hour ceasefire in Gazaunder the condition that Hamas stops launching its missiles into Israel. But as Mark Phillips reports, there’s a very real possibility that Israel will send in ground troops as part of a full-scale invasion.
Back in the U.S., home prices fell in October by a record 18 percent compared to the previous year. As Kelly Wallace reports, the decline was steepest in the Sun Belt but was felt heavily nationwide.
Finally tonight, as 2008 winds down, we'll take a look back at some of the most fascinating lives that drew to a close over the past year.