On Friday’s NewsHour…


JUSTICE STEVENS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT | Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced he will retire this summer, after 35 years leading the court’s liberal coalition. Judy Woodruff talks to experts Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal and constitutional scholars Kathleen Sullivan and John McGinnis about the possible candidates to replace him and the Senate confirmation battle that will likely ensure.

INVESTIGATING THE HOUSING BUBBLE | Former executives of mortgage giant Fannie Mae testified about its role in the collapse of the housing market. Jeffrey Brown talks to Andrew Jakabovics, associate director of housing and economics for the Center of American Progress and Edward Pinto, a financial services consultant.

VIRGINIA VOTERS EXAMINE HEALTH REFORM | In the second of two reports on the implications of the new health care law in Congress, Betty Ann Bowser reports from Virginia on the footing for Democrat incumbents in November as Rep. Tom Perriello meets with constituents.

BROOKS AND MARCUS: POLITICAL WRAP | Columnists David Brooks and Ruth Marcus sort through the top political stories of the week, including the weight of Justice Stevens’ retirement in Congress and Michigan Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak’s decision not to run for congress again.

Friday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Jeffrey Brown. Kwame Holman will have the day’s other news and a look at Web features, including an Art Beat interview with musician Brad Mehldau about his new album and a look ahead at a special series starting Monday. Plus, Marcia Coyle answers your questions about what Justice Stevens’ exit means for the court, and NewsHour Extra features a lesson plan on the confirmation process.

We hope you join us.