On Friday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  May 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM EST

FINANCIAL REFORM PASSES SENATE | Sweeping reform of the nation’s financial regulatory system passed a key vote in the Senate, fast-tracking the final vote on the overhauls. Judy Woodruff speaks to financial writers Greg Ip of the Economist and Stacy-Marie Ishmael of the Financial Times about the potential impact of the legislation on consumers and businesses.

ART HEIST IN PARIS | The Paris Museum of Modern Art remained closed, following the theft of five paintings valued at more than $110 million. Jeffrey Brown talks to art security and recovery consultant Robert Wittman about the black market for stolen art and security measures meant to protect valuable artifacts.

KARZAI’S POLITICAL RIVAL VISITS U.S. | Former Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah said he plans to build a political alliance to oppose President Hamid Karzai’s government, as Afghanistan looks toward parliamentary elections in September. Margaret Warner talks to Abdullah about Karzai’s leadership and the U.S. effort in Afghanistan.

PROTESTS OVER OKINAWA BASE | Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed the alliance between Japan and the United States, despite an ongoing feud over an airbase in Okinawa. GlobalPost reporter Sonia Narang reports from Japan on the recent protests over the Marine base.

POLITICAL WRAP: SHIELDS AND BROOKS | Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks sort through the top political stories of the week.

Friday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at Web features, including more from Mark Shields and David Brooks on the week’s top political issues, an examination of the differences between the House and Senate versions of financial reform legislation and an Art Beat conversation with author Isabel Allende about her new novel, which explores a chaotic period in Caribbean history.

Plus, watch a video feed of the Gulf oil leak and use our interactive widget to explore estimates of the extent of the spill.

We hope you’ll join us.