On Friday’s NewsHour…


GULF OIL SPILL UPDATE | President Obama traveled to the Gulf for a first-hand look at the damage from the blown out oil well, as efforts continue to plug the leak. Ray Suarez reports on the growing environmental concerns, Tom Bearden gives an update about how Louisiana’s residents and business owners view the government’s response and Jeffrey Brown talks to David Hollander, professor of chemical oceanography at the University of South Florida, for more on the scope of the disaster.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S PRIMARY | Tensions mount in California’s Republican primary race for governor, where over $90 million has already been spent on campaigns. Gwen Ifill reports on the contentious and expensive contest.

GAYS IN THE MILITARY | The House of Representatives has approved a measure that could eliminate the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military. Judy Woodruff reports on the controversy surrounding the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

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 Jeffrey Brown. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at features on the Web, including our live video feed of the oil spill, a conversation with tech guru Tim O’Reilly about using the Internet to promote government transparency and an Art Beat conversation with filmmaker Debra Granik, whose film “Winter’s Bone” won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

We hope you join us.