On Friday’s NewsHour…


FINANCIAL REFORM BILL | The House and Senate reached an agreement on a set of Wall Street reforms aimed at preventing another financial meltdown. Jeffrey Brown sits down with guests to break down the provisions of this bill and its potential impact.

LONG TERM UNEMPLOYMENT | Senate Republicans have blocked a jobs bill that would have extended jobless benefits to millions of people who have been out of work for more than six months. Judy Woodruff talks to Lori Montgomery of the Washington Post about why the GOP blocked the bill and what it means for the unemployed.

MENTAL HEALTH IN THE GULF | Gulf residents are facing mental health troubles as they deal with the continuing oil leak, in a region that has still not completely recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Health Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser brings us the second of two reports from New Orleans.

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

WORLD CUP FEVER IN BRAZIL | World Cup Fever rages on in Brazil as the national team continues to find success in the international tournament. Margaret Warner reports from the South American country about its successes on the field as well as its worries about how the Gulf oil leak will affect plans for offshore drilling.

Friday’s anchors are Judy Woodruff and Jeffrey Brown. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at Web features, including an online-exclusive conversation with Mark Shields and David Brooks after the show, and an Art Beat conversation with New York Times Book Review Editor Sam Tanenhaus about new discoveries in the archives of writer John Updike.
Plus, get a jump on Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings next week as Marcia Coyle looks back at memorable moments from hearings past.

We hope you join us.