On Friday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  July 16, 2010 at 4:59 PM EST

CAP CONTINUES TO HALT LEAK | With the new containment cap in place for the past 24 hours and no new signs of oil leaking into the Gulf, President Obama called the news hopeful but reaffirmed the need for a permanent solution. Tom Bearden reports from Louisiana on what this means for the region and how locals are reacting to the news.

FALLOUT FROM RECORD SETTLEMENT | The record $550 million dollar settlement between investment giant Goldman Sachs and the Securities and Exchange Commission has begun to draw debate from all sides. Jeffrey Brown talks to experts on whether the settlement was a victory for the bank, or for the federal regulators.

MAKING $ENSE: PRIVATE EQUITY | As part of his ongoing series of reports on making sense of economic news, Paul Solman looks at what happens when private equity firms use borrowed money to buy companies.

TENSION BETWEEN DEMOCRATS | It has been a tension-filled week for both the White House and Congressional Democrats after Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ statements about Democrats’ chances in the fall’s midterm election. Kwame Holman reports.

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

NEW ALZHEIMER’S TEST PROVIDES HOPE | Margaret Warner reports on a new, early method of detecting Alzheimer’s Disease, and how it can change the way doctors treat it in the future.

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…a web-only interview on the Rundown with Mark Shields and David Brooks, a talk with C-Net editor Kent German about the reaction to Steve Jobs’ press conference on the iPhone 4′s antenna problems, and Art Beat marks the 50th anniversary of landmark novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ as Jeffrey Brown interviews author and filmmaker Mary Murphy about the book’s lasting power and popularity.

Also, you can follow the latest developments on BP’s cap of the broken well head by watching our live video feed.

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