On Friday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  July 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM EST

TROPICAL STORM MOVES CLOSER TO SPILL | Tropical Storm Bonnie hit southern Florida today on its path towards the Gulf of Mexico and the oil spill. Spencer Michels reports from New Orleans on how the area is making preparations for the storm, and the evacuation efforts from the rig site.

‘PAY CZAR ON EXEC COMPENSATION | Kenneth Feinberg, the Treasury Department’s ‘Pay Czar’, rebuked 17 Wall Street banks for paying what he called “ill advised” bonuses in the midst of the financial crisis. For analysis, Jeffrey Brown talks to Deborah Solomon of the Wall Street Journal.

DISILLUSIONED DEMOCRATS | A year-and-a-half into the Obama administration, Democrats are concerned about a lack of enthusiasm from even their most ardent supporters. Judy Woodruff reports on the worries of the party, with barely 100 days to go before midterm elections.

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

SPAIN’S UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM | Paul Solman wraps up his week-long series on Europe’s economic problems as he reports on Spain’s growing unemployment problem and how five of Spain’s savings banks failed a “stress test” given by regulators.

AUTHOR ROBERT MCCRUM | Ray Suarez sits down with author Robert McCrum to talk about how English became the first language to take hold worldwide.

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 an update on border tensions between Venezuela and Colombia from a Global Post reporter in Bogota, a piece on what liberal bloggers at the Netroots Nation Conference in Las Vegas feel about Democratic party leaders, and an Art Beat interview where Jeffrey Brown talks with the director of the acclaimed movie “The Kids Are All Right.”

Also, on NewsHour Connect, reporter Scott Shafer of our California partner PBS station KQED talks to us about the legal battle over Proposition 8, the law blocking gay marriage.

We hope you’ll join us.