On Friday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  September 17, 2010 at 4:19 PM EDT

OBAMA APPOINTS NEW CONSUMER CZAR | President Obama appointed Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren to head the new consumer financial protection agency. Judy Woodruff talks to banking industry consultant Bert Ely and Professor Lynn Stout about what is expected of the new agency.

AFGHANISTAN PREPARES FOR ELECTION | Amid war, Afghan citizens prepare for parliamentary elections. Ray Suarez looks at what’s at stake in Saturday’s elections.

AFGHAN FIREFIGHT| James Foley a reporter with the Global Post, takes us directly in the line of fire when he accompanied an American infantry unit that was ambushed by insurgents.

MIDEAST PEACE TALKS | The second round of Middle East peace talks took place this week in Egypt and Jerusalem between Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post gives an update.

CONSERVATIVES TRY TO SHAPE MESSAGE | Kwame Holman looks into how social conservatives are trying to shape the Republican message for the fall campaign.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS WEEKLY ANALYSIS | Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze this week’s top news.

Friday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff. Hari Sreenivasan has the day’s other top news stories and look at the Web features. Here on the Rundown, there’s more on Shields and Brooks later tonight and Paul Solman offers his analysis of Elizabeth Warren’s role as a consumer advocate on his Making Sense page. Plus, researchers examine how underwater bacteria are gobbling up the natural gas released by the leak.

Also on the Art Beat, Jeffrey Brown interviews author Gary Shteyngart about his new novel ‘Super Sad True Love Story’.

We hope you’ll join us.