On Friday’s NewsHour…
JOBS NUMBERS – December’s unemployment report was published early this morning, and showed the country losing a net 85,000 jobs – worse than analysts had been expecting. On the program tonight, we’ll talk to David Leonhardt of the New York Times about the numbers, and what they say about the economy’s future.
DETROIT ARRAIGNMENT – The Nigerian man accused of attempting to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day made his first appearance in federal court today. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was charged with attempted murder, and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Paul Egan of the Detroit News tells us what happened inside and outside the courtroom.
INTELLIGENCE ASSESSMENT – Judy Woodruff continues our reporting on the aftermath of the attempted Christmas Day bombing with a look at how intelligence is gathered and analyzed, and a discussion with Former US Senator Slade Gorton (R-Wash.), and Jamie Gorelick who served as Deputy US Attorney General in the Clinton Administration.
MAKING SENSE – Paul Solman’s series on making sense of financial news explores why employers are hiring so slowly. Tonight, Paul reports from Atlanta.
SHIELDS AND BROOKS- The weekly analysis of syndicated columnist Mark Shields, and David Brooks of the New York Times.
WEB-ONLY – Finally, Hari Sreenivasan gives a tour of new features on the website, including: an interview with New York Times reporter David Leonhardt about the health of the U.S. jobs market; an update from Paul Solman on some of the job seekers we profiled last year; the next in our series on “The Next Chapter of Reading” – a look at the newest e-readers on display at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.
Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff anchor tonight’s edition of the broadcast. We hope you’ll join us.