On Friday’s NewsHour: Job-Creation Efforts, Giffords, Shields and Brooks

BY News Desk  January 21, 2011 at 5:14 PM EST

GE CEO TAPPED FOR JOBS PANEL | President Obama named General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to a new economic advisory panel. The move was announced before the president spoke at a plant in Schenectedy, N.Y., where he praised America for having “the most creative and most innovative businesses in the world.” Jeffrey Brown talks to former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich and John Makin of the American Enterprise Institute.

GIFFORDS’ REHABILITATION | Rep. Gabrielle Giffords‘ ambulance and motorcade passed hundreds of well-wishers as she was transported to Houston for the next phase of rehabilitation after being shot almost two weeks ago. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at recovering from brain injury with Dr. Alexander Dromerick of Georgetown University Hospital and Dr. Christina Kwasnica of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

EDUCATION IN SOUTH KOREA | Margaret Warner reports from Seoul, where extraordinary commitment among students has helped the nation’s 15 year olds rank second in the world in reading and fourth in math, well ahead of their American counterparts. Many students take on private study sessions in addition to required coursework.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS | Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks look at the health reform repeal in the House of Representatives, conservative Republicans’ plans for steep federal spending cuts, President Obama’s midterm boost in the polls ahead of the upcoming State of the Union address.

Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff anchor Friday night’s program. Kwame Holman will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

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