On Friday’s NewsHour…
EGYPT UNREST | Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Cairo for what was called a “day of departure” for President Hosni Mubarak. The demonstrations remained mostly peaceful as President Obama avoided calling for Mubarak’s immediate resignation during a news conference. Margaret Warner talks with writer Wael Nawara, a key figure in Egypt’s opposition movement.
JOBS NUMBERS | December unemployment numbers sent mixed signals for economic recovery. The jobless rate dipped .4 percent to 9 percent, but a survey of businesses found only a net gain of 36,000 jobs last month. Jeffrey Brown assesses those numbers with New York Times economic reporter David Leonhardt.
EGYPT-U.S. RELATIONS | As demonstrators continue calls for President Hosni Mubarak’s immediate resignation, the U.S. faces diplomatic challenges for its relationship with Egypt. Judy Woodruff talks with Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Marc Lynch of George Washington University and Hisham Melhem of al-Arabiya TV, an Arab-language satellite news channel.
SHIELDS AND BROOKS | Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week’s political developments, including December unemployment data and the U.S. response to unrest in Egypt.
REAGAN CENTENNIAL | Judy Woodruff previews “Role of a Lifetime,” a new PBS documentary on the political life of former first lady Nancy Reagan. We also revisit Jim Lehrer’s 1989 interview with President Ronald Reagan.
Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff anchor Friday night’s program. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.
We hope you’ll join us.