On Friday’s NewsHour…

BY Leah Clapman  December 4, 2009 at 9:10 PM EDT

Friday night means the analysis of Mark Shields and David Brooks, of course, but before we get to them on tonight’s NewsHour, we’ll have a newsmaker interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a lead story on the jobs numbers released today. In our lead story, Judy Woodruff reports on drops in both the overall unemployment rate and the number of jobs lost in November. The news comes as President Obama prepares a major speech on job creation next week. This week he held a job summit — we posted analysis from economists who attended the summit and have their own ideas about how to generate new jobs. Next, Margaret Warner interviews Secretary of State Clinton from Brussels, where 25 NATO allies agreed to send about 7,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Clinton said it wasn’t a hard sell once President Obama laid out his new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy:

I think it helped in some of the countries that we were asking for additional help because they could go in and say look we have a new strategy, the United States is committed to this strategy, we think we’ll be able to start making transitions in 2011. I think it all added up to a strong argument for being part of it.

Margaret also filed a behind-the-scenes report about her transatlantic flight on Secretary Clinton’s plane. Then NewsHour regulars Shields and Brooks offer their take on reaction to the president’s Afghanistan speech, the better-than-expected jobs numbers and other events this week. And finally tonight, we’ll have a story about changes at the NewsHour. Stay tuned …