On Monday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  May 24, 2010 at 4:24 PM EST

GULF OIL LEAK UPDATE | Obama administration officials and senators said they will hold BP responsible for cleaning up the Gulf spill, as heavy oil seeps into fragile marshland along the coast. Correspondent Tom Bearden gives an update on the damage from Louisiana.

NEWSMAKER: COAST GUARD ADMIRAL THAD ALLEN | Jeffrey Brown talks to Admiral Thad Allen of the U.S. Coast Guard for the latest on the spreading contamination and the government’s role in the response.

SOUTH KOREA SHIP SINKING | Tensions mounted on the Korean Peninsula as South Korea announced plans to suspend trade with communist North Korea over the sinking of a warship in disputed waters two months ago. Judy Woodruff gets two views from experts Selig Harrison, director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy and Balbina Hwang, of National Defense University, about the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan.

SUPREME COURT WATCH: NFL MERCHANDISE CASE | The Supreme Court has ruled that a sportswear company may proceed with its lawsuit against the National Football League. Ray Suarez talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal for more on what the case will mean for competition in the world of sports merchandise.

BOOK CONVERSATION: ISABELLE ALLENDE | Jeffrey Brown looks back at colonialism and slavery in the 19th century Caribbean, from New Orleans to Haiti, in a book conversation with best-selling author Isabelle Allende.

Monday’s anchors are Judy Woodruff and Jeffrey Brown. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at Web features, including a conversation with Miles O’Brien of This Week in Space about the Atlantis space shuttle mission, a debate between Paul Solman and Boston University economist Larry Kotlikoff about the economic future and a newly updated version of our popular Gulf oil tracker widget with a live video feed of the leak.

We hope you join us.