On Monday’s NewsHour…


GULF OIL LEAK UPDATE | As the Obama administration ratcheted up pressure on BP to start an independently monitored escrow fund to expedite damage claims for people and businesses in the Gulf region, Ray Suarez speaks with two attorneys about the White House’s legal authority to enforce the damage awards.

PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS GULF COAST | With President Obama making another trip to the Gulf Coast, Judy Woodruff speaks with presidential historian Michael Beschloss, professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the University of Pennsylvania and Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and MSNBC for more on the president’s role in the disaster.

MINERAL RESOURCES IN AFGHANISTAN | A U.S. geologic survey has uncovered at least $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan. Margaret Warner talks to New York Times reporter James Risen on what the valuable natural resources could mean for the Afghan economy and the ongoing war with the Taliban.

RARE EARTH MINERALS AND TECHNOLOGY | Correspondent Kira Kay reports on the hunt for the rare earth metals, elements found almost exclusively in China, that are key to the U.S.’s emerging green technologies, despite their short supply.

THEATER: JUSTICE THURGOOD MARSHALL | Jeffrey Brown reports on a one-man show about the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Monday’s anchors are Ray Suarez and Judy Woodruff. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other news and a look at our stories on the Web, including an Art Beat conversation with the director of a film about the 1966 North Korea World Cup team and more of Jeffrey Brown’s interview with actor Lawrence Fishburne of “Thurgood.”

On Tuesday night, we’ll have special coverage of the president’s Oval Office address about the Gulf oil disaster both on-air and online.

We hope you’ll join us.