On Monday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  January 18, 2010 at 4:23 PM EST

Tonight on the PBS NewsHour, the latest from Haiti, Afghanistan and Massachusetts, plus a Martin Luther King Day conversation about black power.

HAITI: Our comprehensive coverage of the tragic situation in Haiti continues tonight. We’ll begin the broadcast with two reports from our partners at Independent Television News. Correspondents Bill Neely and Jon Snow report from Port-au-Prince.

U.S. AMBASSADOR: Then, an interview with Kenneth Merten, the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, about the US response to the crisis, and the latest situation on the ground in the Haitian capital.

HIGH TECH RELIEF: Correspondent Tom Bearden reports on the way in which SMS text messages, and other new technologies, are mobilizing millions of dollars in donations to assist the people of Haiti. We’ll also discuss the issue with Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

AFGHANISTAN ATTACK: The Taliban launched a surprise attack on the center of Kabul this morning, just as President Hamid Karzai was swearing in several members of his new Cabinet. Margaret Warner will have a report on one of the Taliban’s most daring operations to-date in the Afghan capital.

SENATE RACE: President Barack Obama today appeared in a new television advertisement, seeking to boost the chances of a Democratic Party victory in tomorrow’s crucial Senate race to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Tonight, we’ll have the latest on the Massachusetts race and the enormous implications of its outcome.

DARK DAYS, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Finally, a Martin Luther King Day conversation with historian Peniel Joseph about his new book “Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama.”

All that, plus the other news of the day. The anchors tonight are Jeffrey Brown and Ray Suarez, and we hope that you’ll join us.