On Monday’s NewsHour: ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal, Cuban Economic Reforms

BY News Desk  December 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM EST

LAME-DUCK CONGRESS COUNTDOWN | As the 111th Congress winds down, lawmakers are considering one of President Obama’s top foreign-policy items: ratification of a New START nuclear arms deal with Russia. Gwen Ifill discusses Congress’ ambitious agenda for the coming weeks with Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, and Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’ REPEAL | Judy Woodruff talks to Bernard Rostker of the RAND Corporation and Tammy S. Schultz of the Marine Corps War College about what the implementation of the repeal of the long-standing “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay servicemembers from serving in the military could look like on the ground.

CUBA’S ECONOMIC REFORM PUSH | Reporting from Havana, Ray Suarez begins a series with a report on how the country’s economy is adapting to the gradual reforms of President Raul Castro — while maintaining a tradition of socialism.

HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGAL BATTLES | Jeffrey Brown speaks with White House health reform director Nancy-Ann DeParle and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli about whether Americans can be forced to pay for health coverage.

Gwen Ifill and Jeffrey Brown are Monday’s anchors. Hari Sreenivasan will have a look at the day’s other headlines and an overview of Web features.

We hope you’ll join us.