On Monday’s NewsHour: Egypt’s Future, Huffington Post Purchase

BY News Desk  February 7, 2011 at 5:12 PM EST

EGYPT ATTEMPTS TO QUIET UNREST | The Egyptian government moved Monday to defuse protests, offering public-sector workers a pay raise. Margaret Warner reports from Cairo with reaction from people inside and outside the city’s central square. Then Jeffrey Brown discusses negotiations between opposition leaders and the government of President Hosni Mubarak with Michael Singh of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and columnist Mona Eltahawy.

OBAMA WOOS BUSINESS | President Obama told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been critical of him and spent heavily to win GOP control in the House, that he wanted the business community’s help to tackle “burdensome” corporate taxes. Gwen Ifill speaks with Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large of the American Prospect and columnist for The Washington Post, about who stands to gain in these new overtures between the Obama administration and the business community.

PLAYWRIGHT ANNA DEAVERE SMITH | Judy Woodruff speaks with actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith about her one-woman play, “Let Me Down Easy,” which tackles health care and the body through the eyes of more than two dozen different characters.

HUFFINGTON AND AOL CEO ON BUYOUT | In a bid to regain its foothold in online media, Internet giant AOL is purchasing The Huffington Post news blog for $315 million. Jeffrey Brown discusses the details of the buyout with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post.

Gwen Ifill and Jeffrey Brown anchor Monday night’s program. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

We hope you’ll join us.