On Your New Year’s Eve NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  December 31, 2009 at 5:20 PM EDT

AFGHAN ATTACK | The CIA announced today that seven of its employees were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Six others were injured. The dead included a mother of three who headed the targeted CIA post. Tonight, Jeffrey Brown reports the latest news on one of the deadliest attacks on CIA personnel in its history. Then Ray Suarez talks to Joby Warrick, who’s been covering the story for the Washington Post.

BLACKWATER | Late this afternoon, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., dismissed all charges against five Blackwater security guards accused of killing civilians in Baghdad in 2007. Reporter Matt Apuzzo of the Associated Press will give us the background on the decision.

INTELLIGENCE REVIEW | President Obama, vacationing in Hawaii, received a preliminary assessment of the “human and systemic failure” that he says occurred in the run-up to last week’s attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner as it flew into Detroit. He announced plans to hold meetings with agency chiefs in Washington on Tuesday. Tonight, Jeff Brown interviews three veterans of the intelligence community: Charles Allen, former undersecretary of intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security; Tyler Drumheller, a former director of CIA operations for Europe; and Paul Pillar, who has served in a variety of intelligence analysis positions.

NO WARNING? | We’ll offer you another chance tonight to see one of business and economics correspondent Paul Solman’s most-compelling pieces from earlier in the year. On a visit to San Francisco, Paul asked some of the nation’s leading economists why there were so few public warnings of the recession that has dominated economic life throughout 2009.

POLITICAL DECADE | We take a look back at a dramatic year in politics. Gwen Ifill talks to NewsHour regulars Amy Walter, Andy Kohut and Michael Beschloss.

VERA PAVLOVA | Finally, our last story of 2009 looks at the poetic partnership between one of Russia’s leading writers and her husband, who is also her translator.

All that, plus Hari Sreenivasan has the other news of the day, including a report on the five Americans who are now facing terrorism charges — and possible life sentences — in Pakistan. He’ll also preview some features on our Web site including reflections on memorable 2009 reporting moments from Gwen Ifill, Margaret Warner and Paul Solman. Also, you can find what experts had to say about the most important scientific breakthroughs of the past year. On Art Beat, three culture critics analyze trends and developments in film and literature over the past 10 years.

Tonight’s program is anchored by Jeffrey Brown and Ray Suarez. We hope you’ll join us … and also have a terrific New Year.