On Thursday’s NewsHour: Afghan War Review, START Treaty, Bob Feller

BY News Desk  December 16, 2010 at 5:47 PM EDT

AFGHAN WAR REVIEW | One year after President Obama dispatched 30,000 more troops to help in the Afghan war effort, the White House released an assessment of the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Jim Lehrer gets perspectives on the report from retired Gen. Jack Keane, one of the architects of President Bush’s Iraq surge, and Andrew Wilder, director of the Afghanistan and Pakistan programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

SENATE DEBATES NEW START | After months of haggling, the Senate is now considering one of President Obama’s top foreign policy priorities for the lame-duck Congress — the New START Treaty that he signed with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to limit both countries’ nuclear arsenals, replacing the expired 1991 agreement. Judy Woodruff gets an update on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering from Political Editor David Chalian.

CABLE NEWS | A closer look at how cable news has changed as one of its biggest stars, Larry King, hands over his long-held time slot to Piers Morgan.

BASEBALL LEGEND DIES | Ray Suarez speaks with Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist Bill Livingston for more on the life of Hall of Famer Bob Feller, a legendary pitcher whose career was interrupted by World World II service. He died Wednesday at age 92.

Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff anchor Thursday’s program, plus Hari Sreenivasan has the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

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