On Thursday’s NewsHour: Crackdown in Bahrain, Collective-Bargaining Battle

BY News Desk  February 17, 2011 at 5:25 PM EDT

BAHRAIN ON LOCKDOWN | The capital of Bahrain was under military lockdown Thursday evening after riot police smashed protesters’ main camp. We have a report from Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News, then Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the regional upheaval with Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars, and University Of Maryland professor Shibley Telhami.

STATES BATTLE OVER COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS | Amid the firestorm in Wisconsin over whether to scrap collective bargaining rights for public employees, Ray Suarez speaks with Wisconsin Public Television Capitol reporter Adam Schrager, who has been covering the protests this week.

CASH-STRAPPED STATES EYE MEDICAID CUTS | Betty Ann Bowser looks at efforts in Arizona and elsewhere to cut Medicaid funding.

SENATORS DISCUSS BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO DEBT CRISIS | As debate continues over President Obama’s budget proposal, Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Mark Warner discuss their bipartisan approach to addressing the debt crisis.

YOUNG POLICE CHIEF IN MEXICO TACKLES DRUG WAR | Bill Neely of Independent Television News continues his series on Mexico’s war against violent drug cartels with a profile of one city’s new, 21-year old chief of police.

Jim Lehrer and Jeffrey Brown anchor Thursday 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.