On Tuesday’s NewsHour…
SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS GUN BANS – The U.S. Supreme Court heard an important argument today over state and local gun regulations. The case involves a handgun ban in Chicago and tests a 2008 decision outlawing the gun law in Washington DC and the Second Amendment. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal describes and analyzes the events in the courtroom.
CHILE QUAKE – Margaret Warner reports on the situation in Chile, where the dead toll and damage tally is mounting.
SENATE HARDBALL – Then, a look at why Republican Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) is filibustering the Senate’s effort to pass a bill that temporarily extends unemployment insurance, funds highway projects and a host of other provisions. James Carroll of USA Today explains Bunning’s tactic and the political implications.
AFGHANISTAN – We’ll have a report from southern Afghanistan on the military’s offensive against the Taliban.
AMERICA’S RISE AND FALL- Finally, Paul Solman talks with historian Paul Kennedy about the rise and fall of the U.S. and other great powers.
WEB-ONLY – Hari Sreenivasan gives a tour of new and related features on the site, including: an interview with Politico’s Jeanne Cummings about President Obama’s speech Wednesday; Paul Solman’s Making Sen$e of the economy; Art Beat’s visit to an exhibit paying homage to Elvis Presley at the National Potrait Gallery; and FRONTLINE’S report on assisted suicide in Switzerland.
Jim Lehrer and Jeffrey Brown host the program tonight, we hope you’ll join us.