On Tuesday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  November 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM EDT

PENTAGON RELEASES ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’ REPORT | Defense Secretary Robert Gates endorsed a repeal of the 1993 law after the Pentagon released a study concluding changing the law would pose little or no risk to unit cohension. Jim Lehrer talks to two chairmen of the study, Jeh Johnson and Gen. Carter Ham.

PRESIDENT OBAMA, GOP LEADERS MEET AT WHITE HOUSE| House Speaker designate John Boehner and other Republican leaders met with President Obama at the White House to chart a path forward as the GOP prepares to take control of the House of Representatives. Judy Woodruff talks to White House senior adviser David Axelrod about the president’s position.

SUPREME COURT EXAMINES CALIFORNIA PRISONS| Gwen Ifill talks to Marcia Coyle about arguments over California’s overcrowded prisons, which house 144,000 inmates – a significantly higher number than the facilities are designed to hold.

WOMEN VETERANS FACE UNIQUE CHALLENGES | Correspondent Scott Schafer from KQED in San Francisco looks into the challenges veteran women face when returning from war as part of our NewsHour Connect series showcasing public media reporting from around the nation.

HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES DECLINE | A new report finds that high school dropout rates across the country have decreased slightly. Margaret Warner examines what the findings mean with the report’s co-author, John Bridgeland.

Tuesday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff. Hari Sreenivasan has the day’s other top news stories and look at the Web features. On the Rundown, Patchwork Nation has mapped the high school dropout rates, broken down by counties that have the highest and lowest performing schools. Also, Margaret Warner looks at what the Turkish Foreign Minister, who met with Secretary Clinton today, had to say about the observations revealed in the leaked diplomatic cables.

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