On Tuesday’s NewsHour: New Congress, Filibuster Debated

BY News Desk  January 4, 2011 at 5:02 PM EST

A LOOK AHEAD AT THE NEW CONGRESS | The 112th Congress kicks off Wednesday, setting up a battle over the budget as Republicans take control of the House with vows to cut government spending. Gwen Ifill looks ahead with Diane Lim Rogers, chief economist for the Concord Coalition, and James Horney, director of federal fiscal policy at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities,

DEBATE OVER DEBATE | Jim Lehrer talks to Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee about some Democrats’ hopes of altering the rules governing filibusters on the Senate floor.

IVORY COAST STANDOFF | Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on the political standoff in the West African nation of Ivory Coast, where the incumbent president is rejecting international pressure to step down, and regional leaders are searching for a solution to stave off civil war.

DNA EXONERATES TEXAS MAN | Cornelius Dupree Jr., 51, has been in prison since he was 19. Now he is free after DNA testing showed he was not guilty of the rape that put him behind bars. Ray Suarez gets more on the case from Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins.

A POETIC LOOK AT LIFE IN HAITI | Jeffrey Brown talks to Kwame Dawes, who has been traveling to Haiti over the past year to report on and write poems about people’s experiences after the earthquake. His project is part of an ongoing series in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and USA Today.

Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill anchor Tuesday night’s program. Kwame Holman will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

We hope you’ll join us.