On Tuesday’s NewsHour: Libya’s Crackdown, State Labor Protests, Piracy

BY News Desk  February 22, 2011 at 5:16 PM EST

LIBYA PROTESTS | Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is refusing to step down as international condemnation of the violent crackdown on protesters grows. Jeffrey Brown talks about the growing unrest in the North African nation with Robert Danin of the Council on Foreign Relations and Mary-Jane Deeb of the Library of Congress.

PIRATES KILL 4 | Somali pirates killed four Americans who had been taken hostage aboard their yacht as U.S. forces followed the vessel. Gwen Ifill examines the problem of piracy off the Horn of Africa with Martin Murphy, a visiting fellow at the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King’s College in London.

SUPREME COURT | Judy Woodruff talks with the National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle about the Supreme Court’s 6-2 ruling making it more difficult for parents who say their children were injured by vaccines to file lawsuits against drug makers.

THE NEW EGYPT | The Muslim Brotherhood, long banned in Egypt and framed as an extremist group, is shaping its role in post-Mubarak Egypt. The NewsHour has an excerpt of a segment that airs Tuesday night on Frontline, and then Jeffrey Brown talks with GlobalPost’s Charles Sennott, who reported the story.

STATE BUDGETS AND LABOR | Indiana lawmakers followed their Wisconsin counterparts’ example by leaving the state to stop a bill urbing the influence of labor unions from progressing. Similar conflicts are brewing in at least a half-dozen other states. Gwen Ifill talks to reporters in New Jersey, Indiana and Ohio, where state budget deficits are going head-to-head with the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

Jeffrey Brown and Gwen Ifill anchor Tuesday 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.