On Wednesday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  February 17, 2010 at 5:17 PM EDT

12 MONTHS ON: One year on from the introduction of the President’s Economic Stimulus initiative, the Obama administration claimed today that it had successfully averted an economic calamity, but acknowledged more needs to be done to lift the country’s economic spirits. Tonight, Jeffrey Brown reports on a day of stimulus-related events in Washington DC, and then talks to two guests: John Cochrane, Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business; and Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute.

NUCLEAR PUSH: Gwen Ifill examines the Obama Administration’s decision to help fund nuclear reactors, and the debate that decision has engendered. Her guests: Scott Peterson, Vice President of the Nuclear Energy Institute; and Erich Pica, President of Friends of the Earth.

PRESSURING IRAN: Ray Suarez reviews Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tour of the Gulf, and her increasingly tough stance on the subject of Iran.

MURDER MYSTERY: Julian Manyon of Independent Television News reports on the growing mystery surrounding the murder of a leading member of Hamas in Dubai, and allegations that the killing was in some way tied to Israeli intelligence. Then, Margaret Warner interviews Ronen Bergman, Senior Security and Intelligence Correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth.

MAKING SENSE: Paul Solman continues his series “Making Sense” of financial news by interviewing a former banking regulator who thinks today’s bankers are not regulated enough.

WEB-ONLY: Hari Sreenivasan highlights web features including: our interactive Patchwork Nation map and interview with project director Dante Chinni about how the government spends more money on some parts of the country than others; an interview with Propublica’s Mike Gray-Bell and stories from local PBS stations on how the stimulus looks from their communities; Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza on the changing political landscape ahead of the 2010 midterm elections; and on Art Beat, the images and artistic inspiration behind the Vancouver Olympics nightly light show.

Jeffrey Brown and Gwen Ifill anchor tonight’s broadcast, and we hope that you’ll join us.