On Wednesday’s NewsHour…


HEALTH REFORM SHOWDOWN | The president stepped up the pressure today for votes on health care reform in the next few weeks. We’ll have excerpts of his speech, and then analysis from Ceci Connolly of The Washington Post and Congress watcher Norm Ornstein.

NEW YORK POLITICS | Two top New York Democrats are embroiled in ethics problems: Governor David Paterson and House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel. To find out what this means for the Empire State, we turn to Douglas Muzzio, professor of political science at Baruch College of the City University of New York.

TEXAS GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY | Gov. Rick Perry beat longtime Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary. James Henson, director of the “Texas Political Project” for the University of Texas at Austin explains what’s going on in the Lone Star State.

WAR VETERAN COURTS | Tom Bearden reports on a new court system for veterans who get in trouble with the law.

CHILE QUAKE | Finally, Margaret Warner updates recovery efforts in Chile.

WEB-ONLY | Hari Sreenivasan gives a tour of related and new features on the website, including: the president’s speech on health care reform; more from Congress watcher Norm Ornstein; local PBS coverage of the Texas gubernatorial primary; more of Margaret’s interview with AP reporter Mike Warren in Concepcion, Chile; and an interview with a physician from Houston’s M.D. Anderson Medical Center about the latest guidelines for prostate cancer screening.