On Wednesday’s NewsHour…

BY Leah Clapman  January 6, 2010 at 5:03 PM EDT

We examine the political fallout after two veteran Democratic senators announced their retirements Wednesday: we have analysis from political reporters Amy Walter and Chris Cilizza. Then, some perspective on how President Obama is handling the national security debate, a report from Yemen on efforts to root out militants, an update on how events in Yemen affect plans to close the Guantanamo prison, and a conversation with the head of the National Endowment for the Arts.

DEMOCRAT RETIREMENTS – Senators Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota both announced that they will not run for reelection this year. Gwen Ifill looks at what this means for Democratic control of the Senate with Amy Walter of the National Journal’s political daily, Hotline, and Chris Cilizza, political reporter with the Washington Post.

OBAMA DURING CRISIS – Jim Lehrer gets some perspectives on how President Obama handled the bomb plot crisis from [Russell Mead ](http://www.cfr.org/bios/3495/walter_russell_mead.html)of the Council of Foreign Relations, [Jessica Mathews ](http://www.carnegieendowment.org/experts/index.cfm?fa=expert_view&expert_id=18)of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and [Dan Balz ](http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/aroundthetable/balz.html)of the Washington Post. EXTREMISM IN YEMEN – We have two-part look at fallout from the attack against an U.S. airliner reportedly planned from Yemen. The first is an on-the-ground report from Jonathon Rugman of [Independent Television News ](http://itn.co.uk/index.html)about the investigation and efforts to root out militants. The second is an update from Margaret Warner on what the Yemen terrorism connections mean for Guantanamo detainees. NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS – Finally, Jeffrey Brown sits down with Rocco Landesman, the Broadway producer who now heads the [National Endowment for the Arts](http://www.arts.gov/), to talk about bout the challenges and politics of running a government agency devoted to supporting art and culture. WEB-ONLY – Hari Sreenivasan leads a tour of new features on the website, including Rundown interviews with the [Washington Post's Chris Cillizza ](http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/01/citing-tough-political-climate-dodd-to-depart-senate.html)about the Democratic retirements and [Patchwork Nation's Dante Chinni ](http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/01/immigration-a-crucial-factor-in-shifting-political-battlegrounds.html)about new research on the impact of immigration on political battlegrounds across the country. Also, an [Art Beat ](http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/)report on how the recession affected the art market in 2009 and what collectors can expect this year, and an interview with Francesco Clark, who is profiled on the PBS series [This Emotional Life](http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/home), which explores the human search for happiness. Please join us.