Wednesday’s NewsHour: New Congress, Digital Brians, Pakistan Turmoil

BY News Desk  January 5, 2011 at 4:55 PM EST

NEW CONGRESS KICKS OFF | The 112th Congress convened Wednesday, and Republicans once again were in the majority in the House of Representatives. Jim Lehrer examines the challenges ahead with historian Michael Beschloss and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute.

GIBBS STEPS DOWN | Calling his three years working with President Obama an “honor and a privilege,” Robert Gibbs announced he will step down in February to become an outside adviser to the president. Judy Woodruff talks to Political Editor David Chalian about the departure and other staff shake-ups in the administration.

THE DIGITAL BRAIN | Science correspondent Miles O’Brien looks at what happens to teenage brains in a rapid-fire, multi-tasking world of technology and gadgets.

POLITICAL TURMOIL IN PAKISTAN | As Pakistan mourns the death of the governor of its most populous state, a moderate politician who spoke out against elements of religious extremism, and its governing coalition threatens to splinter, Afghanistan’s neighbor faces a fresh set of political worries. Gwen Ifill talks to Moeed Yusuf of the United States Institute of Peace and Robert Grenier, former CIA station chief in Islamabad, for more.

BEAUTY IN THE UNEXPECTED | We conclude with a profile of the work of Minnesota photographer and storyteller Alec Soth. It’s part of our NewsHour Connect series showcasing public media reporting around the country.

Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill anchor Wednesday 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.