On Wednesday’s NewsHour: Hu, Obama Meet; Health Reform Debate

BY News Desk  January 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM EST

CHINESE PRESIDENT VISITS WHITE HOUSE | Jeffrey Brown examines the undertones of the meetings between presidents Hu and Obama with Susan Shirk of the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, David Shambaugh, director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University, and Minxin Pei, director of International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College.

HEALTH CARE DEBATE | House Republicans fulfilled a campaign promise, taking up what is largely expected to be a symbolic repeal of the health care reform law. The measure is not likely to pass in the Senate. Betty Ann Bowser reports on the day’s events, then Gwen Ifill talks to Political Editor David Chalian about the politics behind the debate.

MAKING SENSE | Paul Solman looks at General Motors’ foray into electric cars as part of his ongoing reporting on “Making Sen$e” of financial news.

MEDIA MERGER | Ray Suarez and guest Jessica Vascellaro of The Wall Street Journal examine the marriage of the nation’s largest cable and Internet provider with one of the largest entertainment companies in a $30 billion deal, which the Federal Communications Commission approved in a 4-to-1 vote Tuesday.

NOVA PREVIEW | NOVA and New York Times technology reporter David Pogue look at the innovative technologies for stronger, sleeker future products, including Kevlar, nanotubes and “invisibility cloaks.”

Jeffrey Brown 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.