On Wednesday’s NewsHour…
STATE OF THE UNION – Gwen Ifill reports on the pressures on President Obama tonight when he addresses a joint session of Congress in his first State of the Union address.
DAVID AXELROD – White House adviser David Axelrod previews the speech and the administration’s priorities for the coming year.
SHIELDS AND BROOKS – NewsHour regulars Mark Shields and David Brooks debate what the president must do to regain momentum for his agenda and the Democratic Party.
TOYOTA RECALL – Nearly two-thirds of Toyota’s product lineup in the U.S. is in limbo over a safety scare. Judy Woodruff gets details from Jessica Caldwell, a senior automotive analyst with Edmunds.com, a consumer website.
AIG BAILOUT – Two of the leading architects of the government’s response to the financial crisis testified on capitol hill today: both the current and former Treasury Secretaries got an earful from Democrats and Republicans about their role in the bailout of insurance giant AIG. Congressional Correspondent Kwame Holman narrates a report.
FEDERAL RESERVE STRATEGY – The Federal Reserve announce that it plans to keep interest rates at a record low level for an extended period of time. Economics Correspondent Paul Solman examines that strategy.
STRUGGLE IN HAITI – Finally, Ray Suarez describes the scene in Haiti, where the U.N. estimates that up to one million children lost parents during the earthquake and hundreds of thousands still struggle to simply exist.
WEB-ONLY – Hari Sreenivasan highlights new web features, including a Rundown conversation with Ray about the plight of amputees in Haiti, more of Merle Hazard’s satirical recession songs, and a Tavis Smiley special report on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first year on the job.
And be sure to tune back in at 9pm ET tonight for the NewsHour’s special coverage of President Obama’s State of the Union. Watch it on your local PBS station or find a live stream of the coverage right here at the Online NewsHour.