On Thursday’s NewsHour…

BY Leah Clapman  December 3, 2009 at 9:12 PM EST

The Obama administration faced new questions today over sending more troops to Afghanistan. Top advisers went before congressional committees for a second day. In our lead story report, Ray Suarez will recap the latest developments.
For perspective on the plan, Jim Lehrer talks to two guests: retired Army Col. David Lamm, who was the chief of staff at Coalition Headquarters in Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005, and is now at the National Defense University; and Arturo Munoz, who was a CIA operations office in Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004, and is currently at the Rand Corporation.
Then, Jeffrey Brown gets the story on a deal that reshapes the entertainment landscape. General Electric announced Thursday that it’s selling the NBC network to Comcast, the largest cable television operator.
And finally, most states are applying for their share of federal stimulus money tied to “Race to the Top” education reform goals. Newshour’s special correspondent for education John Merrow offers some historical context on the latest reform efforts.
You can listen to extended interviews with education policy professor Diane Ravitch and Kati Haycock of the Education Trust on Merrow’s Learning Matters Web site.