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On Friday’s NewsHour: Retail Sales; Korean Tensions; Shields and Gerson

RETAIL ECONOMY | Retailers had high hopes for business on this Christmas Eve. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dana Telsey, a retail-industry watcher.

RICHARDSON ON NORTH KOREA | New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is a former U.N. ambassador with extensive experience negotiating with North Korea. He recently traveled to Pyongyang to assess tensions between North and South Korea, and talks to Margaret Warner about his trip.

IRAQI CHRISTIANS | Even as Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, many churches in Iraq have canceled festivities. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports.

EVERGREEN SMUGGLING | As part of our NewsHour Connect series highlighting reporting from PBS stations around the country, Lesley McClurg of KCTS Seattle reports on the the illegal harvesting of holiday greenery in Washington state.

SHIELDS AND GERSON | Jeffrey Brown will talk to columnists Mark Shields and Michael Gerson about the political stories of the week.

HANDEL THE BUSINESSMAN | A second look at Paul Solman’s report on how one of history’s great composers also had a winning investment strategy.

All that and Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other headlines from our newsroom. We hope you’ll join us.

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