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On Friday’s NewsHour…

FED’S NEW PLAN TO BOOST ECONOMY | Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Central Bank will likely take new steps to uplift the sluggish economy. Jeffrey Brown talks to economists Alan Blinder and John Taylor about the possible options to reboot economic growth.

AFGHAN WAR STRATEGY | Margaret Warner looks at the latest strategy moves the U.S. is taking to speed up the end to the Afghan conflict. She gets two views from Col. David Lamn, who served in Afghanistan, and James Dobbins who was special envoy to Afghanistan during the Bush term.

U.N. INVESTIGATES MASS RAPE IN CONGO | Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News talks to the victims of the mass rape that took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

FLORIDA’S RACE FOR THE SENATE | The stakes are high in Florida’s three-way senate race with Republican candidate Marco Rubio, Independent Charlie Crist and Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek. Gwen Ifill reports from Florida on the state’s open senate seat.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS WEEKLY ANALYSIS | Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze this week’s top news.

Friday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Jeffrey Brown. Hari Sreenivasan has the day’s other top news stories and look at the Web features. On the Rundown, Gwen Ifill has more on the Florida campaign trail. Also on the Art Beat, Jeffrey Brown talks to composer and musician Evan Ziporyn about his new opera ‘A House in Bali’.

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