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On Monday’s NewsHour…

AFGHAN OFFENSIVE: As US and NATO forces continue to battle for control of a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan, we’ll get the latest from the front lines. Then Ray Suarez talks to correspondent Rod Nordland of the New York Times in Kabul.

TERROR DEBATE: Following the war of words this past weekend between Vice President Joseph Biden and former Vice President Dick Cheney, Gwen Ifill moderates a discussion about the nation’s anti-terrorism policies. Her guests: Juan Zarate who served as Deputy National Security Adviser in the Bush administration; and David Cole, author of the book “The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable”.

INSURANCE HIKES: NewsHour Health Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on new questions about rising premiums amid big profits for the nation’s health insurance companies. Her report includes an interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

OLYMPIC RISKS: Following Friday’s tragic death of Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili on the luge track in Vancouver, Jeffrey Brown looks at some of the dangers inherent in some of the sports on display at the Winter Games. His guest: Olympic historian David Wallechinsky

LUCILLE CLIFTON: Finally, we remember the poetry of Lucille Clifton, who died this past weekend at the age of 73.

WEB-ONLY: Hari Sreenivasan gives a tour of related and new features on the site, including: analysis of the strategy behind the Marine offensive in the Marjah region of Afghanistan; more stories from the Investigative Reporting Center’s collaboration on the impact of DUI checkpoints in California’s Hispanic communities; Jeffrey Brown’s interview with author Ursula le Guin about her battle with GoogleBook, part of our series on the Next Chapter of Reading, and more poems from Lucille Clifton.

Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill anchor tonight’s broadcast. We hope you’ll join us.

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