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On Thursday’s NewsHour…

A.I.G.’s REPAYMENT PLAN | Insurance giant A.I.G. and the U.S. Treasury unveiled a plan to speed up the repayment of more than $100 Billion in federal bailout money. Ray Suarez talks to economic writers Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Business Week and Louise Story of The New York Times about what this means for tax payers and the fragile economic recovery.

CONGRESS GOES HOME | Congress adjourned for seven weeks Thursday to campaign for midterm elections, narrowly escaping a 209-210 vote to stay in session. Republicans and some Democrats were at odds on whether to vote for a Bush tax cut extension. Kwame Holman looks at the down to the wire scramble.

NEWSMAKER: NANCY PELOSI | Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks about the battle over tax cuts and what’s at stake for the Democrats in November.

MASS TRANSIT IN RURAL AREAS | One Mississippi community is using stimulus money to bring mass transit to rural areas. Special correspondent Miles O’Brien of Blueprint America has the report.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON’S STRING OF RECALLS | Johnson & Johnson is in the hot seat on Capitol Hill after a string of product recalls.

SPECIAL PROGRAM HELPS FOREIGN WRITERS | In Pittsburgh, a special program offers foreign writers whose lives are endangered a chance for a new start and a place to write freely.

Thursday’s anchors are Jeffrey Brown and Ray Suarez. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at features on the Web. On the politics page, Political Editor David Chalian interviews Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on what his party plans to do if the GOP is put back in charge on Capitol Hill. Plus on Art Beat, bestselling author Jonathan Franzen talks about his latest book, ‘Freedom’.

We hope you’ll join us.

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