DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL: Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before Congress today about the President’s pledge to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy introduced by President Bill Clinton to govern the service of gays and lesbians in the U.S. military. Margaret Warner spent the day on Capitol Hill, and tonight presents a comprehensive report on the day’s events.
FUTURE OF NASA: After the other news of the day, Gwen Ifill looks at the future of government funding for NASA in light of President Obama’s proposed FY 2011 fiscal budget. Guests are expected to include Michael Griffin, the former NASA Administrator.
HAITI: We have two reports tonight relating to the aftermath of the earthquake that brought chaos to Haiti exactly three weeks ago. First, Emma Murphy of Independent Television News on the challenges faced by some of the quake’s youngest victims. Then, Tom Bearden reports from Colorado on some Haitian orphans, now adjusting to life in the United States.
BIG BANKS: Paul Solman’s series “Making Sense” of financial news continues with an interview with Robert Kelly, CEO of the Bank of New York.
DIGITAL NATION: Finally, a look at how technology has changed the way America wages war — a preview of tonight’s Frontline documentary about the massive transformation of modern society through digital media and technology, including work, education and culture.
All that, plus the rest of the day’s news. Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill anchor our broadcast tonight, and we hope that you’ll join us.