Tuesday 21 July 2009
Here's what is coming up on tonight's programme:
From Kirsty Wark:
The former editor of The News of The World, Andy Coulson, now a key advisor to David Cameron, has told MPs he has never condoned the use of phone hacking, and that he made it clear to his staff that they should not use subterfuge unless there was a clear public interest.
Mr Coulson resigned as the editor of the paper after its royal editor and a private detective were jailed for phone hacking, but it has been alleged that a long list of celebrities and sports stars came in for the same treatment.
So what does the fact that Mr Coulson knew nothing about all this say about his powers of discipline? Should he be the opposition leader's right hand man?
We have an exclusive film about the practice of polygamy in the UK - a number of British Muslims are 'marrying' multiple wives in unregistered religious ceremonies.
We speak to one woman (anonymously) who fled a polygamous marriage and another Muslim woman who actively sought a polygamous marriage.
Should it be outlawed? Baroness Warsi tells Newsnight the government is turning a blind eye to the practice.
And today Ben Bernanke the Federal Reserve Chairman said the outlook for the long suffering US economy appears to be improving, but he cautioned that unemployment was also likely to remain high until 2011 and that this could sap fragile consumer confidence.
But the big story would appear to be that the stimulus package is not kick-starting the economy in the way that Barack Obama hoped.
David Grossman gets the reaction in Washington.
Do join us for all that and more at 10.30pm on BBC Two.