Congressional debate over debt ends today? Or begins anew? A political scientist and former congressional aide for a Republican and a Democratic member in the 1990s joins Midday to analyze the way the debate was conducted, and what it means for the Congress, the President, and the American public.11:00 a.m.
Kathryn Pearson: Professor of political science, University of Minnesota. Legislative assistant in the 1990's for two members of Congress, one a Democrat and one a Republican. PhD dissertation, "Party Discipline in the Contemporary Congress: Rewarding Loyalty in Theory and Practice."
Muslims in America, 10 years after 9/11 Feisal Abdul Rauf gained national attention for his plans to build Park51, an Islamic Community Center, two blocks from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan. The imam and author speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival about the uproar over the proposed center, and how Muslims can become more accepted in American society.12:00 p.m.