Midday profiles leading 2012 presidential contenders: Newt Gingrich University of Minnesota's Kathryn Pearson profiles former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The latest national poll shows Gingrich in a dead heat matched up against President Obama. What are his views on the issues, and his history as a leader of the GOP-controlled House of Representatives?11:00 a.m.
Kathryn Pearson: Professor of political science, University of Minnesota. 1993-1998 worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for two members of Congress, a Republican and a Democrat.
Should Congress pass Pres. Obama's jobs bill? President Barack Obama says his jobs plan will help prevent another recession, yet Congress refuses to pass almost every part of the plan. Midday presents an Intelligence Squared debate on whether Congress should pass Pres. Obama's jobs bill piece by piece.12:00 p.m.
Richard Epstein: professor of Law at New York University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Daniel Mitchell: senior fellow at the Cato Institute
Cecilia Rouse: professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.