As debates get smaller, the drama increases As the presidential field gets whittled down, the barbs are becoming sharper and the exchanges testier. Midmorning analyzes this week's Republican and Democratic presidential debates.9:06 a.m.
Seth Gitell: Columnist for the New York Sun and political blogger.
Alan Schroeder: Associate professor in the school of journalism at Northeastern University, and author of "Presidential Debates: 40 years of High-Risk TV."
A surgeon reflects on how Americans face death Physician and author Pauline Chen says families are the key to helping their loved ones especially when it comes to communicating with doctors. But families too frequently are unprepared for the experience, when they don't have to be.10:06 a.m.
Pauline Chen: Author of "Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality."