- The tax loophole debate
President Obama and congressional Democrats have focused their deficit-reduction proposals on cutting tax breaks they believe benefit the wealthy. But Republicans argue that cutting tax breaks is the equivalent of raising taxes. Midmorning parses the tax policy debate with two economists.9:06 a.m.
Damien Paletta: Reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
Donald Marron: Director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. He's a former acting director of the Congressional Budget Office and served on President Bush's Council of Economic Advisors.
Scott Hodge: President of the Tax Foundation.
- The shutdown stalemate enters day 7
Midmorning gets the latest on the political stalemate at the Capitol, as Minnesota's state government shutdown drags in to its seventh day.9:45 a.m.
Mike Mulcahy: MPR political editor.
- Robot rebellion
In Daniel Wilson's new summer sci-fi book, "Robopocalypse," a robot develops a mind of its own and sets out to destroy humanity. Wilson, who has a Ph.D. in robotics, joins us to discuss the new novel.10:06 a.m.
Daniel Wilson: Author, television host and robotics engineer. His latest book is Robopocalypse.
- Tales of the Amazon
In her newest book, State of Wonder, author Ann Patchett describes a frightening encounter with a massive anaconda in the Amazon. Readers may not know that Patchett is writing from experience. She travelled the Amazon with Greg Greer, naturalist and snake-lover, who joins us on Midmorning.10:45 a.m.
Greg Greer: Naturalist and guide for wildlife expeditions all over the globe.
You can follow Kerri Miller on Twitter at @KerriMPR
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