- U.S., Iran try to change the tone
The Obama administration has made overtures that it wants more direct talks with Iran, but at the same time is looking to toughen sanctions against the country if it continues to pursue a nuclear program. Midmorning looks at the options on the table to repair the relationship between the two countries.9:06 a.m.
Barbara Slavin: Assistant managing editor for world and national security at the Washington Times, and author of "Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation."
Trita Parsi: President of the National Iranian American Council, author of "treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States".
- Obama's leadership and the challenges
As a candidate, Barack Obama promised a new era of bi-partisanship in Washington. Will President Obama's experience with the stimulus package change the way he deals with Congress in the future?10:06 a.m.
Dean Spiliotes: Political analyst who runs the Web site NH Political Capital. He is author of the book "Vicious Cycle: Presidential Decision Making in American Political Economy."
Russell Riley: Associate professor and chair of the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia.
Chris Cillizza: Covers the White House and writes "The Fix" for the Washington Post.
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