- Stimulus bill outcome
The Senate has passed President Obama's $838 billion economic recovery plan. Now it has to be reconciled with the House version. Two economic experts debate whether the plan will actually improve the employment picture.9:06 a.m.
Alan Viard: resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He was a senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors from 2003-2004.
Stan Collender: managing director for Qorvis Communications. He writes a column on budget issues for Roll Call, and contributes to the economics blog Capital Gains and Games.
- Newsmaker segment: Baseball's steroid problem
Baseball fans might have hoped that the 2007 Mitchell Report closed the book on the steroids era, but Alex Rodriguez's admission of steroid use between 2001-2003 has raised new questions about the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs in the national pastime.9:45 a.m.
Christine Brennan: columnist for USA Today and author of "Best Seat in the House."
- An anniversary for evolution
February marks the 200th birthday of naturalist Charles Darwin. His publication of "On the Origin of Species," about his work in the Galapagos Islands, caused religious and scientific uproar, becoming the basis of modern biology and the modern day rift between science and the church.10:06 a.m.
Olivia Judson: author of "Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice for All Creation." She also writes a weekly online column for The New York Times called "The Wild Side."
Matt Friedman: is a graduate student of the field museum and University of Chicago and has made headlines with his discoveries about fossil flatfish.
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