- Showdown in Nashville
Behind in the polls, John McCain is trying to steer the discussion away from the economy and focus more on the issue of character. Midmorning looks at how that dynamic might shape tonight's town hall-style presidential debate.9:06 a.m.
Mitchell McKinney: Associate professor of communication at the University of Missouri-Colmbia.
Ross Douthat: Senior editor at Atlantic Monthly and blogger on Atlantic online. He is co-author of the new book "Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream."
- Seven years after the Taliban, what's changed?
The Taliban in Afghanistan has launched a number of successful attacks in recent months, but some argue that the way to really calm the country is to reform the Afghan government from top to bottom. Also, the U.S. is considering how many more troops to send to Afghanistan, perhaps rotating some brigades from Iraq.10:06 a.m.
Isobel Coleman: Middle East expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Elizabeth Rubin: Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. Her February article, "Battle Company is Out There" profiled soldiers in the Kornegal Valley of Afghanistan.
Vikram Singh: Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He's a former counterinsurgency expert at the Defense department. He just returned from a trip to Afghanistan.
You can follow Kerri Miller on Twitter at @KerriMPR
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