- War and diplomacy
The notion that America is an "exceptional" nation has guided our foreign policy from the earliest days of the Republic. But critics say that idea has been used to justify some questionable adventures abroad.
This is the latest discussion in Midmorning's election-season series examining the debates that define and inspire our country, using Howard Fineman's "The Thirteen American Arguments" as a guide.9:06 a.m.
Marilyn Young: Professor of history at New York University, and co-editor of "Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam."
Ted Widmer: Director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and a fellow at the New America Foundation. He was a foreign policy speech writer for President Clinton. His newest book is "ark of the Liberties."
- Will government intervene in the banks?
Bush administration officials say some of the $700 billion in the bailout passed by Congress might be spent on buying bank assets. Meanwhile, John McCain and Barack Obama argue on the campaign trail about whether buying up unsteady mortgages is a good use of the bailout fund.10:06 a.m.
Peter Coy: Economics editor at Business Week.
Christopher Whalen: Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Institutional Risk Analytics, which focuses on the banking industry.
- Theory of a "symmetrical universe" wins a Nobel
The work that won the Nobel Prize in physics unravels one of the mysteries of our origins. Noted physicist Michio Kaku explains how this award-winning work of three scientists from Japan and the U.S. sheds light on the big bang theory.10:50 a.m.
Michio Kaku: Theoretical physicist and host of Sci Q on the Science Channel. His latest book is "Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel" and will be released in paperback in spring 2009.
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