Beyond politics as usual Americans are familiar with political corruption scandals, but to many the charges leveled at Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich seem beyond the pale. Midmorning looks at how Americans view political corruption, and when politicians cross the line.9:06 a.m.
Michael Johnston: Charles A. Dana professor of political science at Colgate University. He is the author of "Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power and Democracy."
James McCann: Professor of political science at Purdue University.
New leadership toward health care reform President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce his latest cabinet appointments, including former Senator Tom Daschle as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Live coverage from NPR from Chicago.10:00 a.m.
How to drop the shopping Not too long ago, Judith Levine decided she and her partner could withstand the pressure to consume. Now that she's met her self-imposed challenge to stop shopping for all but the very basic necessities, her habits haven't changed much. She has advice for those of us who like to spend on stuff.10:40 a.m.
Judith Levine: Author of "Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping".