The debate over extending TARP steps onto center stage

While the Obama administration floated a trial balloon regarding the possible extension of TARP in The Washington Post Thursday, any hope for that balloon could be quickly burst in hearings today before the Congressional Oversight Panel. Members of the House and Senate already are considering the introduction of bills to kill the unpopular program.

The Congressional Oversight Panel Thursday morning will listen to five experts in a hearing dubbed, "Taking Stock: Independent Views on TARP's Effectiveness."