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Elections for Mayor in Detroit, New York and Boston turned more on class than race this month as multi-ethnic coalitions focused on economic recovery. On this archived edition of To the Point, with further help unlikely to come from Washington, we explore whether America's big cities are now on their own. Also, will Obamacare be there for consumers on January 1? On today's Talking Point, two brothers who led the US into decades of Cold War. We talk to an author of a fraternal biography.

Banner image: Walsh for Mayor

Producers:
Evan George

Making News Will Obamacare Be There for Consumers on January 1? 7 MIN, 34 SEC

The number of people signed up for insurance coverage under Obamacare may be less than the administration hoped, but it still adds up to a quarter-million customers who expect to get new coverage on January 1. But, not so fast. Some of those who weathered the bug-ridden websites and spent hours on hold with insurance companies may find they don't have coverage next week after all. Noam Levey is Congressional and health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times (@NoamLevey )

Main Topic As Washington Looks the Other Way, Are Big Cities on Their Own? 34 MIN, 34 SEC

Detroit, New York and Boston are very different cities with something in common: local politics are undergoing historic change. Last month, all three elected populist new mayors, who focused on unemployment and income inequality. Race wasn't an issue at all. In New York, Bill de Blasio campaigned against what he called the "two cities" presided over by his billionaire predecessor Michael Bloomberg. In Boston, the white union leader, Marty Walsh, got crucial support from minority candidates and won with a multi-racial coalition. In Detroit, Mike Duggan became the first white mayor elected in a black-majority city in 40 years. Big cities like these are America's economic engines, but two-thirds have yet to recover after the Great Recession. Washington is no longer leading the way, so voters are turning to City Hall. We look at the opportunities and the challenges lying ahead.

Guests:
Jennifer Bradley, Brookings Institution (@JBradley_DC)
Aaron Renn, Urbanophile (@urbanophile)
Tom Edsall, Columbia School of Journalism (@Edsall)
Kenneth J. Cooper, University of Massachusetts

The Age of Austerity

Thomas Byrne Edsall

Today's Talking Point The Dulles Brothers' Secret World War 8 MIN, 18 SEC

tp131225book.jpgJohn Foster Dulles was Secretary of State during the Eisenhower Administration. His brother, Allen Dulles, was the first head of the CIA. They were very different characters, but they shared identical visions of America’s place in the world.  Stephen Kinzer was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times for many years, and author most recently of The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.

Guests:
Stephen Kinzer, journalist and author (@stephenkinzer)

The Brothers

Stephen Kinzer

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