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District Attorney Steve Cooley hopes Tuesday's election will be a warning to a political "machine" at Los Angeles City Hall. We talk with him and others about the future of Mayor Villaraigosa.  In Washington, California's own congressional delegation's divided over federal loan guarantees to keep state government in business.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, it's being called the debate that was lacking in last year's presidential campaign. We hear how President Obama and former Vice President Cheney disagreed on interrogations, Guantánamo Bay, the Constitution and the rule of law.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Dueling Speeches over National Security 28 MIN, 6 SEC

tp090521National_Security_Re167x120.jpgPresident Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney lined out their differences today in speeches designed to frame the ongoing debate on national security.  The President spoke at the National Archives, Cheney addressed the American Enterprise Institute

Guests:
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times (@sherylstolberg)
Jonathan Landay, McClatchy Newspapers (@JonathanLanday)
John Eastman, National Organization for Marriage (@Chapman_Law)
Jameel Jaffer, Director, ACLU's National Security Project
Benjamin Wittes, Research Director, Brookings Institution

Law and the Long War

Benjamin Wittes

Guest Interview Geithner Dubious about California Bailout 21 MIN, 16 SEC

Yesterday on this program, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer said he might need federal loan guarantees to borrow money so California could pay its bills. Today, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told a House Committee that might require an act of Congress. But California's own delegation is divided, as we hear from Rob Hotakainen, who reports from Washington for the McClatchy Newspapers, including the Sacramento Bee.

Guests:
Rob Hotakainen, Washington Bureau Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers

Main Topic A Weaker Mayor Villaraigosa after Yesterday's Election? 4 MIN, 26 SEC

lamag-villaraigosa.jpgLos Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss' political career is over, at least for the moment.  He was crushed in yesterday's run-off for City Attorney by Carmen Trutanich, a previous unknown. After a very nasty, very expensive campaign, Trutanich won with 56 to 44% of the vote. We speak with Trutanich and others about what the election results means for the city and for Mayor Villaraigosa.

Guests:
Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles City Attorney (@CarmenTrutanich)
Steve Cooley, former Los Angeles District Attorney
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)
Jaime Regalado, California State University, Los Angeles (@PBI)

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