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California's Kamala Harris was a holdout, but she finally became one of 49 state attorneys general to sign on to a $26 billion settlement with five big banks negotiated by the Obama Administration. But some of those dealing with home foreclosures say it won't make much of a difference. We hear both sides. Also, LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announces a bid for District Attorney, and a Latin Jazz musician who's protesting the dropping of his category, along with Gospel, Rhythm and Blues and others, from Sunday's Grammy Awards. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church.

Banner image: California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks about the national mortgage settlement that secures $18 billion in relief to thousands of California homeowners.

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Anna Scott
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Protest at the Grammys 7 MIN, 3 SEC

The Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday at Staples Center, but some kinds of music won't be represented any more. They are Gospel, Rhythm and Blues, and others with heavily ethnic audiences, including Latin Jazz. One musician who's not taking that lying down is Bobby Matos, whose specialty is Latin Jazz.

Guests:
Bobby Matos, musician

Main Topic Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church 26 MIN, 29 SEC

Mitt Romney and the Mormon ChurchMitt Romney speaks often about his faith in God and his loyalty to "the same church."  But in 2007, when he made a carefully written speech about his religion, he mentioned the word "Mormon" only once.  He seems "unable to talk about the very subject he seems to care about most, a lifelong source of spiritual, familial and intellectual sustenance." Despite his big money, years of organizing and a chattering-class consensus that he's the "inevitable" nominee, Romney has failed to connect with two-thirds of Republican voters. Should he be more open about his Mormon faith? How it would shape his conduct in office? We talk with fellow Mormons and others.

Guests:
Frank Rich, New York magazine (@frankrichny)
Ron Scott, journalist and author (@BooInBoston)
Richard Cizik, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
Terryl Givens, University of Richmond

Mitt Romney

Ronald B. Scott

Making News City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Running for District Attorney 7 MIN, 56 SEC

Carmen Trutanich promised to serve two terms as LA City Attorney. But today, still in his first term, he announced his candidacy for District Attorney, releasing a 13-minute video. There was nothing sudden about Trutanich's decision. He already has a campaign war chest with $990,000. Gene Maddaus is covering the story for the LA Weekly.

 

 

 

Guests:
Gene Maddaus, LA Weekly (@GeneMaddaus)

Main Topic Will a Federal Foreclosure Deal Help Californians? 10 MIN, 50 SEC

President Obama announced a $26 billion settlement today with 49 state attorneys general and five major banks. He said it will "end some of the most abusive practices of the mortgage industry and begin to turn the page on an era of recklessness." California's Attorney General, Kamala Harris, was one of the last to get on board. We hear from her and from Yvonne Maria Jimenez, Deputy Director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, which is advising families facing foreclosure in the North San Fernando Valley.

 


 

Guests:
Kamala Harris, California Attorney General (@KamalaHarris)
Yvonne Maria Jimenez, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

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