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Attorney General Jerry Brown has not yet said he’ll run for the Democratic nomination for Governor. But Republican candidates have already found an issue. Brown’s press secretary might have broken state law by taping a telephone conversation without asking permission from the other party. Brown says it wasn’t illegal, but is it enough for him to investigate his own office? What did Brown himself have to say while the recorder was running? What about next year’s race for Governor? Plus, after 40 years, the brown pelican is off the endangered species list. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, as President Obama goes to Asia, the US is still in deep trouble while China is riding high. What does America want, and what can it provide in the newest World Order.

Banner image: California Attorney General Jerry Brown holds a press conference. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Reporter's Notebook Brown Pelican off the Endangered Species List 7 MIN, 1 SEC

Brown pelicans are now so abundant on the coast of California and other states that yesterday they were taken off the endangered species list. That's the end of a process that began when they were listed in 1970, almost 40 years ago. Dan Anderson, Professor of Wildlife Biology at UC Davis, helped write the recovery plan.

Guests:
Dan Anderson, Professor of Wildlife Biology, UC Davis

Main Topic The President's Trip to Asia: Substance and Symbols 25 MIN, 14 SEC

President Obama has left for a week in Asia as American influence has been on the decline, while China's influence is increasing. So "the overarching theme" of the President's trip will be that the US is a Pacific nation engaged with Asia "in a very comprehensive way." That's what the National Security Council's been telling reporters.

Guests:
Michael Hirsh, National Journal (@michaelphirsh)
Nicholas Szechenyi, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Gary Hufbauer, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Dan Southerland, Executive Editor, Radio Free Asia

At War with Ourselves

Michael Hirsh

Main Topic The Fallout from Jerry Brown's Secret Tapes 18 MIN

Without ever announcing he wants to run, Attorney General Jerry Brown is the Democrats' leading candidate to be Governor--all over again. Now all three Republican hopefuls are snapping at his heels, because one of his aides might have violated the law by taping phone calls with five reporters without ever asking.


Guests:
Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle (@cmarinucci)
George Skelton, Los Angeles Times (@LATimesSkelton)
Steve Maviglio, Democratic political consultant

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