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Some AIG executives have given their bonuses back, but the fires of populist anger have already been lit. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, is it greater on the right or the left? Will it paralyze Congress? Can a popular new president turn it to his advantage? Also, the killing of four Oakland police officers has focused attention on a system of parole from prison that even some state officials agree hasn’t been working for years. What’s wrong? What are prospects for change?


Banner image: Oakland police officers collect evidence at a scene where their fellow officers were shot March 21, 2009. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Populism and the President 25 MIN, 55 SEC

At a congressional grilling of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans and Democrats acted out the anger they’ve been hearing from their constituents. The outrage is not yet directed at the President himself, but it’s getting through to the Obama White House. Is it greater on the right or the left? Will it paralyze Congress? Can a popular new president turn it to his advantage?

Guests:
Walter Shapiro, Yahoo News and Columbia Journalism Review (@waltershapiroPD)
David Cay Johnston, Reuters (@davidcayj)
Gene Ulm, Republican Political Strategist, Public Opinion Strategies
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University

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David Cay Johnston

Main Topic Does California's Parole System Need to Be Rebuilt? 35 MIN, 46 SEC

Lovelle Mixon was a 26-year-old former janitor who killed four Oakland policemen last Saturday afternoon. Two had pulled him over for a routine traffic stop. The others were SWAT officers who stormed an apartment where Mixon was hiding.  Mixon, who also was killed by gunfire, had been on parole since November. He had eight contacts with his parole officer after his release, but then missed several appointments. He had been declared a parole violator and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. The killing has focused attention on parole system that even some state officials agree hasn’t been working for years.  What’s wrong?  What are prospects for change?

Guests:
Scott Kernan, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Ryken Grattet, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Davis
Stephen Manley, Superior Court Judge. Santa Clara County
Don Specter, Prison Law Office

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