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After yesterday's withdrawal of Tom Daschle as point man on healthcare reform, this was damage-control day at the Obama White House. But the big question was what went wrong. Also, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who was approved by a voice vote in the Senate, today made a dire prediction about California's future.

Main Topic Obama and Public Accountability 25 MIN, 39 SEC

After yesterday’s withdrawal of Tom Daschle as point man on healthcare reform, this was damage-control day at the Obama White House. But the big question was what went wrong. It wasn’t just Daschle who withdrew his nomination from the cabinet but also Nancy Killifer, who would have been the first chief compliance officer. Both failed to pay federal taxes, he a much larger amount than she. On this rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, we get an unusual perspective from a college professor who has a desk in the White House basement.

Guests:
Martha Joynt Kumar, Director, White House Transition Project
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@AEI)
Ezra Klein, Washington Post (@ezraklein)

Reporter's Notebook New Energy Secretary Issues Dire Warning on Global Warming 8 MIN, 31 SEC

On at least one issue, President Obama has reversed the Bush Administration by 180 degrees, a move that could be crucial for California. The new Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, is a Californian, and today he made a stark prediction about California’s future. If no action is taken to slow climate change, there will be no agriculture in less than 100 years. Chu gave his first interview since taking office to Jim Tankersley of the Chicago Tribune Company.

Guests:
Jim Tankersley, Washington Post (@jimtankersley)
Joseph Romm, former Energy Department official

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