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Is it just bravado or does President Bush know something that pollsters don’t when he expresses confidence that Republicans are going to win the midterm elections? Plus, Local firefighters die battling a fast-moving fire in Riverside County east of Banning. Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosts.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal

Main Topic GOP Hopes Voter-Vault Will Open Door to Election Victory 20 MIN, 7 SEC

National polls show the Democrats poised to take over the House and possibly the Senate. Yet, despite everything from Congressional scandals to Iraq, President Bush insists he is still confident the Republicans will win. What makes him so confident? Does he know something we don't? Will the "voter vault'--a huge database of demographic, financial and other personal information on individual voters that is the driving force behind Republican get-out-the-vote operations--control the outcome of congressional elections around the country? Will micro-targeting voters deliver the winning margins Republicans need to hold on to congressional power? Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosts.  (An expanded version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)

Guests:
Peter Wallsten, Washington Post (@peterwallsten)
Jano Cabrera, Democratic strategist
Michael Cornfield, Vice President of Public Affairs for ElectionMall.com
Jared Craighead, Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party
Eli Pariser, Upworthy (@elipariser)

Making News Wildfire Kills Three Firefighters in Riverside County 4 MIN, 20 SEC

A fast-moving fire east of Banning in Riverside County killed three firefighters this morning and critically injured two others. About 500 residents have been evacuated and some 700 firefighters are working to contain the blaze, which is being whipped along by dry Santa Ana winds.

Guests:
Bettye Wells Miller, Reporter for the Riverside Press Enterprise

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