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LA City Council member Janice Hahn is getting a tough race from direct-mail marketer Craig Huey in a nasty Congressional race that also could be a close one. It's a classic battle between the Left and the Far Right in the kind of mid-summer special election that can have a surprising outcome. Huey has inspired a lot of Tea Party volunteers. Can Hahn turn out the Democrats, with a registration advantage of 18 percent? The voting is tomorrow in an election that could make a difference on Capitol Hill. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, taxes, spending, entitlement programs and the debt ceiling. Can Republicans and Democrats make a deal before the money runs out in Washington?

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Darrell Satzman
Katie Cooper

Main Topic An Unexpectedly Lively Race for Congress 24 MIN, 59 SEC

Tomorrow marks a political showdown in Southland beach towns from Venice to San Pedro. At stake is the Congressional seat of Democrat Jane Harman, who resigned after her re-election last year. Veteran LA Council member Janice Hahn is a Democrat running against Republican Craig Huey, who's a veteran of direct-mail marketing. Democrats have a registration advantage of 18 percent, but Huey came out of nowhere in the May primary campaign.

Guests:
Eric Bauman, California Democratic Party
Jon Fleischman, Breitbart California (@FlashReport)
Gene Maddaus, LA Weekly (@GeneMaddaus)
Donna Littlejohn, Daily Breeze (@donnalittlejohn)

Main Topic Stalemate over the Debt Ceiling Continues 26 MIN, 22 SEC

Last week, President Obama and Speaker John Boehner agreed that the debt-limit deadline had created an opportunity for something "big:" tax loophole-closings and spending cuts, including adjustments to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. But yesterday, Boehner backed off and called for a smaller package or even a stopgap. This morning, the President called any extension "unacceptable." As Washington's debt-limit brinkmanship continues with inconclusive meetings and political positioning, will Washington let the money run out? Will Medicare and Social Security be part of a final deal?

 

Guests:
Susan Davis, USA Today (@DaviSusan)
Andy Roth, Club for Growth (@andyroth)
William Galston, Brookings Institution
Andrew Kohut, Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)
Roger Hickey, Campaign for America's Future

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