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Forget the Winter Olympics. One of the most popular sports in Washington these days appears to be the blame game. With the loss of the Democrats' filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and healthcare reform struggling in the final lap, questions are cropping up about who's to blame. On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Chery Glaser speaks with some critics of Barack Obama's inner circle who say that  the Obama White House is more focused on campaigning than governing.  Also, LA Schools chief proposes a shorter year and higher property taxes, and jury duty gets the economic cold shoulder.

Banner image:  President Barack Obama confers with chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

Making News LA Schools Chief Proposes Shorter Year, Higher Property Tax 7 MIN, 48 SEC

Drastic times require drastic measures seems to be the approach of the LA Unified School District, where the coming school year's budget deficit has widened from $470 million to $640 million. In the past, LAUSD has resorted to layoffs in trying to solve the deficit. This time, Superintendent Ramon Cortines has proposed cutting the school year by six days and asking voters to approve a $100 parcel tax increase. Professor John Rogers is Director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.

Guests:
John Rogers, UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access

Main Topic Has President Obama Failed to Match the Potential of Candidate Obama? 36 MIN, 7 SEC

<p>As many Americans take the opportunity sleep in or head to the mall for a little shopping on this Presidents' Day, the mood at the White House may be considerably less festive.&nbsp; A little over a year after President Barack Obama took office, some of his top priorities —like reforming healthcare and closing Guantanamo — appear to be foundering. Ever since the Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, there's been talk about who's at fault and where the Obama Administration has lost its <em>mojo</em>. Are these signs of a new administration just trying to find its feet, or are they indications of bigger problems? Is the man who was hailed as the consummate campaigner struggling to make the transition to governing? If so, who's to blame?<br /><br /></p>

Guests:
Steve Clemons, The Atlantic (@SCClemons)
David Rothkopf, FP Group (@djrothkopf)
Jay Cost, Weekly Standard (@jaycosttws)
Stephen Hess, Brookings Institution

Reporter's Notebook Uptick in 'Financial Hardship' Excuse to Avoid Jury Service 7 MIN, 4 SEC

Thomas Jefferson called the jury system "the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution." While Americans like jury service in principle, more and more are trying to avoid this cornerstone of American democracy, claiming "financial hardship." Now money woes inflicted by the recession have spurred even more hardship claims, especially by those who face a long trial. Carol Williams writes on legal affairs for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Carol Williams, Los Angeles Times (@cjwilliamslat)

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