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Barack Obama is attempting to regain control of the debate on healthcare reform. His proposals drew criticism from conservatives at a series of town hall meetings in August, and Republican senators, once considered potential partners in bi-partisanship, have openly attacked the plan. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry considers the prospects for reform, the President's strategy in his speech to Congress next week, and whose support he'll need to win. Also, nearly fifty years after Ted Kennedy started keeping diaries, he finished a memoir of his life. True Compass is a look at the senator through his own eyes. Plus, as firefighters begin to get a handle on the Station Fire, investigators begin looking into its cause.

Banner image: Bob Riha, Jr/Childrens Hospital Los Angeles via Getty Images

Main Topic Healthcare Reform 2.0: Obama Prepares to Re-charge the Debate 34 MIN, 48 SEC

The White House has announced that President Obama will make a major speech to a joint session of Congress next week, the day after lawmakers return from their August recess. Polls show a drop in support for the President's healthcare plan, with Republicans increasingly going on the attack. The speech is a dramatic move which observers say indicates Obama's intention to re-focus the debate. What does Obama need to do to regain control of the debate? Is it time for the President to give up on a bi-partisan approach? Should he listen to liberals and make a public option for healthcare a non-negotiable item? What does he need to do to rally slipping public opinion?

Guests:
Ezra Klein, Washington Post (@ezraklein)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@AEI)
Robert Borosage, Co-Director, Campaign for America's Future
Susan Dentzer, Health Affairs journal

Reporter's Notebook Kennedy Memoir Talks of Guilt over Chappaquiddick 7 MIN, 33 SEC

true_compass.jpgAfter all the speeches and the remembrances and the criticisms that followed his death on August 25, Ted Kennedy will comment on his own life. His memoir, True Compass, will be published September 14. In the meantime, contenders are already lining up for the seat he held in the US Senate for nearly fifty years, as we hear from Joan Vennochi, columist for the Boston Globe.

Guests:
Joan Vennochi, Columnist, Boston Globe

True Compass

Edward M. Kennedy

Making News Investigators Begin Probing into Cause of Station Fire 7 MIN, 54 SEC

The Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest has scorched more than 140,000 acres, making it the largest fire in LA County history. As firefighters continue to battle the flames, helped by cooler weather, investigators are sifting through ashes to determine the fire's cause. Janette Williams is senior writer for the Pasadena Star-News.

Guests:
Janette Williams, Senior Writer, Pasadena Star-News

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