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President Obama's pushing for rapid rail, and California will get the biggest share of the money. Will it come close to building a line from Anaheim to San Francisco? Also, after four and a half years of debate, the Los Angeles City Council has failed to satisfy either side in the argument over medical marijuana. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, during last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama admitted mistakes while defending his first year in office.  What does he want for the future? What is he likely to get?  We sample opinions.

Banner image: Members of Congress, the Cabinet, and Supreme Court applaud as President Barack Obama enters the House Chamber to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Official White House photo: Pete Souza


Making News California Gets Big Money for High-Speed Rail 12 MIN, 22 SEC

In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama announced an $8 billion high-speed rail initiative, and California will get the largest piece, $2.25 billion. In Tampa, Florida today, he reiterated his intention, which could prove important for the future of transportation in California. "There's no reason why other countries can build high-speed rail lines and we can't."

Guests:
Quentin Kopp, California High Speed Rail Authority Board (formerly)
Yonah Freemark, Blogger, 'The Transport Politic'

Main Topic LA Finally Has a Marijuana Ordinance, but Story Is Far from Over 13 MIN, 3 SEC

San Francisco charges fees to dispensaries of medical marijuana. Voters in Oakland have approved a tax on sales. In both cities, increased regulation has kept the number of dispensaries small. But in Los Angeles, while the City Council wrangled for four and a half years, there was no regulation and hundreds of dispensaries have cropped up all over town. Just this week, an ordinance finally received Council approval.

Guests:
Jane Usher, Special Assistant City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
Joe Elferd, Chief Counsel, Americans for Safe Access
Judy Muller, award-winning network TV correspondent (@judusc)

Main Topic State of the Union: 'We Don't Quit...I Don't Quit' 27 MIN, 28 SEC

Barack Obama's first State of the Union address touched on many subjects in more than an hour of prime time TV. But the principal focus was the economy.

Guests:
Ryan Lizza, New Yorker magazine (@RyanLizza)
Christopher Hayes, Washington Editor, The Nation
William Galston, Brookings Institution
Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History, Rice University

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