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Two top officials of the LA County Child Welfare Department have filed claims against the department for deliberately falsifying at least three reports on child fatalities. The department's been under fire since an independent investigator said it violated state law by failing to make public at least 60 such cases. We hear from Department Director Trish Ploehn. Also, the Westlake neighborhood near MacArthur Park is in a state of upheaval after a fatal shooting by the LAPD, two nights of street protests and more than 20 arrests. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Gulf oil spill and Middle East peace talks have diverted President Obama from what voters care about most: the economy. Is it too late to make a difference before November's elections?

Producers:
Gary Scott
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Obama on the Economy…at Last 27 MIN, 6 SEC

The November elections are less than two months away, and Democrats have their backs against the wall.  As he tours the country this week, President Obama is now pushing some Republican-sounding proposals for boosting the economy. Monday in Milwaukee, he was in campaign mode. Today, he's in Cleveland to unveil some business-friendly proposals.

Guests:
Ben White, Politico.com (@morningmoneyben)
Glenn Hubbard, former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
David Sirota, Salon.com (@davidsirota)
Gail Russell Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor (@RussellChaddock)

Seeds of Destruction

R. Glenn Hubbard

Making News Third Day of Protest after Police Kill Manuel Jamines 10 MIN, 23 SEC

Chief Charlie Beck and other officials planned to attend a community meeting tonight in Westlake, the MacArthur Park neighborhood where an officer shot and killed Manuel Jamines on Sunday after they say he threatened them with a knife. Police in riot gear arrested 22 protesters last night and four the night before. We get two perspectives.

Guests:
Jorge-Mario Cabrera, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (@CHIRLA)
Nicole Bershon, Inspector General, LA Police Commission

Main Topic Child Abuse and County Bureaucracy 15 MIN, 36 SEC

Last month, an independent investigator found that LA County’s Department of children and Family Services violated state law at least 60 times by failing to publicly disclose the deaths of children from abuse and neglect while they were under County supervision. Now, two senior officials have filed claims against the County, claiming the Department purposefully falsified at least three child fatality reports.

Guests:
Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times (@gtherolf)
Mike Gennaco, LA County Office of Independent Review
Trish Ploehn, Director, LA County Department of Children and Family Services

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