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Talk about the mid-term elections is stirring up some heat this summer. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on the warpath – over the campaign trail. She wants the White House to step up support for Democratic congressmen, instead of suggesting that Republicans could win in November. Republicans have made a few big gaffes lately, but politicos say they’re likely to take back the House this fall. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry explores the White House strategy for mid-term elections. Would it be a good thing for Obama if Republicans win? What role will Sarah Palin play? Also, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George announces he'll retire, and Argentina breaks new ground. Lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage early today, and the Catholic Church isn’t happy about it.

Banner image: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, (L) and moderator David Gregory appear on Meet the Press on July 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC via Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Andrea Brody

Making News California Chief Justice Ronald George to Retire 12 MIN, 15 SEC

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George has announced that he’ll step down in November after 14 years as the state’s top jurist. George’s legacy includes decisions on abortion, affirmative action and the ruling that briefly legalized same-sex marriage in the State of California, until voters overturned it by passing Proposition 8. Staff writer Bob Egelko covers the courts for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Guests:
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Reporter's Notebook Argentina Is First Latin American Country to Legalize Gay Marriage 8 MIN, 37 SEC

Early today Argentina's Senate made history in Latin America, making it the first country to legalize gay marriage. The bill, which passed by a narrow 33-to-27 margin, was sponsored by the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who took on the Catholic Church to make it happen. Jude Webber reports from Buenos Aires for the Financial Times.

Guests:
Jude Webber, Reporter, Financial Times

Main Topic It's Busy Inside the Beltway: Politics Are Sizzling in DC 27 MIN, 6 SEC

Politicos say all kinds of things on shows like Meet the Press. Last Sunday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Republicans could win the House this fall. While he didn't say anything surprising to anyone tracking the mid-term elections, he unwittingly unleashed a political firestorm and his comments proved too much for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. House Democrats feel they're not getting enough credit or support for their role in helping President Obama win some big legislative victories. So Pelosi and the President had a lot to talk about when she went to the White House last night. Did she win more support from Obama? Is what's good for the President good for the House? Is the GOP on its way to a big win in November? What's rumbling in Alaska?

Guests:
Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg News (@jonallendc)
Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor (@linda_feldmann)
Dante Scala, University of New Hampshire
Ari Melber, Correspondent, The Nation magazine

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