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Gay and lesbian couples thought they might be able to marry today, but were disappointed by Judge Vaughn Walker's latest ruling. Walker said, "Yes," but delayed the effect of his ruling so supporters of Proposition 8 can go to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Now, the hopeful couples will have to wait until Wednesday of next week to see if they'll get their wish. If that's not complicated enough, legal rules and procedures create even more uncertainty. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Obama White House has been stunned by critics from the left wing of its own party. Has the President failed to live up to his promises? Will liberals and independents stay home in November?

Banner image: Same-sex couple Thom Watson (R) and Jeff Tabaco kiss as they hold paperwork for a marriage license while waiting to hear the decision on whether same-sex marriages will be allowed to resume in California August 12, 2010 in San Francisco. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Frances Anderton
Gary Scott

Main Topic Can the Obama White House Win Back the 'Professional Left?' 16 MIN, 17 SEC

The "professional left…will be satisfied when we have Canadian heathcare and we've eliminated the Pentagon." "Those people ought to be drug tested." Those remarks come not from the political right, but from Presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, speaking to The Hill, a newspaper in Washington. The paper says the Obama White House is in a state of "frustration," "bafflement" and "furious disbelief" at the left's "lack of appreciation or recognition" of the President's accomplishments in less than two years. That interview has liberal Democrats outraged. We hear a lively debate about the role of cable-TV in America's political process. Is MSNBC the antidote to Fox News?

Guests:
David Sirota, Salon.com (@davidsirota)
Michael Tomasky, Newsweek and the Daily Beast (@michaeltomasky)
Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC's 'The Last Word' (@Lawrence)
David Winston, Winston Group (@dhwinston)

The Uprising

David Sirota

Main Topic Same-Sex Marriage in California? Not Yet 15 MIN, 30 SEC

Federal judge Vaughn Walker gave gay and lesbian couples what they wanted today, but then snatched it back for the next six days. Last week, he declared that Proposition 8's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but delayed the effect of his ruling until today. Couples lined up at some courthouses in hopes his decision would go their way, and it did, but the judge created still more uncertainty.

Guests:
Karen Ocamb, Frontiers in LA (@KarenOcamb)
Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California Irvine (@UCILaw )
Greg Mitchell, Managing Editor, The Recorder

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