Kamala Harris, who won the race for state Attorney General last month by a fraction of one point, is already a national celebrity. The New York Times says she's one of 17 women with a chance of being President. But how many Southern Californians know what she stands for? We talk with her about her background, her priorities and her ambitions. Also, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments today on Prop 8. Will it reverse the judge who called a ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Wall Street executives are getting bonuses, giving parties and renting summer homes in the Hamptons again, but the rest of the economy is growing a lot more slowly. What are the early indicators from holiday shopping? What do shopping habits in China have to do with US recovery?
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Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge, and today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals took up the case. Neither Attorney General Jerry Brown nor Governor Schwarzenegger was willing to defend it. Douglas NeJaime is a professor of law at Loyola Law School.
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris narrowly defeated Steve Cooley, the District Attorney of LA County, in last month's election. She'll be the first woman attorney general of California and the first from Asian-American and African-American parents, respectively a professor of economics and a doctor. A native of Berkeley, she became deputy district attorney in Alameda County starting in 1990. She moved to San Francisco where she defeated incumbent District Attorney Terence Hallinan in 2003, and was re-elected without opposition four years later.
Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of the US economy, so the holiday shopping season is an important measure of economic recovery. This year, it started early, and the big question is, how long will it last?
Kelli Grant, Senior Consumer Reporter, SmartMoney.com
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic (@DKThomp)
Karen Dynan, Co-Director of the Economic Studies Program, Brookings Institution
David Leonhardt, New York Times (@DLeonhardt)