Los Angeles County wants the University of California to help Martin Luther King Hospital get back in business. And Republicans are already squabbling over next year's US Senate election. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the vote count is under way in Afghanistan, where a national election has been held in the midst of bloody fighting. We'll look at the turnout, the possible outcomes and the potential consequences for US diplomacy and military commitments.
FROM THIS EPISODE
President Obama calls today's voting the most important event of the year in Afghanistan. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke says holding an election in a time of war is “extraordinary.” Three thousand cars, three helicopters and 3000 donkeys are bringing ballot boxes back to the capital city for counting that won't be final for two weeks.
County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has challenged the UC Board of Regents to "get out of the ivory tower" and "engage in our communities" by agreeing to a partnership with Los Angeles County. He and his four colleagues will formally ask the Regents to help re-open Martin Luther King Hospital, so troubled for so long before it was closed two years ago that it was known as "Killer King."
The Los Angeles Times says Carly Fiorina was "famously failed and fired" as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Assemblyman Chuck DeVore says Fiorina has only "a casual association with the democratic process." DeVore and Fiorina are competitors for the Republican nomination to face Democratic US Senator Barbara Boxer in next year's election. This week, the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci reported that Fiorina failed to vote in Maryland and New Jersey before she moved to California.
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