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Suspected terrorists held for years without charges or trials create a conflict between constitutional rights and national security. Barack Obama has promised to restore American values. On our rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what that could mean. If Antonio Villaraigosa is not re-elected next week, it will be a staggering upset. But the Los Angeles Times' endorsement was decidedly lukewarm, and some critics say Jim Hahn was a better Mayor. We hear several assessments. Also, crime shaping politics in the city of Cudahay.


Banner image:Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (L) joins other members and leaders in the East Room of the White House, February 20. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott

Main Topic National Security and American Values 26 MIN, 9 SEC

Suspected terrorists have been held for years in US military prisons with no charges and no trials, creating a conflict between constitutional rights and national security. As soon as next month, Barack Obama will face tough choices about presidential power. We hear about a US Supreme Court case which could have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.

Guests:
Jane Mayer, New Yorker
Benjamin Wittes, Research Director, Brookings Institution
David Cole, Georgetown University Law School (@DavidColeGtown)

Reporter's Notebook Thug Politics in the City of Cudahy 6 MIN, 19 SEC

The City of Cudahy is ten miles from downtown Los Angeles, but it may be as dangerous to run for office there as it is in Afghanistan.  That's according to Jeffrey Anderson, who writes for City Beat.

Guests:
Jeffrey Anderson, Reporter, Washington Times

Main Topic Does Mayor Villaraigosa Deserve Re-election? 18 MIN, 9 SEC

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appears headed for re-election, opposed by nine virtual unknowns, none of whom can raise enough money to mount an effective campaign. But one resident of the San Fernando Valley says he's "at best a mediocre mayor" presiding over a city "fading rapidly toward irrelevancy."  The Los Angeles Times has endorsed the Mayor's re-election, but only after remarking that Villaraigosa is "presiding over a city that, even before the recession hit, lacked the buoyant civic spirit that so many voters expected the new mayor to spark."

Guests:
Joel Kotkin, Chapman University
Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times (@newton_jim)
Joseph Mailander, writer and blogger

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