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Carpool lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways in Los Angeles are about to become toll lanes with congestion-pricing. A Republican mover and shaker faces nine felony charges in San Bernardino County. And which party looks worse in the budget deal?  Will there be any accountability? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama wants "affordable quality care." Opponents decry "socialized medicine." Is the debate being framed by slogans rather than substance? Did the Cambridge police act "stupidly" when they arrested a black professor?

Producers:
Gary Scott
Andrea Brody

Reporter's Notebook Corruption inside San Bernardino's GOP Machine 7 MIN, 2 SEC

Six months ago, San Bernardino’s elected County Assessor Bill Postmus was arrested on drug charges. Former colleagues on the Board of Supervisors pressured him to resign. Today he was arraigned in court on ten counts of drug possession, grand theft, perjury and misappropriation of public funds. Duane Gang reports for the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Guests:
Duane Gang, Staff Writer, Press-Enterprise

Main Topic Little Political Fallout from a Terrible Budget 14 MIN, 49 SEC

The Legislature is getting ready to vote on 28 bills running to hundreds of pages, this week’s $26 billion budget compromise. Nobody likes it, and many claim all it will do is kick the can down the road. But which party has come out looking worse?

Guests:
Harold Meyerson, Washington Post (@haroldmeyerson)
Jonathan Wilcox, Adjunct Professor of Journalism, USC
Allan Hoffenblum, Hoffenblum & Associates (@WeHoGOP)

Making News LA Carpool Lanes to Take a Toll 4 MIN, 10 SEC

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has voted unanimously to open carpool lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways to solo drivers willing to pay tolls, 25¢ a mile when traffic is light and $1.40 during rush hours. Dan Weikel reports for the LA Times.

Guests:
Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times (@LADeadline16)

Main Topic Healthcare Reform and Race Relations 27 MIN, 15 SEC

President Obama's been criticized for taking on too many issues all at the same time.  He began last night's opening statement by saying that health-insurance reform fits into his broader economic strategy. After last night's news conference, the President was asked about the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, who had forgotten his keys and was arrested while trying to get into his home.

Guests:
Matt Bai, Yahoo! News (@mattbai)
Elvin Lim, Assistant Professor of Government, Wesleyan University
Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Richard Thompson Ford, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

The Race Card

Richard Ford

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