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Local Congress members are among those briefed this afternoon on the case for action against Syria. We hear from two Democrats: Brad Sherman, who went in favoring the President's limited strikes and Janice Hahn, who has defied her party's leadership so far and said, "No."Also, Syrian-Americans who live in LA run the gamut from supporters of US military action to supporters of the Assad regime. We hear all sides.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, it's not just Syria. One veteran congressman calls this "an amazing time." Obamacare, immigration reform, a possible government shutdown and defaulting on the national debt are all on the table as Congress returns from the August recess.  Can the current members handle it all?

 

Banner image: (L) Hands Off Syria demonstration (Mohmed Hosam); (R) Pro-Assad protesters in Washington, DC (Lauren Parnell Marino)


 

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Anna Scott

Main Topic The Syrian Conflict: Los Angeles Points of View 17 MIN, 22 SEC

President Obama is making the rounds of news anchors on broadcast and cable TV, including tonight's conversation with Wolf Blitzer of CNN. This afternoon, the President briefed members of Congress, including two local Democrats who've taken different positions. Both base their conclusions on videos and intelligence presented in closed-door briefings. We talk with Brad Sherman of the San Fernando Valley and Janice Hahn, whose district includes San Pedro, Wilmington and Compton. We also hear from three local Syrian-Americans.

Guests:
Brad Sherman, US Congress (D-CA) (@BradSherman)
Janice Hahn, US Congress (D-CA) (@Rep_JaniceHahn)
Saleh Kholaki, Islamic Center of Southern California (@ICSConline)
Reem Salahi, Hadsell, Stormer, Richardson & Renick
Johnny Achi, Arab Americans for Syria

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