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President Obama got no questions about Iraq or Afghanistan in last night’s press conference, but was asked if the raging violence of drug cartels in Mexico is “a national security threat.”  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Lawrence O’Donnell explores the new tensions in US relations with Mexico and what the administration hopes to achieve with today's meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexican President Felipe Calderón.  Also, Obama meets with Senate Democrats on the budget, and and the Supreme Court considers whether Hillary: The Movie should be banned.


Banner image: Construction continues on border fence as drug violence escalates in Mexico. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper

Making News Obama Corrals Conservative Democrats on Capitol Hill 5 MIN, 10 SEC

President Obama went to Capitol Hill today to meet with Senate Democrats who are beginning work on his $3.6 trillion budget proposal. Adriel Bettelheim is White House correspondent for CQPolitics.com.

Guests:
Adriel Bettelheim, White House Correspondent, CQPolitics.com

Main Topic Can the US Mend Fences while Building Fences? 33 MIN, 55 SEC

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Mexico today to shore up relations with Mexican President Felipe Calderón at a time when US relations with Mexico have never been more complex. As the United States is speeding hundreds of federal agents to the Mexican border as part of an ambitious new plan to prevent the drug cartels' surging violence from spilling over into the US, tensions continue on NAFTA, the recession in the US has hit hard in Mexico, and illegal immigration remains a hot button of American politics. Is President Obama's next foreign crisis next door? With a bloody drug war raging out of control, is Mexico a failed state?

Guests:
Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Andres Rozental, veteran career diplomat in Mexico
Andrew Selee, Woodrow Wilson Center
Elisabeth Malkin, Writer, New York Times
Daniel Lund, President, MUND Americas

Hard Line

Ken Ellingwood

Reporter's Notebook 'Hillary' Leaves High Court Sounding Skeptical on McCain-Feingold 7 MIN, 2 SEC

Yesterday the US Supreme Court heard arguments about how a movie has put the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law on a collision course with the first amendment. The case of Hillary: The Movie might be the undoing of campaign finance reform. Greg Stohr, who reports on the Supreme Court for Bloomberg News, explains why.

Guests:
Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)

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