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LA Mayor Villaraigosa concedes that cuts and layoffs will reduce city services to taxpayers who won’t be getting the tree-trimming and pot-hole filling they pay for. Will a declining infrastructure make it harder for LA to compete with other cities? Are Republican consultants capitalizing on the Tea Party movement? On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, President Obama is trying to promote his vision for human space flight today. Opponents claim he has no vision at all. Will cancelling a return to the Moon mean getting to Mars both cheaper and faster?

Banner image: Jens-Ulrich Koch/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Making News Getting a Cut of the Tea Party Rage 8 MIN, 20 SEC

The Tea Party Patriots scheduled some 600 tax protests around the country today, and the Tea Party Express bus was scheduled to be in Washington, DC. But, while the Patriots claim they're strictly nonpartisan, the Express is something else. The online publication Politico today headlined "GOP operatives crash the tea party." Kenneth Vogel wrote the story.

Guests:
Ken Vogel, Politico.com (@kenvogel)

Main Topic When It Comes to Infrastructure, You Get What You Pay For 13 MIN, 9 SEC

LA City Council President Eric Garcetti announced today a "Garcetti 311" iPhone application. He wants to make it easy for his constituents to report dead animals, overgrown trees and potholes so his staff can relay the information to the appropriate agencies. But Mayor Villaraigosa said recently that cuts and layoffs will reduce city services, specifically including "potholes and the trimming of trees."

Guests:
Damien Newton, LA.StreetsBlog.org (@labikes)
Joel Kotkin, Chapman University

Main Topic Obama's Vision for US Space Exploration 27 MIN, 35 SEC

tp100415nasa-augustine_report.jpgGeorge W. Bush cancelled the Space Shuttle program.  Now Barack Obama wants to cancel Bush’s plan for going back to the Moon—at least for the moment.  That’s provoked a battle over the budget for NASA featuring a public relations blitz by Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell—heroes of space exploration 40 years ago.  Today, President Obama’s in Florida pushing his vision.

Guests:
Robert Block, Space Editor, Orlando Sentinel
Jeff Greason, President, XCOR Aerospace
Scott Pace, George Washington University's Space Policy Institute
Jonathan McDowell, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (@planet4589)

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