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Chief Justice Ron George said today the state constitution is different from what it was when he wrote last year’s opinion legalizing same-sex marriage. Will Prop 8 stand?  What about marriages performed before the November election? On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, American International Group, the world’s largest insurance company, got $150 billion in federal bailout money in the last quarter of 2008 and still lost $62 billion. The Obama administration has promised $30 billion more, but today the Senate Finance Committee threatened not to go along unless it finds out where that federal money is going.


Banner image: People rally in front of the California Supreme Court Building after arguments were heard for and against Proposition 8. Photo: David Paul Morris/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott

Main Topic Supreme Court Hears Debate on Prop 8 20 MIN, 16 SEC

Last May, the State Supreme Court declared that same-sex marriage was legal in California. Today, that same court heard arguments for and against Proposition 8, which passed last November, and amended the state constitution to say that only marriage between a man and a woman is legal or recognized in California. Chief Justice Ronald George wrote the legalization decision.  Outside the courthouse in San Francisco, hundreds of people demonstrated on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue.

Guests:
Scott Graham, Editor in Chief, Cal Law
Mary Anne Ostrom, Political Reporter, San Jose Mercury-News
Brad Sears, Executive Director, UCLA's Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Policy
Douglas Kmiec, Pepperdine University (@dougkmiec)

Main Topic Could AIG Wreck the Global Economy? 26 MIN

 

American International Group, the world’s largest insurance company, got $150 billion in federal bailout money in the last quarter of 2008 and still lost $62 billion. The Obama administration has promised AIG $30 billion more. Today an angry Senate Finance Committee threatened not to go along, unless it finds out where that federal money is going. Where has all that taxpayer money been going? Is there an option to pouring in billions more?

  • Listen to the discussion about AIG (and find links to guests and additional resources) on this rebroadcast of today's To the Point
Reporter's Notebook Ex-KB Home CEO Indicted 5 MIN, 47 SEC

A Los Angeles Federal grand jury has indicted the former CEO and Chairman of KB Home, Bruce Karatz of Bel Air Estates.  He faces 20 criminal charges of mail, wire and securities fraud, making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission and lying to the accountants for KB Home. Gabe Friedman is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Guests:
Gabe Friedman, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Daily Journal

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