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Auto shows of the past have emphasized LA’s love affair with the big, the fast and the glitzy.  To be sure, wretched excess will be in evidence when this year’s exhibition opens tomorrow—but times have changed, and the emphasis will be on low-priced vehicles likely to sell as soon as possible. Also Chief Beck is sworn in at the LAPD. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, with the world now focused on Afghanistan, what about the war in Iraq? Can civilian government be stabilized? Is the alternative renewed violence that would pull US troops back into action?  What would that mean for the surge in Afghanistan?

Banner image: The new Porsche Boxster Spyder is displayed during the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
  

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott

Making News LAPD Chief Beck's Public Swearing In 4 MIN, 41 SEC

Charlie Beck was already the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, but today he was sworn in again, this time with a crowd of dignitaries, officers mounted on horses and a police helicopter performing maneuvers overhead. Rick Orlov took in the scene for the Daily News.

Guests:
Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News (@Rickorlov)

Main Topic Iraq: That 'Other' War 27 MIN, 28 SEC

As the US prepares to send 30,000 or more troops to Afghanistan, Iraq has seen a dramatic decrease in violence.  But politics is another matter. Today, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi was given a few more days to approve or veto a new election law that is crucial to the benchmarks established for US withdrawal.

Guests:
Warren Strobel, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers
Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress Action Fund (@LarryKorb)
Rahman Aljebouri, Senior Program Officer on the Middle East and Africa, National Endowment for Democracy
Gordon Lubold, Reporter, Politico

Main Topic Little Cars, Green Cars at the LA Auto Show 20 MIN, 56 SEC

The exhibition opening tomorrow at the downtown convention center is not your father's LA Auto Show. Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini won't even be there. That has a lot to do with what's selling these days and the answer is, not much. The automakers, of course, want to turn that around.

Guests:
Karl Brauer, TotalCarScore.com (@karlbrauer)
Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal (@Danneilwsj)
Chris Paine, Filmmaker, 'Who Killed the Electric Car?'

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