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President Barack Obama had a worldwide audience for yesterday’s Inaugural Address. Also, the state’s fiscal crisis means that more swimmers may get sick at the beach. And can the City of Industry beat out LA and Pasadena by getting a National Football League stadium?

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott

Main Topic The World Embraces President Obama 25 MIN, 23 SEC

Barack Obama’s inaugural address was not an event witnessed by Americans alone. On his first day in office, President Obama has been calling leaders in the Middle East. Opposition to the war in Iraq was a major factor in Barack Obama’s campaign and his election. And despite the friendship between George Bush and Britain’s Tony Blair, US relations with Western Europe took a dive during the past 8 years. Barack Obama is an African-American, but he’s not the descendent of slaves. His father was a highly educated civic leader in Kenya who came to the US for higher education. There was no reference to Latin America—not even to Mexico, where President Obama will be faced with increasingly rampant drug and gun smuggling, and where the economic crisis could drive more immigrants northward.

 This was a re-broadcast of today's To the Point .

Guests:
Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)
Ghassan Khatib, Jerusalem Media and Communications Center
Efraim Inbar, Director, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
Philip Stevens, Associate Editor, Financial Times

Making News Budget Stalemate Bring Environmental Projects to a Halt 25 MIN, 4 SEC
Investors won’t lend California money any more, so construction projects all over the state have been suspended. The freeze also extends to environmental projects financed by bonds approved by the voters.

Guests:
Jordan Rau, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

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