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Flat-screen, plasma television sets use so much power the State Energy Commission wants to set limits on their energy consumption. But the industry is fighting back hard. We hear about energy efficiency, picture quality and cost. Plus, what the Frank and Jamie McCourt's divorce might mean for ownership of the Dodgers. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, the “public option” is not dead after all. It became clear today that the House and the Senate will debate two different versions.  We hear about that, about cost control and other issues involving healthcare reform.

Banner image: California Energy Commission

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Main Topic State Wants to Pull the Plug on TV Energy Use 14 MIN, 9 SEC

California has some 35 million television sets, about one for every resident of the state. Many homes have three or more. They’re using a lot of energy, especially those with flat, plasma screens.  Now the state Energy Commission says it’s time to get that under control. It wants limits on new TV sets starting two years from now.

Guests:
Adam Gottlieb, Spokesman, California Energy Commission
Doug Johnson, Senior Director for Technology Policy, Consumer Electronics Association

Reporter's Notebook McCourt Divorce Opens Possibility of Dodger Sale 6 MIN, 14 SEC

The Dodgers lost the pennant, and now Frank and Jamie McCourt just might lose the Dodgers. That’s according to one sports executive quoted in today’s LA Times. It all depends on how their divorce comes out. Jon Weisman writes the DodgerThoughts.com blog at the Times website and is author of 100 Things Dodger Fans Should Know and Do before They Die.


Guests:
Jon Weisman, DodgerThoughts.com (@dodgerthoughts)

Main Topic House Democrats Unveil Healthcare Bill, Including Public Option 27 MIN, 53 SEC

President Obama pitched healthcare reform again today, this time to an audience of small business owners.  Meantime, Democratic leaders in the House unveiled their compromise bill, including a government-run plan to compete with private insurance.

Guests:
Susan Dentzer, Health Affairs journal
Roger Hickey, Campaign for America's Future
James Gelfand, Senior Manager of Health Policy, US Chamber of Commerce
Ceci Connolly, National Health Policy Reporter, Washington Post

Making News Synagogue Shooting Puts Jewish Community on High Alert 6 MIN, 50 SEC

Two men were shot today as they arrived for a dawn prayer service at Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue in North Hollywood. Both are expected to survive and police are investigating a possible hate crime. The incident led the Los Angeles Police Department to implement a security plan developed after September 11, 2001. Rob Eshman is Editor of the Jewish Journal.

Guests:
Rob Eshman, Jewish Journal (@Foodaism)

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