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Can a so-called "Hispanic" congressional district be won by an Asian candidate?  Also, LA teachers won't be allowed to stage a walkout on Friday. On Reporter's Noetbook, will the Obama Administration and Congress decide that the state of California is too big to fail? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Pope Benedict XVI's Middle East "pilgrimage" has turned contentious. Does the religious leader have a political tin ear?  We hear the assessments of Jews, Palestinians and Roman Catholic Christians.

Banner image: Congressional candidates Gil Cedillo and Judy Chu

Gary Scott
Christian Bordal

Main Topic The Pope: Religion and Politics in the Middle East 28 MIN, 3 SEC

As Pope Benedict XVI continues his "pilgrimage" to the Middle East, different groups are pursuing different agendas. They include the Vatican, the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority -- not to mention local Catholic clergy, the chief Rabbinate and Islamic leaders.

Anshel Pfeffer, Ha'aretz (@AnshelPfeffer)
Richard McBrien, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Alex Awad, United Methodist Missionary in Jerusalem
Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Chairman, Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs

The Church

Richard McBrien

Making News Restraining Order Issued against Teachers' Union Strike 5 MIN, 59 SEC

The United Teachers of Los Angeles planned a one-day work stoppage this coming Friday to protest layoffs and class size reductions. Superintendent Ramon Cortines called it “dangerous, illegal and irresponsible.” Today, a local judge issued a restraining order. Connie Llano writes on education for the Los Angeles Daily News.

Connie Llano, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Daily News

Main Topic The Race to Replace Congresswoman Hilda Solis 10 MIN, 32 SEC

ww090512pleitez.jpgWhen Hilda Solis became President Obama’s Secretary of Labor, she gave up the 32nd Congressional District in LA and its eastern suburbs. Twelve candidates are in next Tuesday’s primary race, among them frontrunners Gil Cedillo and Judy Chu, and newcomer Emanuel Pleitez (pictured at left). The real battle is for the Democratic nomination.

Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

The City at Stake

Raphael Sonenshein

Reporter's Notebook California Goes in Search of Bailout Money 8 MIN, 19 SEC

On Thursday, Governor Schwarzenegger will issue two revised budget proposals: one based on the passage of Measures 1-A through E in next week’s election and one based on their failure. In the meantime, the State Treasurer and Assembly Speaker have gone to Washington in search of bailout money. Joe Mathews is Irvine Scholar for the New America Foundation.

Joe Mathews, Host, "Zocalo's Connecting California" (@joemmathews)


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