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Record amounts of rain have deluged the Southland, and there's more to come from a weather pattern that only develops every 10 or 15 years. We update the forecast, the prospects for damage, and about the disaster predicted if levees fail near Sacramento. Also, the death of the DREAM Act is a blow to undocumented students and others who came to this country before they were 16. What do they do now? What about Latino support for the Republican Party? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the lame-duck session of Congress has gotten some things done, but it's not likely to go out of business with a burst of bipartisanship. We review what's happened and what to expect and ask why just 13 percent of Americans like what they see.

Banner image: This week's severe storms have resident of recent burn areas edgy. Last winter, debris flows damaged homes and carries cars away on after heavy rains caused mudslides in La Canada Flintridge, California. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Darrell Satzman
Julia Flucht

Main Topic Analysis of an Unpopular Congress 26 MIN, 49 SEC

Last week the tax package was signed into law, and some called it a bipartisan moment in the lame-duck session of Congress. Over the weekend, repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" passed and was sent to the White House. But the "Dream Act," which passed in the House, failed in the Senate, and ratification of the New START treaty with Russia could be in big trouble.

Guests:
Glenn Thrush, Politico.com (@GlennThrush)
Major Garrett, National Journal (@MajoratNJ)
Frank Newport, Gallup Poll (@galluppoll)
Larry Sabato, University of Virginia Center for Politics (@larrysabato)

Polling Matters

Frank Newport

Main Topic Winter Storms Dump Water on Southern California 12 MIN, 36 SEC

Record amounts of rain have hit the Southland since Thursday, with three more storms expected, tonight through this coming Thursday. Meteorologists say it's a weather pattern that only happens once every 10 or 15 years. It's the kind of weather that could result in a major disaster in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, where eleven hundred miles of levees prevent flooding over an enormous area.  The Army Corps of Engineers recently said many, including an eight mile stretch of the American River in Sacramento, were "unacceptable."

Guests:
Ryan Kittell, Meteorologist, National Weather Service Forecast Office
Jeffrey Mount, Professor of Geology, UC Davis

Reporter's Notebook US Senate Dumps the DREAM Act 13 MIN, 8 SEC

Last Wednesday, undocumented immigrant students cheered when the so-called DREAM Act passed the House, but this weekend it was killed by Republicans in the Senate. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act would have granted the students and others a path to legal status if they were brought to this country before they turned 16.

Guests:
Nancy Meza, Graduate of UCLA
Allan Hoffenblum, Hoffenblum & Associates (@WeHoGOP)

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