Obama Begins Bid for the White House
Listen to/Watch entire show:
Illinois Senator Barak Obama ways he will introduce legislation for a "phased redeployment" of US troops in Iraq. Is that the "new kind of politics" that Obama says will trump inexperience in his run for president? Will black Americans identify with a man who shares their color but not their culture? Plus, the White House makes concessions on its domestic eavesdropping program, and weather all over the country is just different enough to raise questions about global warming.
Bush Administration Reverses Domestic Eavesdropping Position ()
The lead story today in major American newspapers is the Bush Administration's abandonment of what it had called a crucial tool in the war on terror: eavesdropping inside the United States without court approval. The New York Times reports that it's one of a series of concessions to Congress, the courts and public opinion. Scott Shane wrote the story.
Barak Obama: Race and Inexperience ()
With just two years in the Senate, Barak Obama is a political star who wants to be America's first black president. He counters the charge of inexperience by saying voters want "a new kind of politics." But his Washington record looks in some ways like business as usual, and African-American opinion leaders say he lacks the cultural history that makes him truly "black" in their eyes. The Illinois Democrat also has been criticized for being too cautious about the war in Iraq. Yesterday, he said he'll introduce legislation for a "phased redeployment" of American troops. It's still not clear whether he'll back Edward Kennedy's bill to cut off funding to increase troops. Can Obama turn sudden celebrity into a credible run against political pros like Clinton and Edwards? Will his appeal to white voters turn off the black constituency that's crucial to Democrats?
- Walter Shapiro: Washington Bureau Chief for Salon.com, @waltershapiroPD
- Debra Dickerson: essayist and author
- Stanley Crouch: columnist for the New York Daily News
- Ken Silverstein: Washington editor for Harper's
Ice Storms in Texas, Snow in Malibu, and T-Shirts in Central Park ()
Winter was weeks late in New England this year and Southern California had an unseasonable heat wave until the first of this week. Yesterday, snow fell on Malibu. Texas and Oklahoma are among the nine states where ice has closed roads and cancelled air travel in places where that doesn't usually happen. What's going on with the weather? Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen is at the national office of the National Weather Service.
- Dennis Feltgen: meteorologist at the National Weather Service
Transcripts of To the Point are available from The Transcription Company, (818) 848-6500, or www.transcripts.net. A CD copy is available by calling 1.888.600.5279
Engage & Discuss
BROUGHT TO YOU BY