Little Political Fallout from a Terrible Budget
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Carpool lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways in Los Angeles are about to become toll lanes with congestion-pricing. A Republican mover and shaker faces nine felony charges in San Bernardino County. And which party looks worse in the budget deal? Will there be any accountability? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama wants "affordable quality care." Opponents decry "socialized medicine." Is the debate being framed by slogans rather than substance? Did the Cambridge police act "stupidly" when they arrested a black professor?
Healthcare Reform and Race Relations ()
President Obama's been criticized for taking on too many issues all at the same time. He began last night's opening statement by saying that health-insurance reform fits into his broader economic strategy. After last night's news conference, the President was asked about the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, who had forgotten his keys and was arrested while trying to get into his home.
- Matt Bai: Political Writer, New York Times Magazine, @mattbai
- Elvin Lim: Assistant Professor of Government, Wesleyan University
- Michael Cannon: Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute
- Richard Thompson Ford: Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
LA Carpool Lanes to Take a Toll ()
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has voted unanimously to open carpool lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways to solo drivers willing to pay tolls, 25¢ a mile when traffic is light and $1.40 during rush hours. Dan Weikel reports for the LA Times.
- Dan Weikel: Transportation Writer, Los Angeles Times
Little Political Fallout from a Terrible Budget ()
The Legislature is getting ready to vote on 28 bills running to hundreds of pages, this week’s $26 billion budget compromise. Nobody likes it, and many claim all it will do is kick the can down the road. But which party has come out looking worse?
- Harold Meyerson: Executive Editor, American Prospect, @haroldmeyerson -
- Jonathan Wilcox: Adjunct Professor of Journalism, USC
- Allan Hoffenblum: former Political Director, California Republican Party
Corruption inside San Bernardino's GOP Machine ()
Six months ago, San Bernardino’s elected County Assessor Bill Postmus was arrested on drug charges. Former colleagues on the Board of Supervisors pressured him to resign. Today he was arraigned in court on ten counts of drug possession, grand theft, perjury and misappropriation of public funds. Duane Gang reports for the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
- Duane Gang: Staff Writer, Press-Enterprise
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