Hunger in America and 'Kick a Ginger Day' in Calabasas
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A middle school in Calabasas has attracted national attention after kids allegedly were assaulted because of their red hair and freckles. What did a TV satire and Facebook have to do with it? Also, will California's next lieutenant governor be Abel Maldonado? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, despite the obesity epidemic, recent studies say tens of millions of people — including children — are going hungry. What's the Obama Administration doing? Is "food insecurity" a matter of politics as well as economics?
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Hunger in America ()
The Agriculture Department says that 49 million Americans did not get enough to eat last year. Scholars at Cornell and Washington Universities report that half America's children will be on food stamps before they grow up. President Obama has renewed his campaign promise to reduce the “trend of rising hunger.”
- Joel Berg: Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger
- Robert Rector: Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation, @Heritage
- Kevin Concannon: Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, USDA
- Peter Goodman: National Economic Correspondent, New York Times, @petersgoodman
Schwarzenegger Picks Maldonado for Lieutenant Governor ()
Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi has resigned to become a member of Congress giving Governor Schwarzenegger the chance to appoint a replacement. Just as he did when he ran for office himself, the Governor revealed his choice last night on the Jay Leno show. Shane Goldmacher covers the state capitol for the Los Angeles Times.
The Power of Social Networking ()
Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies say five kids with red hair and freckles may have been victims of “Kick a Ginger Day” at the A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas. Nobody was seriously injured and no arrests have been made, but the incident has drawn attention to Facebook and an episode of the TV show South Park.
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