A 'Civilian Surge' in Afghanistan; Political Warfare in Sacramento
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The next Speaker of the State Assembly will be a Latino from Los Angeles, but there's a major fight to determine which one. Republicans are talking about "the ghost of Willie Brown." Also, Cardinal Roger Mahony makes the case for illegal immigrants to buy government-sponsored health insurance. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, he President's escalation of force in Afghanistan will have a civilian component—although he's left it to others to explain the details. We'll hear about the hopes for success and the risks of failure.
Banner image: Assemblymen John Pérez (L) and Kevin de León (R)
Afghanistan and the 'Civilian Surge' ()
Laying out his strategy for Afghanistan last March, President Obama called for "agricultural specialists and educators, engineers and lawyers…to develop an economy that isn't dominated by illicit drugs." But last week's speech on increasing troops contained only a single reference to a "civilian surge."
- James Dobbins: Director of International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corp
- Sarah Chayes: Special Advisor, Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, @CarnegieEndow
- Masood Aziz: former diplomat, Afghanistan's Embassy in Washington
Family Feud Breaks Out in Speaker's Race ()
The Latino caucus in Sacramento is growing fast, but it's losing its solidarity. Instead of settling their differences in private, three Latino Democrats from Los Angeles are conducting a very public fight with leadership of the State Assembly at stake. A veteran Latino politician says his colleagues are airing their "dirty laundry" in the fight. Can Republicans take advantage?
- Eric Bailey: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
- Jaime Regalado: Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute, @PBI
- Joel Fox: Editor, Fox and Hounds Daily
Including the Undocumented in the Healthcare Debate ()
Republicans and some conservative Democrats say the inclusion of undocumented immigrants in a government-supported healthcare plan would reward illegal behavior. The House bill would allow them to buy such insurance with their own money. The Senate bill currently bars them altogether. Cardinal Archbishop Roger Mahony is the leader of LA's Roman Catholic Archdiocese.
- Roger Mahony: Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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