GOP Upset in Massachusetts; Rain, Political Storms in California
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After Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts, Senate Democrats can't stop Republican filibusters any more. What does that mean for health care reform? What about the rest of the Obama agenda with the President's approval ratings on the decline? What's the message for California, with Barbara Boxer's US Senate seat on the line and an open race for Governor? We hear from some political pros and update the weather.
Banner image: City workers make final preparations today as the third and largest storm of the week moves in on La Canada Flintridge, California. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
Massachusetts Changes the Game ()
Last night, Republican Scott Brown was triumphant after his upset election to the US Senate seat held by the late Democrat Ted Kennedy for 47 years. At this morning’s news conference, Scott Brown said the President had called with congratulations and that they hit it off. We look at the aftermath of an upset that has transformed the political environment in an election year.
- Scot Lehigh: Columnist, Boston Globe
- Janet Hook: Congressional Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, @hookjan
- Gary Langer: Director of Polling, ABC News, @LangerResearch
- Jonathan Chait: Senior Editor, The New Republic, @jonathanchait
- Matthew Continetti: Associate Editor, Weekly Standard
Deluge Bears Down on Southland Foothills ()
The weather service predicted small hail, wind gusts over 50 miles per hour, torrential downpours for LA today -- and even weak tornados. Evacuation orders were issued this morning for 489 homes in La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton and Glendale. The City of Los Angeles issued 262 evacuation orders in and around Tujunga Canyon.
Political Storm Brews for Senator Boxer ()
When Republican Scott Brown was asked if he thought he could win the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts, he famously answered, "With all due respect, that's the people's seat." So what about Barbara Boxer's seat after three terms as the Democrat from California?
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