President Bush and the Democrats agreed to a deal. But Republican Senators stalled it today. Are Southerners unwilling to help the Midwest? Is "nationalization" unavoidable? We hear a rebroadcast of today's To the Point. Also, the Governor's Air Resources Board gets tough on global warming, whatever the cost, and the federal government investigates big-time bribery in the tomato business.
FROM THIS EPISODE
The Big Three bailout passed the House but stalled in the Senate today, even after Barack Obama warned that collapse of the auto industry would have "a devastating ripple effect" throughout the economy. In the Senate, Republicans, many of them from the South, were still saying, "No." On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we hear whether regional interests are playing a role in preventing what Democrats, including Barack Obama, call a disaster of national proportions.
Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press
James Rubenstein, co-author, Who Really Made Your Car?
William Diem, Paris-based automotive journalist
Daniel Howes, Detroit News (@detroitnews)
Yves Smith, financial consultant and blogger
James Rubenstein and Thomas Klier
Governor Schwarzenegger says he'll fight global warming, whatever the cost, even during an economic crisis. Today, his Air Resources Board set the toughest goals in the nation, even though the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst says it'll cost more than the Board estimated. It's a road map for implementing AB 32, the law that caught worldwide attention in 2006. We hear a debate.
Margot Roosevelt, Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Dorothy Rothrock, California Manufacturers and Technology Association (@cmta)
Eileen Wenger Tutt, Deputy Secretary for Climate Change, California Environmental Protection Agency
If you've bought tomato-based products like sauces, soups or salsas, you may have received less than you paid for. A former tomato-sales broker has admitted he bribed purchasing agents at some of America's largest food companies, including Safeway and Kraft. Randall Rahal works for SK Foods, which federal agents have labeled a "racketeering enterprise." Denny Walsh reports on the federal courts for the Sacramento Bee.
Denny Walsh, Reporter, Sacramento Bee
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