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Republicans in Orange County are divided over the face of President Obama superimposed on the picture of a chimpanzee and emailed from one County Committee member to her colleagues. Was it a harmless joke or the kind of racist prank that could do political damage? We talk with a GOP party elder. Also, what will it take to restore the brand of the Dodgers, and what’s it like at the stadium. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, has the endgame begun in Afghanistan?

Making News Will Bud Selig Tag Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt Out? 10 MIN, 11 SEC

After Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced that he was taking control of the team, local businessman and former mayoral candidate Steve Soboroff called it "irresponsible." Soboroff was hired as Dodgers' vice chairman Tuesday, one day before Selig's announcement was made public. David Carter is principal of the Sports Business Group, executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute and author of Money Games. KCRW music librarian and music host Eric J. Lawrence, who shares a season ticket, was at today's Dodgers game with the Atlanta Braves.

David Carter, USC Sports Business Institute (@uscmarshall)
Eric J. Lawrence, KCRW DJ (@ericjlawrence)

By David Carter

-Stanford Business Books-

Main Topic Doctored Chimp Photo Pits Birthers against OC GOP Establishment 9 MIN, 52 SEC

The Republican Party of Orange County is in an uproar over the picture of a family of chimpanzees with a portrait of President Barack Obama superimposed on one of their faces. A comment says, "Now you know why — No Birth Certificate." GOP County Committee member Marilyn Davenport emailed it to other committee members, and she's refused Chairman Scott Baugh's call to resign. Two other committee members forwarded the email to former state Republican Chairman Mike Schroeder, who alerted the press, among them Martin Wisckol, Politics Editor for the Orange County Register.

Mike Schroeder, California Republican Party
Martin Wiscol, Orange County Register

Reporter's Notebook Governor Brown's Deal with Prison Guards Could Be Costly 5 MIN, 37 SEC

Former Governor Gray Davis gave California's prison guards a 34 percent raise, twice what other state employees received. After he was recalled, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked the Correctional Peace Officers Association as an example of public-worker unions with too many perks and too much power. Last year, the 30,000-member union supported current Governor Jerry Brown as Schwarzenegger's replacement, and Brown has negotiated a contract that could be costly to taxpayers. Don Thompson reports from Sacramento for the Associated Press.

Don Thompson, Associated Press

Main Topic In Afghanistan, Is the Endgame Beginning? 26 MIN, 31 SEC

What's the Endgame in Afghanistan?In what has been the deadliest part of Afghanistan for American forces there are "signs of change," as another season of fighting gets under way. That's according to Rajiv Chandrasekaran, senior correspondent and associate editor of the Washington Post, just back from the region. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Americans tell pollsters this country's longest war is no longer worth fighting, at the cost of many casualties and billions of dollars. We look at the shaky start of the so-called "endgame" in Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Starbucks (@rajivscribe)
Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times (@mrosenbergNYT)
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)

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