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California's Republican Lieutenant Governor and his Democratic challenger are more interesting than the job they're competing for. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom says he'd outperform former State Senator Abel Maldonado, who was appointed Lieutenant Governor in April. Will the winner use the job as a stepping stone to higher office? Also, Brown and Whitman discuss negative ads. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, WikiLeaks has caused another international sensation by releasing classified documents about the Iraq war. What do we know now that we didn't know before? Are WikiLeaks and its whistle-blowers a curse or a blessing? 

Banner image: (L to R) Candidates for California Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican Abel Maldonado

Making News Brown, Whitman Discuss Negative Ads 6 MIN, 25 SEC

Maria Shriver, California's First Lady, holds a women's conference every year. At this year's conference, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman appeared on stage with Governor Schwarzenegger. Matt Laeur asked each candidate if they would remove their negative ads off the air. Joe Garofoli is political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.


Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle (@joegarofoli)

Main Topic The Candidates for Lieutenant Governor 19 MIN, 19 SEC

California's lieutenant governor takes over when the governor is incapacitated or out of state. While waiting for something to happen, he or she sits on the State Lands Commission, Economic Development Commission and the boards of the University of Califronia and California State systems. The lieutenant governor also can break a very rare tie vote in the State Senate.  The incumbent is former three-term Republican Senator Abel Maldonado, who spurned his own party last year to break a legislative tie on Governor Schwarzenegger's budget.  Last April, after the elected Democrat, John Garamendi won a seat in Congress, Schwarzenegger appointed Maldonado to serve out his term. His Democratic challenger is Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco.

Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California (@GavinNewsom)
Abel Maldonado, Republican candidate, California Lieutenant Governor

Main Topic Who Benefits from WikiLeaks' Release of Military Documents? 26 MIN, 34 SEC

On Saturday WikiLeaks released almost 400,000 classified reports about the Iraq war and promised more to come about the war in Afghanistan. At a London news conference, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was joined by Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers almost 40 years ago. Ellsberg called Assange "the most dangerous man in the world" because he has the courage to challenge the US government.

Pratap Chatterjee, Columnist, Guardian Newspaper
John Burns, New York Times
Kori Schake, Hoover Institution (@KoriSchake)
Stephen M. Walt, Harvard University (@stephenWalt)
Ryan Crocker, Texas A&M University

Iraq, Inc.

Pratap Chatterjee

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