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Los Angeles Democrat Maxine Waters faces charges from the House Ethics Committee, and she's demanding that the charges against her be made public now and that a hearing be held before the November election. We hear from the Congresswoman and about the preliminary report that led to the charges being filed. Also, $1.3 billion in federal aid may be coming to California after all. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, federal judges have overturned California's same-sex marriage ban and part of Arizona's tough immigration law. Voters in Missouri this week said no to a federal requirement to buy health insurance. We talk about law, politics and states' rights.

Banner image: US Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) (R) whispers to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) (L) during a news conference on Capitol Hill December 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Main Topic Maxine Waters Breaks Her Silence 20 MIN, 31 SEC

The Congressional Ethics Committee has said there is "substantial reason" to believe Maxine Waters may have violated House ethics rules, but has not made public the charges against her. It has been reported that she helped set up a meeting between former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and the National Bankers Association, which was looking for help from TARP, the Troubled Assets Relief Program. The Association includes One United Bank of Massachusetts. Waters' husband, Sidney Williams, resigned as a director of One United five months before the meeting took place, although he still held stock in the bank. Three months after Waters' request, One United received $12 million in bailout funds. The Congresswoman has demanded that charges against her be made public now and that a hearing be held before the November election.

(Earl Ofari Hutchinson will interview Congresswoman Waters on KTYM, 1460AM on August 6, 9:30-10am.)

Maxine Waters, Congresswoman (D-CA)
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, journalist and civil rights activist (@earlhutchinson)

Reporter's Notebook California to Get New Infusion of Federal Aid 6 MIN, 5 SEC

Senate Democrats had to make concessions, but today won the battle to approve more federal aid to California and other financially troubled states. Moderates Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both from Maine, voted to break the Republican filibuster. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the House back from recess to vote on the measure. Governor Schwarzenegger’s office calls it “critical to preventing deeper pain and deeper job losses in California." Carolyn Lochhead reports from Washington for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle (@carolynlochhead)

Main Topic Prop 8 and Prop C: States Rights and Political Consequences 26 MIN, 28 SEC

Two years ago, 52% of California voters banned same-sex marriage, a ruling upheld by the State Supreme Court.  But yesterday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. It could be a political landmark, too, if some voters see it as another federal intrusion like the overturning of Arizona’s immigration law and the requirements of healthcare reform.

Ralph Richard Banks, Stanford University
Ken Warren, St. Louis University
Jim Lembke, Missouri State Senate
Richard Reuben, University of Missouri School of Law
Ezra Klein, Vox (@ezraklein)


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