Automobile and light-truck mileage standards are in for a big change nationwide. Also, San Diego and San Bernardino Counties will issue medical marijuana licenses like it or not, and we take one last look at tomorrow's ballot measures and local elections. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Benjamin Netanyahu is at the Obama White House. We hear about Iran, West Bank settlements and three weeks of diplomacy that could help shape the policies of the US and Israel.
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At the White House today, President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, starting off several intense weeks of Middle East diplomacy that will culminate with President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Egypt next month.
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Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland (@ShibleyTelhami)
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council (@tparsi)
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California voters legalized medical marijuana 13 years ago, but it's still prohibited under federal law. Because of that conflict, San Diego and San Bernardino Counties have refused to issue identification cards. Today the US Supreme Court threw out their case, as we hear from Lawrence Hurley, who covers the court for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
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