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Antonio Villaraigosa will be chair of the Democratic National Convention when it re-nominates Barack Obama next September in North Carolina. The Latino Mayor, who needed black votes to be elected, will preside on behalf of the black President who needs all the Latino votes he can get. We hear about that as Barack Obama ties up LA traffic again on a visit to raise more Hollywood money. Also, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic have been in Caracas, Venezuela. We hear from a reporter who went along. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Syria's civil war.

Banner image: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (L) gives a 'fist bump' to then-presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama during the national convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens at the Washington Hilton July 8, 2008 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Main Topic Villaraigosa to Chair Democratic National Convention 18 MIN, 44 SEC

Antonio Villaraigosa supported Hillary Clinton in 2008, until the handwriting was on the wall. By last September, during a presidential address to a joint session of Congress, he was sitting up in the gallery near Michelle Obama. Now he's not just head of the US Conference of Mayors, he's been picked as chair of the Democratic National Convention next September in Charlotte, North Carolina. He's already released a video calling on people to "speak out," and might attend a series of fundraisers the President is holding tonight in LA and tomorrow in Orange County. Tonight's fundraiser is all about Hollywood, where the President has some fence mending to do over the anti-piracy bills the White House helped kill in the Senate and Congress.


Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)
Ted Johnson, Variety (@tedstew)
Bill Carrick, Democratic strategist

Reporter's Notebook Dudamel Brings the Phil to His Home Turf 7 MIN, 28 SEC

Gustavo Dudamel conducted Mahler's 9th Symphony during the Los Angeles Philharmonic's trip to Venezuela, Dudamel's native country. Brian Lauritzen, host and producer of the LA Phil's concerts on classical KUSC-FM, is just back from Caracas.

Brian Lauritzen, KUSC (@BrianKUSC)

Main Topic Is It Time to Intervene in Syria? 24 MIN, 57 SEC

Is It Time to Intervene in Syria?Syria's Bashar al-Assad has called for elections, even as his army continues to bombard residential neighborhoods the Assad government calls "havens for terrorists" inspired by foreign enemies. Army defectors and others are fighting back as best they can. Some 25,000 civilians have managed to flee to destinations including Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. We hear the stories of refugees, get reports on anti-government forces and update international calls for humanitarian intervention.

Erika Solomon, Financial Times (@ErikaSolomon)
Rania Abouzeid, freelance journalist (@RaniaAb)
Robert Danin, Council on Foreign Relations (@robertdanin)
Shadi Hamid, Brookings Institution (@shadihamid)
Bassam Haddad, George Mason University (@4Bassam)

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