Auto shows of the past have emphasized LA’s love affair with the big, the fast and the glitzy. To be sure, wretched excess will be in evidence when this year’s exhibition opens tomorrow—but times have changed, and the emphasis will be on low-priced vehicles likely to sell as soon as possible. Also Chief Beck is sworn in at the LAPD. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, with the world now focused on Afghanistan, what about the war in Iraq? Can civilian government be stabilized? Is the alternative renewed violence that would pull US troops back into action? What would that mean for the surge in Afghanistan?
Banner image: The new Porsche Boxster Spyder is displayed during the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images