Villaraigosa to Chair Democratic National Convention

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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