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KAREN BASS started out as a community organizer in South L.A.; now she’s a member of Congress. Today she’s at the Congressional Black Caucus Jobs Fair in L.A. — we’ll ask her about Obama and jobs, and why she voted in favor of the debt ceiling bill when so many of her colleagues in the Black Caucus voted No.
Also: HAROLD MEYERSON with our political update: he says “The Republicans will raise your taxes” — the payroll tax, a tax on working and middle class people. Harold writes for the Washington Post op-ed page and he blogs for The American Prospect.
Plus: the Battle for COSTA MESA: the Republican city in deep Orange County is under attack from right-wing Republicans — TAD FRIEND says the battle there is “reminiscent of an earlier anti-union era, when the Pinkertons battered the Wobblies with fists and clubs.” Tad Friend wrote about Costa Mesa politics for The New Yorker this week.