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Bipartisanship didn't work on Capitol Hill, but the massive stimulus bill passed anyway.  Now the President is back on the road.  Also, a US military leader says Obama's plans to withdraw from Iraq is optimistic, and the eighth largest economy in the world is in trouble. We hear how political gridlock could mean financial disaster for California.


Banner image: US President Barack Obama greets supporters upon his arrival at Buckley Air Force Base near Denver, Colorado. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Sonya Geis

Reporter's Notebook California to Lay Off 20,000 State Workers 8 MIN

California, the Golden State with the world's eighth largest economy, faces a $42 billion deficit in the next 18 months and is about to run out of money. Democrats have the majority in the Assembly and Senate, but they lack the two-thirds of both houses required to pass a budget. After months of concessions and compromises, the measure has been short of one Republican vote for the past three days. Jordan Rau covers Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Jordan Rau, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

Main Topic Barack Obama, Back on the Road 35 MIN, 1 SEC

Signed into law today, the $789 stimulus package is the biggest thing of its kind since the Great Depression. Passed in three weeks with help from just three Republicans, President Obama is gambling that it will work. The GOP's gambling that it won't and that Obama will take the blame. Outside the Beltway, Obama wins two-to-one in the polls. This week in Denver and Phoenix, he'll talk jobs and once again dramatize his grass roots appeal. Is bipartisanship an illusion?  Will Obama transform governance into a permanent campaign?

Guests:
Michael Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Jacob Heilbrunn, Senior Editor, National Interest
Byron York, Washington Examiner (@ByronYork)
Frank Newport, Gallup Poll (@galluppoll)
Jay Cost, Weekly Standard (@jaycosttws)

Making News US General Says Iraq Needs More Time 5 MIN, 46 SEC

US military leaders in Iraq have long warned that President Obama's promise to withdraw in 16 months may be optimistic. A recent interview with London's Financial Times may be the beginning of a public campaign, as Demetri Sevastopulo reports from the Pentagon. 

Guests:
Demetri Sevastopulo, Pentagon Correspondent, Financial Times

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