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The President elect wants $775 billion, but is it enough to move a $15 trillion economy?  What are the prospects of making things worse? How will the money be spent? Will you qualify for a tax cut? On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we look for answers. Also, Democrats accuse Governor Schwarzenegger of getting "cold feet" on a deal to keep California from running out of money, and closing arguments begin in the criminal trial of Orange County's former Sheriff Mike Carona.

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Can Barack Obama Save the Failing Economy? 27 MIN, 2 SEC

Two weeks before inauguration day, President-elect Barack Obama is lobbying Democrats and Republicans for a stimulus package that is 60% federal spending and 40% tax cuts.  He calls it "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan," and today he emphasized accountability and transparency.

Guests:
Martin Kady, Politico (@mkady)
William Gale, Co-director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
James Galbraith, University of Texas, Austin
Tom Donlan, Barron's (@barronsonline)

Making News OC Sheriff Carona's Trial Wrap-Up 17 MIN, 34 SEC

He used to be called "America's Sheriff," but Mike Carona of Orange County faces prison time on federal charges of mail fraud, witness tampering and conspiracy. The jury heard closing arguments today in a trial that began in October. Frank Mickadeit is a columnist for the Orange County Register.

Guests:
Frank Mickadeit, Columnist, Orange County Register

Reporter's Notebook $40 Billion Hole in State Budget Stays Empty 7 MIN, 28 SEC

California faces a $40 billion deficit over the next two years, but in a few weeks it will run out of money to pay for operating expenses. Governor Schwarzenegger says new taxes are needed, but Republicans in the legislature won't go along. Democrats have a majority, but not enough to provide the two-thirds vote required for new taxes. They have been negotiating with Schwarzenegger on an $18 billion stop-gap, but today talks broke down. We get an update and learn more about the "dysfunctionality" of California government.

Guests:
Jordan Rau, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
Darrell Steinberg, California State Senate (@proTemSteinberg)
Jim Mayer, Executive Director, California Forward

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