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Ford, Chrysler and General Motors go hat in hand to Washington. Will Democrats, Republicans and the Bush White House bail out the failing auto industry or will they let Barack Obama pick up the pieces when he takes office in January? Also, for the first time in its history, the California State University System wants to cut future enrollment.  Some 10,000 qualified high school graduates would not be admitted. We hear about the latest response to budget problems in Sacramento.

Producers:
Karen Radziner

Making News Cal State System Considers Enrollment Cap 7 MIN, 43 SEC

The California State University system has 23 campuses that have always been open to high school graduates who've done college-prep work and earned a B average. Now, for the first time in history, enrollment may be limited. Chancellor Charles Reed wants to cut next year's expected enrollment of 450,000 by 10,000.  Allison Jones is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Guests:
Allison Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, California State University

Main Topic Will Congress Save Detroit? 16 MIN, 4 SEC

Today's Los Angeles Times carried a full page ad by the General Motors Acceptance Corporation headlined "The Auto Industry Matters," and warning about the ripple effects if plants close and laid off workers can't feed their families or pay taxes. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and the CEO's of GM and Chrysler testified on Capitol Hill today along with Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger.  They want a federal bailout, but there's no consensus on how or whether to save them. Democrats, Republicans and the Bush White House may let Barack Obama pick up the pieces, even though GM may go bankrupt before he takes office.

Guests:
David Shepardson, Detroit News (@davidshepardson)
Harley Shaiken, Professor of Labor, UC Berkeley
Darren Samuelsohn, Politico.com (@dsamuelsohn)

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