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Governor Schwarzenegger has produced two revised budgets, one if next week's financial measures pass and one if they don't.  We hear grim and grimmer predictions for the state, the counties and cities of California. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, with new commanders and a focus on counterinsurgency, President Obama is making Afghanistan "his" war.  With Al Qaeda now next door in Pakistan, what are the goals?  Will Congress, including the Democrats, agree they're sustainable and worth the cost in troops and money?

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Main Topic Budget Havoc Hits State, County and City 25 MIN, 52 SEC

Governor Schwarzenegger today tried something never attempted before. He produced not one, but two revised state budgets — one bad and the other much worse. One would take effect if voters passed Measures 1-A through 1-E on next Tuesdays ballot; the other if they fail. If the measures do fail, what would be the consequences for health care, policing, firefighting and other essential services?

Guests:
H.D. Palmer, California State Department of Finance (@cccbudgetnews)
Richard Riordan, former Mayor of Los Angeles (@RichardJRiordan)
Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Board of Supervisors (@ZevYaroslavsky)
Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Council (@josehuizar)

Main Topic Will Afghanistan Be President Obama's Vietnam? 27 MIN, 10 SEC

President Obama is putting his stamp on the war in Afghanistan.  General David McKiernan has now been replaced by Lt. General Stanley McChrystal, "a rising superstar" who'll be leading “an all-star team.”

Guests:
David Ignatius, Washington Post (@IgnatiusPost)
James McGovern, Congressman (D-MA)
Andrew Exum, Fellow, Center for a New American Security
John Mueller, Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University

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