What's left of Hollywood? Also, how term-limits helped produce "a slow-moving train wreck" last week in Sacramento. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Obama Administration has revved up efforts at Middle East Peace, but relations are strained with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. What about America's Jewish voters who helped put Obama in office?
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Barack Obama campaigned as a friend of Israel but, as President, he reportedly told American Jewish leaders that close relations during the Bush years didn't produce much. American Jews appear to support his call for a "freeze" on settlements on the West Bank, but a former Bush Administration diplomat says that's created big problems for Israel's new Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Elliott Abrams, former Deputy Advisor for Middle East Affairs, National Security Council
Ori Nir, Americans for Peace Now (@OriNir_APN)
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary magazine (@TobinCommentary)
Ron Kampeas, JTA (@kampeas)
"The Hollywood business is leaving town and going to various other states. I'm broken hearted." Those are the words of Harvey Schwartz, whose 20th Century Props is closing at the end of this month, auctioning off 93,000 items from decades of films and TV shows. After 40 years, 20th Century is the second-largest prop house in Hollywood. We speak with him and others about the economic downturn facing Hollywood.
The State Assembly and Senate felt two kinds of pressure last week. With a $26 billion budget shortfall, the state was issuing IOU's. On top of that, members of both houses wanted to go home. Their inexperienced leaders hoped that a marathon, all-night session would produce a moment of statesmanship. But that was not to be. Evan Halper is Capitol Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.