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California's Governor-elect will be back in business tomorrow after taking a week to rest up from a grueling campaign. Jerry Brown will be Attorney General until he's sworn in next month, but already he's talked with legislative leaders of both parties more than once. How big is the mess? Will he take on the public unions? Also, another report on "personalized medicine," one of Southern California's fastest developing high-tech industries.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, many presidents have diverted attention from domestic defeats by focusing on foreign policy. We hear why that option may not be available to Barack Obama.

Banner image: California Governor-elect Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference at his campaign headquarters on November 3, 2010 in Oakland, California. Photo: David Paul Morris/Getty Images

Reporter's Notebook Genome Companies Dominate the Southland

Last week, we talked about the development of genome sequencing, which took 10 years and $2 billion twenty years ago. Since then, it’s developed at an astonishing pace, centered in Southern California. Kevin Davies is editor-in-chief of Bio-IT World and author of The $1000 Genome: The Revolution in DNA Sequencing and the New Era of Personalized Medicine.

Guests:
Kevin Davies, Editor-in-Chief, Bio-IT World

The $1,000 Genome

Kevin Davies

Main Topic Will Jerry Brown Disappoint His Biggest Supporters?

Jerry Brown has taken a week off to rest from a long campaign, during which he made no promises about what he’ll do as Governor, except that he won’t raise taxes unless there’s a mandate from the people of California. With a likely deficit of $19 billion, that’s led to a lot of deep thinking by political pros.

Guests:
Darry Sragow, Democratic political consultant
Jim Brulte, California Strategies
Patricia Kernighan, Councilwoman, City of Oakland

Main Topic Can President Obama Change the Subject?

The Constitution gives the President authority to conduct foreign policy, but the President still needs Congress to appropriate money and the Senate to ratify treaties. New Republican committee chairs in the House take a dim view of foreign aid, climate change, the arms treaty with Russia or reducing troops in Afghanistan. They want to crack down on Iran and lighten up on Israeli settlements. They might give Obama a break on free trade, but will Democrats go along?

Guests:
Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy magazine (@joshrogin)
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)
Bruce Stokes, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund
Sebastian Mallaby, Senior Fellow on International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations

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