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Out from behind closed doors, Governor Schwarzenegger, two Democrats and two Republicans say they’ve made a deal to close the $26 billion budget gap. How big are the changes facing Californians, if the rest of the legislature goes along? We hear from the Democrats, the Republicans and others. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the deadliest month in eight years for US troops raises the question of how long the American people will support the war in Afghanistan. What are President Obama objectives?  How should "progress" be measured?


Banner image: Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announce that legislative leaders and the Governor have reached agreement on a plan to close the state budget deficit

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton
Katie Cooper

Main Topic The 'Big Five' Make a Deal: A Painful Budget in Sacramento 28 MIN, 43 SEC

The Governor and four legislative leaders have reached agreement on how to make up California's $26 billion shortfall. The deal calls for $15 billion in cuts, taking almost $4 billion from local governments and speeding up tax collections. Now legislators of both parties have to decide whether to support or oppose it.  Democrats have the majority in both houses, but not enough to provide the necessary two-thirds for passage, so Republican votes will be required.

Guests:
Bonnie Lowenthal, State Assemblywoman (D-Long Beach)
Chuck DeVore, Candidate for Republican nomnation for US Senate
Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Board of Supervisors (@ZevYaroslavsky)
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)

Main Topic Afghanistan: Recent Casualties and Long-Term Objectives 25 MIN, 11 SEC

In June of last year, 28 American troops were killed in Afghanistan, the highest monthly total in eight years of war until now.  In the first three weeks of this month, 31 US soldiers have died, many not from direct combat but from IED's -- improvised explosive devices -- roadside bombs often crudely made with fertilizer and diesel fuel.

Guests:
Richard Oppel, New York Times
Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes )
Michael A. Cohen, Century Foundation (@speechboy71)
Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations (@MaxBoot)
Brandon Friedman, Editor, VetVoice.com

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