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For only the second time in 10 years, the next state budget will have a surplus—if Governor Brown’s latest proposals are approved by the Democratic supermajority.  

Banter The Governor Proposes His State Budget for 2013 16 MIN, 39 SEC

Governor Brown today predicted that his latest budget will lead to a surplus at the end of the next fiscal year…   Even some Republicans are calling it good news.  We’ll hear what it would mean for schools and social programs cut to the bone during the era of deficits.  Will there be calls for more spending?   

Guests:
Anthony York, Grizzly Bear Project (@anthonyyork49)
H.D. Palmer, California State Department of Finance (@HDatFinance)
Bob Blumenfield, Los Angeles City Council (@BobBlumenfield)

Reporter's Notebook The Oscar Nominations: The Celebrated & the Snubbed 10 MIN, 24 SEC

Stephen Spielberg of “Lincoln” was nominated for Best Director.  But, while  “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” got Best Picture nods… directors Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow were snubbed.  John Horn reports on the movie business for the LA Times.

Main Topic John Brennan, the CIA and National Security 24 MIN, 8 SEC

John Brennan has been named to succeed David Petraeus as head of the CIA.  Will the agency focus on gathering intelligence—its original mission—or continue launching drones for targeted killings?  Will Brennan’s close relationship to the President enhance the CIA’s role in the conduct of foreign policy?

Guests:
Tim Weiner, New York Times
Mary Ellen O'Connell, Professor of International Law, Notre Dame Law School
Paul Pillar, Georgetown University (@GeorgetownCSS)
Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

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