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President Obama wants more troops in Afghanistan, but the US presence is increasingly unpopular. So is a corrupt and ineffective government. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we hear about the challenges of shifting the focus on terror from Iraq to South Asia. Also, other states are poaching California's manufacturers, venture capitalists and executive talent. We hear how the budget crisis has become a lure, and why the cash crunch won't be over even if a new budget gets passed.
More Troops for Afghanistan: What Are They Going to Do? ()
During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama wanted to refocus the "war on terror" from Iraq to Afghanistan. Development of a coherent policy is a work in progress. Richard Holbrooke, Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, is in the area now, and the President has said he wants more troops in Afghanistan. At last week's news conference, he hinted at what their mission might be.
- Julian Barnes: Pentagon Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @julianbarnes
- Gilles Dorronsoro: Professor of Political Science, Sorbonne
- Erica Gaston: Fellow, Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict
- Paula Newberg: former Special Advisor, United Nations
Colorado's Valentine to Lure Companies from California ()
The Wall Street Journal's reporting that Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Utah are telling corporate executives, venture capitalists and manufacturers to relocate outside of California. Last Friday, Colorado got the jump on the rest with valentines to hundreds of local CEO's with the message: "Mile High State Seeks Sea-Level Executive." We hear more from economists in Denver and Los Angeles.
Budget Deal Looks Likely, but End to State's Cash Crisis Does Not ()
By the time you hear this, the state legislature may or may not have corralled one, final Republican vote for a new budget full of tax increases and program cuts. But either way, the cash crisis won't be over. That's according to Joe Mathews, Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and contributor to the Washington Post and the LA Times.
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