The State of the State and the Workings of Congress
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No progress again today in Sacramento. Is the Governor using the budget crisis in a last effort to reform state government before he runs out of time? We talk with Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy. On Reporter's Notebook, LA's veteran Congressman Henry Waxman says government really can serve the public interest. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, at L'Aquila in Italy, President Obama's being looked to for leadership on world finance and global warming. Is progress likely or is the G8 an anachronistic waste of time?
Banner image: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) walks with his Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy (R) to a press conference where he called state legislators to a special session to address budget concerns. Photo: Max Whittaker/Getty Images
At the G8 Summit: World Leaders Meet Low Expectations ()
The leaders of the US, Japan, Russia, Canada, Germany, France and Britain have assembled in L'Aquila, Italy, where Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is hosting the so-called G8 Summit. L'Aquila was devastated by an earthquake just three months ago. Some 3500 reporters are on hand today.
- Guy Dinmore: Diplomatic Correspondent, Financial Times
- Simon Johnson: former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund
- Alden Meyer: Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Richard Gowan: Associate Director of the Centre for International Co-operation, New York University, @RichardGowan1
The Dismal State of the State ()
Susan Kennedy is a long-time Democrat who worked for US Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Governor Gray Davis. She created a stir in Sacramento when she signed on as Chief of Staff to Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her official biography says she "played a key role" in developing a "visionary bipartisan brand of politics." She updates us on efforts to balance the budget and solve California's growing financial crisis.
- Susan Kennedy: Chief of State, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Waxman on the Congress, Climate ()
Today in Italy, President Obama told other G8 leaders that things have changed in Washington when it comes to global warming. By a narrow margin, the House has passed climate change legislation authored by Henry Waxman. After 35 years in Congress, the Los Angeles Democrat is Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and has just published The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works.
- Henry Waxman: Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee
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