Brown's Budget Hits Hard on the Poor
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Brown's Budget Hits Hard on the Poor

It wasn't due until Tuesday of next week, but Governor Brown's office mistakenly released next year's proposed budget today online. It shows a smaller deficit than expected, but the gap would get bigger if voters refused to increase taxes in November's election. Also, the Japanese-American who refused to accept military custody after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On our rebroadcast of To the Point, are Arab League monitors being used to provide cover for the Syrian government's continued atrocities?

Banner image: People line up to enter the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free clinic held at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 11, 2011 in Oakland, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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Governor Brown and the Accidental Budget ()

Governor Brown stunned the legislature and the rest of Sacramento today by releasing next year's proposed budget almost a week early. He called a hasty news conference after his Department of Finance accidentally put in on line. The proposed plan will mean hard times for many Californians. They'll be even harder if voters don't pass increases in sales and income taxes in the November election.

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Japanese-American Who Defied US Government in WWII Has Died ()

In the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942, Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were herded into prison camps in the name of national security. Only three refused, to the consternation of other Japanese Americans. None of them is still alive now that Gordon Hirabayashi has died at the age of 93. His nephew is Lane Hirabayashi, Professor of Asian-American Studies at UCLA.

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Syria's Crackdown Continues Despite Monitors from the Arab League ()

Syria's Crackdown ContinuesThe United Nations estimates that more than 5000 people have been killed by the government of Syria in the past 10 months. After the Assad regime agreed to pull tanks and troops out of cities and talk to the opposition, the Arab League sent a task force to the country last week to monitor progress. In Time magazine, Rania Abouzeid said that might be "mission impossible." We hear from her and others where that leaves the UN and the US.

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