FROM Rob Schmitz
Governor Brown Goes to China Jerry Brown probably could've picked a better time to head across the Pacific for meetings in China , given the roiling political showdown underway on the Korean peninsula. Nevertheless he and a cohort of 90 business and policy leaders are in Beijing on a mission to increase trade ties between China and the Golden State. The California Governor will spend six days traveling across China in an effort to encourage investors there to put their renminbi, the Chinese currency, into California companies. He's pitching everything from Hollywood to Silicon Valley, green technology and even the state's controversial bullet train. We explore whether trade missions like these really make a difference, and ask how the Governor will know if the trip was a success.
Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Villaraigosa Go to Copenhagen Reports from Copenhagen are not optimistic about reaching important agreement on climate change. The US is taking heat for refusing to budge on greenhouse gas reductions the rest of the world calls inadequate. Tens of thousands of delegates — and more than 100 heads of state — are waiting for President Obama to show up on Friday. In the meantime, LA’s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is on hand and so is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger .
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.