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It's often said that higher education has made California a great state, and many government, business and nonprofit leaders graduated from taxpayer-funded institutions. But taxpayers aren't as generous as they used to be and tuition is rising. We ask Cal State University Chancellor Charles Reed about the 12 percent hike he says he needs on top of the 10 percent increase students already were facing. Also, Franklin Roosevelt had fireside chats. President Obama has talked with voters on YouTube and Facebook. Today it was Twitter. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the federal debt limit and political brinksmanship.

Banner image: Physical therapist Joan Collins (2R) helps Mary Grecousis (R) stand up during a physical therapy session at the Lifelong Medical Marin Adult Day Health Care Center in Novato, California. The new budget could jeopardize adult day care centers throughout California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Making News Mayor Villaraigosa's Chief of Staff Gives Notice 6 MIN, 51 SEC

There's more upheaval at Los Angeles City Hall. Mayor Villaraigosa's Chief of Staff, Jeff Carr, announced today that he's stepping down. It's been just two years since he was hired after criticism over the disorganization and indecisiveness of the office. Rick Orlov covers local government for the Daily News.

Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News (@Rickorlov)

Main Topic Californians Cope with a Bare-Bones Budget 13 MIN, 1 SEC

Governor Brown said that cuts to this year's state budget would create hardships, and his prediction is already beginning to come true. Next week, Chancellor Charles Reed will ask the Cal State University Board of Trustees to raise tuition by 12 percent, starting with the fall semester. That's in addition to a 10 percent increase already scheduled. Higher education will be hit the hardest by this year's cuts, but the aged, poor and disabled will suffer the most.

Charles Reed, California State University
Michael Herald, Western Center on Law and Poverty

Reporter's Notebook President Obama’s First Twitter Town Hall 6 MIN, 16 SEC

At his news conferences President Obama tends to run on and on. Twitter limits transmissions to 140 characters -- even for the President of the United States. Today, from San Francisco, where Twitter is based, Carla Marinucci followed the President's first Twitter Town Hall for the San Francisco Chronicle.


Carla Marinucci, Politico (@cmarinucci)

Main Topic Political Brinksmanship and the Debt Ceiling 26 MIN, 32 SEC

Political Brinksmanship and the Debt LimitTreasury Secretary Geithner says the first default in US government history would mean economic catastrophe, and it's just two weeks away. David Brooks (at left), the New York Times' conservative columnist shocked Washington this week by saying that Republicans may not be "fit to govern." Many Republicans see default as an opportunity to force massive spending cuts, even if the government has to shut down. But President Obama rejects any short-term fix and sees an opportunity of another kind. Will Republicans drive the country into default? Has the President made too many concessions or, as he said yesterday, is this an "opportunity to do something big?"

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Susan Davis, USA Today (@DaviSusan)
Bruce Bartlett, journalist and historian (@BruceBartlett)
James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute (@jimpethokoukis)
Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research (@markweisbrot)
Garrett Epps, University of Baltimore / Atlantic Magazine (@Profepps)

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Bruce Bartlett

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