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After Jerry Brown gets a reality check on the budget, one Sacramento veteran compares possible cuts to Conservative David Cameron’s when he became Prime Minister of Britain. Also, Beverly Hills police say the "person of interest" who shot himself to death last week used the same gun that killed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen.  Then, Frank McCourt has lost sole control of the Dodgers, at least for the moment. Will he sell? Would Jamie want to buy?  On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, as the world copes with online document dumps by Wikileaks, Julian Assange has been jailed in England. Has he made the work of US diplomats harder than ever or created a new standard of openness and accountability?  Has he violated the law? 

Banner image: California state controller John Chiang (R) and California governor-elect Jerry Brown (C) look on as state treasurer Bill Lockyear speaks during a briefing on California's state budget on December 8, 2010 in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Making News Ballistics Tie Suicide Victim to Ronni Chasen Murder 5 MIN, 42 SEC

The Beverly Hills Police Department said this afternoon that the gun used by a man who committed suicide when confronted with officers last week appears to the same one that killed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen.  Daniel Miller, staff reporter at the Hollywood Reporter, has the details.

Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times (@danielnmiller)

Main Topic Governor-Elect Brown Convenes Budget Forum 10 MIN, 22 SEC

Jerry Brown isn't Governor yet, but he held a big event in Sacramento today. He called it a “town hall forum” on the budget, designed to give legislators and local officials a dose or reality on just how bad the state's fiscal crisis really is.

John Myers, Los Angeles Times (@johnmyers)
Bill Whalen, Hoover Institution (@hooverwhalen)

Reporter's Notebook Jamie McCourt's Win on Round One 9 MIN

The agreement saying that Frank McCourt owns the Dodgers was thrown out yesterday in Superior Court, leaving him co-owner with ex-wife Jamie. Since they never want to do business together again, does that mean a sale is in store? David Boies, says, maybe Frank will sell out to Jamie. Boies is her lawyer.  We hear more from LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke and law student Josh Fisher, a long-time Dodger fan and blogger at DodgerDivorce.com.

Bill Plaschke, Sports Columnist, Los Angeles Times (@BillPlaschke)
Josh Fisher, Dodger fan and blogger, DodgerDivorce.com

Main Topic Sex, WikiLeaks and the Law 26 MIN, 38 SEC

Julian Assange spent last night in a London Jail, without bail on an arrest warrant from Sweden. He has not been charged with a crime, but Swedish authorities say two women have accused him of rape and sexual harassment. Assange says it’s really all about WikiLeaks.

John Burns, New York Times
Afua Hirsch, The Guardian (@afuahirsch)
James Rubin, Sunday Times
Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com (@ggreenwald)


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