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One of Governor Schwarzenegger's proudest achievements will get a test in November. Why are US troops being sent to the Arizona border when violent crime is declining? Also, cities need insurance, too. That's why Maywood is all but out of business. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama has replaced Stanley McChrystal with David Petraeus to command US troops in Afghanistan.  But the strategy remains the same, despite growing skepticism.

Banner image: A sign on the doors of Maywood City Hall announces that it will be closed on Fridays on June 23, 2010. Facing a $450,000 budget deficit, the City Council approved the most drastic action yet of any California city to wrest control of its fiscal crisis by firing all its employees, disbanding its police department and contracting out its entire municipal operations to a neighboring city. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Making News Voters to Decide Fate of State's Greenhouse Gas Law 6 MIN, 59 SEC

Californians will get a chance to vote on a major element of Governor Schwarzenegger's legacy. Thanks to some Texas oil companies, AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, will be put to the test in November's election, as Margot Roosevelt reports in today's LA Times.

Margot Roosevelt, Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Main Topic Is the Immigration Problem All in Our Heads? 12 MIN, 55 SEC

When a rancher was allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant, the incident helped spark Arizona's tough new crackdown on undocumented workers. After President Obama met with Governor Jan Brewer, the White House said 1200 more National Guard troops would be deployed on the border. Rising crime requires more enforcement. But in Arizona, violent crime is declining and so is illegal immigration, according to Randal Archibold in the New York Times.

Randal Archibold, New York Times (@randyNYT)
Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside (@karthickr)

Reporter's Notebook Maywood, the Little City that Couldn't 4 MIN, 41 SEC

Maywood is a little-known city of 45,000, mostly Latino, residents in a heavily industrialized part of southeast Los Angeles County. After a vote last night by its city council, Maywood has a new distinction: it's the only city in California to turn over all its municipal functions to another jurisdiction. Ruben Vives of the the Los Angeles Times picks up the story.

Ruben Vives, Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Main Topic New Leadership, but the Same Strategy in Afghanistan 27 MIN, 50 SEC

In the Rose Garden today, President Obama said General Stanley McChrystal was a good soldier who was always courteous to his commander in chief.  But, McChrystal's command in Afghanistan could not survive that interview with Rolling Stone magazine…

Michael Scherer, Time Magazine (@michaelscherer)
David Cloud, Los Angeles Times (@DavidCloudLAT)
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist
Kori Schake, Hoover Institution (@KoriSchake)
Robert Dreyfuss, National Security Reporter, Rolling Stone


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