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Major League Baseball gives the Dodgers a new boss, formerly President of the Texas Rangers and Ambassador to Australia and Japan. Also, four months ago, California voters wanted to reduce the state's $26 billion deficit with spending cuts alone. Not any more. Now they're willing to mix spending cuts and increased taxes, if they get a chance to vote on the option. The biggest change is among Republicans. Have they been listening to Governor Brown? On our rebroadcast of To the Point, Cuba's dictatorship is about the same age as those in the Middle East and North Africa, and it's an economic disaster. But, when Fidel Castro's old cronies got a new lease on leadership last week, the next generation did not rise up in protest. We ask why.

Banner image: Clayton Kershaw #22 and Ivan De Jesus #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate a two run homerun of Matt Kemp for a 2-1 win over the St Louis Cardinals with Andre Ethier #16 during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Main Topic New Management in Chavez Ravine 13 MIN, 46 SEC

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig dropped the other shoe on Frank McCourt today, appointing the former president of the Texas Rangers to oversee day-to-day operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tom Schieffer was also Ambassador to Japan and Australia when George W. Bush was President.

Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times (@BillShaikin)
Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune
Gerry Fraley, Dallas Morning News

Reporter's Notebook Poll Finds Support among Californians for Tax Increases 12 MIN, 33 SEC

Governor Brown appears to have changed the political atmosphere in California. Just last November, 44 percent of the people polled by the LA Times and USC's Dornsife College of Letters said they wanted the state's massive deficit reduced by spending cuts alone. Now, that's dropped to just 33 percent; and 60 percent -- Republicans as well as Democrats — want the election Brown has called for, with the option of combining spending cuts with increases in income, sales and vehicle taxes.

Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)

Main Topic Cuba: A Country for Old Men 26 MIN, 56 SEC

Cuba: A Country for Old MenIn 2008, Raul Castro took the Presidency of Cuba from his ailing brother Fidel.  Prior to last week's first Communist Party Central Committee meeting in 14 years, Raul promised economic reforms and what he called "systematic rejuvenation" of Party leadership.  But, "We're not seeing new blood—this is the oldest blood Cuba has." That's according to Anne Louise Bardach, writer for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and author of, Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington.

Ann Louise Bardach, journalist and author (@albardach)
Mauricio Claver-Carone, Cuba Democracy Advocates
Ted Piccone, Brookings Institution (@piccone_ted)
David Wallechinsky, International Society of Olympics Historians (@westwood1sports)

Without Fidel

Ann Louise Bardach

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