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Democrats want to cushion the blow of budget cuts to poor Californians with a new tax on oil production, a raise in the car tax and new fees. Republicans are just saying no.  We hear both sides on those and other issues. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, demonstrations for and against the government continued today in Iran. We hear about the most serious challenge to the central government since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Banner image: Governor Schwarzenegger delivered a speech at the Escondido Center Theatre earlier today to update Californians on the status of the state budget.

Main Topic In Iran, the Struggle for Power Continues 28 MIN, 54 SEC

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has flown to Russia for a previously scheduled meeting, but in Iran itself it's anything but business as usual. Foreign journalists are restricted today, but social-networking web sites like Facebook and Twitter are full of reports and pictures, of new demonstrations in Tehran and elsewhere, both for and against the government. The Guardian Council has ordered a partial recount of last week's voting, but the official loser wants a new election. Central authority is under more pressure for change than at any time since the Islamic revolution in 1979.  We get assessments from several points of view.

Mariam Memarsadeghi, Tavaana E-learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society
Laura Secor, Fellow, New York Pulblic Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
Juan Cole, University of Michigan (@jricole)
Hooman Majd, journalist and author (@hmajd)
Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News (@borzou)

Main Topic State Moves Closer to Insolvency 19 MIN, 3 SEC

The budget drama continues in Sacramento, where the Governor and the Legislature are under pressure to close a $24 billion budget gap with no time to spare. But the partisan gap between Democrats and Republicans appears to be growing. A conference committee composed of six Democrats and four Republicans has rejected the Governor's proposals to eliminate welfare, healthcare for children and money for state parks.

Denise Moreno Ducheny, Democratic State Senator
Bob Huff, Chairman, California State Senate Republican Caucus
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)
Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)

Reporter's Notebook Judge Postpones Decision to Lift Consent Decree 7 MIN, 7 SEC

A federal district judge has postponed his decision on whether to release the Los Angeles Police Department from a federal consent decree. The decree was imposed on the LAPD place eight years ago in the aftermath of the Rampart corruption scandal. Joel Rubin is following the story for the Los Angeles Times.

Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)

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