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Rick Perry and Mitt Romney dominated last night's contentious debate in California. What were the issues they focused on? What solutions did they and the other candidates offer? Whatever their disagreements, what's the Republican agenda for next year's campaign against President Obama? Also, Jerry Brown closes in on a tax deal, and some of the voices of September 11.

Banner image: (L to R) Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry take the stage before the start of the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Candidates Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on September 7, 2011 in Simi Valley, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Making News Jerry Brown Closes In on a Tax Deal 7 MIN, 12 SEC

Governor Brown today announced a political deal he called both "unusual" and "important:" State Assembly members coming together not as Republicans and Democrats but as Californians. There's only one problem. It's not clear that enough Senate Republicans will go along to get the bill passed and sent to the Governor. Anthony York is a staff writer in Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times.

Anthony York, Grizzly Bear Project (@anthonyyork49)

Main Topic The GOP Debate and the Republican Party Agenda 35 MIN, 32 SEC

In his first debate with other Republican hopefuls, Rick Perry got right into the mix, dominating today's news coverage along with Mitt Romney. The next debate is scheduled for Monday. But, aside from the horse race, what is the Republican agenda beginning to look like? Do these very conservative candidates agree more than they disagree on major issues? Are they driven by ideology? What's the role of special interests? We hear excerpts from last night and get different opinions on what's in store for the party, President Obama and the country as a whole.




Websites of Republican presidential candidates:

Newt Gingrich
Michele Bachmann
Mitt Romney
Rick Perry
Ron Paul
Herman Cain
Jon Huntsman, Jr
Rick Santorum

David Weigel, Washington Post (@daveweigel)
Mike Lofgren, Author / Former Congressional Staffer
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (@JRubinBlogger)
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)

Reporter's Notebook New Audio of 9/11 Hijackings 9 MIN, 4 SEC

Almost 10 years to the day since September 11, we can now hear the voices of hijackers, air controllers and military officials as two airliners were deliberately flown into the World Trade Center buildings in lower Manhattan. They are brief, but appalling reminders of what happened that day. Retired Army colonel Miles Kara was an investigator for the 9/11 Commission who studied the events of that morning.

(KCRW has asked listeners and Internet users to reflect on how September 11 changed their lives. On Sunday, their answers will appear throughout the day on KCRW-FM and KCRW.com.)

Miles Kara, 9/11 Commission

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