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The District Attorneys of LA and San Francisco are running for state Attorney General, and yesterday they held what's likely to be their only face to face confrontation. We hear what San Francisco Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican Steve Cooley had to say about prisons, the death penalty and other issues. Also, last week's secret budget deal includes cuts to schools, creative accounting and some rosy assumptions.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, after generations of world leadership, the US is falling behind in science and engineering. We look at the challenges and the opportunities of a changing world.

Banner image: San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris (D) and Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley (R)

Making News Three-Month Overdue State Budget Agreement Unveiled 6 MIN, 44 SEC

In a secret meeting late last week, Governor Schwarzenegger and the leaders of both parties in the Assembly and Senate worked out a deal on the state budget. Today, they began to reveal the details at a committee hearing in Sacramento. Don Thompson reports from Sacramento for the Associated Press.

Don Thompson, Associated Press

Main Topic The Race for State Attorney General 20 MIN, 16 SEC

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco DA Kamala Harris faced off yesterday in a debate in their race for Attorney General. Republican Cooley and Democrat Harris disagreed over Proposition 23, which would suspend Governor Schwarzenegger’s new law against global warming; Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana; California’s unhealthy and overcrowded prison service, which is under the receivership of a panel of three federal judges; and Prop 8, the ban on same-sex marriage passed two years ago and declared unconstitutional by a federal court.

Barry Krisberg, UC Berkeley School of Law (@BerkeleyLawNews)
Michael Romano, Stanford's Three Strikes Project (@stanfordlaw)
Anthony York, Grizzly Bear Project (@anthonyyork49)

Main Topic Is America Falling Behind in Science, Engineering? 25 MIN, 11 SEC

Yesterday at the White House Summit on Community Colleges, President Obama said those two- year institutions are “the unsung heroes of America’s education system.”  He said they’ll play a crucial role in a ten-year effort to regain world leadership in college completion.

Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering
Irving Pressley McPhail, President/CEO, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
Miles O'Brien, Science Journalist, PBS' NewsHour
Ben Wildavsky, Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation

Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited

Members of the 2005 "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" Committee

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