The (Ragged) State of the States

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A majority of the United States have budget gaps so large that closing them with cuts alone could seriously damage healthcare, public education and infrastructure. But politicians have sworn not to raise taxes. There's even talk about states going bankrupt. We hear about fiscal issues that could determine America's future. Also, a bombing at a Moscow's Domodedovo Airport kills dozens, and al-Jazeera has released documents which show Palestinian leaders taking different positions in private than they have in public when it comes to Israeli settlements. We hear from a veteran US negotiator.

Banner image: Angel Sequeira holds a sign during a rally against proposed budget cuts, with several union and community activist groups representing the disabled in front of California Governor Jerry Brown's office on January 10, 2011 in Los Angeles. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images



Warren Olney


Sonya Geis, Katie Cooper