That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Sorry for the delay today. I’ve been on assignment this morning and early afternoon.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a press conference to mark the passage of his budget plan, sans provisions that would borrow transit money from local governments and another to collect revenue from additional oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast.
Perhaps responding to concerns that he appeared too jubuliant in a Twitter video he released on Wednesday, in which he brandished a knife and vowed to auction off state cars that he autographs, the governor told reporters that he “was not happy by the one-time solutions” but that the drastic cuts were necessary. He called it the “toughest budget since I got here,” but also said that its limits on spending are “something I only dreamt of getting done” when he took office.
Asked whether the cuts — which will see teachers laid off, spikes in college tuition and the trimming of an array of social services — signals the end of the California dream, Schwarzenegger said, “I believe that California has gone through difficult moments and will got through difficult moments in the future. But California always comes back.” He recalled his experience emigrating to the state in 1968, and said hat the state still holds the same kind of allure worldwide.
“It is still the best place to reach your goals and make your dreams become a reality.”
Franken’s Victory: The Senate passed Al Franken’s first piece of legislation, a bill aimed at providing service dogs to more disbaled veterans. It was incorporated into the Defense Authorization Bill for 2010.
CNN Chief Says Birther Story “Dead”: CNN president Jonathan Klein has put the kibosh on the “birther” story, showing that the evidence shows it is “dead.” He said it in an e-mail sent to staffers of “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” whose host on Thursday reacted angrily to critics who chided him for spending so much time on the story. In an Agnew-esque fashion, he called them “limp-minded, lily-livered lefties.”
New Commissioners: The Senate confirmed Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker to two remaining seats on the FCC.