NPR reports on its Two-Way blog that it has a fairly steady stream of information coming from a contact in Tehran.
With foreign reporters confined to their hotels, it’s getting harder to get images from Tehran. Here’s one from a rally yesterday.
Now, because you’re a News Cut reader, I know you need more than the Iran story in 140 characters, so here’s an excellent backgrounder from Abbas Milani, the director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University, in a presentation to Google. (h/t: Open Culture)
And unallotment will cause a great deal of pain for low-income families, but still fail to solve our underlying budget problems. The Governor can only cut spending in the FY 2010-11 biennium, but our state faces a projected $3.1 billion deficit for the FY 2012-13 biennium. We need a long-term solution to our budget problems, not a one-time quick fix.
Eric Ostermeier, at Smart Politics, looks at the impact on higher education and finds that as recently as 2007, Minnesota spent more per capita on higher education than any other state except Hawaii. Even with Pawlenty’s cut of about $38 per capita, the state will likely retain the ranking.
WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON
Midmorning – Reaction to the governor’s unallotments. Guests include Tom Scheck, MPR political reporter; Chris Coleman, mayor of St. Paul; Dr. Michael Belzer, medical director and chief medical officer at Hennepin County Medical Center; Larry Pogemiller, DFL Senate majority leader. Pogemiller, you may recall, proposed a 7-percent across-the-board cut in the budget last March. There’s a chance you’ll get talk-show whiplash at 10 when the topic turns quickly to the Cannes Film Festival.
Midday – The Pawlenty administration gets its voice heard on the subject. Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson is one of the guests in the first hour.
Talk of the Nation – NPR political analyst Ken Rudin is guest in the first hour. He’ll mention Coleman-Franken again. Don’t roll your eyes. All of the Web traffic statistics say despite public claims that people are sick of Coleman-Franken, those stories are consistently the most read. Second hour: How stories live and die in viral culture.
All Things Considered — The more the stories come out about Bernie Madoff, the harder it is to believe he (a) acted alone and (b) the Securities and Exchange Commission wasn’t incompetent. A guest this afternoon is David Margolick, who wrote a Vanity Fair article this month, examining the role Madoff’s sons played — or not.
Click the link below to watch the “60 Minutes” piece on the guy who tried to tell authorities it was all a scam.