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Patt Morrison for June 14, 2012




California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference about the state budget on May 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Brown proposes $8.3 billion cuts in California to help close a projected $16 billion budget shortfall.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference about the state budget on May 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Brown proposes $8.3 billion cuts in California to help close a projected $16 billion budget shortfall. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Tomorrow is the constitutional deadline to pass the state budget. What will the highly contested budget look like? Then... look in the mirror. Now, look at your shoes. Can you possibly tell who you are between your ears by what you wear on your feet? Researchers say … yes! Novelist Christopher Buckley can find humor almost anywhere, in this case a ginned up showdown between the United States and China, a story peopled by, among others, a lobbyist, a civil war re-enactor and the Dalai Lama. Buckley joins us to talk about it.