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First Take: Schwarzenegger goes to China. Furloughs go to court.

September 9, 2010 |  7:44 am

Ten weeks into the new fiscal year, California is still without a budget. But Thursday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger heads to China to begin a weeklong trade mission. He will also visit South Korea and Japan.

The state Supreme Court seems likely to uphold the ability of the governor to order state worker furloughs after oral arguments in a furlough case were heard Wednesday.

Jerry Brown agreed to a third debate with Meg Whitman in Fresno and called for a fourth somewhere in Los Angeles.

An aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer was charged with marijuana possession at the U.S. Capitol.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento

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