A California update: After last night’s Keeping the Promise Benefit for Disabled Veterans in Los Angeles, Dylan is on assignment today meeting with amazing veterans and entrepreneurs across the great state of California, including a visit with GC Green’s Liz Perez’s veterans’ entrepreneurship class in San Diego.

The reason for the trip is simple — California has more veterans than any state in America, and is also our nations leader on sustainable energy technology. The marriage of Veterans and energy sustainability in California is a perfect match to start creating the 30 Million Jobs we need. This is also a big follow up to the Defense Energy Project we announced while we were on the 30 Million Jobs tour in Austin with John Hofmeister, Liz Perez, Operation Free and many others. (If you missed that show, you can watch the interview segments here.)

Dylan will be doing updates on the road all day — be sure to follow him on Twitter @DylanRatigan to keep up with the latest.

Meanwhile, here’s what we’re working on for 4PM — Matt Miller (@mattmillernow) will be guest hosting while Dylan is on assignment.

California Budget Crisis – Who’s Next?: Matt is in NY today, but he comes from California, which is drowning in budget deficits with the Governor proposing some harsh new cuts to close a $15.7 billion budget gap.  Gray Davis (@governordavis), former Governor of California and Chris Megerian, reporter for the LA Times will be here to discuss.

The Tuesday Mega-Panel: Karen Finney (@finneyk), Susan Del Percio (@delpercios) and Jimmy Williams (@jimmyspolitics) will be here.  Angry JPMorgan Chase shareholders expected to swarm the annual shareholders meeting in Tampa today.  The timing couldn’t have come at a worse time, as the fallout continues from the $2 billion blunder.  Meanwhile, President Obama is attempting to define the economic difference between himself and Mitt Romney, playing into the concerns of middle class values.  With Romney having opened up 3 point lead over Obama in the latest CBS News/NYT poll, and this is the one that usually is favorable toward Obama.

The Specialist: Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.) is author of Front Burner: Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole.  A year before the September 11th attacks, al Qaeda opened up the war on terror with its attack on the USS Cole. In the attack, 17 soldiers died, and 33 others were injured.  Commander Lippold was commander on the ship that day, and tells the harrowing story in his new book.

Also on the show today: Ross Douthat, author of Bad Religion: How We Became A Nation Of Heretics.  The NY Times columnist argues that institutional Christianity has suffered a slow-motion collapse since the 1960’s, leaving the country without the moral core that carried it through foreign wars, economic depressions and roiling internal debates.  With Christianity “going off the rails,” as he says, will it take American society with it?

The Daily Rant: David Goodfriend (@davidgoodfriend) — he says we shouldn’t mistrust the big banks, but we should mistrust the regulators.

That’s all coming up at 4PM ET — as always, follow our host Matt Miller on Twitter @mattmillernow, and Dylan will be back tomorrow!