Political wives have been at the top of the news this week.
There's Maria Shriver and her husband's infidelity; Callista Gingrich, the third wife of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; and Cheri Daniels, the politically reluctant spouse of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels who, years ago, divorced her current husband, married another man, then came back.
It's striking, really, considering it wasn't so long ago that the private lives of politicians were considered off limits, and even protected by the media.
The top two leaders of the Kentucky House of Representatives are assessing the outcome of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Minority Floor Leader Jeffrey Hoover have been studying the counties captured by Senate President David Williams, who grabbed the Republican nomination.
It's probably safe to say that Wal-Mart has very cheap prices and it's likely a popular presumption that it has the cheapest prices. But a new study from Customer Growth Partners found that during the first three months of 2011, Target pricing was .6 percent lower than Wal-Mart's.
It's a sign of how thoroughly politics and entertainment have merged (not that they were ever anything but inseparable) that the most powerful protest singer of our time is also our most commercially successful young star. Find Lady Gaga vapid at your own risk: On her just-leaked new album, Born This Way, she engages with and seeks to define the cultural conversation in ways that remind me of similar moves made by Bob Dylan circa 1963.
I shot 67 one-minute videos of every band I saw at this year's SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Saturday, March 19 was the final day, and though it took me nearly two months to finish this project, here it is: The end of my collection of 2011 SXSW videos. You can see the others here.
"Four foreign journalists held by the Libyan government for six weeks were released Wednesday and moved to a Tripoli hotel," The Associated Press reports. "Clare Morgana Gillis, an American, said she and her colleagues — American James Foley, Spaniard Manuel Varela and Briton Nigel Chandler — were in good health."
From Benghazi, NPR's Martin Kaste says that the journalists "were all delivered to a hotel that houses the foreign press corps in Tripoli."
Depending on what happens next on the weather front, mosquitoes could find prime habitat in central Kentucky. Record rainfall last month could also help increase numbers. The cool weather has slowed the emergence of mosquitoes, but once temperatures regularly reach into the 80s, Luke Mathias with Fayette County Environmental Health says mosquitoes will return. A warm spell a week or so ago even probably had a few people scratching themselves.
On the eve of a major address on the Middle East, President Obama took a significant step Wednesday in responding to the Syrian government's recent crackdown against protesters.
Obama signed an executive order imposing sanctions aimed at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as several other top Syrian officials. The sanctions include freezing assets that fall under U.S. jurisdiction and, for the most part, barring American individuals and companies from trading with the Syrian officials.