In Frankfort, two economic experts battled it out in a day long hearing in Kentucky's gas price gouging case against Marathon Petroleum. The state is accusing Marathon of illegally jacking up gasoline prices during a state of emergency declared on April 26th and still in effect. The company denies any wrongdoing.
When I think of the Depression, I see sharecroppers sitting in tents with their children, and men in hats waiting in food lines — all in black and white.
It turns out the Library of Congress has a cache of color photos taken around the country in the late '30s and early '40s. (Color film was commercially available in the 1930s, though it didn't become widely use until later.)
It must be exhausting, looking for an escape route every time you enter a room. I'd never caught Captain Jack Sparrow doing that before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but there's a new director at the helm this time — Rob Marshall, who made the musical Chicago — and I guess he wants you to be aware of his action choreography.
Woody Allen isn't religious, but he has a rabbinical side, and over the last decade his films have become more and more like Talmudic parables for atheists. On the surface, these movies are streamlined, even breezy, and they often have voice-over narration to get the pesky exposition out of the way fast. Philosophically, Allen has settled on resignation, a cosmic shrug: There's no God, no justice, people are inconstant, life is meaningless — so where do you wanna eat?
With the White House having raised expectations in advance, President Obama's speech Thursday about the Middle East and North Africa left many people in the region disappointed.
Obama was attempting to square a difficult circle. He wanted to reaffirm America's support for democratic aspirations, but at the same time did not want to worsen a rift with allies such as Saudi Arabia about the pace of change.
Over the years, I've participated in a number of online chats and live blogs, but today was the first time I interviewed a person that way while they were in the same room with me. Following President Obama's Mideast policy speech today, I had a chance to sit down with Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser and author of the speech. I was joined by Mark Lynch, aka @abuaardvark, of FP.com's Mideast Channel.
At the risk of hurting Jon Huntsman's chances at the Republican presidential nomination (some conservatives are leery of him in part because of his growing mentions in the mainstream media), let me recommend a piece by NPR's Liz Halloran on his visit to New Hampshire.