- Making News: Senate Panel Grills Big Oil on Windfall Profits
The high price of oil and record industry profits were the subject today as the Senate Commerce Committee grilled executives of the oil industry. Committee Chair Pete Domenici (R-NM) asked if the industry was rigging the price of oil. Exxon Mobil CEO Lee Raymond defined oil as being "in line with the average of all US industry." Elizabeth Souder, who covers the industry for the Dallas Morning News, has been following the hearings.
- Reporter's Notebook: Chalabi's Back, and He's the Toast of the Town
He was blamed for misleading the Bush Administration and Congress about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction, and the FBI is still investigating claims that he gave Iran American secrets. Now, Ahmad Chalabi is meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney. Adrian Wooldrige of The Economist has more on today's meetings as well as Tony Blair's latest political defeat.
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Trump’s war on the FBI Donald Trump claims rogue FBI agents are part of a Deep State he accuses of “spying” on his presidential campaign. A former agent tells Warren the “the FBI doesn’t spy… it catches spies.” Shades of Watergate? Richard Nixon’s former White House lawyer, John Dean, says, “no way.”
Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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