Oil Prices, Politics and Life in America

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Gasoline prices have jumped almost 14 cents in the past week.  The profits of Exxon Mobil rose 17% in the past year—to $10.9 billion. President Bush says the government’s hands are tied, but McCain, Obama and Clinton are debating what Washington might do.  Is it time for a summer vacation from the gasoline tax?  Should it be even higher, so people will drive less?  What about a windfall tax on oil companies as prices continue to rise?  Also, Iraq asks Iran to stop supporting violence. On Reporter's Notebook, the US has "excellent relations" with South Africa, so why can't members of the government get into this country without special permission?


Banner image: Protest Convoy of Truckers and Citizens United

Credits

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal