People demonstrate against a possible Israeli military attack and war with Iran on March 24, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. As the balance between war and diplomacy continually teeters, Israel's leaders are afraid that a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat.
Seattle songwriter Damien Jurado was one of my first guests when I started doing the Morning Show more than a decade ago. He's also the man behind the show's opening theme song, which I've been playing since those early performances. With each new record, Jurado comes by to perform, either solo or with a different lineup.
A Syrian man helps carry the coffin of a relative as the funeral procession leaves the Othman mosque in Damascus on March 18, 2012 where the funeral service for some 27 people who were killed in two bomb blasts the previous day took place.
James Harkin is a London-based writer. His latest book is Niche: Why the Market No Longer Favours the Mainstream.
On a Monday in late February, I received a Facebook message from a Syrian activist notifying me that a demonstration was due to start in half an hour in a heavily guarded section of Damascus. The occasion was a funeral, and so the protest was likely to be large. "Two of the five martyrs are children, and funeral processions for children are always big," the message explained.
As the Census Bureau was reporting earlier this morning about a 1.3 percent gain in orders for manufactured goods in February from the month before, automakers were saying that March was perhaps their best month in almost four years, The Associated Press says: