Libya: As Khaddafy attempts to further tighten his grip over the capital city of Tripoli, scores of foreigners are scrambling to find a way out of the country. Hundreds of Americans have boarded a ferry for Malta, but remain stuck in the harbor because of rough seas. Opposition leaders are vowing to liberate the capital as more counter-protests are planned for today.
The oil corollary to this story isn’t going anywhere, as brent crude – the contract most closely tied to oil prices in Africa and the Middle East – spiked more than $6 overnight and analysts are now warning that protracted instability in Libya could lead to prices at the pump higher in the dollars, not cents. With one eye on the situation there, we’re keeping tabs on a number of other major developments this morning.
Wisconsin: Gov. Walker, after being publicly embarrassed by that prank caller yesterday, is asking his fellow governors to follow him in taking stands against public unions in their states.
Assange: In London, a judge is expected to rule on whether Julian Assange with face extradition to Sweden any moment.
New Zealand Quake: Rescue workers are facing the grim reality that more people are unlikely to be found alive in the rubble. The toll from the earthquake stands at just shy of 100.
Slain ICE Agents: The man suspected of shooting in cold blood the American immigration agent told officials the attack was made in error.
Space Shuttle Discovery: the space shuttle Discovery is prepped on the launch pad ready for its final liftoff, scheduled for this afternoon.
On the Daily Rundown: Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) will be on the show to talk about the budget showdown on Capitol Hill, the potential government shutdown, and the battles brewing in state houses over collective bargaining. Energy expert Dr. Dan Yergin will explain how the situation in Libya is affect global energy markets and Americans’ pocketbooks.