For years, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has been pushing for a $6.6 billion expansion of O'Hare Airport.
The expansion has started. But phase two of the project has run into some unusual problems. And with that whopping price tag, Daley's looking for some financial help from the two biggest airlines at O'Hare — American and United.
Their CEOs were supposed to meet with Daley behind closed doors on Thursday. But that meeting was canceled.
Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable.
Last fall, a bipartisan group of senators led a months-long drive to pass a resolution calling for greater freedom and democracy in Egypt. The resolution died last December due to a fatal mix of divided loyalties, lobbying influence, and secret Senate holds.
The decades-long military relationship between the U.S. and Egypt benefits both countries.
Egypt gets everything from tanks and fighter jets to warships. The U.S. gets fly over-rights, desert training exercises and expedited passage for its naval vessels through the Suez Canal.
Now questions abound as to whether the Egyptian military will emerge from the ongoing crisis unscathed and whether a new Egyptian government would maintain this close military-to military-relationship.
President Obama took the opportunity of Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast, to suggest that Republicans and Democrats pray for humility in their ideological debates since neither side has all the answers.
Defending his belief in the role of an energetic government, he said:
There's only so much that a nonprofit can do to help a community rebuild in the wake of disaster. There's only so much the private sector will do to help folks who are desperately sick get the care that they need.