Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,198 words ... ~ 4.5 minutes.
Oil prices are expected to surge when markets reopen tonight after yesterday's attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure, including the world’s biggest petroleum processing facility, Axios' Ben Geman writes.
Saudi officials say the strikes have cut production by 5.7 million barrels per day — about 50% of the kingdom's total output and 5% of global supplies.
The intrigue: The attacks could mean new headwinds for the Saudis' revived plans for the initial public offering of a slice of state oil giant Aramco.
Joe Biden will warn about the return of the "domestic terrorism of white supremacy," with a speech this morning at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Sneak peek at Biden's remarks:
The domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals from before our founding — lynch mobs, arsonists, bomb makers and lone gunmen. And as we all now realize, this violence does not live in the past.
The same poisonous ideology that lit the fuse at 16th Street pulled the trigger in Mother Emanuel [in Charleston], unleashed the anti-Semitic massacre in Pittsburgh and Poway [Calif.], and saw a white supremacist gun down innocent Latino immigrants in an El Paso parking lot with military-grade weapons ...
We have not relegated racism and white supremacy to the pages of history. ...
As Dr. King eulogized those girls, perhaps not even he could have imagined the day, nearly 50 years later, when this nation’s first black president would award them the Congressional Gold Medal. .... [C]hange comes — sometimes slowly, sometimes all at once.
Above, a man exercises his right to open-carry a firearm as gun owners and Second Amendment advocates gather at the Ohio Statehouse yesterday to protest gun control legislation.
The big picture: 17 states and D.C. have passed these laws, which allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous. (AP)
Worthy of your time ... From Gallup in the past week:
"Country Music" — an epic film about a true American art form, from the great Ken Burns — begins tonight at 8 ET on PBS and streaming:
In an interview with "PBS NewsHour," Burns talked about the film's emphasis on women:
[W]omen are central to this story in a way they aren't in jazz or other forms, which are fraternities. ... When you get through Patsy [Cline] to Loretta [Lynn], we're in the mid-'60s. Nobody in rock 'n' roll is singing, "Don't come home a drinking with loving on your mind."
Think about what we're talking about, spousal abuse, spousal rape, a woman's right to her own body, even in marriage, women's rights in general. Now, this is the same year that the National Organization for Women is founded  ...
For me, all of these things, race or creativity or commerce or women, are all trumped by how powerful this music is. ... I mean, when Hank Williams says, "I'm so lonesome, I could cry," there's nobody that doesn't know what he's talking about. "The silence of a falling star lights up a purple sky, and as I wonder where you are, I'm so lonesome, I could cry."
Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon, Ill., "is at risk of closing as a tourist destination, saddled with debt and unused property purchased for a grand vision of expansion that never came to fruition," the Chicago Tribune's Madeline Buckley reports.
"We cannot keep bleeding money," said Patrick Gorman, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home nonprofit organization.
A solid gold toilet, part of an art exhibit called "America," was stolen yesterday from Blenheim Palace, the estate west of London where Winston Churchill was born, AP reports.
It had been installed only two days, after being shown to appreciative audiences at the Guggenheim in New York.
😱 Doh! Edward Spencer-Churchill, an aristocrat related to both the palace and the prime minister, told The Sunday Times of London last month: