Turns out it's one thing for Italy's prime minister to live a scandalous private life, it's another to do that during a major economic crisis. Silvio Berlusconi is fighting for the survival of his center-right government and he faces growing discontent within his own party over his lifestyle and judicial woes. Berlusconi's called today for a vote of confidence in Italy's parliament. That vote is expected tomorrow. And as NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, Berlusconi's political test comes as Italy is engulfed in the eurozone debt crisis.
Republican donor Ray Washburne was a major contributor to George W. Bush's presidential campaign, and he was the national finance chairman for Tim Pawlenty. But when Pawlenty pulled out of the presidential race, Washburne tells Steve Inskeep that it took some time before deciding to back Mitt Romney's campaign.
A natural gas drilling boom in Pennsylvania is helping the economies of Rust Belt cities long accustomed to bad news. Drilling requires steel — lots of it — and that has manufacturers expanding and hiring new workers.
While much attention has been paid to the environmental risks of drilling into the Marcellus Shale, the economic benefits have been less prominent in the national discussion. But in Youngstown, Ohio, locals have been watching an old industry come back to life.
Apple's new smartphone, the iPhone 4S, lands in stores around the country Friday. The company says that consumers pre-ordered more than 1 million of the phones within 24 hours last week, when it became available online.
One of the new iPhone's biggest rivals will be the Motorola Bionic, which runs on Google's Android operating system. Both phones are very capable, and very fast — here's a chart outlining their features: