After several days of arm-twisting, the House on Friday approved a two-stage plan to raise the federal debt ceiling and make sharp cuts in federal spending. But the proposal was almost immediately rejected by the Senate, where Democrats introduced their own debt ceiling plan. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. Saturday. With little more than a third of the season remaining, some teams are looking for a last-minute roster boost. Others are looking just for a garage sale. Host Scott Simon talks sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.
From the first few notes, the song is unmistakable. "London Calling," which kicked off The Clash's 1979 album of the same name, became an anthem for a new, edgy London that could be hard, dark, and cutting.
Now, organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games are using song to invite the world to come to London — a curious choice, given the tone of the lyrics. Here's a representative sample: