Strikes in Britain are the latest in a series of protests sweeping Europe over the imposition of tough austerity measures aimed at controlling debt and spending. The result: a crisis of confidence. The airwaves in Europe are awash with gloomy debates over whether the European Union even has a long-term future. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.
Protesters in the Syrian capital Damascus staged a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to press for democratic changes. It was the first officially-sanctioned protest in the capital, and it comes just days after the regime allowed opposition activists to meet at a Damascus hotel.
Is Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, losing his legendary grip on GOP lawmakers?
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Most Senate Republicans voted two weeks ago to end a tax break for ethanol. Some see that vote as a chink in the armor of anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist and the no-new-taxes pledge he's gotten almost every GOP lawmaker to take.
Senate Democrats are still crowing about the day when more than two-thirds of their GOP colleagues seemed to set aside their anti-tax increase orthodoxy.
Starting in October, banks aren't going to be able to charge as much as they used to when consumers pay by debit card. The Federal Reserve has issued a final rule on so-called "swipe fees" that are charged to merchants every time a debit card is used.
Retailers have been complaining for years about the fees banks charge whenever a customer pulls out a debit card. Congress listened last year and included an amendment in the big financial overhaul to limit fees on debit transactions.