Sixty-nine men and women on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean gather in a 16th century palace Monday to make a decision that impacts the very heart of the global financial crisis. There's no better example of the stultifying impact of politics on the eurozone than the fact that the fate of a continent can be determined by the parliament of Malta. It will be the sixteenth of seventeen legislatures to vote on expanding the eurozone bail-out fund, having infuriated the world's mightiest financial institutions by delaying a decision this week.
Dan Brown, author of the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, is back with his first novel in four years. Inferno follows academic hero Robert Langdon on a chase through Italy as he attempts to avert a biological catastrophe.
Designer Katie Shelly's upcoming cookbook offers 50 illustrated recipe "blueprints" for basic meals — from simple snacks to more hefty dishes like eggplant Parmesan. She hopes they'll inspire any level of cook to improvise in the kitchen.
NPR's Peter Overby reports on the Congressional testimony of IRS officials in response to the scandal over special scrutiny of tea party groups. Underneath all the politics, there's a policy question that hasn't been addressed.
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