The election is over and the deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" is drawing closer. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about how the two relate, and what it could mean for America's economic future.
Sales at the chain's restaurants that have been open at least 13 months fell 1.8 percent in October. It's the first month-to-month decline for the fast-food giant in that important indicator since April 2003.
The Greek Parliament has approved a sweeping set of austerity measures that were aimed at keeping the country in the eurozone. Members voted on $17 billion in cuts to salaries, pensions, public sector jobs and health care spending.
With the election over, attention in Washington has turned to the nation's debt and deficit challenges — most immediately $600 billion worth of expiring tax breaks and automatic spending cuts. Both the president and congressional leaders are signaling a willingness to work together to avoid a fiscal disaster.
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