The bipartisan supercommittee enters the final weekend prior to its Nov. 23 deadline with little tangible progress to show for over two months of work. NPR's Andrea Seabrook tells guest host Linda Wertheimer that several of its members are huddling in Washington this weekend, trying to come up with a way to reduce the government's budget deficit.
The European debt crisis has driven politicians in Italy and Greece to turn to technocrats for leadership. What exactly is a technocrat? Will they be the silver bullets needed to help lift Europe out of its economic quagmire? Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets some answers from political scientists.
Forecasts from the European Union suggest the 17-nation euro zone could be facing possible recession next year. Some analysts are considering the possible collapse of the euro zone. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with John Feffer of the Institute for Policy Studies about the precarious future of a unified Europe.
The Pentagon and its growing budget is on the supercommittee's radar as it looks to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion. At half the federal government's budget, it's not hard to see why, so which cuts might bleed the least?
If a candidate has written a book — like Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann — the campaign trail presents many opportunities to promote it. These candidate books are a time-honored tradition: The all-time sales champ is Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope.
In these hard times, Britain's Royal Academy of Chemistry has come up with the cheapest meal of all: a toast sandwich. They found the recipe in the Victorian bestseller: Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. It's a piece of toast between two buttered slices of bread and costs 12 cents to make.
Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti has chosen a government and is hoping to win votes of confidence in it from both houses of Parliament. Despite his best efforts to forge ahead, investors remain skeptical. Monti also said he hopes Italy can contribute to the changes being made to the European financial system.
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