Dec 16, 2011 Congress reaches a deal to avoid a government shutdown -- and it hinges around light bulbs. Retired Americans are no longer shipping off to Florida when they are done working. On the front lines of the European debt crisis, Italy passes austerity measures proposed by new Prime Minister Mario Monti.
Dec 12, 2011 Most of the leaders of Europe agreed to a deal on Friday to help solve the crisis there. But will austerity measures also stunt growth?
Dec 6, 2011 Ireland was bailed out a year ago, and it is now facing another round of austerity measures. How are the Irish people faring in these stricter conditions?